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The Legion as a whole

  • Archenemy: The LSV is the collective nemesis of the LSH, especially in the Preboot/Retroboot continuity.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Not actual aristocrats, but check out the names on most of them, especially the original three.
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  • Card-Carrying Villain: The LSV isn't hiding its evil nature from anybody. Whether this is because they genuinely see themselves as evil, or are under the impression that they are the heroes and the name is ironic, varies.
  • Evil Counterpart: Not only was its original leadership a case of Psycho Rangers vis-a-vis the LSH, but the organization as a whole is the ideological counterpart to the LSH.
  • Legion of Doom: Have evolved over the years into a conglomeration of various criminal and supervillain organisations, united largely by their hatred for the Legion of Super Heroes.
  • Psycho Rangers: How they started out, with Lightning Lord, Saturn Queen, and Cosmic King balancing out Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, and Cosmic Boy. Some later members, like Sun Emperor have conformed with this, others, like Nemesis Kid, have not.
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  • Terrible Trio: Originally made up of Cosmic King, Lightning Lord, and Saturn Queen.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The initial trio of Cosmic King, Lightning Lord, and Saturn Queen.

Members

     Tarik the Mute 
AKA: Benno Tarik
Homeworld: Earth
Abilities: Wealth, intellect

Caught in the crossfire between the Science Police and a gang of bank robbers, Tarik's larynx was completely destroyed. In compensation, he was granted a robot that could transmit his thoughts into speech. Alas, his mind was twisted by his experience and he vowed revenge against all law enforcement agencies. Turning Colossal Boy's parents into glass, he blackmailed the Legionnaire into giving him information about the Legion's training and used that information to form a Legion of Super Villains.


  • Arch-Enemy: Seemed to have a real hate-on for Colossal Boy, likely due to his Science Police background.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Of RJ Brande, who founded and funded the Legion of Super-Heroes.
    • Started the Legion of Super Villains, a counterpart to the LSH.
    • Used the training secrets he'd made Colossal Boy steal to create an training academy much like the LSH's.
  • Evil Old Folks: Rather elderly and started the LSV.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From an innocent bystander to the founder of the one of the galaxy's most deadly super-villain teams, which would go on the fight the LSH for years.
  • I Have Your Parents: Had Colossal Boy's parents turned into glass and held them hostage for Legion training secrets.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: He reprogrammed his Robot Buddy into an assassin, activated after he died of a terminal heart condition and targeting Colossal Boy's mother.
  • Robot Buddy: In compensation for his injuries he was issued one of these to serve as a speaker and bodyguard.
  • Start of Darkness: Getting shot in the throat.
  • Taken For Glass: Utilizes a ray gun that can turn people into glass, and a sledgehammer for when You Have Failed Me.

     Cosmic King 
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AKA: Laevar Bolto
Homeworld: Venus
Abilities: Transmutation of chemical elements

  • All of the Other Reindeer: After accidentally gaining his powers, he was exiled from his home planet of Venus, where transmutation is regarded as inherently evil.
  • And Man Grew Proud: How the other Venusians view his creation of the transmutation ray.
  • Big Bad: In the Silver Age at least, where he was not only a founding member of the Legion, but the leader of the initial Terrible Trio, and counterpoint to Cosmic Boy.
  • Beard of Evil: In later versions. The original was clean shaven.
  • Cool Helmet: Sometimes pictured in a space suit and helmet.
  • Demoted to Extra: He's one of the founding members of the Legion of Super Villains, but he doesn't get nearly the screen time of Saturn Queen, Lightning Lord, or even Sixth Rangers like Nemesis Kid. The various reboots have sometimes forgotten him completely.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Has displayed magnetic powers on occasion, despite it not being his main ability.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Cosmic Boy, though their powers are vastly different. In fact, his powers make him more like Element Lad or Chemical King. As the leader of the original Terrible Trio however, and the man who formulated the LSV's ideology, he is very much the Evil Counterpart to Cos.
  • The Exile: Kicked off of Venus for practicing transmutation.
  • Eye Beams: His transmutation rays usually come out of his eyes.
  • Fantastic Racism: His home planet regarded his transmutation powers as evil.
  • Freudian Excuse: Exiled from his home planet for trying to help them.
  • The Leader: Of the original Legion of Super Villains, where he is first among equals in the Terrible Trio.
  • Mad Scientist: Averted. Pre-supervillany, he was a perfectly sane scientist who wanted to solve Venus's myriad problems but was rejected and hated by his society as a result.
  • Reality Warper: Creates an alternate reality in which he and his colleagues raised Superman and Batman.
  • Revenge: In classic Super Villain fashion, he sees his actions as a way of getting back at the Venusians who banished him.
  • Start of Darkness: Tried to create a transmutation ray to solve his planet's environmental problems. Was shunned and exiled for it. Way to go people.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: His older future self showed up with Saturn Queen and Cosmic King to bedevil the Legion well before his present self, but events later in the comic should've wiped his teammates as they were then from history.

     Lightning Lord 
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AKA: Mekt Ranzz
Homeworld: Winath
Abilities: Electrical generation and direction

The older, and dangerously unstable, brother of Garth and Ayla Ranzz, Mekt was born a solo on a world where twins are the norm. Ostracized as a freak, and resenting his siblings for their closeness, Mekt was already well on his way to a mental breakdown when the trio's encounter with the lightning beasts and acquisition of control over electricity, drove him around the bend. Styling himself "Lightning Lord", Mekt became a founding member of the Legion of Super Villains, alongside Cosmic King and Saturn Queen, frequently warring with his brother and sister. Well-established as Lightning Lad/Live Wire's archnemesis, Lightning Lord is the only member of the LSV to make it into every reboot.


  • Aloof Big Brother: Even at his most sympathetic, Mekt is aloof and remote.
  • Antihero: Threeboot only, where he leads a black ops superhero team.
  • Arch-Enemy: To his brother and sister in the Preboot, Postboot, and Retroboot continuities.
  • Artistic Age/Younger Than They Look: He looked about sixty in his original appearances. Later versions have been better about this, but the combination of his ravaged face and white hair still make him look a lot older than his younger brother, whether this is supposed to be the case or not.
  • Badass Moustache: In the original comics, though this was dropped by the end of the Preboot.
  • Big Bad: In the reboots where he is the leader.
  • Breakout Villain: Easily the best known member of the LSV and the one who has made it into the most reboots.
  • Cain and Abel: With Lightning Lad and Light Lass, his two younger siblings. In the Preboot continuity he was still rather protective of them despite this, while in the Postboot continuity he hated them both.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Preboot he would repeatedly try to get Light Lass to come over to his side.
  • Death Seeker: In the Threeboot, where he's an unbalanced antihero looking to die.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Preboot Mekt cares about Ayla and wants her to leave the LSH and join up with him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To his brother Garth, alias Lightning Lad/Live Wire.
  • Evil Old Folks: Has this look in the early years of the Preboot. Since the initial Legion of Super Villains are from even farther into the future than the Legion of Super Heroes, this is justifiable.
  • Evil Redhead: When he's not a White Hair, Black Heart or an old man.
  • Freudian Excuse: If you think being a solo counts.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In most continuities, Mekt turned into a good guy, or at least less of a bad guy.
  • Loners Are Freaks: His mental instability is usually attributed to being born a "solo" on a world where twins are the norm.
  • Locked into Strangeness: His hair was permanently bleached after receiving a particularly hard blast of lightning during a fight with his brother.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Depending on the Writer he's been written as sadistic, sociopathic, and suicidal. What he's never been is right in the head.
  • Might Makes Right: The Preboot Lightning Lord argues that as he and his siblings have powers that normal people do not, they have the right to take what they want and damn the law.
  • Pet the Dog: The Preboot version has a genuine soft spot for his sister, who he wishes would join him in his life of crime.
  • Psycho Electro: Though how psycho he is varies from version to version.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He wants to kill Garth and take Ayla to "replace" the twin he never had/wants to replace Garth as Ayla's twin after he kills him. Either way you put it, he's crazypants.
  • The Resenter: Resents the twins for having one another.
  • Shock and Awe: Gained lighting powers at the same time as his siblings.
  • The Sociopath: The Postboot version, who was bad to the core from the time the siblings were children.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: His middle-aged future self showed up with Saturn Queen and Cosmic King to bedevil the Legion well before his present self, but events (either being driven completely crackers in the standard timeline or turning good in 5YL) should have wiped this version of him out.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Often drawn with white hair, regardless of whether he is age appropriate or not.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Invoked in-universe during the Postboot. Live Wire believed that the lightning abilities which the three of them gained would wind up corrupting them, which is why Mekt became a criminal. When Garth finally confronted his brother with this theory, Mekt rebuffed it, and Ayla finally managed to convince Garth that Mekt was always rotten... after Mekt had destroyed Garth's right arm.

     Saturn Queen 
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AKA: Eve Aries
Homeworld: Titan
Abilities: Telepathy

  • Ambiguously Evil: A contemporary Saturn Queen came to appear in the Legion comics, with no apparent connection to the LSV, though sometimes she's mentioned in-universe as still being a member (and implied to have hypnotized her way out of legal trouble). She also married Evillo so she could use him to get a Saturnian relic meant to improve a user's hypnotic powers. But she seems to have changed for the better after claiming the Saturnian throne. Hopefully.
  • The Baroness: At her iciest.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In the original comics, there was no crime on Saturn due to certain minerals in the rings (hey, it was the Silver Age). Upon coming to Earth, and getting out of range of the rings, she just decided, "hey I think I'll turn evil for the Hell of it."
  • Evil Counterpart: To Saturn Girl.
  • Evil Matriarch: In "Absolute Power" and the Kandor arc of the new Supergirl series. She seems to have developed an obsession with having a child to serve as her Dragon. In both cases, she's gotten to watch said child die.
  • Evil Redhead: Even after her turn in 5YL, she's kind of a greedy power-luster.
  • Force and Finesse: Saturn Girl can use her powers offensively, but she prefers communication and hypnotic suggestions over the mental attacks and Mind Control of Esper Lass.
  • For the Evulz: Why she originally became a villain.
  • Freudian Excuse: Being able to read the every thought of the people she meets has convinced her that they are all scum, and deserve to be taken advantage of.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Invoked by her codename.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Her 5YL self is more of an selfish and amoral adventurer than a villain, but being Queen of Saturn and marrying Tenzil seems to have settled her down, at least for now.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the original comics, prompted by Superman exposing her to Saturnian elements. More recent versions, not so much.
    • Her Five Years Later counterpart turned and stayed good, eventually marrying Matter-Eater Lad and becoming queen of Titan.
  • Humans Are Bastards: More like all living beings are bastards. This has become her belief in the most recent reboot.
  • Ice Queen: And one who isn't going to be defrosted. At times her portrayal verges on The Baroness.
  • Marriage of Convenience:
    • She and Evillo married so they could use each other to find the Hypnostone.
    • She married Tenzil Kem/Matter-Eater Lad because getting married and siring an heir was a requirement for being Queen of Saturn. Also, she may actually like him.
  • Mind Control: Specializes in this.
  • Mind Rape: Inflicts it on her victims, including Superman.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Which she uses to justify her For the Evulz tendencies.
  • Telepathy: Like all Saturnians.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Her middle-aged future self showed up with Lightning Lord and Cosmic King to bedevil the Legion well before her present self, but events (either being turned good by Superman or being not-exactly-evil to start with) should have wiped this version of her from the timeline. The contemporary version's still a bit younger than that version was, thus it's still possible she may do an actual heel turn.
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     Sun Emperor 
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AKA: Nigal Douglous
Homeworld: Earth
Abilities: Solar energy generation and manipulation

  • Accidental Murder: Or so he says. One of the animals Nigal killed as a child turned out to be a small sapient alien that he claimed he thought was a dog.
  • Ax-Crazy: Dinged all the boxes for psychopathy as a youth and went even more insane as a result of the treatment that gave him his powers.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Nigal was pissed off that Saturn Queen recruited Sun Killer instead of him into her new Legion of Super-Villains.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: As a budding young psychopath, he hooked up with a biochemist at the reform center, who set up an illegal lab to give him his powers. He then burned her to death during a psychotic break. Love Hurts, alright.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Sun Boy
  • For the Evulz: He once murdered a waitress for no apparent reason other than he felt like it, freaking out his teammates, who are known as vicious psychopaths.
  • Horned Hairdo: When his hair was short.
  • Playing with Fire: Can destroy an entire village with one blast.
  • Pyro Maniac: Getting his powers made him even worse.
  • The Sociopath: Lifelong therapy hasn't even put a dent in it.

     Superboy-Prime 
AKA: Kal-El (Clark Kent)
Homeworld: Krypton/Earth-Prime
Abilities: Super-strength, speed, senses, flight, and invulnerability

See Superman rogue gallery.

     Chameleon Chief 
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AKA: Jall Tannuz (?)
Homeworld: Not Durla, strangely enough.
Abilities: Shapeshifting, can also change objects

     Esper Lass 
AKA: Meta Ulnoor
Homeworld: Titan
Abilities: High Intellect, Psychic powers

Meta Ulnoor, considered the most promising young psychic on Titan since Saturn Girl, was limited only by her arrogance, which led her to reject high honors on Titan in order to claim SG's place within the Legion. Upon being rejected for not having unique powers, she put together a "Legion of Super-Rejects" who challenged their counterparts and were defeated. Following this humiliation, she, Micro Lad, and Magno Lad joined the LSV instead.


  • Didn't Think This Through: Even if she and the Rejects had succeeded in defeating their counterparts, there was no way in hell the Legion would let people who'd physically and mentally assaulted their long-time friends and comrades on the team.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Super-Rejects' response to getting turned down from the Legion was to violently attack their counterparts in the Legion in the hopes of usurping them. After losing, Esper Lass, Magno Lad, and Micro Lad decided to join the LSV in their attempts to kill the Legion.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Saturn Girl.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Thinks it's ridiculous to believe in Darkseid, as Ol-Vir does.
  • Pride: Her greatest flaw.
  • Psychic Powers:
    • Mind Control: Uses this to keep the real whackjobs among the LSV (like Ol-Vir) in line.
    • Mind Probe: Scans even alien minds with ease.
    • Mind Rape: This mental attack easily tore through an unprepared Saturn Girl's defenses.
    • Telepathy: De rigueur for every Titanian.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Believed that since her powers were at least on par with Saturn Girl's (and possibly superior in some respects), she ought to join the Legion even though the Legion's rule about having at least one unique power was well-established at that point. Then she thought she could win a position by defeating her counterpart in mental combat.
  • Spoiled Brat: What she amounts to.
  • Stripperiffic: A blue loincloth, silver boots and...um, a boob sheath?
  • Strong, but Unskilled: She and the other Rejects may have been as powerful or stronger than their counterparts, but lost due to their lack of training and teamwork.
  • Teen Genius: Titan trains its children in advanced sciences, and she's the only humanoid in the galaxy who understands Gil’dishpan dimension transporting technology thanks to reading Zymyr's mind.

     Nemesis Kid 
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AKA: Hart Druiter
Homeworld: Myar
Abilities: Spontaneously develops powers to defeat a single opponent

A Khund spy and alchemist who infiltrated the Legion, Nemesis Kid had the power to defeat any single opponent in combat. Run out of the Legion after his treachery was revealed, he later joined the LSV, briefly becoming their leader.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Karate Kid.
  • Green Lantern Ring: His power can literally do anything if it could help him defeat his opponent. In the cartoon, his power was simplified so that he could just Depower superhumans.
  • Mad Scientist: An evil alchemist in this case, which would probably overlap with Evil Sorcerer.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Literally when fighting Superboy, but more generally, his power usually lets him generate an opponent's specific weakness.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Pretty much the ultimate embodiment of this trope, with how his power is literally to adapt whatever power he needs to defeat his current opponent. Something that either negates their primary advantage, or plays to their biggest weakness.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers one of these to Karate Kid, basically killing him with his bare hands.
  • Oh, Crap!: Delivers a fine one when he realizes that Projectra is going to destroy him.
  • The Mole / Sixth Ranger Traitor: He joined the Legion to spy on them for the Khunds. Later, he became a member of the Legion of Super-Villains.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When confronted with multiple super-powered opponents his power adapts some form of quick escape. If it doesn't fail outright.
  • Smug Snake: Thinks his abilities make him better than the Legionnaires.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the Legion of Supervillains long after its foundation, yet becomes the leader.
  • Turncoat: A legion member who sold them out to the Khunds.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Adapts one power to defeat one opponent, which uncontrollably changes if he encounters another. Strength enough to beat Superboy would be nice to take into battle against a group, but as soon as he ran into, say, Phantom Girl it would turn into the ability to affect intangible people instead. The one Legionnaire who could clean his clock reliably was Duo Damsel, possible the weakest member. He could adapt to defeat any single opponent, or to escape from multiple opponents, but she's both simultaneously, and a more skilled fighter.And when it came to Projectra, it turned out the ability to see through illusions wasn't all that great against the widow of the greatest martial artist in the universe. KRRACK!

     Ron-Karr 
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Homeworld: Neptune
Abilities: Able to flatten his body to two-dimensions.

His application for Legion membership was rejected, as his power is considered "too unusual." He joins the Legion of Super-Villains during the five part war between the two Legions in the 1980s Legion of Super-Heroes series. He was not that helpful. He eventually redeems himself when he joins the Legion of Substitute Heroes, whose 1985 special he was referred to in, in their fight against the Dominators' control of Earth.

     Tyr 
AKA: Tyr the Hunter
Homeworld: Tyrraz
Abilities: Bionic gun arm

Tyr is a native of Tyrraz, a mobile planet devoted to the practice of war. Due to an unspecified accident, one of his arms was replaced with a cybernetic gun. In his first appearance, Tyr kidnaps Legion member Timber Wolf (who was believed killed by his fellow Legionnaires), and brainwashes him into becoming an assassin. After an unsuccessful attempt to kill Earth's president, Timber Wolf manages to overcome Tyr and break his conditioning. He later joins the Legion of Super-Villains.

  • Arm Cannon: Tyr is equipped with a powerful bionic gun in place of one of his real arms. The gun can fire powerful energy blasts, and can somehow control the minds of others. The gun can detach itself from Tyr's body and fly away, in the event he is captured.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Tyr comes from Tyrraz, a planet dedicated to the practice of war.

     Zymyr 
Homeworld: Hykraius
Abilities: Teleportation via Warp, telepathy.


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