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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.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
- While Oliver, Barry and Kara all eventually became close friends in canon, here they're a Family of Choice. In fact, an easy argument could be made that they're the most important people in each other's lives.
- Oliver had a romantic relationship with Shado in canon. Here, their relationship is purely platonic, with Shado seeing Oliver as something of a younger sibling/son.
- Slade and Oliver share a father-son relationship, as opposed to a brotherly one, that never fractures due to Shado dying independent of anything Oliver did. Also, Slade, who had never met Barry or Kara in canon, shares a similar relationship with each of them.
- 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 watches is almost a Running Gag.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Along with their canonical origin stories, the three of them were press-ganged into the League of Assassins when they were just teenagers, after already experiencing the traumatic losses of their two protectors on Lian Yu.
- Experienced Protagonist: All three protagonists are this upon their returns to Starling and Central, even more so in the case of Oliver. Combined with the fact that they have the full backing of two all-powerful organizations, most of the first three arcs of the story are curb-stomp battles. They don't really get challenged until Arc IV.
- Oliver is the most prized student of Ra's al Ghul and the only person that can claim to be his equal, above even Ra's' daughter Nyssa. Hence, he's well beyond Malcolm's skill level and his presence and obvious ties to the League put a massive wrench in Malcolm's plans. After finding out about the Undertake, all Oliver has to do is send his siblings after the earthquake devices while he kicks Malcolm's ass and drags him to the Glades so he can be publicly exposed.
- Barry is a brilliant and accomplished scientist, an assassin on par with Nyssa al Ghul and has full mastery of his speed, already being capable of throwing lightning bolts by the time he returns to Central City. This offsets Eobard, because he has no avenue that allows him to sink his claws into Barry, who is suspicious of him from the very beginning. On the other hand, Eobard is faster than Barry and has foreknowledge that outstrips even the protagonists, which is sufficient enough to keep him apace with Barry for the most part. Eventually, the entire situation turns into a Battle of Wits between them, that ends in no clear winner because of an outside party.
- Kara is also an assassin on par with Nyssa al Ghul and a Kryptonian with full control over her powers. Combined with her knowledge of Kryptonite, which Astra's forces had no idea even existed, she basically runs roughshod over all of them and Myriad never gets off the ground. Only Astra manages to put up a decent fight against her, and that was only because Kara was humoring her.
- 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.
- Good Is Not Soft: Oh, yes. They aren't afraid to torture and kill if necessary.
- 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.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land:
- Oliver. While he manages to adapt to daily life relatively easily and finds ways to fit in with his family and friends' lives, there is an underlying sense of bitterness over how much he missed out on, not just from him but from the people who care about him as well. Kara even points it out early on in the story during a meeting with Moira.Kara: Oliver lost ten years of his life. When he came back home, he saw that his seven-year old baby sister was almost an adult, that his irresponsible best friend was now an executive at his fathers company, and that his other closest friend had already moved on with her adult life, with a job and everything.
- Downplayed with Barry. Unlike Oliver, Barry didn't have a lot to go back to — the only ties he had left to Central City were his father and the Wests. If he hadn't sworn to somehow free his father from his wrongful imprisonment, he could've easily started over elsewhere while keeping in touch with Iris and Joe. This is particularly prevalent when Barry moves back into his old room at the West home. He calls it a "child's room", and, for better or for worse, Barry hadn't been a child in a long time.
- Oliver. While he manages to adapt to daily life relatively easily and finds ways to fit in with his family and friends' lives, there is an underlying sense of bitterness over how much he missed out on, not just from him but from the people who care about him as well. Kara even points it out early on in the story during a meeting with Moira.
- Trauma Conga Line: Along with Barry and Kara's canonical back stories, the two of them land on Lian Yu with Oliver. In short order, Oliver and Barry are tortured, the three are hunted down by mercenaries, and then they watch a mentor of theirs die while taking down said mercenaries. About six months later, after finally settling back into some normalcy on the island, Ivo arrives and press-gangs them into finding the Mirakuru, kills Shado, and then, in their attempt to take over Ivo's ship, are separated from Slade as it sinks, making them believe he was dead for years. Then they're rescued by Nyssa, only to be forcibly inducted into the League of Assassins and molded into killing machines. All things considered, it's no wonder they were so happy when they were released from the League's service and got to go home.
- 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 when they first meet.
- Unexpected Successor: They're completely floored to learn Ra's al Ghul put their names down as potential candidates to the Demon's Ring, mostly because they're no longer official members of the League by that point.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. This Oliver is much happier since he had three adopted siblings with him during his time away from home, didn't watch his dad commit suicide in front of him, and didn't have to live with the guilt of cheating on his long-time girlfriend with her sister. That still really isn't saying much considering he and his siblings got press-ganged into the League of Assassins after losing their two adoptive parental figures, but it's still pretty noticeable.
- 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.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He's this to Malcolm Merlyn, and he's utterly unaware of it.
- Badass Normal: Oliver might be purely human where Barry and Kara have powers, but Kara had no problem describing him as the strongest of the castaways as he kept them together when they might have otherwise given up, and Oliver continually proves himself to be a master tactician and 'big brother' to the others.
- 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. In fact, it's implied the reason why Oliver became so protective of Barry and later Kara and Kal as well is because they reminded him of his younger sister Thea, who he deeply missed.
- 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: 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".
- Love at First Sight: Upon finally confessing his feelings to Nyssa, he admits that he fell in love with her the moment he first saw her, after she saved him and his siblings from the sinking of the Amazo.
- Morality Pet: For Malcolm Merlyn, who feels awful for almost killing him and stranding him away from civilization for a decade and unwittingly neglecting him as his illegitimate son. Word of God revealed Malcolm actually would have hesitated to pursue the Undertaking if Oliver had unmasked as the Hood.
- Mythology Gag: One scene at a diner shows him perking up when he has the possibility to eat chili, only for his company to brutally shoot the possibility down. Comic book Ollie enjoys his chili so spicy the whole Justice League was incapacitated after tasting the dish (except for Batman, because he's the Goddamn Batman).
- 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. Then becomes an In-Universe One True Threesome with Nyssa at the end of Act II of Arc IV.
- Only Sane Man: A weird case. While he bickers a lot with Barry, forcing Kara to frequently break them up, he's also way more grounded than Kara in most instances.
- 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. And again, see Oblivious to Love above.
- 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. This was eventually confirmed by Oliver himself while stuck in the Dominators' Lotus-Eater Machine with Laurel, combined with him defeating their copy of Ra's.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted and played straight. Canon!Barry took until Season Four to make peace with his mother's death. This Barry made peace with it years ago, because of the even worse suffering he endured over his ten years away from home (which included the loss of two more parental figures and being forcibly inducted into a murder cult) made him realize that death is simply just another part of life. The only reason he had any real interest in the case anymore was because of his desire to get his father out of prison.
- 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.
- Instant Expert: Lampshaded and arguably subverted. Barry fully admits that he could probably figure out how to pilot a spaceship in a day or two. The problem is that it's not instant enough — as Kara points, they don't have a day or two for him to figure the controls out, as by that point Oliver and Laurel could both be dead. This is what eventually leads to them asking for Astra's help.
- Insufferable Genius:
Cisco: Has anyone told you how annoying it is when you do that?
- Another facet of Barry's personality the causes friction is that he has absolutely no issue showing off his intellect, especially his deductive ability.
Barry: Yes. Usually I just ignore them.
Caitlin: That explains a lot.
- This is even lampshaded by Ra's al Ghul. He outright states that Barry's greatest flaw is his arrogance to compensate with his sheer brilliance.
- Knife Nut: Barry's Weapon of Choice. There's rarely a fight where he hasn't thrown at least one knife.
- 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. After they reconcile, the idea of losing Barry again is her worst fear and she admits she'd rather die than live without him. This is cemented when Barry seemingly dies on live television. Iris is so distraught that she's on a verge of a complete breakdown in every single one of her appearances afterward, and when Zoom comes to kill her during the Final Battle, she doesn't even try to fight it and instead resigns herself to death, content in reuniting with Barry. When Barry saves her and then has to leave again to fight Zoom, she tells him she doesn't care about what he does to Zoom, only making him promise that he'd win and come back alive.
- 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.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The normally stoic and often arrogant Flash is immediately apprehensive the moment he meets Zoom. The following fight shows that his instincts were on point.
- 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.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Unlike Oliver and Kara, he figured out Laurel was Black Canary. He just never bothered to outright confirm it.
- 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.
- The Worf Effect: Gets absolutely manhandled by Zoom. Not only is he the first of the main trio to get completely and utterly defeated in such a fashion, but the loss also serves as the first sign that things are no longer going to be so easy for the heroes from now on.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Bad enough she had to watch her entire planet die while being tasked with protecting her baby cousin, but then she lands on a foreign planet, stranded on a death trap of an island with few allies for company. Then the Amazo arrives, and it all goes downhill from there.
- 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 Emotional Crutch: To everyone in the family, but especially to Kara. Kara fully admits that all the terrible things she did on Lian Yu and as an assassin were specifically to protect him. Even her decision to finally leave the organization with Oliver and Barry — as she puts it, the League was no place for a child.
- Living MacGuffin:
- 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 among 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, and he's enjoying The Hunger Games at ten years old.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Canon Slade had it bad. This Slade had it way, way worse. He loses the woman he loved, was separated from his adoptive kids for years (with both sides presuming each other dead), and got stuck with Oliver's stints in Hong Kong, Shadowspire, and Russia (only one of which ended better than it did in canon). Then, when he's rescued and reunited with his son Joe, when things are finally looking up, Amanda Waller shows up, shoots out his eye, and threatens to murder Joe and his until-then-unknown son Grant unless he joins Task Force X, forcing him to abandon his son again.
- 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.
- Present Absence: Even after she is long dead, she still has a presence in the story, mostly through Slade's relationship with the leads. She later appears as a hologram in the Dominators' Lotus-Eater Machine, urging Oliver to continue watching and protecting their shared adoptive family.
- Sadistic Choice: Instead of Oliver, she is the one forced by Ivo to choose which member of her family will die, with Oliver and Barry as the 'options'. Obviously, Shado refused to choose and was driven to tears when Ivo tried to force her anyway.
- 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.
- Parental Substitute: Invoked when he offers to help Sam pay for Ruby's ransom during the Baliol hostage crisis when Sam expresses her fear that she can't get that amount of cash together herself, he and Moira affirming that Sam and Ruby's close friendship with Kara and Kal basically makes her family as far as they're concerned.
- 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.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She gets the Canary Cry thanks to the Dark Matter Explosion, and finally activates it in the Final Battle against her doppelganger Black Siren.
- 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.
- Love Epiphany: Realizes she has feelings for Nyssa in addition to her love for Oliver while stuck in the Dominators' Lotus-Eater Machine.
- 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. Arc IV takes it further when she acquires her Canary Cry after exposure to the dark matter explosion, allowing her to overpower Black Siren.
- 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 Wimp: Never had the League training that her canon counterpart had.
- Demoted to Extra: Since she was never on the Gambit with Oliver, and the Legends don't exist in this reality.
- Nice Girl: Dedicated to helping people wherever she can.
- Ship Tease: With Tommy. They're shown to be close friends even though Sara no longer lives in Starling City. The Lotus-Eater Machine the Dominators use on Oliver and Laurel even shows them together as a couple, suggesting that Oliver and Laurel also noticed the possibility of something happening between them.
- Walking the Earth: Does this to help others.
- 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.
- Badass in Distress: Talia sends an assassin after her in her own home in Arc IV. While Iris puts up a good fight, she would've been killed had it not been for Barry's intervention.
- The Bait: Ultimately, the attack on her was to draw Barry, along with Oliver and Kara, back to Nanda Parbat so Talia can kill them.
- 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. Later becomes Rebuilt Pedestal in Arc IV.
- 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.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Barry. Something she comes to realize after her Love Epiphany.It was you. It was you all along.
- 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.
- Friend or Idol Decision: After she reconciles with Barry in Arc IV, Iris is quickly faced with this dilemma. She can't exactly have a best friend who is the Flash and a boyfriend who hates the Flash, and realizes that after Eddie botches a hostage situation that gets Barry captured by Zoom's men and starts ranting about the Flash again. Ultimately, she chooses Barry, because even without him her relationship with Eddie was going nowhere.
- 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.
- Jerkass Realization: She finally realizes how unfair she's been to Joe after learning about Barry's full past as an assassin, and swears to apologize and make it up to him somehow.
- Love Epiphany: Finally realizes that she loves Barry after witnessing his apparent death in battle with Zoom and then nearly being killed by Zoom herself. Later introspection upon her reaction to Barry's first "death" when they were fourteen has her realize that she's been in love with Barry since the very beginning.
- Morality Chain: She managed to persuade the Flash to spare a criminal, twice. Partially he acted out of pragmatism, but it's still noticeable.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The fact that she called Joe Dad during the period she disowned him indicates just how happy she is when he told her that Barry is alive.
- 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.
- Trauma Conga Line: As lampshaded by the author, Arc IV is terrible to Iris. She watches her best friend get nearly killed three times, with one of those times causing her to actually believe he was dead, she gets held hostage and attacked by Reverb, her relationship with Eddie falls apart and they break up, then Eddie is sent into a coma soon afterward, and even her partner gets injured. By the time Zoom kidnaps her with the intent to kill her, she's so broken that she faces it fearlessly, taking comfort in the fact that she'd be reunited with Barry (who she didn't know was alive). Thankfully, Barry saves her right afterward.
- 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, and they break up permanently in Arc IV. Not long afterward, the following traumatic events help Iris realize who the person she's really been in love with all this time is: Barry.
- 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. And now his girlfriend has been murdered by someone who purposely emulated his mother's murder, right before Tommy was going to propose to her.
- 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he's wrong to cut the Queens and Lances out of his life, Oliver and Laurel had just spent all of their time together flaunting their budding relationship despite knowing that Tommy still has feelings for her. When Tommy was just hoping for a friendly dinner that would make him forget that the entire city currently hates him for something he didn't even do, there's only so much sidelining that he was going to take before he finally snapped.
- 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 it's heavily implied that the serum that saved him is driving him mad), 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.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Even the guards at his prison like him enough to bend the rules for him so he can hug his long lost son, and they're shown to be supportive of him when he's released from prison.
- 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.
- 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.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's notably more enlightened and heroic than most versions of Ra's al Ghul, including the version he was based on.
- 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 Loved Ones: He truly cherished his firstborn Talia, in spite of the fact she was growing more and more monstrous to the point that even he couldn't ignore her deeds anymore. Even so, Ra's merely ordered her banishment instead of her death.
- 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. He only chose his successors between his two daughters because he didn't have enough time to sire a son.
- 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. As later pointed out, he basically press-ganged three traumatized teenagers into his murder cult and more-or-less brainwashed them to be his personal assassins. The trio fully recognize what he did to them was inexcusable, but refuse to retaliate due to a variety of factors, including some lingering conditioning.
- Parental Favoritism: He favors Nyssa over Talia, mostly because this version of Talia is too evil even for his tastes.
- 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.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Ra's understands the world is constantly changing and evolving, so the League needs to adapt in order to survive in the modern era. It leads him to buck tradition to giving Barry free reign to instruct his ninjas in techno matters or establishing a succession order to his position as the Demon.
- Secretly Dying: In Arc IV, he confesses that the Lazarus Pit no longer works for him, and his age is catching up to him.
- Spanner in the Works: His decision to create a line of succession including the main trio screwed with Talia's initial plan, which was to kill him and Nyssa, take over the League, and then kill the trio. She was forced to modify it so she could kill all five of them in one go, otherwise she wouldn't be able to take over the League due to them being officially declared heirs.
- Virtue Is Weakness: Believes in this to some extent, stating that one of Kara's greatest weaknesses (if not her greatest) is her compassion.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Amanda is a bitch of the highest order, but when confronted by the likes of Zoom, she refuses to be painted with the same brush as him, pointing out all her terrible actions had a purpose. Zoom, meanwhile, is just an asshole to everyone to get his rocks off.
- Good Is Not Nice: Her methods are borderline sociopathic and very much reprehensible, but she did create the Justice League.
- He Knows Too Much: Waller knows everything about the main characters' past operations. As Oliver bluntly put, "[She knows] too much". Unfortunately she's made herself untouchable.
- I Am the Noun: When she's called a bitch, her response is a Slasher Smile and a declaration that she is The Bitch, and damn proud of it.
- 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" or "The Bitch."
- 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, although this starts to shift after Thawne is taken out of the picture.
- Only Sane Man: Often the mediator between Cisco and Barry.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: To Killer Frost.Caitlin: This is Central City. Everyday of our lives is the impossible. (blasts Frost with her new ice powers)
- Took a Level in Badass: Arc IV sees Caitlin manifest ice powers while facing her Earth-2 counterpart.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Does not die at the end of the story's equivalent to The Flash Season One.
- Action Dad: Downplayed. He is the father of Lily and still Firestorm, but he didn't become a Legend, he isn't as involved into heroics like in canon.
- 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.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite not becoming a Legend, he still becomes a dad.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With his partner, Ronnie Raymond.
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
- Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
- Nate Heywood / (Citizen) Steel
- Zatanna Zatara
- Anissa Pierce / Thunder
- Astra In-Ze / Archangel
- Cisco Ramon / Vibe
- Hartley Rathaway / Pied Piper
- Ronnie Raymond / Firestorm A
- Martin Stein / Firestorm B
- 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. It later turned out to be Hal, meaning that three of the Original Seven are now part of the League. 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 complement 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.
- Nice Guy: He's not horrified or repulsed when the Trinity finally out themselves as former members of the League of Assassins, telling them they were only kids thrown in awful circumstance who did their best to stay alive and genuinely try to do good nowadays.
- Shock and Awe: His main ability.
Other Supporting Characters
- Abusive Parents: Both of them are emotionally abusive towards their son and diminish his accomplishments to his face.
- 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.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: He never befriends Barry; instead, their relationship is frosty, only being polite to each other for Iris' sake. He also never gets over his hatred of the Flash, not helped by the Flash never apologizing to him or saving his life.
- Black Sheep: Implied to be this to the Thawne family.
- Freudian Excuse: Eddie has a nastier side of his personality brought about by two overbearing parents, scorn over his decision to join the police, and the constant fear of losing everything he's gained.
- Green-Eyed Monster: To Barry, mainly because Iris is much more open around him than she was with anybody else, including Eddie.
- Hidden Depths: It is revealed that he was a skilled fencer before becoming a detective.
- 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.
- Revenge Before Reason: During the hostage situation Zoom's gang is having with Iris and the Flash, Eddie can't help but jump the gun because he finally has a warrant for the latter's arrest, and ends up causing the Flash's capture and nearly leaves the city to Zoom's clutches. It's at this point that Iris finally gives up on Eddie and breaks up with him.
- Spared By Adaptation: Like Ronnie, survives the story's equivalent to The Flash Season One.
- Stalker Without a Crush: To the Streak/Flash.
- Smug Snake: Eddie's an experienced detective who's quickly established, despite his demeanor, to be way in over his head in dealing with the Flash, has an obsession with him that no one takes seriously, and doesn't realize the effects of his actions until it's almost too late.
- 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.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Zigzagged. Ralph is still alive in canon, but he originally died in the Particle Accelerator explosion before being revived due to Flashpoint, neither of which happened here.
- 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.
- The Bus Came Back: She finally returns in Arc IV, appealing to Laurel and the rest of the Justice League to save Nanda Parbat from the League of Shadows.
- 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.
- Ascended Extra: The biggest example in Arc IV. A minor character in canon who only had a major role in two episodes, Dante and his doppelganger Rupture are both integral parts of the conflict between Zoom and the Justice League, with Dante even joining the Final Battle and getting his own metahuman powers.
- 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. In addition, one of the reasons why he remained Talia's captive is because she had Tommy as a virtual hostage.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His reaction to Talia slaughtering fifty innocent girls just because one of them insulted her looks was to beg Ra's to release him from his vow and flee Nanda Parbat.
- Hijacked by Ganon: With Tommy's help, he usurps control of the League of Shadows from Talia and sets himself up as one of the main villains of Arc V.
- 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 favors.
- Like a Son to Me: How he saw Oliver, before learning that Oliver really was his son.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: To Oliver.
- Manipulative Bastard: Lampshaded by the author. Even when he's trying to help Tommy, he still can't keep himself from manipulating the situation to his advantage.
- 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 behavior. 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 unwittingly neglecting and almost killing him by involving himself more in Oliver's life.
- Pet the Dog: He decides not to tell Tommy about his suspicions about Tommy's deceased lover Isabel being in cahoots with Talia to manipulate him because the woman was dead and it would break Tommy's heart (provided Tommy believed him).
- 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.
- Ironically, despite that, he never manages to really manipulate Barry. Because Barry is an Experienced Protagonist who spent eight years with the cutthroat League of Assassins, he doesn't need Eobard as a mentor and thus, has no reason to trust him. In fact, Barry is suspicious of him from the beginning and doesn't even try to hide it. Even the aforementioned psychological weapon fails to take thanks to Barry having made peace with his mother's death years ago.
- 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. When she makes her reappearance, she subtly implies that, as much as she loves Kara, she also hates her for taking everything away from her: her husband, her army, and her plans are all gone thanks to her niece.
- Ascended Extra: In canon, she was the Disc-One Final Boss of Season One of Supergirl. Here, she remains the Big Bad, and survives past her storyline, eventually becoming a reluctant ally of the heroes in Arc IV and even becoming a member of the Justice League under the superhero identity "Archangel".
- 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.
- The Bus Came Back: She's Put on a Bus to prison towards the end of Arc II, and only reappears at the beginning of Arc IV when the heroes need her help.
- 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. When she reappears, she admits that she doesn't care about her freedom because she has nothing left except Kara and, to a lesser extent, Kal-El.
- For all their problems, she genuinely loved Non, and was devastated when Kara killed him.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She really doesn't like Moira assuming a motherly role towards her niece.
- HeelFace Turn: In Arc IV, joining the Justice League by the end of the Zoom storyline.
- Parents as People: Astra loves Kara, but she's also a racist Well-Intentioned Extremist general. Kara and her don't really reconcile until Astra grows out of those traits.
- 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.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's initially unclear if the Hunter Zolomon who is encountered as a teacher is the Earth-1 version or the villainous Earth-2 incarnation, although it's soon confirmed that he replaced his Earth-1 self.
- To Barry. Amazingly, he managed to earn Barry's undying hatred in a mere matter of weeks. Not only that, it's outright stated that Barry has never hated anyone else more in his entire life, and considering the downright awful people that have made Barry's life hell over the years, that's saying a lot.
- To the Justice League in general, being the first villain to defeat them and force them to retreat.
- Big Bad: Of the final act of Arc IV.
- Crippling Overspecialization: When Barry expresses concern that Zoom's greater speed gives him too great an advantage, Iris encourages Barry to instead consider it a weakness, as Zoom only has his speed as an asset where Barry has his training and his allies.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Just like the source material, his first appearance sees him brutalizing the Flash in a way no one else has.
- The Dreaded: Everyone on Earth-2 is terrified of him. Even his own forces, who hate each other, suck it up and work together for fear of displeasing him.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The heroes encounter Zoom's lost helmet first as opposed to Zoom himself.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Zoom apparently believes that Barry and the Justice League are establishing themselves as heroes just to destroy that hope later, much like he did when he established his other identity as Jay Garrick.
- Evil Is Petty: Zoom reveals that he's intending to torment Barry just because it took so long to find out the Flash's secret identity that he wasn't able to use Barry's speed to restore his own. Barry rightly calls him out on it, saying he's even pettier than the notoriously petty Talia al Ghul.
- Eviler Than Thou: He's worse than literally every villain in the story up to Act III of Arc IV. This is made all the more clear when he manages to cow the entire population of Iron Heights into working for him.
- For the Evulz: He's going to conquer Earth-1 for no other reason than because "I can."
- The Ghost: He's hinted at in Arc III but did not make an actual appearance (provided the Hunter Zolomon that has appeared thus far is not him) until partway into Arc IV. The main characters didn't even know he existed until he finally showed up.
- Hate Sink: Zoom was already one in canon, but the author somehow manages to make him even more horrible by having him show Barry a video of torturing Jay Garrick, aka the doppelganger to Henry Allen.
- Humanoid Abomination: He's often addressed as a "what" instead of a "who". Barry even calls him a monster the first time he sees him, which, considering the kind of life this Barry has led so far, is really saying something.
- Jerkass: By far the most unpleasant person in the story by Arc IV.
- Kick the Dog:
- Murdered Jesse Wells in front of her father Harry, even after Harry did everything he asked and gave him what he wanted.
- He managed to top that with what is probably the biggest Kick the Dog move in the story thus far: showing Barry a video of him torturing and murdering Jay Garrick of Earth-3, the alternate earth counterpart to Barry's father Henry Allen.
- Gleefully laughs into the faces Earth-2's public after his ruse as "Jay Garrick" is exposed by Barry, relishing in how he tricked them all.
- Knight of Cerebus: The heroes are still riding high off their defeat of the Dominators three months prior, and things seem to finally be going back to normal. Then Zoom appears, gives Barry a public No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, and makes a vow on live TV to bring Central City under heel and crush the Justice League. After that, the story quickly takes a turn for the dark again with no signs of letting up any time soon.
- Outside-Context Problem: Again, none of the characters knew he even existed before he actually appeared. His appearance and subsequent thrashing of Barry stuns and horrifies everyone, leaving many badly shaken and the Justice League on high alert for his location.
- Sadist: Tortured and murdered Jay Garrick for kicks. He said it was For Science!, but Barry wasn't fooled.
- Super Speed: He is the second speedster rival for Barry, as in canon.
- Villain Takes an Interest: During one of his first appearances, an entire arc and some thirty or so chapters before he makes a full one in the story proper, sees him watching Barry running around as the Flash with a great amount of interest. This later turned out to be the impetus for the last act of Arc IV: Zoom had initially wanted to steal Barry's speed to cure himself, but his failure to discover Barry's Secret Identity in time forced him to use Jay Garrick's instead. Zoom was so annoyed about the wasted time that he decided to conquer Barry's earth in retaliation.
- You Monster!: Even the otherwise hardened and plucky Barry can't quite grasp the magnitude of Zoom's evil, and hits back at the villain's attempt to pull a "Not So Different" speech by saying that nothing in his own past could make him the sort of monster Zoom is.
- Adaptational Villainy: This Talia takes after her darkest comic book portrayal.
- Antagonistic Offspring: She's hell-bent on reclaiming the League of Assassins from her father, considering it as her birthright. On Ra's al Ghul's side, he thinks Talia is too unstable, petty and bloodthirsty to be a worthy successor (on top of being female).
- Arch-Enemy: To her sister, Nyssa al Ghul.
- Bad Boss: She set up Isabel Rochev to be killed after fulfilling her goal as a Honey Trap to Tommy Merlyn.
- Big Bad: She's the main antagonist of Act II of Arc IV.
- 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.
- The Chessmaster: The narrative states that while Nyssa is a superior warrior, Talia is much more cunning, and Arc IV shows that is not hyperbole. She sent Isabel to seduce Tommy so she could convince Tommy to join the League of Shadows after Isabel's death, explicitly to use him as a hostage against Malcolm to force the location of the second Lazarus Pit out of him. She then planned to kill her father and Nyssa and take over the League of Assassins, using the second Lazarus Pit as a bribe to entice any potential dissenters into joining her. After that, she planned to send an assassin after Iris to draw the main trio to Nanda Parbat where she could have them killed as well.
- 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:
- Her reaction to a harem girl making a passing insult at her looks is to slaughter the entire harem (fifty girls in total) on top of her original target: the warlord they were servicing. Malcolm Merlyn was so disgusted that he quit the League then and there.
- 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.
- Eviler Than Thou:
- Malcolm outright admits that she is worse than he could ever hope to be.
- Ra's al Ghul considers her to be this, which says all that needs to be said.
- Fatal Flaw: Arrogance. Talia is a competent schemer and a skilled combatant, but her tendency to assume she's already won before she actually has tends to bite her in the ass.
- For Want of a Nail: In this timeline, she never got the opportunity to meet Bruce and fall in love with him, so he wasn't able to be the light to her darkness, leading Talia to sink further into depravity.
- The Ghost: She's offhandedly mentioned in the prologue, but isn't fully introduced to the narrative until Arc III, and doesn't make a real appearance until Arc IV.
- 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.
- Half-Truth: How she gets Tommy to join her. She exposes Adrian as the one who murdered Isabel and the man the police captured as simply one of his lackeys. She just fails to mention that Adrian did it on her orders.
- I Have Your Wife: The entire saga with Tommy was just so she could use him as an unknowing hostage against Malcolm.
- Killed Off for Real: After her assault on Nanda Parbat fails, she's murdered by Tommy for ordering Isabel's death and her body is burned so that way she can't be revived by the Lazarus Pit.
- 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 oldest members among the League to know of her aren't sure of her ultimate fate, only of the fact she's not with them anymore.
- The Unfavorite: In contrast to canon, Talia is Ra's' least favored child, because she's too evil even for his tastes. Not only does he favor Nyssa over her, he favors the leads over her too.
- "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, even though she was also female. Talia has never gotten over the rejection, and it is what drives her grudge against both of them.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Her reaction to Ra's declaring a line of succession is to simply draw the new potential rivals to Nanda Parbat so she can kill them, him, and Nyssa in one fell swoop. She was planning on killing them anyway, Ra's just forced her to move up the time table.
- Big Bad: For the first third of Arc IV.
- 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.
League of Shadows
- 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.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Deliberately invoked by Malcolm Merlyn, who suspects that she was manipulating his son on Talia's orders, but refuses to voice his suspicions because he knows it would break Tommy's heart.
- 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 enamored 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.
- Demoted to Extra: The original Big Bad of Season 5 of Arrow kills himself after losing to Oliver in their first and only battle via cyanide tooth.
- The Dragon: Talia's prized student and primary enforcer.
- Kick The Bitch: Murders Isabel Rochev. Considering Isabel planned on ruining the Queens and was deliberately manipulating Tommy to that end and was even planning on cheating on Tommy with Adrian, it's hard to feel sorry for her.
- The Dragon: She gets the most focus out of all of Zoom's forces and is explicitly stated to be Zoom's top lieutenant, equaled only by Reverb.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Still loves her deceased family, and is still very much in love with her Oliver. This throws her off when she has to impersonate her Earth-1 counterpart, whose loved ones are alive.
- Evil Doppelgänger: To Laurel Lance, the Black Canary.
- The Resenter: Makes it blatantly clear how much she hates her Earth-1 counterpart for having a better life than her.
- Undying Loyalty: To Zoom.
- Evil Doppelgänger: To Cisco Ramon.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deeply loves his wife Killer Frost. Amanda torturing her is enough to get him to confess everything he knows about Zoom's plans.
- Evil Doppelgänger: To Ronnie Raymond. Also technically one to Martin Stein, though Earth-2 Martin Stein is currently a virtual captive of Earth-2 Ronnie.
- Evil Doppelgänger: To Caitlin Snow.
- Beneath Notice: He manages to keep his cover as Earth-1 Dante for weeks even after the Justice League manages to suss out the other doppelgangers by taking advantage of Dante's poor relationship with Cisco. It helped that his file in the Earth-2 metahuman database was deleted, meaning that none of them were aware Dante had a metahuman doppelganger to begin with.
- Evil Doppelgänger: To Dante Ramon.
- Evil Is Petty: Decides to murder his doppelganger simply because he found impersonating Dante to be an annoying drag.
- 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.
- Eviler Than Thou: On the receiving end with Zoom.
- 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.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Books it with his sister and Mick after the Justice League manage knock out the invading metas.
- Villainous Friendship: With Amunet Black.
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.