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"The Light", a mysterious council of DC bad guys who seem to be behind almost every major crime the Team encounters in the animated series Young Justice. Their alliances even extend off-planet - Desaad has supplied them with the technology of the New Gods, and they add the Kroloteans' "Competitor", the Reach, to their contacts in season two. The last scene of season two shows that they also know Darkseid. While they control a large number of minor baddies from DC lore who do their bidding and dirty work, the group itself is a mere seven members.

The credits referred to the original seven members as L1 - L7 before their faces were shown, but these are not official in-universe designations they use amongst themselves.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While they're not heroes by any normal sense of the word, their motives at least go beyond "world domination" or "kill the Justice League". This version is more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist whose aim is to make Earth an intergalactic superpower.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, the organization is called the Secret Society of Super Villains, something hinted at in "Revelation" when Batman refers to it.
  • Affably Evil: Vandal Savage, Lex Luthor, Ra's Al Ghul, The Brain and Black Manta are all relatively polite to their enemies, when they're not just being smug.
  • Anti-Villain: Although still horrible people, its individual members are portrayed far more sympathetically than their comic book counterparts, being both more well intentioned visionaries and more human, some of them shown to have sincere concern about certain people. The exceptions are Klarion, Queen Bee, and Ocean-Master which are depicted as psychopaths, and even then the latter simply didn't get more relevant screen time.
  • Badass Crew: They are all among the most powerful and influential individuals on Earth, although Luthor, Queen Bee, and the Brain are non-combative (though no less dangerous for it).
  • Big Bad Duumvirate:
    • The group as a whole takes this role. "Auld Acquaintance" reveals Vandal Savage had the idea to form the group, but they act as an alliance of equals.
    • With the Reach in Season 2.
    • With Darkseid since at least "Bereft". "Evolution" reveals the alliance with Darkseid stretches back between himself and Vandal Savage for centuries.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: In "Summit", the Brain and Black Manta are captured, Ra's is stabbed and dead for the moment, Savage and Klarion are on the WarWorld, and Luthor and Queen Bee were presumably left on Earth. In Season 3, half of its members have been replaced.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Their plans seem to require the Justice League. It got to the point Vandal Savage had to get Klarion to give up so he wouldn't destroy the Watchtower even after the attempt to take over the League failed.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Averted, the only time they ever do stuff like this is using it as a distraction to their real plan. They also have a benign name instead of the Legion of Doom or the Secret Society of Super Villains, although in a Mythology Gag, Batman uses the latter to describe the then-unknown shadowy puppetmasters, and Savage describes the group as a "secret society" among his partners.
  • The Chessmaster: Pretty much effortlessly manipulated the heroes at every turn and still managed to profit even when their plans failed.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Throughout Season 2. They betray the Kroloteans to their business rivals the Reach, only to turn on the latter when it was expedient (both betrayals were planned from the start, of course). Their alliance with Darkseid has held up so far for centuries, but both sides fully expect that to end once they've achieved their respective goals.
  • Complexity Addiction: Exploited. The Light often stages complicated attacks they expect to fail as distractions for far simpler operations.
    • In "Coldhearted", they use floating fortresses to cause a mini-ice age across North America and distract the majority of the heroes, leaving only Kid Flash to save their real target, a heart transplant meant for a dying young girl. Their agent Count Vertigo is unfortunately too incompetent to avoid tipping Wally off.
    • In "Misplaced", they cast a spell that divides the entire planet into parallel dimensions as a distraction to quietly steal a minor specimen from a lab in Gotham City.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: They have members from across the world, united by the common goal of making Earth the heart of a galactic empire.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Black (Black Manta), Middle-Eastern (Queen Bee and Ra's), Cro-Magnon (Savage), White (Luthor, Deathstroke), interdimensional (Klarion), formerly human (Brain, Ultra-Humanite), Atlantean (Ocean-Master), and Apokaliptan (Granny Goodness). They pulled out all the stops.
  • Evil Plan: They want to turn Earth into a galactic power, and believe the way to do so is through "survival of the fittest" and playing various other factions against each other.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Manta and Aqualad nuke a Krolotean base at the behest of the Reach. Then, after about half a season of co-operation, they start working against the Reach too.
  • The Faceless: When they're projected on their view-screens, you can't make out more of each member than a glowing silhouette.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Klarion and Queen Bee act polite when it suits them, but it's only a cover for their cold-bloodedness, and both will drop the act in a split second if they don't need it anymore.
  • Godzilla Threshold: They've considered a plan just in case the Justice League becomes too much for them which they've dubbed "The Nuclear Option". Why do they call it that? Said option involves killing the families and children of the Justice League members. The Light, however, are not stupid, and make it clear this is an absolute last resort, precisely because they know the likely results about enacting it. Ocean Master almost does this on his own without their approval, and Lady Shiva is ordered to execute him for attempting it.
  • Identity Concealment Disposal: For whatever reason, they stop using the face-concealing glowing silhouette monitors after the episode "Revelations" and instead use monitors that leave their faces completely visible.
    • Possibly justified: in the Light's appearances after "Revelations," the screens are located within an actual Light member's residence. Presumably, they issue silhouette-only interfaces to their minions, but converse among themselves with regular video.
  • The Illuminati: The Light seems to have a lot of Illuminati-characteristics, down to their group's name being similar to "the enlightened ones".
  • Kansas City Shuffle:
    • The Light regularly uses the heroes attempts to "stop the evil plan" to further their real machinations.
    • In "Usual Suspects", The Light stages a fake attack on the Team so the League itself will bring dangerous devices the Light's agents are carrying at the time on board the Watchtower.
  • Legion of Doom: Serve as an interesting reconstruction of the concept.
  • Light Is Not Good: They're called the Light and they're evil. Simple as that.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Make that "The Committee Behind Cadmus". Nearly every villain in the series so far is working for them, or at least somehow connected to the group.
    • In Season 3 it's even lampshaded that this is why they're so effective: The Light works as a puppeteer controlling numerous otherwise-unconnected undertakings, while the heroes are hampered by working as a more-or-less cohesive unit and can only pursue so many leads at once.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: They started out this way.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Chaos to the Justice League's order. Though in this case, they don't want to destroy the world, just prevent humanity's stagnation from too much peace and status quo.
  • Out-Gambitted: In "Summit". Though even then, Savage still succeeded in getting Black Beetle to leave Warworld's key chamber unguarded so he could hijack it.
  • Out of Focus: Some of the members tend not to be seen for long stretches of time.
    • Ocean-Master definitely has it worst, being the only team member who never serves as an episode's main villain. He does not even have any lines while in his Ocean-Master identity, the only times he speaks he is either in his concealed L-5 persona or in his civilian identity as Prince Orm. In the second season he has been ousted from the group for unexplained reasons and has yet to make any sort of appearance. He does show up in Season 3, but he dies in the same episode.
    • In the second season the focus is mostly on Vandal, Lex and Manta. The other four members have mostly just appeared in cameos during the Light's video conferences and have had few if any lines.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: They're all about this.
    • They have Ocean-Master killed before he could attack a social gathering of the Justice League's family members at their most vulnerable, not wanting to draw unnecessary attention and merciless retribution.
    • They seem to fully expect their partnership with Darkseid and his forces to end in betrayal, and the feeling is mutual. Despite this, they've maintained this partnership for centuries to shared advantage.
  • Rule of Seven: They have never had more than seven members at a time so far.
  • Shadow Archetype: You might notice how there are seven members of The Light just like there were seven founding members of the Justice League. There's even a structural similarity. Superman and Batman's Arch-Enemy foes, one female, a joker who's more powerful than you might think, a water guy, a really old member, and someone who uses technology to further their goals.
  • The Smurfette Principle: They have only one female member, Queen Bee. Averted as of season three where Granny Goodness joins the inner circle.
  • The Social Darwinist: Their goal is to advance Earth's status throughout the universe, and seem (or claim) to favor some sort of "survival of the fittest". Since they're willing to do anything to make this happen, they naturally see themselves as the fittest.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": THE Light.
  • Superhero Speciation: Well, supervillain speciation. Each member fulfills a specific role, and whenever a seat is opened their replacement fills much the same role.
    • Vandal Savage came up with the whole idea in the first place, and generally serves as the mastermind for the Light's overall plan. Which makes sense, as he's had 50,000 years to plan.
    • Lex Luthor provides resources, contact with the criminal underworld, and his high-profile public life allows the Light to influence public opinion. He's also one of the smartest people on the planet.
    • Queen Bee also provides resources and an air of legitimacy, as well as her own mind control powers (especially critical in Season 1). The Light often uses Bialya as a base of operations.
    • Klarion has no apparent personal stake in the matter, but has immense personal power and often serves to ensure that Vandal escapes safely.
    • Both the Brain and his replacement the Ultra-Humanite are brilliant scientists, with more specialized knowledge compared to Luthor's general intellect.
    • Ra's al Ghul and his replacement Deathstroke are both head of the League of Shadows, providing manpower and specialized agents.
    • Ocean-Master is replaced by Black Manta, who is replaced by Granny Goodness. Ocean-Master doesn't really do much in the actual show, but Manta and Granny are outside allies whose involvement ties into the Light's specific plans at the time.
      • Ocean-Master fit this pattern too, although it's more subtle. As Prince Orm, he helped run the Atlantean research center where the piece of Starro was being kept. That connection was critical to the Light's plans later during the season.
    • The Light's chief enforcer is always a Badass Normal assassin/mercenary.
  • Take Over the World: And then the galaxy.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Pointedly averted. The members of the Light, unlike most supervillain alliances in comics or adaptations, work together very well.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Kaldur outright calls the Light out on this, stating that the reason his team seems to constantly be in the Light's way and is more than once victorious in ways not even the Justice League is capable of is because the Light is constantly underestimating them, which is their major weakness. Vandal Savage has to concede the point, not that it convinces him to actually make more than a token effort to kill the team.
  • The Unfettered: As a group, they allow nothing to interfere with their goals. Threatening millions of innocent lives, hanging their own allies out to dry, aligning with Darkseid... everything's fair play in the Light's book. "Home Fires" reveals that they have one self-imposed restriction: They don't go after the families of the heroes. Not out of any sense of chivalry, but because they know that this would result in the Justice League becoming this as well. It's stated to be their nuclear option and an attempt by Ocean Master to do this results in him being decapitated by Lady Shiva.
  • The War of Earthly Aggression: Their ultimate goal, according to Vandal Savage, is to make Earth "take its rightful place at the center of the cosmos," which, according to Aqualad, means instigating a war of conquest that would lead to the Light controlling the entire Milky Way.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Want to fast-track humanity's advancement and put Earth on top throughout the universe. Unfortunately, they're also willing to do almost anything to get there.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The Light are experts at these, setting up hedges in nearly every episode that ensures that no matter whether the heroes win or lose, The Light's plans continue moving forward.
  • You Are Number 6: Before each member was revealed they were only known by their number within the Light in the credits.

Current Members

    "L1": Vandal Savage 

Vandal Savage

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"50,000 years of life, and nothing ever troubled me as much as the founding of the Justice League."

Species: Metahuman

Voiced by: Miguel Ferrer (Season 1, Invasion), David Kaye (Outsiders)

An immortal supervillain who founded the Light and acts as the group's prima inter pares.


  • A Day in the Limelight: The third season episode "Evolution" stars Vandal Savage in a leading role, and goes in depth to explain his history and motivations.
  • Action Dad: Has had many children throughout his 50,000 years. He uses his own experience as a father to help comfort Black Manta while he was mourning his son's catatonic state and understanding Manta's desire to avenge him.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Sort of. While he's still definitely a villain here, he's more of a Knight Templar visionary as opposed to the horrifically brutal and amoral psychopath of the comics.
  • Affably Evil: He's very calm and politely spoken, as well as quite friendly with his fellow villains.
  • Ancient Evil: At 50,000 years old, Savage is significantly older than modern civilization, most ancient civilizations, and even recorded history itself.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a very deep voice courtesy of Miguel Ferrer, and later, David Kaye.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Delivers one to Kid Flash in "Coldhearted":
      Savage: You'll "handle" me? Little hero, do you really think you have what it takes to survive Vandal Savage?
    • He delivers one to the Team in "Summit":
      Savage: I've had my fill of your interference. Do not expect to survive.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a dark blue coat without lapels in his every appearance.
  • Beard of Evil: Mutton-chops, to be specific.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Vandal Savage, an immortal metahuman, took many names throughout history. One of them was Genghis Khan.
  • Big Bad: Founder and first among equals of The Light. The episode "Evolution" reveals he's been in a Big Bad Duumvirate with Darkseid for centuries, the two having allied to conquer the rest of the galaxy with the understanding than once their planets are the dominant ones, Apokolips and Earth will fight for control of the universe.
  • The Chessmaster: While the Light as a whole fits this description, Savage stands out; by his own admission, some of his plans have been millenia in the making.
  • Contemplative Boss: His standard pose.
  • Contemporary Caveman: Very evident in his design.
  • Create Your Own Hero: He was the original metahuman, and is all but outright stated to be the propagator of the metagene, meaning that all super-powered humans are technically his creation.
  • Dark Messiah: Savage's daughter Olympia records her father's life story, deeming him Earth's savior and destined ruler.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Kalibak makes a glib remark about Savage calling on Darkseid's aid to save Earth, Savage quips back by expressing his gratitude at Darkseid sending his "favorite son" to help him.
  • Deal with the Devil: His pact with Darkseid amounts to this. Vandal and Darkseid will help each other conquer the rest of the galaxy, but once their planets are the two dominant ones, they will fight to determine who will control the universe.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He came up with the idea for The Light, and is often seen planning with other members or setting their plans in motion.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: He apparently holds the opinion that Earth's rightful place is "at the center of the cosmos".
  • Empowered Badass Normal: The meteorite that gave him his immortality apparently also gave him some degree of super-strength and super-toughness. But even before that, he was able to kill a 12-foot-tall cave bear by himself.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He goes out of his way to console Black Manta after Kaldur is accidentally mind-raped into a vegetative state by Miss Martian, admitting that were he put in the same position, as a father, he would stop at nothing to get back or avenge his child. Some of his children are seen in the episode "Evolution", where he expresses considerable trust and subdued pride in his daughter, Cassandra, as well as grief for his daughter, Olympia, whom he kills once it becomes clear how far gone her mind is.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, menacing voice.
  • Fallen Hero: Played with; in ancient times, Savage was a Babylonian hero under the name of Marduk, and successfully saved the world from being conquered by Starro. Since then, he's taken on the identities of infamous conquerors like Genghis Khan, as well as his modern status as a would-be Galactic Conqueror and supervillain, but through it all, Savage has always regarded himself as a hero of Earth, an opinion echoed by his children.
  • Genius Bruiser: The genius part is obvious, but he's also a very dangerous hand-to-hand combatant.
  • A God Am I:
    • Not explicitly, but his attitude speaks volumes- Savage formed the Light because he thought that the Justice League were thwarting "his" vision for the future of humanity, implying that he thinks the human race basically belongs to him and can be directed as he pleases.
    • It's implied further in the episode "Evolution", which centers around his past and motivations. He and his children have been named after Gods throughout history, and Vandal himself believes he's an equal to the New God, Darkseid. After the death of one of his daughters, he says any daughter of Vandal Savage deserves a burial worthy of the Gods.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has three scars on his face, from a run-in with a cave bear before he gained his immortality.
  • Guttural Growler: Savage's voice, in addition to being very deep, has a distinct gravelly, rumbling quality as well.
  • Healing Factor: As a result of the meteor radiation that made him immortal, Savage's injuries heal amazingly quickly; soon after getting his powers, he got back up from being impaled with a spear, and during the 13th century, he was quickly back on his feet after being struck down by Darkseid's Omega Beam.
  • The Heavy: While the Light is an alliance of equals, Savage is the most prominent member, is considered first among equals, personally spearheads the Light's plots in both season finales, and the formation of the Light was his idea, with Savage extending invitations to the rest of the group. Savage isn't the sole Big Bad, but he definitely has the most impact on the plot.
  • Heroic Build: Played with. He has a huge, muscular figure, and was once a hero; now he's one of the main villains, but Vandal seen more as a Knight Templar.
  • Implacable Man: Takes full body rams powered by Super Speed with as much difficulty as getting breathed on.
  • Kneel Before Zod: At the end of "Usual Suspects" he makes the entire mind-controlled Justice League bow to him.
  • Knight Templar: Savage believes that the Light's efforts are ultimately for the betterment of humanity.
  • Large and in Charge: A hulking brute of a man with the brains to match, as well as first among equals for the Light.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Before killing Olympia, who's been recording his life story against his wishes, he gently asks her what her favorite part of his history is and listens to her gush about it, then snaps her neck without warning.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Considering he caught Wally by surprise, he clearly qualifies.
  • Offing the Offspring: When his daughter, Olympia, ages to the point where she's old and senile, he kills her by snapping her neck. Instead of being a normal act of dog-kicking, it's clear Vandal loves her and considers her death a mercy killing, making sure she dies happy. Afterwards he tells his other daughter to give Olympia a burial worthy of the gods.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: He's had many children over his millennia-long life, not all of whom gained his immortality. One of his sons died during a war in ancient Babylon against an army of Starro aliens. That son's name? Nabu aka the ancient spirit in Dr. Fate's helmet.
  • Papa Wolf: At least implied to be one, what with him seemingly sympathising with Black Manta's plight and even appearently extending his concern to Kaldur (pragmatic reasons, of course, are also a possibility, but he seemed overly emotional about his betrayal).
  • Pet the Dog: When he hijacked the WarWorld, he took the time to send the Leaguers guarding it back to the Watchtower, even though in his mood one would expect him to just murder them. Then again, he may have done it to give the Reach a hard time.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In the episode "Evolution", Vandal uses the WarWorld to protect an oblivious Earth from an unknown alien armada, saying, if he doesn't, many lives will be lost. However, it's clear that he doesn't do this out of moral outrage, but because he considers the planet to be his, and the people living on it can be used for his own purpose.
    Cassandra: Vandal once wrote: "It is better to capture an army than to destroy it. He had learned that more can be gained controlling men in peace, than in the chaos of war. For war is death. Death is waste. And life should not be wasted while it may yet be controlled to serve a greater purpose."
  • Really 700 Years Old: Closer to fifty-thousand.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Subverted. He tried to kill Wally, claiming in order to take revenge against The Flash. According to him, he has a score to settle with the Scarlet Speedster. However, in reality he was only trying to delay him from his mission.
  • Scars Are Forever: He got those scars before he gained his immortality from a meteorite's radiation, meaning that he's had them all his life.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: It's implied he was the first Metahuman, and that most modern Metahumans are his distant, and not-so-distant descendants.
  • The Social Darwinist: He is a firm believer of conflict helping to advance the species. He founded The Light because he believes the Justice League's goal of helping humanity is holding mankind back. The reasons for this belief are elaborated on in the episode "Evolution", which shows he made a deal with Darkseid for Earth and Apokolips to ally and conquer the rest of the galaxy. Once that's done, Earth and Apokolips will fight each other to determine which planet is the strongest.
  • The Stoic: Savage is very calm and collected. Even during his Villainous Breakdown, he keeps his cool.
  • Time Abyss: He's somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 years old, which probably means that he's the oldest living being from the planet Earth.
  • Touché: When Kaldur's Engineered Public Confession utterly destroys the Reach/Light alliance, he admits that no one has ever set him back so thoroughly in his entire life, and would even be impressed were he not so utterly enraged.
  • Tranquil Fury: During his Villainous Breakdown, it's quite clear he's completely enraged, but he keeps a steady tone throughout.
  • Villain Episode: He's the Villain Protagonist of the Season 3 episode "Evolution", which is all about him and his long backstory.
  • Villain Respect: Even though he's consumed with quiet rage, he expresses admiration in Kaldur being the first person to give him a serious setback in his entire life by destroying the alliance of the Light and the Reach.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In "Summit", when the Team manage to completely Out Gambit both the Light and the Reach. While he keeps his composure, he still becomes visibly enraged by the loss they suffered.
  • Villainous Friendship: While all of the Light are generally cordial to each other, Savage is shown to be on good terms with several supervillains, including Ra's al Ghul (Word of God refers to Savage and Ra's as "old friends"), Lex Luthor, Klarion, Black Manta, Sportsmaster, and even Darkseid.
  • Villain Team-Up: Seemingly with Darkseid, considering how casually he greets the God of Evil Physical God.
  • Visionary Villain: He founded the Light with the vision of putting Earth in its "rightful place at the center of the cosmos". Word of God is that Savage even thinks of himself as a visionary.
  • We Need a Distraction: His role in "Coldhearted" amount to this.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: Impresses Darkseid centuries in the past with his drive and the potential the Human Metagene holds, convincing the latter to instead ally with Savage, giving him time to build his resources and weaponize the Metagene, rather than simply conquering the Earth.

    "L3": Lex Luthor 

Lex Luthor

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"Oh, I wasn't talking about the weaponry. I myself never go armed. No, the greatest arsenal any man can bring to the party consists of the resources of his own mind. His intelligence, his stratagems, his force of will."

Species: Human

Voiced by: Mark Rolston

CEO of LexCorp, Luthor presents a benevolent public face while using his wealth, intellect, and resources to serve the Light's agenda.


  • Abusive Parents: Luthor qualifies against Superboy. He's never anything less than polite and considerate, but that's the same treatment he gives to everyone else, and doesn't hesitate to emotionally manipulate and outright set his Mooks on him. It's not even made particularly clear whether he thinks of Superboy as a son, or just assumed the role to get his former weapon back in line.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy : While he is definitely still a villain, this version of Lex is far less an outright Jerkass than his typical comic or animated counterparts. Usually, Lex frequently explodes with rage when his plans are thwarted, openly mocks everyone around him as dumber than he is, is xenophobic to aliens and sometimes openly sexist, and is hell-bent on revenge on Superman and anyone else who thwarts his plans, which frequently ends up biting him in the ass. Here, he almost never loses his temper, he is generally respectful to both friend and foe, and he thinks that revenge is a "suckers' game" and prefers to focus on schemes that actually benefit him in some way.
  • Affably Evil: He's polite, respected, kind to his employees and genuinely wants to make the world a better place, but he's still Lex Luthor, the man who wrote the book on self-centeredness, and is working to carry out The Light's decidedly social darwinist agenda.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Superman, i.e he created Kryptonian clones in the hopes of Superman 'meeting his match' and claims he lives in a world of black and white. When it is revealed that he may be the next Secretary-General, Superman is visibly disgusted. Which makes it a bit humorous that he had a child created from both their DNA.
  • Arms Dealer: The "corporate lobbyist" type, as in the DCAU.
  • Baddie Flattery: His praise of Arsenal's attempt to kill him was quite flattering.
  • Bald of Evil: As is more or less standard with Luthor.
  • Benevolent Boss: Unlike other incarnations, this Luthor shows genuine concern for his bodyguard Mercy when her artificial arm gets blown off in "Satisfaction".
  • The Chessmaster: This version of Lex is one of the most cunning incarnations of the character, able to manipulate outcomes to his favor and quickly adjust his plans as needed when things don't go his way, putting him back on track. The fact that he's now the UN Secretary-General and has made the League practically unable to operate on Earth, effectively causing them to break the fellowship also makes him one of the most successful at that.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He uses the output of Lexcorp to assist the Light's evil plans and other personally evil goals.
  • Corrupt Politician: Or rather, a Corrupt Diplomat; by Season 3, Lex Luthor has become the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and uses his position to undermine the Justice League's ability to operate worldwide. Compare and contrast this portrayal with some other continuities, where Luthor runs for or gets elected as the President of the United States.
  • Crazy-Prepared: "I don't believe in risk, I believe in preparation." Case in point, his desk is a bomb shelter.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Completely inverted in "Targets", where Lex uses a few well placed super assassins to help sell his most recent advances in cyborg weapons technology to a major government. He also essentially bribes Arsenal into not killing him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost half of what he says is snark, and he's never less than 100% deadpan.
    Luthor: Sigh... who knew enabling an Alien Invasion would entail so much paperwork?
  • Deal with the Devil: He's fond of tempting heroes by offering them some piece of technology that makes them more powerful in order to make them dependent on him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He seems genuinely surprised that the Runaways would take offense to him using them for his own ends, as if he expected them to assume he was to begin with. He doesn't even make any effort to deny it.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bruce Wayne. He's the Corrupt Corporate Executive who heads an N.G.O. Superpower that is opposed to the League while Wayne is an Honest Corporate Executive who supports the League.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Lex and the League of Assassins don't get along... later revealed to be a front, as both Luthor and Ra's al Ghul are members of The Light.
  • Expy: This version of Lex Luthor borrows heavily in terms of both personality and methods from David Xanatos, who was also created by Young Justice showrunner Greg Weisman.
    Luthor/Xanatos: Revenge is a sucker's game.
  • The Face: As the only member of the Light not to be a known criminal, Luthor more or less runs the public face of the Light, especially in their more overt actions in Season 2, such as their "support" of the Reach, and in Season 3, as Secretary General of the United Nations, hamstringing the Justice League with obstructive laws.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Tries for this with Superboy. If he hadn't had that code word to put him in a catatonic state, he'd have gotten his face punched in.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He supplied some of Superboy's DNA, making him effectively Superboy's human father.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As displayed in his interactions with Red Arrow, Superboy, Arsenal, and the Runaways.
  • Narcissist: Of particular note is the large portrait of himself that he keeps in his office.
  • Nerves of Steel: We have yet to see him lose his cool.
    Luthor: (after his office has been blown up) And that, my dear, is why I spent top dollar for a customized desk.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Believes physical combat to be beneath him.
  • Not So Different:
    • Tells Superboy that the hero has far more in common with an Anti-Villain like Luthor than with Superman and his Black and White Morality.
    • He also uses this to successfully recruit a team in "Runaways".
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: In season 3, he uses his position as UN Secretary-General to hamstring the Justice League, making them unable to even assist in humanitarian missions. This eventually drives Batman and numerous like-minded heroes to quit and form their own team.
  • President Evil: By Outsiders, he becomes the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: While always portrayed as a Superman villain in most media, here he never directly interacts with the Man of Steel. Instead, he comes off as a major villain to Superboy, as his "father" who he manipulated. Also, quite notably the Arrow Family, due to how he engaged in a Xanatos Gambit against Will and then was revealed to be the one who captured the original Roy Harper, becoming a target of his rage once freed.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He still has his "power suit", i.e. the three piece silk suit and tie.
  • Talking Your Way Out: Saves himself from Arsenal's dramatically ironic assassination attempt by simply giving a speech that deconstructs the hero's motivations.
    Luthor: What is you really want son: Revenge? Or satisfaction?
  • Unwitting Pawn: Invoked as he attempts to recruit the runaways. When he offers them help, Virgil points out that he's been working with the Reach, who the runaways mean to avoid at all cost. Luthor deflects this by claiming that he suspects that they are using him, and they appear to buy it. And to all appearances, Luthor is only in a business partnership with the Reach. Nobody outside of the League or Young Justice knows that they're both with the Light.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Ra's al Ghul in "Targets". It's only later that we learn it's because they're both members of The Light.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: To the point where he's seen as the most likely candidate to take over as Secretary-General of the United Nations. For two entire seasons, Luthor's walked out of each scheme of The Light with a spotless record and no proof he did anything wrong at all.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: This version of Lex Luthor tends towards this, or at least he likes to pretend to.

    "L4": Queen Bee 

Queen Bee

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"Now, your performance... a bit over the top, I think."

Species: Metahuman

Voiced by: Marina Sirtis

The ruler of Bialya with the power to manipulate pheromones to control people based on their attraction to women.


  • Ambiguously Bi: Queen Bee's powers are based on her target's sexual attraction to women, but Bee's own sexuality is ambiguous. Word of God describes her sexual orientation as a spoiler.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Possibly subverted; nothing about her outfit seems particularly bee-like (except possibly her earrings, which vaguely resemble stingers, and the thin cape that vaguely resemble a bee's wings), and Word of God suggests that "Bee" might just be her real name.
    • Bee also connects to her superpower, pheromone control of men (and some women).
  • Cleavage Window: Her shawl and corset-like top can give her the appearance of this.
  • Composite Character: There have been four Queen Bees in DC Comics. Two of them were ordinary humans who ruled Bialya (one of whom used brainwashing), and two were aliens with mind control pollen. The YJ Queen Bee is a human with mind control pheromones, who rules Bialya.
  • The Dark Chick: The sole woman amongst the Light, and her powers are well-suited for manipulation.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: According to Batman, she has the ability to put most men and some women under her thrall (no doubt a thinly veiled reference to her power working on lesbians and bisexuals of both genders, and not working on gay men). This is demonstrated when she uses her powers on Marie Logan to make her commit suicide.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Averted, but lampshaded. Queen Bee is actually very subtle and sinister, and critiques M'gann's impersonation of her, complete with cliché Evil Overlord "Qurac WILL be mine!", as over the top.
  • Evil Is Petty: She murdered Marie Logan during the timeskip. The only logical reason for her to bother would be to spite M'gann.
  • Evil Overlord: We don't know exactly the state Bialya is in, but this is probably the best description of what Queen Bee is. Her main contribution to the Light consists of access to Bialyan soil, where larger scale operations can take place away from most prying eyes.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Especially in "Image", where she adopts a polite tone... while blackmailing M'gann and threatening to force Garfield to harm himself.
  • Femme Fatale: Invoked. She relies on other people's attraction to her in order to manipulate them.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Even if she wasn't part of The Light, Queen Bee's ruthless behaviour (both on interpersonal and inter-country levels) disqualifies her from being the good kind of queen.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Just listen to what she says to M'gann.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: As per the trope description, Queen Bee responds with more ruthlessness and bloodlust than her male counterparts to her plans being thwarted: the men (except Klarion) always respond with calm and usually go "all part of the plan"; Queen Bee went (by herself) straight to where the heroes were staying, held a child essentially at gun-point, and told M'Gann she'd ruin her life if she ever interfered with her plans again, like a sociopathic Regina George. The boys of the Light (almost always) have people killed for them; Queen Bee does it herself. Also, while her compatriot in the Light, Lex Luthor, doesn't believe in revenge, Queen Bee certainly does.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: While her Mind Control could certainly make someone fight for her, there's no indication that she could take on your average superhero alone. In "Usual Suspects," she's quickly taken out so that the Team won't have to worry about her turning them against each other.
  • Qurac: Runs a nation known as Bialya, which is a near-anagram of Libya.
    • Which apparently is right next door to the actual DC Comics fictionation Qurac, as the team infiltrate her country by crossing the border (Qurac is actually a decent country in this continuity, though).
      • However, the tie-in comic indicates that the new Qurac government replacing the previous president during the time-skip now answers to Queen Bee.
    • Bialya also subverts most of the Qurac stereotypes as it's run by a scantly-clad woman rather than being a No Woman's Land and has an extremely strong and well-equipped military that is capable of giving superheroes a serious fight.
  • Personality Powers: A vampy dictator who can literally control men's minds.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: She threatens to make Garfield "damage himself" if M'gann tries to attack her. The final issue of the tie-in comic also reveals that she used her powers to make Marie Logan drive her car off a cliff.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Queen Bee certainly dresses the part of royalty, with her gold jewellery and regal looking shawl.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Albeit an evil something, but she doesn't send mooks to threaten Gar and blackmail Miss Martian, she does that personally.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of The Light until Granny Goodness joins in Season 3.
  • The Sociopath: Queen Bee is a totalitarian dictator with a manipulative and vicious streak, fine with ruining entire countries or threatening children to get what she wants, and willing to murder an innocent woman simply to spite Miss Martian.
  • Softspoken Sadist: When she blackmails Miss Martian to reveal her Dark Secret if she doesn't cooperate with her. She's also chillingly courteous to Marie Logan while forcing her to kill herself.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: All signs point to her name actually being Bee.
  • The Vamp: Her personality, behavior and powers only further cement this.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In "Images", she casually threatens to make Garfield hurt himself if Miss Martian tries anything against her.
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    "L7": Klarion the Witch Boy 

Klarion the Witch Boy

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"Order went out of style in the 20th century!"

Species: Unspecified humanoid

Voiced by: Thom Adcox-Hernandez

A powerful, but immature Lord of Chaos who handles the Light's needs in the field of sorcery.


  • Achilles' Heel: His sole known weakness at this point is that he needs to use a familiar to stay anchored in this world; target the familiar, and he'll be kicked out for a while until he can re-anchor himself. He learned to compensate for that after his first loss, though.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the comics, he's just a magic user from the Witch-World. Here, he's a Lord of Chaos and the actual Arch-Enemy to Doctor Fate.
    • "Misplaced" shows him effortlessly kicking the team's asses in battle and apparently he is higher ranking than Wotan, Felix Faust, Blackbriar Thorn and Wizard in the magical hierarchy. Not that this is surprising.
    • He has lost to Nabu twice, and it's unlikely Nabu was at full power either time; however, the first time he lost because his familiar was targeted, the second because he was distracted fighting the entire team at once and he wasn't serious because his plan was just a distraction. He has yet to lose in a straight fight.
    • And in the final episode of the first season, Vandal Savage refuses to let Klarion fight aboard the Watchtower, since he believes Klarion would likely take out the entire station and everyone on it. Klarion halfheartedly denies this before admitting that, yeah, he probably would. It's pretty obvious that he's the most powerful villain in the Light, if not the entire show.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While he is morally gray in the comics, he's nowhere near this bad.
  • All Witches Have Cats: His familiar Teekl.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Not him but his cat, which is female in most continuities but male in others. When asked if Teekl was a boy or a girl Word of God said "Yes".
  • Attack Animal: Teekl, after being transformed into a Sabertooth-like beast for a short time.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: A bit like a schoolboy outfit to go along with his appearance.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The natural result of having a Lord of Chaos that has the attitude and temperament of a child.
  • Breath Weapon: Breathes fire as one of his offensive moves.
  • The Brute: He's either this or The Dragon, as while he does act as Vandal's right hand man at the climax of The Light's schemes, his mystic contributions to The Light's goals are mostly rooted in his own raw power, and his position is as much to protect Vandal as anything else.
  • Child Mage: Though he looks like a teenager, he acts like a child.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Justified since Word of God says as a Lord of Chaos his mind is just as chaotic as the rest of him, which is also why he messes up common phrases and can forget important information so easily.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Teekl, his cat, seems to have the job of keeping him on task.
  • Composite Character: A cross between the comic book Klarion and The Child, a Lord of Chaos who fought Hawk and Dove and worked with Mordru against Dr. Fate.
  • Creepy Child: Played with. He acts like a child and looks like a teenager despite being an "ageless" Lord of Chaos and could be considered the oldest member of The Light, and in "Misplaced", when the world was split in two, with everyone over 18 in one world and everyone under 18 in another, he wound up in the child's world.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Season 2, Klarion only appears in group meetings of The Light, although he makes a significant appearance in "Summit", and doesn't speak in any of those. While The Brain and Ocean-Master were both severely Out of Focus, Klarion stands out after making several significant appearances in Season 1.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Given that he's far and away the most powerful character in the series (with the exception of Nabu) he can't actually be present most of the time without completely destroying any chance the good guys have of winning.
  • The Dragon: A good case can be made for him being this to Vandal Savage, as in both finales he seems to be directly at the side of Savage and aiding the other’s man escape.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He almost looks grey in some shots due to how pale he is.
  • Evil Sorceror: He uses magic, and is evil.
  • Familiar: His cat Teekl. It serves as his anchor to the mortal world.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Quick to joke and laugh, but he's probably one of the most unfettered villains in the show.
  • Femme Fatalons: Black, of course.
  • Finger Gun: A trick he uses while fighting Doctor Fate in "Denial".
  • Forgetful Jones: Can't seem to remember if he already knew about Morrow's coma. Also, Word of God says that the Light already knew about Kaldur and Black Manta's relationship, "Although whether Klarion remembers is a legit question."
  • For the Evulz: Word of God is that Klarion joined the Light mostly because "it seemed like fun".
  • Game Face: First seen during his fight with Nabu in "Denial" and used throughout "Misplaced". It helps to show that he's not human at all.
  • Graceful Loser: However in "Misplaced" he looked like he was having a Villainous Breakdown; but after the spell was broken he got a lot calmer. Then he called Teekl back so they could leave. If he had attacked them he would have won, no question, but then there'd be no show, so he just takes the Villain: Exit, Stage Left.
    "Boy, they sure don't make evil immortal sorcerers like they used to. Oh well. (Snaps his fingers undoing Doctor Fate's binding spell) Fun while it lasted."
  • Horned Hairdo: As if he didn't look evil enough without his Game Face, though as a Lord of Chaos this is most likely intentional on his part.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It's not known exactly what he is, but human is definitely not among the options.
  • Immortal Immaturity: He's known as the witch boy for a reason.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Teekl's meows are intelligible to Klarion, and indeed the cat at times seems to be more knowledgeable than Klarion himself.
  • Instant Runes: His magical abilities can cause complex runes to appear on the ground around him.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Like most children, he enjoys taunting those around him.
  • Jerkass: As if being an example of Kids Are Cruel, Teens Are Monsters, and Spoiled Brat wasn't enough of a clue.
  • Karma Houdini: As Fate points out, Klarion can't be held, so it's not really worth trying to even stop him from leaving.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Teekl, again justified by being his familiar.
  • Nightmare Face: Once his face adopts a more demonic appearance, his eyes alone put him pretty firmly in the Uncanny Valley.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that Nabu knows what his cat actually is.
  • Order Versus Chaos: In this series Klarion is a Lord of Chaos.
  • Out of Focus: Hasn't had as much to do in the second and third seasons as he did in the first.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Savage refused to let him fight on the Watchtower during the season 1 finale because he would have destroyed the entire station and everyone on it, with him admitting that he would.
    • During the season 3 episode "Evolution", one of Savage's plans to deal with the alien fleet was just sending Klarion to take care of it. Since his mythical equal, Dr. Fate, can stop the planet destroying attacks of the War World, it's certainly not out of left field that Klarion can devastate space fleets by his lonesome.
  • Physical God: As a Lord of Chaos, he's on the same level as Dr. Fate.
  • Playing with Fire: A particular favourite of Klarion's.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His normal outfit and overall colors are black and shades of red.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Teekl's eyes can look downright demonic but Klarion's Game Face has a rather ratlike pair of them as well.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Justified. He needs to keep Teekl close at hand, as the cat is his anchor to the earthly plane.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Into a giant claw at one point.
  • Shock and Awe: One of his many magical abilities.
  • The Sociopath: In the sense that he views the people around him as toys and he enjoys breaking them.
  • Spoiled Brat: His own minions occasionally have to act like frustrated parents.
    Klarion: This isn't T. O. Morrow.
    Sportsmaster: Klarion, this is Professor Ivo.
    Klarion: I didn't order this! Send it back!
    Teekl: (purrs)
    Klarion: Morrow's in a coma? Did I already know that?
  • Squishy Wizard: Seeing how despite being a Lord of Chaos all it takes to get rid of him is to attack an otherwise normal house cat, he can still qualify as this. He can make hurting the cat difficult at times, but still.
  • Token Non-Human: He's actually a Lord of Chaos, which is basically a god.
  • The Trickster: Not a nice one though.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: When comparing his magic to Dr. Fate's, he seems to rely more on brute force.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: A justified case. He's an Anthropomorphic Personification of Chaos. Holding him isn't really an option.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Quick to start screaming and whining when the heroes get the upper hand.

    Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) 

Deathstroke (Slade Wilson)

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Click here to see him in Invasion 

Species: Human

Voiced by: Wentworth Miller ("The Fix"), Fred Tatasciore ("Complications", "Summit", Outsiders)

Sportsmaster's replacement, hired in anticipation of Sportsmaster's betrayal. Come Season 3, he has take Ra's al Ghul's place as the leader of the League of Shadows and with it, his position in The Light.


  • Art Evolution: Along with a new costume, Season 3 gives him an altered facial design and haircut that removes his ponytail and makes his features closer to his DC Animated Movie Universe counterpart.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His real name is Slade Wilson. That's pretty cool.
  • Badass Baritone: When voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
  • Badass Beard: When unmasked, he has a white beard.
  • Blood Knight:
    (in response to Lagoon Boy requesting backup) "See, calling for help like that just pushes up the timetable. Now I can't savor the battle."
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • How does he begin his first encounter with some Team members? Drawing his sword... and using it to reflect sunlight into their eyes.
    • Lagoon Boy throws car door? He kicks it right back at him.
  • Costume Evolution: Has a new costume by the time of Season 3 that looks much closer to his counterpart's outfit from Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets in a dig at M'gann and La'gann's relationship before attacking them.
    Deathstroke: Hate to interrupt such poignant inter-species romance, but we have pressing business with the Martian.
  • The Dragon: He takes Sportsmaster's place as one to the Light as a whole. Luthor himself acknowledges his high position, stating that he's not so much a pawn, but more of a bishop.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In Season 3 he is a member of the Light's council.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He wants his own seat at the Light's table, like Manta before him. In Season 3 he has succeeded, and has replaced Ra's al Ghul.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: After Fred Tatasciore takes over the role.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: He's missing an eye and wears an eyepatch underneath his mask (which only has one eye hole).
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Shoots a shuriken thrown by Sportsmaster with a handgun.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: An animated (and super villain) example. This Deathstroke wears black body armor instead of a blue and orange costume just like his comic book counterpart.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: In a very limited sense. When he has Lagoon Boy at his mercy, he observes that Lagoon Boy is not on his employers' hit list, so he won't kill or abduct him. However, he does enjoy beating people senseless whether it's mission-related or not.
  • Truer to the Text: This Deathstroke is much more faithful to his comic book counterpart than his previous animated counterpart was mainly through the fact that just like his comic book counterpart, he is portrayed as a deadly mercenary (as opposed to the very skilled Manipulating terrorist that the Teen Titans version was portrayed as) and mostly addressed by his comic book alias Deathstroke (the Teen Titans version went by his civilian name "Slade" due to Never Say "Die").
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Sportsmaster warns that Deathstroke will suffer this eventually. Deathstroke counters that he won't if he joins the Light as an equal eventually.

    The Ultra-Humanite 

The Ultra-Humanite

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Species: Gorilla (with a human brain)

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker (Season 1, Vocal Effects), Greg Weisman (Outsiders)

An evil scientist who transplanted his brain into that of an elderly woman and later that of a male albino gorilla, becoming the Ultra-Humanite. Formerly a member of the Injustice League, as of season three, the Ultra-Humanite has become a member of the Light, replacing The Brain as their scientific head.


  • Ascended Extra: Formerly a minor villain who only appeared in one episode, now a member of the Light.
  • Dragon Ascendant: First appeared as one of the Light's proxies on the Injustice League as well as a partner and colleague of the Brain; as of Outsiders, has become an full-fledged member of the Light, presumably stepping into the Brain's position after his capture in "Summit".
  • Evil Old Folks: Ultra-Humanite was in the body of an old woman before surgery, and might have lived even longer as a gorilla.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Appears such in the comic book tie-in. His dialogue even serves as foreshadowing for the Light's true motives before it's chronologically revealed in the show itself
  • Gender Bender: His former host was an old woman before his brain was transplanted to a male gorilla. According to Word of God, his original human form was male.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar across the right side of his mouth.
  • Killer Gorilla: His current body is that of an albino gorilla.
  • Radio Voice: Speaks via a device on his chest, presumably because his gorilla vocal chords don't allow for human speech.
  • Suddenly Voiced: After being The Voiceless in season 1, he has his first speaking role in the third season episode "Home Fires".
  • The Voiceless: He doesn't have a voice in his debut episode, though ends up having a bigger role come season 3.

    Granny Goodness (Gretchen Goode) 

Granny Goodness (Gretchen Goode)

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Species: New God (presumed)

Voiced by: Deborah Strang

The founder of GoodeWorld, creator of the Goode VR Goggles, Gretchen appears to be a kindly old woman, but is in fact a member of the Light. Presumably Darkseid's agent on the Light's council.


  • Adaptational Curves: Inverted, she is noticeably less muscular than her comic counterpart, which helps her play into the facade of being a gentle old woman.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Publicly a kindly philanthropist, in reality a member of the Light.
  • Evil Old Folks: She's an elderly woman, and based on her comic counterpart, likely the most vile of the Light.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Even Bruce Wayne thinks she's a philanthropic old woman, rather than an agent of the Light and Darkseid.

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    "L2": Ra's Al Ghul 

Ra's Al Ghul

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"Thus, another corner of the world, sees the Light."

Species: Human

Voiced by: Oded Fehr

The centuries old founder and master of the League of Shadows.


  • Affably Evil: Is quite polite to Tigress, who is just a minion to him. Even when he finds out who she really is, he remains relatively calm while everyone else around him is pissed off. In Outsiders, he takes the heroes' intrusion on Infinity Island in his stride, ribs Nightwing about the debacle like a chiding grandfather, calmly and honestly responds to Brion's furious accusations, and ultimately allows the Outsiders to depart without issue, treating the whole incident as little more than an amusing diversion.
  • Affectionate Nickname: As in the comics, Ra's refers to Batman as "the detective" as a mark of respect.
  • Back from the Dead: Lampshaded by Alfred in the tie-in comics, when he notes that Ra's never stays dead.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a green one.
  • Badass in Charge: While he hasn't seen much action yet, Ra's is most definitely in charge of the League of Shadows. At least, he was before Season 3.
  • Badass Moustache: A long, gray mustache that is both badass and dignified.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He shows some inclination towards this, chiding Cheshire for her failure to kill Lex Luthor in "Targets".
    Cheshire: Master.
    Ra's: And client. So... twice disappointed in your failure.
  • Death Is Cheap: Over the course of the first two seasons and the tie-in comic, Ra's is killed twice, once by a long fall and once by Black Beetle. The comic depicts him as being resurrected by the Lazarus Pit after the first death, and as he carts his master's body away the second time, Ubu vows that Ra's will rise again.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Subverted He has much more of a role in "Summit" than in any previous episode except "Targets" but his death is only temporary. Indeed, the third season depicts Ra's alive and well.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: As leader of The League of Shadows, sends missions across the globe to further the light.
  • Doting Parent: To Talia in the tie-in comic.
  • The Dreaded: In "Rescue Ops", Nightwing describes Ra's as one of the most dangerous men alive, and at the end of the episode, the Outsiders scarcely hesitate to leave Infinity Island when Ra's graciously allows them to do so.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Ra's clearly loves Talia, and he once had a wife whose fate is unknown.
  • Evil Old Folks: At least a few centuries old, and as of "Rescue Ops", an actual grandfather.
  • Fallen Hero: Word of God is that Ra's was considered a hero by some at one time or another.
  • Hyper-Awareness:
    • He noticed Red Arrow lurking on a nearby roof, a detail that had slipped the notice of both Cheshire and Sportsmaster.
    • In "Summit," he quickly deduces what Tigress's necklace is actually for, exposing her as the Reverse Mole.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: He's fatally stabbed by Black Beetle in "Summit". His bodyguard quickly takes him off to be resurrected in a Lazarus Pit.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Black Beetle runs him through out of general annoyance with the Light.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Or 600, Word of God hasn't pinned down an exact year yet.
  • Retired Monster: When he first appears in Outsiders, Ra's is no longer the head of the League of Shadows nor does he have a seat on the Light, yet he appears perfectly content with it nonetheless. In fact, he's still in contact with Savage, implying that his departure from The Light was consensual.
  • Seen It All: Ra's reacts to seeing Halo revive herself from a fatal Neck Snap with a totally calm "curious", which is to be expected; as Ra's himself says, Infinity Island is no stranger to resurrections, although such a feat usually requires a Lazarus Pit.
  • Skunk Stripe: As in the comics, where it's a side effect of Lazarus Pit revival.
  • Spotting the Thread: In "Summit", he instantly deduces the nature of Tigress's necklace at a glance, and wastes no time exposing her as Artemis.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Weisman has said that Ra's and the Sensei aren't related. When Ra's was resurrected in Grant Morrison's Batman run, it was revealed that the Sensei was Ra's's father.
  • Villainous Friendship: Word of God identifies Ra's and Vandal Savage as old friends.
  • Villains Never Lie: When he claims to no longer be in charge of the League of Shadows or a member of the Light, Nightwing believes him, saying Ra's al Ghul is many things, but a liar isn't one of them. Overlaps with Exact Words as he is still a good acquaintance with them. On a similar note, Ra's may not be a liar, but he still keeps quite a few secrets, such as Talia's child (almost certainly Batman's son) and the resurrected Jason Todd.

    "L5": Ocean-Master (Prince Orm of Atlantis) 

Ocean-Master (Prince Orm of Atlantis)

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Species: Atlantean

Voiced by: Roger Craig Smith

Ocean-Master is the secret identity of Prince Orm, the younger brother of Aquaman. He was the leader of the Atlantean purists and a former member of the Light.


  • Adaptational Wimp: He suffers pretty heavily from this. In the comics, he can go toe-to-toe with his brother Aquaman and has been the Big Bad of numerous stories. Here, he gets killed in one swift strike by Lady Shiva, a Badass Normal with a sword. Such an attack wouldn't even phase Ocean-Master in the comics. However, this may speak to just how deadly Shiva is more than Orm being weakened, given her comic self's Ambiguously Human nature and Charles Atlas Superpower abilities.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Prince Orm is a murderous supervillain and would-be usurper to the royal throne of Atlantis.
  • Asshole Victim: Despite being a disgraced prince who lost everything, it's pretty hard to feel any sympathy for him when Shiva slices his head off. Seeing as how he was going to murder 16 people, the majority being women or little children, including his sister-in-law and nephew, all in a petty attempt to score Revenge by Proxy, he definitely had it coming... especially considering the possibly apocalyptic results that could've spawned had he succeeded, it's a good thing for everyone he was put down when he did.
  • Back for the Dead: He returns in Season 3, but is killed shortly after by Lady Shiva.
  • Barrier Warrior: He can only use defensive magic.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As Prince Orm, he acts as a faithful and loving brother to Aquaman, only showing his true loathing for his brother when in his guise of Ocean-Master. The façade seems quite effective; despite having fought Ocean-Master at least twice, Aquaman never realised that his enemy was his own brother.
  • Cain and Abel: With Aquaman.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Ocean-Master is actually mentioned and appears very briefly in a flashback told as a story in "Downtime." This is before it's revealed that Orm is him or that he's a member of The Light.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: When he returns in season 3, most of the colour from his skin has gone completely pale.
  • The Evil Prince: Well he is the prince of Atlantis, and was next in line to the throne after his brother.
  • Evil Uncle: He twice attempted to murder his own nephew (and his sister-in-law) as part of his insane vendetta against his brother.
  • Fantastic Racism: In the comic tie-in, he leads the Purists, a cult dedicated to "cleanse" Atlantis from non-humanoid Atlanteans. He actually doesn't give a damn about the Purist cause, but they make convenient minions.
  • Foregone Conclusion: A version of Aquaman's brother who seems to be a decent person? That's not gonna last long...
  • Guttural Growler: His voice is extremely hoarse in Season 3 as opposed to the Badass Baritone in his first appearance, showing his fall from grace.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Season 3 hits him with this HARD. Once at The Light's table and a member of the Atlantean Royal Family, he ends up being disgraced and left to rot for 6 years in prison. When he returns in Season 3, he's forced to resort to hiding in a house and attacking civilians like any common mook would.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Once a powerful nobleman and member of the Atlantean royal family, he was imprisoned for his crimes. After escaping from prison, he was reduced to being a homeless fugitive living in exile, and his appearance looks rather disheveled in Season 3.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Shiva stops him from attacking the heroes' families on The Light's orders, as he would end up putting the heroes on high alert earlier than The Light would want (not to mention very vengeful and merciless).
  • Noodle Incident: We still don't know what happened over the Time Skip that caused him to get kicked out of The Light. It's implied in a season 3 episode that his identity was found out and he was defeated and thrown in an Atlantean prison, though the details are still unknown.
  • Off with His Head!: How he meets his end, courtesy of Lady Shiva.
  • Out of Focus: Compared to the other members of the Light. Not only is he absent in season two for unknown reasons, but he only speaks in one episode (where Black Manta was The Heavy). In fact, the show never even reveals his real identity; if you were unfamiliar with Aquaman canon and didn't read the tie-in comic, you probably wouldn't realize that he and that nice Prince Orm were the same person.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Ocean-Master does nothing onscreen as a member of the Light, though he does have a larger role in one of the comic tie-in's plotlines. When the second season begins, he's been Put on a Bus during the Time Skip.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He wanted revenge on the Justice League for his fall from grace, and saw killing their beloved family and friends as the perfect means to do so. The results would've been terrible for everyone, had it not been for Shiva's timely intervention.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The crown prince of Atlantis, and an active supervillain and member of the Light.
  • Sanity Slippage: 6 years in prison have taken quite a toll on him.
  • The Sociopath: Orm is so power-hungry and hateful towards his brother, that he's perfectly willing to murder his own sister-in-law and nephew (along with dozens of innocent women and their children) out of a mixture of vengeful spite, and entitled desire to regain his lost authority in Atlantis.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: The episode "Downtime" makes reference to "the vile Ocean-Master" and features an appearance by Prince Orm. It's not revealed until the tie-in comic that the two are one and the same (though anyone familiar with the Aquaman mythos would have figured it out instantly).
  • Uncertain Doom: Post-Time Skip, Ocean-Master is nowhere to be seen, with only word on his fate being that he's been "disgraced". He returns in Season 3, only to be killed by Shiva.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: His villainous persona is never seen in action in the entire first season. In season 3 he has a few minutes of screen time before being killed off.
  • The Worf Effect: He's killed unceremoniously to show just how dangerous Shiva is.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Though to be fair, it's clear that 6 years in prison took both a physical and mental toll on him, which can explain why Shiva was easily able to get the jump on him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no qualms about trying to kill women, including female civilians who cannot defend themselves.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Or more specifically, would hurt said child's pregnant mother in an attempt to gain her power, thereby killing said child at the same time; it should be noted that the child was going to be his niece or nephew (luckily, he was stopped). He later tries to kill the Justice League members' wives and children (including his brother's wife and son, yet again) when they're all gathered together.

    "L6": The Brain 

The Brain

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"Sil vous plait, Capitaine, do not struggle- brain extraction is largely painless. Ze benefits are EN-NOR-MOUS. Just look at what it has done for me."

Species: Human brain

Voiced by: Nolan North / Corey Burton

A brilliant French scientist who implanted his brain in a cybernetic shell.


  • Brain in a Jar: While quite intelligent, he's called The Brain due to literally being a disembodied brain. His jar is more advanced than most, though.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    The Brain: (About to cut open Captain Marvel's skull) I'm told you have the courage of Achilles, mais non? Perhaps you should have asked for his invulnerability instead.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second season, he only makes silent appearances during the Light's video conferences until "Summit", where he still doesn't get a line. He's no longer a member of the Light by the third season.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's a disembodied brain.
  • Evil Genius: His main purpose, since he is just a Brain.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He asks Captain Marvel politely not to move while he's dissecting Marvel's brain (with Marvel still awake and fully conscious), and reassures him that it's a "largely painless" procedure.
  • French Jerk: Based on his mannerisms, accent and Poirot Speak.
  • Lean and Mean: Before his brain transplant.
  • Looks Like Cesare: Prior to transferring his brain into a robotic shell, he was a pale man with dark circles under his eyes, a pencil-thin build, and messy black hair.
  • Mad Scientist: In his first appearance, he was behind the injection of Kobra venom into wildlife to produce super-monsters and wished to dissect Captain Marvel to have a scientific look at his Solomon-enhanced brain.
  • Non-Action Guy: Not a whole lot a Brain in a Jar can do physically. He has some weapons built into his shell, but otherwise, he's dependant on his intellect and Monsieur Mallah to get by in a fight.
  • Poirot Speak: He is complètement fluid in English, but still inserts, comment dit-on, random French phrases into his speech, tu sais?
  • Put on a Bus: He's captured by the heroes at the end of season two along with Black Manta, presumably explaining why the Ultra-Humanite has replaced him on the Light's council.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Brain.
  • Telescoping Robot: He's got a surprising amount of weapons hidden in his transport unit.

    "L8": Black Manta 

Black Manta

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"It is not in success where true character is revealed, but in failure."
Click here to see him unmasked 

Species: Human

Voiced by: Khary Payton

Aquaman's Arch-Enemy and Aqualad's biological father. Manta joins the Light in Season 2 to replace the disgraced Ocean-Master. In Outsiders, he returns as part of the Suicide Squad.


  • Action Dad: To Aqualad in Season 2.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Sort of, like Savage. Here, Manta shows more humanity, and seems to genuinely care for his son, whereas in the comics he ruthlessly tried to murder him. Furthermore, he's far more honorable in general and is a far cry from the twisted, hateful, vengeance-obsessed psychopath that he is consistently characterized as.
  • Affably Evil: To an extent. He even uses an assassination mission as a way to teach his son honesty. He also never raises his voice when talking to his men, whom he doesn't abuse (they don't seem scared of him in the slightest). Unless Aqualad's safety is involved. In "Complications", when Manta goes to rescue Kaldur from Cheshire his men are already trying to reopen the sealed door. Manta blows it up without waiting for any of them to get out of the way.
  • Arch-Enemy: It doesn't receive a great deal of focus (as the show focuses on the young heroes, not the Justice League), but Manta is described by Lagoon Boy as Aquaman's greatest enemy. Manta later expresses disappointment that Aquaman didn't die in the explosion that destroyed Malina Island.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Aqualad in Season 1.
  • Artificial Gill: The secondary purpose of his armor, since he isn't an Atlantean.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: His default pose. Example.
  • Badass Mustache: More of a goatee really.
  • Badass Normal: With the exception of his artificial gills, he's a completely normal man with a suit of power armor.
  • The Brute: In a sense, while other members of the Light specialize in assassination, technology, magic, or such, he deals in direct military action.
  • Characterization Marches On: In "Downtime", he comes across as brash and petty. In the second season onward, he shows a LOT more tact and grace.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Wears Powered Armor but otherwise has no powers.
  • Color Character: He is Black Manta, afterall.
  • Consummate Professional: Manta's troops are among the most efficient and well-trained mooks of the show and Manta treats them very respectfully.
  • Cool Helmet: His visual signature, as in the comics. Its design is a bit more complex here, to follow the pattern of his Powered Armor.
  • Dark Is Evil: His intimidating, pitch-black armor makes this abundantly clear.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Hits nearly all of the prerequisites. He wears a full-body suit of black armor with a Cool Helmet that deepens his voice, and is the secret father of one the main heroes.
  • Disappeared Dad: To Kaldur, as his son was unaware that Black Manta was his biological father.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Is promoted to take Ocean-Master's place on the Light in the 3rd episode of season 2.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His son, Aqualad. This is noted well in "The Fix" where, he is immediately at his son's side when Aqualad—due to being affected by M'gann's Mind Rape sometime back, mumbles his first word in his slowly repaired state: "Father." He is also genuinely conflicted and heartbroken when he discovers Aqualad is a mole for the heroes.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Kaldur attempted to convince his father to undergo a Heel–Face Turn after being outed as The Mole. Manta truly wants Kaldur to do the opposite.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Black Manta is genuinely pained when it's revealed that Kaldur was actually a Reverse Mole.
  • Eye Beams: His primary form of offense.
  • Family Values Villain: He uses a terrorist mission to teach his son a lesson about honesty.
  • A Father to His Men: He seems to treat his men rather well, going with his Noble Demon "virtues".
  • It's Personal: His return in Outsiders has him declaring that him and Tigress have a score to settle.
  • Large Ham: At times.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: During the Time Skip Aqualad learned Black Manta was his father, and switched sides... to infiltrate Black Manta's organization.
  • Malcolm Xerox: While nowhere near as intense as his comic counterpart (who was actually playing it up as a way to scam people for funds and men, but still), Manta shows subtle signs of it in "Summit" when The Reach state The Light aren't equal partners but simply The Reach's favored agents. Manta comes to blows with Black Beetle over the notion that Manta refuses to be anyone's slave and later on waxes on about how one must be ruthless to truly stay a free man.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Check out the inside of his sub.
  • Noble Demon: Manta has his own honor code, and is shown to actually be a caring father towards Kaldur in Season 2. Kaldur admits he admires these qualities and tries to convince his father to pull a Heel–Face Turn.
  • No MacGuffin, No Winner: Invoked. Later revealed to be his Plan B.
  • Offing the Offspring: He attempted it in "Downtime" by shooting at Aqualad and Garth. He didn't care if he killed his own son in an explosion he himself caused. They're working together by Season 2... except not.
  • Papa Wolf: His behavior in season 1 notwithstanding, he doesn't take kindly to threats against his son. He absolutely refuses to let Sportsmaster have Aqualad in exchange for the death of Artemis, and swears revenge on Miss Martian for rendering him comatose.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Whenever he's with Kaldur in Season 2. The guy's evil, but he's a great dad. And no, he isn't just putting it on to gain his trust... he shows an equal amount of affection towards a comatose Kaldur, and goes to extreme lengths to restore his mind. Even after a mission that Kaldur is technically successful, but not because of his own actions, he praises his son for the mere act of not taking credit where he did not expressly deserve it.
    • Also, he seems to genuinely appreciate Tigress and her friendship with his son.
  • Powered Armor: Without it he couldn't do much underwater since it also acts as scuba gear.
  • Put on a Bus: As of season 3 he is no longer a member of the light, presumably due to his capture and imprisonment in season 2.
  • Scary Black Man: Masked, but he still counts.
  • Secret Test of Character: Subjects his son to one, which he passes. But that doesn't mean he should rest easy.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seems to think Aqualad and "Tigress" are a couple.
  • Spotting the Thread: In "Downtime", he almost instantly noticed one of his men carrying water-bearers and realised that the trooper was Aqualad in disguise.
  • Third-Person Person: On occasion.
    Black Manta: No agreement exists that makes a slave of Black Manta!
    Black Beetle: No agreement exists that guarantees the life of Black Manta.
    Black Manta: Manta guarantees that for himself.
  • Wicked Cultured: Complete with decorative tribal masks and a glass of red wine.
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