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The League of Shadows

An organization of assassins founded and run by super villain Ra's Al Ghul, until Deathstroke took over.
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Leadership

    Deathstroke 

Current Members

    Lady Shiva 

Lady Shiva (Sandra Wu-San)

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"There's power to be drawn from grace, from serenity."

Species: Human

Voiced by: Gwendoline Yeo

The Light's new chief enforcer.


  • Action Mom: Though it was never outright stated in the first half of season 3, she is Cassandra Cain's mom. She's also the deadliest woman on the planet.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: She seems much more stoic and less of a Blood Knight than her comic self.
  • Affably Evil: Shiva is as polite as she is ruthless; she engages in a calm, civil discussion with Ocean Master, then swiftly kills him when he rejects her offer to settle the matter peaceably.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy:
    • The Light's previous two enforcers, Sportsmaster and Deathstroke, were white men, while she is an Asian-American woman.
    • Also, she takes over as the Sensei. Her predecessor is male.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: While calm and controlled at all times, the sheer confidence and pride with which she holds herself screams this. She very specifically wants to beat Katana in a sword fight to demonstrate her superiority as a fighter.
  • Badass Normal: While seemingly without metahuman powers, she is able to kill Ocean Master in seconds. Though in the comics, Shiva and Cassandra regularly push the boundaries of not being meta-humans.
  • Blood Knight: Although less evident than in the comics, Shiva, true to form, still clearly enjoys battle. She spends her duel with Katana with a smile on her face as she boasts of claiming the Soultaker for herself.
  • Cleavage Window: It's diamond-shaped.
  • Composite Character: Is an assassin and wears a similar outfit to her Post-Crisis self, but like her Pre-Crisis counterpart she uses a sword instead of her bare hands.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's noted to be the most dangerous woman alive, and for good reason.
  • The Dragon: To the Light now that Deathstroke is the Dragon Ascendant. Also, to Deathstroke himself, more personally within the League of Shadows.
  • Dragon Lady: As is the norm.
  • The Dreaded: Oracle calls her the “Deadliest Woman in the World,” and she lives up to that reputation. Deathstroke, a Super Soldier who managed to join the Light’s inner circle and is her boss, even quickly apologizes when he accidentally insults her while politely inquiring how she’s juggling being an enforcer and teacher, and even lets her get away with a blatant, if polite, threat.
  • Evil Matriarch: She's the mother of Cassandra Cain, and if her comics counterpart holds true here, Shiva is in the running as one of the worst moms in the DC Universe.
  • Evil Mentor: She’s the new Sensei of Deathstroke’s incarnation of the League of Shadows, on top of being the Light’s main enforcer.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Beheading Ocean Master, a would-be usurper of his brother's throne, and who nearly committed a mass murder of the League's spouses and children.
  • Lady of War: She carries herself with a tranquil, polite demeanor, fights in a fluid style, and is reputed as a martial arts grandmaster and the most dangerous woman alive. She invokes this when training members of the League of Shadows.
    Lady Shiva: There's power to be drawn from grace, from serenity.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: When she calls out Katana, both of them quietly march over to an open space, bow to each other, and then begin a proper duel. It doesn't last long, as Metamorpho moves in to help Katana when things start going south, but the sentiment was there; Lady Shiva wanted to win a fair fight. This is in line with Shiva's character; for as ruthless as she is, Shiva wants to win a fight properly to prove herself legitimately superior. In many cases, being a Combat Pragmatist is your best bet to outfighting her, as Batman proves.
  • Master Swordswoman: Capable of decapitating an Atlantean with a single sword stroke, and she outright states she’s a superior sword wielder to Katana, who not only has to Dual Wield to keep pace, but eventually switches opponents with Metamorpho before they and Batman simply retreat. Katana is a Master Swordswoman hero, and she does better against Deathstroke than she does against Shiva.
  • Pride: Shiva is quite confident in and proud of her abilities, boasting of her swordfighting skills as she duels Katana. While she handles it calmly, she also proves that she's not fond of any implication that she's not as good as she believes herself to be; when Deathstroke inadvertently questioned Shiva's abilities, she gave him a Death Glare and ended their conversation with a veiled threat. Deathstroke was wise enough not to call her on the comment.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Shiva's outfit is primarily red and black, and she accentuates the look with her dark hair, a black-bladed sword, and black lipstick; all of this helps to sell her as a villain at a mere glance.

    Bane 

Bane

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"No one gets on or off Santa Prisca without Bane knowing."

Species: Human

Voiced by: Danny Trejo ("Drop Zone"), Eric Lopez (Legacy)

A supervillain who uses a strength-enhancing steroid known as "Venom" to increase his strength and body mass.


  • Adapted Out: His history as a nemesis of Batman is gone for this version of the character. Word of God confirms that they have never met prior to Season 1 and 2. Their brief confrontation during Season 3 appears to be the first meeting between the two.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed example. Bane in the comics is one of the smartest and most formidable members of Batman's Rogues Gallery. Whilst this series does show him to be somewhat intelligent, its mostly in the opportunistic sense rather than the schemer from the comics and he doesn't seem to have any further ambitions for himself other than being in control of Santa Prisca. His strength and combat abilities seem somewhat downplayed as well. His debut features him on the losing side of a Curb-Stomp Battle with Mammoth. In the comics, Bane came out on top when he and Mammoth met. He also loses to Robin and Zatanna later on.
  • Batman Gambit: A small-scale one, he guides the team into routing out the warehouse for him, then attempts to entomb them in a tunnel when they can't do the job in order to get the League to intervene. He reasons he can clean up once the dust settles.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Bane's attempts at conning the Team into doing his dirty work fall apart amazingly quickly, and in the end, all he can do is watch and be enraged while his Venom-producing operation goes up in smoke.
  • Caught Monologuing: What leads to his defeat in Drop Zone. Bane chooses to partake in some Evil Gloating to the Team, explaining how he manipulated them to ensure he would take back his island, intending to blow them up with explosives, visibly holding a detonator. He does this whilst talking to persons whose powers include Super Speed, Telekinesis, and Super Strength. Predictably, they use these combination of powers to remove the explosive threat and then take Bane down.
  • Expressive Mask: One of the most expressive in the series. At times, it almost looks like face-paint.
  • Genius Bruiser: One of the few times he's portrayed as this outside of the comics.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Refers to the Team as "such clever ninos" (Spanish for "children").
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: Whenever he injects himself with Venom.
  • Guttural Growler: Bane's voice makes him sound like he gargles with thumbtacks.
  • Psychic Static: Recites Spanish and football scores in his head to block out Miss Martian's mind reading abilities.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Wears a black undershirt.
  • Super Serum: The Venom drug, which gives the user immense strength and muscle.
  • Super Strength: When he's on Venom.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Whilst not quite to the level of his comic counterpart, Season 3 shows him having abandoned his Venom addiction, and Bane puts up a serious fight against Batman that the Dark Knight is forced to make a retreat from.
  • Villain Team-Up: Provides security for Luthor on his island in exchange for Apokolyptian technology in "Usual Suspects".
  • The Worf Effect: Gets curbstomped by Mammoth.

    Black Spider 

Black Spider (Eric Needham)

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"Why do they always run? Do I need better quips?"

Species: Human

Voiced by: Josh Keaton

A spider-themed assassin.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: The original Black Spider has practically no humor and acts as Knight Templar, whereas this version is a wisecracking assassin.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While his comics counterpart was also a villain, he was a Serial-Killer Killer who only targeted other criminals, and in fact wanted to be allies with Batman but his willingness to kill put him at odds with the Caped Crusader. Here, he's affiliated with the League of Shadows, and takes part in multiple missions that involve the deaths of innocents, even showing delight as he carries out an assassination on a completely innocent target.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: This version has a Spider-Man-like power set derived from a special suit. The original version is a Badass Normal who mainly relies on martial arts, knives, and sometimes guns. While the original did take some inspiration from Spidey, it's made much more obvious here.
  • Age Lift: Confirmed to be 22, whereas his comics counterpart is usually somewhere in his thirties.
  • All There in the Manual: He's the Eric Needham version of Black Spider according to Greg Weisman.
  • Building Swing: How he gets around.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being subdued in his second appearance, and missing the entirety of Invasion, Black Spider makes a reappearance in Outsiders.
  • Captain Ersatz: Despite being based on a DC character named Black Spider, he's Spider-Man if Spider-Man was evil. He makes wise cracks during battle, he's voiced by Josh Keaton, and he even refers to swinging through the city as 'web slinging.' Of course, "Evil Spider-Man" was pretty much the premise for the original comic character as well.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He jokes around and even asks if Artemis and Green Arrow would just let him kill Jones and go about his business. He's still an assassin with no qualms about murdering a man in front of his daughter. In Outsiders, he acts very chummy with an assassination target, telling him that he deserved to have a grand old time in a nightclub... because this is to be his last night on Earth.
  • Grappling-Hook Gun: His webshooters.
  • Harmful to Minors: He had absolutely no qualms about trying to kill Bernell Jones with his daughter watching, despite Jones' pleas to spare her the image. Fortunately, Artemis and Green Arrow save Bernell's life and incapacitate the assassin.
  • In Name Only: This version of Black Spider is basically an evil Spider-Man as opposed to a direct adaptation of the comics.
  • Noodle Incident: He was captured in the first season and remained as such, missing the entirety of Invasion. However, he evidently broke out offscreen, as he's out and about with the League of Shadows again, but the details aren't known.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Traditionally a Batman villain, here he never menaces him but rather the Team.
  • Scary Black Man: Though it's never shown onscreen, he is Eric Needham who is (traditionally) African-American.
  • Wall Crawl: Spider powers and what have you.
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    The Hook 

The Hook

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Species: Human

An assassin with a mechanized right hook.


    Professor Ojo 

Professor Ojo

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Species: Human

Voiced by: Nolan North

An assassin who uses a helmet with laser beams.


  • Cyber Cyclops: He uses a mechanical cycloptic helmet to both see and fight.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Fires artifical Eye Beams from his helmet.
  • Handicapped Badass: Ojo is blind, requiring his helmet to see (which is why he gets to keep it, albeit with a boot to stop him from using the laser, in Belle Reve).
  • His Name Is...: A non-fatal example in "Terrors" when Ojo recognizes Superboy and tries multiple times to tell people only to be knocked unconscious by said Superboy.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ojo" is Spanish for "eye".

    Terra 

Terra (Princess Tara Markov)

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"I'm in."

Species: Metahuman

Voiced by: Tara Strong

The missing princess of Markovia, and the younger sister of Prince Gregor and Prince Brion. Two years ago, she disappeared and is believed to have become a victim of metahuman trafficking.


  • Adult Fear: Not even a royal family is safe from having their teenage daughter get kidnapped, and becoming a victim of (meta)human trafficking.
  • Ambiguously Evil: At first, it was implied that Tara was serving the League of Shadows as a mind controlled slave, even committing assassinations for them. However, well after the heroes rescue her and remove the Mind-Control Device attached to her neck, she later contacts Deathstroke with a text message by her own free will, revealing that she is a (voluntary) double agent.
  • Bait the Dog: The audience is led to believe that Tara is on the side of good, and has been under mind control to commit horrible deeds, only to be rescued by the Outsiders. Though, anyone familiar with the comics will tell you that it was likely a ruse. They're right.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's a fully-willing agent for Deathstroke.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: As usual, she has the power to telekinetically manipulate the earth, from lifting gigantic rocks out of the ground, to forming large stone walls.
  • The Mole: She is actually Deathstroke's double agent and spy for infiltrating the Outsiders.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Physically she's a frail and tiny girl, but can throw giant boulders with her mind.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the comics, Tara is a bastard child of the King, and half-sister to Brion and Gregor Markov. Here, she is their full-blood sister and a member of the royal family.
  • Teens Are Monsters: She's 15 years old, and no less a villain for it.

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Affiliates/Former

    Ra's al Ghul 

    Cheshire 

Cheshire (Jade Nguyen)

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Species: Human

Voiced by: Kelly Hu

Cheshire (real name Jade Nguyen) is a highly-skilled assassin who worked for the League of Shadows. She is the daughter of Sportsmaster and Huntress, and the older sister of Artemis. She is married to Red Arrow, and the mother of Lian Nguyen-Harper.


  • Action Mom: Kicks ass while carrying her infant daughter.
  • Adaptational Badass: Her comic counterpart tends to rely on seduction and poisons to gain an advantage and has been shown to be very easily beaten in a straight fight. This version is a more impressive physical combatant.
  • Adaptational Heroism: She's not nice by a long shot, but she's also a far cry from the genocidal psychopath of the comics. There's also the fact that there seems to be no doubt that she loves her daughter and her husband, unlike her comic counterpart who has tried to kill the latter and attempted to replace the former.
  • Adaptational Modesty: While her Young Justice attire has a Dangerously Short Skirt, it's more tamed in comparison to how her outfits in the comics would accentuate her bust and butt.
  • Affably Evil: After some Character Development, she's gotten into this territory by Outsiders; she's a Benevolent Boss to her team of mind-controlled metas, calmly answers all of Artemis' questions about the League of Shadows, and later releases Shade from Branchwater's control with no strings attached.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Of all people, she's nicknamed "Chesh" by her husband, Roy Harper/Red Arrow.
  • Airplane Arms: She tends to run like this.
  • Aloof Big Sister: To Artemis. Although she does care for her little sister in her own way. And as seen in "Satisfaction" she regrets not being that close to her sister.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats. Her alias comes from the famous Cheshire Cat, she had a poster of said cat in her shared childhood room with Artemis, the mask she wears resembles a cat, and she can be as coy and mysterious as a cat.
  • Anti-Villain: She's a ruthless assassin most of the time but she definitely has people she cares about and has a tragic past that sort of explains her actions. In season 2 and during the time skip she seems to have become a Nominal Hero.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Cheshire likes to gloat her enemies while using her martial arts.
  • Asian Babymama: For Roy, as she is half-Caucasian, half-Vietnamese and introduced their daughter, Lian, to him in "Salvage". Her goal was to help get her husband back on track by showing that his child needs him in her life.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Which we first see in "Usual Suspects" when she saves her sister from an avalanche.
    Cheshire: Artemis!!
  • Babies Ever After: Has a daughter, Lian, with Roy/Red Arrow in season 2.
  • Badass and Baby: In the timeskip, Cheshire manages to fight an army, while carrying her infant daughter.
  • Badass Normal: Badass enough to go toe to toe with Aqualad... and the rest of the (superpowered) Team... and pretty much anyone while snarking the whole time.
  • Battle Couple: With Red Arrow, her husband. They battle the henchman of a Tibetan monastery who were guarding the original Roy Harper...along with their infant daughter.
  • Berserk Button: Cheshire really hates her father, Sportsmaster. And once commented she has no problem killing him.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Saved Artemis from an avalanche that could've killed her, even though they were on very different side. And Jade swore vengeance on Aqualad when he "killed" Artemis.
  • Blood Knight: She enjoys a good fight in general, and even seems to be a bit bloodthirsty - she considered killing Dr. Roquette even after she'd succeeded in downloading the program to stop the nano-tech the Light were using (after forcing Roquette to develop it in the first place) even though it would no longer accomplish anything; she spared her only because her employers might still have use her later (at least, this is what she claims).
  • Brainy Brunette: Jade has black hair and is quite the intelligent one. The best example would be how she managed to find a link to Speedy I's location, when no one else could. Not even the entire Justice League, which included "the world's best detective" Batman.
  • Broken Bird: Beneath her playful demeanor is a lot of anger at her abusive father.
  • Cain and Abel: Subverted. She's a villain (Cain) while her sister is the hero Artemis (Abel) and both have little problem fighting each other. However, they do love each other as evident in Artemis's relief that Jade wasn't dead from a plane crash and Jade saving her from an avalanche. To further prove this point, it turns out that she named her daughter after Artemis' middle name.
  • Character Development: In season one, she believed in the "every girl for herself" mentality. In season 2, she appears to have forgo that way of thinking as evident in her diligent care and parenting of Lian, helping her estranged husband from his self-destructive funk, and openly admitting to and regretting not taking better care of Artemis when they were growing up together.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Her mask is permanently set in one.
  • Color Motifs: Green. Her outfit is mainly green and the color can often represent mystery, a character trait of hers.
  • Cool Mask: First appeared in the Teen Titans animated series.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Inverted for season 3, Cheshire has returned to being a villain and doesn't spend time with Lian despite obviously loving her very much because she's a villain. However, when she encounters Will in the tenth episode, her body language, facial expressions, and use of words are all implying she has another reason why she cut herself out of their lives, and she might not have returned to villainy of her own volition.
  • Daddy Issues: Cheshire hates her father, Sportsmaster. While on missions together, her sense of professionalism is about the only thing that stops her from trying to kill him. A desire for revenge brings them together again in season 2, but she still clearly loathes him.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Odd example; Cheshire is a rare case of a daughter being just as evil and effective as her father, even working in tandem with him... and actively despising him all the while. Though she does have more redeeming traits than her dad and she eventually makes a Hazy Feel Turn.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's just as skilled a fighter as anyone on the team, only she works for the Light.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Both of her parents were career criminals; however, while Jade had a loving relationship with her mother, she hated her father who was emotionally and verbally abusive to her and her little sister, Artemis. When their mother was sent to prison, the relationship between Jade and her father truly became acrimonious resulting in running away from home at only 13, leaving behind Artemis (who was 9 at the time). And somehow, she ended up in a life of crime.
  • Dating Catwoman: She acts like she and Roy have this relationship in the first season, just to mess with Artemis. In season 2, they're married and have a child.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a dry sense of humor, and treats her opponents like a cat would treat a mouse, allowing herself to be involved in playful banter to a small extent.
  • Deliver Us from Evil: Zigzagged. She and Roy got married during the time-skip, but she left him and returned to crime after having a child. Why? So she could better finance the search for the original Speedy, allowing Roy to get off his butt and step up as a parent. Subverted by season 3 when she just couldn't adjust to a normal life apparently between season 2 and season 3.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In "Usual Suspects", Jade refuses to help Sportsmaster after he gets trapped by the team, leaving him to be captured.
  • Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas: Implied. Most of their relationship has yet to be fully explored, but there are hints that Jade always held her mother in high esteem. First, Artemis' flashback implies that Paula was a decent parent (despite being a villain back then) and her daughter's downplayed Morality Chain, as Jade said she wasn't going to stay in their house since Paula would be in prison for a while. Secondly, Jade has enough trust in Paula to babysit Lian.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Results in her first genuinely altruistic act of the series. As she states:
      Cheshire: (after pushing Artemis out of an avalanche) "Okay fine, we're sisters. I don't actually want you dead."
    • As stated under Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas, Jade loves her mother.
    • In season two, her husband Roy and their daughter Lian. It's implied in their dialogue in "Salvage" that she left the League of Shadows because she fell in love with him; for the latter, Jade is a good mother to her daughter, putting her needs a first priority.
    • Averted with and only with her father, Sportsmaster, as she makes statement after statement about how much she truly hates him.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Implied. In Season 3, Jade leaves Lian with Roy, explicitly saying in "Triptych" that Lian is better off without her.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As a villain, she adopted a playful, flirty demeanor, especially with Red Arrow. The development of their relationship shows that her attraction to him was likely genuine.
  • Femme Fatale: Flirts with Roy while working against him. Ironically, they end up married with a child.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: In season 1, she's clearly attracted to Red Arrow, flirts with him to no end, and even steals a kiss during a fight. All subtext is dispensed with in Invasion; they've since fallen in love, married, and had a child together.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish Sibling, who works for the League of Shadows to Artemis's Responsible Sibling who works for the good guys.
  • Freudian Excuse: Dad was a dick. Mom was an enabler.
  • Good Parents: From what we have seen of Jade's interactions with Lian, Jade would do anything for her daughter.
  • Green and Mean: She wear a nearly green colored attire as Cheshire and is an assassin for the League of Shadows.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: One that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Zigzagged. She does love Red Arrow, but she starts off as a villain, or Anti-Villain in season one. In season two, Cheshire is now more of a Nominal Hero.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In Young Justice: Legacy Jade's below comment may imply she regrets getting into the villain business.
      Artemis: We know what you want.
      Cheshire: Please. Half the time I don't even know what I want.note 
    • Despite being a villain who becomes something of a Nominal Hero in season 2, turns out to be the "responsible, level headed" parent, than her husband, Red Arrow, even though he was a hero long before her.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite leaving Red Arrow between season 2 and season 3, she still loves him but feels like she can't adjust to a normal life and thus it's better for him and Lian to move on.
  • Interspecies Romance: Zigzagged with Red Arrow. Both are human, but he's technically a clone of another human.
  • Irony: The daughter who hated Lawrence Crock so much she refused to go by his family name (and ran away in an attempt to get out of his life) ended up working alongside him (albeit grudgingly). Adding to it, her sister (who resembles their father while Jade takes after their mother) ended up an indisputably heroic individual.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • When fighting Artemis, her sister demands to know who she's working for, but Jade replies that while she may know Artemis' secrets, that doesn't mean she'll tell all of hers to Artemis.
    • When she returns to her estranged husband, Roy, he rebuffs her attempts to help him since she left him to return to a life of crime. After a coy response to his accusation, Jade tells him that his obsession with finding Speedy was all consuming, which made it hard for anyone to get close to him, herself included.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's very subtle, considering how she is an arrogant, sarcastic jerk, but it is there. She only shows her softer side to the people she deeply loves (Artemis, her mother, Red Arrow, and Lian).
  • Lady of War: She's a very graceful and feminine combatant.
  • Leitmotif: Some creepy, sneaky bell notes.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: A sibling example: The Dark (works for the League of Shadows) to Artemis's Light (a protege of Green Arrow and member of the Team).
  • Magic Skirt: Averted in "Targets", where the skirt on her disguise predictably shows her underwear when she performs acrobatic flips and kicks.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Implied. When introducing her husband, Roy, to their daughter, Jade states that their daughter's full name is "Lian Nguyen-Harper", implying that Jade kept her last name after marrying Roy.
  • Mama Bear:She found every lead she could to find the original Roy Harper, so Red Arrow could get out of his funk to help raise their daughter.
  • McNinja: All of the stealth, finesse, and deadly skill associated with ninjas. It almost makes you forget that she's half-Caucasian, half-Vietnamese.
  • Meaningful Name: "Jade" is often associated with the color green and is a synonym of being mysterious. The former being her main color scheme in her "Cheshire" attire and the latter is a main part of her personality. Not to mention, to be called "jaded" means "cynical", which she definitely is under her playful exterior.
  • Meaningful Rename: Justified. Due to her father's emotional abuse and the implied good relationship between Jade and Paula, Jade legally changed her surname (her father's last name) from Crock to her mother's maiden name, Nguyen.
  • Missing Mom: Has become this to her daughter Lian in season 3.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Vietnamese on her mother's side and Caucasian on her father's side.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Her first name is of Spanish origin and her last name is of Vietnamese origin.
  • Mysterious Past: The exact circumstances of Jade entering into a life of crime.
  • Nice Hat: In her civilian attire, Jade wears a black hat.
  • Noble Demon: She actually enjoys the prospect of killing, but she is not without her own sense of duty, following the orders of her masters to the letter, despite how easy it would be for her to ignore them.
  • Nom de Mom: Due to issues with her dad Jade took her mother's maiden name.
  • Odango Hair: As part of her disguise in "Targets".
  • Off Screen Break Up: She and Red Arrow apparently split between season 2 and season 3.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Befitting her namesake, Cheshire disappears in a cloud of smoke in "Infiltrator".
  • Older Than They Look: She's 19 (24 after the timeskip), but can pass for 17 or 18.
  • Omniglot: Word of God confirms that Jade is able to speak Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and possibly many more.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Whenever Jade drops her usual coy, sarcastic attitude, it means something has happened that is serious enough for her to treat as such, like helping her husband out of his funk or Artemis' "death".
    • While trying to convince Will Harper to move on and that she's never coming back to him or Lian, Jade appears at her most vulnerable, runs off without slinking into the shadows or disappearing as she is known to do, and even cries. There is definitely more to her departure than she wishes to tell.
  • Poisoned Weapons: She incapacitates Aqualad with jellyfish poison in their first bout (it's not as effective due to his Atlantean heritage, but still causes him trouble).
  • Pregnant Badass: Implied. Cheshire became pregnant with Lian around January 2015 and after her falling out with Roy, went back in the League of Shadows.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches down her waist.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Here, she's a member of the Crock family, but in the comics, she has no connection to them.
    • A minor example with Red Arrow. In the comics, Lian's conception came as a result of a fling between Jade and Roy Harper. In the series, their counterparts were actually married when Lian was conceived, and thus Lian wasn't born out of wedlock.
  • The Runaway: She ran away from home at the age of 13, because of her father's constant emotional abuse.
  • Sai Guy: A female example. Her preferred weapons; enough that Wally (nearly) takes one as a souvenir after a mission was resolved.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Very pointedly walks away when Sportsmaster gets captured by the heroes.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In "Targets". She looks very nice in her dress.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Implied. Jade does fall in love and marry Red Arrow AKA Roy Harper. And even after he shuts her out during his whole "Speedy recon" thing, she doesn't stop loving him. She even went out of her way to find the clue that ended in Roy finally finding Speedy I.
  • Smoke Out: One of Chesire's favourite tricks.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jade got a lot of her looks from her mother.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Jade is usually aloof and coy towards others; the exception is her father, whom she acts hostile and aggressive to just downright cold when they are together. But to those she has an actual emotional attachment to she's caring and, surprisingly, sweet.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Downplayed. Her father calls her "Little Girl", but she hates him for how emotionally abusive he was to her and Artemis during their childhood. But, since they work for essentially the same group, she must remain professional.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Jade's Character Development killed a lot of her playful attitude. By Outsiders, she's somber and generally unhappy, often expressing a sense of self-loathing.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed. In season one, she was a mysterious, coy enemy to Artemis and the team, performing one genuine Pet the Dog moment for her sister. And she's still the same coy, mysterious, sarcastic rogue in season 2, but shows more vulnerability and Pet the Dog moments.
  • Tranquil Fury: Downplayed. She is seething with murderous rage over Aqualad "killing" Artemis but usually keeps her voice even sounding and only shouting a few times.
  • Tsundere: In "Complications", after finding out that Artemis is alive, Jade is relieved and begins to do the same witty banter with her sister and claimed she was angry at Artemis' death because she lost a babysitter for Lian.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Even without makeup, a pretty dress, or combing her hair, Jade is still hot.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: She is a master at this. That's why she calls herself Cheshire.
    Cheshire (to Artemis): "So like the Cheshire Cat, I'll just disappear."
  • Weapon of Choice: Prefers to use her sais in combat.
  • Wild Hair: Goes with her personality.
  • You Killed My Father: Swears revenge on Aqualad for her sister's "death". She later discovers Artemis is alive.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Cheshire wears black knee-high boots.

    Clayface 

Clayface (Matt Hagen)

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Species: Metahuman

Voiced by: Nolan North

Clayface is a shape-changing supervillain with a monstrous, mud-like appearance.


  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hagen hoped to cure his cancer thanks to the Lazarus Pit... but it turned him into a mud monster instead.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one off-screen to the team. Only to be given one himself by Batman.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Had a whole issue of the tie in comic devoted to about how he became Clayface. It's really something since he only appeared for a few seconds in the show itself.
  • Freak Out: After his transformation. Ra's uses this to his advantage.
  • It Only Works Once: Five years later, he is immune to electricity, his usual weakness.
  • Pet the Dog: He genuinely thanks Robin for freeing him of Hatter's nanotech.
  • Size Shifter: As a shapeshifter, he can change his size to impersonate smaller people.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: He can shape his body into any form he likes, including various weapons.
  • Voluntary Shape Shifting: His primary schtick. He can mimic the appearance of anyone.
  • Was Once a Man: Being trapped in a Lazarus Pit for months did cure Hagen's cancer, as he wanted it to, but it also mutated him into an inhuman monster.
  • Woman Scorned: Becomes a victim of this from Talia after he uses her to access the Lazarus Pit.

    The Sensei 

Species: Human

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Voiced by: Keone Young

Sensei is one of the League of Shadows' most senior members. He is also an associate of the Light, and directs the League of Shadows based on the Light's orders.


  • Badass Boast: When Brion demands to know where the Shadows' army of ninjas is hiding, Sensei calmly replies "I don't need an army; I trained the army".
  • Beard of Evil: A high-ranking assassin with a beard.
  • Covered with Scars: Scars on his chest and face.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His encounter with Brion is filled with calm snark as he mocks the young prince's temper.
    Sensei: Perhaps your sister chooses not to be found by you. I've hardly known you five minutes, but already sympathise with such a decision.
  • The Dragon: To Ra's al Ghul.
  • Evil Mentor: He claims to have trained most members of the League of Shadows. Incidentally, it's why he's not worried to face three young heroes at once. He doesn't need an army, he trained one himself.
  • Evil Old Folks: An older man and member of the League of Shadows. He shows just how badass he is when he takes on Brion, Forager and Halo all at once with minimal fuss. He even snaps Halo's neck, the only reason she survives at all is because of her powers.
  • Feel No Pain: He walks barefoot over magma and when Halo asks if it hurts, Sensei merely replies with, "Pain is an illusion."
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has an evil one over his left eye. Judging from the clouded iris, the injury seems to have blinded that eye.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Shown to wield one in issue #12 of the tie-in comic.
  • Nerves of Steel: He handles the arrival of Brion, Halo, and Forager with aplomb, and his composure never falters for a second during the subsequent fight. Even when seemingly outmatched, the Sensei calmly calls for reinforcements and ends the engagement quickly.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ra's al Ghul. Even after Ra's leaves the Light and loses control of the League of Shadows, the Sensei stays with him, and won't let anyone treat his master with disrespect.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Despite "The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul" revealing that the Sensei was Ra's's father, Weisman has said that isn't the case on the show.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Snaps the teenage Halo's neck without a second thought. Halo recovered, but Sensei had no idea that she would.

    Sportsmaster 

Sportsmaster (Lawrence "Crusher" Crock)

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Species: Human

Voiced by: Nick Chinlund

Sportsmaster (real name Lawrence "Crusher" Crock) is a supervillain, a former member of the League of Shadows, and was the personal enforcer for the Light. He is the father of Artemis and Cheshire, and estranged husband of Paula Crock.


  • Abusive Parents: Word of God is that he was verbally and emotionally abusive to his daughters, and according to Cheshire, he used to make them fight each other. He's easily the worst parent seen in the series, period - even Black Manta, a more devoted agent of the Light with greater aspirations (who does more damage overall) shows his son Kaldur'ahm a lot more genuine love than Lawrence displays towards both his daughters combined.
  • Action Dad: An evil version — Sportsmaster is a highly trained martial artist with the ability to use a variety of weapons.
  • Adaptational Badass: His comic book counterpart is about as hokey as one would expect from someone with the name "Sportsmaster", and essentially never shows up unless writers want a joke villain, and he retired in the same story that Artemis was introduced in. But on the show he's a machine-gun toting, explosive javelin throwing, helicopter flying, badass mercenary.
  • Archnemesis Dad:
    • To Artemis — she works for the good guys while he's employed to The Light. Needless to say, they come to blows often.
    • Downplayed with Jade — she clearly hates him, but since they work for essentially the same organization, she is forced to remain professional with her father.
  • Badass Normal:
    • He doesn't have any powers, but he gives the metahumans and other superheroes in The Team a hard time.
    • That part above, about Sportsmaster being a poor man's Deathstroke? He and Slade go head to head at one point. And Crusher gives as good as he gets. And while it's not stated in the series if Slade is augmented like normal, he is actually younger than Crusher!
  • Battle Couple: In the past, with Paula — they were married criminals before her injury.
  • Composite Character: He's absorbed the role of Jade Nguyen/Cheshire's (unseen) father (as in the original comics she had no blood ties with the Crock family).
  • Cool Mask: Vaguely resembles the Jacques Plante/Jason Voorhees style of hockey goalie mask.
  • Dangerous Deserter: Deserts the Light with plans of killing Black Manta. Woe to any who gets in his way.
  • Dark Is Evil: His usual outfit consists of dark clothing.
  • The Dragon: Acts as one to the Light as a whole, being one of their most frequently appearing operatives.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. Swears to kill Black Manta in response for Manta's son killing his daughter... because Sportsmaster thinks it made him look bad.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Evil and a Jerkass he may be, he takes his status as a professional killer seriously, and no amount of money can repair a soiled reputation. Indeed, he thinks taking a payoff in place of revenge on his daughter's killer makes him look worse.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: "So I hear you're going by 'Red Arrow' now. More like broken arrow!" "Broken arrow" is later revealed to be a trigger phrase programmed into Roy by Cadmus.
  • Evil vs. Evil: His war against Black Manta and the Manta family for murdering his daughter, Artemis.
  • Fingerless Gloves: His gloves have no fingers on them.
  • Hate Sink: Crusher is a self-interested thug, sociopath, abusive parent, and all-around jerkass.
  • Heroic Build: Inverted. He has the build, but none of the heroic qualities.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: When he and Paula were still together: he was the Huge Guy to Paula's Tiny Girl.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: The javelin could be explained as collapsible. His pockets must be Bigger on the Inside if they can hold that big-ass hammer.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: He's a recurring mercenary and the Light's main enforcer, with lots of weaponised sports equipment.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Some of his many weapons, which include exploding javelins and a discus strong enough to destroy a building.
  • It's All About Me: Crusher's only concern when it appears as though his youngest daughter is dead is that her murder reflects poorly on his reputation. The affront to his rep is enough to make him turn on the Light and set out to kill Black Manta.
  • Jerkass: Yeah, when you react to your daughter's death with "This is an insult to my professional reputation, everyone will think I'm weak over this." it stands to reason that you qualify for this label. Bonus points when your other daughter is genuinely grieving.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Calls Deathstroke a "chump" and tells him that the Light will betray him, too. Considering the way the Light betrayed the Reach over the course of the season, he might not have been wrong.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's mad about Artemis's death and wants to get back at Black Manta for being responsible, because it makes him look bad by association.
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care about Jade's grief over Artemis' death; he only cares about his damaged reputation.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Towards his own daughter, no less.
  • Meaningful Name: "Lawrence" in French and Latin means "crowned with laurel". A laurel is a wreath used to crown the winners of an athletic contest. And Lawrence's code name, "Sportsmaster" just alludes to his mastery of every type of athletic competition.
  • Multi-Melee Master: He uses multiple sports-themed weapons in combat, all to great effect.
  • Multi-Ranged Master: His various weapons (javelins, foils, shot-puts, discuses) enable him to be dangerous at any range.
  • Not So Different: He argues this is the case with him and Cheshire.
  • Older Than They Look: He's sixty by season two, but barely looks half that.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He was an effective and highly competent chief enforcer for the Light in the first two seasons... but his first replacement maneuvered to take a seat on the Light, and the second proudly pulls double duty as Sensei as well, making his current state of affairs as a simple (if very good) gun-for-here in Season 3 seem small beans in comparison.
  • Omniglot: Word of God states that Sportsmaster is fluent in Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and possibly many more.
  • Papa Wolf: Zigzagged. He's not angry about Artemis being killed. He's angry that she was killed without his permission because it soils his reputation. Chesire tells him he's full of crap and when he finds out that Artemis IS alive, he calls off the mission and leaves his reputation still soiled. It's mainly because he knows that Artemis is working to bring down the organization that screwed him over.
  • Parents Know Their Children: Zigzagged. He doesn't recognize Artemis' presence even inside her own mind, but he does recognize the fighting techniques he taught her.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He's only pissed that Artemis was killed without his permission since it damaged his reputation, so he leaves Aqualad to Jade, while he gets Black Manta.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: If someone damages his professional reputation, no amount of money is going to stop him from taking them down.
  • Slave to PR: His Villain Cred seems to be the only thing he cares about. He'll even take on the Light to keep people from thinking he's an easy mark.
  • The Sociopath: Enjoys hurting people, distinct Lack of Empathy, self-centered, and manipulative.
  • Unholy Matrimony: In the past, with his wife as they were both married criminals before Paula's injury.
  • Utility Belt: Wears one to hold his weapons.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: At one point knocks down Aqualad with a clothesline move.

    Ubu 

Ubu

Species: Human

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore ("Summit")

A servant of Ra's al Ghul.


    Talia al Ghul 

Talia al Ghul

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Species: Human

Ra's al Ghul's daughter. Talia had previously only appeared in the tie-in comics but officially appeared in the show in the sixth episode of the third season.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Her first on-screen appearance in the show has her displaying this trait.
  • Age Lift: Talia in the comics is many decades older than the 30-something woman that she actually looks, due to having access to the Lazarus Pit. In this continuity, Talia was born in 1984 and thus actually is a woman in her 30s as of 2018.
  • Art Evolution: Talia previously made appearances in the tie-in comics set during Season 1 and 2. When she finally makes her appearance in the show proper during Season 3 her design has been altered so that she more closely resembles the character's appearances in the DC Animated Movie Universe.
  • Asian Babymama: Anyone familiar with comics will tell you she really wanted to bear a child by Batman. It seemed she finally succeeded.
  • Dating Catwoman: What she was to Batman. In the tie-in comics, he rejects her when she can't choose between joining him or staying with her father. As of season 3, they probably have a kid together.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Like in the comics, she's mixed Arab and Chinese even though she's explicitly at least half Chinese here. note  Her mom was canonically Chinese in this universe.
  • Woman Scorned: Briefly dated Matt Hagen when she realises that a relationship with Batman is impossible. When she realises that he only used her so he could get to use the Lazarus Pit to treat his cancer, she locks him inside, transforming him into Clayface.

    Talia's Child 
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Species: Human

Talia's newborn, fathered during the Time Skip between Invasion and Outsiders.


  • Age Lift: Given the heavy implication of who this is- Damian Wayne - then he's at least a decade younger than he is in the comics amongst his peers. Damian in the comics first appeared when he was 10 years old, and during that time Nightwing was an adult in at least his mid-20s and Tim Drake was in his mid-late teens. He even appears to be slightly younger than Jonathan Kent who appears to be more a toddler, when in the comics he was 3 years older than he.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Word of God said Talia was the product of Ambiguously Arab Ra's marrying a Chinese woman, so there's that. And if the baby boy is Damian, he's half-Caucasian by his dad.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Hard to see because this is a baby, but Talia's pouty lips are quite prominent and these black spiky hair really look like Bruce Wayne's hairstyle.

    Red-Hooded Ninja 
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Species: Human

Voiced by: Josh Keaton

One of Ra's al Ghul's new mysterious minions.


  • Adaptational Name Change: In the comics, he's known as Red Hood, but here, he's known descriptively as the Red-Hooded Ninja (in the credits, anyways).
  • Badass Normal: No superpowers, but he easily takes down Forager and holds his own against the Outsiders.
  • In the Hood: Keeps his red hood up for most of his first appearance, only lowering it and revealing his signature hairstyle when the Outsiders have departed Infinity Island.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He can't remember his past, but after meeting Dick/Nightwing (again), he starts to remember him.
  • Mysterious Past: No one outside of Ra's and his people know who he is. He's an amnesiac Jason Todd, brought back from the dead.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk much. When he does, it's slow and slurred. Given that he has amnesia, it can be assumed this is a result of brain damage.
  • Walking Spoiler: Anyone familiar with the comics (or has at least heard about him) would know that his true identity is Jason Todd, the second Robin, having become Red Hood after Ra's revived him from the dead using the Lazarus Pits.

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