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     Bouncing Boy 
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AKA: Chuck Taine
Homeworld: Earth
Abilities: Inflatable body, invulnerability (Preboot); expert mechanic (Postboot)

Bouncing Boy has the power to inflate himself and bounce around like a giant ball. This combination of invulnerability and velocity makes him a surprisingly useful combatant. Born on Earth without any powers, he received his abilities by accidentally drinking a super-plastic formula he believed was soda pop. He has shared a long-term romantic relationship with Triplicate Girl of the planet Cargg, one of his fellow Legionnaires whom he eventually marries. In Reboot Legion continuity, Chuck Taine has no powers and is the Legion's mechanic.


  • Acrofatic: It helps that he can bounce.
  • Badass Beard: His FYL counterpart.
  • Badass Normal: Even in the periods when he doesn't have powers, he still has Legion training in self-defense, piloting, and investigation, and proves quite formidable on his own.
  • Be the Ball: Already rotund, he can inflate into a large ball that gathers momentum as it bounces. Whether his body actually inflates—as in, takes in air—or his individual cells expand, decreasing his overall density while increasing his overall dimensions, is not explained.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Artists have drawn him with a fair amount of muscle over the years, making him appear beefy instead of simply fat. And even without that, fans find him attractive and utterly adorable.
  • Big Eater: Subverted. Chuck is implied to have a big appetite but it's never really seen on panel, save for the incident where he drank the experimental formula that gave him his power. He didn't bother to look down at what bottle he was reaching for.
  • Big Fun: Bouncing Boy's addition to the Legion of Super-Heroes provided a vehicle for humor.
  • Bouncing Battler: He combines this with Be the Ball. One story revealed that he'd studied advanced mathematics to learn to aim multiple bounces just right.
  • Demoted to Extra / Ascended Extra: Like Matter-Eater Lad, Chuck was deemed too silly for the Postboot Legion, so he was recast as a non-powered mechanic contracted to the Legion. However, he proved popular, so during the DnA era he was promoted to "Chief Engineer" and joined the main cast... with his rather unique spaceship, the Bouncing Boy.
  • De-Power:
    • Got hit by a matter shrinking projector ray that not only neutralized the serum, but also knocked about twenty pounds off of him.
    • The sadistic Computo briefly restored his powers so he could futilely try to rescue his friends. The foul computer said it would last half an hour, but it was really only a few minutes.
    • A rebellious scientist working for Prince Evillo brought back Bouncing Boy's powers...
    • ...only for them to go away on their own. But then they came back after he threw his body into an energy field.
  • Determinator: Bouncing Boy was rejected by the team five times before they let him in the sixth time. After later becoming semi-retired and becoming a reserve member, he eventually became a mentor to younger members and an occasional leader.
  • The Everyman: A perfectly regular guy, whom fortune smiled upon. His modesty and sense of humor make it easy for his students at the Academy to relate to him.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's a guy and he bounces.
  • Fun Personified: Pretty much his job for most of his career with the Legion. During the Preboot era, he was the Legion's self-appointed "Morale Officer".
  • Happily Married: To Luornu, preboot and retroboot. They were the first Legionnaires to get married, they've never been shown as anything but absolutely crazy for each other.
  • The Heart: He helps keep the Legion grounded, since in many ways he's what they're fighting for.
  • In a Single Bound: Or Bounce, in this case.
  • Interspecies Romance: Luornu is technically an alien, as opposed to a descendant of human colonists like many Legionnaires.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After his powers came back the second or third time, he kept them secret so he wouldn't be pressed back into full-time Legion membership. He'd rather devote that time to Luornu.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Yeah, he seems silly, but think about it: he's pretty much physically invulnerable, can accelerate to outrageous speeds when he bounces, and then he slams into you in a massive attack from above. A 200 pound mass moving at 80 miles per hour generates an awful lot of kinetic force...
  • Lethal Joke Character: Even the Legion can underestimate him sometimes. But more importantly, so do supervillains.
  • Mr. Fixit: Postboot was too serious for Bouncing Boy, so it had Chuck Taine as the Legion's resident mechanic/engineer.
  • Nice Guy: Often referred to as "the happiest Legionnaire", and he spreads the joy by being an all-around...swell guy.
  • No-Sell: When he's in the air, he's not grounded, so electrical attacks don't harm him. His earned his way into the Legion by beating a villain who used electric weaponry which stymied Saturn Girl.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Although he'd been been going on friendly dates with Luornu, their relationship took a sharp upturn after one of her duplicates had apparently turned evil, when he stayed by her side as her confidante, and helped her find the truth.
  • Super Serum: He gained his powers by drinking an experimental formula he was supposed to be delivering instead of the soda he'd just bought.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Told his story to a group of Legion rejects, in order to encourage them. In hearing that he'd been invited into the Legion after being a supervillain, Mentalla decided to outdo him and joined the Fatal Five in the hopes of betraying them from the inside. It worked, turning the tide of their next battle, but Emerald Empress killed the young psychic.

     Brainiac 5/Brainiac 5. 1 
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AKA: Querl Dox
Homeworld: Colu
Abilities: 12th level super intelligence; force-field projection (Postboot only)

Born on the super-intelligent planet Colu, he is a 12th-level intellect considered a genius even by their standards. This makes him an incredible scientist, inventor, and strategist in combat. His ancestor is the super-villain Brainiac, and he takes this name to redeem his family's lineage. His longest romantic partners have been Supergirl, Andromeda, and Dream Girl.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Totally green-skinned.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Postboot Brainy shows attraction to both Andromeda and Invisible Kid.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's the Legion's brains, but he can also throw down when he has to, and is rarely a hindrance when things get physical. Given who some of his teammates and enemies are, this makes him a certified badass.
  • Barrier Warrior: Brainiac 5's primary invention is his personal force-shield generator. He wears a belt that projects an impenetrable forcefield around himself; can sometimes extend the field to do more creative things with it.
  • Brains and Brawn: With Supergirl, Preboot, and again in New Krypton.
  • Breakout Character: Quite possibly the best known member of the Legion.
  • The Chessmaster: His super-intelligence is sometimes played this way.
  • Dark Secret: One of a conspiracy of four Legionnaires dedicated to avenging Superboy's death (long story), by killing the Time Trapper.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Deflector Shields: He usually has one on his belt.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist
  • Future Me Scares Me: Threeboot Brainiac 5, who finds difficulty in working with his (adult) retroboot alter ego.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He is able to create very advanced technology such as time machines (such as the Time Cube, Time Spheres and Chronexus), Flight Rings, artificial intelligences, and Force Shields. Brainy is also knowledgeable with medical technology as well, having invented the anti-lead serum for Mon-El and curing Matter-Eater Lad of his madness.
  • Green Skinned Space Hunk: Supergirl thought so, anyway.
  • Guile Hero: Often portrayed this way.
  • Insufferable Genius: More often than not, depending on the writer. In the postboot continuity, he's so fed up with the other Legionnaires pestering him for help that when the Emerald Eye grants his heart's desire, he becomes invisible and inaudible to everyone but himself and simply goes about his own projects without interference.
    • This is most apparent in Legion of Three Worlds, where Retroboot, Postboot, and Threeboot Brainy all have to work together and just can't stop arguing (albeit for different reasons; one of them is distrustful of an older Brainiac 5 because he's never trusted any adults before and isn't about to get in the habit of it).
  • Legacy Character: He is introduced as the great-great-grandson of Superman villain Brainiac, was so popular that writers eventually created Brainiacs 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, and 13.
  • May–December Romance: His Retroboot counterpart during New Krypton is still in love with Supergirl, even though, at that point in time in the 21st Century, she's still a teenager and he's an adult. Of course, Querl doesn't admit this to Kara because she had yet to actually join the Retroboot Legion.
  • Missing Mom: In Postboot, it turned out that Brainy was traumatized by the memory of his mother, Brainiac 4, abandoning him just as soon as she'd finished giving birth. Brainiac 4 was a statuesque blonde woman, by the way. Also a sociopath, who took on several wildly varying identities before eventually leading the Dark Circle and trying to kill Querl, all in pursuit of finding something that would provoke an emotional reaction in herself.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The many times when one of Brainy's creations becomes a problem for the entire Legion (see: Computo).
  • Non-Action Guy: Depending on the continuity. He's always preferred to be mission control, but in some (especially Preboot) he can still pack a hell of a punch.
  • Overnight Age-Up: Following the assault on Glorith in the final dozen or so issues of v4 prior to Zero Hour.
  • Powered Armor: Briefly wore something like this after being aged by Glorith.
  • Required Secondary Powers: He has a force field belt that (before Crisis on Infinite Earths, at least) was explicitly noted to have the ability to automatically generate breathable air whenever creating a closed shield. Even before he invented the transuits, it was stated that he didn't need a conventional space suit for this reason.
  • Science Hero
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Goes crazy with remarkable frequency. The apparently decorative wires on his face are, in postboot continuity, part of a mental limiter that keeps him from becoming so intelligent that he becomes hopelessly focused on matters of cosmic knowledge, useless and/or insane.
  • The Smart Guy: Fit the role in every Legion continuity.
  • The Spock: Since very early on. Brainiac 5 is usually portrayed as being anti-social, cold towards others, aloof and self-involved. The reasoning for this is his heightened intelligence which always surpasses those around him, making it difficult for him to relate communication his point to others.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: In some continuities, the frequency with which his experiments explode is a Running Gag.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Notably employed against the Time Trapper.
  • Super Intelligence: Querl has a "12th-level intellect" (each level of intelligence represents a separate thought track, allowing him to think about or solve twelve equations simultaneously), which grants him superhuman calculation skills, amazing memory and exceptional technical know-how. This increased intellect gives him superior calculating abilities, an encyclopedic memory and innovating scientific knowledge.
  • Teen Genius
  • Wonderful Life: He's subjected hilariously to a Wonderful Life plot in a side story in one of the Postboot issues. When it appears that everyone else really would be better off without him, he decides he would rather go on existing just to make them miserable.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: After DC introduced Brainiac, the makers of a toy computer called "The Brainiac" complained. DC had to place a trademark notice for the toy computer in the comic, and made Brainiac a robot with a computer mind. This made things complicated for Brainiac 5, who could not be a descendant of Brainiac and was retconned as the descendant of a humanoid who Brainiac adopted and who later rebelled. The animated version simply made Brainiac 5 and all Coluans robots, with Querl based on the original's code. In 1988 (the original change was in 1964), Brainiac was retconned back into being a living Coluan (fully confirmed in 2008) making this moot.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: His Glorithverse counterpart. During an Annual which acted as a recap of events in Legion history altered to fit the new continuity, Glorith kissed Brainiac 5 for a few seconds after he discovered that she'd been manipulating the Legion the whole time. Due to her time manipulating abilities she made the kiss last an eternity, effectively driving him insane in order to make him forget this revelation.
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     Chameleon Boy/Chameleon 
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AKA: Reep Daggle
Homeworld: Durla
Abilities: Shapeshifting

Chameleon Boy is a Durlan. His physiology allows him to change shape into anything. This makes him a useful member of the Legion Espionage Squad. It is later revealed that his father is R.J. Brande, who bankrolls the Legion.


  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: After his discovering his long-lost father was secretly RJ Brande, who'd been funding the Legion for years he made one of the few impulsive decisions of his life and took several Legionnaires on a mission to spy upon the Khund, which ended up getting them led into a trap with no apparent hope of rescue on a frozen asteroid. They were rescued in the end, but a) everyone could very well have died b) Light Lass and Timber Wolf broke up their long-standing relationship over a Mistaken for Cheating incident that also harmed Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad's marriage, and C) he very nearly touched off an open war between the UP and the Khunds, and therefore was sentenced to Takron-Galtos...with all the other criminals the Legion had busted and his powers neutralized.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His Threeboot counterpart.
  • Fantastic Racism: As a Durlan, he gets a lot directed his way.
  • Hate Plague: Got exposed to Mordru's blood crystals, which filled him with blind hatred for Superboy. He then proceeded to capture Superboy and shapeshifted himself to fool Brainiac 5 and Lightning Lad into thinking Superboy had gotten free. Superboy managed to escape (for real) and restore him to sanity.
  • Great Detective: Probably the best investigator in the Legion and a mainstay (and later leader) of the Legion Espionage Squad.
  • I Am Who?: Congratulations, your father's the richest man in the galaxy! Who, er, abandoned you as a baby and hid his identity from you your entire life, even after meeting you in person and knowing you for years!...Why aren't you more happy?
  • Interspecies Romance: Flirts a lot with the ladies of the Legion, and he's the only Durlan member.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In Preboot, it turned out that Reep was the son of R.J. Brande, who was actually a Mode Locked Durlan.
  • Magic Pants: In Threeboot, after his teammates get new uniforms, Cham decided to alter his costume's design. That's when it dawns on Star Boy that Cham's costume is a part of his body, meaning he's been walking around naked the entire time.
  • Master Actor: To back up his shapeshifting.
  • Mode Lock: If exposed to Cancelite, a Durlan is frozen in whatever form they were taking at the time until it wears off.
  • Nephewism: Pre-Zero hour following his mother's death and his father becoming ill, amnesiac and mode-locked Reep and Liggt were raised by their mother's sister Ji.
  • Older and Wiser: In the Five Years Later continuity, Cham becomes the mentor to the younger "Batch SW6" Legionnaires.
  • One Twin Must Die: Pre-Zero Hour Durlans forced twins to fight to the death in the Right of Survival as "only through death can the choice of the gods be surmised". Reep won the right of survival by killing his twin Liggt but regrets it and feels remorse over his sibling's death for the rest of his life.
  • True Sight: His antennae allow him to instantly memorize someone's form perfectly,as a result he can also tell when someone's in disguise by how their form subtly changes.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: The unpleasant part being that Brande had known Cham for years without making a peep about it.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like all Durlans, Reep possesses the ability to transform his body's size, shape and color to mimic any person, creature or object in the universe.
  • You No Take Candle: Early in Postboot, when he's just learning to speak Interlac. And kept up much longer than necessary as a form of Obfuscating Stupidity.

     Chemical King 
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AKA: Condo Arlik
Homeworld: Phlon
Abilities: Can create/control chemical and energy reactions.

Chemical King, alias Condo Arlik of Phlon, was a member of the Legion whose mutation allowed him to control chemical reactions. In Reboot Legion continuity he is not a member of the Legion. However, it is hinted that he dates Invisible Kid.


  • Demoted to Extra: The Postboot Condo Arlik is a TV reporter, not a superhero.
  • Depending on the Writer: The specifics of his abilities tended to change depending on what the writer needed for a situation and whether or not said writer had done their science homework.
  • Doomed by Canon: One story has Superboy going into the Legion's future and seeing his memorial, with the details of how he died, well before he appeared in the series proper.
  • Energy Absorption: Can suck the power out laser gun batteries.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Just sit down for a while and think about all the chemicals he could generate, the reactions he could cause in someone's body, all the superpowers out there which come from biological reactions or energy reserves...he's got a Story-Breaker Power, if he only had the confidence to match.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Tends to be pretty down on himself, a lack of confidence which seems to haunt him to his dying day.
  • Hollywood Acid: Can generate this from thin air.
  • Instant Sedation: Can throw somebody into shock, or drastically slow their metabolism.
  • I Owe You My Life: To Lyle Norg, who stabilized his powers and trained him in their use.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The limits of his powers were never really hashed out. He's shown affecting energy reactions as well, for example, including radiation.
  • Power Incontinence: When he was born, his powers nearly killed the doctors and nurses in the room by accelerating their glucose. They thought he had some kind of new virus...then the hospital collapsed. He struggled most of his life to learn how to keep from harming himself or others.
  • Power Nullifier: As long as it's run by a chemical reaction of some sort.
  • Race Lift: In Postboot, he's depicted with tan skin, whereas Preboot he was Caucasian.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: To stop World War VII, he sacrificed himself in battle against the Dark Circle. This made him one of the Legion's earliest casualties.
  • Super Mode: Can use his ability to boost people's body chemistry, briefly turning them into a Lightning Bruiser, although this also exhausts them.
  • Touch of Death: He mentions at one point that he could just shut a pair of criminals' bodies down entirely, but killing is against LSH rules.
  • Training the Gift of Magic: His powers were inherent from birth, and he needed years of training (and Lyle Norg's chemical treatments) so that he wouldn't accidentally wreak havoc on Phlon...or on his own body.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He worries about this in-story, despite his powers actually being pretty useful. Justified in that they started out incredibly dangerous for himself and everyone around him.

     Colossal Boy/Leviathan/Micro Lad 
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AKA: Gim Allon
Homeworld: Earth (Preboot/Threeboot); Mars (Postboot)
Abilities: Giant growth

Colossal Boy is a human member of the Legion. Exposure to a radioactive meteorite gave him the ability to grow incredibly large. His mother is President Allon, and his wife is Chameleon Girl. In Reboot Legion continuity, he is a member of the Science Police who takes the name Leviathan when he joins the Legion. This version dies in battle against Doctor Regulus. In Prime Legion continuity, he belongs to a race of giants and has the power to shrink to normal size. Everyone calls him Colossal Boy, but he insists that his name is Micro Lad.


  • Amateur Sleuth: Since he had actual police training, he was one of the better detectives on the team.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He can increase his size up to twenty-five feet.
  • Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Although he was portrayed as being out of his depth as the Legion's leader without Cosmic Boy advising him, he never quite crossed the line into full Umbridge-ness.
  • Composite Character: Threeboot Micro Lad is a combination of Preboot Colossal Boy and supervillain Micro Lad.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Following an injury at the hands of Starfinger, 5YL Colossal Boy suffered intense pain whenever he grew.
  • Gentle Giant: He is known for having a big heart no matter what his size.
  • Happily Married: To Chameleon Girl, a shapeshifting Green-Skinned Space Babe.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Had a thing for Shrinking Violet for a long time. When it seemed to have been reciprocated, she turned out to be someone else entirely.
  • I Have Your Parents: Tarik the Mute transmuted his parents into glass and forced him to give away Legion secrets on pain of shattering.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: In Postboot, his "heart's desire" is to die to save the lives of his teammates (It Makes Sense in Context - see My Greatest Failure, below).
    • Which inspired one Elseworlds, "Superboy's Legion", to feature him doing just that - dying in the fledgling Legion's first encounter with the Fatal Five.
  • My Fist Forgives You: Socks Element Lad in the face after learning that the "Shrinking Violet" he'd fallen in love with and married was an impostor, and that Element Lad was the one who'd discovered it without telling him. Element Lad concedes that he deserved it.
  • My Greatest Failure: In the Postboot, he was appointed the Legion's leader for one mission that ended in the death of Kid Quantum; he immediately abdicated in favor of Cosmic Boy and never forgave himself. (See Martyr Without a Cause, above.)
  • The Neidermeyer: In the Postboot, Leviathan was introduced as one of these (since he was a former Science Policeman in that continuity). The Haughty is soon Broken.
  • Sizeshifter: While training as a Science Police officer on Mars, Gim Allon was affected by the emanations of a meteorite that impacted nearby, giving him the ability to grow to enormous size and strength.
  • Super Cop: Gim trained to be a police officer before becoming a Legionnaire, even after he became a hero he continued his training and became an officer.
  • Super Strength: Even at normal size, he's considerably stronger than a typical human.

     Dream Girl/Dreamer 
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AKA: Nura Nal
Homeworld: Naltor
Abilities: Precognition

Born on the planet Naltor, she possesses natural precognitive abilities. This power requires her to be asleep, but she is also an expert in science and physical combat. Her sister is White Witch, and her romantic partner is Star Boy. She has also been a member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. In Reboot Legion continuity, she is Nura Schnappin who takes the name Dreamer when she becomes a Legionnaire. In Prime Legion continuity, Dream Girl is romantically involved with Brainiac 5 until she is killed by Terror Firma.


  • Badass Normal: The strongest non-superpowered hand-to-hand fighter on the team after Karate Kid.
  • Beauty Mark: A star-shaped one on her right cheek.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: By 5YL, she's gained considerable curves, and has no shortage of male attention.
  • Damsel in Distress: Dream Girl's early portrayal was a damsel-in-distress who could be easily defeated and captured by enemies, obliging her teammates to rescue her.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Like all people native to Naltor, Dream Girl is clairvoyant, and has the ability to forecast future events based upon visions she sees in her dreams. This ability is 100% accurate in all situations, though there have been occasions when Dream Girl has misinterpreted the visions that she sees.
  • Fainting Seer: Postboot, she literally only gets visions in her dreams, but visions can strike at any time, resulting in narcolepsy- until she gets over it via Training from Hell which results in her no longer sleeping. Ever.
  • Hello, Nurse!: With her stunning pinup-girl looks and figure, a flirty swimsuit-like costume and boldly confident personality, the male Legionnaires completely stopped noticing the other female members on the team and the female Legionnaires soon grew jealous and resentful.
  • Hospital Hottie: An expert in biotechnology, including medicine.
  • Hot Scientist: A skilled scientist who look like a supermodel.
  • Hot Witch: Picked up some tricks from her sister, the White Witch.
  • The Leader:
    • Dream Girl was a leader of the Legion. She led the team through many crises including one in which Nura handled Darkseid.
    • As the most powerful seer among the Naltorians, she's in line for the position of High Seer, which she takes up during 5YL.
  • More Than Mind Control: After her affair with Atmos of Xanthu, she said that she believed he had some sort of hypnotic power over her. He seems to just be a Flying Brick with energy blasts, but it's...possible. On the other hand she may just by trying to justify his charisma and her bad decisions to herself.
  • Ms. Fanservice: By design, from her very first appearance, she look like a pin-up. She is a sexy blonde girl and her white costumes (especially her iconic leotard) are always very skimpy (even prior to the Legion's sexy-costume era of the 70's). Artist often emphasize her sensuality.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Her flirtatious persona makes her easy to underestimate; this is generally a mistake.
  • Omniscient Morality License: In her first appearance she tampered with seven Legionnaires' lives in order to get them kicked out of active service with the Legion, as she believed she'd seen them dying terribly and wanted to protect them. The only permanent thing she did was alter Lightning Lass's powers without her consent, allowing her to stay on the team with her twin brother.
  • Prophecy Twist / Prophetic Fallacy: Sometimes has problems with this; her visions of the future always come true, but she isn't always seeing what she thinks she is. (Invoked in her first appearance, in which "the Legion will die!" turned out to mean "some robot doubles will be destroyed.") Her powers work "literally", in a visual sense. Previsualization, not true precognition. Usually.
  • Seers: Dream Girl has the ability to see the future in dreams and visions. This is a power shared by all natives of her home planet Naltor, but Nura's ability to do so is considered to be among the strongest of her race.
  • Teen Genius: She has a keen knowledge of Naltorian super-science and has used these skills to help her comrades.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Postboot; see above. In original continuity and Threeboot she can use her shorter-range precognition to predict opponents' moves in battle, and even uses this to take out two Naltorian cops who've been trained in the same skill.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Being well aware of the limits of her power, she became a Renaissance Woman in order to be useful to the team.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Was unfaithful to Star Boy quite a bit, in spite of their love for each other.

     Element Lad/Alchemist/The Progenitor 
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AKA: Jan Arrah
Homeworld: Trom
Abilities: Capable of transmuting the elements

Born on the planet Trom, he possesses the natural ability to transmute elements. The space-pirate Roxxas destroyed his entire planet and he is the last of his species. His romantic partner is Shvaughn Erin, a trans woman in the Science Police. In Reboot Legion continuity, he takes the name Alchemist when Trom is destroyed by the White Triangle. In Prime Legion continuity, he uses the name Element Lad again. This version is killed by Superboy-Prime during Final Crisis.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Postboot Jan is kidnapped and brainwashed into becoming the Postboot Starfinger.
  • Cloudcuckoo Lander: Postboot.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: In "Legion Lost" it is shown that the events from "Widening Rifts" had caused Element Lad to become lost in deep space for billions of years, whereby his perspective changes to a point of arguable insanity and he becomes the extremely powerful villain Progenitor.
  • Hour of Power: Unlike his counterparts, Threeboot Element Lad's transmutations only last for sixty seconds.
  • Last of His Kind: Every time (spell his home planet's name backwards, why don't you?). See Apocalypse How, above.
  • Martial Pacifist: Some continuities have him as a deeply religious man who only uses his transmutation powers in nonviolent ways- and it's easy to see why, once Leviathan suggests that he just "turn the Fatal Five into Cheez Whiz".
  • Odd Friendship: His Postboot version with Monstress. He was often seen complimenting her on her appearance and wardrobe without appearing to be hitting on her, but from the way they interacted with one another there appeared to be potential for a romantic relationship.
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     Ferro Lad/Ferro 
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AKA: Andrew Nolan
Homeworld: Earth
Abilities: Can turn into living iron, gaining super-strength and invulnerability

Born on Earth, he has a mutation that allows him to transform into living iron. His brother Douglas Nolan also shares this power. He died shortly into his tenure as a Legionnaire, sacrificing himself to stop a Sun-Eater and save the solar system. In Reboot Legion continuity, he is born in the 20th Century and uses the name Ferro. He meets the Legion while they're trapped in the past and fighting a Sun-Eater during Final Night. This version survives the encounter.


  • Backup Twin: His brother Douglas.
  • Chrome Champion: Ferro has the ability to convert the tissue of his entire body into an organic Iron. He is able to transform into this armor-like state at will the process is virtually instantaneous and remain in that form for an as yet undetermined amount of time. If he is rendered unconscious, however, he spontaneously reverts to his normal form.
  • Continuity Nod: The Preboot Ferro Lad is best known for sacrificing his life to stop a Sun-Eater. The Postboot Ferro first appears during the Final Night crossover, featuring another Sun-Eater. He volunteers himself for a suicide mission to keep the Sun-Eater from destroying Earth, but at the moment of truth, he is quickly told by Hal Jordan, "That's OK, son, but you've got too much to live for," and rescued. Hal Jordan, currently the supervillain Parallax, sacrifices himself to stop it instead.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Preboot. Punches Superboy in the face, then carries a bomb into the center of the Sun-Eater, destroying it.
  • Facial Horror: Why he always wears a mask. We never get to see it, but Postboot he looks for medical treatment and is told that notonly is his skull structure sprocked up beyond repair, but his muscle and skin tissue are mixed in with it at random. The only help possible would come from a metallurgist and require him to remain metal for the rest of his life, sacrificing most of his senses of smell, taste, and touch. He still considers it for a while before deciding to keep his fleshy form. Later, he was just starting to accept his appearance when he was wounded and Mode Locked into metal form- with the mask on.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Preboot, when he dies protecting Earth from the Sun-Eater. Postboot, he had a twin brother who died protecting him and some of the timelost Legionnaires under unrelated circumstances.
  • Made of Iron: Literally.
  • Missing Mom: Postboot, he and his brother were abandoned by their mother and locked up with a number of other metahumans for experiments by a corrupt government-sponsored scientist.
  • More Expendable Than You / More Hero Than Thou: In both the Preboot and Postboot continuities, his most memorable moments involve these tropes.
  • Nice Guy
  • Parental Abandonment: Postboot.
  • Percussive Prevention: Preboot. Ferro Lad knocks out Superboy and takes the bomb into the heart of the monster in a Heroic Sacrifice, knowing that the red sun radiation from the Sun-Eater would have rendered Superboy vulnerable to the bomb.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Postboot. He was mortally wounded by a criminal and only stayed alive by morphing to iron form, forcing him to remain "ironed up" permanently.
  • Someone Has to Die: Preboot.
  • What Could Have Been: Jim Shooter wanted to make Ferro Lad African-American, but the editors were worried that they'd lose distribution in the South. So Shooter decided to have him heroically sacrifice himself.

     Green Lantern 
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AKA: Rond Vidar
Homeworld: Earth
Abilities: Green Lantern power ring

Rond Vidar is one of only two Green Lanterns active in the 31st century.


  • Archnemesis Dad: His father Vidar, a super-villainous hypnotist, was a frequent foe of the Legion.
  • Immune to Mind Control: He cannot be hypnotised.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was killed by Superboy Prime, who was pulled into the future by the Time Trapper, in "Legion of Three Worlds".
  • Sacrificial Lion: A variation where the character himself has been around for a long time, but his new role as a Legion member came just before his death—he was first revealed to be a member in Legion of Three Worlds, where he was killed. Previously he was only an honorary member, and he had only had the ring for a brief time.
    • Rond's death convince Sodam Yat to take action against Superboy Prime. This was the first time he would enter battle in hundreds of year.

     Invisible Kid I 
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AKA: Lyle Norg
Homeworld: Earth
Abilities: Invisibility

Born on the planet Earth, Lyle Norg developed a serum that allowed him to become completely invisible. This made him an important member of the Legion Espionage Squad. Norg was killed by Validus of the Fatal Five. In Reboot Legion continuity, Lyle Norg' survives and is romantically involved with Chemical King. In Prime Legion continuity, Lyle Norg is known for struggling with his father who is in the Science Police.


  • Amazon Chaser: Invisible Kid develops a crush on Gazelle after seeing her in action.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: In the Postboot continuity, Brainy was more the pure scientist, doing things like creating antigravitic material as a side effect of an experiment, and Lyle was more the engineer, doing things like taking said metal and producing flight rings from it.
  • Invisibility: He can turn himself and his clothing invisible at will. His invisibility cloaks himself from many types of detection: ocular, auditory and telepathic.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Threeboot's first arc is told almost entirely through his perspective and is about how alien everything is to him.
  • New Meat: Threeboot again.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: See Super Serum, below.
  • Science Hero
  • Super Serum: The source of his powers. In the Threeboot, he gives the serum to the Science Police in exchange for them leaving the Legion alone- but not before somehow encoding it with a virus that gives the Legion a backdoor into SP computers after it's analyzed.
  • Teen Genius: Threeboot Brainy goes so far as to say that Lyle's plan involving the virus mentioned above was the cleverest thing a human had done since the discovery of fire.
  • Teen Superspy: Postboot, this was his pre-Legion job, and he goes on to found the Legion Espionage Squad with Triad, Apparition, Shrinking Violet, and Chameleon. He also leads the Squad in most continuities where it exists.
  • The Everyman: Threeboot has him as an obvious audience identification character.
  • Word of Gay: Postboot.

     Karate Kid 
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AKA: Val Armorr
Homeworld: Earth
Abilities: Martial arts master

Karate Kid is Val Armorr. Born in Japan, he is the greatest martial artist in the known universe. He has mastered every known form of martial arts, including a "super karate" that allows him to hold his own against Superboy. His long-term romantic partner and later wife is Princess Projectra. He was killed by Nemesis Kid during "An Eye for an Eye". He returned to life in "The Lightning Saga" and was killed again by the Morticoccus Virus in Countdown. In Reboot Legion continuity, Val Armorr begins his career as a member of Workforce before joining the Legion.In Prime Legion continuity there is a third version of Val Armorr who helped Ultra Boy learn better control. He briefly dated Shadow Lass and remains good friends with her.


  • Badass Normal: Karate Kid has no actual superpowers but has never run into any trouble with the Legion's traditional superpower requirement, presumably because nobody wants to say no to a guy who's demonstrated that he can put the absurdly overpowered Silver Age Superboy in a headlock.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: Karate Kid's martial arts skills have progressed to the point where they are a legitimate superpower, allowing him to split steel beams and destroy spaceships with his hands, even going so far as to give Superboy a tussle during his entrance exam. In fact, Karate Kid's skills are so advanced that when the United Planets outlaws the use of superpowers in one Preboot story, he is no longer allowed to use his karate or judo because they qualify as a superpower.
  • Clear My Name: His Legion career almost ended ignominiously when fellow recruit Nemesis Kid framed him for betraying Earth to the Khunds, but Nemesis Kid's own treachery was discovered in time and Val went on to become one of the greatest Legionnaires ever.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Countdown to Final Crisis he and Triplicate Girl end up stranded in the past because Karate Kid's infected with a strange virus; they try to find a cure... unsuccessfully. Both of them die. He only came back at the very end of the New 52 series.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: An unusual example. Karate Kid doesn't actually have any innate superpowers, yet his development of his martial arts skills has reached the point where he is classified as having them anyway.
  • Fad Super: An unusual case because he is a preexisting character who became one for a while long after he was introduced. In the 1970's, he was suddenly modelled after Bruce Lee (and drawn Asian), given a robe instead of a superhero costume, and spun off into his own series which was sold as a martial arts series until the martial arts fad died out. Also, note that the movie The Karate Kid came out decades after his premiere - the credits actually mention that DC Comics owns the rights to the name. (Unfortunately, in-universe he debuted a thousand years later, which leads to silly jokes being made every time he meets someone from the 21st century.)
  • The Greatest Style: He uses a future style of Karate that has been refined after one thousand years of progress in a universe of superhumans. Val is completely human, but his style is not. It enables him to smash through extremely tough constructs, and damage or restrain superhuman opponents as if he had power equal to theirs.
  • Happily Married: To Princess Projectra Preboot.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to save his wife's home planet.
  • Hot-Blooded: In the Preboot, where he was portrayed as brash, hot-headed, and only too glad to charge into situations. Later versions have portrayed him as more of a stoic.
  • Martial Arts Uniform: His uniform usually resembles some form of martial arts costume.
  • Race Lift: Started out Caucasian and has been Race Lifted back and forth to and from Asian a couple times. Most of the time he's considered half-Asian.
  • Writer on Board: Keith Giffen really does not like Karate Kid, and has said up-front that any time he ends up writing the Legion he will kill off the character, as he did in 1984. (To Giffen's credit, he gave the the character an appropriately badass exit, saving his wife's planet from the Legion of Super-Villains in a story arc that's remembered fondly by many fans.)

     Lightning Lass/Light Lass/Gossamer/Spark 
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Spark 
AKA: Ayla Ranzz
Homeworld: Winath
Abilities: Electrical generation and direction (as Lightning Lass/Spark); gravity manipulation (as Light Lass/Gossamer)

Born on Winath, she gained electric powers through exposure to a Lightning Beast. She also used the alias Light Lass when she gained the power to alter gravity. Nearly every Winathian has a twin, and her brother Lightning Lad is a founding member of the Legion. Her older brother is the super-villain Lightning Lord, who was shunned for having no twin. Timber Wolf and Shrinking Violet are her most notable romantic partners. In Reboot Legion continuity, Ayla uses the alias Spark. In Prime Legion continuity, Ayla has only used the alias Light Lass.


  • All Take and No Give: How she came to see her relationship with Timber Wolf after he wouldn't leave the Legion with her. Both Sides Have a Point, in that she stayed by his side through all his tumults and identity crises, but on the other hand, he radically changed his life for sake, even getting plastic surgery at her behest, and was only staying with the "family" she'd asked him to join in the first place.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her Threeboot outfit. It's somewhat fitting considering her "girl next door" characterization.
  • Bash Brothers: As Light Lass, she often teamed up with Star Boy, who had opposite powers to hers.
  • Battle Couple: With Shrinking Violet in a Legion of Superheroes annual.
  • Bi the Way: Her Preboot and FYL counterparts were both heavily implied to be in relationships with Shrinking Violet. Following the Retroboot, it appeared that she had gotten back together with Timber Wolf, but her relationship with Violet appears to have been brought back in the recent Legion annual.
  • Cain and Abel: Not to the degree of Garth and Mekt, but she isn't fond of her lunatic brother to say the least.
  • Discard and Draw:
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Not wanting to get back together with Timber Wolf after he refused to leave the Legion alongside her was understandable. Blasting him with lightning when he tried to talk with her about it was a bit much.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Garth.
  • Gravity Master: As Light Lass/Gossamer, she can make objects lighter.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Lightning Lad.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She was Timber Wolf's, and she largely reciprocated.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Like restore your old powers, for example.
  • Love at First Sight: Developed a crush on Timber Wolf, then known as "Lone Wolf" as soon as she met him, and was instrumental in convincing him to join the Legion.
  • Mind over Matter: Can use her powers to imitate a limited form of this.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Flirted with Magnetic Kid at one point, which made him quite uncomfortable.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Several of her costumes are cover little more than swimsuits and her second post-Flashpoint costume has such a wide low-cut neckline it's a miracle it stays on at all.
  • Opposites Attract: Gregarious and outgoing where Timber Wolf is quiet and brooding.
  • Plucky Girl: "What grows in sunshine wilts in worry", as Winathians say. Though her first encounter with Darkseid was briefly too much even for her to get over.
  • Re-Power: When she joined, her powers had been deliberately altered into gravity nullification by Dream Girl so that she could stay on the team with her brother. Later, she regained her lightning.
  • Really Gets Around: Exaggerated into this in Threeboot which has her sleep with half the men in the Legion.
  • Shock and Awe: As Lightning Lass/Spark, Ayla possessed the ability to generate and project bursts of high-voltage electricity. Ayla could also absorb electrical current, process it, and it use it to amplify her powers.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: In her debut story, she briefly pretended to be her (then-deceased) twin brother come back to life.
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     Magnetic Kid 
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AKA: Pol Krinn
Homeworld: Braal
Abilities: Magnetism manipulation

Pol Krinn is Magnetic Kid, the brother of Cosmic Boy. He was a student of the Legion Academy.


  • Always Second Best: Pol is Cosmic Boy's younger brother, and the preboot incarnation of the character struggles with living in his older brother's shadow and finding a way to live up to his example. It ends in tragedy.
  • Decomposite Character: Postboot, Magnetic Kid's role is split between Pol Krinn (Rokk's younger brother, now a successful pro magno-ball player who never joins the Legion) and Magno (the young Braalian Legionnaire who has difficulty related to being overshadowed by Cos).
  • Force and Finesse: Trained his powers toward the latter in order to differentiate himself from his brother.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: As a Braalian, Magnetic Kid controls magnetism and can use it to manipulate metals.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the "Magic Wars", where magic prevailed over science. Pol Krinn sacrificed himself so that the Sorcerer's World could be opened and all the Legionnaires could fight the source of the problem.
  • Killed Off for Real: He wasn't brought back after his heroic sacrifice, when he returned as a character it was following a reboot that altered his history and made him a different character than the Pol that died.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Pol can manipulate magnetic metals due to his heritage as a Braalian.

     Matter-Eater Lad 
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AKA: Tenzil Kem
Homeworld: Bismoll
Abilities: Matter consumption

Matter-Eater Lad is a Bismollian. His natural biology allows him to consume any form of matter. This ability seems useless, but it makes him an unstoppable force when confined. He has also been part of the Legion Espionage Squad, and a United Planets senator. In Reboot Legion continuity, Tenzil Kem is the Legion's chef. In Prime Legion continuity, Agent Kem works for the government and monitors the Legion.


  • Adam Westing: A fictional version. By the time of the FYL Legion, Tenzil had gained a rock star persona and reveled in the ridiculousness of his power. He's a senator on Bismoll and a star of multiple TV shows, which he used to his advantage to get Polar Boy out of jail by having his trial televised and utterly owning the Dominator-controlled Earthgov.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He ate the Miracle Machine, dissolving Omega, but his body and mind couldn't handle the ginormous cosmic powers within, so he went insane for a while. He did live and eventually recover, which is pretty impressive if you think about it.
  • Casanova Wannabe: The SW6 version.
  • Conscription: How Bismoll picks its senators, forcing him at one point to leave active Legion service and go home to serve.
  • Cool Shades: In FYL, Postboot, and Threeboot. In the latter, his shades have a built-in camera and lie-detector.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Threeboot version. He bit a guy's finger off.
  • Demoted to Extra: As with Bouncing Boy, Postboot was too down to earth for a guy with powers like his, so he became the Legion's cafeteria chef. Threeboot, he's a lawyer who searches for Cosmic Boy alongside the Legion- seeking to arrest him for war crimes.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Defeated Omega, an otherwise-immortal and unstoppable agglomeration of all hatred in the universe, by eating the Miracle Machine (itself a sort of Eldritch Device).
  • Driven to Madness: By eating the Miracle Machine, as mentioned above.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Matter-Eater Lad can eat any substance in any amount at super-speed. He can consume an unlimited amount of matter in any form - solid, liquid or gas. He once hollowed out a large meteor in a matter of minutes.
  • Fun Personified: In FYL and Postboot.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: He can eat stuff. Hardly a power to write home about. However, seeing as Tenzil Kem's personal definition of "stuff" includes laser beams and doomsday computers, you might want to keep him around in case you need to get rid of something. In one story he ate a supposedly-indestructible wish-granting device and so saved The Legion from the invincible monster it had created after everyone else failed. It drove him mad, but hey, he saved the universe!. In at least one version, being able to bite through and chew up anything meant the Required Secondary Power of acidic saliva, providing a potentially nasty ranged attack.
  • Lethal Joke Character: When he says he can eat anything, he does literally mean anything. So not only can he destroy objects that nobody else can even scratch (he was the Legion's only method of neutralising the Miracle Machine) but in theory he could bite clean through, say, a Kryptonian.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Threeboot version.
  • Put on a Bus: After he ate a cosmic "Miracle Machine", M-E Lad went insane and was returned to his home planet. This was because the writers thought he was too silly and wanted to get rid of him without killing him.
  • Required Secondary Powers: A Hyperactive Metabolism and a kind of acid spit that allows him to chew through anything — without either of these his powers would be completely worthless.
  • Team Chef: In Postboot.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: In a Preboot Silver Age issue involving the Legionnaires trapped in a prison camp for superheroes, M-E Lad was hit by a ray that slowed down his Bismollian metabolism to that of a normal human, thereby making it impossible for him to eat anything anymore. He had previously eaten about a ton of dirt in order to form an escape tunnel, so when his metabolism slowed down he swelled to the size of a balloon.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Averted. His power sounds useless in theory, but in practice... well, if there's anything you need to break into, or any dangerous item you need to dispose of, the guy who can eat his way through, and digest, anything... he's your man, er, lad.

     Mon-El/Valor/M'Onel 
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AKA: Lar Gand (Bob Cobb, Jonathan Kent)
Homeworld: Daxam
Abilities: Super-strength, speed, senses, flight, and invulnerability

Mon-El is a Daxamite superhero inspired by Superboy. His powers are very similar, although he is vulnerable to lead instead of Kryptonite. Superboy put him in the Phantom Zone when Mon-El was fatally poisoned, and Mon-El stayed there until Brainiac 5 discovered a cure in the 30th Century. This lead Mon-El to become a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. When Glorith temporarily erased Superboy from time, Mon-El took his position in history.
See Superman Supporting Cast or his own page at Valor for more info.


  • Dark Secret: One of a conspiracy of four Legionnaires dedicated to avenging Superboy's death (long story), by killing the Time Trapper.
  • Freak Out!: Normally very collected and sensible, but after the serum protecting him from his previous lead exposure wore off, the prospect of having to return to the Phantom Zone, even to save his life, caused him to panic and lash out furiously, saying that he preferred death to returning. Once forcefully placed in the Zone, he desperately tried to commit suicide, only barely being pulled from the brink by Tellus.
  • Secret Identity: Postboot, Valor is a religious figure due to having seeded intelligent life on most of the worlds the Legion hails from, and when they manage to release him from the Phantom Zone, there's very nearly all sorts of riots over different races' beliefs regarding the legendary hero. They manage to get him out in secret, though, and eventually he takes the name M'onel as his new identity.
  • Trauma Button: Being reminded of his thousand-year long durance in the Phantom Zone, watching people suffer and die while he was powerless to aid them, really hammers his.

     Night Girl 
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AKA: Lydda Jath
Homeworld: Kathoon
Abilities: Superhuman strength, activated in darkness

Night Girl is Lydda Jath. Born on the sunless planet Kathoon, her scientist father gave her the power of super-strength. Unfortunately, this ability only works when she's not in sunlight. The Legion originally rejected her, and she became a founding member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. Her romantic partner and later husband is Cosmic Boy. In Reboot Legion continuity, Night Girl is only seen as a member of the substitutes. In Prime Legion continuity, Night Girl is a member of the Legion Reserves.


  • Ascended Fangirl: She was a member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes and idolized Cosmic Boy to the point of being a stalker. As the Superdickery of the Silver Age was quietly downplayed, she became Cosmic Boy's long-time girlfriend. She only became a Legion member recently after a long stint as a supporting character.
  • The Chick / The Big Guy: Played with. Night Girl is the literal chick, but her powers make her the team's powerhouse.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: When using this power, she is impervious to harm by extreme forces. If propelled at sufficient force, by either her flight ring or a super-toss, can use her dense body like a human missile, but only in darkness or deep shadow.
  • Required Secondary Powers: She has the secondary ability to see in the dark. Necessary if you fight in the dark.
  • Super Strength: Night Girl has the powers of super-strength, equivalent to that of Superboy or Mon-El lift far in excess of 100 tons, but only in darkness or deep shadow.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Her powers fade immediately in the presence of direct sunlight. Her powers can be negated by the presence of ultra-violet energy.

     Phantom Girl/Apparition/Phase 
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AKA: Tinya Wazzo
Homeworld: Bgztl
Abilities: Intangibility

Born on the planet Bgztl, Tinya has the natural ability to become intangible and phase through objects. It has been implied that Bgztl is part of the Phantom Zone. Her romantic partner and later husband is Ultra Boy. During her brief time in the 20th Century, she became a member of L.E.G.I.O.N. named Phase. In Reboot Legion continuity, Tinya uses the name Apparition. This version has a child with Ultra Boy named Cub Nah. Phase is explained as her long-lost Carggite duplicate.
In Prime Legion continuity, Tinya is still Phantom Girl and her planet occupies the same space as Earth in another dimension.


  • Absolute Cleavage: A cleavage cut-out in her Grell-era costume and has a Cleavage Window that shows this in her Retroboot costume.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: ...bell-bottoms and...
  • Continuity Snarl: During the TMK era, Tinya was killed in front of Ultra Boy; about the same time, L.E.G.I.O.N. had an amnesiac Bgtzlian from the future—"Phase"—suddenly appear, with the obvious implications. However, Jo and Tinya were reunited shortly before the first reboot, while "Phase" was revealed to be Tinya's long-lost sister "Enya". After the reboot, "Enya" never existed... so it turned out that Tinya was half-Carggite (Triad's race), and her illegitimate father secretly abducted and sold her other two selves before anyone found out—and one of them became Phase, who merged with the then-bodiless Tinya while she was trapped in the 20th Century. Not quite as bad as Wonder Girl, and the Threeboot swept the whole thing under the table, but still...
  • Girlish Pigtails: In the Grell era outfit.
  • Human Alien: Bgztlian, but close enough to human to interbreed.
  • Hypocrite: Retroboot Tinya repeatedly brings up that she hates people touching her without her saying so. Yet she goes around hugging people all the time, see No Sense of Personal Space below.
  • Intangibility: Like all natives of the planet Bgztl, she possesses the ability to shift to another dimension, allowing her to phase through solid matter. As a veritable phantom, she cannot be harmed by conventional means of attack. It also enables her to access the Phantom Zone.
    • In the Threeboot version it's explained as Bgztl being a planet in another dimension which exists in the same space as Earth and her shifting her mass between our dimension and that one as a unique power. She's visible in both worlds (which gets awkward in the one she's not paying attention to) and is solid and can sense in only one at a time. This solves the floor problem (and causes a new one when someone has to go to the core of a planet) when you realize that she can't avoid the planet by shifting to a dimension with an identical planet in the same place.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: A relatively mild case, but Tinya really, really likes hugging people. The Legion, Brainy aside, are fine with it though.
  • Official Couple: With Ultra Boy in most continuities. Trying to change it is rarely met with any enthusiasm.
  • Rebellious Princess: In Postboot, she's the daughter of her planet's ambassador and earns her way into the Legion virtually as soon as they're announced to the world for helping to defeat a terrorist attack on the United Planets. Her mother's not pleased with either this or her romance with Ultra Boy.
  • Spirit Advisor/Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Tinya became this for Jo in Postboot, after she was incinerated by the White Triangle. She got better.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: She looks almost identical to her ancestor Linnya, who is a member of The Terrifics team.
  • Woman in White: Her costumes are always white. Add her power and she can be mistaken for a ghost girl.

     Polar Boy 
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AKA: Brek Bannin
Homeworld: Tharr
Abilities: Cold control

Born on the planet Tharr, he has the natural ability to create and control ice. Originally rejected by the Legion, he founded the Legion of Substitute Heroes. The real Legion accepted him when he learned to control his powers.In Reboot Legion continuity, Polar Boy is only ever a member of the Substitute Heroes; while in Prime Legion continuity, Polar Boy is a member of the Wanderers who can slow down molecular movement.


  • An Ice Person: His cyro abilities are native to a select group of people of Tharr, who require it to compensate for the super-heated atmosphere of their home world. He can reduce the heat around himself or other objects, creating a drop in temperature ranging from mild to intense. Because of this, Brek can withstand hotter than normal temperatures. Usually, when he makes an item very cold, ice or frost will condense on its surface.
  • Artificial Limbs: He lost the major part of his right arm to Tusker, and replaced with a fully functioning new arm made of ice.
  • Ascended Fanboy
  • Handicapped Badass: In Retroboot, Polar Boy's arm was ripped off by Earth-Man. He replaced with a prosthetic made of ice that he animates with his powers.
  • The Leader: Polar Boy has served as the leader of the Legion of Substitute Heroes for the entirety of their tenure. His optimism and eagerness have cultivated a strong feeling of friendship and respect among his fellow Subs. His compassion is matched only by his dedication and he is quick-witted and a strategic thinker.
  • Logical Weakness: Intense heat will negate the effects of Polar Boy's powers.
  • Power Incontinence: Got so excited during his initial Legion tryout that he froze the whole room.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Retroboot.

     Princess Projectra/Queen Projectra/Sensor Girl/Sensor/Imperiatrix 
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AKA: Projectra Wind'zzor (Preboot); Jeka Wynzorr (Postboot); Projectra Vauxhall (Threeboot)
Homeworld: Orando
Abilities: Illusion casting; mind control and super-strength (Threeboot only)

Princess Projectra is Projectra Wind'zzor. Born to the royal family on medieval planet Orando, she has the magical ability to generate illusions. She has also used the identity Sensor Girl to conceal her powers. Her romantic partner and later husband is Karate Kid. In Reboot Legion continuity, Orando is a planet of telepathic snake-like creatures and their princess Jeka Wynzorr becomes Sensor. In Prime Legion continuity, Projectra Vauxhall becomes Princess Projectra and bankrolls the Legion.


  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Preboot, when she secretly returned from retirement as "Sensor Girl."
  • Cool Mask: As Sensor Girl she wear a distinctive white mask.
  • Cleavage Window: Her Retroboot costume.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: Until her planet blew up and she got her parents' illusion powers.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Threeboot.
  • Happily Married: To Karate Kid, Preboot.
  • Intellectual Animal: Postboot, Jeka Wynzorr is a giant snake.
  • Master of Illusion: When first introduced, she projected illusions. After her powers were increased, her illusions became so realistic that the subject of them could not tell reality from her projections. She was now able to effect all of the senses and could shut them down, effectively isolating a person in a prison of their own mind.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Near the end of Postboot, she was mutated into a naga-like form.
  • Neck Snap: How she killed Nemesis Kid, Preboot.
  • PrincessIncognito: During her Sensor Girl phase. Originally her identity was obscured even from her teammates, but it remained a public secret for even longer.
  • Psychic Powers: As Sensor Girl.
  • Race Lift: Threeboot. She is changed into a snake alien.
  • Rich Bitch: Threeboot, in the Shooter run.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's the actual princess (later queen) of planet Orando.
  • Super Senses: The name Sensor Girl is appropriately enough.She has the ability to "remove the illusions of distance and size," allowing her telescopic and microscopic senses, and can perceive various spectrums at will.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After he kills her consort Karate Kid, Projectra scares the crap out of Nemesis Kid, and breaks his neck with her bare hands.
  • Warrior Princess: Between casting illusions that can drive you mad, and packing one of the hardest punches this side of Karate Kid, Projectra is one of the toughest female Legionnaires.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally, Supergirl was going to be revealed to be Sensor Girl, having come back from the dead with her Kryptonian sensory powers enhanced.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Princess Projectra left the Legion because of this following the (first) death of her husband, Karate Kid and the need to rebuild her homeworld. She later returned to the team in secret, under the guise of Sensor Girl.

     Shadow Lass/Umbra 
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AKA: Tasmia Mallor, Betsy Norcross
Homeworld: Talok VIII
Abilities: Generate absolute darkness

Shadow Lass is Tasmia Mallor. Born on the planet Talok VIII, she was given the ability to manipulate darkness. The Talokites choose a different shadow champion in every generation. Her cousin Grev is Shadow Kid, her 20th Century ancestors in L.E.G.I.O.N. are Lydea Mallor and Lyrissa Mallor. Her longest romantic partner is Mon-El.In Reboot Legion continuity, a colder and more aggressive Tasmia uses the name Umbra. In Prime Legion continuity, she uses the name Shadow Lass again. This version dates Ultra Boy.


  • Casting a Shadow: Tasmia can cast dark-fields preventing all light from reaching an area from outside. These can either be complete, effectively rendering useless all light sources within the area, or hollow to allow the interior to be lit. She can also solidify these fields, to use as a more direct weapon. She has the power to create darkness 100 times darker than a moonless night. Her black shadows are impenetrable by light.
  • Cleavage Window: In the 1980's Shadow Lass's costume became more conservative, consisting of black tights and a cape, though still with a hint of sexiness due to a revealing 'cleavage window' on her chest.
  • Culture Police: During the Postboot era, Umbra's origin had her as a hereditary guardian of Talok VIII's culture. Because of her unique interpretation of the role, she almost singlehandedly beats up the Science Police crew sent to make first contact before being knocked out. She was disturbed to find out her people had joined the United Planets by the time she woke up, and she tells the story like a resistance fighter preparing to "free" her people from the U.P.'s cultural hegemony someday.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: A superheroine with shadow powers. Definitely a good girl, though her incarnation in the Postboot continuity was an ill-tempered Anti-Hero.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Postboot.
  • Expy: Personality-wise in Postboot, She's basically Andromeda 2.0.
  • Famous Ancestor: One of her ancestors is Mikaal Tomas, aka Starman.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: A blue-skinned space babe.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Mon-El has gone through a lot in his lifetime, and the universe doesn't really let up on him, either. Fortunately her inner strength is more than enough to carry them both.
  • Innate Night Vision: She has shadow-sensitive eyes that give her the ability to see in darkness.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A sexy blue-skinned babe that often wears just a black bikini with a cape.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: Tasmia's origin lies somewhere between "native powers" and "unique powers", in that she is the "Shadow Champion" of Talok VIII. In some continuities, this means that all Talokians have these powers and she's officially the best at using them in combat; in others (Postboot particularly), she's officially the best in combat among Talokians, and that earns her the right to her powers. The latter scenario turns out disadvantageous in Postboot when she's missing and presumed dead by her people and they appoint a new champion.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Her secondary ability to see in the dark.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In some continuities, "Shadow Champion" is a hereditary position, making her akin to a princess or queen who is officially required to kick ass.
  • Ship Tease: Upon her introduction in Postboot, her narration briefly mentioned an attraction to M'Onel. They had been a long-standing couple in Preboot, but nothing came of it.
  • Stripperific: Tasmia's first costume in original continuity was essentially a dark blue bathing suit with a cape. Like many Legionnaires she underwent a sexy makeover in the 1970's, adopting a revealing black bikini-like outfit with gold accessories — a tiara, bracelets, and an "S"-shaped logo just below her navel.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Her Retroboot counterpart has broken up with Mon-El and entered into a relationship with Token Evil Teammate Earth-Man. Tasmia tries to justify this in that he is a warrior befitting of her race, but her teammates aren't exactly buying it. After Earth-Man's death, she continuously mourns his death while attempting to show that he was good man deep down because of his sacrifice.
  • Xenafication: Compare the fight with the Persuader. Some decades ago: Hides behind her shadows and cries for Mon-El to help. After-reboot: Blinds him and mops up the floor with him. (The generic setup is so similar that it well might have been an intentional lampshading.)

     Shrinking Violet/Virus/Veye/LeViathan/Atom Girl 
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AKA: Salu Digby
Homeworld: Imsk
Abilities: Able to shrink to microscopic size; giant growth (Postboot only)

Shrinking Violet is Salu Digby. Born on the planet Imsk, she has the natural ability to shrink down to sub-atomic sizes. During the Five Years Later era, she was romantically involved with Light Lass and briefly used the codename Virus. In Reboot Legion continuity, Shrinking Violet also gains growing powers and takes the name Leviathan in honor of her fallen teammate Gim Allon. This is later shortened to simply Violet. In Prime Legion continuity, she uses the codename Atom Girl.


  • Alternate Me Scares Me: Batch SW6 Salu is intimidated by her tougher, more bitter 5YL counterpart, at least until she gets to know her better.
  • Bi the Way: She has dated men before, and was shown to be in a relationship with Lightning Lass in the Preboot continuity.
  • Capture and Replicate: The original version is victim of this. She is kidnapped by Imsk-native radicals and replaced in the Legion by Yera, a Durlan actress who used her native shapeshifting abilities to assume Violet's identity (the radicals had told her that Violet wished to go on a secret vacation). Yera's charade is later exposed and the real Violet is rescued.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul":
    • Her friends rarely ever refer to her by her birth name "Salu", and she seems to prefer going by either "Violet" or "Vi."
    • In the Threeboot she is a brash Action Heroine, who hates being called Shrinking Violet. She's Atom Girl.
  • Legacy Character: Postboot Salu changes her codename to "Leviathan", or more accurately "LeVIathan" after gaining Gim Allon's powers alongside her own in the aftermath of the "Emerald Vi" debacle.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Salu picks up a lock of green hair in the aftermath of being freed from the Emerald Eye.
  • Love Triangle: Her original version was in one with Duplicate Boy and Colossal Boy. She choose the former.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: During the attack on Braal, the Imskians used an experimental damper device to neutralize the inhabitants' magnetic powers. It did that, and also maimed and crippled hundreds of them as well. In spite of having opposed using it, and getting thrown in the stockade for protesting it after the fact, she still feels incredibly guilty.
  • Scars Are Forever: After Imsk separated from the UP, she joined its army and gained a scar across her eye in the attack on Braal—at Cosmic Boy's hands. She chooses to keep it.
  • Shrinking Violet: Trope Namer.
    • She lived up to this trope in the post-Zero Hour reboot.
    • Her original/post-Infinite Crisis incarnation started out somewhat shy (she is not completely comfortable around other people) but Took a Level in Badass after being abducted, and became rather aggressive.
  • Sizeshifter: In all continuities, Vi and other Imskians are able to shrink from standard humanoid body sizes. In the Postboot continuity, after Salu is finally freed from the Emerald Eye, she also gains Gim Allon's abilities to grow.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Threeboot.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Following her capture and torture at the hands of Imskian rebels, she got a lot tougher and angrier.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Her ordeal made her a stronger person, but it also made her a good deal more brash and sarcastic, showing less of the gentle, kindly personality she'd had before.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Postboot Vi after she bonds with the Emerald Eye, especially after she accidentally causes Leviathan's death with it.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Emerald Vi — her attempt to reforge the Legion into her emerald-themed minions to find a way to resurrect Leviathan spirals out of control to the point that she causes half of them to be trapped 1000 years in the past, while she and the Eye only escape because of the mess the rest of the Legion had to deal with.

     Star Boy/Starman VIII 
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AKA: Thom Kallor (Danny Blaine)
Homeworld: Xanthu
Abilities: Gravity manipulation

Born on the planet Xanthu, he has the special ability to increase any object's gravity or density or mass. His romantic partner and later wife is Dream Girl. He has also been a member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. Following Infinite Crisis he traveled into the past, where his schizophrenia went untreated. He took the civilian identity Danny Blaine and became a member of the Justice Society as Starman. In Reboot Legion continuity, Star Boy is the Legion's replacement for Kid Quantum. Xanthu later leaves the United Planets, and Star Boy joins the Uncanny Amazers. In Prime Legion continuity, Star Boy is portrayed as black.


  • The Ace: Postboot only.
  • Big Eater: The Retroboot version.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Retroboot again (though only occasionally)- doesn't hurt that he's schizophrenic.
  • Crime of Self-Defense: Kenz Nuhor, a jilted lover of Dream Girl, attacked him out of jealousy, using a special shield to turn his gravity powers back onto him. Knowing he was doomed if he didn't defend himself, Thom picked up the blaster of a fallen bystander and shot down Nuhor. Although he was cleared of any crime, a Legion court-martial proved that he could have solved the problem non-fatally (by aiming his power above the shield, dropping an overhead branch onto Nuhor and pinning him down with it), and as killing is against the Legion Code, he was expelled. He then joined the Substitute Heroes before being allowed back in the Legion proper.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Invoked but averted. Postboot Star Boy learns that the Starman that succeeded Jack Knight in the 21st century is him in his future, but Jack tells him that the future can always change. Lo and behold, the future Starman later turns out to be Retroboot Star Boy instead.
  • Gravity Is Purple: His early costume was purple, and his later "starfield" costume was often depicted with purple accents.
  • Gravity Master: Most versions of the character could only make things heavier. The Retroboot version can also make things lighter.
  • Legacy Character: Retroactively. Though not originally conceived as such, later continuity connected him to the Starman mythos.
  • Mutant: Brought down an orbital observatory as a toddler and spent the rest of his childhood being studied.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe example: the Postboot Star Boy crashed a spacecraft once, so all his friends thought he was a terrible driver.
  • Race Lift: The Threeboot version is black; all others are white.
  • Superpower Lottery: Postboot, Star Boy manifested Super Strength, Super Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability, and Lightning Vision, from (unbeknownst to anyone) eating Space Whale flesh. These extra powers faded after the battle against Mordru.
    • This was also true in preboot/current continuity. Star Boy's first appearance showed him having many powers, while his later appearances showed the gravity powers. This was explained away with a story explaining that he had had the gravity powers from birth and the others were temporary.
  • Weaksauce Weakness/Bizarre Alien Biology: In threeboot, he's more or less diabetic because people from Xanthu can't break down sugars properly. Unlike most Weaksauce Weaknesses, this is only mentioned in a throwaway scene and never actually used against him.

     Sun Boy/Inferno I 
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AKA: Dirk Morgna
Homeworld: Earth
Abilities: Solar energy generation and manipulation

Born on Earth, he gained heat and light powers after being exposed to a massive amount of radiation by Doctor Regulus, who blamed him for ruining his life. His Batch SW 6 counterpart is called Inferno. In Reboot Legion continuity, Dirk Morgna has sun powers but does not become a member of the Legion. The Prime Legion continuity version of Sun Boy is killed by Superboy-Prime during Final Crisis.


  • Ace Pilot: Sun Boy was an above-average pilot and frequently piloted the Legion LX-811 space cruisers.
  • Archenemy: Doctor Regulus.
  • Blinded by the Light: He can make himself as bright as the sun.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Retroboot Sun Boy lost his powers not long before Lo 3 W
  • Carpet of Virility: His Preboot counterpart. Fans often joked that Dirk really needed a chest wax.
  • Chest Insignia
  • The Chew Toy: His deaths throughout the various verions of the Legion. His FYL counterpart was rendered a perpetually burning corpse before he was shot in the head, the Threeboot Dirk had his head completed destroyed by Superboy-Prime, and now his post-Flashpoint counterpart dies from a crushed skull and then has his body cooked and devoured by the natives of the planet his team crashed on. At least he was able to go out like a hero.
  • Chick Magnet: One of the few Legionnaires with no associated long-term love interest. Just a lot of short term ones.
  • The Dead Have Eyes: Even as a scorched, dessicated, conflagrant, Wildfire-animated revenant, he's still got himself them fine baby blues. Aw, yeah, ladies.
  • Demoted to Extra: Postboot, though he still gains his solar powers (albeit for only a short time, and less controllable- while he has them, he glows so brightly that he needs a tinted transuit to keep from blinding or burning people).
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: FYL Dirk has this in spades, which is why he became a pawn of the Dominion.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In 5YL, Sun Boy becomes a willing pawn of the Dominators.
  • Freudian Excuse: The FYL Dirk had a really crappy childhood due to an absent mother and a jerkass lecherous father who taught Dirk that all women want a man who is a jerk and that if you don't win you're nothing, which instilled in Dirk the sense that being amorous and boastful would help him get women and that he had to be better than everyone else. To be fair, it worked.
  • Gender Flip: Subverted. A female Inferno appears on the WorkForce in the Post-Zero Hour continuity, but she turns out to be a different person than Dirk Morgna.
  • Handsome Lech: Considered among the most attractive of the male Legionnaires, and pulls ladies like a black hole.
  • Heroic BSoD: Retroboot, after he's imprisoned and tortured by Earth-Man. He gets better after seeing his Threeboot counterpart get murdered by Superboy-Prime.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • This cheerful party dude happens to be taking advanced physics courses.
    • He may like his fun, but he's absolutely serious and driven about Legion work (too much for his own good sometimes), and can be a fearsome foe when pushed too far.
  • Ignored Epiphany: SW6 Inferno swore he would become a better person and avoid the same fate as his older counterpart... only not.
  • Jerkass: Inferno was an insufferable, lecherous pig.
  • Manchild: During Dirk's dreams of his failed tenure as leader following the Black Dawn incident, his inner thoughts revealed that he believed his teammates were leaving because they were all jealous of him for being so awesome.
  • Mercy Kill: In 5YL, after being reduced to an eternally-burning husk of his former self, he got shot in the head by his lover Circe.
  • Never My Fault: How he got his powers. Dirk's father is a scientist, whom Regulus worked for at his research reactor. One day when Dirk and another worker delivered supplies to him, Regulus looked away from an unauthorized experiment to snap at them, whereupon it exploded, injuring Dirk and killing the worker. Upon being fired, Regulus blamed Dirk and used robots to attack him, shoving his unconscious body into the reactor.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: At one point he went on so many missions in succession that he started becoming paranoid and short-tempered with the other Legionnaires, even going so far as to use his powers against them. It turns out that he was suffering from "space fatigue", causing pressure on his brain. After this, a rest break was mandated for a Legionnaire after every five missions.
  • Parental Neglect: FYL and SW6 Dirk. Averted in regards to Threeboot Dirk, whose parents were very understanding and openminded towards the Legion's goals. Though, this ticked Dirk off somewhat, and he left the Legion because he felt he was only a member because of his parents and not because he wanted to be with the team for himself.
  • The Power of the Sun: Sun Boy can internally generate an almost limitless supply of solar energy, from the smallest candle flicker to a blistering furnace. He is also immune to virtually all forms of heat and solar radiation.
  • Primal Fear: Has a fear of the dark. Fortunately for Dirk, his powers compensate for this fear, and it rarely presents a problem for him.
  • Really Gets Around: Has had a lot of girlfriends, though this stops at Postboot and Threeboot Dirk.
  • Redemption Equals Death: His Five Years Later counterpart decided to finally do some good, only to have the people of Earth reject him for being a sell-out. He's then caught in a nuclear blast and his powers are warped to the point that he's rendered a perpetually burning corpse until his lover Circe puts a bullet in his skull. His body then gets hijacked by Wildfire.
  • Space Madness: As mentioned above.
  • Spoiled Brat: FYL and SW6 Dirk were this.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Threeboot, after quitting the Legion.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: SW6 Inferno had this effect around Live Wire, who was always something of a jerk, but around Dirk he acted out even more.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: FYL.

     Supergirl 
AKA: Kara Zor-El (Linda Lee, Linda Lang)
Homeworld: Krypton
Abilities: Super-strength, speed, senses, flight, and invulnerability

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

Superboy was originally the identity that Clark Kent adopted using his powers to help others as a teenager in Smallville before become Superman. He has inspired the born The Legion of Super-Heroes. Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl traveled back through time to meet him and brought him to the future, where he passed an initiation test and became their newest member. See the Superboy page.

     Lone Wolf/Timber Wolf/Furball 
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AKA: Brin Londo
Homeworld: Zuun
Abilities: Super-human strength and speed, heightened senses, and claws

He was born on the planet Zuun, where his father Mar Londo experimented on him. This gave him enhanced werewolf-like abilities, but also made him prone to beastial savagery. Light Lass is his longest romantic partner. In Reboot Legion continuity he starts out as a gangleader on Rimbor. In Prime Legion continuity his origins are not explained.


  • Animorphism: Mode Locked into the bestial Furball in 5YL.
  • Badass Longcoat: Threeboot.
  • Beast Man / Wolf Man: To varying degrees depending on which part of continuity you look at.
  • Carpet of Virility: Some of his uniforms seem designed to show it off, too.
  • Catchphrase: "Think fast!"
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Ayla breaks up with him over a misunderstanding, refuses to get back together out of resentment in spite of still loving him, and eventually hooks up with Shrinking Violet.
  • Game Face: In spite of the plastic surgery mentioned below, he still slips into a feral appearance when agitated, most notably Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • Horned Hairdo: Under Dave Cockrum's pen.
  • Hurting Hero: His attitude covers up the chronic pain he's been in since being injected with Zuunium.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Occasionally averted- in one Postboot story, he takes on the current Fatal Five solo and beats them because they're horrible at teamwork. Generally the "loner" part holds true, though.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: His feelings for Ayla were the primary reason he joined and stayed with the Legion, at first. At one point he acknowledges that she's about the only thing keeping him from running off into the wild. This changes with time, although their break-up still tears him apart.
  • Loss of Identity: Most of his storylines involve this in some way. Sit down and buckle up.
    • After being altered by the Zuunium injections and rays, he ended up with newly-developed bestial instincts and in constant agony.
    • Shortly after, Karth Arn, an android in his father's service, mindwiped the disoriented and suffering kid in order to convince him that he whad been an android all along and that Karth was Mar Londo's son. The Legion revealed the truth and he joined at Light Lass's behest.
    • During his time with the Legion, a criminal tricked him into drinking the juice of a certain incredibly addictive fruit and forced him into servitude for more. His time as a junkie was fortunately short-lived, but he still went through a nasty withdrawl.
    • After being thought dead for six months, he returned, far more feral in appearance and personality than before, as well as brainwashed (again) by Tyr. The brainwashing was lost, everything else stayed.
    • At Ayla's insistence, he went under the knife to try and get his old human appearance back. Much to her irritation, he felt disconnected from his old face and wondered if it was the right thing to do.
    • When it finally seemed that he'd gotten an handle on his life, finding family, purpose, and true love within the LSH, Ayla broke one of the legs off his footstool by leaving the Legion and asking him to come along. Though he begged her to stay, she left without him...and he became obsessed and frustrated, his mind slipping a bit, especially after she rejoined and refused to reconnect with him.
    • Prior to 5YL he got hit with strange radiation that interacted with the Zuunium in his system to give him a truly monstrous form, "Furball", which couldn't speak or think properly.
    • After this was reversed, both forms of radiation overwhelmed his system, and the entity known as Aria accidentally sent him back to the 20th century when trying to heal him, changed into a strange-half beast that had difficulty speaking.
    • Then he gets experimented on again, and gets his whole intellect back for the first time in a while, albeit in yet another form.
    • Finally, finally, he was sent back to the 30th century and seems to be doing okay, multi-versal time shenanigans aside. Sheesh! And they call Lightning Lad the unluckiest Legionnaire!
  • Men Don't Cry: Why he never told anyone that he'd been suffering from chronic pain since getting injected with Zuunium as a child.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: After he was discovered holding Saturn Girl close for warmth and comfort while they were stranded on a frozen asteroid, a number of Legionnaires came to believe that they'd had, at the very least, an emotional affair. Ayla broke up with him over it.
  • Odd Friendship: With Blok.
  • Opposites Attract: He and Ayla were about as different as they could get, personality-wise.
  • Parental Substitute: Apparition's baby boy Cub Nah began to see Brin as more of a father than his actual father, which is understandable because Brin was the only father figure in his life when he was first born.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His interactions with Cub Nah.
  • Romantic False Lead: Sometimes plays this role for Phantom Girl, against her already-established relationship with Ultra Boy.
  • Super Senses:: Another result of the Zuunium ray.
  • Super Strength: Timber Wolf's strength level is several times that of a normal human.
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: His Threeboot counterpart after he received a power upgrade. He became stronger and faster, but he also became more aggressive and threatening to his teammates. Slightly Justified by the reveal that Saturn Girl had been exerting a bit of control over his emotions to keep him in check for a while.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: One of his outbursts is caused when he's thanking, in his own way, future teammate Giselle for helping in a battle, and learning that the reason why she wasn't with the rest of the citizens in the safety zone was because the city manager locked her out on purpose. He then attempted to tear said manager's throat out before Saturn Girl intervened. Some of his other outbursts after that could be contributed to his overprotective nature with Princess Projectra.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gave one to Chameleon Boy after his impulsive plan to spy on the Khunds got Brin and a few other Legionnaires stuck on an asteroid with little hope of rescue and led to the Mistaken for Cheating incident above.
  • Wolverine Claws: Timber Wolf has sharpened claws on each hand.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Averted. When he and a small group of Legionnaires were marooned on an icy asteroid, Light Lass came to rescue them, and found him and Saturn Girl holding each other close, leading to their breakup. Ironically, Imra had just recently told Brin about how moved she was by the depth of passionate love between him and Ayla.

     Triplicate Girl/Duo Damsel/Triad/Una/Duplicate Damsel 
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AKA: Luornu Durgo, Marie Elkins
Homeworld: Cargg
Abilities: Able to split into three bodies (as Triplicate Girl/Triad); two bodies (as Duo Damsel); or unlimited bodies (as Duplicate Girl)

Triplicate Girl is Luornu Durgo. Born on the planet Cargg, she has the natural ability to split into multiple bodies. Luornu is trained in her planet's foremost style of fighting which allows her to take full advantage of three forms fighting simultaneously. This ability has varied over the years and she has used other names such as Duo Damsel, Una, and Duplicate Girl. Her romantic partner and later husband is Bouncing Boy. In Reboot Legion continuity, Luornu uses the alias Triad. This version is the only Carggite whose bodies each have a distinct personality. In Prime Legion continuity, Triplicate Girl is the only inhabitant of her planet.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: Held a torch for Superboy and Invisible Kid I.
  • And I Must Scream: Glorith brought back one of Luornu's bodies after killing her and deaging her over and over again in order to break her.
  • Badass Normal: As splitting is her only superpower, she's received training in martial arts, weaponry, stealth, etc. in order to be a more effective member of the Espionage Squad.
  • Bash Brothers: Unsurprisingly, she makes a really great team.
  • Broken Bird: One of her counterparts later in the FYL Legion's era.
  • Dark Secret: One of a conspiracy of four Legionnaires dedicated to avenging Superboy's death (long story), by killing the Time Trapper. She didn't even tell her husband about it.
  • Driven to Madness: In one incident, Princess Projectra was hit by a "pain plague" that would have killed her by agony if the Legion hadn't quickly put her into a device that would allow another to absorb the pain for her. Even so, the pain was too strong for any one Legionnaire to handle, and—you see where this is going. Even so, the pain still drove both herselves temporarily insane.
  • Doppelgänger Spin
  • Duality Motif: She can split into two people, and in some versions has two eyes of different colors. This is strange since 1) she had the ability to split into three before one body was killed, but didn't have three eyes, 2) it's a planetary power and other people from the planet don't have this, and 3) when she splits, each body has two of the same color eyes, making it impossible for her to pretend to not be split when she is.
  • Face–Heel Turn: One of her duplicates fell in love with a superhero, Nam-lor, whose power aura screwed with her mind and turned her evil. He went along with "Lelith"'s thefts to try and snap her out of it, but when she tried to get him to kill Bouncing Boy, Nam-lor realized that the only way to save her was to leave her. After a couple of days, the duplicate returned to normal. In the meantime, poor Lournu felt like you would if your arm or leg turned against you.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Had a bit of a thing for Lyle Norg, and eventually fell hard for Chuck Taine, an overweight, humble, Fun Personified type of guy.
  • Happily Married: To Chuck "Bouncing Boy" Taine. They were the first Legion couple to get married. In every continuity where they're married, they've never been shown as anything but absolutely crazy for each other.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her power is useful for doing chores and pretty fun in bed, but not much good in combat. At least, not until she became a master of Tri-Jitsu, a martial art based around the fact that you have six arms, six legs, and three potential points of attack to coordinate from. She is also an expert infiltrator. Go somewhere and be seen to walk back out ... after leaving two of your selves hidden somewhere. Gather information from three different places at once, then combine to share it. She can also split to escape bonds or have an attack go between herselves.
  • Human Alien: Pretty much identical to a human except for the splitting.
  • Hurting Hero: Although she hid it well at the time, it's revealed that losing one of herselves was a drastic physical and mental shock that would have killed a lesser Carggite, and still bothers her even years afterward.
  • Interspecies Romance: Luornu is technically an alien, as opposed to a descendant of human colonists like many Legionnaires.
  • Last Of Her Kind: Threeboot Triplicate Girl started out as an amnesiac in the ruins of a world called Cargg, and eventually duplicated enough to repopulate it. She/they sent one of her as an ambassador to the United Planets, who became a Legionnaire... but can't go home again. See Stranger in a Familiar Land, below.
  • Literal Split Personality: Postboot, each duplicate embodies a different personality aspect. Preboot and Retroboot are more Single Minded Triplets (see below). Threeboot is a whole other story originally but works out similarly to the Single Minded versions.
  • Me's a Crowd: Probably one of the more interesting variations. Luornu used to be able to split into three distinct bodies, each with their own will and personality. After the death of one of them at the hands of Computo, she could only split into two bodies.
    • Luornu finally received a major power upgrade. She now has the power to split herself into an apparently endless number of identical bodies no matter where she is. It is not yet known if there is an upper limit to her duplication ability.
  • Power Perversion Potential: A mild example; early in her relationship with Chuck Taine, she split into two people and each of her selves kissed Chuck on both cheeks at the same time, which he seemed to enjoy.
  • Single Minded Triplets: Some versions.
  • Self-Duplication: Her main power.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Threeboot Triplicate Girl is shunned by her other duplicates back home because of how she's changed from her experiences on Earth.

     Ultra Boy/Emerald Dragon 
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AKA: Jo Nah
Homeworld: Rimbor
Abilities: Able to use one power at a time—ultra-vision, strength, speed, or invulnerability

Born on the outlaw planet Rimbor, he gained powers when he was swallowed by an Energy-Beast and survived. His powers include flash-vision, flight, invulnerability, penetrate-vision, superhuman strength, and superhuman speed, although he can only use one ability at a time. This makes him incredibly powerful but also very limited. His romantic partner is Phantom Girl. He has also used the names Emerald Dragon and Reflecto. In Reboot Legion continuity, Ultra Boy is originally a member of Workforce. This version has a son with Apparition they name Cub. In Prime Legion continuity, Ultra Boy is romantically involved with Shadow Lass.


  • Kryptonite Factor: He's harmed by a mysterious "X-radiation", though he almost never encounters it.
  • Magical Eye: "Penetra-vision", which rolled together Telescopic Vision, Microscopic Vision, X-Ray Vision, Hyper-Awareness (sight-related), and (in his earliest appearance) his aforementioned "flash-vision" before it was a separate power...not all at once, fortunately. It cannot, however see through inertron, which is too tough to penetrate (Superboy sometimes has the same problem.)
  • Master Actor: He's part of the Legion Espionage Squad due to his acting skills, and can infiltrate gangs easily.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In the 5YL continuity, Ultra Boy reveals that he plays dumb to throw off his enemies.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Prophetic Name: Got his powers from being swallowed by a Space Whale in some continuities. It's even noticed in-story.
  • Punny Name: His real name, Jo Nah. He got his powers after being devoured by a space whale.
  • Sixth Ranger: In the Postboot, Ultra Boy was originally the leader of Corrupt Corporate Executive Leland McCauley's WorkForce, his answer to the Legion.
  • Superpower Lottery: Subverted. He can utilize the ultra-energy in his body in a variety of ways to emulate classic Superman's power, but only one use at a time. He can change his ultra empowerment at any time almost immediately but he must make a conscious choice first.
  • Super Senses: As with Superboy, but only one at a time, however see Magical Eye.

     White Witch/Jewel/Black Witch 
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AKA: Mysa Nal
Homeworld: Naltor (Preboot); Sorcerer's World (Postboot)
Abilities: Sorcery

She was born on the planet Naltor where natives have the ability to see the future, but did not share this gift with other Naltorians. Because of her handicap, she studied magic on the Sorcerer's World and became extremely powerful. Her sister is Dream Girl, and her longest romantic partner is Blok.


  • Anti-Hero: Seems to have become this in the Retroboot, due to absorbing Mordru's magic and becoming the Black Witch.
  • Break the Cutie: Previously depicted as a slightly shy, bookish type in a (platonic?) relationship with teammate Blok. At the start of v4, she was shown to be in an abusive marriage with former archnemesis Mordru. She was rescued by the reconstituted Legion just in time to discover that Blok had been brutally mutilated by genocidal pirate Roxxas the Butcher.
  • Disability Superpower: She is born on a planet of precognitive seers, but without that ability herself. She did, however, show an innate talent for magic and eventually became one of the most powerful sorceresses in the galaxy.
  • Fountain of Youth: In both the original and postboot continuities, the White Witch was "the Hag," a wizened old crone, as a result of Mordru's curse. She got better (and younger).
  • Heroic Albino: Has white skin. Although her colouration was the result of her magical powers, she had pure white hair, chalk white skin and red eyes, so she certainly came across as an albino.
  • Heroic BSoD: Near the beginning of v4, following being rescued from her abusive marriage and seeing her previous love interest Blok get butchered.
  • Mystical White Hair: In Preboot she was born a redhead, but her intense magical studies turned her hair and skin white.
  • Power Tattoo: Postboot.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: The deeper her studies into magic, the more her body changed.
  • Vancian Magic: She is able to cast a variety of spells, creating a strong force field, transmutation, absorbing magic, creating massive teleportation portals, and other feats. However, she could only commit to spells if she remembers them, added with the time-consuming preparation for her to use her powers, which could take hours.
  • Wicked Witch: Her Postboot incarnation invoked this trope in her appearance, though she was more amoral than evil. Then she got de-aged into an attractive twenty-something and became a lot more pleasant.
  • Woman in White


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