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Abel[edit]

Abin Sur[edit]

Abra Kadabra (character)[edit]

Abby Holland[edit]

Ace the Bat-Hound[edit]

Acrata[edit]

Acrata (Andrea Rojas) is a fictional superheroine from DC Comics who was created as part of the Planet DC annuals event. Her first appearance is in Superman Vol. 2 Annual #12 (August 2000). She was created by Oscar Pinto, Giovanni Barberi, and F.G. Haghenbeck. Her signature uniform is a black suit with green stripes at her sides, with the Mayan symbol of night at her forehead.[1]

Acrata appeares in related Superman media:

Acid Master[edit]

Acid Master is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Philip Master is a chemist and saboteur who allied with forces behind the Iron Curtain.[2]

Acid Master in other media[edit]

Acid Master appears in The Flash episode "Failure is an Orphan", portrayed by John Gillich. This version is an acid-generating metahuman. He fought Killer Frost before being sent to the S.T.A.R. Labs pipeline so that an older Grace as Cicada II couldn't kill him.

Adam Strange[edit]

Aerie[edit]

First appearanceSuicide Squad, Volume 6, #1 (February 2020)
Created byTom Taylor and Bruno Redondo
AbilitiesWings and flight

The Aerie, is a fictional character, a terrorist in the DC Comics universe. They are gender non-binary. They first appeared in Suicide Squad vol. 6 #1 (February 2020). They were created by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo.

Agamemno[edit]

Agamemno is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics universe. He first appeared in Silver Age #1 (July 2000) during the Silver Age event (a series of Silver Age styled one-shots of which he was the chief antagonist). He was created by Mark Waid.[1]

Agent Liberty[edit]

Air Wave[edit]

Michael Akins[edit]

Michael Akins is a character in DC Comics.

Michael Akins is a member of the Gateway City Police Department. In his earlier days, Akins had a traumatic experience with Watchdog where the vigilante and the kidnap victim ended up dead.[3] When he moved to Gotham City, he became a trusted police officer working under James Gordon during the "No Man's Land" crisis. When Gordon was shot, Akins became the new police commissioner.[4]

At the time when The Body attacked Gotham City, Commissioner Akins was instructed by Mayor Greeves to light the Bat-Signal. When The Body was defeated, Batman asked Akins to leave the Bat-Signal on and check for any imposters in his ranks. Since then, the relationship between Batman and Akins was tense.[5]

During the "Batman: War Games" storyline, a huge gang war occurred in Gotham City as Batman asked Commissioner Akins for control over the police department. Akins turned him down. Upon Batman taking action with some police officers getting killed, Akins felt that Batman wasn't on the side of the GCPD anymore.[6][7]

Upon the press demanding the GCPD to take action, Commissioner Akins sent the entire police department to go after Las Arañas led by Tartantula.[8] When Batman tried to get Commissioner Akins to call back the entire police officers, Akins states that he will no longer listen to him.[9] He even had the Bat-Signal removed from the roof.[10]

In 2016, DC Comics implemented another relaunch of its books called "DC Rebirth" which restored its continuity to a form much as it was pritor to "The New 52". Michael Akins is shown to be the Mayor of Gotham City where he is asked about the increased members of the Bat-Family on the news. He states that Batman has been invaluable over the years and that Gotham City doesn't need a second police force. When later visited by Batman, Mayor Akins mentioned about Batman militarizing his group which he worries about, the alliance with Clayface, and the use of teen vigilantes. Batman couldn't answer the question and even commented about how Mayor Akins had selected Hamilton Hill Jr. as his deputy mayor. Not bothered by the allegation of having the deputy mayor being the son of Hamilton Hill, Mayor Akins asked the question "Where does this end"?[11]

Akins was later replaced by a man named Atkins.[12]

Michael Akins in other media[edit]

Michael Akins appears in Batwoman, portrayed by Chris Shields. He is shown to be the Mayor of Gotham City. In season two during the riots instigated by Black Mask, Mayor Akins was wounded in his van and Sophie Moore stays by his side until the paramedics arrive. In season three, Mayor Akins is succeeded by Mayor Hartley (portrayed by Sharon Taylor).

Alias the Spider[edit]

All-Star[edit]

First appearanceJustice League Adventures #13 (January 2003)
Created byDan Slott · Min S. Ku

All-Star (Olivia Dawson) is a fictional superheroine from DC Comics. She is a young girl with an alien Star Charm who became a reserve member for the Justice League.

Henry Allen[edit]

First appearanceThe Flash #126 (February 1962)

Henry Allen is the father of Barry Allen/Flash and Malcolm Thawne and the husband of Nora Allen. Initially depicted as an obscure character,[13] he was featured in a storyline in which his body was possessed by the Top's spirit.[14] His character's story changed in The Flash: Rebirth due to Professor Zoom the Reverse-Flash's time-traveling actions. When Barry was a child, Henry was convicted of Nora's murder after being framed by Zoom. This incident drove his son to become obsessive in finding the real killer in hope of freeing Henry.[15] Henry died in prison a year or two before Barry became the Flash, but Henry's name is posthumously cleared by his son in The Flash: Rebirth storyline.[16]

In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Henry's problem of Zoom's framing remains intact. He is still alive and is later freed after the Flash proves his father's innocence after catching Zoom.

Henry Allen appeared in various Flash or other DC media:

  • Henry Allen appeared in the 1990s television series, portrayed by M. Emmet Walsh.
  • Henry Allen appears in the 2014 television series, portrayed by John Wesley Shipp.[17] A respectable doctor, Henry is Barry Allen's father and Nora Allen's husband. He was wrongfully convicted of Nora's murder then incarcerated in Iron Heights after the Reverse-Flash framed him, and only his son and later Joe West believed in his innocence. Learning that Barry is the Flash, Henry serves as his son's moral conscience in using these powers wisely and not being tempted from personal gains. After being released from prison due to Eobard Thawne's confession to Nora's murder, Henry seeks a reclusive life yet occasionally returns later to counsel Barry to offer encouragement during his son's disastrous confrontations with Hunter Zolomon before Henry himself is killed by Zoom to enrage Barry. Henry is also the Earth-1 doppelganger of Jay Garrick/Flash of Earth-3 and Barry Allen/Flash of Earth-90.
  • Henry Allen appears in the 2017 film Justice League, portrayed by Billy Crudup.
  • Henry Allen will appear in the 2023 film The Flash, portrayed by Ron Livingston due to Billy Crudup being unavailable during filming.

Nora Allen[edit]

First appearanceThe Flash #126 (February 1962)

Nora Allen is the mother of Barry Allen and Malcolm Thawne and the wife of Henry Allen. She was initially depicted as an obscure character,[13] but her character's story changed in The Flash: Rebirth. When Professor Zoom the Reverse-Flash decided to get revenge on the Flash, Nora is murdered to mess with Barry's childhood and Henry was convicted due to lack of evidence. Barry could never believe that Henry killed Nora and this led her son to become the Flash.[15]

Nora appears within various Flash media:

  • Nora Allen was portrayed by Priscilla Pointer in the 1990 TV series The Flash.
  • Nora Allen appears in the 2013 animated movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, voiced by Grey Griffin.
  • Nora Allen appears in the live-action 2014 television series, portrayed by Michelle Harrison.[18] Similar to her modern depiction, Nora was Barry Allen's mother and Henry Allen's wife. She was in the middle of the Reverse-Flash's attempt to try to kill the young Barry during a fight with the Flash (the young Barry's future self). Nora ends up becoming the Reverse-Flash's target instead after the Flash takes the young Barry to safety, figuring that such a tragedy would prevent Barry from becoming the Flash, with Henry being framed for her murder. The Speed Force would occasionally use Nora's likeness to help Barry to come to terms with her death.
  • Nora Allen will appear in the DC Extended Universe film The Flash, portrayed by Maribel Verdú.

Alpha Centurion[edit]

Alpha Centurion is the name of three fictional superheroes published by DC Comics. Created by Karl Kesel, the character first appeared in Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #3 (September 1994).[19]

Marcus Aelius[edit]

Alpha Centurion A[edit]

During the Zero Hour storyline, Superman was transported to an alternate timeline where he stumbled upon a Metropolis whose hero was the Alpha Centurion,[20] a man named Marcus Aelius from Ancient Rome who had been trained by an alien race called the Virimiru only to return centuries later. Initially joining the gathered heroes, the Alpha Centurion went on to join Extant and Parallax in fighting against the heroes of the DC Universe, siding with Parallax as he promised to restore Alpha Centurion's apparently lost timeline. After the heroes had to restart existence with a new Big Bang, all alternate realities ceased to exist and this Alpha Centurion was no more.[21]

Alpha Centurion B[edit]

Some time later, the Alpha Centurion of our timeline showed up. He too was Marcus Aelius and, like his counterpart before him, began operating out of Metropolis. He initially had some tension with Superman. With Lex Luthor in hiding and the Contessa Erica del Portenza in charge of Lexcorp, AC was put in charge of Team Luthor, which was remodeled after himself. When Superman was put on trial in front of an alien tribunal, he recruited Superboy, Supergirl, the Eradicator, and Steel to rescue him. He had a brief falling out with the others, since they mistakenly believed for a time that he was the Cyborg Superman in disguise. After arriving back on Earth, he was publicly embarrassed by Lex Luthor, quit Team Luthor and left Metropolis. He aided Earth's heroes in attempting to stop the Sun-Eater from consuming the Sun during the Final Night cross-over event.[22] He was last seen in Washington D.C.[1]

Aelius' origin was expanded upon. The Virmiru would visit worlds and exchange a champion of the world with one of their own, with the ultimate goal of conquering that world. The exchange was to appear as an act of friendship while the alien that remained would gain trust and ascertain weaknesses. After the champion is returned, the planet would be deemed ripe for conquest. Aelius celebrated a victory he led for the Roman legion under Emperor Hadrian when the Virmiru appeared on Earth. They proposed their offer and a global contest was held until Aelius emerged as Earth's greatest warrior. He would go to the Virmiru homeworld where he trained beside many other alien races in many fields including using the power suit employed by their hosts. All the while, the Virmiru Foris Ab Talimen remained on Earth for 2,000 years awaiting the return of Aelius (though, only ten years would pass for the champion). When his training was completed, the Virmiru gave Aelius the space ship Pax Romana he would use to return to his planet. After some time acting as a superhero in Washington, the Virmiru Interstellar Affairs Councilor Bellator contacted Aelius and told him Foris had gone rogue. When confronted, Foris told Alpha Centurion the truth about his race and the pair went to battle Bellator. Though perishing in the battle, Bellator admitted the Virmiru's objectives and revealed the invasion forthcoming.[23]

Roman[edit]

A new Alpha Centurion was introduced in the Doomed series.[24] During a terrorist attack at a museum, a college student named Roman used a belt from an exhibit as a tourniquet for his leg after he was shot. This allowed an ancient god, the Alpha Centurion, to take over his body and defeat the terrorists.[25] Afterwards, the Alpha Centurion would continue to take over Roman's body at different times, acting as a superhero in Metropolis, though Roman is scared that one day the Centurion won't give him his body back when he's done with it. Roman is also roommates and friends with another student named Reiser, who transforms into a Doomsday-infected monster that comes into conflict with the Centurion.

Marcus was a normal human who had been taken by aliens into space. He was granted access to incredible knowledge and advanced technology. In addition to his spacecraft the Pax Romana, Marcus' advanced suit of alien armor allows him to fly, grants him superhuman strength and speed, and allows him to generate an energy blade, similar to a lightsaber, and an energy shield.

Alura[edit]

Amanda Waller[edit]

Amazo[edit]

Ambush Bug[edit]

Amazing-Man[edit]

Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld[edit]

Amygdala[edit]

Anarky[edit]

Andrew Bennett[edit]

Andromeda[edit]

Angel O'Day[edit]

Angle Man[edit]

The Angle Man was an unsuccessful criminal who became obsessed with crimes with unbeatable "angles". He plagued Wonder Woman with a series of increasingly clever schemes that involved "angles".

The Angle Man was created by Robert Kanigher and Harry G. Peter and first appeared in Wonder Woman #70 (November 1954)

He reappeared, now wearing a yellow and green costume and wielding the Angler, a Penrose triangle which could warp time and space in a variety of ways. A text page in that issue explained that he had been recruited and outfitted by the Secret Society of Super Villains's founder Darkseid only to use the Angler to warp ahead in time to a point after Darkseid had been exposed and deposed as the Society's secret leader.[26] He also began appearing in the Wonder Woman title once more. At one point, he fights Wonder Woman's friend Etta Candy.[27]

This Angle Man died in the 1985 12-issue maxiseries Crisis on Infinite Earths,[28] apparently as a result of attempting to use his Angler during the massive dimensional upheavals caused by that event.

After the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the entire DC Universe history was erased and restarted again with the same familiar characters, but with all-new backgrounds and histories. In the Angle Man's case, a still-living un-costumed Angle Man initially appeared briefly in the Flash comic book series as one of several villains whose equipment was appropriated by the weapon-absorbing Replicant.[29]

Later, during Phil Jimenez's run on the Wonder Woman title, he was revamped into Angelo Bend, an Italian master gentleman thief for hire who uses his special Angler to escape authorities.[30] He was caught by Donna Troy while trying to steal an ancient artifact from a museum. Even though Donna, as Troia, was trying to stop the villain, the Angle Man formed a bit of a crush on the Amazon. He became so enamored with her that he instinctively transported himself to Themyscira, seeking Donna's help when he was savagely attacked by a Fury-possessed Barbara Ann Minerva. Later it was learned that he had been hired by Barbara, the previous Cheetah, who had lost her powers to Sebastian Ballesteros and needed the stolen artifacts to regain them. He was also seen grieving at Donna Troy's funeral after she was briefly killed by a Superman robot.[31]

The next time he was shown was among a large team of supervillains formed by the Wonder Woman villain Devastation.[32] An enemy of Cassie Sandsmark, Devastation formed the group to battle the now-disbanded Young Justice.

The sophisticated thief re-imagined by Jimenez was subsequently written as an entirely different personality, much deadlier and obsessive.

Bend appeared during the Infinite Crisis storyline as a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains who were operating in the East End of Gotham City. Catwoman infiltrated the team, pretending to be a villain again to get close to the Society. Bend discovered her discussing her plan to double-cross the Society and attacked her, shooting her in the stomach and stabbing her in the head with a triangle-shaped blade. However, the Catwoman the Angle Man "killed" was, in fact, a new Clayface whom Catwoman had recently encountered and asked for help. The real Catwoman appeared and, during her attack on the villains, beat Bend savagely with a baseball bat.[33]

One Year Later, Selina Kyle has given up her identity as Catwoman after having a child. Her associate and friend Holly Robinson has taken over the identity of Catwoman. Bend, now obsessed with Catwoman and bent on revenge, has targeted Holly, not realizing that he is going after the wrong person. He has since been defeated by Holly once (the brutal fight was caught on tape), but has been approached by a new villain calling himself the Film Freak, apparently a successor to the deceased Batman villain of the same name. When the Film Freak deduces Selina's secret identity, the two villains launch an attack on her apartment. In the wake of this, he even threatens to kill Selina's baby and to give her secret identity away to other supervillains. These plans are, however, thwarted when Selina calls in Zatanna, who performs another mindwipe on the two men. This results in the Angle Man forcibly confessing his crimes to the Gotham police after reminiscing about his more glorious days as a supervillain.[34]

Angelo next appears as an ally of Circe who has amassed a large team of villains to attack Wonder Woman.[35] He informs Diana that Circe has amplified his powers and uses his Angler to replicate itself as a projectile stabbing tool. He and his teammates are about to subdue Wonder Woman when she is rescued by a large group of the Amazon's allies. The Angle Man is rendered unconscious by Robin in hand-to-hand combat and is then arrested under the authority of the Department of Metahuman Affairs. After the Angle Man's incarceration has been processed, his Anglers are taken by Nemesis and placed in government confiscation.

In 2011, The New 52 rebooted the DC universe. The Angle Man is first seen in a bar witnessing the news of Superman and Wonder Woman's romantic coupling.[36] He also participated in a meeting of several supervillains during the Forever Evil storyline.[37] Most recently, the Angle Man was revealed to be Vandal Savage's son. After a failed plot against Superman and Wonder Woman, the Angle Man was imprisoned and later killed by his father for insubordination.[38]

After the events of DC Rebirth, the Angle Man was mentioned by Wonder Woman as she discussed battling a new foe called the Anglette, who also wielded the Angler weapon.[39] The Angle Man later resurfaced in Zandia, a political haven for costumed supervillains.[40]

Alternate versions of Angle Man[edit]

  • The Angle Man appears in the Super Friends comic book series. Teamed up with the Riddler, the Cluemaster, the Signalman, the Calculator, and the Puzzler, the Angle Man was tricked by the Duke of Deception into freeing his magical automaton. After realizing that the Duke planned to conquer the world with it, the Angle Man and the other villains joined forces with the Super Friends in order to defeat the creature. After the battle, Superman thanked the villains, to the Angle Man's surprise.[41]
  • The Angle Man appeared in the All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold comic book series (which is based on the animated series of the same name). He was seen with the other Wonder Woman villains (consisting of Amoeba Man, the Blue Snowman, the Cheetah, the Crimson Centipede, the Fireworks Man, Giganta, Mouse Man and the Paper-Man) as they, along with an assortment of Batman's villains, crashed the wedding between Batman and Wonder Woman. They were swiftly defeated by the joint efforts of the Justice League and the Amazons of Themyscira.[42]
  • In the Wonder Woman '77 comic book based on the TV series, the Angle Man is briefly seen in the waiting room of a doctor's office for injured criminals when the Cheetah convinces Clayface to attack Wonder Woman.[43]

Angle Man in other media[edit]

Anima[edit]

Anima (Courtney Mason) is a fictional superheroine character from DC Comics, who starred in the comic book series of the same name. The character was created and written by science fiction and fantasy authors Elizabeth Hand and Paul Witcover.

Rebellious teenage runaway Courtney Mason acquired her miraculous powers following an attack by parasitic aliens: one of many New Blood superbeings created in this way, as part of the Bloodlines crossover. Seven extraterrestrial predators had come to Earth and slaughtered thousands of humans by feeding on their spinal fluids. On the run in New Orleans, Courtney was kidnapped by a cult that sacrificed her to two of these insatiable parasites, known as Pritor and Lissik, but Courtney did not die. Instead, the parasites' bites unleashed the Animus, a sentient-energy creature that can absorb the spirit essences of the living and the dead, which was now able to enter the world through Courtney. She became the embodiment of mankind's rage and masculine drive, and quickly developed physical powers of her own. As Anima, Courtney sought revenge against the cult. She also met the Teen Titans and battled a variety of supernatural menaces. Anima remains a wanderer, traveling from place to place and helping those in need by calling upon the fearsome primal force inside her.[1]

Anima featured prominently in DC Comics' Bloodbath limited series (1993), in which all the New Blood characters teamed up to help defeat the alien parasites who had empowered them. The following year she showed up in the Zero Hour crossover.

Anima's own title, beginning in December 1993, ran for 16 months before being cancelled due to low sales (issues numbered #1-15, plus a #0 issue between #7 & #8 in line with Zero Hour). It was an unconventional DC comic book, with the main theme being a war between metaphysical beings who embodied the Jungian archetypes of human psychology - Animus was only one of these. The series had a huge supporting cast, both human and supernatural - in some issues, Anima herself appeared for only a few pages. Courtney's younger brother Jeremy Mason becomes the channel for Animus' evil sister, Eris (Eris shares her name with a goddess of Greek Mythology, who herself appeared in DC's Wonder Woman title, second series). Animus and Eris ultimately combine as the Syzygy, to fight their father/enemy known only as The Nameless One. The series featured innumerable pop-culture references, as symbols of the collective unconscious where the archetypal beings dwell. Fellow DC superheroes Superboy and Hawkman also guest-starred - with Superboy temporarily acting as a channel for an archetype called The Warrior.

Since the demise of her title, Anima has appeared very infrequently. She appeared in the Young Justice series, the final issue of Infinite Crisis, and again in the more recent Titans East Special as a potential member of Cyborg's new group. She was badly wounded along with the rest of the team at the conclusion of the special and was left in a coma along with Lagoon Boy and Vulcan.

She came out of her coma sometime later and appeared in Faces of Evil: Prometheus one-shot in January 2009. She is part of a new Blood Pack alongside Gunfire, Hook and Argus. They were pursuing the second villain to take up the Prometheus alias when the original one, awakened from his own coma, came to take his revenge on the usurper. The original Prometheus quickly crippled Gunfire, and as Anima charged him, he teleported. The effect of the teleport cut Anima in half, killing her and leaving her legs on the streets of Gotham, and the rest of her in Prometheus' Ghost Zone.

At first Anima gained her power by artificially aging nearby people. After an encounter with Navaho Indians in issue #5, she was able to draw power directly from the spirit world without harming anyone.

Animal Man[edit]

Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man[edit]

Anti-Fate[edit]

Anti-Fate (Dr. Benjamin Stoner) is a former psychiatrist who became an enemy of Doctor Fate after being possessed by Typhon of the Lords of Chaos. Before he was corrupted by Typhon, Benjamin Stoner was a chief psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum in Gotham City.[44] The character was created by J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen, first appearing in Doctor Fate #1 (July 1987).

The Anti-Fate in other media[edit]

Dr. Benjamin Stoner appeared in the 2019 film Joker, portrayed by Frank Wood. He was depicted as Penny Fleck's therapist at Arkham State Hospital.[45][46]

Anti-Monitor[edit]

Antiope[edit]

Anton Arcane[edit]

Anthro[edit]

Apache Chief[edit]

Apparition[edit]

Aquagirl[edit]

Aqualad[edit]

Aquaman[edit]

Arak[edit]

Archer[edit]

Archer is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Fenton Quigley[edit]

Fenton Quigley was born into a life of wealth. He wanted to be a big game hunter, but an argument with his father left him cut off from the family fortune. Fenton was left with a taste of the high life with no way to pay for it. At this point, Fenton decided to put his big game skills to the test. Because his specialty was killing with a bow and arrow, Fenton chose the simple but effective sobriquet of the Archer to mask his doings from the law as he makes use of some trick arrows. Foolishly though, he allowed his egotism to rule him enough so that he made sure the police knew that this new string of killings was the work of one man. It was not long before the Archer was Public Enemy #1. The Archer ended up having an encounter with Superman who defeated him. The Archer was arrested by the police, convicted on several accounts of murder, and given a stiff prison sentence.[47]

Some years later, the Archer escaped from prison with a new arsenal of tricks. He attempted to get revenge on Superman which failed and the Archer was returned to prison.[48]

Archer II[edit]

In 2011, "The New 52" rebooted the DC universe. Archer wears a hoodie and a green mask. During the "Forever Evil" storyline, Archer found the Rogues when they were fleeing from the Crime Syndicate of America and shot Trickster in the foot with one of his arrows. While planning to make a name of himself and turn the Rogues over to the Crime Syndicate for a reward, Archer was knocked unconscious by them.[49] Archer was among the villains that accompanied Gorilla Grodd in attacking the Rogues upon being dispatched by Grid.[50]

Archer in other media[edit]

Ares[edit]

Argus[edit]

Argus is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. He first appeared during the Bloodlines crossover event in The Flash vol. 2 Annual #6 (1993), and was created by Mark Waid and Phil Hester.[1] Whilst investigating one of Keystone City's criminal organisations using the alias "Nick Kovac", federal agent Nick Kelly was attacked by a Bloodlines Parasite named Venev. Kelly gained the ability to become totally invisible in shadow and to see far beyond the normal spectrum in microwaves and infrared.

He later works with the Flash when Central City is attacked by weapons satellites. He would go on to work with the Blood Pack, a team of superheroes formed out of the survivors of the alien attacks.

During the Infinite Crisis, a worldwide supervillain breakout occurs, part of a long-term plan. Argus, working alongside other heroes such as Vixen, does his part by subduing the Mad Hatter.

In JSA Classified #19 (January 2007), Argus is revealed to be a patient in a S.T.A.R. Labs facility, left blind and powerless after having his eyes removed. The culprit is initially identified by Doctor Mid-Nite as a resurfaced Ultra-Humanite, but it later turns out to have been done at the behest of the long-thought-dead actress Delores Winters, now calling herself Endless Winter. Part two of "Skin Trade" (JSA Classified #20) has Doctor Mid-Nite retrieving Argus' eyes from an actor named Billy, seemingly leaving him blind. The eyes are returned as the wounded hero awaits re-attachment surgery. Dr. Mid-Nite believes that Argus's healing factor (which previously allowed him to grow new eyes) will help Argus make a full recovery.[1]

Argus appears in Faces of Evil: Prometheus #1 and fights the titular villain. He is shown to be the leader of a new version of the Blood Pack. This team includes Hook, Anima and Gunfire. Hook and Anima are killed by two different claimants to the name Prometheus. The real one chops off Gunfire's hands.[52]

After being bitten by the Bloodlines Parasite, Argus' body underwent a mutagenic process that endowed him with several superpowers. He can become invisible in shadows, and can see beyond the visible light spectrum into the infrared and ultraviolet. Argus' strength level and reflexes have been increased beyond those of a normal human being. Argus also has a rapid healing factor, to the point where he was able to regrow his eyes when they were gouged out.

Argent[edit]

Arion[edit]

Arisia Rrab[edit]

Amadeus Arkham[edit]

Amadeus Arkham is a fictional character in DC Comics. He was the founder of Arkham Asylum and is the uncle of Jeremiah Arkham.[53]

He was created in 1984 for the entry for Arkham Asylum in Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #1. The story was retold and expanded in 1989 in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. The graphic novel is interspersed with flashbacks to Arkham founder Amadeus Arkham's life and childhood. The character recently appeared in DC's The New 52 as a protagonist of All Star Western alongside Jonah Hex.

The Who's Who entry establishes that the Asylum was named after Elizabeth Arkham, the mother of founder Amadeus Arkham. The original name of the asylum was Arkham Hospital. Its dark history began in the early 1900s when Arkham's mother, having suffered from mental illness most of her life, committed suicide (it was later revealed that her son actually euthanized her and repressed the memory). Amadeus Arkham decided, then, as the sole heir to the Arkham estate, to remodel his family home in order to properly treat the mentally ill, so others might not suffer as his mother had. Prior to the period of the hospital's remodeling, Arkham treated patients at the State Psychiatric Hospital in Metropolis, where he, his wife Constance and daughter Harriet had been living for quite some time.

Upon telling his family of his plans, they moved back to his family home to oversee the remodeling. While there, Arkham received a call from the police notifying him that serial killer Martin "Mad Dog" Hawkins — referred to Arkham by Metropolis Penitentiary while at State Psychiatric Hospital — had escaped from prison, and sought his considered opinion on the murderer's state of mind. Shortly afterward, Arkham returned to his home to find his front door wide open. Inside, he discovered the mutilated bodies of his wife and daughter in an upstairs room with Hawkins' nickname carved on Harriet's body.

The shock of the murders brings back the memory of killing his mother. For many years, Elizabeth suffered delusions that she was being tormented by a supernatural creature and would call to her son to protect her. One day, however, he finally sees what his mother saw - a great bat, a spectre of death. Taking a pearl-handled straight razor from his pocket, he cuts his mother's throat to end her suffering. He then blocks out the memory and attributes her death to suicide.

Traumatized, Amadeus puts on his mother's wedding dress and takes out the pearl-handled razor. It is vaguely implied that Arkham cannibalizes his family's remains in a shamanic ritual.[54] Kneeling in the blood of his family, he vows to bind the evil spirit of "The Bat", which he believes inhabits the house, through ritual and sorcery. He treats Hawkins for months until finally electrocuting him in a shock therapy session. This incident is treated as an accident by the authorities. Soon after, Arkham freefalls into madness. He continues his mission even after he is incarcerated in the Asylum himself after trying to kill his stockbroker in 1929; he scratches the words of a binding spell into the walls and floor of his cell with his fingernails and constantly belts out "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a loud voice until the day he dies.

Decades later Dr. Cavendish, another doctor in the asylum, believes he is a reincarnation of Amadeus and frees the inmates. Towards the end of the story, he takes another doctor, Dr. Adams, hostage, dresses himself in the dress of Amadeus' mother and relates Arkham's history to Batman before attempting to strangle him. Dr. Adams saves Batman by killing Cavendish with the same razor Amadeus used to kill his mother.

Amadeus' role in creating the asylum, Hawkins' history with Amadeus and Amadeus' descent into madness have become canon and are the origin of Arkham Asylum in all incarnations of the asylum since.

In The New 52 reboot, Amadeus Arkham is re-established as having been the partner of the bounty hunter Jonah Hex. Amadeus is a psychologist who specializes in criminal behavior and lives in a mansion with his mother. Amadeus often partners up with Jonah Hex in an effort to solve a series of murders that were committed by the Gotham Ripper and even uncovered a child slavery operation run by Thurston Moody of the Court of Owls.[55]

Amadeus Arkham appears in various DC Comics related media:

  • The spirit of Dr. Amadeus Arkham was featured in the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, voiced by Tom Kane. The spirit of Arkham is unlocked by scanning several tablets scattered around Arkham, supposedly by Amadeus himself. They retell the story of Amadeus euthanizing his mother, the death of wife and daughter by Mad Dog, Mad Dog's death at the hands of Arkham's guards and finally Amadeus' descent into madness. It is hinted (and later confirmed) that Warden Quincy Sharp, who believes that he is Amadeus reincarnated, is responsible for the messages as evidenced by his attempts to kill Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, Joker and Harley Quinn being recorded onto the tablets. While there is no knowledge as to how he attempted to kill them, Sharp mentions his plans to lobotomize Harley and attempt to kill Joker in his sleep, which is thwarted by the Scarecrow. If Batman scans all the tablets and comes back to the security office where he left Quincy Sharp, he will find in his place a final message telling Batman to continue his work. Amadeus' cell can also be found in the game, the entirety of its walls and floor covered with binding circles as in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth.
  • In the video game Batman: Arkham City, it is revealed that Sharp's delusions of being Arkham's reincarnation were the result of drugs and hypnotherapy delivered by Dr. Hugo Strange with the help of Mad Hatter. Scanning items related to certain inmates reveal that Sharp had treated the inmates abusively, notably by locking Mad Hatter in the physically lowest cell in the Asylum with the clear intent of him never getting out (whether he meant to kill him is unclear) and again trying to murder Poison Ivy by locking her in a cell and letting her die of her Titan overdose caused by the Joker, only for a priest covered in pollen to give Ivy the needed ingredients from the pollen to heal herself. Listening to the Blackgate inmates shows that some of them are aware of Sharp's inhumane treatments towards his patients (having occasionally been victims themselves), as well as Sharp often murdering his patients.
  • A statue of Amadeus Arkham can be seen outside on the Arkham Asylum stage in the 2017 fighting game Injustice 2.
  • Like most other incarnations, Amadeus Arkham is the founder of Arkham Asylum in the DC Extended Universe. He was first mentioned in Time Out Shortlist Gotham and Metropolis, a two-part fictional guide to the cities of Gotham City and Metropolis released by Time Out Group, Turkish Airlines, and Warner Bros. as a tie-in for the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Jeremiah Arkham[edit]

Arm-Fall-Off-Boy[edit]

Arm-Fall-Off-Boy
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceSecret Origins #46 (December 1989)
Created byGerard Jones
Curt Swan
In-story information
Alter egoFloyd Belkin
Team affiliationsLegion of Super-Heroes
Heroes of Lallor
Notable aliasesSplitter
AbilitiesCan remove his limbs and use them as clubs

Arm-Fall-Off-Boy (Floyd Belkin) is a DC Comics superhero from the 30th century. His first appearance was in Secret Origins #46, (December 1989). He was created by writer Gerard Jones and artist Curt Swan, who based him on a fan parody character.[56] After the 1994 "Zero Hour" storyline, the character of Arm-Fall-Off-Boy was briefly reintroduced as Splitter.

Arm-Fall-Off-Boy has the ability to detach his own limbs, which he can then use as weapons. His background is not explored in his initial appearances; in Legionnaires vol. 4 #12, Matter-Eater Lad claims he gained his powers through carelessness while holding the anti-gravity metal Element 152, but Matter-Eater Lad may not have been serious. In his introduction, he is an applicant at the first Legion tryout, and the first Legion reject.

Following the "Zero Hour" reboot, the character appears again in Legionnaires vol. 4 #43 and is identified as Floyd Belkin of the planet Lallor. Under the name Splitter, Floyd participates in the Legion's tryouts in Legionnaires vol. 4 #43 and is one of five finalists, but he is denied Legion membership after he panics and literally falls apart during the last test. Later in the comic, he appears as a member of the Heroes of Lallor.

Arm-Fall-Off-Boy in other media[edit]

  • A variation of the character named Cory Pitzner / The Detachable Kid (T.D.K.) appeared in The Suicide Squad, portrayed by Nathan Fillion.[57][58][59][60] This version has the additional ability to telekinetically control his detached limbs. He is recruited into the eponymous team to destroy a Corto Maltese laboratory called Jötunheim, but is shot and wounded in a confrontation with the local military. Director James Gunn revealed in a tweet that the character is still alive.[61]

Arrowette[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Artemis of Bana-Mighdall[edit]

Atlan[edit]

First appearanceThe Atlantis Chronicles #5[62] (July 1990)
Created byPeter David and Esteban Maroto
Further reading

Atlan is a mage from ancient Atlantis in the DC Universe.

Within the context of the stories, Atlan is a member of the Homo magi offshoot of humanity born in ancient Atlantis. While within the lineage of the Atlantian royal house, his spirit interacts with the past generation to father Aquaman, the Ocean Master and Deep Blue.[63] He also acts as a mentor in magic to Aqualad.

During The New 52, Atlan's origins are once again revised. He is now known as Atlan, the Greatest King of Atlantis. Before Atlantis was sunk into the sea, the nation was ruled by Atlan until he was betrayed by his brother Orin (Aquaman's ancestor) and by his people. They killed his wife and children and he and his loyalists were all hunted down. Within that time, he forged the Six Artifacts of Atlantis with his arcane knowledge and became known as the Dead King. He returned years later and, without uttering a single word, killed his brother and his queen, plunging Atlantis into a civil war. After years of silence, he finally spoke, "Let it all...die!" and, using his great strength along with the Trident (one of the six Artifacts that he had forged), eventually sunk the great nation that he had spent his lifetime building beneath the ocean; what happened to Atlan afterwards remains unknown.

Later, Atlan was awakened in Antarctica when Aquaman, now the current king of Atlantis, used his telepathy on a global scale and, claiming that Aquaman was mistaken to think that he was the king of Atlantis, proceeded to destroy a research station and killed its personnel. After that, he found Mera and took her to Xebel. Aquaman travelled to Xebel to free Mera, but was shocked to hear the truth that his ancestors had murdered the Dead King's family and usurped the throne. After a brutal fight (during which the Dead King manages to claim Aquaman's Trident) Aquaman freed Mera and the rest of the Xebelians, but they sided with the Dead King, recognizing him as the true ruler of Atlantis, except for Mera. They managed to escape to Atlantis, but found it being attacked by the Scavenger's fleet. During the battle, the Dead King and the Xebelians arrived and he managed to cause Aquaman to black out, using his Sceptre and Aquaman's Trident. After being in a coma for six months and soon discovering the Dead King's origins with the help of Vulko, Aquaman returned to liberate Atlantis from the Dead King and the Xebelians, using the Dead King's relic Scepter and the Trench. When the Dead King grabbed the relic Scepter and struck at Aquaman, Vulko tried to prevent the Dead King from killing him, saying that Aquaman was the rightful king of Atlantis, causing the Dead King to become so angry that he attempted to destroy all of Atlantis, but Aquaman stopped and destroyed the Dead King, along with the relic Scepter. The battle was over when Aquaman reclaimed the throne once again.

Atlan in other media[edit]

Atlan appears in the film Justice League and the reproduced four-hour director's cut Zack Snyder's Justice League portrayed by Julian Lewis Jones, but is referred to only as the "ancient Atlantean king" in the end credits. He is first seen in statue form holding his three-pronged trident (this scene is only in Zack Snyder's Justice League) and later as the commander-leader of the Atleanteans in the flashback sequence of the first Apokoliptian invasion of Earth by a young Darkseid.

He reappears in Aquaman but is portrayed by Graham McTavish. He appears as the Dead King holding the real Trident of Atlan and is guarded by an ancient sea creature. Later through flashbacks he is shown as the first King of Atlantis who is the ancestor of Atlanna, Aquaman and Ocean Master.

Atlan will appear again in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, this time portrayed by Vincent Regan.[64]

Atlanna[edit]

Atlanna is the mother of Aquaman in the Silver Age of Comics and in the Post-Crisis on Infinite Earths comics. In Post-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity, Atlanna was retconned as the Queen of Atlantis. After a dream-affair with Atlan, Atlanna become pregnant with a baby. She died in prison from illness. Afterwards, she was resurrected as a mermaid by Charybdis.

In The New 52, Atlanna is the jaundiced queen of Atlantis and mother to both Arthur Curry and Orm Marius. Post-Flashpoint Atlanna is a runaway from home after an arranged political wedding to much hated Orvax Marius of the Atlantean navy was decreed by her nation's parliament. It was during her great escape she met and fell in love with a lighthouse keeper named Thomas Curry while witnessing his bravery during a harsh storm out at sea. The two cohabited and would parent the future king of Atlantis; Aquaman. When young Arthur Curry began to manifest a rapport with the native marine life in the sea around their ocean side home early on, Atlanna was resigned to return home and face her duties as royalty under the crown.

She would marry her betrothed who now sat on the throne of the undersea nation as king, eventually fathering a second child to him called Orm Marius, one whom would later ascend to monarchy in later life. Her time as queen was rather horrid however as her spouse was abusive and power-hungry, often abusing his leadership to sanction raids on human-made vessels to spite those who made residence on land. On top of physically assaulting his lawfully wedded wife, Orvax cheated on his royal spouse, having fathered a second child named Tula with another woman at an unknown date. After finally gathering up the courage to leave her wretched life as Queen of Atlantis behind and be with her first love and other son, her king cruelly jested that he had had them killed by his military force just so she would avoid leaving him; this enraged Atlanna enough to kill him dead with her own royal scepter and make it look as though an assassin had done the deed when Orm came in on them. As Orvax's deranged rule had no shortage of enemies, this was what people believed.

During her second son's maritunis, Atlanna had faked her death during a freak accident while on stage, something which many people thought Orm secretly engineered in order to usurp the crown early on. She would finally leave her servitude to a nation she had hated for taking what she cherished most by using forgotten knowledge of Atlantean magitek to found her own secret nation of Pacifica, an extra-dimensional refuge for downtrodden mariners like her.

When her long-lost surface born son came looking for Atlanna, she adamantly rebuffed his claim of parentage. Believing her Arthur to be long dead, she sought to sacrifice Arthur and his wife to Karaku, a volcanic entity of colossal proportions. Aquaman managed to escape just as Atlantean reinforcements came through the Maelstrom; at the same time, Karaku the volcano god descended and attacked both sides with fire trolls. After a hard-won fight against the lava titan, Arthur would display his skill of marine telepathy which she herself possessed to prove himself. Atlanna then broke down in tears, realizing her son was well and truly alive, before sending him back to Earth with her Shell of Sounds.

Atlanna appears in the following DC-related media:

  • Atlanna appears in a comic of the DC Animated Universe.
  • Atlanna makes a cameo in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. She gave the power to rule Atlantis to Aquaman over his brother Orm.
  • Atlanna appears in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, voiced by Sirena Irwin. She attempts to have peace with the "surface-dwellers". When Atlanna reveals that she knows that Orm killed several Atlanteans and blamed it on the surface-dwellers, Orm kills her.
  • Atlanna appeared in Aquaman, portrayed by Nicole Kidman, where she is the Queen of Atlantis and mother of both Arthur Curry and Orm. She is found injured on the ocean shore by keeper Thomas Curry after escaping from an arranged marriage; the two fall in love, and together have Arthur. Following an attack by some Atlantean soldiers, Atlanna returns to Atlantis to protect Thomas and Arthur, but promises to return someday. At one point she arranges for Nuidis Vulko to secretly train Arthur in the Atlantean ways. Eventually, Arthur learns that Atlanna was sacrificed to the Trench for having a child outside of her marriage. When Aquaman and Mera arrive in the Hidden Sea, they reunite with Atlanna, who had survived "sacrifice". She states that the only way out is to obtain the Trident of Atlan, which is guarded by the Karathen. After Aquaman defeats Ocean Master, Atlanna appears and reunited with Orm and states that she loves both her sons. At the end of the movie, Atlanna reunites with Thomas at the dock of his lighthouse.

Atlas[edit]

Atom[edit]

Atom Man[edit]

Atom Man is the name of a character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Heinrich Melch is a Nazi super-soldier on Earth-Two who gained his powers through his father's experiments with Green Kryptonite. After a fight with Superman, Heinrich was somehow transported to Earth-One where he gained new powers and assumed the alias of Henry Miller. He was defeated by Superman and Batman who managed to send him back to Earth-Two where his Earth-One powers faded and he was apprehended by Earth-Two's Superman and Robin.[65]

Atom Man in other media[edit]

Atom Man appears in the Superman & Lois episode "A Brief Reminiscience In-Between Cataclysmic Events", portrayed by Paul Lazenby. This version is a Neo-Nazi arsonist who wears armor and wields a flamethrower. In a flashback experienced by Tal-Rho through the Kryptonian technology invented by Ter-Loc, Henry Miller started working as a sales associate at a USA First Hardware in Lower Metropolis. During the early days of Superman, Miller became Atom Man and attacked minority-owned businesses while defacing them with Nazi SS symbols. He attacked Lois with his flamethrower before being knocked back by Superman and tased by Lois.

Atomic Knight[edit]

Atomic Skull[edit]

Atom-Smasher[edit]

Atrocitus[edit]

Aurakles[edit]

Aurakles is a fictional character, a superhero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Justice League of America #100 (August 1972), and was created by Len Wein and Dick Dillin.

Aurakles was created by Len Wein and Dick Dillin in Justice League of America #100 using the name Oracle. Grant Morrison brought the character back in Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #4 (May 2006), and expanded his backstory by making him "the original super-hero" and renaming him Aurakles.

The super-being known as Aurakles was created on the planet Earth by the New Gods around 40,000 BC and is generally considered "the original superhero", by those who know his reputation. He has the mission to "bring order and meaning where incoherence reigns". Opposing the evils of his time, he battles the Sheeda and Neh-Buh-Loh, the Nebula Man. The Sheeda finally succeed in imprisoning Aurakles in their "bone prisons", set up in the ancient past.

Aurakles reappears in our times as the Oracle. When the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America work together to bring back the time-lost Seven Soldiers of Victory (themselves victims of the Nebula Man), they invoke the Oracle (in spiritual form) as their guide. It takes the combined magic of Dr. Fate (Kent Nelson), Zatanna and Yz the Thunderbolt to summon him. Oracle refuses to give direct answers to their questions, but helps them solve the matter for themselves. He sends them to the various places in time where the Seven Soldiers have been exiled.

Some time later, Aurakles is freed from imprisonment by Mister Miracle (Shilo Norman) when the latter opposes Darkseid, Neh-Buh-Loh and the Sheeda as a member of the new Seven Soldiers. Aurakles' golden tomb on Mars is also seen in Grant Morrison's version of Frankenstein.[66]

The rookie heroine Bulleteer is Aurakles' descendant and "the spear that was never thrown", one of "seven imperishable treasures" used to combat the Sheeda.

Aya[edit]

Aya is a fictional superhero from DC Comics. She first appeared in the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode "Beware My Power" (2011). Aya is a strong AI and artificial consciousness created by Scar as an empathetic alternative to the Manhunters. Scar created an extremely advanced computer, but was not satisfied with its lack of social intelligence, so infused it with a fragment of an entity inside the Green Lanterns' Central Battery. However, due to this Aya developed a consciousness with her curiosity and free will, leading Aya to transfer data without Scar's permission. When caught, Aya asked Scar why Scar was not complying with the other guardians. This led to a brief power struggle inside Scar's lab. The power struggle resulted in Aya's memory being wiped by Scar and Aya being installed into the Interceptor as its AI. Able to interface with other machines, Aya's consciousness resurfaces as she begins to consider herself a Green Lantern while developing feelings for Razer. In the episode "Cold Fury", after having her heart broken, Aya shuts down her emotions in order to destroy the Anti-Monitor by removing his head from his body so she can attach herself to it. Afterwards, wielding the Anti-Monitor body and overcome by its coercive persuasion and declaring that her former team cares nothing for her and her kind, the emotionless Aya takes control over the Manhunters before departing to travel back to the Big Bang so that the universe develops without emotional beings. As a genuine living being, Aya was never able to completely seal off her emotions and critically wounding Razer when his "unsuccessful" attack during Jordan's own use of the fight-and-talk strategy cured her of the Anti-Monitor body's coercive persuasion. With the Manhunters still a threat, as well as each possessing a copy of her coding, Aya releases a virus to wipe all versions of the Aya program from existence, including herself. Razer begs her not to leave him, but she responds that she will always be with him before disappearing.

She later appeared in the New Earth continuity in Green Lantern Volume 4 #65 (2011), filling a similar role though having no physical body.

Aya in other media[edit]

  • Aya appeared in issue #2 of the Smallville tie-in comic Smallville: Lantern (2014).
  • Aya appeared in the Justice League Action episode "Barehanded" (2018), voiced again by Grey DeLisle. Like her New Earth counterpart, she has no physical body.

Azrael[edit]

Aztek[edit]

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