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Alter Ego: Brion Markov

First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #200 (July, 1983)

"Each and every one of you shall pay for the pain and suffering you have inflicted on my land. I am King Brion of Markovia... and I am retribution."

The rightful prince of Markovia (and brother of Terra from Teen Titans) who gained the ability to manipulate the energies of the Earth (unlike his sister, who manipulates the earth itself) from an experiment. His powers allow him to control gravity and the Earth's terrain.

  • Break the Haughty: During his time in the Outsiders, Batman gave Brion no special treatment, regarding him simply as another member of the team, subordinate to his wishes. This caused a great deal of friction between Batman and Geo-Force, until Batman earned Geo-Force's respect and trust. Geo-Force learned that he was expected to follow orders without being consulted as to his opinion.
  • Cain and Abel: Unknown to him, he was the Abel to his half-sisters Terra. At first, the Titans did not tell Geo-Force of Terra's betrayal, letting him think that she died a hero. At a later date, however, Batman revealed the truth to Geo-Force, which left him even more heartbroken than before.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Brion is able to manipulate the Earth itself by vibrating and transforming its crust (the ground). He can use this power to create earthquakes, tap into lava flows, and levitate or create shapes out of solid rock.
  • Gravity Master: Brion is able to manipulate the gravitational field of Earth itself. He can increase the gravity around and within an object to make it extremely heavy or he can decease the gravity around or within an object to make it extremely light.
  • The Leader: He is a skilled leader of teams, military forces and once of a country.
  • Logical Weakness: While Geo-Force is at his strongest when he is firmly on solid earth ground, his powers and health will deteriorate if he is taken off earth for a long period of time. In such instances, Geo-Force will die unless he returns to earth in time.
  • Playing with Fire: Brion is able to manipulate fire and lava from it's source within the Earth.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is the rightful prince of Markovia and a superhero.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Subverted. During Crisis On Infinite Earths, when Geo-Force, Blue Beetle, and Doctor Polaris are sent back in time by the Monitor, to when Nazis occupied Markovia, Geo-Force tells Doctor Polaris that he can kill the Nazis attacking the three heroes and even joins in.



Alter Ego: Gabrielle Doe

First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #200 (July, 1983)

"I've got to be by myself for awhile... got to get used to being human... used to living in this body I stole from Violet Harper... I didn't mean to steal it, but I did... and now I can't get out! I've got to learn to live in this body now... ...and someday, I guess, die in it."

An amnesiac, childlike girl with one superpower for each color of the rainbow.

  • Amnesiacs are Innocent: When Halo is introduced, she is very sweet-natured and meek, in addition to having amnesia. Later in the series, she is reunited with her parents and learns that her pre-amnesic self was a sociopathic problem child who got involved with a drug dealer.
  • The Blank: Halo had a nightmare where she was like this; it reflected her anxiety over not knowing who she really was.
  • The Ditz: Halo. Justified in that she had a childlike innocence about life.
  • Energy Beings: Part of Halo's origin. She was actually such a being trapped in human form.
  • Rainbow Motif: Halo's super powers each had their own color: heat blasts (red), force blasts (orange), bright light (yellow), a stasis beam (green), mirages (blue), a tractor beam (indigo), and violet (all of the other colors at the same time).
  • Superpower Lottery: Halo. She could project heat blasts (red aura), force blasts (orange), bright light (yellow), a stasis beam (green), mirages (blue), a tractor beam (indigo), fly (any color) or all at the same time (violet).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The restoration of the original Halo after the original Outsiders series ended.



Alter Ego: Tatsu Yamashiro (neé Toru)

First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #200 (July, 1983)

"I am merely considering the difference between brandishing a weapon... and being one."

Katana is a DC Comics superhero first introduced by writer Mike W. Barr in Batman and the Outsiders back in 1983. A martial arts-themed superhero from Japan, Katana was one of DC's earliest Asian superheroes, as well as one of the few Asian superheroes of any notoriety.

Before becoming Katana, she was simply Tatsu Yamashiro, a young Japanese housewife. After Yakuza thugs killed her husband and children, Tatsu took up her husband's blade, Soultaker, and dedicated her life to cutting down evil wherever she encountered it.

The character has long been a supporting player in the DCUniverse, but finally ascended to a lead status as one of the main characters in the New 52 relaunch of Birds of Prey (a title that had previously been criticized for its lack of minorities). In 2013, Katana not only features in her own ongoing series written by Ann Nocenti, but is also a part of Geoff Johns' new Justice League of America line-up. During DC's Rebirth era, Katana served a prominent role as Rick Flagg's second in command in the 2016 run of the Suicide Squad. Then in 2019, DC released a new Batman and the Outsiders series which reunited her with fellow veteran Outsider Black Lightning.

  • Anti-Hero: A proficient martial artist who took vigilantism for living.
  • Badass Normal: Before her heroic exploits, she was already a Master Swordswoman on her own right.
  • Bullet Catch: Try Mid-flight bullet-cutting better! She does this with her sword, when a maddened Rick Flag shot at Amanda Waller.
  • The Bus Came Back: In her New 52 solo series, she's in her mid-twenties as opposed to being in her late-thirties / early-forties up to 52, so her only dead loved one was her husband, there was no mention of any dead children. They brought them back lately as mentioned by Amanda Waller.
  • Captain Ersatz: A villain heavily based off Katana named Tsukuri appeared in a few episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
  • Captain Ethnic:
    • Katana's first few outfits were all based on Kyokujitsu-ki (旭日旗, The traditional Japanese military banner) imagery.
    • Later on, she primarily sports a suit of black plastic armor with a red sleeve on her right arm composed by a Tekkō (手甲, gauntlet), a Koté (籠手, vambrace) and a Sodé (袖, spaulder) along with a white protective mask featuring the Japanese red Hinomaru (日の丸, Japan's rising sun flag) on her forehead.
    • Her DC Super Hero Girls depiction is akin to the one above but this time including a Kusazuri (草摺, fauld).
    • A late and quite popular depiction of her was the one we could watch her wearing on the squad's life-action film. Akin to a Kamikaze pilot, complete with the mask mentioned above, a black bomber jacket emblazoned with some golden Kikukamonshō (菊花紋章, Japan's imperial seal), combat boots and wooden kneepads.
  • Consummate Professional: It's been stated that she never misses her marks, and that she pursuits those who commit evil doings with uncanny and lethal efficiency.
  • Cool Sword: The Soultaker.
  • The Corrupter: Batman fears that Amanda Waller is this for Katana, she's twisting Tatsu into going down a bad path (earlier Katana had slashed Batman in the back, nearly killing him because he took down the rest of the squad).
  • Crusading Widower: Starts her career after the death of her family.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A former proficient Iaido student who saw her life turned around after her brother-in-law killed her husband with the very same sword she delivers justice now.
  • Death by Origin Story: Tatsu's husband and twin children were killed in her origin story, driving her down the path of vigilantism.
  • Domino Mask: Her current costume although is more akin to a protective mask. In older incarnations, she wore fuller head coverings.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In issue 13 of the '80s Batman and the Outsiders, Katana (who actually Is Just Better, by the way) is tracking a poisoned and delusional Batman. She stops to save a civilian's life and thus, loses Bats. So she expresses her regret to substitute commander Black Lightning, prompting the following conversation:
    Black Lightning: Don't go committin' Hara-Kiri or anything over it, Katana! You've been through a lot lately!
    Katana: Don't pity me because of the death of my husband, Lightning! I won't have that!
    Black Lightning: Sorry! But any of us would have done the same thing!
  • The Dragon: She has been Amanda Waller and Harley Quinn's Dragon. As a killer she's lumped in with the other villainous members of Suicide Squad but she's a volunteer and helps keep order with the squad and watch her bosses' backs.
  • Dual Wielding: Beggining on the squad's movie, she has been depicted as wielding not just the aforementioned "Soultaker", but also a "Wakizashi" for close combat situations.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The DC heroine named "Katana" wields a magical katana called "Soultaker".
  • The Fettered: Tatsu lost her husband and children to her husband's jealous brother, who had connections to the Yakuza. After killing her brother-in-law, but failing to save her family, she made it her life's mission to hunt down and kill anyone that was involved in crime, especially those who were present at her family's murder.
  • I Call It "Vera": The Soultaker again.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Quick Draw, Reverse Grip, Hammer Hilt and Sheath Strike included. Consider yourself lucky if she knock you out unconscious with any of them last both, because she's sparing your life!
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Quietly composed and graceful as she fights enemies with a soul-sucking ancient and accursed sword!
  • Knight Templar: After the murder of her entire family at the hands of the Yakuza, Tatsu immediately began spiraling into this trope as a brutal Serial-Killer Killer who left a trail of bodies all across East Asia. Tatsu's seething hatred for all criminals bordered on Black-and-White Insanity, as she viewed her targets as deserving of death even if their crimes were fairly minor or if they had some extenuating circumstances. It isn't until she became a founding member of the Outsiders and made personal connections with various other superheroes did she start to mellow out.
  • Lady of War: She is quietly composed and graceful as she fights enemies with her katana.
  • The Lancer: She has been a "right-hand man" on two instances:
    • To Col. Rick Flag on the squad, for sure. Having both earned a fierce respect each other, given they have to act as sitters for the worst Ragtag Bunch of Misfits ever!
    • As of 2019, Katana was essentially this to Black Lightning during their time with Outsiders' latest incarnation. In contrast to her previous dynamic with the squad's ever-rotating leadership, she has a genuine bond with Jeff as mutual confidants and takes charge of the team whenever he or Batman are indisposed. Once the team eventually disbanded, the two decide to stick by each other and adventure together.
  • Master Swordsman: Though not her only skill set, you best believe she's good with a blade.
  • Mentor Archetype: The Next Batman: Second Son reveals that Katana, now Older and Wiser compared to her early days as a merciless Crusading Widower, fulfilled this role to the young Jace Fox during the years of his exile from Gotham City. Not only did Tatsu take Jace under her wing as a protégé, but she has played a crucial part in teaching him how to mature past his self-loathing as well as directly inspire him to become a hero in the first place.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Accustomed to take it against several opponents at once.
  • Parental Substitute: For Halo, from quite early on in the Outsiders.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Katana's real reason for joining the Suicide Squad is to eventually kill them all. Her sword has given her a kill list of people who need punishing and Amanda Waller is the top.
  • Powers via Weapon:
    • Absurd Cutting Power: Soultaker can cut through just about anything, and yes, Katana can deflect bullets or cut them by the half mid-flight with it.
    • Cursed Item: The sword is also accursed: those killed by the sword may have their soul taken and can subsequently be summoned to do the wielder's bidding. And it makes an evil person who holds it even more malevolent. Depending on the Artist it has been depicted to look hellish in design.
    • Empathic Weapon: It contains the spirit of her husband, and a number of other souls she can communicate with for counseling or enlightenment.
    • Katanas Are Just Better: Soultaker resists melting completely and Katana herself being a Master wielding it true and true, you know we're talking about a world-class fighter in here.
    • Purgatory and Limbo: The sword's blade has its own world/dimension within, where the souls of those stroke-dead by are condemned to spend eternity.
    • Situational Sword: In New 52, Soultaker is the Sword Clan's totem, it grants enlightenment and even potentially, immortality if she uses it right.
    • Soul-Cutting Blade: Its blade not only removes the soul from the body of its victims, it traps the souls within itself too. It was powerful enough to absorb SABBAC (being himself a hellish fiend) body and all!
    • Talking Weapon: Technically it's the soul of her husband (which is trapped in the sword) and it only talks to her. Doesn't come up too often, though.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Katana wields a sword made by Muramasa, who was described as being mad. The sword itself steals the souls of those it kills.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: An unusual one, one of her enemies in her New 52 solo series is The Creeper, who was a superhero prior to the reboot.
  • Rōnin: Her vigilante career previous to be draft-in by Bats may depict her as this.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Caught between old traditions and being a young superhero, Katana can definitely come off as this.
    Katana: As my elders would say, my shame is deep. As the kids would say. Epic fail.
  • They Call Him "Sword": Her Code Name is "Katana".
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Subverted with Katana, although most of the time it was in self-defense. Ironically Batman was OK with this, as editorial were not militant in Batman never allowing villains to be killed off.
  • Token Good Teammate: She and Rick Flag are this for the Suicide Squad.
  • Undying Loyalty: Only three characters have earned this honor during her lifetime:
    • Her late husband first and foremost.
    • Col. Rick Flag, reckoning in him an Officer and a Gentleman and the honorfull Action Hero he really is. He masks it very well, although.
    • And lately Black Lightning, her perennial teammate since her Outsiders' inception.
  • Villain Killer: She's a hero, but make no mistake, she gives no clemency to criminals. She uses the very same sword that was used to kill her husband, no less!
  • Whole Costume Reference: In an issue of Li'l Gotham, Katana investigates a suspicious street racing gang while wearing the Bride's yellow racing jumpsuit from Kill Bill, which is thus also a second-hand reference to the Bruce Lee's famous Game of Death tracksuit.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Bryan Hill's run of Batman and the Outsiders establishes this kind of dynamic between Katana and Black Lightning. Tatsu admits that she's actually more than interested in a Relationship Upgrade with him after having spent so many years alone after her husband's assassination. Jeff on the other hand wishes to leave things as they are between them for his own personal reasons. Then this gets developed even further during backup issues set within DC Infinite Frontier, where their Unresolved Sexual Tension has not only evolved to a point where Everyone Can See It, (Tatsu's former Mother-In-Law Shiori tries to have Jeff killed just to spite Tatsu for inadvertently loosing the soul of her late son Maseo.) but nothing came to fruition.




Alter Ego: Emily "Lia" Briggs

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #25 (September, 1985)

"You made a mistake in our earlier meeting... you reminded me of who I was. I hate who I was... and anyone who reminds me of her!"

Emily Briggs was a mousy bank teller who lived a quiet life with her husband in Gotham City. That all changed when she was kidnapped by people from the underground civilization known as Abyssia. The Outsiders set out to rescue Emily, but after a battle with the people of Abyssia, Emily's heritage as part of their race was revealed to her and as Halley's Comet passed by the Earth, Emily underwent a metahuman transformation to regain her heritage, which in turn made her more conventionally attractive. With her new appearance, Emily also gained special powers and abilities and she started calling herself Looker.

Looker was eventually stripped of her powers during another mission to Abyssia, and shortly afterwards Geo-Force disbanded the Outsiders. Some years later Emily and her husband decided to go on trip to Markovia which had been under attack by a group of vampires charged by a vampire named Roderick. While trying to find a way to escape and get help from her former teammates,, Emily was about to be killed by a vampire when her former psionic abilities kicked back in, allowing her to destroy the vampire. With her psionic abilities now returned to her, Looker joined her former teammate in battling the vampire invasion. During the Outsider's battle, Looker was killed and transformed into a vampire by Roderick, the leader of the vampire invasion and Looker became a Daywalker.

  • The Ageless: So long she continues to consume blood, she will not age beyond the physical state she was in when she first first became a vampire.
  • Beneath the Earth: She was kidnapped by emissaries from the lost underground colony of Abyssia. Revealing to Emily she was actually the next in a line of generational structured governing house for the throne of their nation through her paternal grandfather, who fled Abyssia decades ago for the surface world.
  • Bloodlust: Although Emily does not share many of the same weaknesses as regular vampires, thanks to her psionic powers, she does have the need to feed on human blood.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Unlike most vampires Looker is a Daywalker, hence most vampire afflictions against sunlight, holy symbols, and other such typical limitations do no affect her.
  • Deflector Shields: She possesses telekinesis which she uses for the construction of psionic force shields which have a high degree of imperiousness.
  • Evil Costume Switch: She was known, among other things, for having a spectacularly ugly costume. When she became a vampire, that pink, black, white, and powder blue eyesore was mercifully dropped, and she now wears a surprisingly more sensible black Badass Longcoat in most continuities.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: She turns into a vampire, but remains her heroic self.
  • Healing Factor: In addition to being virtually indestructible, whatever damage a vampire does in fact suffer can be healed through the consumption of human blood.
  • Master of Illusion: Her Telepathy allows her to create complex and believable illusions in the minds of others.
  • Mind Control: Her Telepathy allows her to control the minds of others thereby commanding their actions.
  • Mind-Control Device: Princess Tamira used an obedience potion on Emily Briggs before the Princess's brother, Mardo, turned her into Looker.
  • Mind over Matter: She possesses telekinesis which she uses for Not Quite Flight and the construction of Deflector Shields, amongst other things.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: As a vampire, Looker is invulnerable to most forms of injury (certain exceptions apply). Bullets, blades and blunt objects do little to no damage to a her body.
  • Not Quite Flight: She possesses telekinesis which she uses for levitation.
  • Psi Blast: Looker stun the minds of others with powerful "mental bolts" which shock the minds of others into unconsciousness.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: With an "ugly duckling" view of herself and growing up having a massive inferiority complex due to her plain appearance, Emily Briggs always longed to one day be beautiful. She was delighted when her transformation turned her into Looker, and even more so when she discovered was permanent.
  • Super-Speed: A vampire's speed level is several times that of a normal human being and they are considered superhuman.
  • Super-Strength: A vampire's strength level is several times that of a normal human being and they are considered superhuman.
  • Telepathy: Her telepathy which allows her to enter and read the minds of others, communicate mentally with others over long distances, set up mental blocks, or emotional influences.



Alter Ego: Wendy Jones

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #9 (April, 1984)

"I speak the universal language of 'Outta my face.' Know it?"

Windfall is a metahuman with the power to control great winds. Her sister New Wave coerced her into becoming a super-villain, and working with the mercenary group Masters of Disaster. Windfall hated this, and became a member of the heroic Outsiders through her friendship with Halo. They later disbanded, and she did not return to the team. She has also been a member of Strike Force Kobra and the Suicide Squad.

  • Back for the Dead: She's recruited for the Suicide Squad, only to get killed by Chemo protecting her teammates.
  • Blow You Away: Windfall has full control over the wind, as indicated by her name.
  • Domino Mask: Wore one as part of her costume.
  • Flight: Uses her aerokinesis powers to fly.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She was a member of the villainous team the Masters of Disaster, but she defected and joined the Outsiders.

    Atomic Knight 

Atomic Knight

Alter Ego: Gardner Grayle

First Appearance: DC Comics Presents'' #57 (May, 1983)

"Helping damsels in distress is all in a Knight's work."

Sergeant Gardner Grayle became a test subject for S.T.A.R Lab's atomic research project. He was given atomic weapons and armor, and became the Atomic Knight. He was once briefly a member of the Outsiders team.

  • Alliterative Name: Gardner Grayle.
  • The Cassandra: In the silver age, the character had the power of divination, though he was cursed in that no one believed his visions of the future (which usually revolved around impending nuclear holocaust).
  • Enhanced Archaic Weapon: The silver age version of the character carried a electrified sword.
  • Jet Pack: His Powered Armor incorporates a jet pack.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Atomic Knight wears different shields in conjunction with the armors.
  • Powered Armor: Gardner wears an armored battlesuit that can fire heat or cold, and allows him to hold his enemies in a stasis field. His suit runs on solar energy, but can operate even in decreased light.
  • Ray Gun: Carries an energy pistol.

Joined in Vol. 2



Alter Ego: Sebastian Faust

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol 2 #1: Alpha (November, 1993)

"Whoever took her won't think it's sweet... when I find them and turn them inside-out!"

The son of Felix Faust, Sebastian was given arcane powers when his father sold his soul to gain power. However, he was tricked and it went to Sebastian instead. Rejecting his evil legacy, he has since served as a member of the Sentinels of Magic, the Outsiders, and Checkmate.

  • Bag of Holding: He carries a belt with pouches that are able to carry more than they appear, aptly dubbed a "pocket dimension".
  • Black Magic: Faust is a capable user of black magic, a sort of magic known to come at a high cost with it's practitioners. His power in performing it makes him one of the most dangerous mystic menaces on Earth and warranted Doctor Fate to deem him as a significant mystic force to be under magical surveillance.
  • Cool Shades: Reinforces his rebel status by constantly wearing a pair of sunglasses.
  • Emotion Control: As a result to the process of losing his soul, which gave him his soul-magic abilities, Faust has the unintentional ability of inadvertently making some of those around him be filled with fear, hate, anger, or edginess. This effect does not seem to happen with everyone, but it has an effect on a considerable amount of people.
  • Hand Blast: He is capable of projecting magical energy.
  • Hates Their Parent: His father Felix Faust tried to use him to pay his debt to a demon, so yeah, Sebastian hates his father.
  • Healing Hands: He is capable of using magic to heal.
  • Heroic Willpower: Faust proved to have a strong will, able to resist the Starheart's attempts at taking away his will for hours.
  • Power Incontinence: Sebastian is unable to control the emotional projection powers resulting from his Soul Magic-related powers.
  • Power Parasite: By making physical contact with someone, Faust can "tap" someone's soul in order to temporary borrow someone's powers or abilities. The person Faust targets with this ability temporarily loses his or her powers and feels fairly weak when the power transaction first occurs. This ability appears to work on abilities that come from alternate power sources as well as ones that come internally from the source, given that he was able to steal Kyle Rayner's energy construct ability for a short while to save Zatanna.
  • Regenerating Mana: While Faust's mana can naturally replenish, when Faust is low on mana, he can absorb small amounts from others to refuel himself quickly. However, in so doing, he tastes their souls.
  • Shadow Walker: He is able to "Shadow Walk": a type of teleportation that works only from shadow to shadow.
  • Sinister Shades: Faust almost never takes off his sunglasses, giving him a sinister air.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Almost never removes his Sinister Shades.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Faust is afraid of heights, and he gets airsick if he is too high off the ground.



Alter Ego: Geoffrey Barron

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol 2 #1: Alpha (November, 1993)

"My wife's tried to kill us twice... and I'm not waiting to see if third time's the charm!"

Geoffrey Barron was in Markovia selling his new defense armour called the Technocrat 2000. He was eventually caught up in a war between the Outsiders and Roderick's army of Vampires and put on the armour to become the superhero technocrat. During this time, his bodyguard, Wylde, was turned into a half beast and half man. These two joined up with Geo-Force, Katana, Halo, Looker, and Faust to make up a new version of the Outsiders.

  • Advanced Tech 2000: The original version of the Powered Armor was known as the Technocrat 2000.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: DC's equivalent of Iron Man.
  • Arm Cannon: Technocrat ended up an alien gun attached to his right arm.
  • Powered Armor: Technocrat's suit had many powers and abilities. He was able to create force fields to stop powerful attacks, able to withstand attacks from Atomic Knight. He was also to shock others by shooting them with what was similar to a taser. He had the abilities to Fly and use his suit as a tracker. He also had increased Strength, Speed, and Toughness while wearing the suit.



Alter Ego: Charlie Wylde

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol 2 #1: Alpha (November, 1993)

Charlie Wylde was the former bodyguard of Geoffrey Barron. Wylde was in Markovia with Geoffrey on a business trip when they were attacked by a vicious bear. Charlie and the bear were both killed in the fray. Faust happened to be nearby and offered to bring Charlie back to life. Geoffrey accepted, and the bear and Charlie was merged together to bring about Wylde. Wylde has a hard time controlling the beast inside him.



Alter Ego:

First Appearance: Action Comics Annual #2 (June, 1989)



Alter Ego: Nema (last name unrevealed)

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol 2 #5 (March, 1994)

"Who you are is unimportant. You are an obstacle to our cause. And I eliminate obstacles!"

Along with her love, Saied, Nema was a subject of the process the Quraci government had developed for empowering operatives with metahuman abilities. She didn't see much action before Qurac was nuked by Cheshire, but she was among the Jihadi members who escaped, blaming America for the attack. Finding herself imprisoned in the same place as some of the Outsiders, when a riot gave them the chance to escape, she helped them against some of the super-villains they had to get through, offering to assist them in their mission if they'd help reunite her with her lost love Saied. They were reluctant, but Wylde supported her, and they let her accompany them.

  • Battle Couple: Was a member of Qurac's Jihad along with her lover Saied (Manticore II).
  • Blood Knight: Freely admitted while facing the Outsiders that she gets a kick out of combat.
  • Blow You Away: She can also create strong air currents by rotating her arms quickly with her Super-Speed.
  • Legacy Character: She was the second Dervish to serve with the Jihad.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Her cleavage is on full display, with a neckline that stretches to her navel, with only a few strings preventing a Wardrobe Malfunction.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Zig-zagged. While she admits to being devastated over the attack on Qurac, she tells the Outsiders that she doesn’t subscribe to their religious fanaticism, only joining to be close to Saied.
  • Super-Speed: A metahuman with super speed as her superpower.
  • Vapor Wear: Her outfit shows she's clearly not wearing underwear.


    Doctor Light II 

Joined in Vol. 3


    Grace Choi 

"It's pretty well-established that I am a tough bitch."

Alter Ego: Grace Choi

First Appearance: Outsiders (Vol. 3) #1 (August, 2003)

A giant of a woman with a short temper and immense super strength. Recruited into the Outsiders by her friend (and occasional partner) Arsenal, Grace served alongside Anissa/Thunder for the duration of the team's existence. While the two women often clashed publicly, behind closed doors was another matter, and they eventually entered into permanent relationship and moved in together. Volatile and not known for her tact, Grace is nevertheless very protective of Anissa, and her father-in-law, Black Lightning.

  • Amazonian Beauty: Grace's raw sexuality and raw power have always gone together.
  • Battle Couple: She and Anissa are a lesbian version.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Thunder before they got together.
  • Blood Knight: Grace is a serious adrenaline junkie and joined the Outsiders for the chance to crack skulls and make money.
  • Brutal Honesty: Blunt to the point of rudeness, which occasionally strained her relationship with the other Outsiders.
  • Butch Lesbian: Downplayed. She hits almost every requirement for the archetype but is saved from being entirely stereotypical by virtue of being bi rather than gay.
  • Dragon Lady: Subverted. Grace has the overt sexuality, heightened aggression, mysterious past, tattoos, and Asian ancestry associated with the trope but is one of the good guys.
  • Ethical Slut: Grace has a long list of former partners, both serious and casual, but she's not one to cheat or deliberately harm someone, and she's been entirely loyal to Thunder since they hooked up.
  • Fiery Redhead: Justified. Grace dyes her hair to match her personality.
  • Foil: Surprisingly, to Titans villainess Cheshire.
    • Both are Asian women who were victims of childhood sexual abuse and kidnapping, but whereas Cheshire became a contract killer Grace joined the Outsiders. It stands out even further as Grace would've most likely had more temptation to become a villain with her strength and durability, but didn't.
    • They're both overtly sexual individuals, but Cheshire plays the Dragon Lady trope straight putting emphasis on her sensuality, whereas Grace is a butch bisexual woman who's simply upfront about enjoying sex.
    • Cheshire's relationships are a complete mess and she's incapable of hanging onto a steady lover due to her psychopathic tendencies. Grace had an open and casual relationship with Arsenal before becoming Thunder's steady girlfriend and lover.
    • Both have had relationships with Roy Harper. Cheshire's relationship with him has proven toxic for a variety of reasons and he's haunted by the fact part of him is still capable of loving her. Their last time together after their daughter Lian was killed, Cheshire acted abusive towards him saying he "owed" her for Lian's death. Grace's relationship with Roy was a more platonic Friends with Benefits type of arrangement. They enjoyed having sex together, but they were more friends than lovers which they were both fine with. Grace was in the fact the one who finally convinced Roy to quit the Outsiders, arguing he wasn't cut out for the dirty work the team was doing because he was a fundamentally good man.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Grace eventually discovered that she's descended from the Bana-Mighdall tribe of Amazons. This explains at least some of her superpowers and her aggressive personality (as well as her not-insignificant resemblance to Bana leader Artemis), though she's actually stronger than most Amazons save Diana, Donna, and Cassie.
  • Healing Factor: Regenerates injuries at a heightened rate. Sabbac once burned off her face; she'd grown it back within a few hours.
  • Ironic Name: "Grace" is a lumbering giant with the personality of a surly bartender. She herself lampshades it, saying "Grace is my name, not my manner".
  • Lightning Bruiser: Huge, fast, and capable of crushing steel with her bare hands.
  • Only in It for the Money: She only joined the Outsiders because Arsenal promised her better pay then she was making bar-tending.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Seven feet tall, 230 pounds, universally regarded as hot.
  • Super-Strength: Her primary power. Even for someone with Amazonian ancestry, Grace is ridiculously strong, clocking in just below the likes of Wonder Woman.
  • Tanktop Tomboy: Most of her outfits are tank-tops that show off her tattooed abs and she's certainly not feminine.
  • Tattooed Crook: Grace's tattoos speak to her less than reputable past.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: A gender flipped version. She acted as Roy Harper's platonic girlfriend when they were on the Outsiders, giving him valuable moral support before convincing him to stop compromising his morals for the team's sake. She was arguably the most emotionally healthy relationship Roy ever had.



Alter Ego: Brainiac-8

First Appearance: Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #1 (July, 2003)

"You are no different from what you were moments ago. You think. You learn. You grow. You are a living being. Your origins are of no consequence. Especially to us. You are a part of this team."

Born in a distant future era, she was designed by Brainiac 6 to help Brainiac 1 in his conquests. "Indigo" was a subprogram, meant to endear her to the superhero community.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has aqua coloured skin.
  • Deflector Shields: Can generate force fields.
  • Flight: Can fly.
  • Healing Factor: She is able to rebuild entire limbs rapidly.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: After a beating by the combined forces of Teen Titans and Outsiders, the Indigo persona wrests control from Brainiac 8 and reveals herself to be a genuine personality. Weeping, she begs Shift to kill her before the Brainiac 8 persona could harm the people she loves. Shift, in tears, transforms her molecular structure into flesh, killing her in the process.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Brainiac 8 had been sent back in time to kill Donna Troy, because a living Donna would negate Coluan domination over the "organics" after the Infinite Crisis.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: After her memory was supposedly damaged in the aftermath of her dramatic appearance, Indigo displayed a very naive personality, guilelessly taking pleasure in the simple things in life, like doing laundry for friends, bowling, and silent movies.
  • Super-Strength: She has knocked out Shift.
  • Super-Toughness: Her defensive abilities are enhanced, showing herself more resistant to damage.
  • Technopath: She can directly interface and control technology by force of will.
  • Time Travel: Originally possessed the ability to time travel, although this power was damaged and lost during her first journey through time.
  • Transmutation: Indigo control and manipulate matter, having once created an artificial rose for Shift.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It seems that she was reformed and returned to her former Brainiac 8 glory as Superboy-Prime repairs her for his confrontation with the Teen Titans. Indigo is seen fighting Red Robin as well as the rest of the Titans.
  • Voluntary Shape Shifting: Being a techno-organic being, Indigo in "Brainiac 8" form, can shift and morph a technological armor chassis which changes and morphs at her whim; such as energy cannons, razor claws, bludgeoning objects, etc.



First Appearance: Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #3 (August, 2003)

"I am getting much better at getting blown up."

Shift is a fragment of Metamorpho that formed it's own conscious and identity. Allowed to led his own life, Shift became a member of the Outsiders. Shift willingly reabsorbed himself back into Metamorpho after accidentally killing people during one of the Outsider's missions.

  • Clone Are People Too: During his time with the team everyone, including himself, believed him to be Metamorpho, when in fact he was a piece of Metamorpho which had separated from his mass during his re-entry onto Earth. Metamorpho wants to assimilate Shift back with himself but later realizes that this part of him had made a life for itself. During this time Shift finds himself soul searching and trying to find meaning to his life.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Shift could transmute his body to a wide variety of elemental compounds and form them to his will. He could alter the shapes and consistencies of these elements and combine them to form complex compounds. He could assume forms of gas, liquid or solid states.
  • Robo Sexual: Was in a romantic relationship with Indigo.
  • Rubber Man: Shift's powers gave him the ability to stretch and deform his form beyond its base state.
  • Super-Toughness: The nature of Shift's body provided him with natural body armor offering damage resistance from blunt attacks and energy attacks.
  • Transmutation: Shift could alter the sub-molecular composition of matter he comes in contact with by touch. Using this aspect of his powers he was able to transmute Indigo into organic matter, killing her in the process.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Shift could also shape parts and portions of his body instead of the whole. He could form such complex shapes as a tank and a bicycle and such simple forms as a cloud or a spring.






    Captain Marvel, Jr. 

    Captain Boomerang II 

Joined in Outsiders Vol. 4

    Martian Manhunter 



    Francine Langstrom 

    Green Arrow 



Alter Ego: Salah Miandad

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders Vol 2 #3 (February, 2008)

"I can think REMAC's moves for him. Mano a Nano. Heh. Why saddle the big guy with my physical coordination? Or lack thereof."

The modified remains of an OMAC taken down by the Outsiders. It now fights on their side. It is remotely controlled by Dr. Salah Miandad, a scientist and behind the scenes member of the Outsiders.

  • Adaptive Ability: Has access to archives on almost every metahuman on file, and can simulate countermeasures to the powers of a variety of superheroes and supervillains for the purpose of targeting the weaknesses of an opponent.
  • Brain Uploading: While testing a new neural interface machine, Salah ends up in a coma. His mind comes to reside in ReMAC.
  • Chest Blaster: Capable of firing various energy beams from its facial/chest eye and hands with caustic, concussive, or blinding effects.
  • Hand Blast: Capable of firing various energy beams from its facial/chest eye and hands with caustic, concussive, or blinding effects.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: ReMAC can metamorphose its nanobionic forms into various shapes and sizes; i.e. being able to change and alter extremities, its limbs into pincers and razor blades or even self generated cannonry.

    The Creeper 



Alter Ego: Roy Raymond, Jr.

First Appearance: Detective Comics #650 (September, 1992)

"Who says you need to wear a uniform and a gun to put a little fear of God into the bottom feeders? Sometimes all you need is the balls. And a camera."

A former talk show personality, Roy Raymond JR. was selected by Batman to take his place as the Outsider's resident detective. Using Owl themed equipment gifted unto him by Batman, Roy takes his crusade against the scum of the Earth to the next level as Owlman.

  • Flight: Owlman's cape can shift into a set of glider wings that, when coupled with the jet-propelled thrusters in his boots, allows Owlman limited flight capabilities.
  • Jet Pack: Owlman's cape can shift into a set of glider wings that, when coupled with the jet-propelled thrusters in his boots, allows Owlman limited flight capabilities.
  • One-Steve Limit: Roy uses the same alias as Batman's Evil Counterpart from Earth-3.
  • Utility Belt: The suit has a utility belt with other assorted gadgets, such as a laser for cutting through metal and a grappling hook.
  • Weaponized Headgear: The top of the helmet (with the pointed ears and forehead parts) can be launched from the helmet as a possible trump card for when Owlman's hands are not free. This projectile is sharp enough and is shot with enough force that it can embed itself into hard surfaces.
  • Wolverine Claws: The suit has retractable claw-like blades sheathed in the gauntlets that extend beyond Owlman's fists and allow him to slash or pierce targets.

    Freight Train 

Freight Train

Alter Ego: Eric Cecil Moran

First Appearance: Batman Incorporated Vol 2 #1 (July, 2012)

Freight Train was just an ordinary man with a meager existence until he was bitten by an alien parasite. Instead of dying like most victims, he was given incredible power, transforming into a newblood. Using this new power allowed him to become much more than ordinary. He quickly found out he could use his gifts to get paid and hurting people wasn't an issue. Somewhere along the way, he came into the employ of Simon Stagg. Stagg pitted Freight Train against the Outsiders. Stagg, however, wasn't very loyal to Freight Train. Soon, he switched sides and joined forces with the Outsiders to beat Stagg and his henchman Java.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: When activating his powers, Freight Train's skin becomes a metallic red color.
  • Energy Absorption: Eric's powers revolve around his ability to absorb and store kinetic force within his body to increase his physical dexterity to new heights, offering him a host of superhuman powers.
  • The Juggernaut: Once Freight Train powers up and starts running in a straight line, he is pretty much unstoppable. Hence his codename.
  • Ramming Always Works: Eric's favourite tactic is to power up and plough into something like a freight train.
  • Size Shifting: The more energy he has absorbed, the greater his size, density and muscle mass would become.
  • Super-Strength: Freight Train has incredible levels of superhuman strength, he is strong enough to beat Shaggy Man into unconsciousness.
  • Super-Toughness: Tough enough to go toe-to-toe with Shaggy Man.


Joined in Batman Inc.

    Red Robin 

Joined in DC Rebirth

    The Signal 


See Batgirl

    Lady Shiva 



    Bad Samaritan 

Bad Samaritan

Alter Ego: Zviad Baazovi

First Appearance: Outsiders #3 (January, 1986)

Most of the Bad Samaritan's past is a mystery; he claims no allegiance to any particular country. What little is known is his name—Zviad Baazovi—and his nation of origin, Georgia. In the past, while working for the U.S.S.R., he gave them information about meta-humans, mainly the Outsiders and the Force of July, so that the Communists could make their own meta-human army. He recently worked as the White Queen's Bishop in the agency known as Checkmate.

  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: If not in disguise, the Bad Samaritan is almost always smoking a cigarette.
  • Impostor-Exposing Test: Shining a bright light in the Bad Samaritan's face is one of the few ways to expose one of his disguises, as his hypersensitivity to bright light will cause him to flinch.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Bad Samaritan is an expert at playing multiple sides off against each other and coming out on top.
  • Master of Disguise: The Bad Samaritan is famous for his disguise abilities.
  • The Spymaster: The Bad Samaritan is a behind the scenes power player, who brokers information to those who pay him well and who is willing to commit terrorist acts that can bring countries to the brink of war for the right price.
  • Sunglasses at Night: The Bad Samaritan suffers from hypersensitivity to bright light and protects his eyes by wearing reflective glasses or contact lenses at all times.

    Baron Bedlam 

Baron Bedlam

Alter Ego: Frederick DeLamb

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #1 (August, 1983)

"Do not call this a war — this is merely the herding of frightened sheep... but when Prince Brion and his costumed allies come — that will be a war. That will be a conflict worthy of Baron Bedlam!"

Baron Bedlam was the son of a regent installed upon the throne of Markovia by the Nazis during World War II. When the war ended, Viktor Markov—the rightful king—was restored to the throne with the help of the allied forces. Bedlam fled until he deemed the political climate right for him to return and stage a military coup. His attempts were thwarted by Brion Markov (Geo-Force), the young heir to the Markovian throne who had received super powers through the efforts of Dr. Helga Jace a loyal Markovan scientist.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's a megalomaniac and a sociopath who wants to be absolute lord and master of someplace, so he can do whatever he wants without any consequences.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: As a young man, Bedlam made advances to a young woman. She became very distressed over this and smashed a bottle into his face. Bedlam gained a prominent scar from that incident.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: As a young man, Bedlam made advances to a young woman. She became very distressed over this and smashed a bottle into his face. Bedlam gained a prominent scar from that incident.
  • The Kingslayer: Bedlam's attack to Markovia was seen as a revolution with an unknown enemy. Bedlam's troops succeeded at killing King Viktor.
  • Significant Anagram: Bedlam is an anagram of his actual family name DeLamb.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Baron Bedlam was the son of a regent installed upon the throne of Markovia by the Nazis. He greatly admires Adolf Hitler, and to has a severe case of nostalgia for Nazi and Fascist regimes.
  • Starter Villain: He was the first foe the Outsiders fought as a team.

    Duke of Oil 

Duke of Oil

Alter Ego: Earl J. 'Duke' Dukeston

First Appearance: Outsiders #6 (April, 1986)

"You got guts! Intestinal fortitude, Grade A American ball bearings!! It makes me proud to kill ya!"

Years ago, a young Earl Dukeston was building himself an empire of oil when he was caught in an explosion at one of his wells. When he awoke, he was told that his human brain was now occupied in a robotic body, and would continue to be so until his rescuers cloned a duplicate of his human form, into which his brain would then be transplanted. Dukeston's mysterious benefactors soon revealed themselves to be the extra legal organization known as SKULL. Following Skull's orders, Dukeston infiltrated the headquarters of the Outsiders in an attempt to steal the scientific secrets it contained. While battling the Outsiders, Dukeston discovered, to his horror, that his metallic skull contained only a highly sophisticated computer containing the memories of the real Earl Dukeston and not a human brain.

  • Brain Uploading: SKULL uploaded Dukeston's memories into a robot body, but told him they had saved his brain and implanted it into a robot body.
  • The Bus Came Back: In 2005, 20 years after his first appearance, the Duke of Oil and several other deadly enforcers were hired by the Riddler to take on Team Arrow.
  • Good Ol' Boy: His outward appearance is that of a loud obnoxious good ol' boy who dresses like a cowboy.
  • Killer Robot: The Duke of Oil is a powerful robot.
  • Never Bareheaded: Always wears his trademark 10-gallon hat.
  • Never Found the Body: At the end of their first encounter, the Duke plunged into the Pacific Ocean, in what The Outsiders believed was a suicide attempt. However, Dukeston's metallic corpse was never recovered, and Metamorpho warned his teammates, "He'll be back."
  • Rubber Man: He can reconfigure himself on the fly. His plasticity is not unlike that of the Elongated Man, and most parts of the Duke are flexible and stretchable.
  • Signature Headgear: Never seen without his 10-gallon hat.
  • Super-Strength: He is strong enough to beat up Geoforce in a brawl or to throw cars.
  • Super-Toughness: Tough enough to withstand massed fire from the original Outsiders.
  • Technopath: Has the ability to take mental control of machines.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Although Dukeston initially believed his brain had been placed inside a robot body, there is no brain inside and no part of him is human.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: This is what Dukeston thinks SKULL did to him after his accident. He was actually subjected to Unwilling Roboticisation.

    Force of July 

Force of July

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1 (September, 1984)

Agents of the government espionage organization, the American Security Agency, the Force of July operated under the personal supervision of the ASA's director, B. Eric Blairman. The ASA's purpose — to eliminate all subversive activities contrary to the best interests of the United States — brought the Force into repeated conflict with the group known as The Outsiders, whom the Force wrongly believed were subversive agents.

Tropes relating to the Force as a group:

  • Big Brother Is Watching: Blairman birthed Project Orwell, whose satellite would have enabled him to spy on people via their televisions.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Not truly villains, the Force's members were simply fanatic in their patriotism.

Lady Liberty
"Mon dieu! Very clever, in one so young... but we shall see if you can survive my coup de maître — my master stroke!"

The original Lady Liberty was a Frenchwoman who was a member of Force of July and who sacrificed herself when fighting Kobra. Since her death, four more women have taken up the mantle of Lady Liberty, allying themselves with the Everyman Project, S.H.A.D.E.'s Freedom's Ring and First Strike meta-talent response teams.

  • Amplifier Artifact: Her torch serves as a focus for her powers. She does not need the torch to use her powers, but she is much more accurate when channeling them through it.
  • Hand Blast: Can fire beams of concussive energy from her hands, usually focused through her torch.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The original Lady Liberty sacrificed herself during the Janus Directive to destroy Kobra's capability to kill millions.
  • Lady of War: She fights calmly and with an almost detached air, as if she does not particularly wish to do battle but accepts that it is necessary.
  • Legacy Character: Four other women have taken up the mantle of Lady Liberty following the death of the original.
  • Mind over Matter: Her energy manipulation abilities allowed her to mimic telekinesis. She could fly herself and a passenger at moderate speeds or pull objects away from others.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Lady Liberty's real name has never been revealed.
  • Playing with Fire: Can fire jets of flame from her hands, usually focussed through her torch.
  • Super Smoke: Can shoot streams of disabling smoke from her hands, usually focused through her torch.

Major Victory

Alter Ego: William 'Bill' Vickers

"Your friend needs your help, does he? Guess even subversives can feel loyalty toward their fellow travelers! But you're finished, traitors — you can take that from Major Victory and the Force of July! Any last words, 'comrade'?"

William Vickers was one of the founding members of the original Force of July, a patriotic superhero team formed by the American Security Agency. Vickers was given a suit that granted him superhuman powers. He acted as the leader of the team. Later on, the Force of July were drawn into the events of the Janus Directive in which Vickers became the sole survivor of his team after a violent confrontation with the Suicide Squad. Though Vickers wanted revenge on the Suicide Squad, he served unwillingly with the Squad when he learned that he was just a pawn in Kobra's machinations, and came to grudgingly respect Amanda Waller.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Major Force ripped off the arm off the second Major Victory and beat him with it.
  • Captain Patriotic: His form-fitting costume was a patriotically colored white bodysuit with a dark blue upper torso, leaving the head and hands exposed. The blue section was lined with red stripes and complemented with a few evenly spaced white stars on the chest. He wore red boots topped with white stripes and a white star on the top front.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: He wore a suit that granted him enhanced strength, the ability to fly, and the ability to produce energy blasts.
  • Flight: The costume gave Major Victory the ability to fly at speeds close to those of modern attack helicopters.
  • Hand Blast: The suit gave Major Victory the ability to produce energy blasts.
  • Legacy Character: A new Major Victory was seen working in the group Freedom's Ring, along with new versions of Lady Liberty and Silent Majority.
  • Super-Strength: At maximum exertion Major Victory’s enhanced strength was sufficient to knock out tough superhumans such as Geo-Force or Metamorpho with a single blow; casually uproot and throw large trees; and shatter bonds of thick steel or stone.

"'Freak', guv'nor? That's what they called me back in England, too — they shunned me, wanted nothin' to do with me, so I came 'ere, then Mr. Blairman found me! He took me in, made me feel wanted! I work for 'im now an' anyone who gets in his way answers t'me!"

Mayflower was a young British girl who had developed the elemental ability to control plant life. This unique power earned her the scorn of her countrymen and she came to the United States where she met political opportunist B. Eric Blairman. Blairman indoctrinated her into his Force of July and gave her the code name Mayflower.

  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Her costume is a stylized version of a stereotypical American pilgrim's outfit: black button-up long-sleeve shirt with white lapels and cuffs; thick brown leather belt with square gold buckle, worn over the shirt; brown pants tucked into purple calf-length leggings; brown shoes with gold buckles; and a black cape with purple lining.
  • Funetik Aksent: Speaks with a pronounced cockney accent.
  • Green Thumb: Mayflower had the ability to control and grow plant life. She can control all forms of plant life, causing it to grow and move at will, and secrete toxin extracts can to eliminate or control minds.
  • Killed Off for Real: Mayflower was not one of the Force of July members who was recreated for the successor superteam Freedom’s Ring.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Mayflower's real name has never been revealed.
  • Sky Surfing: Mayflower could 'fly' by creating platforms of enlarged leaves or clumps of greenery and making them soar through the air while riding upon them.

Silent Majority

Silent Majority first appeared as a member of the team called the Force of July. They thought of themselves as heroes, but they ran afoul of the Outsiders. While not mute, he was never a big talker and his teammates in the Force of July referred to him as "Gabby". He was of average height and weight. His only super-ability was to create duplicates of himself. But the duplicates possessed the same ability. While not the most powerful character, he could often overwhelm an opponent with sheer numbers. His ability was fined tuned enough that he could use his bodies to create human chains to span distances too long to jump or climb.

  • Human Ladder: His ability was fined tuned enough that he could use his bodies to create human chains to span distances too long to jump or climb.
  • Ironic Nickname: His teammates call him "Gabby".
  • Legacy Character: Another Silent Majority surfaced active with the group Freedom's Ring.
  • Me's a Crowd: Silent Majority can produce identical duplicates of himself, which can themselves duplicate.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Silent Majority's real name has never been revealed.
  • The Quiet One: Silent Majority is very laconic. When it is necessary to speak he only does so with a single one-syllable word.
  • Sinister Shades: His costume includes wraparound shades that he never removes.
  • Sunglasses at Night: He always wears dark blue sunglasses, even at night.

"What I can do, goldie, is light up your life with some Roman Candle blasts! That'll put a sparkle in your eye!"

Sparkler was a young Hispanic metahuman who was invited by B. Eric Blairman to join his patriotic super-hero team, the Force of July. Sparkler held the team's leader Major Victory in high regard and faithfully served the team. He was eventually killed by the crazed super-villain Doctor Light during an affair known as the "Janus Directive". Doctor Light had long suffered from a psychosis relating to teenagers acting as super-heroes.

  • Blinded by the Light: He can project high powered beams of light.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: Sparkler had a lot of similarities to Cannonball from Marvel's New Mutants.
  • Flight: Sparkler can fly and leaves a trail of pyrotechnic light when he soars through the skies.
  • Having a Blast: Sparkler has the ability to project light as beams or explosive fireworks.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Sparkler has an obvious hero worship of Major Victory and models his behavior after his leader's.
  • Killed Off for Real: Sparkler was not one of the Force of July members who was recreated for the successor superteam Freedom’s Ring.



Alter Ego: Unknown

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol. 3 #4 (November, 2003)

"What's got your panties in a bunch, ladies? Frightened to go a few rounds with a half ton of deadly iron and steel? Are we scared of getting our hair mussed?"

A bald hulking man who has fragments of rocks, metal and dirt embeded in him.



Alter Ego: Denise Howard

First Appearance: (as Denise) Batman and the Outsiders #9 (April, 1984); (as Geode) Outsiders Vol. 4 #33 (November, 2010)

Denise Howard originally met Geo-Force via registration for Graduate School. They starting dating soon after and eventually married. She was aware of the Outsiders and even traveled with them at times. She eventually annulled the marriage to Geo-Force because of the stress of his life. She then tried to undergo the experiment that Geo-Force did to get his powers, but because she didn't have Markovian blood in her, it went wrong. She then was given the same powers but with a changed appearance and with loss of sanity.

  • Dishing Out Dirt: Geode is able to manipulate the Earth itself by vibrating and transforming it's crust (the ground). He can use this power to create earthquakes, tap into lava flows, and levitate or create shapes out of solid rock.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Denise tried to undergo the experiment that Geo-Force did to get his powers, but because she didn't have Markovian blood in her, it went wrong.
  • Gravity Master: Geode is able to manipulate the gravitational field of Earth itself. He can increase the gravity around and within an object to make it extremely heavy or he can decease the gravity around or within an object to make it extremely light.
  • Nice Girl: Before her transformation, Denise was a kind, sweet lady that looked for the best in people and who loved with all her heart.
  • Playing with Fire: Geode is able to manipulate fire and lava from it's source within the Earth.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: She is Geo-Force's ex-wife, driven insane by her attempts to gain superpowers, and now seeks to kill her estranged husband.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Her skin turned purple when she became Geode and the enemy of Brion.



Alter Ego: Harold Winer

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol. 4 #29 (June, 2010)

Harold Winer was formerly the costume designer for Looker. After being fired he received a horn and became the Herald, ready to have his revenge on Looker.

  • Gale-Force Sound: Herald's horn can generate sonic blasts
  • Musical Assassin: Veritas bestowed a horn onto Harold, imbuing Harold with power, visible though Herald's eyes glowing with blue energy. Herald simply has to blow on the horn to use its power.
  • One-Steve Limit: Despite the two characters having no identifiable connection at all, Harold's Herald uniform looks remarkably similar to the previous bearer of the "Herald" moniker: former Teen Titan Mal Duncan.
  • Punny Name: Harold Winer, pronounced 'Whiner'. See Take That! below.
  • Reality Warper: Through the use of his horn, Herald has limited control over reality.
  • Take That!: Around the early New Tens, there was a prolific message board poster known as Herald, who would often complain about DC's current editorial practices. Dan Didio eventually wrote Herald into The Outsiders as an annoying and effeminate fanboy with the real name "Harold Winer", and then proceeded to have him get humiliated by Looker and roughed up by her security detail.
  • Teleportation: Herald has used the horn to transport people elsewhere.

    Marine Marauder 

Marine Marauder

Alter Ego: Dr. Marlene Simmonds

First Appearance: Adventures of the Outsiders #37 (September, 1986)

"I'm extremely competitive. I've been that way all my life... beauty wasn’t enough for me. I wanted wealth, but without going through the tedious world of business and investment."

Oceanographer Marlene Simmonds wanted to get rich and powerful. But in a fast and exciting way. She therefore turned to a technology allowing her to mind control sea life.

  • Artificial Gill: Her suit is equipped with a lightweight transparent rebreather: normally stored in a sheath within her left glove.
  • The Beastmaster: Marlene’s powers allowed her to control many types of marine life, but didn't allow her to control more intelligent forms.
  • Delinquent Hair: Her costume incorporates a green mohawk wig.
  • Eye Beams: Can shoot beams of teal energy from her goggles.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her goggles allow her to fire teal Eye Beams.
  • Green and Mean: Her costume is green and she's not a nice person.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: At one point, she used her powers to summon and control a Kraken. Even Metamorpho had a hard time vanquishing it.
  • Legacy Character: She's the second person who has used the Marine Marauder codename.
  • Not Quite Flight: Has been shown levitating over water, and flying forward at a modest speed.
  • Tentacled Terror: Commanded unseen giant cephalopods with immense (50+ meters) tentacles.
  • Weaponized Animal: Her arsenal of marine animals included flying fishes, each carrying a mini-grenade to do a bombing run with.

    Masters of Disaster 

Masters of Disaster

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #9 (April, 1984)

The Masters of Disaster are a group of mercenaries who prefer to work for a pre-arranged price rather than under their own initiative, united due to the relations of their meta-human abilities by New-Wave their leader. Each member of the group controls one superhuman ability related in some way to a natural destructive force: earth, wind, fire, and water.

New Wave

Alter Ego: Rebecca "Becky" Jones

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #9 (April, 1984)

"I'm not into punk, gentlemen... punk is dead... I'm New Wave!"

According to Rebecca Jones, her mother let her employer run a prenatal DNA experiment on her. Similar experiments were later carried out on her sister Wendy. This is what endowed them with their powers. Becky Jones eventually murdered her mother in retaliation. She then ran away with her kid sister in tow. Jones likely was the one who founded the Masters of Disaster.

  • Acid Attack: When in the form of a cloud she has managed to precipitate acid onto her enemies (i.e., acid rain). This will dissolve the less resilient kinds of stone and metal.
  • Bald of Evil: Starting in 2006, New Wave lost her hair and started wearing a bandanna over her eyes. As if to hide part of her face. This may correspond to medical problems. Or this may be a fashion statement. Or it may be a reaction to what happened to her sister.
  • Delinquent Hair: For most of her career, New Wave sported a mohawk. More recently she has switched to Bald of Evil.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": New Wave hates it when Wendy calls her Becky. She wants to only be called New Wave.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: New Wave is unhinged and murderous. This explosive temper contributes to her threat level.
  • Logical Weakness: Being mixed with soil and thus turned into mud deprives Jones of her powers until she can separate the two. This apparently takes hours. She was also taken out when her water was combined with magnesium, with explosive results.
  • Making a Splash: New Wave can transform her body or any part thereof into water, or any of the many forms water can take (i.e. steam, water vapor etc.). She can control the water that makes up her body in a variety of ways. She often emits high-pressure water blasts from her hands, but seems to prefer transforming into a mini-tsunami and using that form to batter and drown her opponents.
  • Self-Made Orphan: According to her own account, New Wave murdered her mother.
  • Single Substance Manipulation: Is capable of displacing masses of water at speed. She sometimes uses this as transportation for her team. She once produced a city-damaging tidal wave.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Her powers allow her to exist underwater without hindrance, and to "swim" at superhuman speed.
  • Super Smoke: New Wave is capable of turning into water vapor. In fog form, she can fly.
  • Super Swimming Skills: Her powers allow her to exist underwater without hindrance, and to "swim" at superhuman speed.


Alter Ego: Darrel (last name unknown)

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #9 (April, 1984)

Not much is known of Coldsnap's history. However, it has been indicated that he was running an experiment that went awry. And that it's what empowered him and Heatstroke, to their dismay. He joined the Masters to earn enough money to cure himself and Heatstroke. So they can touch each other again and have a normal life. If it were possible, they’d abandon their super-powers in a heartbeat.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Though it’s not always pictured, Coldsnap has an altered skin colour. There is markedly more pink, and less white and orange, than in most Caucasian skin tones. When his powers were neutralized in prison, he had a general Central European skin tone and texture.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Coldsnap's body temperature is extremely low. Touching hot objects is thus much more likely to result in burns. Physical contact with Heatstroke results in an even bigger thermal shock, which has significant odds of knocking the both of them out.
  • Fire/Ice Duo: Is usually partnered with his girlfriend Heatstroke.
  • Fusion Dance: In 1995, the couple paid for an experimental treatment. It backfired. Though they were depowered, they were merged into a single, hulking body. Calling themselves "Heatsnap" they tried to return to crime in Vanity, Oregon. Batman and Aztek easily stopped them. By 1998, they had returned to their normal, powered forms.
  • An Ice Person: Coldsnap can project waves of cold so intense that he could create simple ice constructs, such as barriers and crude weaponry.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: If it were possible, he and Heatstroke would abandon their super-powers in a heartbeat.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Is a racist.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Has pure white hair as a result of his condition.


Alter Ego: Unknown

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol. 4 #27 (April, 2010)

Little is known about the history of the woman naming herself Dust-Devil before she joined the group called the Masters of Disaster. She is a mercenary and has somewhat control of wind and atmosphere phenomena in a very localized area allowing her control over a natural destructive force. Dust-Devil was recruited by New Wave to take Windfall's place after Windfall died while serving with the Suicide Squad.

  • Blow You Away: Dust-Devil possesses the power of wind manipulation. She is able to mentally summon cyclones and whirlwinds, project powerful bursts of air in a very localized area.
  • Deflector Shields: She is able to use her winds deflect approaching objects with some ease.
  • Most Common Superpower: Is noticeably well-endowed.
  • One-Steve Limit: Shares her codename with a member of the short-lived superhero team the Blasters.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She was introduced to replace the redeemed Windfall.
  • Sinister Shades: She always wears sunglasses and is a villain.


Alter Ego: Joanne (last name unknown)

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #9 (April, 1984)

Not much is known of Heatstroke's history. However, it has been indicated that Coldsnap was running an experiment that went awry. And that this is what empowered him and Heatstroke, to their dismay. They joined the Masters to earn enough money to cure themselves. So they can touch each other again and have a normal life. If it were possible, they’d abandon their super-powers in a heartbeat.

  • Fiery Redhead: She seems more bloodthirsty than her partner.
  • Flaming Hair: When she wore power inhibitors in prison her hair was shorter (about mid-back) and the shade of red wasn't as bright. Perhaps her hair serves as a radiator to shed excess body heat. Over the years, it looks more and more flamelike when she’s flying.
  • Flying Firepower: Her powers allow her to create thermal uplifts which can carry and propel her in the air and fly; a usual tactic of hers is to do aerial attacks.
  • Fusion Dance: In 1995, the couple paid for an experimental treatment. It backfired. Though they were depowered, they were merged into a single, hulking body. Calling themselves "Heatsnap" they tried to return to crime in Vanity, Oregon. Batman and Aztek easily stopped them. By 1998, they had returned to their normal, powered forms.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: If it were possible, she and Coldsnap would abandon their super-powers in a heartbeat.
  • Playing with Fire: She can shoot beams of heat/flames from her hands.


Alter Ego: Unknown

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol. 4 #27 (April, 2010)

Not much is known about Mudslide. He can cause earthquakes and can liquefy objects by heating them with his hands. He was recruited by New Wave to replace shakedown after she murdered him.


Alter Ego: Unknown

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #9 (April, 1984)

"I-It's a p-plant that was l-left behind. I thought you m-might like it."

Shakedown's past is shrouded in secrecy. He had an obvious crush on his fellow teammate Windfall. He tended to feel repentance for the crimes he did.

He was killed by his team leader, New Wave, when he disobeyed her orders.

  • Bald of Evil: Has a shaved head.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a goatee.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": His costume had a stylized 'SD' on the chest.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His power is controlling the force of an earthquake. At first, he could only vibrate items he was touching. But by his second appearance he could project his destructive vibrations through the air.
  • Dumb Muscle: Shakedown seems to have a mild mental handicap. He behaves more like a nerdy, shy 12-year-old with an IQ in the low 90s.
  • Hidden Depths: Shakedown is fond of small, potted plants. He finds them beautiful and soothing.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Shakedown is fond of small, potted plants. He finds them beautiful and soothing. If he stays in any place for any significant time, he'll add such plants.
  • Speech Impediment: Shakedown has a mild stutter.
  • Super-Strength: He is able to lift approx. 10 tons.
  • Super-Toughness: He can withstand small arms rounds.
  • Unexplained Recovery: After being killed by New Wave, Shakedown later appeared escaping from prison along with Heatstroke and Coldsnap, and a few months later, he was part of a small army of super-villains.


See main entry above.

    New Olympians

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #14 (October, 1984)

The insane mob-leader and self fashioned Greek god Maxie Zeus needed agents to disrupt the 1984 Olympics. He contacted the mysterious arms and muscle dealer, the Monitor. Maxie Zeus required a cadre of individuals whose abilities corresponded with those of ancient Greek and Roman gods. Following with the orders the Monitor contracted assassins for hire and outfitted them after those chosen archetypes.

Tropes relating to the team as a whole:

  • Back for the Dead: In Justice Society of America Vol. 3 #12 (March, 2008), the New Olympians were found murdered in their subterranean hideout, each with holes blown through their chests. The Justice Society of America investigated their murders as well as other superhuman's taking the identities as mythological gods. The villain with a messianic complex known as Gog was found as the killer, believing he had a preordained purpose in life is to destroy false gods.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Each member of the New Olympians is designed to be a counterpart to a member of the Outsiders (with the exception of Argus, who only acts as communication). The exact match-ups are:
  • Two Girls to a Team: Diana and Nox, to match up against Katana and Halo.

Maxie Zeus

"Good — that rattled my bones. Now let me rattle yours."

Antaeus has super-strength and limited invulnerability when he is in direct contact with the Earth, much like the mythological character he is named after.

  • Healing Factor: The constant influx of energy from the earth keeps erasing his wounds.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: He is about three metres (9’10”) tall.
  • Super-Strength: Was strong to hold his own in a wrestling match with Geo-Face.
  • Super-Toughness: Incredibly hard to harm so long as he was in contact with the earth.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Antaeus's powers were rooted to the Earth. If he were ever lifted into the air, his superhuman strength would disappear.

"I can see them in my mind! Just as you said, Mister Zeus."

Argus' powers of limited clairvoyance and telepathy are reminiscent of the mythological being he is named after.

  • Non-Action Guy: A middle-aged dork in a full grey suit, with thick glasses, Argus displayed no combat abilities whatsoever.
  • Seers: Argus can see distant scenes as if he were standing there.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Except in close-up, Argus is always depicted with the light reflecting off his glasses, making his eyes invisible.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Argus was constantly sucking up to Maxie Zeus.
  • Telepathy: Argus displayed the telepathic ability to mentally contact his teammates.

"We will use dueling épées — not foils, so as not to blunt the thrill of combat!"

Diana is a huntress, like the goddess she is named after.

  • Badass Normal: The only member of the New Olympians without superpowers, but easily one of the most dangerous.
  • Lady of War: Refined and somewhat aristocratic. She considered Antaeus and Geoforce's wrestling match to be a crude spectacle, and saw fencing with Katana much more elegant.
  • Master Archer: Like her namesake, Diana is an expert archer.
  • Master Swordsman: Skilled enough to take on Katana, the greatest swordswoman in The DCU.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: She has two highly trained hunting dogs at her beck and call.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Takes on superheroes armed with only a normal bow and arrows.

"There are no judges for you to flirt with, as the pretty ones always have... I've always lost to the pretty ones — until now!"

Nox has power over a dark energy, much like the goddess she is named after.

"To do that, I'd have to look at you, ugly."

Proteus is a shape-shifting member of the New Olympians, named after the shape-changing Greek god of the sea.

  • One-Steve Limit: Shares a codename with a shapeshifting foe of the Creeper.
  • Rubber Man: Proteus is a shape-shifter, able to stretch his limbs and body.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Proteus is a shape-shifter, able to stretch his limbs and body, turn his hands into spiked maces, grow wings to fly, and takes on a handsome appearance to hide his true face.

"Get out of here! Now the field is mine!"

Vulcanus has power over fire, like the god he is named after.

    Nuclear Family 

Nuclear Family

First Appearance: Outsiders #1 (November, 1985)

An early nuclear science researcher named Dr. Eric Shanner made some careless mistakes during his research which ended up exposing him and his family to dangerous levels of radiation. His family died and he was rendered ill with radiation poisoning. Afterward, Dr. Shanner made a vow to teach the world about the dangers of radiation. His began years later by building six androids resembling a younger version of his family, including himself. Each android was equipped with powers matching the various effects of nuclear weapons.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Brat is programmed to be this, especially to Sis.
  • Atomic Superpower: Each android is equipped with powers matching the various effects of nuclear weapons. In particular, Dad emits immense amounts of radiation from his body.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: In keeping with his Standard '50s Father image, Dad smokes a pipe.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": The Nuclear Family's Robot Dog is named 'Dog'.
  • EMP: Mom can project an electromagnetic pulse which can kill and disable all electronic equipment around her.
  • Flight: The members of the family all have the ability to fly
  • Having a Blast: Sis create a blast wave that can take down entire buildings.
  • House Wife: Mom is a superpowered version of a standard 50s sitcom mom.
  • Playing with Fire: Biff can emit a thermal pulse that gives off the same heat found in a nuclear explosion.
  • Poisonous Person: Brat and Dog can transform into radioactive fallout.
  • Replacement Goldfish: After his family died and he was rendered ill with radiation poisoning, Dr. Shanner built six androids resembling a younger version of his family, including himself.
  • Robot Dog: The Nuclear Family includes an android dog named 'Dog'.
  • Robo Family: After his family died and he was rendered ill with radiation poisoning, Dr. Shanner built six androids resembling a younger version of his family, including himself. the androids regard themelves as an actual family and interact accordingly, including sibling rivalry.
  • Robot Kid: The Nuclear Family has three android children based on Dr. Shanner's own dead children: named Biff, Sis and Brat.
  • Standard '50s Father: They're robots programmed to act like the stereotypical 1950s Dad, Mom, Son, Teenage Son (Biff), and Daughter — with superpowers, of course. Dad even wears a fedora and smoked a pipe.
  • Super Smoke: Brat and Dog can transform into radioactive fallout.
  • Team Pet: Dr. Shanner created android replacements for his entire family, including the dog.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dr. Shanner made a vow to teach the world about the dangers of radiation.

    One-Man Meltdown 

    People's Heroes 

People's Heroes

First Appearance: Outsiders #10 (August, 1986)

The People's Heroes were a team of Soviet superhuman agents that answered to Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. The People's Heroes were a group of superhuman agents created by Communist scientists using information learned through scientific analysis of the American super team, The Force of July who they captured and analyzed. They are assigned to the Soviet secret service and have fought against the Outsiders and the Suicide Squad. The People's Heroes were eventually disbanded after a failed attempt by their members Hammer and Sickle to execute Red Star. Bolshoi and Molotov were recruited by the Red Shadows.

Tropes relating to the team as a whole:


Alter Ego: Boris Ulyanov

"In my country, we do not fear to hit females! All are equal, woman!"

Hammer was a member of the People's Heroes. He is married to Sickle, a teammate. Boris and Natasha were codenamed Hammer and Sickle after their powerful weapons. Later, Hammer and Sickle were sent by a rogue faction of Russian zealots to San Francisco to try to assassinate Red Star, another Russian hero, who was on an information exchange between nations. Following the disbanding of the Heroes, Hammer and Sickle became international mercenaries.

  • Battle Couple: Hammer and Sickle are married, and a devastating combo in combat.
  • Couple Theme Naming: Hammer and Sickle's first names are Boris and Natasha.
  • Cyborg: After leaving the Heroes, Hammer received cybernetic implants that further enhanced his strength and toughness.
  • Former Regime Personnel: Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Hammer and Sickle became international mercenaries.
  • Hammer and Sickle: Hammer and Sickle wield said weapons in combat.
  • Husky Russkie: A big musclebound 1980s Hollywood Russian Bad Guy with a blond crew cut, a la Ivan Drago from Rocky IV.
  • Renegade Russian: Hammer and Sickle were involved in a failed attempt to execute Red Star - another Russian hero - on behalf of an extreme faction of the Russian government.
  • Shout-Out: Hammer and Sickle's first names are Boris and Natasha.
  • Super-Strength: When first seen, he could fight to-to-toe with Geoforce, also a superior fighter with superhuman power and durability. After undergoing a round of cybernetic enhancements, he became even stronger: now able to lift and throw a loaded Blackhawk helicopter (about eight tons).
  • Super-Toughness: When first seen, he could fight to-to-toe with Geoforce, also a superior fighter with superhuman power and durability. His toughness was further enhanced after he received cybernetic implants.


Alter Ego: Natasha Ulyanov

"Now... time to add two more bodies to the mountain of capitalism's victim!"

Sickle is a member of the People's Heroes. She is married to Hammer, a fellow teammate. Later, Hammer and Sickle were sent by a rogue faction of Russian zealots to San Francisco to try to assassinate Red Star, another Russian hero, who was on an information exchange between nations. Following the disbanding of the Heroes, Hammer and Sickle became international mercenaries. Sickle still clings to her communist ideals.

  • Arrow Catch: She is fast enough to parry missile and thrown weapons in mid-air with her Sinister Scythe.
  • Battle Couple: Hammer and Sickle are married, and a devastating combo in combat.
  • Couple Theme Naming: Hammer and Sickle's first names are Boris and Natasha.
  • Cyborg: Sickle later received cybernetic augmentations to make her a more dangerous fighter. The augmentations were apparently wired reflexes and speed, and subdermal armour.
  • Former Regime Personnel: Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Hammer and Sickle became international mercenaries.
  • Renegade Russian: Hammer and Sickle were involved in a failed attempt to execute Red Star — another Russian hero — on behalf of an extreme faction of the Russian government.
  • Shout-Out: Hammer and Sickle's first names are Boris and Natasha.
  • Sinister Scythe: She specializes in the use of a special double-edge sickle, both as an offensive weapon (she can do non-lethal if needed, by hitting with the pommel) and as a defensive weapon (its shape make it quite suitable to parry melee weapons, and she is fast enough to parry missile and thrown weapons in mid-air).
  • Super-Toughness: She can ignore gunfire from handguns.


Alter Ego: Pavel Gorov

"If you have sense, you will give up now! I warn you, Bolshoi is more than your master!"

Bolshoi is a superior martial artist. He seems to have adopted many moves from classical dancing (he’s a former dancer) into a unique fighting style. Hence his name. After the Heroes disbanded, Bolshoi went on to serve in the Red Shadows, another covert Soviet group.

  • Arrow Catch: Is capable of catching ranged projectiles such as arrows or boomerangs.
  • Badass Normal: Takes on superhuman opponents with no powers of his own. (Depending on the Writer, as some writers imply he may have low level Super-Speed).
  • Catch and Return: Is fast enough to catch one of Captain Boomerang's boomerangs and throw it back at him.
  • Dance Battler: Bolshoi has adopted many moves from classical dancing (he’s a former dancer) into a unique fighting style. He does high, powerful ballet-style kicks. And often does a sort of pirouette to dodge.
  • Fingore: Lost the fingers on one hand to one of Captain Boomerang's razorangs.
  • Super-Speed: Bolshoi may possess low levels of super speed (although this seems to be Depending on the Writer.


Alter Ego: Kirill Yakerim

"Please be excusing the noise, comrades... it is, I am afraid, an occupational hazard for one named Molotov!"

Molotov was a secret-agent for the Soviet Union. He was a metahuman with explosion super powers; and he served as part of both the People's Heroes and Red Shadows.

  • Affably Evil: He seems generally mild-mannered and somewhat genial. He almost apologises when using violence and prefers less-than-lethal weapons and techniques.
  • Bald of Evil: Is bald as an egg.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports a full Cossack beard.
  • Having a Blast: Molotov can detonate himself with considerable force.
  • Husky Russkie: Not musclebound like Hammer, but Molotov is noticably heavily built and portly.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Indirectly. He takes his codename from the Molotov Cocktail, which was named after Russian politician and diplomat Vyacheslav Molotov.
  • Never Bareheaded: Wears a papakha (Cossack hat) to cover his Bald of Evil. He is the only member of the People's Heroes to wear headgear.
  • Super Smoke: After exploding, he becomes a gaseous being. From there he will usually reform himself as an human-like person over the next few seconds. Strong winds, or detonating his gaseous form with an open flame, can keep him dispersed for much longer.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Molotov carries compact "potato masher"-style grenades on his belt.


Alter Ego: Unknown

Little is known about the past history of the Russian heroine who goes by the code-name Pravda, named after the Slavic word for truth (or justice) before she appeared as a member of the Peoples Heroes. It is known that her mentalist powers were granted by the Soviet Republic Government.

  • The Empath: Pravda can read the emotions of those around her.
  • Master of Illusion: She's particularly efficient at implanting images evoking a victim's worst fears, and at melting in the local mindscape like some mad artist repainting her victims memories.
  • Psi Blast: Can project bolts of psionic energy.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer : Pravda can ferret out what each person most fears, and is particularly efficient at using her illusion powers to implant images evoking a victim's worst fears in her victim's mind.
  • Telepathy: Pravda possesses psionic powers, and can read minds, sense thoughts and ferret out what each person most fears.

    Prince Roderick 

Prince Roderick

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol 2. #1: Alpha (November, 1993)

Prince Roderick is a vampire and a member of the living dead, who manipulated and seduced Queen Ilona to try to take over Markovia. He was an advisor only known to her, he set out to kill Brion Markov, Geo-Force, so he could take the crown of Markovia for himself. He framed Geo-Force and the rest of the Outsiders for the Queen's death and attacked Looker, drinking her blood and making the others think she is dead. He continued to try and kill them from a distance. He then moved his base to the underground world of Abyssia and took Looker as his queen. They were using the Abyssians as food and the Outsiders found them.

  • The Ageless: So long as he continued to consume blood, he would not age beyond the physical state he was in when he first became a vampire.
  • The Beastmaster: Prince Roderick can summon and control lesser animals such as bats and wolves.
  • Beneath the Earth: Took over the underground world of Abyssia.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Turned Looker into a vampire: an act that would come back to bite him.
  • Healing Factor: In addition to being virtually indestructible, whatever damage a vampire does in fact suffer can be healed through the consumption of human blood.
  • Human Resources: Took over Abyssia and used its people as a food source.
  • The Kingslayer: Murdered Queen Ilona.
  • Mind Control: Prince Roderick has the ability to hypnotize most beings just by making eye contact with them for a few seconds. While under his influence, he can force people to do his bidding, though beings of great will power can resist him.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: As a vampire, Roderick is invulnerable to most forms of injury. Bullets, blades and blunt objects do little to no damage to a his body.
  • Porn Stache: Sports a pencil thin moustache.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has glowing red eyes.
  • Super-Senses: Prince Roderick's senses of sight, smell, and hearing are enhanced to superhuman levels.
  • Super Smoke: Prince Roderick can transform into a mist-like cloud.
  • Super-Speed: A vampire's speed level is several times that of a normal human being and they are considered superhuman.
  • Super-Strength: A vampire's strength level is several times that of a normal human being and they are considered superhuman.
  • Treacherous Advisor: He acted as a secret advisor to Queen Ilona and to try to take over Markovia.
  • Undeath Always Ends: Was killed by Geo-Force.
  • Vampiric Draining: Drinks blood to survive.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Prince Roderick can transform into a mist-like cloud, a bat, a man-sized bat, or a wolf.
  • Weather Manipulation: Prince Roderick, like many vampires, possessed the ability to greatly manipulate the weather over a limited area, such as creating immensely powerful thunderstorms.
  • We Can Rule Together: Tried to make Looker his queen.



Alter Ego: Michael Ryer

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol. 2 #2 (December, 1993)

Please call me Sanction — I'd like to keep this on a professional basis."

Michael Ryer was a government agent fired by the CIA for dealing in drugs. He was turned into a cyborg at some point and became an assassin. Melissa Barron hired him to kill her husband Geoffrey Barron. Geoffrey Barron was working with the Outsiders as Technocrat.



Alter Ego: Unknown

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol. 4 #29 (June, 2010)

"I am VERITAS! And it's time for you to face the harsh light of the truth."

Veritas is an entity who was buried deep within Markovia.

  • Master of Illusion: Veritas used illusions of Terra to drive Geo-Force to near-insanity.
  • Super-Empowering: Veritas is the one who gave Harold Winer his powers that made him the new Herald.

Alternative Title(s): Katana, Outsiders 2003, Batman And The Outsiders, Outsiders 2023