1959 Original Series Team
First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #25 (September, 1959)
The hard-nosed, hard-boiled, no-nonsense elite soldier and government agent working as the Task Force X's perennial field commander. He was the leader of the first 80's version of the Suicide Squad, and Amanda Waller enlisted him when she started a new team's version and he had accompanied them on all covert ops missions. An Action Hero on his own right, his story shouldn't be as complicated as it turned out to be and at times the squad's fans felt his Character Development was being neglected.
Technically, we're talking here about two undistinguishable Legacy Characters. Father and son (until we´re told different). USAF Col. Richard Montgomery Flag was a later addition WWII Ace Pilot and unsung hero who's shtick was to take missions no one on his/her right mind wanted, and the guy was simply that good at it. So, Flag was chosen by his superiors to lead The Suicide Squadron, an expendable unit of convicted, unruly soldiers so they were disciplined, molding them into a far more effective combat unit than before. After the end of the war Flag Sr. married Sharon Race and by 1951, following the disbandment of the Justice Society of America, Flag was summoned by President Truman to once again lead the Suicide Squadron's successor, The Suicide Squad under what would be its "official" name: Task Force X. Around this time, Flag sired his son, whom he instilled in the same values he did in the men serving under his charge. All of the sudden tragedy strikes, when his son was eight years old, Sharon died pushing their child out of the way of a moving car. A devastated Flag ultimately sacrificed his life destroying a rampaging "War Wheel" by crashing his jet against it two years later.
Later on, Richard Rogers Flag entered the military when he was old enough to enlist. Attending flight school and becoming a USAF top-rated test pilot who rose to the rank of Colonel, his dream was to become an astronaut and he was introduced to "space medicine" expert Karin Grace. They bonded over the tragedies they had both experienced, and soon fell in love. Then the squad was re-activated with him as The Leader, beginning his heroic exploits as Weirdness Magnet Hunter of Monsters facing such threads as the huge-asses "Red-wave Beast", "Subway Serpent" or "Creature of Ghost lake". And it was fighting against the freakin' Yeti that Karin went hurt and ended up in a hospital for several months, Flag Jr. went into further missions so Karin cut every bond with him. By this time we learn (lately... thing that happens very often since Flag's history is... convulted to say the least!) that both Rick and Karin were at this point married and had a son. It is then he's offered to turn his squad into a government sponsored task force aiming to fight fire with fire, having super-villains as field operatives in exchange of reducing their time in prison, now fighting against Cosmic Entities, Eldritch Abominations, Alien Invasions and the such. A job he doesn't enjoy a single bit, but then again he's the only man capable to do.
- The Ace: The reason why he is the perennial squad's leader. Also its longest serving member.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Most of the time is him placing the offer on the table for the caged birds he "drafts-in" to active duty.
- Anyone Can Die: He's quite conscious there will be a mission none of the Boxed Crooks under his charge or even himself are going to be back from, he's just get used to it.
- Artistic License – Military: Since New 52 his military background was switched from being an U.S.A.F. Colonel to a Navy S.E.A.L. officer, not only there are no colonels in the navy, his rank should had be changed to Captain but he's still being called "Colonel Flag."
- Back from the Dead: In Ostrander's From The Ashes it's revealed he was teleported to Skartaris at the last second.
- Badass Normal: Of the "Fought Batman twice to a draw" kind.
- Balls of Steel: For better or worse, The Colonel will lead those under his command to accomplish any mission, not minding about the loses nor the risks involved.
- Battle Couple:
- With his former Combat Medic Karin Grace at the beginning of his career.
- With Enchantress on continuities they are in a relationship.
- Black Site: Bell Reeve is the place where he "recruits" most of the people he will work with.
- Blessed with Suck: It doesn't matter just how many times fellow military people in service or former squad members tell him he's just the finest, best soldier they have ever seen in action, it has never been a ride on the park for him being in charge of possibly the most unstable, unkempt, unruly, trully dangerous Ragtag Bunch of Misfits ever created.
- Brainwash Residue: He consults Bronze Tiger on how to avoid this, and successfully screws Eiling over.
- Break the Badass: His DCEU portrayals really wanted to take him deep into this. In comics he could never be broken.
- Captain Patriotic: Nothing to be shown on his uniform, but just take a look on his last name. There's an In-Universe Mythology Gag stating he even bleeds red, white and blue.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: His fighting skills may not be as flashy nor depurated as most of his peers ones but they place him at the top of the best DCU martial artists level. It is explanied that he is just that good at it but where was he trained or who trained him has never been revealed.
- Colonel Badass: Hailing from the U.S. Air Force. Making him this also Ace Pilot whenever required.
- Commanding Coolness: How else would you call the job of the guy taking really dangerous people to even more dangerous missions, making them comply orders ...or else.
- Combat Pragmatist: The kind of soldier that gets the job done no matter what it takes nor the consequences.
- Consummate Professional: He could be one of the most condecorated operatives in american military history if it wasn't for most of his missions have been Over-the-Top Secret for very good reasons.
- Continuity Reboot: A constant victim of this, several examples can be found surfing on this same tab.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Just ask Deadshot and Captain Boomerang how well it went for them to make Flag angry!
- Dad's Off Fighting in the War: As his origin history, and that's also the best way to describe the relationship with his own son.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Sharon, his mother, died when he was a child, struck as she pushed him out of the way of a moving car. Later on found out his dad sacrificed himself under circumstances that could be avoided.
- Dating Catwoman: His both known relationships count as this.
- Death by Origin Story: Both his parents on trully sad circumstances at the very best. His mother gave up her life to save him from a moving car and his dad committed a Heroic Sacrifice to get rid of a generic Doomsday Device, both demises could be avoided.
- The only continuity that has it changed was DC: The New Frontier where Flag Sr. takes queues from the loss of his original team: The Losers, names the space project he will be part of after his former teammate (Cloud) and sacrifices himself again given his shuttle is loaded up to the celling with atomic warheads.
- Death March: Most of his missions within the squad have the tendency of being this, given the possibilities of a high number of casualties involved.
- 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.
- Depending on the Artist: If he keeps his as '50s Hair or in a buzzcut.
- Depending on the Writer:
- The Determinator: He won't stop at nothing until the mission is accomplished. He was able to stand his ground against a Brainwashed and Crazy Bronze Tiger enough time for other of his teammates, former FBI agent King Farady, to shoot the unstable martial artist with some tranquilizers.
- Do-Anything Soldier: Former test pilot, candidate to be an astronaut, spec-ops agent, unsung hero, badass combatant, fearless leader and so many others you will find just surfing on this very tab.
- Elite Agents Above the Law: His resume in a nut.
- False Memories: There was an arc where Col. Richard Montgomery Flag had no children. "Junior" was a random soldier by the name "Anthony Miller" whom Gen. Wade Eiling sent through a brainwashing program to force the identity upon him. Thus creating a skilled and sacrificial assassin that could be controlled with a phrase. The phrase Eiling used to control Flag was "Dies Irae", which once spoken would make Flag susceptible to any command of the person who said the phrase.
- The Fettered: At the very beginning of his career his entire squadron sacrificed themselves so he could destroy an enemy aircraft carrier, so he has dedicated his life to making sacrifices for others.
- Good Is Not Nice: For all of his heroic deeds, sacrifice and compromise to his country and family legacy, The Colonel had have to partake into actions and taking decisions that are... questionable to say the least.
- The Handler: From time to time across many arcs. Even bypassing Waller if needed.
- He Who Fights Monsters: One of his worst fears is to see fulfilled this grim prophecy, precisely.
- Heartbroken Badass: Either for having all of his initial idealism turned into dust for bearing witness of the worst missions the military had to offer (in comics) or over his love interest June Moone (on film).
- Honor Before Reason: The Colonel thoroghly hates Waller's guts, boy he does! Even more than the people on his charge. Nevertheless he is in the squad for reasons varying from upholding his family name's honour to some way to show his commitment to his duty and country to impressingly way far lenghts.
- Hunter of Monsters: At the very beginning of the series, this was basically the squad's job. Being there leading on each and every mission makes him qualify as this.
- I Did What I Had to Do: The way he looks at the several sacrifices, the even more hardships and the very worst outcomes in the kind of missions he and his "team" have to endure most of the time.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Considering his most prized wish was, at the very beginning of his career, to honor his both parents by becoming an astronaut. If only he had knew better then!
- In Prison with the Rogues: A rare inversion, since this is pretty much part of his job.
- Involuntary Suicide Mechanism: Most of the time he is in control of the explosive mechanism switch linked into those under his command in case they go rogue.
- The Jailer: He is the man in charge to take dangerous super-criminals Thrown Down a Well out into missions they all might not come back from, including himself. And lock-in the survivors back again, too.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Can be very snarky if the situation calls for it.
- Knight Templar: During his bad missions, he has displayed hints of being this. On the worst ones he takes the tautological approach.
- The Leader: Since the squad's inception until recently, he's being also its longest serving member.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Although he is the squad's field commander, Waller's agenda unfolds itself very late to be avoided quite often. Several missions he had led had ulterior motivations and goals unbeknowst to him and the rest of the squad.
- Made of Iron:
- The Colonel was candidate to be an astronaut, the hardest, roughest training program this side of the Green Berets, the Corps and the Navy S.E.A.L.s. All ironically for peace purposes.
- Flag has sustained physical and psychological harm for so long and so often as possibly no other operative in service or otherwise ever.
- Military Brat: In most continuities, he's son to the legendary innovator of the whole Suicide Squad concept. Even sharing his name and rank, turning them both indistinguishable one from the other.
- Military Maverick: Not averse to go against his orders or even his best judgement to had the mission accomplished with the less number of K.I.A. or civilian casualties possible.
- Military Superhero: A non-powered one, but capable to give a run for their money to any rogue meta-human he comes across with.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Is he Col. Rick Flag Sr legitimate son, or was he Brainwashed and Crazy by his goverment who pulled a "Michael Knight" on him, but making him believe he's a person he's not? Questions related to his past are just as many as conflicting.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Just like his father before him, he's willing to withstand the worst for the red, white and blue.
- Nerf: The DCEU seriously has minimized his prominence as a major, albeit secret player. Mostly to be Demoted to Extra in the very same title he's famed for to promote characters such as Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Bloodsport or even Peacemaker.
- Nerves of Steel: A requirement on his line of job as you may have guessed. It's also worth notice he has been the longest squad's serving member and leader.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Expect this every time he's cornered and unarmed. He has shown time and again he won't be put down easily whatever his opponent's name is... namely Lady Shiva, Bronze Tiger and even Batman.
- Nominal Hero: His work is possibly even worse than that of the Doom Patrol. Although portrayed as Only Sane Man most of the time, questioning how necessary his missions are or what the outcome will be to those involved into them. He just gets the job done, regardless of the involved sacrifices.
- Not So Above It All: From time to time he has to understand the true motivations and points of views from the people he has to work with.... this not meaning it makes him feel better, not by a very long shot. But then again, it was the team assigned to him and he'll accomplish the mission no matter what.
- Officer and a Gentleman: He might be on charge of the worst and most dangerous scum of the earth, but he never has (...with a very few exceptions) treated them as simple Cannon Fodder. Extra points for taking a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits and turn them into a VERY DANGEROUS Army of Thieves and Whores.... that is!
- Old Soldier: His dad and pretty much himself, too.
- Protector Behind Bars: Subverted. Flag is in charge to take prisoners out in highly risky missions. He tries his best every time to bring them back as safe as possible despite the fact he could as well get rid of them as "collateral damage" or just as logical consequence.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Very fond to this while addressing the people he's in charge to, just take a good look at both quotes on this very tab.
- Retcon: The issue with The Colonel is that the "father-son" thing was a justifiacation to cover the exploits of the same character from the 50's to the 80's. Then Crisis on Infinite Earths came to pass, "Flag Sr." came to be published up to 1987, when "Flag Jr." was still an active character comprehensibly since 1959.
- Secret Legacy: He is just trying to follow his father's honor code the best he can, quite often even against his best judgement.
- The Stoic: Rick Flag Jr.'s life has being anything but easy. Since the missing of both his parents, his former wife and most of his squad teammates that is plainly obvious. And yet, he can be all calmed and composed during the hardest missions any soldier have ever experienced.
- Take Up My Sword: Two instances:
- This how he sees the duty to take his dad's Secret Legacy. Upholding his teachings and applying them on the missions he must partake into.
- A literal case: For a while, he wielded the "Psi-Scimitar", an energy based melee weapon his dying former opponent Rustam trusted to him. It can be activated only by those with warrior's blood on their veins and could open warping gateways, teleporting its wielder to any destination they desire.
- Talk to the Fist: His preferred way to put the criminals on his charge back on the line. And lets not talk about his true opponents.
- Tranquil Fury: Most of the time he's a blunt but composed and proper Officer and a Gentleman. Whenever we see him otherwise, is a good indication of how F.U.B.A.R. things went!
- That Man Is Dead: When offered the chance to reconnect with the family he once had, he refuses to, saying he's Rick Flag now.
- Undying Loyalty: Several non-villain squad members follow his orders without any hint of doubt or hesitation, trusting their very lives to him such as Bronze Tiger, Nemesis and Katana.
- We Do Not Know Each Other: Very often he reminds the people under his charge that if they ended up captured or worse, there will be no Rescue Arc nor their participation during a government sponsored mission will be recognized.
- We Do the Impossible: Pretty much his personal motto, possibly adding in the end for The Needs of the Many, a.k.a The Greater Good.
- World's Best Warrior: Seriously taken very close to this on some arcs. The reason he's a so well respected as feared by the worst criminal scum he's had to work with is the fact he's unbeatable on hand-to-hand combat, to the point of having to fight against freakin' Batman and all of his toys just by himself twice, and both ended in a draw.
- In Justice League, this was actually his shtick!
First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #25 (September, 1959)
Karin Grace was an elite government agent working in Task Force X. Her relationship with Rick Flag led her to become a member of the Suicide Squad, operating as The Medic.
- Combat Medic: Her role within the original team.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She looked for Flag for comfort and support since her original lover ended-up K.I.A. on a mission right before starting within the squad.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She gave her life on the Manhunter's cult mission, carrying a bomb inside of the cult's temple.
- IN SPACE!: The area she specializes in is "Space medicine".
- The Lost Lenore: It's been stated that at one point she and Flag were married and had a baby boy born together, who had just recently being seen on publication from time to time, but now as a teenager.
- The Quisling: Karin betrayed the squad in behalf of the Manhunter's cult. Turned out she was working for the cult the whole time, therefore she was also The Mole.
- Woman Scorned: Her reason to betray Flag and the team was he didn't visited her at the hospital due injuries sustained during a mission. Flag's actions were justified since he was still in-active service.
First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #25 (September, 1959)
Hugh Evans is an accomplished astrophysicist who became a member of the Suicide Squad, working for the military program Task Force X. His science partner on this team is nuclear physicist Jess Bright, who is also his closest friend.
First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #25 (September, 1959)
Jess Bright is an accomplished nuclear physicist who became a member of the Suicide Squad, working for the military program Task Force X. His science partner on this team is astro physicist Hugh Evans, who is also his closest friend. After he was left for dead on a mission, he became Koshchei The Deathless, a member of the Jihad.
For tropes specifically related to Koschei the Deathless, see here.
- Face–Heel Turn: He swore revenge on Flag for leaving him behind. The Chinese army captured Jess Bright and turned him into a monster called Koschei the Deathless.
- Left for Dead: Jess and Hugh were knocked off a cliff in Cambodia during the Squad's last mission. Jess survived by landing on the Yeti, and he swore revenge on Flag for leaving him behind.
- Spell My Name With An S: Some writers have given Bright's first name as 'Jeff' rather than 'Jess'.
1987 Series Field Agents
First Appearance: Suicide Squad #44 (August, 1990)
First Appearance: Adventure Comics #428 (August, 1973)
First Appearance: Detective Comics #345 (November, 1965)
Mark Desmond was a chemist who had wanted to become stronger, having been scrawny as a youngster. Experimenting on himself, he created a serum that made him grow stronger and taller, but in the process was turned into a mindless brute; an additional side-effect of the serum was that it took away his power of speech.
- 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.
- Legacy Character: After death his brother Roland became the newest Blockbuster.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Used to be a chemist who tested his own formula on himself in an attempt to get strong.
- Super Serum: Created a serum that made him grow stronger and taller, but in the process was turned into a mindless brute.
- Super-Strength: His main power.
- The Voiceless: a side-effect of the Super Serum was that it took away his power of speech.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Just look at the pic.
First Appearance: Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter #1 (May, 1975)
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. He's notably beaten up "invulnerable" enemies.
- Blood Knight: Ben first got into martial arts in the hope that they would serve as an outlet for his deep-seated urge to inflict suffering on others. Said urge began back when he was 10 and used a kitchen knife to slaughter a burglar who'd attacked his parents."But what scared me was that I wasn't sorry for killing him. I was sorry it ended so soon."
- 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.
- The Dreaded: A downplayed example, but Ben's canonically one of the few people who've beaten Batman in a fair fight. Bruce is sometimes written to be afraid of a rematch, especially in-costume and in front of others, which would potentially break Batman's image as more than mortal.
- 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.
- 10-Minute Retirement: He left the squad to run a dojo in Detroit, but rejoined the Squad during World War III.
- 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.
- World's Best Warrior: Aside from Richard Dragon, Lady Shiva and Cassandra Cain, he is, without a doubt, the strongest non-augmented martial artist in the entire DCU. There are a few others who might be near his level (primarily just Wildcat, Batman, Black Canary, Connor Hawke and Col. Rick Flag himself), but beyond that, he has no peers. Even the people who could conceivably survive a fight with him will do everything in their power to avoid a scenario where they would have to fight him to begin with.
George "Digger" Harkness
First Appearance: The Flash #117 (December, 1960)
Leonard "Len" Snart
First Appearance: Showcase #8 (June, 1957)
First Appearance: The Atom #3 (November, 1962)
First Appearance: World's Finest #251 (July, 1978)
First Appearance: Batman #59 (June, 1950)
The man who never misses. Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot, is a DC Comics character who started out as a member of Batman's Rogues Gallery, but is more often associated with the Suicide Squad and Secret Six.
He first appeared in Batman #59 in 1950 as a criminal who pretended to be a hero that specialized in non-lethally disarming crooks. In reality, he was eliminating the competition and trying to discredit Batman in the process. After a lengthy prison stay, he returned redesigned by Marshall Rogers as a costumed assassin with wrist-mounted guns and a grudge against Batman. In The '80s, he was one of the first recruits for the Super-Villain Suicide Squad, and stayed with the group voluntarily as one of the few members who was legitimately suicidal.
Floyd Lawton grew up with a messed-up family. His father was abusive towards his mother, who talked his older brother Ed into shooting him for her. Floyd wanted to save his brother from being a murderer, so he took a rifle up a tree and tried to shoot his father first. However, the branch he was sitting on broke, and he shot his brother instead. One way or another, he ends up in one villainous team or another, and usually acts as the marksman, due to his highly Improbable Aiming Skills.
Although a villain at times, Deadshot is portrayed as just fitting into the Anti-Hero category, as was the case with his second solo miniseries in 2005. It is established that he has a daughter, Zoe, and he attempts to clean up the neighborhood where she and her mother lived, which was at the centre of a three-way gang war. It actually works out for a while, with Floyd living a family life. Of course, Green Arrow shows up, and tries to capture Deadshot, but not before the locals give Green Arrow a What the Hell, Hero? speech over him trying to arrest a man who was protecting them when he and the other heroes didn't. Eventually, Floyd decides to leave to protect his family, but not before making Green Arrow promise to protect the area more. From then on, Deadshot would give the money from his contracts to his family.
- Abusive Parents: His father was not a nice man. His mother was even worse.
- Adaptational Heroism: His DCEU counterpart is considerably more heroic than previous adaptions of the character, with most of his more villainous character traits being either removed or glossed over in favour of focusing solely on his relationship with his daughter
- Adaptational Villainy: His DCAU counterpart is slightly more antagonistic than his comic book counterpart and most versions through the fact that he's just an unusually talented hitman with the lack of his usual Morality Pet (his daughter) or any type of redeeming or sympathetic qualities. To summarize, he's a gun for hire, nothing more.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Daredevil's Arch-Enemy Bullseye is more or less Deadshot's Marvel counterpart. Technically, Deadshot came first by publication date but in his first appearance he looked/acted a lot different and he would go on a long hiatus, with Bullseye first establishing himself as the assassin arch-nemesis to Daredevil over two decades later. Not long after Bullseye's debut, Deadshot would come back and fill that similar niche to Batman that Bullseye does to Daredevil, namely being a Cold Sniper enemy to the main hero.
- Anti-Hero: On his good days. While living in his daughter's gang-ridden neighborhood, he single-handedly removed and destroyed any signs of gang violence to make the neighborhood safe for his family. When Green Arrow came looking for him, the locals actually openly defended him and told Ollie to get lost.
- An Arm and a Leg: Katana cut off his left arm when he went rogue. Now he's got a bionic one that has superhuman strength and a built-in gun, between that and his own apathy he doesn't mind losing his arm.
- Arm Cannon: Of the "mounted on the forearms" variety.
- Assassin Outclassin': In the New 52's Suicide Squad, this is how Deadshot was sent to Belle Reve Prison. He was supposed to assassinate a senator in Gotham, but was thwarted by Batman, causing Deadshot his first career miss.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Knows that bulletproof skin doesn't necessarily mean bulletproof eyes.
- Ax-Crazy: Not always, but he occasionally has the urge to kill everyone in sight.
- Badass Longcoat: Used to sport one before switching to a bodysuit. Then wore it over his bodysuit, before ditching it entirely.
- Badass Normal: Has no superpowers to assist his aiming.
- Battle Couple: With Harley. They develop a close bond as team members in the Suicide Squad, and have had an on-again, off-again relationship ever since.
- Also with Jeanette during his time in the Secret Six.
- Beard of Sorrow: During the 2019 run, Deadshot's beard has grown longer and more unkempt, showing his general disillusionment with working for the Squad.
- Berserk Button:
- Mentioning his late son will get you a pistol-broken jaw at least.
- Treating a gun like a toy. It's not that he's in favor of gun control or anything, it just annoys him to see fine weapons in the hands of idiots.
- Big Brother Worship: The Lawton family butler made it a point to mention everyone liked Ed. When asked whether Floyd was resentful of his brother, he clarified he meant everyone liked Ed - Floyd most of anyone.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: He was once mugged by a couple of idiots who didn't even know how to hold their guns correctly. Deadshot beat them up - he didn't really care about the mugging, he certainly didn't do it because he thought it was right, he didn't even do it because they threatened him. He didn't care about any respect he might or might not get - all he cares is the respect to the gun.
- Broken Pedestal: Towards his old mentor, David Cain, due to his in-universe Villain Decay.
- The Bus Came Back: There were 27 years between Deadshot's first and second appearances.
- Came Back Wrong: After his death during Suicide Squad (2019), he's brought back as a zombie during Task Force Z. He's none too pleased at his revival and possible Horror Hunger.
- Carpet of Virility: Usually, but it’s Depending on the Artist.
- Chest Insignia: A target. In contrast to Batman, who uses the armored bat-symbol to draw fire away from his vulnerable points, Floyd leaves the "bull's eye" unprotected because he wants people to shoot him.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: He wore a tuxedo, top hat and domino mask while posing as a hero in his first appearance.
- Cold Sniper: He claims not to care if anyone lives or dies, including himself.
- Combat Pragmatist: Anyone who expects a fair fight from him is either an idiot or knows absolutely nothing about him, and they're not going to live very long either way.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Averted. All of his live-action appearances so far kept his codename. Probably because it just sounds cool, and calling him Floyd wouldn't do him any favours.
- Consummate Professional: As long as he gets paid, he'll do his best to drop the target. If he fails, he won't collect the pay, but if you don't pay up, he won't lift a finger either. And he doesn't give credit to anyone, for good reason.
- Cool Mask: Wears a white/silver cloth/metallic mask which contains a scope to assist his aiming.
- Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: Marnie Herrs, a Suicide Squad staff psychologist, falls in love with Deadshot. More sensibly, when she realizes he's entirely uninterested in working through his boatload of issues and that she's not going to change him, she just leaves Belle Reve.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Expanded on in the 1988 miniseries. His parents openly hated each other, to the point that his mother tried to get his father killed by their sons, but Floyd wound up killing his beloved brother Edward by accident. Later he lost his wife and son, and for most of his life has been unconsciously looking for surrogate brother figures.
- Daughter Of A Whore: He had Zoe with Michelle Torres, a cocaine addict turned call girl, in what he assumed would be a one night stand.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of his defining character traits.
- Deal with the Devil: Makes one with Neron during Underworld Unleashed, selling his soul and promising to spread chaos in return for more bullets.
- Death Seeker/The Fatalist: Is either one or the other Depending on the Writer. He knows he is not going to live very long either way, what really changes is whether he wants to be killed or just doesn't care.
- His response to being told straight from the source that he'll be condemned to eternity in Hell when he dies is simply "Ha! Figures."
- Depending on the Artist: His mask. Is it metal or fabric?
- Depending on the Writer: The distinction between wanting to die and not caring whether he lives or dies isn't always acknowledged. He was noticeably disappointed when David Cain failed to kill him. He signed on with Sgt. Rock's new iteration of the Suicide Squad precisely because he hoped to finally be killed on one of the missions.
- The Dragon: Usually to The Penguin.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In his first appearance, he looked like a tuxedo-wearing bandit with a mask that only covered his eyes and a pair of dueling pistols, a far cry from what he looks like in modern times.
- Embarrassing First Name: Even Harley Quinn finds it strange that the "world's greatest marksman" is called Floyd.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He has no problem shooting an unarmed woman in the back. It's when he finds out she was told that she was free that he gets pissed, since he'd been told she was an escaping prisoner.
- When the Six were first put together, both Deadshot and Cheshire were forced into joining when Mockingbird held the safety of their respective children over their heads. The difference between them? By the end of Villains United, it was demonstrated that Floyd cared more about his daughter Zoe then Cheshire did Lian, as Cheshire went out of her way to conceive a replacement with no hesitation.
- During one issue of Suicide Squad Deadshot is legitimately disgusted by the Khmer Rouge and goes out of his way to kill several of their soldiers on general principle.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His older brother Ed* , His ex-wife Susan, their son, Eddie* , his daughter, Zoe, her mother, and the Secret Six.
- Evil Counterpart: Is frequently portrayed as Green Arrow's, contrasting their choice of weapons, but started as one for Batman; he even grew up with Bruce Wayne and Alfred knew his butler well enough to know of the Lawtons' marital situation.
- Evil Matriarch: His father was no prize, but Lawton's mother was the one who hired a child molester to kidnap her grandson to force Floyd to kill his father.
- Retconned out by the New 52, in which she, along with Lawton's father and sister, was killed by bullets coming through the walls from a gang execution in the next apartment.
- Then the retcon was retconned out in his part of the Most Wanted spin-off series. He stole the story from another criminal, and the original backstory is reestablished. His mother turns out to be so bad that her egging him on causes Deadshot to kill her in a fit of rage.
- Retconned out by the New 52, in which she, along with Lawton's father and sister, was killed by bullets coming through the walls from a gang execution in the next apartment.
- Exact Words: He and the rest of the Suicide Squad were ordered to stop Rick Flag from assassinating Senator Cray "by any means necessary". Deadshot kills Cray himself, so Flag can't kill him. His genuine confusion as to why this wasn't an acceptable solution definitively proves to everyone around him how Ax-Crazy he truly is.
- Flamethrower Backfire: In the second mini-series, Deadshot defeats Firebug by shooting the arsonist through the wings of his costume, which he uses to store the fuel for his flamethrowers. Firebug goes up in a fireball.
- Good Parents: ...You probably weren't expecting this from one of the world's top assassins, but all of his interactions with Zoe indicate that he makes a pretty kickass dad. The only reason he's not a Retired Badass is because the various enemies he's made don't care that he'd rather be a father than a hitman.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Lawton doesn't worry about lung cancer, since he's not expecting to live that long. Almost every single panel where Deadshot is neither masked nor eating, he's smoking a cigarette.
- Guns and Gunplay Tropes: Uses almost all of them.
- Guns Akimbo: His wrist mounted guns, or just two pistols.
- The Gunslinger: Deadshot is an evil version.
- Hired Gun: His main source of income.
- Homoerotic Subtext: With Catman, to a blatantly obvious extent.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: The master of this in the DC Universe (in regards to guns, at least). If you want to get an idea of how skilled he is, he can shoot other bullets that have already been fired out of the air.
- Kill Me Now, or Forever Stay Your Hand: Doesn't actually want to kill Batman, and Bats finally calls him on the fact that he always "pulls his shots" by hesitating or trying a Trick Bullet.
- Lack of Empathy: He likes to come across as completely heartless, and he's certainly less caring than most people.Catman: If you were driving and you saw a little girl lying in the street, would you stop and help her?Deadshot: Well, I wouldn't go out of my way to run her over at least.
- Like Brother and Sister: Has this dynamic with Scandal in the Secret Six, even sometimes calling her "sis."
- Literal-Minded: In the 2001 Suicide Squad series, Floyd tells a diner waitress that he's an assassin. The waitress, assuming this to be a joke, sarcastically offers him 20 dollars to kill the diner's terrible short order cook. The scene then cuts to a news report about a shooting at a local diner, with the newscaster saying that witnesses claimed the shooter demanded 20 dollars from a horrified waitress after killing the cook.
- Morality Chain: It has been implied that his love for his daughter (as well as his complicated relationship with Batman) are the only things stopping him from going off the deep end.
- Morality Pet: His daughter Zoe. Her mother, kinda. He supports them financially, and is very against his daughter seeing violence.
- Multi-Ranged Master: Implied - when he runs out of bullets in Skartaris he orders Black Alice to find him a bow, or a sling, or anything that shoots.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Would you pick a fight with a guy called Deadshot?
- Nightmare Fetishist: His response to hearing Killer Frost suggest that they wipe out an entire island full of superhumans?Keep talkin' like that and I may have to marry you.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivered multiple ones to a gang of neo-Nazi thugs in one issue of Secret Six after he foiled their robbery, humiliated them, and left one of them without an eye. They evidently didn't learn that continuing to fuck with the guy who thoroughly put them in their place was an incredibly stupid idea.
- One-Man Army: Has the highest known body count of the core members of the Six; this is what attracts Jeannette.
- Only in It for the Money: He's not really sadistic or anything, he just wants money.
- Papa Wolf: Mention his daughter with bad intentions, and he will tell you it is on.
- Parental Substitute: More properly, Big Brother Substitutes - he tends to gravitate towards replacement sibling figures, most notably Rick Flag and most interestingly Batman.
- Pet the Dog: After learning about how Black Alice thinks she gave her father cancer, he forces the doctor (who is pretty sure it was Alice who gave it to him) to call and reassure her that it couldn't possibly have been her fault. Although, he might have just done this to make her a more effective team member.
- There's also his interaction with his daughter Zoe and her mother. The money he makes as a mercenary gets sent directly to them.
- Porn Stache: It's even been called this, and he's specifically mentioned that people have said less-than-flattering things about it.
- Professional Killer: A lot of his jobs are mercenary gigs, but he generally tries to stick with hitman work. Batman once managed to save a witness Deadshot had been hired to kill by freezing his employer's bank accounts, suspending Deadshot's pay.
- Race Lift: Traditionally a white guy in the comics, Deadshot is played by Will Smith in Suicide Squad (2016).
- Retired Badass: If Deadshot had his way, he'd have the assassin life long behind him and be peacefully raising his daughter. Unfortunately, one thing or another keeps him from stashing away the guns for good.
- Retirony: In the 2019 Suicide Squad run after finally completing his sentence and deciding to be a better father for his daughter, he gets killed by Black Mask pretending to be Blue Beetle.
- The Rival: Deathstroke is his main rival on assassinations.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In his first miniseries, Deadshot left the Suicide Squad to go in an unsanctioned killing spree. His boss, Amanda Waller, realized he was hunting down everyone involved in his young son's kidnapping and death, and once she checked all involved were scum the likes of which managed to disgust her, promptly decided to ignore Deadshot's activities, knowing he was going to return to Belle Reve at some point.
- Self-Harm: Again, Depending on the Writer. Keith Giffen in particular wrote Floyd as engaging in self-harm, specifically putting out cigarettes on his own arm.
- Shoot the Dog: Does things that are too immoral, suicidal or both for his teammates.
- The Sociopath: During the Blackest Night crossover, Yasemin (now a Black Lantern) comments that she thought he was this, but he does in fact have emotions buried deep inside. This is accompanied by a visual of his body being mostly black with a few points of color bleeding through.
Deadshot: What for? Nobody hiring me has one.
- After a brief fight in which Lawton non-fatally shoots William Heller, Batman asks the assassin why he didn't kill Heller. Deadshot shrugs and points out his boss only told him to shoot Heller, not kill him. An irritated Batman then asks Floyd if he doesn't have any sort of moral code. Deadshot's laconic answer:
- Straw Nihilist: Some portrayals of him verge on this. In the Ostrander miniseries, he tells his psychiatrist that he feels all talk about how precious life is fell flat after he accidentally killed his brother, the one person he idolized in the world... and felt nothing. This attitude was only reinforced when he became a criminal and still felt nothing after taking life after life.
- The Anti-Nihilist: On his good days. While he doesn't believe in any higher purpose, he places value on the here and now."There is no great answer. There is no righteous way. There is no purpose. You can't get rid of the superfluous nonsense, Manta, because that's all there is."
- The Anti-Nihilist: On his good days. While he doesn't believe in any higher purpose, he places value on the here and now.
- Strong as They Need to Be: He's the defining example of Improbable Aiming Skills in DC and always hits his mark... unless he's going up against Batman, or really anyone with plot relevance. Then he'll miss for some reason.
- Super Wrist-Gadget: His trademark weapons, which are automatic and silenced.
- Talk to the Fist: If you're on his bad side and he wants to know something, tell him in a quick and concise manner unless you want to get a hole blown in you. Agrees with Tuco that "if you're gonna shoot, shoot. Don't talk."
- Ten Paces and Turn: Will shoot you In the Back before you get three paces.
- Tranquil Fury: A side-effect of his Consummate Professional attitude is remarkable anger control. A prime example is from his 2005 mini-series; A corrupt landlord poisoned an autistic child's dog because he lost a lawsuit against his mother over allowing the dog to stay. One panel after processing this, Floyd's kneecapping the guy and threatening worse if the dog dies."Right."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The very violent kind, with Catman.
- Villainous Breakdown: The most notable one, in Suicide Squad (1987) #22, ended with him killing a U.S. Senator in front of a crowd of police, then firing at them.
- Weak, but Skilled: By no means is Deadshot a weakling, in fact for a normal civilian he is someone you don't want to pick a fight with even unarmed. That being said, he's not up to par in hand-to-hand combat when compared to the premier martial artists of the DCU, not to mention the ones with powers. He compensates for that by being a ranged fighter with his deadly precision using firearms, and when forced to fight he never fights fair.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Suggests this on almost every Suicide Squad mission. Even when it's not an assassination. Telling him to do something "by any means necessary" is practically inviting him to massacre everyone involved.
- Would Hit a Girl: Or kneecap a girl, sucker-frag a girl, etc.
- Would Hurt a Child: While he doesn't go out of his way to kill children, it has been shown that he has no qualms against it.
- His "dream assassination" was revealed to be killing a class of kindergarten students (something he attempts to do after selling his soul to Neron) If not for the intervention of the Justice League he would have the blood of several innocent children on his hands.
- You Should Have Died Instead: His parents' attitude, and to a degree, his own. His brother was the golden boy of the family, and no one worshiped him more than Floyd. His old butler mentioned that everyone who met Edward thought Floyd would be just as bright, and tended to be disappointed by him.
First Appearance: Mister Miracle #6 (February, 1972)
Lashina is one of the evil New Gods of Apokolips and a servant to Darkseid. She is a member of his elite assassin group the Female Furies, and became their leader after Big Barda quit. Her weapon of choice is charged energy whips, and she was trained in their use by Granny Goodness. She has also used the codename Duchess while stuck on Earth working for the Suicide Squad.
- Amnesiac Hero: Joins the Squad not knowing who she is or where she came from.
- BFG: Unhappy with the weapons on offer in Belle Reve's arsenal, she constructs her own massive gun that anybody without her Super-Strength struggles to lift.
- 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.
First Appearance: Strange Adventures #187 (April, 1966)
June Moone is a freelance artist who becomes possessed by an entity originally known only as The Succubus. The resulting merge produceshe being known as the Enchantress, a powerful sorceress considered to be one of the most dangerous black magic practitioners The DCU.
- Beast and Beauty: Depending on the continuity, she has been on both ends.
- Dark Magical Girl: 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.
- De-power: For a time, after Nightshade absorbed the demonic entity powering her magic.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She once healed a mortally wounded cat that Katana had befriended. When Katana thanked her, she replied "No need. It is not right that any innocent animal should suffer."
- Face–Heel Turn: Enchantress started as a Sailor Moon style Magical Girl in her own adventures 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.
- Functional Magic: Her main ability.
- Lady of Black Magic: A powerful sorceress garbed in flowing dark green robes, especially so when depicted as a villainous Evil Sorceress.
- Magical Girl Warrior: One of the very firsts, for starters! Enchantress started as a Sailor Moon style Magical Girl in her own adventures before disappearing for a few years. When she came back,
- 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.
- Sensitive Artist: June Moone is a sensitive and kind-hearted freelance artist and graphic designer when not under The Enchantress's influence. This is in contrast to the Enchantress personality, who is much colder, crueler, and often an explicitly evil and corrupting force in June's life.
- 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.
- Superpowered 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.
First Appearance: Green Lantern Vol. 2 #173 (February, 1984)
An Olympic athlete turned criminal/Mercenary his skill, and an arsenal of javelin based trick weapons.
- Badass Normal: Much like Green Arrow and Arsenal, he doesn't have any powers.
- Funetik Aksent: How his German accent is represented.
- Hired Guns: He's a German mercenary.
- Javelin Thrower: A former Olympic javelin thrower turned criminal.
- Mysterious Past: Other than his nationality and past as an Olympic Athlete, nothing is known about Javelin's past.
- Named by the Adaptation: In The Suicide Squad movie, Javelin is gven the real name of Gunter Braun.
- No Name Given: His real name has never been revealed.
- Not Quite Dead: Left to die by the Squad during War of the Gods, he reappeared several years later during Cry for Justice, getting knocked out by Supergirl.
- Ret-Gone: Hasn't returned in the post-Flashpoint continuity.
- Trick Arrow: Javelin's carries an arsenal of trick javelins.
First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1 (September, 1984)
First Appearance: Firestorm Vol. 2 #29 (November, 1984)
Mindboggler is a supervillain and enemy to Firestorm, who was given powers by Breathtaker of the Assassination Bureau.
- 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.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Had the initals 'MB' on her t-shirt.
- Bully Hunter: After seeing Boomerang bullying another member, Mindboggler forces him to experience a hallucinatory Circle of Shame so he can see what it's like to be in the other end of it. It backfires in her when Boomerang lets her get killed as revenge.
- Delinquent Hair: Half of her head was shave skinhead-style, while the other half was wild and spiky.
- In the Back: Gets shot in the back, killing her.
- Master of Illusion: She can conjure vivid, realistic illusions that can mess with minds.
- Mind Control: Can do this, to an extent.
First Appearance: Doom Patrol #98 (September, 1965)
First Appearance: Firestorm #1 (March, 1978)
Thomas Andrew Tresser
First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #166 (September, 1980)
Tom Tresser, a.k.a. Nemesis, is a vigilante, turned operative for the U.S. government and a master of disguise. He was an applicant to an unnamed government agency whose brother Craig was an undercover agent infiltrating a criminal syndicate called "the Council". Craig was brainwashed into killing their family friend Ben Marshall and was subsequently killed in self-defense by fellow agents. Tom thus became "Nemesis", preferring to use an alias instead of his dishonored family name.
- Alliterative Name: Tom Tresser
- Civvie Spandex: His default costume is a black turtleneck sweater with a balance as a chest symbol and a chest holster.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Bruce Wayne helped Tresser patent his helicopter silencer system which provided him with the funds to continue his hunt for the Council.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Was an inventive genius whose creations included a mask disguise system that could be quickly dissolved with a special chemical spray from a collar device, paralysis bullets, and muffler system that rendered helicopters effectively silent.
- 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.
- Never Found the Body: Nemesis is believed to have sacrificed himself, and died in the helicopter crash that killed the Council's leader. It is later revealed that he freed himself at the last second and fell into the river, horribly injured by the explosion. His body was found by federal men, who took him to a hospital.
- One-Steve Limit: Shares the Nemesis moniker with a Greek goddess and a one-time member of the Justice Society of America.
- 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.
- Trick Bullet: Sometimes used bullets that would temporarily paralyse the target.
- Undying Loyalty: To Rick Flag. He returns for a mission to save Flag's son from a deranged former colleague.
First Appearance: Captain Atom #82 (September, 1966)
Rudolph "Rudy" Jones
First Appearance: Firestorm Vol. 2 #58 (April, 1987)
Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot
First Appearance: Detective Comics #58 (December, 1941)
Bette Sans Souci
First Appearance: Firestorm Vol, 2 #7 (December, 1982)
Plastique was a Canadian political activist and terrorist with the ability to generate explosive blasts.
- Canada, Eh?: Plastique is a Canadian terrorist.
- 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.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Initially, she had no actual super powers and just relied on her skill with explosives. Later she was granted the power to generate explosions with her mind.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In Raise The Flag, she only pretends to go along with Eiling's plan to betray the Squad and kill Waller, having learned her lesson of getting involved with people like him in the past. She is also outraged when White Dragon murders Twister while she was defenseless. befriended.
- Evil Redhead: Red haired and began as a terrorist.
- 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.
- Having a Blast: Her super power.
- 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.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Blowing up White Dragon from the inside might not have been pretty, but he was a racist, a misogynist and a deserter who killed Twister, whom Bette had befriended, so she gets a pass for killing him.
- Shameful Strip: In her first public appearance, Plastique attempted a suicide bombing against the New York Herald-Express with a set of bombs attached to her costume, only to have Firestorm disarm her by vaporizing her clothes, leaving her naked and humiliated while Firestorm took the bombs to explode in a safer area.
- Took a Level in Badass: Via genetic modification commissioned by her organization, Plastique gained the power to project explosive force from her body.
- Villainous Friendship: Forms one with Twister in Raises The Flag.
- Western Terrorists: Plastique started out as a violent Quebec separatist (likely inspired by the Front de libération du Québec) whose first story involved threatening to suicide bomb a newspaper.
Pamela Lilian Isley
First Appearance: Batman #181 (June, 1966)
First Appearance:: 1st Issue Special #5 (August, 1975)
Mark Shaw was an agent of the Manhunter Cult. He fought the Justice League of America and Guardians under several names, and served as a member of he Suicide Squad as the Privateer.
- 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.
- Dressed to Plunder: Dresses like a pirate.
- 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.
- Swiss-Army Weapon: His Power Baton includes the following functions: spear, Telescoping Staff, Grappling-Hook Pistol, javelin/spike, magnetic pulse, nunchuks, and Sonic Stunner.
First Appearance: Supergirl Vol. 2 #1 (November, 1982)
Clyde Phillips and ??
First Appearance: Captain Atom #85 (March, 1967)
A husband and wife team of villains who work as thieves and mercenaries.
- 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.
First Appearance: Suicide Squad #1 (May, 1987)
Ravan is a Thuggee assassin who worships Kali, the Indian goddess of death. He was a member of the Jihad and later the Suicide Squad.
- Badass Normal: He is a Thuggee assassin who practices Kali worship, but has no powers of his own.
- Hazy-Feel Turn: He was an enemy to the Suicide Squad, although he later became one of their members.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: One of the least moral of a very immoral team, but it's always played for laughs after he joins the Squad.
- Killed Off for Real: He was killed in battle against Kobra.
- Laughably Evil: Ravan was surprisingly funny at times.
- Only One Name: He's only known as Ravan.
- Religion of Evil: He is a Thuggee assassin who practices Kali worship, believing that every life he sacrifices delays the Kali Yuga another thousand years.
First Appearance: Shade, the Changing Man #1 (July, 1977)
- Black Box: Shade admits that he does not understand any of the principles under which the M-Vest—which grants him his powers—works, as the vest was constructed by Meta's greatest scientist and he was the equivalent of a beat cop. While he understands how to operate the basic functions, he needs the Squad's resources to try and figure out how to get it to return him to his home dimension.
First Appearance: Justice League of America #235 (February, 1985)
Shrike was an escaped mental patient who became a member of the Cadre and, as such, an enemy of the Justice League of America. Following her arrest, she was recruited into the Suicide Squad, but died on her first mission.
- Heel–Faith Turn: Shrike found religion and regarded her service in the Squad as a genuine opportunity for redemption.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: How she bites it.
- Super-Scream: Her primary weapon is a hypersonic shriek.
- Winged Humanoid: Shrike can fly via feathered wings the alien Overlord grafted to her back.
First Appearance: Firestorm Vol. 2 #28 (October, 1984)
Slipknot is a super-villain who began his career as an enemy to Firestorm. He originally worked as a chemist, where he developed an adhesive that would allow ropes to stick to anything. This allows him to bind incredibly powerful figures like Firestorm.
- An Arm and a Leg: Slipknot loses an arm when Captain Boomerang convinces him to defect during a mission and the Explosive Leash bracelet detonates.
- 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.
- Knows the Ropes: Trained in the violent use of ropes; used to hang, maim, hold or otherwise attack his enemies.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Attempts to escape after Captain Boomerang convinces him that the bombs were a bluff.
- Religion of Evil: Afer losing his arn, Slipknot became a devotee of he Kobra Cult.
First Appearance: Adventure Comics #246 (March, 1958)
While working as an operative for the CBI, Speedy joined the Squad for a single mission to help them take down a drug baron.
Clifford "Cliff" Carmichael
First Appearance: Firestorm #1 (March, 1978)
Cliff Carmichael was an old classmate and rival of Ronnie Raymond, the Firestorm. After he aquired the Thinking Cap, he became the new Thinker.
- Alliterative Name: 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 DeVoe, an old enemy of Jay Garrick. He used DeVoe'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.
- Rival Turned Evil: Cliff Carmichael was an old classmate and rival of Ronnie Raymond, the Firestorm. After he aquired the Thinking Cap, he became the new Thinker.
- 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
First Appearance: Action Comics #521 (July, 1981)
Firat Appearance: Firestorm Vol. 2 #36 (June, 1985)
2001 Series Field Agents
Dufus P. Ratchet
First Appearance:' The Flash'' #338 (October, 1984)
First Appearance: Supergirl Vol. 2 #4 (February, 1983)
Rachel Berkowitz discovered the secrets of the Unified Field Theory and employed it to manipulate reality as the leader of a group of neo-Nazis called the Party For Social Reform.
- Boomerang Bigot: A Jewish child raised by Nazis, Rachel eventually believed that the Nazi "Final Solution" idea was correct.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Blackstarr is a fanatical believer in Nazi ideology, and led a Neo-Nazi gang.
- Reality Warper: By unlocking the secrets of the unified field theory, Blackstarr could tap into the very fabric of the cosmos.
- Stripperiffic: When compared to her original Pre-Crisis incarnation, she exposes a lot more skin.
First Appearance: World's Finest #111 (August, 1960)
First Appearance: Detective Comics #351 (May, 1966)
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Vol. 2 #3 (January, 2002)
Eliza was a member of the Suicide Squad with the special ability to speak to animals. She was consumed by a colony of killer ants during her first mission.
- The Beastmaster: Eliza displayed the ability to communicate with animals.
- Carry a Big Stick: Eliza also carried a wooden staff with her; it is unknown if this staff was for combat or if it enhanced her abilities in some way.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: She tried to convince the ants that they meant no harm; however, she was quickly devoured by a large tidal wave of the ants.
- Friend to Bugs: During the mission she was shown speaking with a large colony of enhanced killer ants.
- Killed Off for Real: Devoured by a swarm of ants.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Eliza displayed the ability to communicate with animals.
- Stripped to the Bone: Her skeletal remains are seen near the end of the issue with her hand wrapped around her staff.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced and died in a single issue.
First Appearance: Firestorm Vol. 2 #21 (March, 1984)
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Vol. 2 #3 (January, 2002)
Larvanaut is a member of Suicide Squad who died on his first mission. He had a lizard-like appearance with a prehensile tail.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Larvanaut was dubbed 'expendable' and was quickly eaten alive by an the ant colony.
- Killed Off for Real: Devoured by a swarm of ants.
- Lizard Folk: Larvanaut had a lizard-like appearance with a prehensile tail.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Combined with his sense of smell, Larvanaut displayed a high degree of tracking skill, and was able to locate the ant queen among a large colony of killer ants based only off of her scent.
- Stripped to the Bone: Larvanaut was dubbed 'expendable' and was quickly eaten alive by an the ant colony. His skeletal remains are shown after the ants finished devouring him.
- Super-Senses: Early on upon the arrival of their mission destination Larvanaut was able to catch the scent of the killer ants he was hunting; more specifically, the ant queen. It is unknown if any of his other senses were enhanced.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced and died in a single issue.
First Appearance: Green Lantern Vol 2. #43 (March, 1966)
First Appearance: Challengers of the Unknown #14 (July, 1960)
Multi-Man is immortal, gaining a new superpower every time he comes back to life. However, he never knows what that power will be.
- Bald of Evil: Pramble originally had black hair, but became bald when his head grew freakishly large when he was transformed into Multi-Man.
- My Brain Is Big: The liquid light serum had a weird effect on Duncan Pramble, causing his body to shrink and his limbs to reduce to a weak, spindly appearance even as his head enlarged to make room for an over-sized brain.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Literally.
- Resurrective Immortality: Multi-Man is immortal, gaining a new superpower every time he dies and comes back to life.
- Superpower Russian Roulette: What power Pramble receives upon resurrection is based on the random order of fractal mathmatics. At times he can be gifted with incredible powers and at other times his powers can be all but useless.
- Super Serum: Duncan Pramble stole an ancient chemical called "liquid light" and, following the directions supplied in ancient hieroglyphics - which stated that once the formula was drank, he would gain "...extra lives and with each life a different power" - downed it.
- Super-Intelligence: The liquid light serum granted Prable super intelligence and an enlarged cramium.
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Vol. 2 #3 (January, 2002)
A malleable super-villain who kept away from the spotlight until he was drafted into the Suicide Squad on a mission against killer ants.
- Killed Off for Real: Putty suffered from severe claustrophobia, and went nuts in the small space, forcing Killer Frost to kill him.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Killer Frost froze the malleable Putty solid and he subsequently shatttered.
- Rubber Man: Putty could stretch and mold his body like, well, puttty.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced and died in a single issue.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: To save themselves from being devoured, Killer Frost II shielded herself and Putty from the ants with an ice wall. Putty, however, suffered from severe claustrophobia, and went nuts in that small space, forcing Killer Frost to kill him.
First Appearance: Birds of Prey #87 (December, 2005)
Yasemin Soze was a Turkish smuggler and assassin who was forced into the Suicide Squad.
- Came Back Wrong: Shortly after her death she was reanimated as a Black Lantern.
- Did Not Think This Through: Challenging Deadshot to a gunslinger duel was not going to pan out as she thought.
- Dirty Coward: On her first mission, she was overcome by the fear of possibly dying when the task became too much for her and she ran, which bought her great shame among the Suicide Squad.
- Guns Akimbo: Ofetn wields a pistol in each jand.
- The Gunslinger: Styles herself as one, as she's at least competent, until her serious lapse in judgement.
- Honor Before Reason: Against all logic or reason, she challenges Lawton to a duel, and he shoots her dead before she even starts counting.
- Shout-Out: Her name, ocupation and birthplace are suspiciously similar to those of a Diabolical Mastermind appearing on certain film the same year she was created.
- Too Dumb to Live: Giving a blatant opening to an opponent known for their uncompromising nature in order to get a duel was a foolish idea and it got her killed.
- Villainous Cheekbones: She has pretty prominent cheekbones and she's an assassin.
2011 Series Field Agents
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #1 (November, 2011)
A pyrokinetic ex-gangster obsessed with obtaining redemption.
- The Atoner: While taking revenge on the gang that nearly killed him, Santana set the gang’s 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 opportunity to make amends for his actions.
- Odd Friendship: In El Diablo's spinoff miniseries, he's assigned to work with Uncle Sam, the Anthropomorphic Personification of the United States of America, on a case at the Mexican border. The two men turn out to have shared interests (including justice) despite their very different viewpoints on how to achieve it, and become good friends.
- Playing with Fire: El Diablo possesses pyrokinetic powers.
- Punny Name: "Chato" amongst mexican and hispanic communities in general is not a proper name, not even a diminutive (Like "Bob" for Robert) but a nickname. It is used to describe people whose nose is as flat as round.
- Secret Legacy: The original El Diablo was an old western vigilante and Zorro's expy by the name of Lazarus Lane. Their names are similar, though.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Whenever his powers go out of control, Chato transforms himself into a 12 feet tall fiery fiendish entity his name is derived from.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Because his powers constantly burns his shirt
First Appearance: Batman: Harley Quinn (October, 1999)
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.
First Appearance: Superboy Vol, 4 #0 (October, 1994)
Firat Appearance: Birds of Prey #56 (August, 2003)
Former operative of the Birds of Prey organization. He has a condition where he has a non-linear memory and sporadic amnesia.
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #1 (November, 2011)
A member of the Suicide Squad with the power to generate and project electricity.
- Back from the Dead: He was reanimated by Waller using an unknown serum after Deadshot killed him shortly after their first mission together.
- It Only Works Once: Whatever was in the serum that brought him back to life didn't work a second time, since his body convulsed and exploded with electricity when they tried to do it again.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name was never revealed.
- Shock and Awe: He possesses the ability to generate powerful volts of electricity easily capable of vaporizing a human body.
- Too Dumb to Live: Yeah, taunting a dangerous war veteran like the Unknown Soldier was not a good idea.
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #3 (January, 2012)
Chang Jie-Ru is a convict and a member of the newly formed Suicide Squad with the ability to alter his body's mass and thickness.
- Eaten Alive: Gets eaten by King Shark. Luckily he survives and manages to get out a few issues later.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He survived getting eaten and digested by King Shark, and Waller theorizes that he's almost completely un-killable.
- Sizeshifter: Yo-Yo has the ability to increase his body mass to an extent where he is capable of resisting an explosion in his immediate vicinity, and other damage to a similar degree. In the opposite manner he is also able to decrease his mass, to bypass small gaps and other slight obstacles.
2016 Series Field Agents
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1 (March, 2016)
Will Evans was a mercenary who briefly usurped Floyd Lawton's name Deadshot.
- Boom, Headshot!: Lawton executes him this way.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He can ricochet a bullet off a wall to hit a target behind cover or shoot Batman's batarangs out of the air.
- Make Way for the New Villains: Intended to kill and replace Lawton as the new Deadshot.
- Ret-Canon: Will Evans armour is designed to look like the armour Will Smith wears as Deadshot in Suicide Squad (2016).
- The Rival: Evans was obsessed with beating Deadshot, to the point of putting his life in jeopardy to attempt to kill him despite having no need to do so.
- Fire/Ice Duo: With her boyfriend Coldsnap.
- She also briefly formed one of these with Killer Frost in the latter's solo issue of Justice League of America (Rebirth).
- Mauve Shirt: She and Coldsnap surprisingly survive their Suicide Squad mission despite being C-List at best.
- Only One Name: Her full name is never mentioned.
- Playing with Fire: Her most obvious ability.
A C-Lister who briefly served in the Suicide Squad.
- An Arm and a Leg: He got his hands cut off and replaced with artificial ones made of nanites, which give him the power to unlock anything.
- Arc Words: "Juan Soria does not belong in this story."
- Black Comedy: His story arc is this.
- Broken Bird: He set out to be a superhero, but ended up being nothing more than a C-Lister superhuman.
- Butt-Monkey: The Squad treats him like squat. It was deliberately done to enforce his fatalism to bring down the mission's target.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His defeatist attitude is toxic to the hope-eating alien he is sent up against.
- Driven to Suicide: He attempts this on his mission. It ends up de-powering the mission's villain, an alien who feeds on positive emotions, to the point where he can kill it.
- Master of Unlocking: Juan's right hand had been infused with nanotechnology during a lab accident, giving him the ability to place it against any locked object and make it automatically unlock.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: One titanically unlucky character.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: He is last seen sharing a cell with a very hungry Killer Croc. And Waller didn't even do it to spite him, she actually felt it was a reward since he'd been stuck in an actual hole previously.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Lasted two issues.
Nothing is known about Battleaxe's origin, or how she came to work for the Suicide Squad.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even though her Squad teammates didn't particularly liked her, they do feel sorry that she died that way.
- C-List Fodder: Being a barely known foe of the Outsiders in a title that constantly does this, it's no surprise that she reappears in the Post-Flashpoint continuity to bite it.
- Girlish Pigtails: While she's not particularly childish, but this is her style.
- Your Head Asplode: King Cobra uses a device that triggers the bombs in the Squad member's necks. He tests it on Battleaxe, killing her and revealing the purpose of the implants to Kobra.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in a few issues and then is killed.
Bloodletter was given his metahuman powers after he was experimented on so he could be turned into a super soldier. Sometime after this he took over a neighbourhood in east Los Angeles.
- Drop the Hammer: Just like Hawkgirl, she fights with a mace.
- Expy: Appears to be based on Justice Lords Hawkgirl from the Justice League series.
- Mysterious Past: How did a Thanagarian ended up drafted into the Suicide Squad is unknown.
- Winged Humanoid: Being a Thanagarian, she has hawk-like wings that allow her to fly.
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2019 Series Field Agents
- Morton's Fork: Either they complete 50 Suicide Squad missions and gain their freedom, or they spend the rest of their lives imprisoned. They actually expected that, joining the Squad to stop whoever is behind Lok.
- Multinational Team: They come from many different nations. Osita is from Puerto Rico, Chaos Kitten from Hong Kong, Thylacine from Australia, Wink is American, Deadly Six from Somalia and so on.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Unsurprisingly, neither Lawton nor Harley like the idea of working with a group of people that killed two of their own, and the feeling is mutual.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Scale and T.N.Teen are both killed in their first appearance.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: They go after corrupt politicians and military contractors.
- A Mother to Her Men: She deeply cares for her team, being remorseful any time one of them ends up dying.
- Artificial Limbs: Her left arm is mechanical. It can apparently be hijacked.
- Brawn Hilda: She's a big, muscular not particularly attractive woman.
- Braids of Action: Has her hair arranged in a longish braid.
- Butch Lesbian: She's at least more masculine than her late wife.
- The Leader: Leader of the revolutionaries.
- The Lost Lenore: Her wife Tonia.
- Meaningful Name: Her codename means "Little She-Bear" in Spanish.
- Super-Strength: Her mechanical arm is so strong it punched Cavalier's head like a watermelon.
- You Killed My Father: Wants to get to Captain Boomerang for killing her wife Tonia with one of his boomerangs.
- Ambiguous Gender: Non-binary and looks androgynous.
- Battle Couple: With Wink, complementing her teleporting with their flight.
- Ironic Fear: They're a winged person afraid of flying on an airplane.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: The president of a nation the Squad was sent to assassinate is their mother, which the Squad minus Deadshot knew about.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Apparently can communicate with birds.
- Winged Humanoid: Has blue-colored wings that allow them to fly.
- Battle Couple: With The Aerie, and their powers compliment each other.
- Delinquent Hair: Has blonde hair dyed pink in a mohawk.
- Fangirl: The brief team-up with the Flash reveals she's a big fan of the Scarlet Speedster.
- Offing the Annoyance: Not really offing, but annoyed at Harley Are We There Yet? antics, she teleports her to the middle of the outback for several minutes. Apparently there were too many emus.
- Sticky Fingers: Mentioned she's kleptomaniac.
- Teleportation: Can teleport herself and others. Her limits haven't been explored.
- Bash Brothers: With his brother Scale.
- Fish People: He and his brother are Atlanteans that look fish-like.
- Forced to Watch: The Shark chewed his brother in half in front of him without being able to intervene.
- It's Personal: He vows to kill The Shark for killing his brother.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Kills The Shark by injuring him underwater and letting him be eaten by a swarm of sharks, not only to separate him from his telepathic link, but as revenge for his brother.
- Psychic Link: He and Scale shared one, and once he dies, Fin can't help but feel half-empty. He can also extend the mental link to others in order to have private conversations.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Forced to work alongside The Shark, who ate his brother.
- A Death in the Limelight: The issue which shows his backstory and POV is the one were he dies.
- Alliterative Name: His name is revealed to be this when he was at the morgue.
- Came Back Strong: After dying, he reawakens at a morgue, greeted by his father the Black Racer, now he can use his speed without exhaustion, probably matching the Flash.
- Deus ex Machina: Him reviving, being Black Racer's son and running just in time to save The Revolutionaries from death screams of this.
- Face Death with Dignity: Knowing he failed to take the detonator of his explosive, he remains calm and tells Osita to chase down those who control them before dying.
- Irony: He considers it ironic that he, someone who hates running after being forced to flee so many times in his life, has speed-related powers.
- Mellow Fellow: Because of his powers, he's rather laid back. He's not even that shocked to find out the Black Racer is his father.
- Required Secondary Powers: He stands out for not having them, needing lots of rest and food to be able to use his powers, and only for short periods of times.
- Super-Speed: He has this power, although unlike other speedsters, he can only use them in short bursts. He does have the Healing Factor of other speedsters, which allow him to mostly heal from an explosion that nearly charred his face in a matter of hours.
- Badass Normal: So far the only member of the Revolutionaries that hasn't shown any powers or special abilities.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Anti-Hero for sure, but when she finds a dog at the clinic of a Back-Alley Doctor, she insists on taking it with them, and then she leaves it in Deadshot's care (who by that point had fulfilled his sentence and was free to go).
- Those Two Guys: Usually seen with Thylacine.
- Captain Ethnic: She's Australian, possibly aboriginal, with supernatural senses and whose codename is an extinct marsupial.
- Living Lie Detector: Her hearing is so good she can easily identify when someone is lying.
- Scary Black Woman: Unlike Deadly Six who is at least civil, Thylacine can be pretty intimidating. Best shown when she kills Magpie.
- Super-Senses: This is her apparent power.
2021 Field Agents
Lawrence "Larry" Bolatinsky
First Appearance: Blue Devil #6 (November, 1984)
Former special effects artist Larry Bolatinsky became an assassin and criminal for-hire after designing a suit giving him the ability to teleport and fire energy blasts, calling himself Bolt.
- Dying to Be Replaced: Gets killed on his first mission with the Suicide Squad so the speedster Alinta can use the codename Bolt without confusion.
First Appearance: Batman Vol. 3 #14 (March, 2017)
Film Freak was a villain who commits crimes in Gotham City based on famous movies.
First Appearance: Fightin' 5 #40 (November, 1966)
First Appearance: Nightwing Secret Files and Origins #1 (October, 1999)
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Vol. 7 #2 (June, 2021)
As a child Alejandra was about to die after being bittten by a venomous snake. In order to save her life, Alejandra's mother allowed Spyral to experiment on her. Spyral offered to keep Alejsndra's family safe in exchange for her becoming an agent. After being caught by heroes and sent to prison, Amanda Waller offered her to protect her family from Spyral in exchange for joining the Suicide Squad.
- Abhorrent Admirer: She doesn't seem to get how gross it is when she talks about shipping Nocturna and Superboy and mentions feeling hot when Superboy acts assertive against Peacemaker.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Culebra means snake in Spanish, but neither her outfit nor her powers involve snakes, so she fits the Animal Alias category.
- Astral Projection: Since she is technically dead Culebra can make her soul leave her body whenever she wants.
- The Big Guy: The main reason Waller recruited her was due to her strength.
- Brawn Hilda: She's big, muscular and not conventionally attractive.
- Deadpan Snarker: Loves making witty comments and ribbing on her teammates and even Waller.
- Demonic Possession: Culebra's soul can enter other people's bodies and take control of them
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: She really loves her mother and regrets having disappointed her by becoming a criminal.
- Mauve Shirt: She survives her first appearance, while fellow newcomers Mindwarp and Exit die on their debut issue.
- Motor Mouth: She never stops trying to lighten the mood of a situation, to the annoyance of Peacemaker.
- Super-Strength: She's strong enough to use a special needle made to penetrate a Kryptonian's skin.
- Stout Strength: She's huge, heavyset and very strong.
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Vol. 7 #2 (June, 2021)
Exit was a crook with low-level teleportation abilities.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He was killed during the mission when the asylum was filled with Joker Venom and he gave his gas mask to a security guard, exposing himself to the gas.
- Teleportation: Was used to teleport members of the Suicide Squad into Arkham Asylum.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced and killed in he same issue.
First Appearance: Suicide Squad Vol. 7 #2 (June, 2021)
A psychopath and Suicide Squad recruit who can manipulate minds.
- Beware the Mind Reader: Peacemaker describes him as a true psychopath with mind manipulation powers over humans: powerful but not to be trusted.
- Devil's Job Offer: Task Force X eventually runs back into a vindictive Mindwarp in actual Hell when on a mission. Mindwarp has developed a new team in hell called, "The Hell Squad," and they attack the current living squad.
- Expy: Mindwarp looks an awful lot like the X-Men villain Fabian Cortez, although their powers are different.
- Mind Control: Mindwarp can force people to do whatever he commands them to do. For example, he told an Arkham officer to shoot himself in the foot and the officer did just that.
- Mind Rape: Mindwarp can force people to do whatever he commands them to do.
- Two First Names: Peter and Howard.
First Appearance: Detective Comics Vol. 2 #9 (July, 2012)
First Appearance: Superboy Vol. 4 #35 (January, 1997)
Initially thought to be Conner Kent, having somehow been locked up in Arkham Asylum, it was eventually revealed this was Conner's evil doppelganger Match when the real Conner confronted him.
First Appearance: Batman Vol. 2 #2 (December, 2011)
- Green Thumb: Mentions he can hear plants and he can also control them.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Ultraman rips him in half and then burns what's left with his heat vision.
- Plant Person: Some sort of experiment turned him into one.
- Token Good Teammate: He's not really a criminal, he's just someone Waller drafted into the Squad and just wants to leave.
First Appearance: Superman Vol. 2 #4 (April, 1987)
First Appearance: DC Comics Presents #52 (December, 1982)
First Appearance: Crime Syndicate #2 (June, 2021)
Black Siren is a doppelgänger of Black Canary from Earth 3 and a member of the Suicide Squad.
- Action Girl: Black Siren is quite adept at fighting as she is seen engaging Demons with kicks and punches.
- Affably Evil: For an evil version of Black Canary, Black Siren gets along surprisingly quick with the Suicide Squad, who forcefully drafted her and took her from her home universe.
- Bound and Gagged: By gagging her she can't use her sonic scream.
- Canon Immigrant: Her design is based on the character from Crisis on Two Earths, while her codename comes from the DCAU that became much more popular thanks to the Arrowverse.
- Conspicuous Gloves: After joining The Squad (against her will) Dinah starts wearing Fingerless Gloves as part of her new outfit.
- Deadpan Snarker: Black Siren is very snarky with her enemies and teammates alike.
- Ms. Fanservice: Both of Black Siren's outfits show off her toned bare midriff and a good amount of cleavage.
- Pay Evil Onto Evil: As bad as she can be, screaming Major Force into oblivion was not really a bad thing.
- Sinister Shades: She's always seen with sunglasses.
- Super-Scream: Just like her main universe counterpart.
First Appearance: The Phantom Stranger Vol. 4 #8 (July, 2013)
First Appearance: "Showcase #39 (July, 1962)
Etrigan the Brainiac 666
Scientist forced to work for Amanda Waller. She later gave herself sand powers to fight Waller alongside Rick Flag.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: While she had been a support staff for the Squad since early in the run, she only joins them on the field at the start for War for Earth-3 event.
- Last-Name Basis: Her first name is never mentioned.
- The Mole: She was feeding information about Waller's activities to Rick Flag.
- Sentient Sands: She now has sand powers, capable of increasing her size the more sand she uses.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She wears glasses, which remain even after becoming sentient sand, and she used her knowledge to give herself powers.
- Took a Level in Badass: From a regular scientist to a sand monster.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Due to only recently having received her powers, she lacks finesse and control.
Members of the Suicide Squad not appearing in the main series
First Appearance: Superboy Vol. 4 #1 (February, 1994)
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.
First Appearance: Superboy Vol. 4 #1 (February, 1994)
Knockout was recruited to join Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad for an attack against the international crime cartel, Silicon Dragons in Superboy vol. 4.
For more information, see Secret Six.
First Appearance: Hawk and Dove Vol. 4 #3 (January, 1998)
Quartzite was recruited for a mission to bring in Hawk (Sasha Martens) and Dove (Wiley Wolverman), who had broken out of their US Air Force base. She was brought in to replace Nightshade.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Has a 'Q' shaped Cleavage Window on her costume.
- Cleavage Window: Has a 'Q' shaped cleavage window on her costume.
- Dimensional Traveler: Has the ability to bodily pass from one reality into another through an act of will.
- Extradimensional Shortcut: How Quartzite teleports.
- Teleportation: Like Nightshade can create dimensional portals to teleport herself and others through other dimensions.