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The Flash's version of the supervillain mob. They work together with a variety of gimmicks, but one thing they have in common is their shared goals to make their crimes work together.

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Captain Cold's Rogues

    The Team as a Whole 
  • A Day in the Limelight: They've gotten a few stories where they're the direct stars, most notably the Rogues Revenge and Rogues Rebellion minis set respectively during Final Crisis and Forever Evil.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Comes up quite a bit. While the team projects the appearance of being blue collar criminals who only got together for survival and actually kind of hate each other, each team member has gone out of their way numerous times to help another when it didn't benefit them.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Inverted. They were all independent villains when introduced but, since it became clear that the Flash family was so much above them in strength individually and they all basically had the same motive anyway, it became increasingly common for them to team up. Nowadays, they're pretty much used as a single unit.
  • Dwindling Party: In Forever Evil: Rogues' Rebellion. Lisa is already out of the picture due to her Villainous RRoD (she gets revived by Hartley's music), Len gets separated from the group when they escape from Central City, Axel gets incapacitated by Poison Ivy's Kiss of Death (although he quickly gets better), Mick commits an Heroic Sacrifice so they can get away from Gotham, and Marco winds up going into a 10-Minute Retirement after everything that happens (he comes back).
  • Dysfunction Junction: Everyone, aside from Axel Walker, has...severe issues, to say the least. None of them seemed to have a happy home life.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In fact, there are actual rules that Cold set in place. While they're mostly to avoid getting too much attention, some are still the standard version of the trope. the rules are:
      • It's about the money. So jobs that lead to ruling the world and such are generally turned down by the team.
      • Don't kill a cop, if it can be avoided. Cop killers get more attention from superheroes and police.
      • Never kill a cape, but especially speedsters. For the same reasons as above.
      • No drugs. It messes with their heads and leads to mistakes.
    • While not explicitly one of the rules, the Rogues also tend not to kill indiscriminately, because it would (again) attract unwanted escalation, and bank jobs in general don't require much bloodshed.
    • They also use a pocket dimension to bury the dead Flash villains. This place is kept secret, and everyone who's a Flash villain is invited when someone is buried, even non-Rogues.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Well, a dysfunctional family, but generally they act as each other's family. It helps that none of them are really close with their own, non-supervillain families. In fact, it's implied that Captain Cold got his Rogues back together after years of the team being inactive because he needed family after his sister's death.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Flash was one of the first comics to attempt this seriously, and at some point, almost every Silver Age Rogue had attempted to go legit, to varying degrees of success. This was retconned to be the work of the Top, however, who gleefully undid it all during the Rogue War. It's implied that two of the Rogues, Pied Piper and the Trickster, legitimately went straight, though Top's meddling blinded Trickster to the fact that being on the right side of the law didn't mean he was in the right.
  • Legacy Character: Played with. While there are some, it's generally frowned upon and Mirror Master II says to Trickster II that he had to work to earn his place, but they did eventually accept him. The only Legacy Character who was actually invited into Cold's Rogues was Captain Boomerang II, and Cold had ulterior motives with that.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: It's easy to dismiss the Rogues because of their goofy names and gimmicks, but that would be a big mistake. As Flash himself has pointed out in the past, the Rogues aren't just a bunch of villains who each have their own sometimes silly-seeming gimmicks. They're Central City's version of the Mafia with their own sometimes silly-seeming gimmicks.
  • One Steve Limit: Intentionally avoided. Though roughly half of them qualify as a Legacy Character, they make it a rule to never have two members with the same title. They still have Captains Cold & Boomerang, however.
  • Parental Substitute: Axel sees the Rogues as his father figures. It's unclear if they know that, however.
    Bart: They say not having a father figure is a big factor in creating juvenile offenders. Along with social morality and media influence. What do you think, Trickster?
    Axel: I think you're a total prude! I got father figures, brainiac. They're called the Rogues.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Probably the most famous and popular example in the DCU. Played with, as they do like to invoke Not-So-Harmless Villain.
  • Teeth Clenched Team Work: The team has constant infighting and get on each other's nerves, but they work very well with each other.

    Captain Cold 
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AKA: Leonard "Len" Snart

Leader of the Rogues and the Flash's long-time archenemy, Leonard Snart is a skilled career criminal and mechanic who took up supervillainy after he accidentally invented a "cold gun", which freezes things by slowing molecules to absolute zero. (A process that is non lethal putting people in temporary suspended animation. Unless he tunes it not to be.) Strict, professional, and blunt, Cold runs the Rogues tightly and efficiently, enforcing his strong code of honor on them while using their combined skills to pull off countless heists.

  • Abusive Parents: His father was a violent drunk who regularly beat him, his mother, and his sister.
  • A Father to His Men: Above all, Cold runs a tight ship and goes out of his way to ensure that the Rogues are focused on the job at hand. Not that he's above tough love to do so, nor is he above encouraging their darker behaviors.
  • And I Must Scream: What he does to Chillblaine.
  • An Ice Person: He uses his "cold-gun" to achieve this effect.
    • Post-New 52, there was a period when he had direct cryokinesis without having to use his freezing guns. It was later revealed that he used to use freezing guns, but used a machine to integrate his cold gun's powers into himself. This is reverted to cold gun again after the events of Forever Evil.
  • Anti-Villain: Although Captain Cold is a resolute career criminal, his professionalism, sense of honor and general disinterest in murdering people other than the Flash makes him a very sympathetic and likable character.
  • Arch-Enemy: To both Flash II and Flash III.
  • Berserk Button: His abusive father (in most continuities, Cold kills him), and hurting his sister. It's often implied that this is the only way to get Cold to feel anything.
  • Big Bad: He is the leader of the Rogues, so he automatically fits this whenever they are involved.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With his sister, Glider when they team up against The Flash.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He loves his sister Lisa with all his heart, and also very protective of his fellow Rogues.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the Flashpoint timeline, Snart is Citizen Cold, Central City's star hero. He's adored by the public, but the police, the villain community, and hero community all know he's nothing but a complete asshole who uses the hero facade as an excuse to do whatever he wants. But this all depends on how much the citizens actually love him, because without their support he couldn't get away with half the crap he openly pulls. He's even willing to secretly set up his battles with supervillains by baiting them with misinformation.
  • Blessed with Suck: Downplayed during his metahuman period: His integrated freezing abilities made him more powerful than ever but liquid tended to freeze around him, so he couldn't get drunk, and when he got tossed into the water it freezed on him, and he had difficulty moving.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The New 52 version had his powers pulled out of him by Deathstorm, the Crime Syndicate's Firestorm.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Golden Glider, they were the "Golden Snowball".
  • Bounty Hunter: In a reformed period, teaming up with his sister as "Golden Snowball."
  • Casanova Wannabe/Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: In the Silver Age, he seemed to develop a crush on a different woman every week.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He's well aware of the possibility of losing his gun in the middle of combat. In a move that Batman himself would approve of, he's set a codeword for the gun to start firing even if he isn't holding it.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check/Reed Richards Is Useless: Played straight. When called on the fact that each of the Rogues have access to technology and abilities that could make them rich legitimately, Cold freely cops to the notion that their life of crime is largely due to bad habits.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Commonly.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's generally been portrayed as viciously mercenary, but strictly professional. It's never—well, rarely—personal. He’s practically the comic book poster child for this trope.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He participated in the fight against the Crime Syndicate in Forever Evil, and successfully killed Johnny Quick.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Done deliberately. He's fully aware how silly he looks, and has no problems killing people who think he's a joke because of it. Additionally, the outfit's practical — Cold doesn't have the Required Secondary Powers to be immune to his own gun, and its use could freeze him to death or blind him.
  • Freeze Ray: Technically. It's really supposed to slow down molecules, the ice is a side effect. In his words, it's a cold gun, not an ice gun; his gun slows molecules to absolute zero, while Mister Freeze's just shoots ice. He explains in Forever Evil issue 6.
    Captain Cold: A lot of guys shoot ice. But I don't freeze things. I eliminate movement altogether. I stop atoms cold.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted. Cold went criminal because he felt like it, not because of his father's abuse.
  • Good Feels Good: In the New 52 as a member of the Justice League, he started to realize that being a good guy feels good. This went down the drain with Rebirth, not only he went back to his criminal ways, he also cemented himself as the crime lord of Central City.
  • Harmless Freezing: His cold gun has been designed to just put people frozen into suspended animation without doing long-term damage. That said, it can kill if he wants it to, which makes it a good idea not to push the guy.
  • Hypocrite: He claims the Rogues do not kill women or children, and murders Owen Mercer for sacrificing women and children to the Black Lantern version of his father in a desperate attempt to revive him, yet has no problem with Axel Walker murdering homeless people (including women) and the second Mirror Master killing Pied Piper's mother and a maid who worked for her.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Flash and Substance".
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He's trained himself to predict the Flash's movement, and with his cold gun he is one of the few people in the world who can hit the Flash while he's running. Granted, being the Arch-Enemy of the Flash and being an unpowered normal armed with a special gun would require this trope to be effective.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Except in the New 52, where he complains that he can't drink anymore because his powers freeze the beer. Barry, in disguise, befriends him by giving him a recipe for beer that freezes at a much lower temperature.
  • The Leader: Even though there are rivals to this position from time to time since Silver Age, Cold always reclaims his position as the defacto leader of the Rogues every time in the end.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Cold typically leaves his enemies alive, unless they piss him off.
  • Lower-Class Lout: He grew up poor white trash and fully acknowledges it, but woe betide anyone who brings it up around him.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Refuses to kill innocent bystanders or those not involved in his business.
  • Noble Demon: As the leader of the Rogues, he institutes rules against killing and petty revenge schemes.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: A guy dressed up as an eskimo and who calls himself Captain Cold can't be much of a threat right? Wrong! Cold may have a Code of Honor, but he is utterly ruthless and is considered the Flash's nemesis for a reason.
  • Power Fist: With his Cryokinesis he could freeze his fists into thick powerful weapons.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Considers himself a businessman as much as a villain, and has strict rules of conduct. If not on a mission, he's likely to hang out or watch the local sports team.
  • Pungeon Master: Subverted. Cold may dress like an eskimo and have a silly name, but he outgrew puns years ago. This is notable when he fights the fourth Chillblaine.
    Chillblaine: You're an absolute Zero!!
    Captain Cold: Kid, I outgrew that $#!^ years ago.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Chillblaine, the man who killed his sister; and, later, against Inertia, for tricking the Rogues into killing Bart Allen and making them the top public enemies.
  • Secret Keeper: He knows what really happened between Mark and Clyde Mardon, as Mark drunkenly confessed the truth to him one day. However, the reader doesn't know, as Cold has kept his mouth shut on the matter.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He confronted his abusive father but couldn't bring himself to kill the man...so he had Heat Wave do it.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Of all the Rogues, he is the most focused member.
  • The Stoic: Befitting his nickname, Cold does not show his emotions readily.
  • Straight Edge Evil: Forbids the Rogues from using drugs.
  • Token Evil Teammate: As a member of the Justice League in the New 52, though to a lesser extent than Lex.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While he was certainly dangerous Pre-New 52, in the reboot he takes an offer by Dr. Elias to merge his cold gun's powers into himself. Doing so this made him a metahuman who can slow down the Flash just by being near him, making their fights even more equally matched, as Barry can no longer just disarm him. Many of the other Rogues also became metahumans with powers based off of their tech. This was eventually undone for most of them though.
  • Unfortunate Name: His real name.
    Paul Gambi, running backstories past an amnesiac villain: Your name's Leonard Snart, which is two strikes against you right there...
    Captain Cold himself, narrating: My name's...man, I hate it. My name's Leonard Snart. It's a bad name, I know, but my parents were bad people.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Wally and Barry.

    Abra Kadabra 
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AKA: Abhararakadhararbarakh/Citizen Abra

A magician/criminal from the 64th century who came back in time because technology in the future has rendered his craft and skills obsolete (and also because the 64th century is a very unhappy place). Obsessed with being in the spotlight, Abra is determined to gain attention. He decided to do so by becoming a supervillain and regular member of the Rogues. In modern interpretations of the Rogues, he's only kind of considered a member, as his more violent ways and personal vendetta against the Flashes goes against the Rogues' principles.

  • Arch-Enemy: Wally West's arch-enemy back in the 90s, even though in modern age that spot is usually given to Hunter Zolomon/Zoom now.
  • Attention Whore: You know someone has ego problems when they travel through time and become a supervillain just for the sake of getting acknowledged.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Never mention the name of Houdini around him. Just don't. Also, he loathes not being the center of attention, and if someone else takes away applause from him.
    • Outing him as a fraud who uses tech instead of real magic is a wonderful way to get him to drop all pretenses of showing off, and get serious in a hurry.
  • Black Sheep: Of the Rogues. He doesn't work for money, he does try to kill cops and capes. That said, the Rogues have no problem feeding Kadabra's ego if his powers are useful to their schemes, and he's more than willing to take the spotlight off of the rest. While Boomerang and Top may be more annoying personally, however, Kadabra's willingness to ramp up the body count and burn up the budget leaves him out of the Rogues more often.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: He absolutely hates the 64th century and spends so much time in the 20th century because he finds it more welcoming.
  • Clarke's Third Law: He can do "magical" things because his 64th century tech is just that advanced.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Averted. Despite traveling back to beyond the stone age (from his perspective), he prefers modern life to the future, and could adapt if he so chose.
  • Freudian Excuse: He became a super-villain because...he always wanted to be a magician, but A: he's not very good at it, and B: that's very hard to do in a time-zone when technology has advanced to make miraculous feats possible. Later comics also add in that he's a devout individualist in a world where individuality is illegal.
  • Gaslighting: Abra once tried to make Barry think there was no Flash and it'd all been in his head, with the bonus of him being horribly burned by the lightning bolt. He nearly succeeded at it until he brought up the Reverse-Flash, who couldn't exist if there was no Flash to begin with.
  • It's Personal: He mainly wants attention...unless things involve Wally West, then it becomes very personal for him. He kidnapped Linda Park from her and Wally's wedding, and wiped her existence from the world. This caused Wally to vanish into the Speed Force without her to ground him. Later, he would also claim responsibility for Wally's disappearance from the New 52, again, because he hates Wally thwarting him that much.
  • Magic from Technology: To better preserve the Flash's Thematic Rogues Gallery of "science criminals", it's been explained since the beginning that Abra's powers aren't magic, just the use of 64th century technological devices, which are so advanced as to seem magical to mere 20th century viewers. He actively describes his abilities as "magic" as well.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His third outfit had a wide, open coat.
  • Puppet Permutation: One of his most memorable stunts involves turning the Flash into a living marionette puppet. It's since become a signature trick of his.
  • Ret Gone: He removed Wally from memory and existence in the New 52, with the side effect of accidentally erasing his own memory as well.
  • Stage Magician: How he stylizes his entire character and themes his crimes.
  • Time Travel: Either an escapee or an exile from the 64th century, depending on what story you're reading.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Despite being more insane than most of the Rogues normally feel comfortable with, his malevolence is kept in check by his showmanship — everything must be a spectacle, and his imagination is so limited that he's usually beaten.

    Captain Boomerang I 
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AKA: George "Digger" Harkness

A cowardly and pragmatic mercenary/regular Suicide Squad member who wields razor-sharp, cybernetic boomerangs. Hated by his fellow Rogues due to being a Dirty Coward and Jerkass of the utmost extreme. Digger eventually died during a shoot-out with Jack Drake, father of Tim Drake, but was resurrected at the end of Blackest Night.

  • Ascended Extra: Captain Boomerang was originally a rarely used and barely remembered gimmick villain for the Flash; after being a major character in Suicide Squad he was established as one of the most famous and visible member of the Rogues.
  • Awesome Aussie: He is one of the most thorough Deconstructions of this trope imaginable.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Resurrected in Blackest Night after exposure to the White Light after being a member of the Black Lanterns Corps.
    • After being killed in Suicide Squad: Rebirth, got resurrected in issue #8 of the 2016 ongoing - in an ironic twist, as a result of taking down Zod, who'd killed him in the first place. Of course, his luck being what it is, he then had Zod's immobile body fall on him.
  • Badass Abnormal: Pre-Flashpoint, his Brightest Day resurrection temporarily gave him the power to generate explosive boomerangs of pure energy.
  • Bastard Bastard: Post-Crisis, it was revealed that he was the product of an affair his mother had. Boomerang didn't know about this until adulthood, and blames his father's poor treatment of him for his criminal career, but he showed signs of sociopathy from a very young age.
  • Battle Boomerang: Is an expert at the combat uses of Boomerangs.
  • Boomerang Comeback: he pulled this stunt against a member of the Jihad in the second issue of the original series of Suicide Squad.
  • Boxed Crook: His lengthy run with the Suicide Squad.
  • Butt-Monkey: The number one punching bag of the Suicide Squad, not that he didn't deserve it.
  • Captain Ethnic: Of the Australian variety. Other Australians hate him for giving Australia a bad name.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the Silver Age he wasn't much nastier than the other Rogues, with wacky schemes and little loss of life.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: In Suicide Squad. Most notably, he once let Mindboggler get shot just because he didn't like her, disguised himself as Mirror Master so he could continue committing crime while still part of the squad, sold the Atom out for half a million dollars (though this was part of a sting operation, Boomerang was perfectly happy to do it anyway, and convinced Slipknot to try and run away to see if his explosive bracelets worked. note 
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not at all afraid to use any dirty tactic available to him.
  • Complexity Addiction: As straightforward and sensible as he likes to think he is, he is utterly in love with his gimmick to the point of madness, having once directed an entire torpedo in a boomerang arc (to surprisingly great success) to hit a target just because he wanted to.
  • Dirty Coward: In Suicide Squad, he often betrayed the team or ran away to avoid getting hurt.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Unceremoniously immolated by General Zod in Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Boomerbutt," from Amanda Waller and eventually the rest of the Suicide Squad.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: He is this In-Universe. Nobody, even his fellow Australians, seems to like him.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He thinks childish or racist insults are the height of wit, makes horrible puns about how he "always comes back," and once referred to killing people with his bladed boomerangs as a failed attempt at using "sedative boomerangs."
  • Final Boss: Of the Red Robin series.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody really likes him in the squad or the Rogues, and for good reasons.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: In a neat twist, Captain Boomerang is a marketing plan gone horribly wrong. He was originally given the name and costume by the Wiggins Toy Company to sell boomerangs to kids, and immediately thought of ways to use this identity to commit robberies.
    • Retconned post-Crisis in Ostrander's Suicide Squad; it turns out that he stuck around in the job for a couple years before steadily getting fed up with it when the expected fad never took off. Eventually, he decided enough was enough, and decided to make what he thought was a better use of his situation; AKA, stealing someone's wallet. And it just so happened that the Flash was nearby, signing autographs. He noticed the theft, but wasn't able to stop Boomerang from getting a cheap shot in, due to Flash's lack of experience with him. The two have been going at it ever since.
  • Jerkass: Even the other Rogues don't like him much — not because he's evil, just because he's a colossal dick.
  • Laughably Evil: He may be a total bastard in every sense of the word, but he escapes being a Hate Sink by being completely hilarious.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He's ordinarily useless in combat as a member of the Suicide Squad, but only because he's utterly uninterested in helping out and an utter coward to boot. Put his life on the line, though, and as Amanda Waller put it, he'll "fight like hell to get out of it," and quite successfully at that.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Post-Crisis, it turns out Mr. Wiggins of toy company fame was his biological father.
  • Mutual Kill: With Jack Drake (Tim Drake's father) in Identity Crisis (Post-Crisis universe).
  • Not a Morning Person: He reacts violently to waking up.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He made a number of racist and sexist remarks during his time on the Suicide Squad. Shortly after his death in Identity Crisis, it was implied he also made a number of homophobic remarks to the openly-gay Pied Piper.
  • Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder: While Trickster and the Top are also toy-based villains, the former's a genius inventor and the latter has superpowers. Boomerang has neither — and, oh yeah, he's got a higher body count than any Rogue who isn't a straightforward killer.
  • The Sociopath: He's formally diagnosed as one early in the original volume of Suicide Squad, and is a textbook example of the low-functioning type: abrasive, impulsive, petty, and compulsively determined to break rules and flout authority even when it's not to his benefit.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: Other Australians detest his over-the-top Captain Ethnic attitude, and the country has collectively decided to pretend that he's an American faking being an Aussie because they're that embarrassed by him.
  • The Unfavorite: His father never treated him well his whole life, due to both parts of his Bastard Bastard nature.
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    Captain Boomerang II 
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AKA: Owen Mercer
First appearance: Identity Crisis #3 (October 2004)
Hair color: Red
Eye color: Blue

The son of the first Captain Boomerang who inherited the title after his father's death. Significantly more likable than his father.

  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Bart Allen's Abel, not that either of them know it.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed during the Blackest Night.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: He went from a sort of villain to hero, then straight back to a villain.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He’s a bit impatient and rude, but he has a good heart. That is until he devolved into a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk after he lost his father.
  • Killed Off for Real: Was killed in Blackest Night by his Black Lantern power Ring-possessed father after being pushed into a pit by Captain Cold for feeding women and children to his dad.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Had super-human accuracy and even Super Speed because his father was a highly trained boomerang-wielder who regularly fought against a super-speedster. Of course, now that we know he's part Thawne, it makes a whole lot more sense.
  • Legacy Character: Inherited the Captain Boomerang title after his father's death.
  • Long Lost Sibling: To Bart Allen, though neither ever found out. Meloni Thawne is their mother.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Captain Boomerang at first was nervous about meeting his son but Owen spoke to him first. Owen expressed admiration for his famous father and the two hit it off.
  • Missing Mom: Meloni Thawne.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: It comes with the Captain Boomerang title.
  • Super Speed: Earlier on they were Flash Steps, but he later started to develop the full version.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When he and Lawton where on the Suicide Squad, Lawton made his disdain for Owen clear by threatening him and complaining about his Motor Mouth. Owen retaliated by deflecting Lawton's bullets with tiny boomerangs made out of paper clips while Lawton was practicing in the shooting range to make him think his shooting skills were slipping. As Bronze Tiger pointed out this was dumb on 2 levels; 1) if Lawton began to question his skills it could negatively impact his performance in the field resulting in himself or another squad member (like Owen) killed; 2) Lawton is not an idiot and would likely find out Owen was messing with him. Which he did.

    Doctor Alchemy/Mister Element 
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AKA: Albert Desmond

A man suffering from a split personality, only said split personality happens to be a mad supervillain who's discovered the power to transmutate any element into any other. Alchemy is obsessed with expanding his scientific work (for a given value of science) and works with the Rogues to achieve those goals. The character originally fought under the identity of Mister Element, using an "elemental gun" that could transmute any element into any other element when fired, then retired that identity and took up the identity of Doctor Alchemy after finding the Philosopher's Stone. He would switch between the identities repeatedly over the years before settling on the Doctor Alchemy identity permanently.

  • Alchemy Is Magic: He has the power to transmute any element into another.
  • Boxed Crook: An Invoked Trope, as Alchemy would usually rather stay in his cell and read esoteric texts while waiting for his "experiments" in the outside to bear fruit. It helps that he can leave prison any time he feels like it by summoning the stone.
  • Casanova Wannabe: His "psychic twin"/split personality Alvin, who among other things had a habit of transmuting Golden Glider's underwear.
  • Chest Insignia: The "A" on his hood.
  • Chronic Villainy: In the Silver Age, he was frequently portrayed as a good man subject to strange criminal compulsions.
  • The Collector: He collects books, from tomes of alchemy to modern novels.
  • Cool Mask: The Mister Element costume is distinguished by always wearing an elaborate gas-mask. Presumably, it's to protect him from any Deadly Gas either created to attack the Flash or produced as a side-effect of his transmutations, like when melting his way into a safe with gouts of hydrochloric acid.
  • Continuity Snarl: Hoo, boy...perhaps not as bad as Hawkman, but his past has become a twisted tangle of developments, shifts and retcons over the decades.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Justified. His evil personality is the only one who knows how to use his transmutation and that personality deliberately kept it from other scientists because he believes other humans are too insignificant to deserve it.
    • In later appearances, he doesn't care about money, just knowledge. It's implied he happily stays in prison so long as he's got access to a proper occult library.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Originally, his element gun didn't transmute the elements, but rather fired various element-based capsules and other ammunition. He was also prone to oddities like wearing a mask to "breathe only pure oxygen" thanks to his commitment to his elemental theme. Additionally, his villainous compulsions were initially blamed on a bizarre connection to a distant star's radiation.
  • Enemy Without: During a period when he was reformed, the Philosopher's Stone created an Evil Twin named Alvin so that his repressed villainous side could act out.
  • Evil Redhead: The aforementioned "Alvin."
  • Expy: In his Goptham Central appearance, he's essentially an alchemy-themed version of Hannibal Lecter, minus much of Lecter's bizarre code of morality.
  • For Science!: Though originally a thug like most of the other Rogues, Alchemy's main motivation is to expand his knowledge and abilities, to the point where he refused to leave his cell during a prison break, killing his would-be rescuer, because he hadn't finished reading the books he already had. The second he was done, he left jail on his own.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: From the mid-1960s to the 1990s; these days he's just pure evil. This was when you would see both Mister Element and Doctor Alchemy running around, as Alvin took up the Doctor's identity to commit crimes and Albert would return to the Mister Element costume to try and fight him.
  • Identical Stranger: In the Bronze Age of Comic Books, Alvin Desmond was Albert's "astral twin", a non-related doppelganger who looked just like him and had Twin Telepathy with him.
  • In the Hood: In contrast to Mister Element, the Doctor Alchemy costume wears a large "mystical" looking hood to conceal Albert's identity.
  • Insufferable Genius: The Doctor Alchemy personality thinks of himself as the most brilliant person in the world, which is why he refuses to consider using his element-manipulating skills to make more money legitimately, as it would mean teaching his skills to the "inferior minds" that are the rest of humanity.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's apparently a brilliant chemist, and calls himself "Doctor", but he uses his knowledge and skills to commit crimes.
  • Philosopher's Stone: The source of all of Albert's powers. Initially, he wielded an "elemental gun" as Mr. Element, which was basically a technological version of this. He changed his identity to Doctor Alchemy after finding the actual Stone.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: His Gotham Central appearance saw him make racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks.
  • Redemption Demotion: At one point while he was reformed and holding down a generic white-collar job, Eobard Thawne sought him out after reading about his noted chemical genius. He claimed that even if he wanted to help, he only had that knack for chemistry when his "evil side" was ascendant (not that he did all that much with it then, either). At another point post-Crisis, he had a job as a university professor but struggled with his research since "Alvin" had control of the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: For all his sneering and intellectual superiority, he's a fairly minor villain even among the Rogues and generally accomplishes little more than acts of petty, personal cruelty.
  • Split Personality: His longest running characterization was that he had two personalities; one perfectly law-abiding, the other a ruthless criminal. Taken Up to Eleven with the reveal of Alvin Desmond, who was first a criminally inclined "astral twin" whose Twin Telepathy infected Albert with his criminal tendencies and then changed to being a physical manifestation of Albert's repressed evil persona created by the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Mister Element's elemental gun, which transmutes elements as Albert wills. It can create protective barriers by transmuting the air into solid metal, open entrances in walls or floors by transmuting patches of the floor into air, create tranquilizer gas and smoke clouds for non-violent confrontations...or just produce jets of flame, acid and poisonous substances when Mister Element wants to fight seriously.

    Golden Glider 
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AKA: Lisa Snart

Captain Cold's clever sister and a former figure-skater who joined her brother in supervillainy after the death of her lover, the Top. Pre-New 52 she wielded a pair of specially designed skates that effectively allow her to fly, but after the reboot she's gained a Superpower Lottery.

  • Adaptational Badass: She's much more capable in the New 52 with her Superpower Lottery.
  • Armed Legs: Her ice skate blades were used as weapons.
  • Ascended Extra: She went from minor villain (before Flashpoint) to leader of the Rogues and technically Big Bad (New 52).
  • Astral Projection: In the New 52 she has intangibility and prehensile binds as a spirit. Her body is kept in a hospital.
  • Avenging the Villain: Took up supervillainy to avenge the death of her lover the Top, and once helped his ghost possess Barry's father with the aim of possessing Barry.
  • Ax-Crazy: During the Wally West era, her sanity was notably lower than her fellow Rogues'.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: After becoming the leader of the Rogues, she becomes this with her brother Captain Cold.
  • Bounty Hunter: Her usual non-villainous role is using her talents to hunt down other criminals for profit.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Captain Cold.
  • Color Character: Except in the New 52, where she goes by Glider.
    • Subverted in Rebirth, once again she's referred as Golden Glider.
  • The Dark Chick: The very first female Rogue.
  • Demoted to Extra: After the first team of New 52 Flash left the book, her prominence and status quo shifted back to her original roots.
  • Gemstone Assault: She used jewelry based gadgets, including crystals that grew on contact with the air, weighted moonstones and pearls, and hypnotic gems.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny
  • Kick Chick: Due to having Armed Legs, her fighting style consists mostly of kicking.
  • Killed Off for Real: Before the New 52, she was killed off in the 90s and actually stayed dead for 20 real-time years.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her golden dress.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: One of the many who became a Black Lantern during the Blackest Night. She went after her brother for his heart, but Cold was able to kill the last of his emotion for her to finish her off.
  • Light Is Not Good: Her costumes have a gold and white motif and is one of the villains.
  • Outlaw Couple: With the Top.
    • Later, with a variety of Captain Cold Expies she named Chillblaine. Until one killed her.
    • In the New 52, she's in a relationship with Mirror Master.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She wears a dress inspired by olympic ice-skaters.
  • Pretty in Mink: She wore an ice skating dress with white fur cuffs.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: When she and Len were reformed Post-Crisis, she was still a rather violent sadist. For instance, when the Flash and his allies were searching for the Turtle, she used it as an excuse to attack a random pedestrian wearing an "I love turtles" shirt.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Lisa was the only female Rogue for a long, long time.
  • The Starscream: Usurps Captain Cold as leader of the Rogues in the New 52.
  • Status Quo Is God: New 52 had her as the co-leader of the Rogues with Len while Rebirth has brought her back down to her roots and gave back her skaters as a huge part of her arsenal, as well as giving her a dress more resembling of her original costume. She also had her named changed to "Glider" but this also reversed back to original status quo as well. She keeps her meta powers (without the drawbacks now)and her relationship with Mirror Master though.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Until the New 52 reboot resurrected her.
  • The Vamp: She once used a hypnotic gem to make the Flash fall in love with her, letting her commit crimes with impunity.

    Heat Wave 
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AKA: Mick Rory

A hot-tempered pyromaniac and Captain Cold's partner-in-crime who wields a powerful fire gun. Despite his poor mental state, he and Cold have worked together for years now and Heat Wave is always ready to partake in Cold's latest scheme.

  • Bald of Evil: Played with. In the regular series, he is bald, despite his scalp being rarely shown, but he's still a Friendly Enemy. Compare to the Flashpoint incarnation who caused violence and destruction on a massive scale, but he had hair.
  • Body Horror: Integrating his heat tech with himself burned his skin, leaving it red and raw. His encounter with the Sage Force manages to undo that.
  • Chest Blaster: In the New 52, he emits flames from a grate on his chest.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Averted; his suit is specifically designed to protect him from the flames. Killed his would-be replacement in Rogues Revenge when his suit failed.
    • Even then, he's clearly sweating in some scenes where he's especially close to intense heat.
  • The Dragon: Frequently fills this role for Captain Cold.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: While he's not especially malevolent, his pyromania prevents him from reforming.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During Forever Evil: Rogues' Rebellion, he sacrifices himself so the team can get to Glider.
  • Kill It with Fire: He does this to a BLACK LANTERN. Keep in mind that only anything associated with the Emotional Spectrum has a sure-fire chance of killing a Black Lantern, and even then it is usually two Lantern rings working together. "Everything has a melting point", indeed.
    • Even normally, he's capable of burning the Flash, whose protection from friction gives him serious resistances to fire and heat.
  • Pyromaniac: See Self-Made Orphan.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Appears as an enemy in the game adaptation of the first Batman film.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Burned down his childhood home while his family was still inside. Not of malicious intent; he just couldn't help it.
  • Shown Their Work: Mick is a genuine pyromaniac, and is compelled to set fires and watch things burn. It takes mind control to get him to stop, and even then he feels the urge.
  • Tragic Villain: He's legitimately mentally ill and has sought out psychiatric help, but all the therapy he takes has made no progress in curbing his impulses to start fires.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Captain Cold.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Captain Cold rub each other the wrong way. They also work well together on missions, and while Cold isn't above taking advantage of Heat Wave, is also protective and concerned over Rory's mental health.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is afraid of coldness, from an incident where he was Locked in a Freezer as a child.

    Mirror Master I 
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AKA: Sam Scudder

A professional thief and amateur scientist who miraculously discovered a way to travel into a pocket dimension through reflective surfaces. Utilizing this, Scudder decided to take his crimes to a new level and became a supervillain. Scudder later died during the Crisis On Infinite Earths, but was subequently revived by the New 52 reboot.

  • Ascended Extra: He gets a lot of focus and provides the narration in Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: One of the most glaring examples. This guy invented technology that allows for teleportation and replication of matter, and all he used it for was petty crimes.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Before he died, Scudder designed a mirror that would "infect" the Flash with his greatest doubt until doing something about it became an irresistible compulsion. Shortly after his resurrection, Barry ran into and broke this mirror, which amplified his feelings about his mother's murder... leading to Flashpoint and everything that followed.
  • Killed Off for Real: Though he's alive and well in the New 52.
  • Magic Mirror: He can do absolutely anything with mirrors, mostly involving teleportation and making reflections solid.
  • Outlaw Couple: With Glider in the New 52.
  • Reality Warper: In the Mirror World, he can shape it to his liking. He can even make copies of Turbine's wife and daughter for Turbine to convince him to join the Rogues.
  • Trapped in Another World: In the New 52, when the Rogues tried to integrate the abilities of their gadgets into themselves, Mirror Master ends up getting trapped in the Mirror World. He's still of use, as he can bring others into the Mirror World as well. By Forever Evil, he found a way to free himself.
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    Mirror Master II 
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AKA: Evan McCulloch

A Scottish crook who once operated in the UK, Evan McCulloch made a deal with the US government to be a test subject in experiments involving the old Mirror Master's recovered equipment. During the tests, McCulloch stole the equipment and escaped. Using the weaponry, he became the new Mirror Master and promptly joined up with the Rogues. Once a Hitman with a Heart, he slowly became more and more ruthless, eventually joining forces with the Rogues on a few occasions. He would later join Blacksmith's team of "more villainous" Rogues and indulge in his more villainous behaviour, before joining up with Captain Cold's Rogues once again.

  • Creator Provincialism: A Scottish rogue created by Grant Morrison.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Played with. When Lex cut McCulloch a check to join the Injustice Gang, Batman had a better offer in donations to McCulloch's old orphanage.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Suffers from a cocaine addiction, and deals it on the side.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Originally. Not so much anymore.
    • Specifically, McCulloch draws the line at going after a target's family, and has a soft spot in his heart for orphans.
      • And he quits the Injustice Gang partly because Batman pays him more than Lex, but when Lex offers to double it the Mirror Master says that it's not really about money, and is visibly disgusted by the Joker.
  • Green Lantern Ring: The things he can do with his "magic mirrors" seem almost unlimited, up to creating entire mirror universes.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Started out as this, but later lost the Hidden Heart of Gold part.
  • Kick the Dog: Disguising himself as Pied Piper, murdering his parents, and framing him for it. He was Just Following Orders from Blacksmith, but he seems to be a bit too proud of himself for it.
  • Legacy Character: He's a new character using technology taken from the first Mirror Master.
  • Magic Mirror: As with any Mirror Master, he can do absolutely anything that makes use of mirrors, however vaguely.
  • Palantir Ploy: Every reflective surface in existence is his spy camera.
  • Ret Gone: In the New 52, Sam Scudder is back to being Mirror Master so Evan doesn't exist anymore.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Ended up killing his father by accident in his job as a hit-man. As a result, his mother committed suicide.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: He became increasingly amoral the longer he was with the Rogues.
  • Superior Successor: Captain Cold says he's better than Scudder ever was.
  • Violent Glaswegian: He's a Scottish man who has been established as one of the most amoral and ruthless members of the Rogues.
  • Yandere: In one issue of the Waid run, he stalks an ex-girlfriend who went into the witness protection program and is eventually dragged away by the police while screaming that he loved her.

    Replicant 
AKA: Tony Gambi
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The nephew and adopted son of Paul Gambi (the man who designed the Rogues' costumes), Tony Gambi underwent a process to gain metahuman replication powers after Captain Boomerang nearly died in a confrontation with the Flash (actually an alternate version of Wally, but they didn't know that). Desperate to appease his fellow Rogues, Replicant became a dangerous foe for the Flash, capable of copying any weapon he encounters.

  • All Your Powers Combined: He has the ability to replicate the powers of any weapon he comes across. He has the abilities of most of the Rogues (specifically Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Captain Boomerang, the Weather Wizard, Heat Wave and Dr. Alchemy).
  • Ascended Fanboy: He idolized the Rogues growing up and jumped at the chance to become one.
  • The Dragon: To Abra Kadabra, during the Dark Flash storyline.
  • Family of Choice: He knew most of the Rogues growing up and considers them to be family.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: As a kid, when he looked up to the Rogues as role models.
  • Jumped at the Call: The second he saw a way to maybe join the Rogues, he immediately wanted in.
  • Meaningful Name: His supervillain name was chosen under this precept; he can become a replica of any technological device he likes.
  • Metamorphosis: After he receives his powers, he's told that the process can't be reversed and he'll never go back to looking like a normal human. However, since he's got the powers of his role models, he takes it in stride.
    • It helps that among these powers, he does have Kadabra's wand, so some level of shapeshifting would be possible with practice.

    The Top 
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AKA: Roscoe Dillon

Once a small-time crook, after landing in jail for the hundredth time or so, Roscoe Dillon decided to try his hand at supervillainy and turned to his childhood love of tops as a motif. While creating his costume and weapons, Dillon discovered that he had the metahuman power to spin at high speeds, alongside telepathically-enhanced intelligence, and used his powers to pull off daring robberies. Dillon's body later died during an encounter with the Flash, with his nigh-supernatural intelligence causing his mind to persist as a disembodied spirit capable of possessing others.

  • Back from the Dead: Sort of. His body was destroyed but his mind survived.
  • Battle Tops: His weapon of choice. Has a wide variety of tops with different effects.
  • The Bus Came Back: He was written out during New 52 (a character In Name Only non-withstanding) but in Rebirth era of comics his existence was first implied in a future Flash Museum and then fully confirmed in Flash Annual #1 (2018).
  • The Chessmaster: Remember when most of the Rogues went legit during the later years of Barry Allen's Silver Age career and throughout Wally West's career prior to the Rogue War arc? That was Top's doing via Mind Control.
    • Possibly averted — Top's arrogant enough that he takes credit for all these examples, but Hartley resists once Wally shows his trust, and James Jesse quits his black ops anti-Rogue government job, which had led him to give Captain Boomerang a Fate Worse than Death. Though re-adopting his Trickster persona, James remained morally opposed to most of the Rogues' activities, implying the Top's attempt to push him back to Heel status actually resulted in a Heel–Face Door-Slam a little closer to the side of angels. Given that the only other Rogue to even flirt with heroism was the mentally unstable Heat Wave, who was reverting on his own before the Top removed the brainwashing, the Top may not have been as good as he claimed. While the other Rogues had their moments, they were so brief as to be unimportant, making the Top more a Smug Snake.
  • Decomposite Character: In the New 52, following Flashpoint. Originally, the character of Roscoe Hynes was introduced who used the name Turbine. A few story arcs later, Roscoe Dillon appears but is radically changed from his pre-Flashpoint counterpart. Rather than being a Rogue who can spin at super-speeds, he could instead create vortexes and was recreuited by Eobard Thawne due to his powers being connected to the Speed Force and never used the name Top. Following DC Rebirth, a seperate character named Roscoe Dillon was introduced in The Flash Annual, who resembled the pre-Flashpoint Top.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His powers all work through spinning himself around and around at Super Speed.
  • Evil Plan: In one Bronze Age story, he set up one that took effect after his death: he hid five discs throughout Central City and then tasked five of his fellow Rogues to find the discs before Flash did, lest the discs explode and destroy the city; once found, the discs were then to be stacked on top of each other in a specific order to deactivate them. Turns out that stacking them this way set the trigger for the real bomb.
  • For the Evulz: "Do you want to know why I do this? ...It's for the thrill. The thrill of spinning your world upside down. Dragging your psyche through the mud and dirt that ours has gone through. We'll see what kind of hero you are then, Flash. We'll see..."
  • Freudian Excuse: His parents pushed him to be the best at everything, and when he couldn't, he lashed out to tear down those he thought were better than him, hence his arrogant demeanor.
  • Glass Of Chianti: Was a wine connoisseur, which made him an outcast among the blue collar Rogues.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow green.
  • Jerkass: Like Captain Boomerang, he's barely tolerated by the Rogues because he's such a raging prick. Unlike Captain Boomerang, it's because he considers himself superior to the rest of the blue collar villains in the Rogues, which means they prefer Boomerang to Top.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Considers himself a refined and elite member of high society.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates the Rouges into infighting and then plans to kill them off.
  • Outlaw Couple: Used to be this with Golden Glider.
  • President Evil: Top died and possessed the body of a senator, carrying his powers with him back from the grave. He attempted to run for office but quickly reverted to type.
  • Psychic Powers: The source of his spinning power, a weird form of self-telekinesis. He could also induce vertigo in those around him, and his telepathic "essence" has possessed people after his death.
  • Pungeon Master: When he went mad, he made constant top-related puns. "Oh, tip-top!" "I'm on top of the world!" "Top of the morning to you, Flash!"
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Top certainly has the potential to be a dangerous foe, but he's way more small-time than he thinks he is.
  • Smug Snake: Though he's easily one of the more powerful members of the Rogues, his arrogance usually makes him strike out on his own rather than work with lesser minds, despite them all being more practical.

    The Trickster I 
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AKA: Giovanni "James Jesse" Giuseppe

A cheerful and snarky professional thief with a bag of gadgets he invented himself. Trickster joined the Rogues and became a close frenemy of the Flash. Giuseppe later retired from the supervillain business and was succeeded by Axel Walker (see below). He eventually returned to super villainy.


  • Abusive Parents: In "Rebirth", we find out that his parents where white trash second rate circus acrobats who ripped their act off the Flying Graysons. They were abusive who didn't approve of their son reading books, believing he should get in the family act ... which was just a distraction while plants pickpocketed the audience.
  • The Barnum: Some depictions.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: On occasion.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent since "Flashpoint", he comes back with a vengeance in "Rebirth"; he was locked up and forgotten in Iron Heights under the abusive Warden Wolfe, and finally escaped (Wolfe destroyed all records of James' incarnation) and laid low until the opportunity presented itself to pull off his biggest trick.
  • Chained Heat: With Piper in Countdown to Final Crisis.
  • Chronic Villainy: Even when he joins the FBI, it's for practical reasons: he can't risk dying and going to Hell after pissing off the devil.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Hasn't been seen since Flashpoint, with Axel as the sole Trickster in the New 52 and Rebirth eras. Until he reappeared in 2018.
  • Circus Brat: He was a circus brat, which might explain his...eye-catching costume. Ironically, he suffered from acrophobia, which earned him little sympathy from his parents.
  • Conman: His preferred role. He much prefers being a showman to actual fighting.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: — twice!
  • Disguised in Drag: For a con, and flirted with Captain Cold while he did it.
  • Fake Defector: Joins the FBI and works against the other Rogues, but does it to avoid Hell, not out of genuine desire to reform.
  • Friendly Enemy: One of the few Rogues to genuinely like the Flash.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He developed miniaturized antigravity as a teenager with pretty minimal resources.
  • Improbable Weapon User: When he starts pulling toys out of his pockets, you'll want to duck.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Eventually joins the FBI after making a habit out of pissing off the devil just for grins.
  • In Harm's Way: Why he couldn’t just retire as an agent. He had to come back despite living well of as a retired former criminal.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More Heart of Gold than jerk, even. One of the few Rogues to avoid ever killing, and genuinely tried to help Mick Rory reform. It's up in the air whether the Top ever brainwashed him like the rest of the Rogues, as the only real change after it's "reversed" is that he abandons the FBI for torturing Captain Boomerang.
  • Just Friends: With Catwoman. He considers her the "Most fascinating woman that he ever met."
  • Killer Yoyo: Has included yo-yos in his arsenal.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: He was surprised when he found out that Billy Wong was his son.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: His persona when he joined the FBI had him cool, calm, and professional in contrast to his circus persona.
  • Not Quite Flight: His Airwalker Shoes.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In "Rebirth". Being forgotten by the public and tortured by Warden Wolfe, broke him and he decided to pull of a trick that made sure he'd always be remembered.
  • Quick Change: He did this as a criminal.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He was homophobic to Pied Piper in Countdown to Final Crisis. What makes this baffling to many fans was he wasn't like that before and in fact wondered why the hell Pied Piper was mourning Captain Boomerang, implying that Boomerang made homophobic remarks.
  • Practically Joker: Seen as the Flash's answer to the Joker, albeit Lighter and Softer due to being more calm and focused, originally. When he comes back in "Rebirth" he starts acting more like his psychotic television counterparts.
  • Primal Fear: He invented air-walker shoes to get rid of his acrophobia, and this led to his fame as an aerialist at the circus.
  • Repetitive Name: Giovanni "James Jesse" Giuseppe.
  • RetCanon: In "Rebirth" his name is now officially James Jesse.
  • Say My Name: Usually right after someone has discovered that he just pulled a con on them; needless to say, it happens a lot.
  • Screwy Squirrel: He goes between this and Bugs Bunny depending on the writer.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He's considerably more nasty in "Rebirth" and it's justified. After a while James' tricks started to get predictable and then he was thrown into Iron Heights, where Warden Wolfe took sadistic delight in breaking James' spirit by making him the guinea pig to prove that the prison was inescapable, and taunting him how the public and even his fellow Rogues and forgotten him. So when James did finally escape he'd resolved to pull off a trick so Central City would never forget him again!
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After his return in "Rebirth" he manages to slip away at the end in true Trickster style.
  • We Would Have Told You, But...: Why he keeps getting in trouble.

    The Trickster II 
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AKA: Axel Walker

An amoral punk who took up the Trickster identity after the first Trickster retired, taking the old one's place on the Rogues. Distrusted by his fellow Rogue members for his rudeness and mental instability, they nonetheless treat him like one of their own.

  • An Arm and a Leg: During "Gorilla Warfare", he offers to be a guide for Grodd and holds out his right hand for a handshake. Grodd rips his arm off, thinking he doesn't know anything. He gains an Artificial Limb to compensate.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: He's a teenager while the rest of the Rogues are full-grown adults. Lampshaded by Barry in #54 of the Rebirth run, much to Axel's ire.
    Barry: Trickster doesn't deserve to die because of my mistakes, Commander Cold! He's just a kid, Cold!
    Axel: Hey! I'm... not... a... kid... I'm a Rogue!
  • Butt-Monkey: In Forever Evil: Rogues' Rebellion. To wit, he gets shot in the foot by the Archer, beaten by Parasite, trapped in Mirror World (albeit Sam flat-out states that it's for his own protection), used as leverage by Poison Ivy after falling victim to her Kiss of Death, and knocked out of the sky by a man-bat. His luck gets better once he beats Zsasz, however.
  • Disappeared Dad: Implied; his parents are divorced and it's later suggested that his father was the one to leave after giving him some words to live by (see There Are Two Kinds of People in the World). Lampshaded in an issue of Teen Titans when Bart asks if he turned to crime because he lacked a father figure and he snaps that the Rogues are the only father figures he needs.
  • Drives Like Crazy: One of his favorite activities is stealing cars and joyriding around Keystone.
  • Family of Choice: Genuinely sees the Rogues as his family despite being The Friend Nobody Likes. He calls the other Rogues his father figures in Teen Titans and in Rebirth says that the Rogues are the only family he's got shortly before his Disney Death.
  • For the Evulz: Unlike most of the Rogues, he has no Freudian Excuse. He just causes trouble for shits and giggles.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: None of the other Rogues like or trust him.
  • Handicapped Badass: He's every bit as dangerous as he was before getting his Artificial Limb.
  • Jerkass:
  • Jet Pack: His flying shoes. He uses them to set Mr. Zsasz on fire in Forever Evil.
  • Legacy Character: Stole the first Trickster's gimmicks, something James Jesse does not find amusing.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: He kills people for childish reasons.
  • Practically Joker: More so than his predecessor, being an Ax-Crazy Circus Brat.
  • Screwy Squirrel: Why he became a villain, stole the originals equipment and did merciless pranks for no way.
  • Teens Are Monsters: A teenage supervillain.
  • The Team Normal: The only member of the Rogues to not have his weapon integrated into his DNA during the New 52 era.
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: "Either you're the trickster, or you're the one gettin' tricked!"
  • Totally Radical: Talks like this a lot.

    Turbine 
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AKA Roscoe Hynes
First Appearance: The Flash #8 (2012)

Roscoe Hynes was a Tuskegee Airman who led a squadron of prototype planes during World War II. During the first combat mission, Hynes broke formation to test out the prototype plane's capabilities. He then appeared to disappear in thin air, but was actually absorbed into the Speed Force dimension.

In the Speed Force dimension, Hynes gained wind powers, but was stuck there for 70 years. When the Flash entered the Speed Force, he finds Hynes and takes him back to the present.

At the end of the Gorilla Invasion arc, the Rogues offer Hynes a spot on their team after he helped them fight the gorillas.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: After his death, Barry says that everything in his cell points out he was seeking out redemption for what he had done and even before everything, he was just a man who wanted to return his own time period.
  • Anti-Villain: He really wasn't much of a Rogue and was only in it to get back his family via Mirror Worlds. According to the books found in his cell, he starts regretting joining the Rogues in the first place.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He realizes his wrong ways shortly after joining The Rogues. Unfortunately Cold doesn't take lightly to Turbine's attempt at redemption.
  • Blow You Away: His time in the Speed Force gave him wind powers. His main strategy is to make whirlwinds.
  • Civvie Spandex: His outfit is really a prototype flight uniform he wore when he was a Tuskegee Airman.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He's disappeared after the initial Flash run by Manapul & Buccellato ended. The writer who came after them, Robert Venditti, reintroduced Roscoe Dillon again. Nothing is heard from Hynes, or his fate since then. Until the "A Cold Day In Hell" Rebirth story, where he shows up murdered in Iron Heights.
  • Decomposite Character: He was supposed to be New 52 version of The Top but the characters are now officially seperate from each other.
  • Dying to Be Replaced: It's been confirmed that the original Top, Roscoe Dillon is going to return as his classic self in the upcoming Flash Annual and Hynes is killed right before the said arc.
  • Expy: He's the New 52 Top, down to the first name. Apparently someone didn't tell Robert Venditti, who proceeded to bring back the Top in his run.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Originally from the 1940s, he was stuck in the Speed Force for 70 years before being released into the present day.
  • Friendly Enemy: He was originally the Flash's ally and has nothing against him. After the Gorilla Invasion arc, the Rogues offer him a place to live and mirror copies of his family if he joins them.
  • Older Than They Look: He spent 70 years in the Speed Force and never aged a day.
  • Regretful Traitor: After joining the Rogues, he regrets the choices he made and tries to redeem himself by ratting them out, which doesn't end well for him.
  • Speech Impediment: He tends to stutter when nervous.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: What he really wants is to go back to his time and be with his wife and daughter.

    Weather Wizard 
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AKA: Mark Mardon (Pre-Flashpoint), Marco Mardon (New 52 and onwards)

An unstable crook who discovered a wand that can control the weather, invented by his brother Clyde. His brother had intended to use the wand to help mankind, but Mark decided to use it to commit crimes, soon becoming a member of the Rogues.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: In Rogues' Rebellion, where he temporarily quits the team after Mick's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Following his Race Lift from New 52 and onwards, his name is changed from Mark to Marco.
  • Alliterative Name: Mark (later Marco following his Race Lift) Mardon.
  • Badass Longcoat: In the New 52.
  • Cain and Abel: Pre-New 52, Mark accidentally murdered his brother in a confrontation over the weather wand. Averted in the New 52, where him and his brother (renamed Claudio) were very close, and it was his sister in law who killed his brother.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Lampshaded. Clyde wanted to use the weather wand to help people and aid in the growth of crops, a very profitable pursuit. Mark, being an unimaginative goon who likes the thrill of committing crimes, saw no real use for it beyond furthering his criminal activities.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Mark thinks he's a real scholar-type and often overcompensates to make himself seem smarter.
  • Emotional Powers: After his weather powers were integrated into his body in the New 52, they started affecting his emotions. When he made it rain enough to water crops, he became so depressed he had suicidal thoughts.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Pre-Flashpoint, he ultimately balked at killing his own son for more power, and was clearly haunted by murdering his brother to the point of living in denial about it.
  • Evil Gloating: Mardon has an urge to make himself look smarter than the rest of the Rogues, and to that end researches new uses for his weather abilities, and is fond of throwing out Mark Twain references.
  • For the Evulz: At the beginning of Flash Vol 3, Captain Frye mentions to Barry that Mardon's been raining out every ballgame in Central City for the last few weeks.
    Barry: What are his demands?
    Frye: He doesn't have any. He's just being a jerk.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: One of the few non-speedsters in the DCU to have lightning eyes.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Has tremendous overlap with the other Rogues in terms of powers, but rarely the level of finesse with them.
  • Magic Feather: His Weather Wand eventually became this to him.
  • Making a Splash: He gets a lot of use out of the ability to produce violent downpours of rain.
  • Papa Wolf: To his son, Josh. While he initially just wanted the child for his powers (Josh somehow has natural weather control powers), once he sees that the boy has his Clyde's eyes, he hesitates, and later shows attachment to him beyond his powers.
  • Race Lift: In the New 52, he's reimagined (along with his brother, by extension) as Latino with the name Marco Mardon.
  • Shock and Awe: His go-to method of attack, alongside destructive wind blasts and impromptu blizzards is throwing lightning bolts.
  • The Un-Favourite: Apparently, once his mother realized that Mark had a "better" name than his brother Clyde she almost made them switch.
  • Weather-Control Machine: His weather wand.
    • In the New 52, he integrates the powers of the weather wand into himself. Now he can control the weather himself. He still uses the wand to call down lightning. The wand itself is reimagined as more of a staff.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played with. While initially intending to sacrifice his infant son (who exhibited similar powers, without the wand), Mardon eventually realizes he can't bear to, since the boy has his brother's eyes. Later, Inertia kills the child, which leads Mardon to murder Inertia, himself a child.

Blacksmith's Rogues

     The Group as a Whole 
  • Darker and Edgier: The team is filled with much more people who have committed much darker crimes, such as rapists and serial killers.
  • Evil Counterpart: Essentially served as this to Cold's Rogues.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Initially, they ended up running into the Thinker when their takeover plan for Central and Keystone City ran headlong into his; later, they wind up in the middle of the war between Cold's Rogues and the Trickster's "reformed" rogues.
  • Foil: While Cold's Rogues were made up mostly of ordinary criminals who relied on fancy gadgets and were decent people at heart or at least Freudian Excuses, Blacksmith's Rogues are made up mostly of metahumans who have little to no moral standing.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Consisting of Weather Wizard, the second Mirror Master, Girder, Magenta, Murmur, Plunder, and the second Trickster.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Almost all of them were introduced as longtime Iron Heights inmates who had fought Flashes in the past.

     Blacksmith 
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AKA: Amunet Black

A cold-hearted metahuman criminal who runs the Network, an underground black market for supervillains. She has the power to bond flesh with metal, which she uses to surround herself with ebony armor.

  • Arc Villain: For "Crossfire."
  • Bald of Evil: Becomes this as a result of her Extra-ore-dinary abilities.
  • Big Bad: Of the Crossfire story arc.
  • The Blacksmith: Well, aside from it being her super-villain name, the trope is played with in that she (covertly) outfits the criminals of Keystone City with their weapons and gadgets, and also because of her own Extra-ore-dinary powers.
  • The Chessmaster: During the aforementioned Crossfire arc.
  • Diabolical Mastermind
  • Evil Counterpart: Served as one to Goldface, a reformed criminal and her ex.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: She has the ability to bond flesh with metal. She uses this to turn her own skin into an ebony metal compound, and to kill the Rainbow Raider by shoving one of his own paintings through his chest.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates everyone.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Grodd literally throws her aside when she tries to regroup her own Rogues against Flash during Pipeline breakout.
  • Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: She was running her organization behind the scenes for at least 15 years before it was first brought to light.
    • Comic-Book Time in effect, of course, since this would mean she's been running it since before any of the current superheroes showed up — including Green Lantern, who inspired Goldface's tech, which Blacksmith used to start the Network in the first place.
  • The Syndicate: Hers is called The Network. It's an underground black market for super-villains.
  • Villain Decay: Introduced as the Flash's newest Big Bad in "Crossfire," she has made only one brief appearance since in which she ties to rally some escaping rogues only to be swatted aside by Grodd and left in the rubble.
    • Within "Crossfire" itself, she goes form successfully running a black market undetected for decades to, within the space of a few weeks, having her entire network exposed, losing half her henchmen to prison and the other half to Captain Cold, and going to prison herself.

    Magenta 
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AKA: Frances Kane

A jealous ex-girlfriend and former Teen Titans teammate of Wally's, who is a metahuman with the power of magnetic field manipulation. Kane's powers and troubled past left her mentally unstable and prone to lashing out, eventually becoming a supervillain after trauma suffered and a rejection from the Flash pushed her over the deep end. After working for Cicada briefly, she became an on-again-off-again member of the Rogues.

  • Abusive Parents: After her powers activated, her religious fundamentalist mother believed that Frances was possessed and disowned her.
  • Better as Friends: Wally and Frances finally come to this conclusion in Flash Annual #1 (2018) after the years of Heel–Face Revolving Door.
  • Can't Stay Normal: Even when she tries to live life without using her insanity-causing powers, situations arise that force her to use them and risk going mad.
  • Chronic Villainy: See Can't Stay Normal and With Great Power Comes Great Insanity. A nasty downside to her powers.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She had a crush on Wally since their childhood back in Blue Valley. Wally returned her feelings later on when she joined Teen Titans.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Wally really, really wanted a super-powered girlfriend, and when Frances trusted him in the aftermath of her powers manifesting and killing her family, he pressured her into being a superhero. She's never really recovered from this betrayal until Flash Annual #1 (2018), where she makes peace with Wally over everything and decides to move forward.
  • The Dragon: To Cicada in "Blood Will Run".
  • Expy: Especially in her earliest appearances, she's a metahuman version of the title character from Stephen King's Carrie.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Technically, she's actually using magnetic field manipulations.
  • Fallen Hero: First she was a hero who sometimes went through odd mood swings. Then she was neutral, realizing she had problems and seeking help, but ended up being taken advantage of which made her issues worse. Then she was an Anti-Villain, able to live a normal happy life as long as she kept her powers in check, but violently insane once she started using them. And then she finally fell completely, to the point where her good side barely ever returns any more.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her father was abusive, and Wally clearly cared more about her powers than about her when they were together. While she can and has gotten treatment for her insanity, she associates her powers with her trauma and breaks down quickly if she's forced to use them.
  • Freudian Threat: She continually tells Girder that if he keeps hitting on her, she'll tear him in two. When she does, it's a messy enough vertical tear that he's unlikely to have genitals after.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She turns against Wally once he becomes the Flash. Then she makes up with him and is fine. Then she isn't and is working for Cicada. Then she works for Blacksmith's Rogues, before joining James Jesse's heroic Rogues. Then she turns on all Rogues in "Rogue War". Then Flashpoint happened and she was never Magenta and lives a peaceful, normal life...until Wally reawakens her pre-Flashpoint memories and she turns on him again...only to be fine by the end of the same issue, where they make up.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Flash Annual #1 (2018), she is shown to be making peace with Wally and turning to good side for good once again. She also says that she's getting treatment from A.R.G.U.S specialists and has been better since then.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She didn't initially want to be a hero, but Wally pressured her into using her powers. Now that she's a supervillain, in her more Ax-Crazy moments she sometimes blames Wally for not letting her be normal.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Initially, Wally's pressuring her to become a superhero pushed her to use powers she associated with her father's death, making her lash out violently. Later, she worships Wally, and kills in his name.
  • The Mentally Ill: Magenta really is mentally ill and could seriously use some therapy, but her violent mood swings and powers make it incredibly difficult for her to get treatment. The one did she did try to get treatment, her therapist turned out to be a criminal mastermind who mind controlled her into committing crimes - which... didn't exactly help...
  • The Missus and the Ex: She's the Ex in the Did You Just Have Tea With Cthulhu situation in Linda Park's entry.
  • Mood-Swinger: Due to her Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Although at the core the "psycho" and "ex-girlfriend" parts are separate. It helps her case that she actually has a mental illness to back this up: in the rare cases where she has control of herself, she has no problem not being with Wally and even became friends with Linda Park.
  • Self-Made Orphan: She killed her father by accident when her powers manifested; she later claims to have killed her mother intentionally at some point.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Magenta, originally her superhero identity.
  • Tragic Villain: Left to her own devices, she'd really prefer to be normal or, on a good day, heroic. Unfortunately, her identity is something of public knowledge, and her powers, though useful, come at a horrible price.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The poor girl lost her father and brother when her powers activated and was disowned by her Jerkass mother soon after.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Pretty much all her problems stem from her initially gaining powers, and those only emerged because the Green Lantern villain Doctor Polaris was unknowingly triggering them while reaching out for sources of magnetic force to try and free himself from an interdimensional void.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Flash Annual #1 (2018), when Wally comes to her and reawakens her pre-Flashpoint memories of their relationship and her being a Rogue, Frances gives one to him by pointing out his selfishness, saying she was better off not remembering being Magenta. They make up later on and become friends again.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Her powers always caused violent moodswings, but they got more and more severe until it turned into a Superpowered Evil Side. Eventually she couldn't use them without becoming a supervillain.

    Girder 
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AKA: Tony Woodward

A sociopathic bully who's metahuman power activated after he was thrown into a vat of molten steel at STAR Labs. His power twisted his body into one made out of a patchwork of metal, causing him to decide to become a supervillain.

    Murmur 
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AKA: Dr. Michael Amar

A surgeon turned serial killer obsessed with silencing the voices of everyone around him, Michael Amar was incriminated by his inability to keep from talking. While in Iron Heights Penitentiary, he took the name Murmur, cut out his own tongue, and sewed his mouth shut so he'd never incriminate himself again. Years later, he hatched a plot to escape from prison by using a deadly engineered disease to kill the guards and the Flash, but Wally, Jay, and the Pied Piper put an end to it. He has since become a persistent and deadly thorn in Wally's side.

  • Ax-Crazy: He suffer from schizophrenia which makes him hear voices.
  • Calling Card: His is to cut out his victims' tongues and sew their mouths shut. Including his own.
  • Civvie Spandex: He wears a black leather outfit.
  • Deadly Doctor: Murmur was known to be a skilled surgeon before his psychotic spree.
  • Hearing Voices: Why he kills people.
  • Knife Nut: Seems to love knifes, must be a psychopath thing.
  • Lean and Mean: Lean and extremely cruel.
  • Perfect Poison: Aside from his knives, he uses a type of anthrax-like poison made from his own unusual blood chemistry to kill his victims. This poison turns the victims' lungs to mud unless the antidote can be administered in time, and it is HIGHLY contagious.
  • Serial Killer: Of the Visionary type; he hears voices and kills to silence them.
  • Tongue Trauma: He hates the sound of speech and goes about cutting peoples' tongues out, including his own.

    Plunder 
AKA: Jared Morillo
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A gun-toting villain from a mirror universe created by the Mirror Master, Plunder followed Wally back the real world when Wally made his escape. He joined up with Blacksmith's "New Rogues" and used the fact that he was Detective Morillo's mirror counterpart to keep the police out of the picture while her evil plan went into action. Much later, he was killed by Zoom during the "Rogue War" story arc.

  • Cold Sniper: Does not care about anyone else, full-stop. He'd have killed Morillo's wife if not for needing her to maintain his cover.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Played straight.
  • The Dragon: To the mirror-universe Thinker.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's a criminal mirror-universe version of Jared Morillo, a good cop in "our" world.
  • Killed Off for Real: A disorganized and misguided Zoom was able to defeat Plunder and shatter his pieces either killing him or sending him back to his original reality.
  • Mistaken Identity: Uses this to his advantage during the "Crossfire" story arc.
  • Psycho for Hire: Gets hired by Blacksmith, but has no loyalty to her or the rest of her Rogues.

    Tar Pit 
AKA: Joey Monteleone
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The younger brother of a local crime boss, Joey Monteleone had the metahuman ability to project his consciousness outside of his own body. He then projected it into a vat of tar and was unable to return to his real body; however, he quickly took to his new form.

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