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     Cosmic Boy/Polestar 
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AKA: Rokk Krinn
Homeworld: Braal
Abilities: Magnetism manipulation

In most incarnations, the leader of the Legion. Cosmic Boy's serious demeanor and respect for authority lends him to the role of leadership, but places him at odds with Lightning Lad. Preboot, his brother was Pol Krinn, aka Magnetic Lad (no relation to a minor Legion villain of the same name). His personality, like his power, is magnetic—he draws people to his cause with his charisma.

In the FYL continuity, Cosmic Boy was De Powered during a war between Braal and Imsk. He married Night Girl and had a son named Pol after his late brother. Shortly before his reality was destroyed by Zero Hour!, he regained his powers thanks to a pair of power gauntlets and took the name Polestar.

Postboot, Cosmic Boy was a sports star whose talent helped him as a superhero. When half the team was stranded in the present day, Cos led them through Final Night and Genesis and was instrumental in getting them home. When the Postboot Legion's Earth was destroyed in Infinite Crisis, he continued to lead them, and in their current exile as the Wanderers, he is leading them in their search for a new home.

In Threeboot, though Cosmic Boy founded the Legion, he was widely disliked because he was forced to accept supervision from the United Planets. He struggled with command, and after the Dominator War, ceded leadership to Supergirl. He was approached by a group of superheroes from the 41st century whose legacy he inspired and joined them in the future.


  • Badass Beard: Polestar.
  • Batman Gambit: Reboot, he pulls off a pretty epic one to out corrupt President Chu for manipulating the United Planets and staging the Sun Eater hoax.
  • Blue Oni: To Lightning Lad's Red Oni.
  • The Chains of Commanding:
    • Once, thinking he and Sun Boy are in private, decides to cut loose and rant about all the pressure he's under and how much the various idiosyncrasies of the other Legion members annoy him. To his horror, he discovers mere seconds later that the communications channel had been open the whole time and his entire screed was heard by every other member of the Legion. This ultimately leads to a dangerous schism within the Legion, and they only just manage to pull themselves back together in time to defeat the Big Bad.
    • On another occasion, Cosmic Boy blows up at Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad, telling them about the sacrifices he's made so they can be a happy couple and raise a family, forgoing relationships of his own so the responsibility of running the Legion doesn't weigh as heavily on them.
  • Convenient Coma: After half the postboot Legion gets thrown into the 21st century.
  • Dead Guy Junior: In the FYL continuity, he fathers a son with Night Girl and names him Pol after his late brother.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Cosmic Boy is a Braalian who have the natural ability to lift and manipulate metal with a number of effects.
    • Magnetism Manipulation: He can manipulate, repel or attract metal objects of varying sizes. Naturally, the more metal there is in an object, the easier it is for him to affect it magnetically. His super-magnetism has only a slight effect on the metallic particles of smog. He is able to juggle smaller metal objects.
    • Not Quite Flight: Cosmic Boy can suspend himself in flight by riding the Earth's magnetic field.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Cosmic Boy's reaction to meeting his future self (the Time Trapper) in the "End of an Era" closing out the 5YL run.
  • The Leader: Cosmic Boy is a charismatic and effective leader, as seen during his successful tenure as the Legion's first leader.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • Cosmic Boy's power cannot affect non-magnetic metals, such as aluminum and gold, or organic substances like wood.
    • Distance affects the limit his magnetic control has over an object, as does the amount of metal in or on that object.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Cosmic Boy's (or, rather, the Time Trapper's) attempts to protect the Legion using the abilities learned from the Infinite Library in "End of an Era" only make the already-bad situation worse.
  • Not Himself:
    • In post-Zero Hour he spent a whole arc being not himself and alienating his teammates at every opportunity in order to set up an elaborate Engineered Public Confession which revealed the President's corruption and caused her removal from office. Some Legion fans never forgave him for it. (It didn't help that this particular arc occurred in the first couple years after a total reboot of the Legion, so it wasn't as clear as it might have been that this wasn't just Cos's new personality.)
    • The bracers he wore as Polestar began to wear away at his mind.
  • Power Trio: As the ego, with Lightning Lad (id) and Saturn Girl (superego).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Some of Rokk's costumes included shades of violet and pink.
  • Sanity Slippage: The gauntlets that gave Rokk his powers back as Polestar also took a toll on his grasp on reality.
  • Stripperific: His costumes in the Grell era. Admittedly, so were most of the other characters' costumes at the time, but Cosmic Boy's Rocky Horror-esque corset and Saturn Girl's bikini (see below) are the best-remembered.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl.

     Saturn Girl 
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AKA: Imra Ardeen
Homeworld: Titan
Abilities: Telepathy

A telepath from one of Saturn's moons, Saturn Girl is the glue that holds the Legion together, keeping a balance between the cool-headed Cosmic Boy and Hot-Blooded Lightning Lad. When Cos isn't the Legion's leader, it's usually her. In all incarnations of the Legion, the love of her life is Lightning Lad.

In Threeboot, Saturn Girl's people were so reliant on telepathy that their vocal cords were useless. She was distant and reserved. Her mother was a member of the United Planets council, which put her at odds with the more iconoclastic Legionnaires.


  • Adaptational Wimp: Her Johnsboot counterpart started off as this. Gone was "Iron Ass Imra" and in her place was a woman barely capable of keeping her husband's anger under control. Thankfully, Paul Levitz undid this and Imra's assertiveness was brought back under his pen.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Saturn Queen.
  • Conveniently Orphaned: Her Johnsboot counterpart was said to be an orphan, which seemed to be an effect of the Cosmic Retcon which brought this version of the Legion back.
  • Cute Mute: While the original version of the character and the rebooted version are just young girls who happen to have awesome telepatic powers, Threeboot Saturn Girl happens to be a mute girl, hailing from an entire planet of mute individuals, needing her telepathy to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Dark Secret: One of a conspiracy of four Legionnaires dedicated to avenging Superboy's death (long story), by killing the Time Trapper.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Iron Butt Imra" and "Iron Ass Imra."
  • Happily Married: With Lightning Lad, Preboot. Following Legion of 3 Worlds in the Retroboot continuity, Imra and Garth went back to this in the latest Legion volume.
  • Ice Queen: Later Defrosting Ice Queen.
  • Iconic Outfit: Saturn Girl's Grell-era bikini, which has resurfaced in several Mythology Gags in both the Postboot and the Threeboot.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: An odd precursor subversion. Silver Age Imra refused to stop looking for a way to bring Lightning Lad back from the dead after he performed his Heroic Sacrifice because he died saving her, even though she had been trying to perform said sacrifice so her teammates wouldn't have to.
  • The Lancer or The Chick
  • The Leader: Frequently takes this role in the Preboot era.
  • Living Lie Detector: Well, she's a telepath, so...
  • Mama Bear: Preboot/Retroboot. This woman went up against Darkseid to restore one of her sons to normal. Unless you want to end up as a mindless heap on the floor, do not mess with her kids.
  • Mind Manipulation: Saturn Girl can manipulate other people's minds easily, achieving a variety of effects.
    • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She can erase any awareness of particular memories or cause total amnesia.
    • Mind Probe: Can telepathically "sedate" her victims so that, if already rendered unconscious, they remain so for as long as she continues to "sedate" them.
    • People Puppets: She can control the thoughts and actions of others. Notably in the Postboot era, when is revealed that she had been accidentally doing this to Cosmic Boy's comatose body for the past ten-or-so issues. Whether this was Nightmare Fuel or fetish fuel depended on the reader, but Cosmic Boy was surprisingly non-freaked out about it when he woke up.
  • Mind over Manners: Generally observed, although Postboot!Saturn Girl has had a few memorable, if accidental lapses. Like telepathically animating a comatose Cosmic Boy to help keep the Legionnaires trapped in the past together—and turning him into her Relationship Stu. Then in Legion Lost, Imra used her psychic powers to make Ultra Boy think that his wife, Apparition, was with them in their deep-space exile, and when he found out, he was pissed.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: In one incident she, Brin/Timber Wolf, and a few other Legionnaires were stranded on an icy asteroid with no apparent hope for rescue. When alone with Timber Wolf, she commented that she envied his and Ayla/Light Lass's deep and passionate love for each other, noting that even she and Garth's love couldn't equal it. Later when all hope of even survival seemed lost, Brin held her close for warmth and comfort...riiiight when Light Lass and Dawnstar showed up to rescue them. This led to Ayla and Brin's break up, and put tension on her troubled marriage.
  • Official Couple: With Lightning Lad since the Preboot days. Various attempts at shaking it up have proven futile and/or unpopular.
  • Pink Heroine: Her Legion uniforms have since always remained predominantly red or pink, depending on the era and continuity.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The pink girl to Lightning Lad's blue boy. However, she's also been known to wear red instead of pink.
  • Power Limiter: Postboot. Blocks were put on the higher levels of Saturn Girl's telepathy when she was a child. When the blocks came off years later, she started using her powers without realizing it.
  • Power Trio: As the superego, with Cosmic Boy (ego) and Lightning Lad (id).
  • Someone Has to Die: Saturn Girl secretly attempts to do this in two early Legion stories; both times someone else figures out what she's doing and manages to die in her place.
  • Stripperific: Zigzagged. Initially she wore a modest red-and-white skirt-and-slacks outfit for the first seven years of her membership. She then abruptly switched to a hot-pink bikini-like uniform and let her hair down, literally. She wore this uniform for three years, then switched to an amalgam of her first and second outfits for the remainder of her career.
  • Teen Genius: People from Saturn have high intellects to match their Psychic Powers.
  • Telepathy: Saturn Girl is one of the most powerful telepaths in the DC Universe. Her telepathy is considered tenth level by her people, the highest ranking. With her telepathic powers Saturn Girl can read, receive, and broadcast thoughts at will.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Preboot, during a Silver Age story where she rigged an election for leader, secretly stole her teammates' abilities, and then had them suspended for arbitrary reasons. It turned out she did all that in order to spare her teammates from fighting in an upcoming battle with an alien overlord, after being told by a precognitive society one of the Legionnaires would die in battle. Her plan failed when Lightning Lad discovered what she was planning, and sacrificed himself in battle.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Lightning Lad with Ultra Boy in the Threeboot continuity because she feels "neglected". It ends badly for everybody involved. Averted in all other continuities, where the two of them are the couple that others wish they could be.
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     Lightning Lad/Live Wire 
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AKA: Garth Ranzz
Homeworld: Winath
Abilities: Electrical generation and direction

An inhabitant of the planet Wynath, Garth Ranzz, his twin sister Ayla, and his older brother, Mekt, were attacked by lightning beasts after crashlanding on a distant planet. The bolts reacted with the siblings' body chemistry, granting them the power to absorb, store, and discharge electricity. When Mekt went missing, Garth set out to find him, meeting Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl, and founding the Legion in the process.


  • Artificial Limbs: Loses an arm in most continuities, though what it's from varies wildly.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Subverted in 5YL. He never returned to life; Proty's consciousness was transferred to his body.
    • He also returned from a Heroic Sacrifice near the end of the Postboot continuity, inhabiting Element Lad's crystallized body.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: When he became Starfinger, Preboot.
  • Cain and Abel: With Lightning Lord.
  • The Chosen One: Preboot Garth was secretly revealed to be an individual whose life has been keeping a balance between science and magic, and that the actual Luck Lords of Ventura had been planning to manipulate his death during a cosmic convergence so as to bring about the return of magic and luck with science's death. None of the Legionnaires or Garth himself ever found this out.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: A retcon revealed that the Lightning Lad that returned to life, married Saturn Girl, and had children with her was actually Team Pet Proty in Lightning Lad's body.
  • Farm Boy: Winath is an agrarian colony.
  • Fiery Redhead: Subverted and played straight.
  • Grand Theft Me:
    • The original Lightning Lad never returned to life; Proty's consciousness was transferred to his body. Being a former telepath as Proty, Garth was able to protect his thoughts from his telepathic wife about the matter
    • Postboot, Livewire eventually became trapped in Element Lad's body.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Lightning Lass.
  • Happily Married: With Saturn Girl, Preboot. Following the end of Legion of 3 Worlds and the beginning of the latest Legion series by Paul Levitz, Retroboot Garth and Imra have gone back to this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Several times in several continuities. In a particularly convoluted example, Lightning Lad sacrifices himself in battle with Zaryan the Conqueror and every member of the pre-Crisis Legion participates in what amounts to a lottery to determine who will sacrifice their own life to bring him back.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: The SW6 version is arguably the meanest of all the alternate Lightning Lads, at one point punching Cosmic Boy in the face because he thought he was coming on to Saturn Girl. A Lotus-Eater Machine experience revealed, however, when he was young he accidentally killed his pet and felt insanely guilty about it. His parents saying they could easily replace it and tossed it away didn't make him feel better. Live Wire's ruder tendencies seemed to have been amped up whenever he was around Inferno, who was an even bigger jerkass in comparison.
  • The Lancer to Cosmic Boy's Hero, when Saturn Girl isn't filling the role instead.
  • Hot-Blooded: In later continuities.
  • House Husband: The Preboot version, while his wife went back to being a Legionnaire, Garth was the one willing to stay at home and look after their twin sons, Graym and Garridan. A spotlight issue revealed that, while Garth did worry about Imra, he enjoyed watching after the kids.
  • Informed Flaw: His so-called legendary bad luck. However, a spotlight issue revealed that Garth's luck is exceedingly good, and has been preventing the Luck Lords from bringing about the death of science in the universe. He received lightning powers, came back from the dead, got a robot arm and later had his flesh arm regrown, married the love of his life and had her children, and they are all happy and healthy. Does that sound like the unluckiest Legionnaire?
  • Jerk Jock: The SW6 version.
  • Official Couple: With Saturn Girl. Attempts to shake this up don't generally end well or popularly, as both the Postboot and Threeboot can attest.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't mess with this man's sons, not unless you want your synapses scrambled.
  • Perma-Stubble: His Retroboot counterpart was consistently depicted with stubble until the beginning of the new Legion series.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The blue boy to Saturn Girl's pink girl.
  • Power Trio: As the id, with Cosmic Boy (ego) and Saturn Girl (superego).
  • Red Oni: To Cosmic Boy's Blue Oni.
  • Shock and Awe: Lightning Lad has the ability to generate electricity within his own body without harming himself. This electricity he is able to discharge in the form of potent "lightning bolts" (in some undisclosed way his power prevents these bolts from taking the path of least resistance to Earth, such that he is able to target objects with great accuracy). He can also create flashing lettering which can be seen from great distances.
  • Super Speed: In more recent versions of the character, Garth is also able to direct his electric powers internally so as to move at superhuman speed, with his top speed being approximately one-third the speed of light.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: His Johnsboot counterpart, which is supposed to be technically the original Lightning Lad, would often get angry as easily as some of his counterparts and sometimes had a tendency to throw temper tantrums when Saturn Girl wouldn't take his side. Fans were put off by this considering the original Lightning Lad actually subverted the Fiery Redhead trope most of the time and only really got mad on certain occasions. However, when taking into consideration that this version of Garth has been forced to go into hiding, has been separated from his children and his sister, and has basically watched everything he and his friends built and stood for destroyed overnight while simultaneously getting branded as terrorists, this becomes a more Justified Trope. Also of note, since Paul Levitz returned as Legion author, the Johnsboot Garth has calmed down considerably.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: His Pre-Crisis counterpart, in contrast to his counterparts, especially his SW6 counterpart.


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