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     The Emerald Empress
AKA: Sarya/Falyce/Cera Kesh/Ingria Olav
Homeworld: Venegar
Abilities: Controls the Emerald Eye of Ekron, a mystic Artifact of Doom.

Sarya was just a minor criminal with an eye for archaeological artifacts before she discovered the Emerald Eye of Ekron. Bonding with the Eye, Sarya seized control of her planet, Venegar, only to be drive offworld by rebels who were appalled at her tyranny. She was a founding member of the Fatal Five, and after her death, several other women have taken up her role.

  • Artifact of Doom: The Emerald Eye of Ekron
  • The Baroness: Though which version she's closer to tends to vary from comic to comic.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Postboot version of the Eye can grant wishes, but is more of a Jackass Genie. Leviathan and Shrinking Violet learned this the hard way.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Falyce was implicitly stated to have been used a plaything for an Orandian duke who blinded her right eye so badly it was just one giant scab. This is what made her so susceptible to the Eye's power.
  • Big Bad: In the cartoon, and sometimes, the comics, where she and Tharok go back and forth on this.
  • Break the Cutie: Cera Kesh from the Glorithverse Legionnaires, a rejected Legion applicant who showed everyone Who's Laughing Now? when the Eye chose her. Similarly, Ingria Olav, Leland McCauley's girlfriend, had no idea what she was getting herself into when Leland let her become the Empress in his new Fatal Five.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In a meta sense; the Reboot introduced the Fatal Five before it was ready to resolve the ongoing subplot about the Emerald Eye - so "The Empress" was simply an Ax-Crazy Badass Normal who used vague political platitudes as a fig leaf for her killing.
  • The Dark Chick: In the comics, although she and Mano sometimes swap these roles.
  • Depending on the Writer: The nature of the Emerald Eye and its relationship to the Empress varies quite a bit across the various iterations of the Legion, particularly its level of sentience and the question of whether the Empress is using the Eye as a weapon or vice versa.
  • The Emperor
  • Faceless Eye: As her main weapon.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Sarya was a minor criminal before accessing the eye, at least in the preboot. She's now the most wanted female criminal in the UP.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The Empress who succeeded Sarya, Falyce, took over Orando as its new queen before Sensor Girl took on the role of queen again.
  • Hysterical Woman: Ingria became this three minutes into her first, and last, battle.
  • Jackass Genie: The Eye.
  • Kryptonite Factor: For some reason, the Eye is weak to green Kryptonite. It's never been very clear why, though it can be understandably difficult to leverage this in combat.
  • Legacy Character: Postboot, several women have posessed the Eye — or been turned to the dark side by it when they caught its fancy. Preboot, Sarya was succeeded in the role of Emerald Empress by Falyce, who proved even nastier than she.
  • More Than Mind Control: The Eye exerts some control its user. Cera Kesh made a psychic plea to Saturn Girl to free her before its implied the Eye fully took over, and Sarya begged Sensor Girl to free her from the Eye's grasp.
  • Super Prototype: The Eye is heavily implied in some stories to be an early version of what would become the Green Lantern rings - but it's far, far more powerful, lacks any weakness to yellow, and doesn't need to charge. On the other hand, it's also usually evil.
  • Super Strength: Venegarians are mentioned as being somewhat stronger than earth-stock humans.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Implied to be the case with Sarya.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: All the Empress' have green hair, to fit with the emerald theme.

Homeworld: Angtu
Abilities: Anti-matter touch

Mano is a super-villain in the 30th Century from the planet Angtu. His deadly power is the ability to disintegrate anything he touches with his hand, known as the anti-matter touch, which he used to destroy his own planet. This means that he is forced to use a containment suit at all times.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the Reboot Legion, he destroys his planet after everyone on it was killed by weapons sold by MacCauley Industries, and then seeks revenge on Leyland MacCauley. When he realizes the rest of the Five are a bunch of psychos who like destroying planets, he turns against them. He later rejoins the group, but still tries to avoid harming innocents.
  • Bullying a Dragon: "That creep Mano can destroy anything with his hand! Let's ostracize and mock him! Nice spacesuit, freak! Ha! ...w-wait a second..."
  • Cool Helmet: As part of his spacesuit.
  • The Dark Chick: More so than the Empress even (who's often The Big Bad). He's definitely weird, and has been known to clash with the other members, especially in later versions of the story. Played up in the cartoon; in the comics he might be closer to The Evil Genius.
  • Despair Event Horizon: A lonely and isolated child, the deaths of his parents drove him over the edge. Goodbye, Angtu! No really, that's exactly what he said.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His glowing hand made him a pariah on his home planet. So he blew it up.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Deliberately blew up his home planet of Angtu in the original series.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Waited until his parents were dead before destroying Angtu and killing billions. D'aww!
  • The Faceless: His entire species resemble shadows, and as such, have no faces.
  • Last of His Kind: Or at least an endangered species.
  • Logical Weakness: His incredibly destructive power is centered entirely around his right hand, so if his arm's immobilized, there's not a lot he can do.
  • Mutant: Described as such.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: When he wants to be.
  • Poisonous Person: His touch causes the bonds between atoms to break down, resulting in disintegration.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: An extreme example: while his Preboot origin story features him using his disintegrating touch to destroy his entire homeworld and everyone on it, he was never even remotely that powerful in any of his actual appearances, where plenty of characters can survive zaps from his hand. It is mentioned that doing so strained his power to the absolute limit, however.
  • Red Right Hand: Yellow actually. It really stands out on his shadowy black body.
  • Touch of Death: Will disintegrate anything his bare skin touches.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: His right hand can literally destroy any form of matter in the known universe, including force fields, but somehow his glove can hold it back.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Postboot only.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Preboot.

     The Persuader
AKA: Nyeun Chun Ti
Homeworld: Unknown.
Abilities: Super Strength, skilled fighter and experienced mercenary

Member of the Fatal Five who wields an axe that could cut through any matter, and even open dimensional rifts.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His Atomic Axe can cut through anything, occasionally including purely metaphoric or intangible things, such as a person's air supply, the force of gravity, or the separation between dimensions, and followed the Persuader's mental commands.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent:The Preboot version's great strength, warrior persona, axe, and role as an enforcer for the Emerald Empress all make him quite similar to the Sliver Age The Mighty Thor villain Skurge the Executioner. The Persuader even has a similar look, with Bald of Evil and a Badass Moustache concealed by a helmet.
  • An Axe to Grind: The Persuader wielded an "Atomic Axe" on a long shaft.
  • Bald of Evil
  • The Brute
  • The Dragon: To the Empress in the cartoon and sometimes the comics to Tharok and Empress.
  • Empathic Weapon: Sometimes used to justify his axe's abilities.
  • Heavy Worlder: The Persuader came from a heavy-gravity planet and while he possessed no superpower per se, he had enhanced strength and endurance.
  • Legacy Character: His predecessors are Cole Parker, a member of the Suicide Squad, and Elise Kimble of the Terror Titans.
    • Although he's a straightforward example of this trope in-continuity, he was actually introduced several decades *before* both Parker and Kimble. Before their introduction, there was no indication that anyone had adopted the Persuader entity by Chun Ti.
  • Me's a Crowd: A variant, where he used his Atomic Axe to cut open reality and allow alternate universe counterparts of himself and his teammates to join up as the Fatal Five Hundred.
  • Soul-Cutting Blade: The Atomic Axe can cut through people's astral projections.
  • Super Strength: As a heavy-worlder.

Homeworld: Zadrion
Abilities: Super-intelligence, cyborg body

Tharok was a criminal who lost half his body in an accident only to have it rebuilt better than it was in the first place. He became the leader of the Fatal Five.

  • Alternate Self: The Legion of Super-Assassins' founder, the Dark Man, was a (fully biological) clone of Tharok.
  • Bald of Evil: Totally bald for both the sides (human and robotic).
  • Big Bad: In the comics.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has tiny missiles inside his ears just in case someone with shrinking powers tries to mess with his brain.
  • Create Your Own Villain: The authorities on Zadrion are doubly guilty of this, not only creating Tharok, but also using a sample of his brain to create The Dark Man by accident. Nice place to be a criminal.
  • Evil Genius: The smartest, most competent member of the team. In the TV show he also fulfills this role in the Five-Man Band, as the Empress is the Big Bad.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Tharok was a low-level criminal of average intellect. His fusion with machinery instantly turned him into an Evil Genius second to none.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Beginning his career as a small-time crook, half of his body was vaporized in a nuclear explosion. To save his life, he was given a cyborg body. This greatly increased his strength and intelligence.
  • I Hate Past Me: A really weird example, but a scientist used cells from his brain to make The Dark Man, a clone with psychic powers. Once revealed, The Dark Man Mind Raped him and took control of the Five. Eventually they fought and physical contact somehow destroyed them in a Puff of Logic.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: The scientists were working against the clock to save him, and only had really ugly and clunky-looking parts on hand, which is a bit of a sticking point for him. He occasionally tries to restore the appearance of flesh to that half or at least to get better looking parts, but those damn pesky Legionnaires keep ruining his plans.
  • Super Intelligence: His robotic and human minds have merged in a fashion that gives him a uniquely powerful intellect.
  • Super Strength: His robot half.
  • Two-Faced: His left side is completely robotic, while his right side is flesh.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: He was once a common thief, but his left side was vaporized when he was apprehended. The authorities rebuilt him, turning him into a hyper-intelligent cyborg in the process. Nice one!

AKA: Garridan Ranzz
Homeworld: Winath
Abilities: Incredible physical power, mental lightning.

A mindless beast with incredible strength. He has also been a member of the Legion of Super-Villains. It is later revealed that he is Garridan Ranzz, the time-displaced child of Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl turned into a monster by Darkseid. In Reboot Legion continuity, Validus is no longer portrayed as the Ranzz child. In Prime Legion continuity, he is a deity who inspires the Cult of Validus.

  • The Berserker: Sometimes slips into Unstoppable Rage mode. It's the reason he's to be executed in the original comics, despite not being an actual villain: he's simply too dangerous to leave alive.
  • Body Horror: Combined with Fridge Horror. Two broad fingers and a thumb on each hand, similar toes, and an outsized head? All hints that he's a malformed fetus, torn from the womb at an early age of development. His digits hadn't entirely split yet. Brr.
  • The Brute: Subverted. Validus never seemed to be truly evil himself, but was often confused and manipulated by Tharok and others.
  • Dumb Muscle: Justified. He is strong, but has the mind of a young child.
  • Eyeless Face: And earless. And noseless. How does he smell? Terrible! But seriously, considering his mom he probably has some sort of psychic blindsense.
  • Hero Killer: Most notably, the first Invisible Kid.
  • My Brain Is Big: You can actually see it. But he's not smart; it's only because his whole head is big.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Validus is impervious to most forms of physical attack.
  • Psychic Powers: He can generate intense blasts of "mental lightning" that stun his foes, a combination of powers from his parents Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl.
  • Retroactive Legacy: Tribulus from R.E.B.E.L.S. is a clear precursor to whatever technology created him.
  • Shrouded in Myth: For a very long time his origins were a total mystery.
  • Stable Time Loop: His whole existence is one, as Validus faced the Legion several times before Darkseid turned Garridan into Validus and sent him some years into the past.
  • Super Strength: Validus possesses superhuman strength, greater than Superman. The upper limits of Validus' strength have never been measured, and an attempt to imitate them knocked out the only person who tried.
  • Tragic Monster: Validus was stolen from his mother's womb by Darkseid, and mutated into the beast who would become an enemy of his parents' team, the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Mordecai is a monster that lived in the sewers of planet Earth, killing people for food, before being recruited by the Fatal Five.

AKA: Ray Sah
Homeworld: Rimbor
Abilities: Fires destructive beams and flies using light/solar energy, thief skills.

Flare was a member of the second version of the Fatal Five. She was recruited by Emerald Empress.


AKA: Chi Tsan
Homeworld: Earth
Abilities: Acid touch and physical enhancements from the Khunds, martial arts, espionage.

A member of the second version of the Fatal Five, Caress has an acidic touch.

  • Acid Attack: One of her enhancements allows her to secrete acid from her hands.
  • Anti-Villain: Prior to joining the Fatal Five the majority of her jobs skirted the law without landing her on wanted posters.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: "I want acid hands and a super grip!" isn't something nice folks usually tell their doctors.
  • Cleavage Window: She might be trying to distract people from her hands.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She started out as an mercenary and expert martial artist. The Khunds enhanced her as payment for a disagreeable job.
  • Greed: Honest work was too boring and unprofitable for her, so she she became an amoral adventuress.
  • Super Strength: Has a degree of this thanks to the Khunds. Her grip, in particular, was enhanced.
  • Super Toughness: Ditto.
  • Thrill Seeker: Another of her motivations.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Whatever scruples she had left vanished after she joined the Fatal Five.

AKA: Delya Castil
Homeworld: Titan
Abilities: Psychic powers, particularly telepathic suggestion.
A rejected Legion applicant, Mentalla attempted to prove her worth by infiltrating the Fatal Five. However, she soon got in over her head and was killed by the Emerald Empress.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Joining one of the most vicious criminal gangs in the galaxy while planning to betray them from the inside wasn't the most sensible course of action.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Her Jedi Mind Trick is useful, but her other psychic powers seem to be rather lacking. Also, she fails when faced with a mind that is strong-willed and actively resisting her powers, like the Emerald Empress's, so she tends to rely on surprise.
  • Death Cry Echo: Emerald Empress killed her so horribly that her psychic death cry knocked Tellus (who was present) unconscious, and agonized Saturn Girl who was light-years away from the scene.
  • Due to the Dead: Owing to her last actions, she was buried on Shangalla with other dead heroes, and received a statue at Legion HQ..
  • Everyone Has Standards: At heart she was still a naive young lady who could barely hide her horror at the deeds of the Five.
  • Fantastic Racism: Derided Tellus, a Hyrakian, as a "monster" or "fish", though part of this may be ill feelings over him being chosen over her and/or playing her part for the Five.
  • Incompletely Trained:
    • Joined the Legion Academy, but was an inattentive student who left immediately once her plan to infiltrate the Five occurred to her.
    • Mentioned that she hasn't learned how to use her telepathy across great distances, implying that she was a bad student on Titan, as well.
  • The Mole: After hearing about how Bouncing Boy proved himself worthy to join the Legion by beating a villain after being rejected, she decided on her own to infiltrate the Fatal Five and prove she was worthy to join the Legion by tricking them into being beaten. She did manage to turn the tide during a battle by mind-tricking Emerald Empress into activating the the distress signal on one of the downed Legionnaire's flight rings and Flare into firing upon the telecommunications shield satellite that would have blocked it, but the Empress immediately realized what she'd done and brutally murdered her.
  • Psychic Powers: As with all Titanians, with a focus on Mind Control.
    • Jedi Mind Trick: Her main power is to plant a telepathic suggestion in someone's head that makes them take an unwilling action. Like the real Jedi Mind Trick it isn't effective against strong-minded individuals who are actively resisting it.
    • Mind Control: She has this (as mentioned above) but mentions that she can't affect powerful minds for very long.
    • Telepathy: Compared to her other powers, this is relatively undeveloped. Though judging from her Death Cry Echo, she had some real potential.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: She's got a good hook, but her other abilities are undeveloped so she's got nothing to fall back on if it fails, and none of the combat or power training the Academy could've provided her.


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