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1987 Series Field Agents
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- The Berserker: The experiments he made on himself made him super-strong and gigantic, but decreased his intelligence and caused him to become mindlessly aggressive.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Ends up killed by Darkseid's creation Brimstone.
- Dumb Muscle: The formula that transformed Mark into Blockbuster damaged his cognitive abilities.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Used to be a chemist who tested his own formula on himself in an attempt to get strong.
- Super Strength: His main power.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Just look at the pic.
Ben Turner was a student of the martial arts master known as the O-Sensei. When he and fellow student Richard Dragon were approached by an agency known as G.O.O.D., they became international crime fighters alongside the O-Sensei's goddaughter, Lady Shiva. However, during a mission to the Arctic, Ben stayed behind to confront the killer of his fiancé. This led him into a trap set by the villainous Doctor Ojo, where he was brainwashed and turned into the villainous Bronze Tiger. It was later revealed that Barney Ling, the head of G.O.O.D., was the one who had hired Ojo, and upon his seeming death, Ben was set free from Ojo's brainwashing.
Post-Crisis, Ben's backstory was somewhat altered. While much of his original backstory remained intact, it was expanded on, revealing that he killed a robber who killed his father in a fit of rage, and he learned martial arts to control that rage. Instead of being brainwashed by Doctor Ojo, he was turned into the Bronze Tiger by the Sensei of the League of Assassins. After being rescued by Rick Flag and partially cured of his conditioning by Amanda Waller, Ben joined the team to atone for his actions and to find a cure for his residual conditioning.
- A Chat with Satan: Had his during the Diabloverde mission. Confronting a mirage of a young, irate Ben Turner helped him channel the rage he'd struggled with all his life and allowed him to finally conquer his demons for good.
- Animal Motifs: Take a guess.
- The Atoner: After serving as a brainwashed lackey of the League of Assassins, Ben felt the need to act righteously to make up for his actions.
- Badass Normal: He is just a martial artist with no superhuman power. But he is a very good martial artist, capable of exchanging blows with Batman, and in some continuities even was one of his teachers.
- Brainwash Residue: He was justifiably freaked out by the mere possibility of this happening, so he never accepted any position higher than Waller's right hand. Flag once consulted him on how to avert this, and his advice proved invaluable in saving the day.
- Breakout Character: Not quite as much as Lady Shiva, but he's far more prominent than Dragon in comics and especially in adaptations.
- Despair Event Horizon: Sarge Steel punted him straight into it just as he was entering a serious relationship with Vixen. This caused him to shatter mentally, flee the Squad, and return to mercenary work. Between Waller and Vixen, he got pulled from the abyss and managed to stabilize, though he was unable to restore his relation with Mari.
- Freudian Trio: The ego to Shiva's id and Dragon's superego in Richard Dragon: Kung-Fu Fighter.
- Jive Turkey: During the seventies, he spoke in very stereotypical lingo, though his depiction was otherwise Fair for Its Day.
- Intergenerational Friendship: While Ben has always been a bit older than Richard the continuity that made him Richard's first and longest lasting martial arts instructor rather than O-Sensei made Ben quite a bit older with them still maintaining their friendship.
- Kneel Before Frodo: Kneeled to Batgirl out of respect for her forging herself into a hero after the League of Assassins (including himself when he was brainwashed) tried to make her a Tyke Bomb.
- Malevolent Masked Man: He originally used his mask as a conduit for his wrath, to the point that while in the Squad the sight of it made him uncomfortable and nervous of losing his temper. Later he was able to dominate his rage and wear it normally.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: In addition to his training of Cass while brainwashed he was part of quite a few such chains in the corner of Post-Crisis continuity where he is made Dragon's longest-lasting and most influential instructor, though only the first one listed here was pointed out note :
- O-Sensei->Bronze Tiger->Richard Dragon->Bruce Wayne->Dick Grayson->Tim Drake->Stephanie Brown
- O-Sensei->Bronze Tiger->Richard Dragon->Dinah Lance->Stephanie Brown
- O-Sensei->Bronze Tiger->Richard Dragon->Barbara Gordon->Stephanie Brown
- O-Sensei->Bronze Tiger->Richard Dragon->Vic Sage & Rene Montoya
- O-Sensei->Bronze Tiger->Richard Dragon->Bruce Wayne->Dick Grayson->Damian Wayne
- Parental Substitute: The O-Sensei, his teacher, was this to him and Dragon.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Even after he was retconned to have anger issues he is always the blue to Dragon's red.
- Reluctant Psycho: The whole reason he turned to martial arts was to learn to control the rage inside of him.
- Scary Black Man: He is black under his mask. Averted during his days with Richard Dragon, but after his brainwashing he was retconned into having had serious anger issues since childhood.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: While in this case the tiger is the more restrained of the two and Tiger and Dragon basically consider each other brothers they still fight on occasion, and the imagery is even more pronounced in Dragon's dreams where Tiger acts as a kind of incredibly violent voice of conscience.
- 10-Minute Retirement: He left the squad to run a dojo in Detroit, but rejoined the Squad during World War III.
George "Digger" Harkness
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- Easy Amnesia: She suffered this upon her arrival on Earth after being shot.
- The Mole: An accidental version. She was left for dead by her fellow Female Furies, but only suffered Easy Amnesia and was allowed into the Squad as she had no Earth records. Once the amnesia wore off, Lashina decided to betray the team in the process of returning to Apokolips.
- Physical Goddess: She is a New Goddess from Apokolips.
- Beast and Beauty: She's a gorgeous redhead and she's the lover of her teammate, Killer Croc, the man-eating lizard mutant.
- De-Power: For a time, after Nightshade absorbed the demonic entity powering her magic.
- Functional Magic: Her main ability.
- Lady of Black Magic: A powerful sorceress garbed in flowing dark green robes, especially so when depicted as villainous Evil Sorceress.
- Magical Girl Warrior / Dark Magical Girl / Evil Sorceress: Enchantress started as a Sailor Moon style Magical Girl in her own adventures (one of the very first Magical Girls!) before disappearing for a few years. When she came back, Enchantress fought Supergirl as she'd decided to steal all the magical power on Earth in order to eliminate evil. Then it turned out her mentor was secretly evil, and June Moone's Enchantress side went full villain.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After shooting Nightshade, who was just trying to calm her down.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: In earlier versions, June Moone is a natural blonde, but turns black-haired whenever she becomes the Enchantress. These days June's a redhead regardless of her identity.
- Squishy Wizard: June's the team's powerhouse, but she's a graphic designer and about as tough as you can expect of that. When the villain Cosmonaut headbutted her, she was comatose for hours. Cosmonaut did the same thing to athletic teammate Katana and Katana was only momentarily dazed. June got squished for real in Flashpoint, when Superman stepped on her.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Has one, which is her main reason for joining the squad; she was promised they could keep it in check. Interestingly, while she might not like the Enchantress, she eventually shoots Nightshade in an attempt to restore her powers. Belle Reve's psychologist makes it a point to explain there's a difference between willingly giving power away and having it taken. In fact, he explicitly compares power to a drug and Moone's actions as withdrawal.
- Talk to the Fist: One of her biggest weaknesses these days. She's almost always the most powerful member of the squad, but she's rarely effective. It's because she spends a long time talking, including telling an enemy what she intends to do to them, so opponents just blast her while she's still blabbing.
- Token Evil Teammate: Relatively speaking, Enchantress is this to the Suicide Squad. Mainly because she's an evil witch who's just as dangerous to her squadmates as she is to her enemies.
- Trick Arrow: Javelin's carries an arsenal of trick javelins.
- Brain Uploading: Her corpse was retrieved from Jotunheim and used by the Jihad engineers to create a new Ifrit. It came with a host of problems due to Mindboggler's difficult personality, which the engineers tried to correct by implanting False Memories and changing her directives. Eventually the Hayoth's AI Dybbuk was able to repair the faulty programming and restore her memories.
- Master of Illusion
Thomas Andrew Tresser
- Alliterative Name: Tom Tresser
- Latex Perfection: His disguise skills are based on special masks of his own invention.
- Master of Disguise: Able to develop lifelike masks used to impersonate others.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Finally gets fed up with Waller's machinations and the other members' shenanigans and quits.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Long before Tresser had ever graced the pages of a comic Steve Trevor was Wonder Woman's blonde super-spy boyfriend, and later husband. After Crisis undid their marriage and made Steve into Etta's husband and love interest instead Tom was eventually written as Diana's blonde spy boyfriend for a time.
- Undying Loyalty: To Rick Flag. He returns for a mission to save Flag's son from a deranged former colleague.
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Bette Sans Souci
- Defeat by Modesty: Her first appearance had Firestorm defeat Plastique by vaporizing her clothes (in front of TV cameras!), both because it amuses him and because it's a convenient way to separate her from the bombs on her suit.
- Fad Super: Plastique was created when Quebecois separatist terrorists were in the news. They were a short-lived phenomenon, and in later appearances she was explained as a die-hard anachronism before reforming. In the New 52, her background is as a more generic terrorist.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: She became a member of the Suicide Squad for the duration of a single mission. She attempted to betray the team during their second field operation in Qurac (under the command of Amanda Waller), but was anticipated and caught by fellow operative Nemesis, and subsequently brainwashed to suppress all memories of her membership in the Squad. This backfired when she was recruited a second time and her memories were returned.
- Mad Bomber: One of the few times a mad bomber is female. Unlike most examples, she was fairly inept and had for a brief time reformed, but in the New 52 she's back to bomb-throwing.
- Marrying Catwoman: Captain Atom married her after she reformed after having first been an adversary in his series.
- Took a Level in Badass: Via genetic modification commissioned by her organization, Plastique gained the power to project explosive force from her body.
Pamela Lilian Isley
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- Badass Normal: Privateer has no superpowers but takes on supervillains.
- Bounty Hunter: After leaving the Squad, Shaw returned to his previous Manhunter identity and became a bounty hunter specialising in bringing in supervillains.
- Eyepatch of Power: Shaw wears one in his Privateer identity as part of his swashbuckling image. There is nothing wrong with his eye.
- A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: His codename and costume deliberately evoke this.
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- Hypno Trinket: The Hypno-Gems were capable of hypnotizing other human beings. This item was actually more often used by Jewelee then Punch.
- Morning Sickness: How Jewelee discovers she is pregnant.
- People Puppets: Punch and Judy used an alien gun that projected beams of concentrated light that allowed them to take physical control over another person's body. In function, the sting strings were similar to the strings found on a puppet.
- Unholy Matrimony: Punch and Jewelee are a married couple who delight in inflicting chaos on the world.
- Villainous Harlequin: Punch and Jewelee's costumes are modeled after traditional Punch and Judy outfits.
- Back from the Dead: In Ostrander's From The Ashes it's revealed he was teleported to Skartaris at the last second.
- Brainwash Residue: He consults Bronze Tiger on how to avoid this, and successfully screws Eiling over.
- Colonel Badass
- Death Seeker: Increasingly as the series goes on, particularly after he finds out his father had the same problem - he wasn't killed, he chose needless self-sacrifice instead.
- False Memories: Rick Flag had no children. Junior's a random soldier Wade Eiling sent through a brainwashing program to force the identity upon him.
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- HeelFaith Turn: Shrike found religion and regarded her service in the Squad as a genuine opportunity for redemption.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Her primary weapon is a hypersonic shriek.
- Winged Humanoid: Shrike can fly via feathered wings the alien Overlord grafted to her back.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Depending on the Artist, but her hair is usually depicted as pink or purple.
- Crippling Overspecialization: His ropes are stronger than steel, which makes them good against humans, but they were worthless against robots. Without any other means of attack, he had no way to fight them and instead tried to escape. Which turned out to be a bad idea.
- Improbable Weapon User: He fights using ropes.
- Instant Knots: His whole shtick is that his ropes do this.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts to escape after Captain Boomerang convinces him that the bombs were a bluff. They're not, and it cost him his arm.
Clifford "Cliff" Carmichael
- Compelling Voice: He's able to control people just by telling them what to do.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He always wears glasses, even when he gets an real super villain costume.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From Ronnie Raymond's high school bully to a sociopathic monster bent on murdering Oracle.
- Karma Houdini: He escapes without punishment at the end of the original Ostrander book, his powers returned.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He finally gets his just deserts in the 2007 limited series.
- Legacy Character: To Clifford De Voe, an old enemy of Jay Garrick. He used De Voe's "thinking cap" to gain his powers, but no longer needs it to use them.
- The Mole: For Eiling in the final arc of the book.
- Restraining Bolt: One he's press ganged into the Squad, Waller installs a device that allows her to turn his powers on and off, keeping him under control. Eiling disables it in the final arc.
- The Sociopath: A classic case. Waller, Oracle, and co. debate the ethics of finding a cure for the disorder at one point.
Mari Jiwe McCabe
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1987 Series Support Staff
Amanda Waller is the epitome of the Black Boss Lady, as well as being one of the most morally ambiguous DC characters; Waller dances atop the line between Anti-Hero and Anti-Villain, and frequently commits immoral acts. Over the years, Waller has been the head of various secret governmental organisations, organisations like the Suicide Squad, Checkmate, CADMUS and the ARGUS. See her personal page.
1987 Series Opponents
- Playing with Fire: Brimstone can generate and project balls of fire from his eyes and hands.
1987 Series Other Characters
2001 Series Field Agents
Major Disaster (Paul Booker)
2001 Series Support Staff
2001 Series Opponents
2001 Series Other Characters
2011 Series Field Agents
- The Atoner: While taking revenge on the gang that nearly killed him, Santana set the gangs home ablaze and accidentally killed an innocent woman and children in the process. Afterward he surrendered to authorities, and regards his time in the Squad as an oppourtunity to make amends for his actions.
- Play With Fire: El Diablo possesses pyrokinetic powers.
In the New 52, Harley is captured by Black Canary and is forcibly inducted into the Suicide Squad by Amanda Waller. For major info see relative page.
James Gordon Jr.
2011 Series Support Staff
2011 Series Opponents
2011 Series Other Characters
Members of the Suicide Squad not appearing in the main seriesSidearm
Sidearm appeared as part of the squad in Superboy vol. 4, where King Shark killed him for trying to shoot Detective Makoa in the back.