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Lian Yu Survivors
- Adaptational Badass: Getting trained by the League of Assassins will do that to you. Even Oliver, no slouch in his canon incarnation, is far more competent here.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Landing on Lian Yu at young ages has drastically changed the personalities of all three leads, and they are markedly different from their canon counterparts.
- Oliver is far less of a jerk than he is in canon (in fact he's a borderline Nice Guy), and, most noticeably, not a playboy; this is largely because he washed up on Lian Yu at a younger age, before he really took on the 'party boy' persona. In fact, the trauma of everything he went through during those ten years had stunted his emotional growth to the point that he can't differentiate between romantic and platonic feelings, be they his or someone else's.
- By contrast, Barry is far more abrasive and confident to the point of being outright annoying (though still, ultimately, a Nice Guy). He's also far more accepting of tragedy and the overall 'darker' side of life, thanks to the events of Lian Yu and his time in the League.
- Kara is the one most similar to her canon counterpart, but even she has changed; she's noticeably less silly and more maternal, thanks to being Kal-El's primary caretaker and the balancing force between Oliver and Barry. She is also far more bloodthirsty than canon!Kara when in battle.
- Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: They all have one thanks to their work with the League. It doesn't have much impact on the plot beyond funding their vigilante activities; Oliver was already rich to begin with, and Barry already had a home and all its necessities with the Wests. Only Kara used hers (disguising it as money inherited from her non-existent parents), and that was to buy a nice condo for her and Kal, and pay for his Balliol tuition fees. Subverted in that they finally decide to invest the money for new streams of income: Oliver and Kara plan to open an affordable shopping center to help rehabilitate the Glades, while Barry plans to reopen S.T.A.R. Labs.
- Base-Breaking Character: In-universe, the Hood and the Streak are extremely polarizing since they're slitting throats and using criminal as pincushions to clean their towns. The Girl in Blue is spared from this since she's mainly seen saving people.
- Big Eater: Courtesy of an enhanced metabolism, Kara, Barry and Kal are able to down unholy amounts of food on their own. Oliver's horrified resignation while he looks at the scene is almost a Running Gag.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Very much so.
- Family of Choice: They still refer to each other family even after being rescued from Lian Yu and returning to modern civilization. This aspect of their bond is so strong that when someone suggests the possibility of a romantic relationship between any of them (barring Slade and Shado), it visibly sickens them.
- Five-Man Band:
- Lian Yu
- Post-Lian Yu
- Freudian Trio: Oliver, Barry, and Kara. Barry, despite his personality, is the Superego, Kara is the Id, and Oliver the Ego.
- No Social Skills: Downplayed. They're capable of functioning in normal society, but are lacking nuance and can be a little oblivious and/or overly blunt in certain cases. Oliver is hopeless it comes to romance, Barry has no filter beyond keeping certain secrets, and Kara is implied to have issues adapting to some Earth technology. Kal also had issues in the beginning, being extremely shy, but since he was a child it didn't take him long to adapt.
- Noodle Incident: Their time with the League of Assassins was not boring, to say the least.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: They are all completely lost when it comes to popular culture for the last ten years. Kara and Kal were born on another planet entirely, so nearly every reference goes over their heads. While Oliver and Barry have some passing familiarity with works prior to their disappearance such as Harry Potter and Marvel Comics (with Barry in particular taking delight in the advent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), franchises like High School Musical and Twilight are completely foreign to them. As of Arc III, however, they seem to be remedying this, largely through trivia games that they play with the similarly inept J'onn.
- Pragmatic Hero: While they have fundamentally good intentions and largely avoid killing unless absolutely necessary, they also aren't afraid to blackmail or torture to get what they want.
- Properly Paranoid: They have a number of safeguards for specific situations that seem Crazy-Prepared at first glance but in the end turn out to be this. This is nominally due to previous experience from their time in the League of Assassins.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: All of them enjoy pulling this to one extent or another, either for tactical advantage or to tease their friends.
- True Companions: After ten years of hell together, suffering torture, backbreaking training, and baby raising, their bond is unbreakable.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Oliver, Barry, and Kara, given that they're the only teens.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Since he hadn't adopted his playboy personality yet when he first washed up on Lian Yu, this Oliver doesn't feel the need to put up an act and push people away.
- Big Brother Instinct: For the rest of the younger generation, which is partially why he became The Leader when Shado died and they were separated from Slade.
- Determinator: It's noted that Oliver always pushed himself to be the very best during his time in the League, and Kara describes him as their rock when the group were on the island.
- The Gift: It's noted that Oliver is one of the most talented recruits in the history of the League of Assassins. It only took him a few years to reach the same level as Ra's al Ghul, who has centuries of experience over him. What makes it even more impressive is that he's managed as a young adult.
- Happily Adopted: Robert immediately acknowledged a newborn Oliver as his son in spite of knowing the baby had been conceived by his wife's extramarital affair.
- Heroic Bastard: He was conceived when Moira and Malcolm cheated on their respective spouses with each other.
- The Leader: While ostensibly the three main characters are equals, Barry and Kara usually default to Oliver's leadership.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Oliver is the one who kept the group going even when they were at the absolute lowest. According to Kara, without him, there's no way they would've lasted those ten years, or that they would even want to.
- The Load: The League of Assassins thought he would be this compared to Barry and Kara. He proved them wrong.
- Locked Out of the Loop: No idea whatsoever of his Heroic Bastard status, and the Queens intend to keep it this way.
- The Lost Lenore: To Laurel, who was never completely able to move on from his death.
- Oblivious Adoption: He genuinely believes Robert Queen is his birth father and the Queens never gave him a reason to think otherwise.
- Oblivious to Love: Completely oblivious to Laurel's not-so-subtle crush on him. So oblivious in fact, that he doesn't realize that his observation that a relationship is feasible between them means that Laurel has feelings for him.
- Official Couple: With Laurel, as of the end of Arc III.
- Straight Man: To Barry's Wise Guy.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Downplayed. While Oliver understands love on an intellectual level and is by no means aromantic or even asexual, he has a hard time differentiating between familial/platonic love and romantic love. For example, it's only after Tommy accuses him of "putting the moves" on Laurel does he realize that he might have feelings for her, and it's only by comparing how he feels about Laurel to how he feels about Nyssa does he realize he also might have feelings for Nyssa as well.
- World's Best Warrior: According to the narrative, Oliver was the best combatant in the League next Ra's al Ghul himself, and there were rumors that he had actually managed to surpass Ra's. Given that Ra's has centuries of experience on him...
- Adaptational Intelligence: While canon!Barry was far from stupid (though he did have a tendency to grab the Idiot Ball), this Barry is a confirmed genius whose intellect is easily on the same level as Eobard Thawne's.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Barry enjoys playing The Gadfly, is an Insufferable Genius and a total nerd...who's also an Empowered Badass Normal skilled in hand-to-hand combat, knife-fighting, and his speed, who can and will cut the throats of people he believes are too deadly to keep alive. Oh, and he's an expert hacker.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Iris, though Barry is ignoring his feelings for now while Iris is just oblivious to the situation.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: His Arc III storyline has him going undercover and joining Snart's crew for a major heist, while at the same time reporting his activities to Ralph and Iris. Unbeknownst to both sides, however, is that Barry is the Flash, with his real allegiance being to the Justice League and their allied organizations, including A.R.G.U.S. and the League of Assassins.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Goes from expert, League-trained combatant to an expert, League-trained combatant who is also a speedster. This actually becomes a plot point during his first fight with Thawne — Barry doesn't fight like a traditional speedster, having been an assassin with years of training before he gained his powers. He relies on those abilities first and uses his speed to augment them when necessary.
- The Gadfly:
- Much to the consternation of...well, pretty much everyone who knows him.
- Barry knew full well that him going undercover and joining Snart's crew was a terrible idea and was only going to end badly. He went through with it because he was bored.
- Hot Scientist: Barry is very attractive.
- Hollywood Nerd: Lampshaded by Eddie when they finally meet in person.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: His current stance in regards to Iris, which is why he encourages her relationship with Eddie.
- Insecure Love Interest: One of the reasons why Barry refuses to pursue Iris is because some part of him honestly believes he isn't good enough for her.
- Insufferable Genius: Another facet of Barry's personality the causes friction is that he has absolutely no issue showing off his intellect, especially his deductive ability.Cisco: Has anyone told you how annoying it is when you do that?
Barry: Yes. Usually I just ignore them.
Caitlin: That explains a lot.
- Knew It All Along: Unlike Oliver and Kara, he figured out Laurel was Black Canary but never outright confirmed it.
- Knife Nut: Barry's Weapon of Choice.
- Living Emotional Crutch:
- Oliver briefly thought of throwing the towel when stuck on Lian Yu, but instead soldiered on for Barry's sake since the other boy was more vulnerable.
- His need to prove his father's innocence gave Barry the strength to survive and grow beyond his limits. It also was reciprocal, since hearing his son was likely deceased drove Henry over the Despair Event Horizon and made him attempt suicide.
- To Iris as well. Even when Iris thought he was dead, Barry still remained a part of her life in some fashion, shaping her choices and relationships with other people. This eventually becomes an issue when Iris learns Barry is the Flash. The secret strains their friendship to the extent that Iris wants to cut Barry out of her life completely — except she can't, because she couldn't bear to live her life without Barry in it.
- Loves Secrecy: It was necessary and inconvenient, but regardless, Barry really enjoyed stringing along Caitlin and Cisco (and, to a lesser extent, Thawne) for the first two arcs.
- Mad Scientist: Implied to have been one when he was still a member of the League.
- Mythology Gag: When undercover with Snart's crew, hair-dye and contacts make him a blue-eyed blond - his traditional comics appearance.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Barry was the League of Assassins' most brilliant mind, and they stretched him to the absolute limit when it came to piling knowledge in his head. Becoming a speedster just made it easier to compartmentalize all that knowledge and use it.
- Sad Clown: It's strongly implied that Barry's personality is partially to hide his guilt and regret over his time as a member of the League of Assassins.
- Teen Genius: He correctly theorized the source of Kara's powers when he was just fifteen and had no access to any actual scientific equipment.
- Troll: Again, much to the chagrin of everyone who knows him.
- We All Die Someday: A crucial difference between this Barry and canon!Barry is that this Barry, after having lost other loved ones and joining an organization that explicitly teaches its members how to kill, has long since accepted death as another facet of life. This is ultimately the reason why he refuses Eobard's offer to prevent his mother's death.
- Big Brother Mentor: She plays a gender-swapped version of this role to Kal-El.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Almost literally, as the League doesn't want her relying just on her powers, using a bracelet generating red solar radiation to bring herself to human physical limitations so she can compete against her trainers on equal levels. She ends up thankful when she has to go up against her aunt and other Kryptonians and beings of similar abilities, as they cannot compete against her superior hand-to-hand combat skills.
- Celibate Heroine: Kara has no interest in romance, at least currently. She's more concerned with raising Kal-El to the best of her abilities. A Justified Trope since she landed on Lian Yu when she was twelve, then spent her adolescence raising a baby brother and learning from the League. Romance literally did not cross her mind at any point until she arrived in Starling.
- Cool Big Sis: To Kal-El.
- Cool Sword: Her Weapon of Choice, with the blade made out of kryptonite for good measure.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Why Kara developed her powers gradually instead of getting all of them at once in the prologue; Lian Yu was so overcast and Kara spent so long exposed to a red sun that it took a while for her to develop any powers.
- The Dreaded: Out of all the vigilantes, Kara is by far the most feared due to her Combo Platter Powers. One of the main reasons why Starling's Evil Power Vacuum has yet to be filled is because the man responsible for it, Oliver, is publicly allied with her as members of the Justice League.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Starling City's perception of her — she was only an orphan castaway who had the good luck to end up on the same island as the Queen heir, and their friendship allows her to enter the inner circle of Starling's elite.
- The Heart: While Oliver and Barry are by no means amoral and still have empathy, Kara is the one most connected to her emotions and does the same for them. It's also deconstructed, as that means Kara is the one who is the most conflicted over the moral ambiguity of the trio's vigilante activities.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Tells this to Astra, when the latter asks what happened to her.
- I Owe You My Life: The source of her loyalty to Oliver and Barry; the two had just been tortured by Fyers and Wintergreen and had no reason to help out a hysteric alien girl and a crying baby that had just arrived on the planet. But they still made the effort to calm her down, learn her name, comfort her, and ultimately save her and Kal from Fyers and his men.
- Only Sane Man: She's the one that usually has to break up Oliver and Barry's arguments.
- Parental Substitute: She's the closest Kal-El has to a mother, which is why Kal goes to live with her when they finally move out of the Queen Mansion.
- Promoted to Parent: She, along with the others, was responsible for raising her baby cousin.
- The Reliable One: Thanks to the versatility of her powers, Kara is usually the one that deals with enemies that Oliver or Barry can't immediately defeat. It also applies to normal life; thanks to her lack of a job and a social life beyond raising Kal-El, she's open to helping her friends whenever necessary.
- Social Climber: A very accidental one — making friends with Oliver on Lian Yu means the Queens practically consider her a second daughter, and Starling's elite tailors their treatment of her accordingly.
- Token Good Teammate: Her standing in the public opinion is much more positive than Barry's and Oliver's. She focuses on saving people and preventing disasters instead of killing criminals, so she's not a Base-Breaking Character like the boys.
- World's Best Warrior: Due to a combination of her Combo Platter Powers and League training, she's almost unbeatable. It takes fellow Kryptonian and expert warrior Astra to even give her serious trouble, though Grodd deserves honourable mention.
- Worthy Opponent: Sees her aunt as this after Astra gives the best fight she's had since first gaining her powers.
- Adaptational Name Change: While his first and last names are still Clark Kent, his middle name is changed from Joseph to Calvin, that way people can still address him by his birth name of Kal under the guise of a nickname.
- Alliterative Name: Clark Calvin Kent.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Quite literally. He was a baby when he and Kara landed on Lian Yu.
- Big Brother Worship: A gender-swapped version. Barry quite accurately calls him Supergirl's biggest fan.
- Cheerful Child: Generally pretty upbeat and cheerful.
- Future Badass: In an alternate timeline, he was Superman, the greatest superhero in the world. It's implied that he will still become Superman someday in the future.
- Living MacGuffin: Some shades of this.
- Astra muses about using him to control Kara. It didn't go this far, fortunately.
- Waller eyes him as a potential asset due to his burgeoning Combo Platter Powers. Kara immediately vetoes the option.
- Name From Another Species: Thanks to being raised by Kara, he's addressed by his Kryptonian name by his surrogate family. He doesn't even get his human name until Kara moves to Starling, and even then it's specifically fabricated so he can be called by his real name with people none the wiser.
- Out of Focus: Due to his age, he doesn't take part in much of the action.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Ruby, who is his best friend. Sam suggests Ship Tease between them, but Kara points out that they're only kids (though admittedly, Kal is Wise Beyond Their Years due to his being raised by the League).
- Powerful and Helpless: When Balliol Prep is taken hostage, Kal is completely unable to remedy the situation despite easily being the most powerful being in the city with Supergirl out of town. Not only are his powers still developing, he doesn't have anywhere near the amount of control and versatility needed to use them effectively like his cousin does. Finally, using them at all will expose him and Kara. In the end, all he can do is comfort Ruby while they wait for the situation to blow over.
- Shrinking Violet: Around new people, though he slowly grows out of it the more he get familiar with them.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He tends to hide behind Kara when around people he doesn't trust or knows very well, courtesy of the League beating emotional control in him since his early childhood. When he's amongst family and friends, he's a very normal, happy kid.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: While Kal-El is a good kid, it's clear that his less-than-ideal childhood has had some odd effects on him. He was handling a knife when Kara came to give him documents about their human identities, he knows how to spot a listening bug when he sees one, and he's enjoying The Hunger Games at ten years old.
- Adult Fear:
- Amanda Waller liked having him as a mook too much to let him go, so she threatened her biological and adopted kids to ensure he would stay in her Suicide Squad. Even worse, she later uses Slade to control the younger Lian Yu runaways when they return home to become vigilantes.
- When Slade finally reunites with his adoptive children, he learns that said children were found and trained by the League of Assassins. Obviously, he is not happy to hear that, and is visibly uncomfortable whenever they mention anything alluding to their time in Nanda Parbat.
- Disappeared Dad: Served as this for eight years to both his biological and adoptive children, and not by choice. He's still rather absent from his adoptive children's lives thanks to his work with A.R.G.U.S., though he's implied to visit whenever he can.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Didn't have, or need, superpowers at the beginning of the story. The Mirakuru made him even more dangerous, and after A.R.G.U.S. derived the cure for the side effects, he also manages to keep his head while using it.
- Everyone Has Standards: Very much rattled when Kara decides to bring Kal on a dangerous mission, he insists that the kid will stay away from possible fights.
- Hero of Another Story: Went through Oliver's canon journey, except that he didn't immediately go home because Amanda Waller saw him as too valuable and press-ganged him into joining Task Force X.
- Official Couple: With Shado in the prologue. It doesn't last, unfortunately.
- Papa Wolf: You do not touch Slade's kids.
- Parental Substitute: To the younger generation of the Lian Yu survivors.
- The Promise: He swore to Shado he would watch over their kids.
- Reality Ensues: As much as Oliver looks up to Slade, he also acknowledges that his adoptive father's relationship with Shado is not something he should model his love life after. It's not because Slade and Shado didn't love each other (they did), but because part of why the relationship formed was due to the stress of the situation they were both in: stranded on a death trap of an island, having to look after three traumatized kids and a baby on their own and only able to rely on each other for help. It would've been more surprising if they hadn't gotten attached to each other.
- Death by Origin Story: She dies in the prologue, and her death is what eventually leads to the leads joining the League of Assassins.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite all the changes to the timeline, Shado still dies from a gunshot wound.
- Last Request: Her dying wish was that Slade protect the kids and help them get home. It was this wish that fueled Slade's decision to make a Heroic Sacrifice after the Amazo started sinking, separating him from the kids for eight years.
- The Lost Lenore: To Slade.
- Missing Mom: Serves as this to Kal (despite the lack of blood relation), who doesn't have many memories of her but remains fond of her all the same. She's also this to Oliver, Barry, and Kara, who still miss her despite having long since moved on from her death.
- Official Couple: With Slade.
- Team Mom: Strongly implied to be this for the young castaways, to the point that Kal-El referred to Shado as 'Mama' before her death.
- The Medic: She was a med student and functioned as this for the group, even passing the knowledge down to Barry before her death.
Family & Friends
The Queen Family
- Good Parents: Nothing but loving and supportive towards his children everytime they're onscreen together. He doesn't even care about one of them not being biologically related to him.
- Happily Married: With Moira.
- Nice Guy: Forgave Moira for cheating on him with his best friend and deeply loves Oliver in spite of not being his blood father.
- Papa Wolf: Robert is fiercely protective of his children, regardless of whether or not they're of his blood.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: When his wife presented the infant Oliver to him, Robert immediately realized the baby wasn't his son, yet accepted him as such. When the truth comes to light, he reassures Moira her having an affair never mattered to him, and he loves both of them.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Thanks to a timely business issue, Robert never got on the Queen's Gambit, which ultimately saved his life.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a truly savage one to Malcolm after Tommy was shot, in which he bluntly tells his former friend he lost any right to love Oliver as a son after sinking the Gambit.
- We Used to Be Friends:
- With Malcolm. While they still maintain their friendship in public, in private Robert has made it clear that whatever was left of that friendship died with Oliver.
- With Frank Chen, after learning that it was Frank that planted the bomb on the Gambit and stranded Oliver on Lian Yu.
- Wicked Stepfather: Averted as hell! He had a ready-made Freudian Excuse to despise Oliver for being his wife's adulterous offspring, yet he embraced the kid as his own and mourned him for ten years before showing nothing but happiness when he came back alive and well.
- Your Cheating Heart: Had a weakness for women. After Oliver's death, however, he's made an effort to curb this fault of his and has mostly succeeded.
- Composite Character: According to the author's notes, she's one with Cat Grant, fulfilling the "mother figure" role that Cat did to Kara in the series.
- Happily Married: With Robert.
- Mama Bear: Is not afraid to threaten Malcolm to protect Oliver from his influence, and when she found out it was Frank who planted the bomb on the yacht, she brutally slapped him and called him out for his actions.
- Parental Substitute: To Kara, fulfilling the maternal role model she'd been lacking since the deaths of her biological mother and Shado. Which is partly why Astra resents her so much.
- Rags to Riches: Worked her way up from the Glades to Starling City's wealthy elite.
- Shipper on Deck:
- For Oliver/Laurel, which is a strong possibility.
- For Carter/Kara, which will never be happening, with Kara's disinterest in romance being only one reason.
- Your Cheating Heart: She slept with Malcolm as a way to punish Robert for his own philandering ways. It resulted in Oliver's conception and birth.
- Big Brother Worship: Downplayed. While Thea couldn't help but resent her parents for being so overprotective, she never held it against Oliver.
- Demoted to Extra: Thea isn't a major character, mainly because she's mostly sheltered instead of spoiled and wild. She doesn't need a lot of Character Development.
- Related in the Adaptation: Since her and Oliver were swapped parentage-wise, she's Robert's legitimate child.
- Adaptational Badass: Becomes Black Canary far earlier than she did in canon, and is trained not just by Ted Grant and Oliver (also an Adaptational Badass) but by Nyssa al-Ghul.
- Amoral Attorney: Averted; she's definitely one of the good guys.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Receives her League ring on the football field of Balliol Prep, to the cheers of the families whose children she has just saved.
- Badass Normal: Not to the same extent as Oliver (though that's not saying much), but she fights crime with just Good Old Fisticuffs.
- Combat Pragmatist: Since she didn't have the luck of an extended, uninterrupted training period like her teachers, they instead drill this behavior into her so she can survive her new career as a vigilante. Hence, one of the deciding blows in her fight against Brick is a Groin Attack.
- Everyone Can See It: It's not a secret she has feelings for Oliver.
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: A downplayed example. Laurel had a massive crush on Oliver when they were in high school, and was about to tell him before his untimely "death" via an impromptu boat trip. She was heartbroken, and all her attempts to move on fell flat, to the point she gave up any hopes of romance until Oliver came back.
- Guilty Pleasures: High School Musical was this for her in college. She watched all three movies, much to Sara's disbelief and later amusement.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde, compassionate, and trusts Nyssa with her Secret Identity.
- I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Why she refused to go on a date with Tommy; she didn't return his feelings, and felt it wouldn't be fair to start a relationship with him when it was his best friend she really wanted.
- Interclass Friendship: With Oliver and Tommy. This led to the Lances in general becoming members of Starling's Elite, despite not having the networth normally found in this class.
- Spanner in the Works: Brick completely disregarded her when it was time to pull of his big plan. She (and Nyssa) promptly became his undoing.
- Took a Level in Badass: Arc III is basically just one long level grind for Black Canary. Eventually, her hard work pays off when she saves the entirety of Balliol Prep from a hostage situation with Nyssa's help and is asked to join the Justice League as a result.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Oliver and Tommy.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Oliver.
- Almighty Janitor: He's on a first-name basis with most of Starling's elite and close friends with the Queens and Merlyns through his own daughters' friendships with Oliver and Tommy. Despite easily being the most well-connected cop in the city, he's remained a detective, presumably out of choice.
- Birds of a Feather: Befriends Joe West, another honest and hardworking cop, at the Thanksgiving party.
- Happily Married: To Dinah Lance.
- Like a Son to Me: In a deep contrast to canon, Quentin is fond of both Oliver and Tommy, to the point of seeing them as surrogate sons. Since Oliver never dated Laurel and/or broke her heart by cheating on her with Sara, Quentin has no reason to hold a grudge against him. It's to the point that he holds nothing against Tommy for Malcolm's actions.
- Papa Wolf: To his daughters Laurel and Sara. When the Undertaking was revealed to the public, he didn't hesitate to go charging into the Glades to protect Laurel, despite knowing the place could be destroyed any second.
- Bit Character: She doesn't have much of a presence in the story.
- Adaptational Badass: Journalist in canon, cop here. As the author lampshades, though she won't be leading Team Flash anytime soon, she's actually more capable of it than she is in canon.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Tougher and (at first) somewhat harsher than her canon self, due to her losses.
- All of the Other Reindeer: During high school, thanks to a combination of emulating Barry and becoming an Ice Queen.
- Broken Pedestal: She is not happy to learn Barry is the Flash, to say the least, though most of her anger at him is because he won't explain to her why he's a murderous vigilante.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: Addressed Joe either by his first name or by "Detective West" after she joined CCPD's 1st Precinct. It takes a while for her to start calling him "Dad" again.
- Composite Character: Shes basically a mix of her Earth-1 and Earth-2 counterparts, particularly by being a cop like the latter.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her best friend went missing and was presumed dead for ten years; while he was gone, she despaired over his death so much that she started acting like him, which got her ridiculed by all her peers just like he was. Plus, she learned her father had been lying to her all her life about her mother, and then learned that she had a little brother. One can't really blame Iris for being so cold and bitter as an adult.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: After Barry returns from Lian Yu.
- Dude Magnet: Even during her high school days; in fact, according to Tony Woodward, her Ice Queen status only made her even more desirable to the boys at school.
- Fair Cop: Every unattached, hot-blooded male in the precinct has a thing for Iris, even after she got together with Eddie.
- Foil: She and Laurel were heavily impacted by their childhood friend's disappearance. However, Barry's absence and vigilantism led Iris to become a colder, harsher person who's horrified and upset by what her friend became, while Laurel saw her relationship with Oliver positively develop and encourages him to be a hero.
- I Have No Father: Iris effectively disowned Joe after high school — when they started working together at the precinct, she only addressed him as "Detective West". Barry's reappearance is what finally pushes them to mend their relationship.
- Morality Chain: She managed to persuade the Flash to spare a criminal, twice. Partially he acted out of pragmatism, but it's still noticeable.
- Straight Man: Barry's when Oliver and Kara are around. She's the only one besides them that can keep his gadfly tendencies under control.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Even though she's in a relationship with Eddie, her and Barry have this going on; Iris is just oblivious to the dynamic (much like in canon), while Barry is aware to an extent but refuses to pursue it out of respect for her happiness.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Iris was much warmer as a child, but after Barry's death, she was just never the same. She begins to return to her old personality when Barry returns.
- Wrong Guy First: Her relationship with Eddie, as outright stated by the author in the first chapter. The cracks are already beginning to show in Arc II.
- Demoted to Extra: Somewhat, because this Barry is far more independent than his canon incarnation.
- Guilt Complex:
- Joe has been continuously hard on himself ever since his Parting Words Regret led to Barry washing up on Lian Yu, a situation only exacerbated by Iris' cold treatment of him. Barry is constantly exasperated by it, as, having significantly matured during his time away from home, he doesn't blame Joe for any of it. He doesn't even blame Joe for his father's incarceration anymore, a fact he reiterates when Henry is finally released from Iron Heights.
- It rears its head again at Henry's party, as he had unintentionally imprisoned an innocent man, which was only compounded by what happened to Barry. Henry is the one to help him get over it this time, making it clear that he only blames Wells for what happened and that he's grateful to Joe for taking Barry in.
- Parental Substitute: To Barry. Despite what happened between them, Barry clearly sees Joe as a third father figure, and Joe treats him as a second son. He even sees Barry off on his first day of college.
- Parting Words Regret: He and Barry got into an argument one night about his father's innocence, resulting in Joe calling Barry "crazy" in the heat of the moment. He immediately regretted it and tried to take it back, but it was too late — it's what convinced Barry to go to China, leading to his ten-year disappearance.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a just police officer and tries his best to be a good father.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Downplayed. In canon, Tommy was Laurel's Second Love, and while she didn't love him as much as she did Oliver (who was her One True Love), she did love him. Here, while Tommy still has feelings for her, Laurel does not reciprocate, seeing him as a friend or even a brother.
- Butt-Monkey: Life hasn't been really kind to Tommy. The woman he's crushing on is in love with his best friend, everyone he knows seems to be shipping them together, his own father seems to like said best friend more than he does him, and he gets shot twice in one arc.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His best friend "died", sending him into a downward spiral that saw him kicked out of every college he went to and a drug addiction.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To his friend Laurel. He also serves as a deconstruction. Tommy has many great qualities that make him ideal boyfriend material — and knows it. Therefore, he feels entitled to Laurel, especially since he's had feelings for her for so long.
- Entitled to Have You: Has shades of this towards Laurel. See Dogged Nice Guy above.
- Heroic BSoD: After his father's evil deeds are exposed to the public.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Oliver, though their relationship gradually strains as the story goes on.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Laurel. As Laurel herself states, Tommy is an awesome guy any girl would be lucky to have, but for her, she simply can't see him in a romantic light.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Oliver after his return, when Oliver catches the attention of both his crush Laurel and his father Malcolm.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: A reoccurring theme with him is that he wants to be loved — more specifically, he wants to be loved by someone who will love him above all others. The fact that the two people he wanted this most from, Laurel and Malcolm, loved Oliver over him (or at least seemed to, in Malcolm's case), is what causes the gradual deterioration of their friendship. It also leaves him to susceptible to Isabel's manipulations.
- Kick the Dog: After his friendship with Oliver and Laurel fractures, Tommy shuts out both the Queens and the Lances out of his life. That in itself is worthy of this trope, seeing as both families supported Tommy in the wake of the Undertaking, but what really seals the deal is when he hangs up on Thea when she tries to call him. Both Oliver and Laurel admit to wanting to punch him for that.
- Recovered Addict: Tommy completely fell off the wagon after Oliver's "death" and only cleaned himself up after Malcolm cut him off due to finding narcotics inside his room. By the time of the present storyline, he's been clean for years and not once is he tempted back into the lifestyle.
- Related in the Adaptation: He and Oliver are half-brothers here, as opposed to just being best friends who shared a sister like in canon.
- The Resenter: To Oliver, especially in regards to Laurel. While venting to Isabel, Tommy admits he can't understand why Laurel prefers Oliver over him, seeing as he has all of the same qualities Oliver has except he wasn't "stupid enough to get stuck on an island for ten years".
- Sins of Our Fathers: Tommy becomes a pariah post-Arc III after the Undertaking is exposed and foiled. It's implied that the only reason he hasn't left Starling City yet for a fresh start is because of Merlyn Global.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Other than the occasional Green-Eyed Monster moment, Tommy is a genuinely Nice Guy. At the start of Arc III, however, he gradually becomes more inconsiderate of the people close to him and less polite to others. It's implied that whatever Malcolm used to save his life at the end of Arc II was responsible.
- Trauma Conga Line: First he gets shot, then his father is publicly exposed as a terrorist, then he gets shot again, and then his girlfriend is murdered the exact same way his mother was.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: And his mended relationship with his father has only made it worse.
- Happily Failed Suicide: Barry was his Living Emotional Crutch, so when he disappeared and was presumed dead, Henry tried to commit suicide; he was stopped, and ten years later it becomes this when Barry returns to Central City.
- Living Emotional Crutch:
- To his son, and vice versa. When they finally meet each other again after ten years, Barry admits that one of the things that kept him going was his father, and how he had to get Henry out of prison. Knowing that, Henry can't find it in himself to protest Barry's attempts to get him released.
- He and Iris shared a similar relationship during the ten years Barry was gone. Henry served as a surrogate father figure to her after her relationship with Joe fell apart, while Iris actively visited him to help him regain the will to live, knowing Barry wouldn't have wanted him to die before he got out.
- Nice Guy: Every one of his appearances paints him as a genuinely kind man, one who holds no blame against Joe despite being unfairly imprisoned. It's implied that when he finally gets out of jail, even the guards are happy for him.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: When he's finally reunited with Barry after ten years spent believing his child dead, the prison staff decides to bend the visitation rules to let them embrace each other.
- Adult Fear: She's violently shaken when Malcolm Merlyn is publicly unmasked as the mastermind of the Undertaking, since she had invited him to her daughter's birthday party.
- Foregone Conclusion: She is destined to one day become the supervillain Reign. While it's never outright stated, the author's notes alludes to it several times, and is ultimately why the author put a kibosh to a potential Sam/Kara pairing.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Quickly develops this dynamic with Kara, echoing the friendship between their respective charges.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Has one in Isabel Rochev, who is a former classmate of hers.
- Cheerful Child: Overall pretty upbeat and happy.
- Satellite Character: Mainly defined by her interactions with her mom and Kal.
- Ship Tease: Thea suggests the possibility of something going on between her and Kal when they first meet. Kara immediately shoots it down, pointing out that they're only twelve.
League of Assassins
- Adaptational Sexuality: Canon Nyssa is a lesbian. This Nyssa is bisexual (though, according to Word of God, she prefers women).
- Badass Normal: Duh.
- Bi the Way: Word of God confirms that she's attracted to both men and women.
- Cain and Abel: She's not really the typical Abel, being an assassin and all, but her older sister Talia is so much worse.
- Everyone Can See It: It was wildly speculated amongst League members that there was a relationship between her and Oliver, because of how close they were. However, most were smart enough not to ask Oliver about it.
- Honorary True Companion: To the Lian Yu survivors. Later also becomes one to Black Canary.
- The Mentor:
- Kara learned under her, for the very simple reason that a woman's body is different from a man's and as such only Nyssa could teach the Kryptonian more refined techniques.
- Oliver later asks of her to help Black Canary to improve. Nyssa is okay with it as long as Canary consents to the training.
- Not So Stoic: Has a big grin on her face when she watches Laurel prove herself.
- Out of Focus: In Arcs I and II, as the League is primarily a background presence during those events. She returns in Arc III.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Oliver.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Shows clear revulsion at Brick's plan to kidnap Balliol's children.
- Badass Normal: With the possible exception of Oliver, he is the Badass Normal and the World's Best Warrior.
- The Dreaded: Even with Kara's abilities, none of the leads have any desire to anger him or make enemies with the League. In fact, they had initially planned to leave the League five years later than they did in the story, as by then, Nyssa (hopefully) would've succeeded him as the Demon's Head. Barry gaining his speedster abilities and whispers about the Undertaking forced them to move up their timetable.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may rule a league of murderers and be totally indifferent to the prospect of culling entire towns, he's doing it for a greater purpose than mere pettiness or revenge. Disproportionate Retribution such as Malcolm's Undertaking or Talia's ultimate offense? Not okay at all.
- Evil Mentor: Well, it's more like "Extremely Morally Ambiguous and Mysterious Mentor", but "Evil" works just as well in the grand scope of things. He served as this to all three leads, and had a direct hand in shaping their morality as a result. It's only after they finally manage to separate themselves from his control do they start to realize and recover from the mental damage he's done to them.
- Heir Club for Men: He explicitly refused to name his very gifted child Talia as his successor on the grounds she was a woman, and took another wife to produce more suitable offspring... only to find himself saddled with another daughter.
- Noble Demon: While the Lian Yu survivors respect him to an immense degree and don't doubt his honor, they are not blind to what kind of man he is.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When his most powerful warriors ask to take their leave, he gracefully accepts their resignation, only assigning them a last mission as compensation.
- World's Best Warrior: He's tied with Oliver for best "normal" combatant in the story.
- How she forced Slade to join Task Force X during the ten-year Time Skip.
- It's also how she forces the main trio into a tentative alliance as her personal public Super Team; if Amanda dies by their hands, Slade automatically goes to the top of America's Most Wanted List.
- She forces Malcolm to absolve the Queens of any involvement in the Undertaking by implying she won't hesitate to dish a nasty fate for Tommy and Oliver.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Part of why the leads have yet to kill her is because the resources she has at her disposal are too useful to their operations.
- The Chessmaster: While the three leads are cunning in their own rights, their focuses and goals are considerably small in scope. Amanda is the one who sees the big picture and plays everyone accordingly to a major aim. The Justice League, for example, is just her pet team of vigilantes whose purpose is to soak up the spotlight, providing proficient distraction so her black ops teams, specifically Task Force X, can operate undetected.
- Engineered Heroics: Downplayed since she wasn't responsible for the Undertaking, but she certainly wasn't above using it to publically launch the Justice League.
- Good Is Not Nice: Her methods are borderline sociopathic and very much reprehensible, but she did create the Justice League.
- I Gave My Word: She's very big on favors and their repayment. When Wade Eiling's manipulations ruined her chance to settle her debt to Nathaniel Adam, she was so pissed she decided to help his fiancee to screw him up.
- Jerkass: A horrible woman who makes zero apologies for it.
- Manipulative Bitch: And damn proud of it.
- Nerves of Steel: Even when confronting a metahuman able and willing to snap her neck in a millisecond, lady just won't twitch. Mainly because she always makes sure to hold the cards she needs to come out on the top.
- Noodle Incident: She owed a favour to Nathaniel Adam, but never was able to pay it before his untimely death. Man, was she irate about it.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She's always tightly emotionally controlled and always on the top, which leads her to be really smug and assured. The impending Dominator invasion freaks the piss out of her, as she knows Earth isn't ready at all.
- Red Baron: "The Wall".
- Slasher Smile: When she's grinning, people feels their hairs stand on their neck and compare her to the Devil.
- Start of Darkness: Her introductory chapter in Chapter 18, which reveals her past in Chicago and how it shaped her into the woman she is today.
- Would Hurt a Child: She uncovered a Kryptonite blade in spite of twelve-year-old Kal being present and potentially endangered. She also felt no remorse when she threatened to kill Grant Wilson (who had to be around 5-6 years old) to ensure his father's cooperation.
- Adaptational Heroism: Since Akio never died, Maseo never left Tatsu to join the League of Assassins, and is a staunch ally of Slade, and by extension, the leads, in the present day.
- I Owe You My Life: Or more specifically, my son's life, which is why he is so loyal to Slade.
- This Is Gonna Suck: His reaction when China White joined Task Force X. Apparently she hadn't forgotten him at all, nor all the trouble he caused her in Hong Kong.
- Token Good Teammate: To Task Force X, alongside Slade and later Bette Sans Souci.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Played for Laughs when he gets a stern teacher in the form of Barry, who puts him through harsh lessons in hand-to-hand combat (though unknown to Cisco, this is still much nicer than the Training from Hell Barry received).
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Barry gives him some when his powers start coming through and he expresses the desire to become a vigilante.
- Demoted to Extra: He and Caitlin are both Out of Focus due to Barry not being reliant on them like he was in canon.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Very knowledgeable about pop culture, and getting there on the badass.
- Serious Business: Pop culture awareness. He was horrified to learn that Barry had lost out on ten years of pop culture references.
- Straight Man: To Barry, when Oliver and Iris aren't present.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Slowly becoming this with Barry, though it's taking a while due to Barry having a huge amount of secrets.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Even icier to Barry than in canon thanks to the latter being morally ambiguous and extremely secretive. She begins to soften on him when he helps her reunite with Ronnie.
- Demoted to Extra: She and Cisco are both Out of Focus due to Barry not being reliant on them like he was in canon.
- Only Sane Man: Often the mediator between Cisco and Barry.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Does not die at the end of the story's equivalent to The Flash Season One.
- Demoted to Extra: Since the Legends will never form in this timeline, Stein is demoted to recurring character instead of being a lead like he was in canon.
The Justice League
Current Membersnote :
- Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
- Barry Allen / The Flash
- Kara Danvers | Kara Zor-El / Supergirl
- Mari Jiwe McCabe / Vixen
- J'onn J'onzz | John Jones / Martian Manhunter
- Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning
- Dinah Laurel Lance / Black Canary
- Adapted Out: Only two members of the Original Seven in the comics are a part of the Original Seven here (The Flash and Martian Manhunter). Of the others, Superman is currently a child, Batman does not exist because Bruce Wayne never lost his parents, Wonder Woman/Diana never left Themyscira, and Aquaman's fate is ambiguous (it's not certain if he even exists in general). Hal Jordan does exist however, and is implied to have become Green Lantern already, but it's left unclear whether it will be him or the John Stewart incarnation that will be joining the League eventually. That being said, the non-canon members of the Original Seven are still members of the Justice League across several adaptations.
- Engineered Heroics: Played with. They debut by publicly foiling Malcolm's Undertaking, but the Undertaking was a real plan and a real threat — Amanda just decided to make a show of it for her own gain.
- Hope Bringer: Their secondary function is to suppress crime via this. As a result, one of the criteria Amanda made for new members of the Justice League is that the prospective member had to be publicly seen committing some great feat of heroism.
- Black Lightning joined the League after taking down the ASA with help of Green Arrow, the Flash, and Supergirl.
- Martian Manhunter was offered membership after he singlehandedly cleaned out Hub City of crime.
- Black Canary joins after she foils Brick's plan to take Balliol Prep hostage, saving over a thousand people (most of them school children).
- Reality Ensues:
- Their ultimate goal is to protect the world. That's great and all, but when you only consist of four people, protecting the world is hard to do, no matter how powerful you are. This was lampshaded repeatedly, and it's commented that the Justice League's initial debut was mostly a publicity stunt to distract people from Task Force X and get more superpowered vigilantes to reveal themselves so they could protect cities outside the Justice League's control in hopes of being added to the roster. Even so, the only reason they started adding more people to the roster so soon was because A.R.G.U.S. learned that the Dominators were about to invade Earth. And even with that, they stopped at seven and plan to stay at that number for a while because adding any more would just screw up the team dynamics.
- Invoked by Oliver once Amanda unveils the Hall of Justice to them: Having a public base with your logo on it is just begging for people to attack you. In this case though, the public base is only there because they need a headquarters to meet in and to show the team isn't all talk. The actual base, according to Amanda, is still in the planning stages.
- Super Team: The Super Team, to be exact.
- Superhero Speciation: Each has a different skill/power set. Even Green Arrow and Black Canary, the two Badass Normals of the team, have different skill sets that compliment each other.
- Heroic Lineage: Both her maternal grandparents were part of the Justice Society, as the first Vixen and Hourman.
- Legacy Character: To her grandmother, the first Vixen, Amaya Jiwe.
- Out of Focus: Of the four members of the Justice League, she is by far the least focused on. Somewhat justified in that she has her own area of responsibility up in Detroit, and doesn't work too much with the others unless it's something major.
- Race Lift: Slightly. In canon, Mari and Kuasa are of pure African descent. Here, they are one-fourth Caucasian due to their grandfather being the Caucasian Rex Tyler.
- Related in the Adaptation: In canon, her and Kuasa's grandfather is an unidentified man from Zambezi. Here, it's Rex Tyler, leader of the Justice Society of America.
- Adult Fear: The Dominators not only killed his family, they annihilated his entire species. And now they threaten to attack his new home.
- Big Eater: Like Kara, he enjoys his cookies.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lost his entire species to the Dominators, then was imprisoned on Earth for a decade.
- Doomed Hometown: There's a reason he's called the last son of Mars.
- Flying Brick: Ticks all the boxes for this trope.
- 100% Heroism Rating: Amongst the people of Hub City, the Martian Manhunter is absolutely adored for his cleaning up their Wretched Hive.
- Intangibility: One of his Combo Platter Powers.
- Psychic Powers: A skilled telepath, at least.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Has trouble fitting in on Earth, at least at first, thanks to being from another planet.
- Terror Hero: Due to his being nigh-impossible for the criminals to destroy.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Oreos, what else? Kara even worries about him not having a healthy diet (though for all we know, Oreos might actually be healthy for a Martian).
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can easily shift between human and Martian form, and most likely others as well.
- Action Dad: Two daughters and still kicking ass.
- Badass Teacher: His day job is being a high school principal, so he's helping kids day and night. How's that for dedication?
- Color Character: Black Lightning.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Mentioned in a news report about his recent resurfasing in Freeland right after the Justice League went public.
- Experienced Protagonist: Already well-experienced in superheroing before he joins the story.
- Shock and Awe: His main ability.
Other Supporting Characters
- Ascended Extra: While Eddie was by no means a minor character in canon, in this story he's designated to become a major character, and the author has continuously stated that they have plans for him.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Eddie is much more antagonistic than his canon counterpart, both to Barry and the Flash. The former because of Barry's own Adaptational Personality Change, which causes Eddie to perceive him as more of a threat to his relationship with girlfriend Iris, and the latter because he is darker and more brutal than the canon!Flash.
- Adaptational Jerkass: See above. Justified, again, by Barry's own personality change and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, which have impacted Iris' personality and overall life far more than his canon coma did.
- Black Sheep: Implied to be this to the Thawne family.
- Green-Eyed Monster: To Barry, mainly because Iris is much more open around him than she was with anybody else, including Eddie.
- Humiliation Conga: First, he continually fails to catch the Flash. Then, Iris leaves him over his single-minded focus on the Flash. Then he gets beaten up by the Flash even with his anti-speedster weapons, the police shut down the anti-Flash investigation, and his Anti-Flash Taskforce is turned into the Anti-Meta Taskforce, with explicit instructions to leave the Flash alone. And even when Iris does agree to renew their relationship, she refuses his offer to move in with him because she feels she needs space. It's hard not to see why Eddie still hates the Flash despite all the good the latter has done since then.
- Inspector Javert: To the Streak/Flash, with Barry even name-dropping the Trope Namer. He's absolutely furious when the hunt for the vigilante is called off in the aftermath of the Undertaking.
- Spared By Adaptation: Like Ronnie, survives the story's equivalent to The Flash Season One.
- Stalker Without a Crush: To the Streak/Flash.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Initially, as while the Streak/Flash has good intentions, it doesn't change the fact that he's subverting the law and murdering people. The sympathy decreases as his obsession with the Streak/Flash grows, however, and it begins to affect his personal life.
- Unknown Rival: He's this to both the Flash and Barry Allen.
- Eddie hates the Flash with a burning passion, and while the Flash is aware of it, he regards Eddie as a nuisance at best. This is why he doesn't bother to hamper Eddie's investigation as Barry.
- Eddie also doesn't like Barry because of how close he and Iris are. Barry doesn't really care about that either, since he has no plans to make a move on Iris himself.
- Workaholic: After he starts chasing after the Streak/Flash. It gets so bad that he and Iris even briefly break up over it.
- Ascended Extra: Of a sort; he appears far earlier than he does in canon, because Barry never busted him for tampering with evidence. That being said, thus far he's remained a background character.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Iris walks in on him making paper airplanes with their collective paperwork, and he's a definite Casanova Wannabe. However, in the true spirit of the trope, he's tolerated because he's also one of the best detectives that they have.
- Casanova Wannabe: Eddie and Iris note that not a week goes by without some woman entering the precinct to slap Ralph.
- Hidden Depths: Iris is surprised to learn he's well-versed in food culture, which Eddie explains by Ralph inviting many women to dinner dates.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Iris; even if she wasn't dating Eddie, she wouldn't give Ralph the time of the day.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: The entire precinct. It's all but stated that nobody likes Ralph, and only put up with him because, despite his many, many flaws, he's a damn good detective.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Unfortunately for Kara, he doesn't get the hint she's not looking for a relationship.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Kara. Her disinterest in romance is one reason, but it's hardly the only one.
- Nouveau Riche: His family is implied to be new money.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Downplayed. While Carter is a member of Starling City's elite and he has a number of significant accomplishments to his name, his family's pedigree is still nowhere near comparable to the Queens or the Merlyns. The narrative notes that the Bowens have to pull a lot of strings to get their progeny into Balliol; compare that to the Queens and Merlyns, who get theirs in on name and legacy alone.
- Social Climber: Implied, as an extension of Small Name, Big Ego above; it's insinuated that the reason Carter is so interested in Kara is because of her close association with the Queen family, particularly Oliver and Moira.
- Adaptational Badass: Joins the League of Assassins.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Either give up her vendetta and take a chance with Ra's al Ghul in hopes of joining the League of Assassins, or go to jail alongside her father (who will be taken down no matter what choice she makes). It doesn't take a genius to figure out what Helena chose.
- Put on a Bus: So far, hasn't been seen since she joined the League.
- Tragic Villain: Tried to kill her father, but that was because he murdered her fiance.
- Adult Fear: A bit of this when he subtly tries to discourage Oliver to work on renewing the Glades. Doing this took his wife's life, and now it threatens his son's.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Hood / Green Arrow. His relationship with Oliver is far more complicated.
- Archnemesis Dad: Neither he nor Oliver is aware of this little fact. Oliver only knows his godfather is a criminal who ruined his life, while Malcolm couldn't manage to unmask the Hood and as such only knows Oliver as his illegitimate son.
- Badass Normal: Gives Oliver a serious fight, though definitely not at his level.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Non-romantic version. He wants to tell Oliver that he is his father, but can't due to Robert and Moira forbidding it. That being said, Malcolm has been close to telling Oliver several times already but just can't seem to say it.
- Control Freak: He's really unhappy when his plans go awry and pratically throws tantrums when the Queens oppose him. Downplayed with his attempt to steer Oliver's business project away from the Glades — he's obviously distressed by Oliver's persistence but doesn't press.
- Cruel to Be Kind: After Tommy went into a downward spiral in the wake of Oliver's death, Malcolm cut him off to force him to clean himself up. It worked.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- For all his faults, Malcolm genuinely loves Tommy. One of the reasons he regretted Oliver's death is because of how badly it affected Tommy, who took years to get over it.
- He also deeply regretted causing the "death" of his godson Oliver, and was relieved when Oliver turned up alive. That fondness turns into love when he learns that Oliver is his biological son.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He destroyed Oliver's life by making him a castaway for ten years, and Oliver repays the favor by thwarting the Undertaking. Even before, almost killing Oliver had a component of this, due to their blood relation. And after, it means a scheme to avenge his beloved wife is ruined by the son he favours.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: To Oliver.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He never intended for Oliver to be lost at sea for ten years, the guilt of which was further exacerbated by the effect it had on Tommy. The feeling comes back with a vengeance when he learns Oliver is actually his illegitimate son.
- Never My Fault: Blames the Hood for Tommy being shot, even though it was Malcolm's fault that Tommy was put in that situation to begin with.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that the Hood not only recognizes him as a member of the League of Assassins, but is himself a member as well.
- Parental Favoritism:
- He's much more supportive and encouraging towards his godson Oliver than his own son Tommy. Guilt is implied to be a huge factor in his behaviour. Then he learns his blood relation to Oliver...
- Notably, Malcolm never acknowledges his failures as Tommy's father. With Oliver, however, he never tries to excuse his past behavior and actions, and does everything short of giving up the Undertaking to make it all up to him.
- Parental Neglect:
- Malcolm's obsession with the Undertaking caused him to neglect Tommy for several years; it was only after Oliver's "death" and Tommy's subsequent downspiral that he started acting like a father again. It rears its head again when Oliver reenters the picture, as Malcolm's guilt causes him to pay more attention to Oliver, especially after learning Oliver is his biological son.
- He's also technically guilty of this with Oliver, though to be fair to Malcolm, that's because he didn't know Oliver was his son to begin with. Once he finds out, he starts overcompensating the amount of time he spends with Oliver to make up with it.
- Parents as People:
- He does love Tommy and wants the best for him, but it leads him to be distant and hard to please.
- After learning Oliver is actually his illegitimate son, Malcolm tries to make up for unwillingly neglecting and almost killing him by involving himself more in Oliver's life.
- Pragmatic Villainy: While the entire Justice League worked together to stop the Undertaking, Malcolm is only focused on getting revenge on the Green Arrow as he knows he'd have no chance trying to take on the Flash, Vixen or Supergirl.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Lampshaded in the author's notes. While Malcolm is a genuinely dangerous individual, his combat level is significantly below the three leads (even without their powers), especially Oliver's, due to being older and only having two years of training. While Malcolm trains enough to maintain his current level, he has no one to push him to be even stronger like Oliver does with Barry and Kara and vice versa.
- "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: To his illegitimate son, Oliver. Originally it was subconscious and manifested as Parental Favoritism over Tommy, stemming from his guilt over essentially ruining Oliver's life. These impulses then became conscious and more pronounced after learning of their blood relation, and Malcolm takes more proactive attempts in steering Oliver's life to keep him safe.
- Arch-Enemy: To Barry Allen.
- Faux Affably Evil: Loses his polite demeanor when things don't go his way.
- Foil: To Astra and Malcom. Of the three main villains of Arcs I and II, Thawne is the only one who has no genuine fondness/love for his adversary — the closest he gets is grudging respect for Barry's intellect. He knows far more about what's going on with the three vigilantes than arguably the vigilantes themselves do; contrast that with Astra, who only ever found out about Kara working with the Streak/Flash, and Malcolm, who was completely blindsided by Oliver working with other vigilantes, figuring that he was just an agent of the League of Assassins. Finally, he's the only villain to never be completely defeated by his enemy — the three vigilantes and Firestorm all ganged up on him to capture him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even he has a poor opinion of Twilight.
- I Know You Know I Know: Was posed to have this situation with Barry, who knew that Eobard knew that Barry was the Flash. Barry then decided that would be a waste of time and revealed his identity to Eobard, Caitlin, and Cisco straight off the bat instead.
- Manipulative Bastard: The man manages to use the location of his hideout as a psychological weapon. Manipulative doesn't even begin to cover it.
- The Worf Effect: In their first fight, Barry manages to hold his own against him, but it became increasingly clear that he was outmatched; if it hadn't been for Eobard's speed shorting out, Barry would've assuredly lost.
- Worf Had the Flu: In one comment, the author explicitly calls him the most dangerous of the three main antagonists of Arc II, and rightfully so. He only tied with Barry in their first fight because his speed shorted out, and lost his second fight after being essentially ganged up on by the World's Best Warrior, two of the strongest metas on the planet, and a fully-trained Kryptonian, and even then it was a close thing. He didn't even lose the third fight. A portal literally appeared out of nowhere and sucked him in before there could be any real resolution to the conflict.
- Adult Fear: Astra spends years mourning her niece's supposed death, alongside their people. Years later, she finds said niece alive...as a ruthless killer. One can't really blame Astra for being so distressed when she learns and finally accepts the truth.
- Arch-Enemy: To her niece, Kara Zor-El.
- Broken Pedestal: A two-way example. Kara is disgusted when she learns about Astra's plans (and the fact that she had initially planned to do the same to Krypton before Alura imprisoned her), while Astra is horrified to learn about what kind of person Kara has become.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being on opposing sides, Astra still loves Kara, and spends most of Arc II planning to sway her niece to her side.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She really doesn't like Moira assuming a motherly role towards her niece.
- Pet the Dog: She may despise the House of El for their foolishness and goody-two-shoes idealism, but she prays for their souls after realizing they managed to save her beloved niece from Krypton's destruction. Also, she's willing to leave Kal-El alone, on the grounds that Kara loves him and he's only a child.
- Selective Obliviousness: Even after being explicitly told by her most trusted men, Astra almost outright refused to believe that her beloved Kara was a killer. She only accepts it after Kara kills Non.
- Spared by the Adaptation: She remains the Big Bad of Supergirl's storyline in Arcs I and II, and is spared by Kara at the end of said storyline out of sentiment.
- Stalker Without a Crush: She's very interested by any reports concerning Kara and outright spied on her twice — after believing her niece dead for so long, she treasures information about her and seeing her alive and well.
- Villainous BSoD: Gets one after Non is killed by Kara.
- We Can Rule Together: Kara correctly deduces that this is how she managed to get all the Fort Rozz prisoners to follow her. It's also brutally deconstructed by Kara, as she points that their idea of ruling differs from Astra's, and once they realized that, there would be no way they'd stand idly by.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to save the Earth from using up their resources like Krypton did, but plans on using Mind Control to do it.
- Bad Boss: She set up Isabel Rochev to be killed after fulfilling her goal as a Honey Trap to Tommy Merlyn.
- Cain and Abel: Made even worse by the fact she and Nyssa used to genuinely love each other. Nowadays she's only interested in killing her sister.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Classic Talia. Ra's favored her so much he allowed her to dip into the Lazarus Pit, but he actually never went so far as to name her Heir to the Demon.
- Dark Is Evil: Very much the "bad" daughter, and apparent founder of the League of Shadows.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The reason why she was cast out from the League? A man offended her, and she slaughtered his entire town as retaliation - even bystanders with nothing to do with the man himself. Even Ra's thought she went too far.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She used to be a Cool Big Sis to Nyssa, but baby sis quickly showed she was just as talented as big sis, and maybe even more skilled. Talia felt slighted, and it was the beginning of the end.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Isabel Rochev.
- Manipulative Bitch: She specifically sent Isabel to Starling to seduce Tommy, then had her killed in front of the building that used to be Rebecca Merlyn's old clinic to make him susceptible to her offer of joining the League of Shadows.
- Shrouded in Myth: Even the rares among the League to know of her aren't sure of her ultimate fate, only of the fact she's not with them anymore.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: She very much desired to become her father's heir, only for him to dismiss her because she was female. To add insult to injury, her younger sister showed hints of being Stronger Sibling and as such was favored over her.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Their extermination of the Martians is what caused J'onn to flee to Earth. Later, their impending invasion is what forces the Justice League to move up their time table in recruiting new members.
- Mind Control: They can control the minds of other beings via a Mind-Control Device which can be amplified through their telepathy.
- Co-Dragons: To Astra, with Indigo.
- Demoted to Extra: Non was the Big Bad of Supergirl Season One after Astra was killed. Here, he remains her Dragon.
- Killed Off for Real: His fate in Supergirl was left ambiguous due to the show's change in network. Here, he was explicitly killed by Kara.
- Obviously Evil: At least according to Kara. Even as a child, Kara could sense the darkness within him, which is why she had no regrets in killing him as an adult.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Astra. He philandered on the side, but he genuinely admires her.
- Underestimating Badassery: He dismisses Kara as a threat constantly. This changes somewhat after Kara kills some of his subordinates, but it's only after fighting Kara himself does he realize what kind of threat she really poses, and is killed soon after.
- Co-Dragons: To Astra, with Non.
- Logical Weakness: Indigo can travel to different locations via the Internet. Cutting the power of whatever room she's in effectively strands her unless someone has a smartphone handy.
- Working with the Ex: Her relationship with Non. It's not entirely clear if Astra was aware of their affair, however.
- Masquerade: Amunet deliberately keeps her status as a meta on the downlow so she won't attract the attention of the Flash, who specifically targets metahuman criminals. Most of the Central's criminal community abides by her wishes, as they don't want to risk the Flash finding her and crippling crime even more than he already has by taking her out.
- Villainous Friendship: With the Snarts, being their original fence for stolen goods before she struck out on her own.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Unlike canon!Snart, this Snart actively avoids the Flash, due to the latter being far more brutal and far more willing to kill. Since the Flash only bothers to kill dangerous metas however, Snart is technically in the clear, but that doesn't mean he's willing to push his luck as far as that is concerned.
- Properly Paranoid: After bad luck causes him to be captured by the Flash during one of his searches for the Reverse-Flash, Snart commissions the Cold Gun from Amunet in Arc III so that way he has some insurance in case he runs into him again.
- Villainous Friendship: With Amunet Black.
- Adaptational Villainy: Of a sort. Canon Isabel is implied to have genuinely loved Robert. This one is an explicit Gold Digger who never really cared for Robert so much as the life he could've given her.
- Big Bad Wannabe: She believes herself to be an equal to Talia, who was only using her to manipulate Tommy into joining the League of Shadows.
- Bitch Alert: Her first appearance in the story has her completely ignoring The Palm's chauffeur, shoving him away when handing over an arbitrarily large tip.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: To the public and especially to Tommy. To everyone else, not so much.
- The Dragon: She's in cahoots with Talia.
- Gold Digger: Her affair with Robert and her relationship with Tommy had the aim of one day standing at the top of Starling's elite.
- Honey Trap: To Tommy, on Talia's orders. She succeeds by helping him save his company and becoming his primary adviser, all the while seducing him by feigning that she's gradually growing feelings for him. After Tommy ends his friendship with Oliver and Laurel over the latter two's own romance, she plays the sympathetic ear, finally kissing him and becoming his girlfriend.
- Identical Stranger: Downplayed, but she superficially looks like Rebecca Merlyn. It was probably calculated to invoke Like Parent, Like Spouse on Tommy.
- One Degree of Separation: She is an ex-classmate and rival of Sam's. In fact, Sam was the one she beat out for the internship at Queen Consolidated.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Tommy's, to be specific. In canon they had no connection because Tommy was already dead by the time of Isabel's first appearance.
- The Resenter: Isabel has never gotten over the fact that Sam managed to start and head her own successful company before she could, and it's colored their dealings with each other over the years.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Sam.
- Woman Scorned: Which is why Robert and Moira are unsettled at her reappearance. They know she isn't just here for Tommy's sake.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Talia.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When she reports Tommy is so enamoured of her that he's about to propose, Talia promptly commands her murder to make the Merlyn heir more receptive to her manipulations.
- Your Cheating Heart: Before she died, she was planning to cheat on Tommy with her eventual murderer Adrian Chase.
A gang leader from the Glades who seeks to fill in the Evil Power Vacuum left by Green Arrow in the wake of the Undertaking.
- Arc Villain: Of the final mini-arc of Arc III.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: It's outright stated that it hadn't been for established crime families like the Bertinellis and the Triad, Brick would've been the ruler of Starling City's underworld. Instead, he had to put himself under Tobias Church's umbrella so he and his gang could have some form of autonomy.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Brick is a thug that could easily be beaten/killed by any member of the Justice League. However, he's a smart thug, smart enough that the only reason he wasn't higher on the totem pole is because the established powers of the underworld were keeping him down. Once Green Arrow took those powers out, Brick had the freedom to act on his ambitions while maintaining his low-profile, aided by Green Arrow being distracted by Justice League business. End result? Brick uses his connections to Tobias Church to start gang riots and metahuman attacks in four different cities simultaneously, forcing Green Arrow and Supergirl out of Starling to help quell them. He then takes advantage of their absences to take Balliol Prep hostage, threatening the lives of one thousands kids, their teachers, and the mayor in exchange for a truly exorbitant ransom (four million per head, which is approximately four billion dollars in total). If it hadn't been for Black Canary, a lot of those people would've been dead, Brick would've escaped with his gang and the west coast would've been drowning in drugs and weapons within the year.
- Underestimating Badassery: Black Canary had been directly interfering with his operations for months, even more so than Green Arrow, and yet when it's time to execute his plan, he disregards her completely, convinced that with the Justice League out of the way, he's in the clear. That comes back to bite him in the ass
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Via his introduction, it's confirmed that, like canon, he's the one that murdered Rebecca Merlyn.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Kidnaps and holds Barry and Iris hostage so he can vicariously relive his Glory Days through tormenting them. He's promptly curb-stomped by the Girl in Blue and gets the crap beaten out of him by the Streak.
- Mr. Exposition: He serves as a version of this to Barry regarding Iris' Dark and Troubled Past.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Which Barry promptly lampshades and mocks.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Barry killed Blackout himself, leaving Eobard no chance to release Tony and thereby sparing his life.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: His grudge against the Flash right from the beginning, due to the Flash killing Clyde instead of Joe.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While more destructive than the other metas Barry faces, he's ultimately taken down with little effort, and the only reason he doesn't join his brother in the afterlife is because Iris begged the Flash to spare him.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears for two chapters, but his actions are what leads Iris to figure out Barry's Secret Identity, straining their friendship.