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False Face[edit]

Further reading

False Face is a name used by a number of different supervillains in the DC Universe.[1]

The concept and first character, created by Mort Weisinger and Creig Flessel, first appeared in Leading Comics #2 (spring 1942) using the name "Falseface".[2] The name was later adjusted to "False Face" mirroring minor characters introduced by Fawcett Comics and Timely Comics.

Variations of the character have been introduced in Batman #113 (February 1958) and Birds of Prey #112 (January 2008). In all instances the character is only identified as "False-Face" or by an alias while in disguise.

First Golden Age False Face[edit]

The first False-Face seen was among the five small-time criminals hired by organizer Black Star. Along with his colleagues Captain Bigg, Hopper, Brain and Rattler, he staged a robbery at a city bank by disguising himself as a construction worker. False-Face drilled through a water main and used the pressurised escaping water to blast a hole into the bank. After he and his friends robbed the bank, they used a paddy wagon as their getaway vehicle while disguised as police officers. Under the orders of Black Star, False-Face was sent to New Orleans to rob riches from those sponsoring the Mardi Gras event. He and his henchmen disguised themselves as a Clown Krewe and insinuated themselves onto a parade float. This managed to attract the attention of Shining Knight who was in the area at the time. False-Face escaped, but his henchmen were apprehended. He then attempted to steal the Star Sapphire Gem from Mardi Gras organizer J.J. Ennis. To do this, False-Face disguised himself as a police detective and infiltrated Ennis' house. He once again fought against the Shining Knight, and briefly subdued him, but the Shining Knight escaped from False-Face's trap and defeated him. False-Face was then arrested by the police. At this point, it was discovered that the unpleasant face he usually presented was not false at all.[Comics 1] Much later, he confronts the Star-Spangled Kid.[Comics 2]

Second Golden Age False Face[edit]

Further reading

A different False Face dies in a confrontation with Captain Marvel, Jr.[Comics 3] While not the same character as created for DC, the publisher would later license and eventually purchase the characters and stories that Fawcett published. The material would be assigned to "Earth-S" within the continuity of the DC Universe.

Silver Age False Face[edit]

The late 1950s version of the character, created by an uncredited writer and Sheldon Moldoff, appeared once in Batman #113.[3]

Little is known of the Caped Crusaders' first meeting with the villain, but on their second chance encounter they found that he had impersonated a wealthy uranium tycoon named P.S. Smithington. As Smithington, False-Face robbed a Gotham City jewelry store, framing the true Smithington for the crime. Batman managed to rescue the actual Smithington, but was unable to recover the stolen jewels. At police headquarters, Commissioner James Gordon supplied Batman and Robin with information about the case and the two gave chase. This time, False-Face kidnapped rock star Wally Weskit during a charity benefit concert and concealed him in an elevator shaft. As False-Face assumed the form of Wally Weskit, his henchman Pebbles attempted to make off with the charity proceeds. Batman and Robin managed to prevent this, but False-Face and his gang escaped. The third time that False-Face struck, he impersonated a safari hunter named Arthur Crandall in order to get into the Gotham City's Explorer Club. While attempting to steal the club's Golden Tiger Trophy, Batman and Robin arrived and were on his heels again. He lured Batman towards a large water tank and managed to temporarily trap him, but the Dark Knight detective succeeded in outsmarting False Face and his men, apprehending the entire group in the process. False Face was taken to prison whereupon he soon retired from his life of crime.[Batman 1]

Modern Age False Face[edit]

First appearanceBirds of Prey #112 (January 2008)
Further reading

The late 2000s version of the character, created by Tony Bedard and David Cole, first appeared in Birds of Prey #112 (January 2008).[4]

She and White Star targeted Lady Blackhawk so that False-Face can take her place in Barbara Gordon's organization. Zinda managed to elude them with the help of her taxi driver Mahoud.[Batman 2]

False Face in other media[edit]

  • False Face appears in the 1960s Batman TV series, portrayed by Malachi Throne.
    • False Face appears in the comic spin-off Batman '66. His real name is revealed to be Basil Karlo, who is later transformed into Clayface through a special formula.[5]
  • False-Face appears in the Batman Beyond episode "Plague", voiced by Townsend Coleman. This version has the ability to assume anyone's identity by altering his face, which he achieved through years of genetic manipulation and surgery. False-Face is hired by Kobra to smuggle a deadly virus into Gotham City to infect its citizens and ransom the city. As a backup plan, Kobra also turned False-Face into a carrier for the virus. After running afoul of Batman and Stalker, False-Face attempts to evade them, only to succumb to and die from the virus.
  • False-Face appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Corey Burton. This version resembles the 1960s Batman TV series incarnation.

Faora[edit]

Fauna Faust[edit]

Fauna
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
In-story information
Alter egoFauna Faust
SpeciesHomo magi
Team affiliationsKobra Cult
Strikeforce Kobra
PartnershipsSyonide
Abilities
  • Skilled sorceress; magical abilities supplemented through a demonic bargain that gave her the ability to initiate magic and initially control animals, later learned black magic.
  • Skilled burglar

Fauna Faust, commonly known as Fauna, is a supervillain published by DC Comics and debuted in the 1993 Outsiders series. She is daughter of Felix Faust and younger sibling of Sebastian Faust. Like her brother, she suffered abused from Felix and also had her soul sold, only gaining power to influence animals and the power to use magic without demonic assistance. She is also openly a lesbian.

She would become a member of Kobra Cult's elite strike force, the Strike Force Kobra and secretly work alongside her father as an enemy of both her brother and the second incarnation of the Outsiders superhero team while also being a secret confidante her father. During her time within Strikeforce Kobra, she entered a relationship with fellow supervillain, the fourth Synonide. She would meet her brother once more and the Outsiders and battles the team, losing her lover after Eradicator kills her. She is then called forth by her father and punished due to blowing her role as a surprise weapon against the Outsiders. She later assist her father in battling the Outsider though Felix is defeated and Fauna is free from the influences of her father.

Eventually, the character would reappear in DC Universe series, Raven: Daughter of Darkness. In this new continuity, she instead uses her magical talents for thievery. She is killed after an encounter with an evil force known as the "Shadow-Riders".[6]

Felicity Smoak[edit]

Felix Faust[edit]

Carl Ferris[edit]

First appearanceShowcase #2 (October 1959)
Created byJohn Broome and Gil Kane

Carl Ferris is the founder of Ferris Aircraft, an aerospace/defense manufacturer based out of Coast City. One of his best pilots, Martin Jordan (the father of Hal Jordan), was killed in an accident, which caused him great guilt. His daughter Carol Ferris took over the company after he retired.[7]

Carl Ferris in other media[edit]

Carl Ferris appears in the Green Lantern film, portrayed by Jay O. Sanders.

Ferro Lad[edit]

Fever[edit]

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

Shyleen Lao was a Chinese American member of the corporatized Doom Patrol formed by eccentric millionaire Thayer Jost.[8] Even after the team disbanded, Shyleen remained slightly active in the superhero community.[9] She, and several of her DP teammates, attended the mass for fallen and missing superheroes in the six part limited Infinite Crisis series. Then current members of Doom Patrol, Vortext, Nudge, and the ape-like Grunt, also appear on panel, standing near Shyleen and her friends. Shyleen's portrait is currently hung in Dayton Manor in remembrance of former Doom Patrol members.

Fever is later seen in a holding cell next to Miss Martian and Kid Devil as one of the brainwashed captives of the Dark Side Club. Miss Martian attempts to break her out, but Shyleen has already been brainwashed into loyalty.[10]

In Terror Titans #1, Fever is put into a match with the Ravager. Ravager wins and Fever is sentenced to death, but Ravager refuses. Fever was then slain by an unnamed operative of the Dark Side Club.[11]

Fever in other media[edit]

Shyleen Lao appears in the Titans episode "Doom Patrol", portrayed by Hina Abdullah. Chief came back home with "a new patient", an activist who's been covered by liquid nitrogen during an explosion and who's now apparently able to control temperature in her immediate vicinity. This caused Chief's lab to become a huge fridge responding to her fear.

Fiddler[edit]

Fire[edit]

Firebrand[edit]

Firefly[edit]

Firehawk[edit]

First appearanceThe Fury of Firestorm #1 (June 1982)
Created byGerry Conway and Pat Broderick
TeamsJustice League
AbilitiesFlight; intangibility; manipulation and projection of heat and radiation
AliasesLorraine Reilly; Firestorm
Further reading

Firehawk is a superhero in the DC Universe.

The character, created by Gerry Conway and Pat Broderick, first appeared in The Fury of Firestorm #1 (June 1982) as Lorraine Reilly. Her transformation into Firehawk was presented in The Fury of Firestorm #17 (October 1983).

Lorraine Reilly is the daughter of United States Senator Walter Reilly. She is kidnapped by Multiplex on the orders of Henry Hewitt. Hewitt subjects her to experiments designed to recreate the accident that created Firestorm and Multiplex.[12] Dubbed Firehawk, she is used as a pawn against Firestorm. Over the course of The Fury of Firestorm, she becomes a supporting character and an intended romantic interest for Ronnie Raymond, one half of the composite hero.

Later stories have her retiring from superheroics,[13] then entering politics and becoming a U.S. Senator. The Raymonds and Firestorm re-enter her life when Ed Raymond asks her to investigate Jason Rusch, the new Firestorm. As a result of that investigation, for a short time she becomes Rusch's "partner" in the Firestorm Matrix.

A new Firehawk later appeared as the Firestorm of France.[14]

Firestorm[edit]

Fisherman[edit]

Fisherman is the name of different characters appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Kurt Hartmann[edit]

Kurt Hartmann is a fisherman-themed criminal and an enemy of Doctor Mid-Nite.[15]

Fisherman[edit]

The Fisherman's real identity has never been revealed. The character's modus operandi is mainly involved with stealing high tech equipment, then selling it on the black market.[16]

The concept and first character, created by Joe Greene and Stan Aschmeier, first appeared in All-American Comics #69 (November–December 1945) as a single-use thief in the Doctor Mid-Nite strip.[17] The name was reused for a single appearance character in Blackhawk #163 (August 1961),[18] and later for a character that became a recurring opponent of Aquaman.[19] Within the context of the stories, this latter Fisherman is originally presented as an international criminal specializing in the theft of rare objects and scientific inventions. He utilizes a high tech pressure suit, collapsible fishing rod, and gimmick "lures" in his crimes. While his identity is never revealed, enough is known about him for the Gotham City coroner to state that a man wearing a copy of his equipment that is killed in Gotham is not the same person who faced Aquaman.[20]

In his first encounter with Aquaman, the Fisherman uses an explosive lure on Aquaman, almost killing him, but Aquaman escapes on a blue whale.[21] The Fisherman returns many times to fight Aquaman, as well as Blue Devil.[22] The Fisherman confronts the canine Green Lantern G'nort.[23] He appears in "Roulette"'s gladiatorial gamehouse.[24]

The Fisherman is one of the many supervillains to take advantage of the "villain-friendly" atmosphere of the fictional country of Zandia. He becomes involved in a large confrontation when the team of Young Justice leads a superpowered army against the country for various reasons.[25]

Impostor[edit]

In Infinite Crisis #1 (2005), the Fisherman, along with the Riddler, the Body Doubles, the Scavenger, Red Panzer and Murmur attack Gotham police officers in Cathedral Square.

The attack is elaborated upon in the series Gotham Central. After a magical accident devastates Gotham, the villain goes on a rampage. Over the prone forms of other officers, the Fisherman confronts Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen. While strangling Allen, the Fisherman is shot dead by Detectives Marcus Driver and Josie MacDonald. Allen and Montoya survive. During an autopsy it is revealed that the dead man is not the original villain of that name.[26]

Xenoform[edit]

A new, more deadly version of the villain appears in Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #48-49 (2007), written by Kurt Busiek. The Fisherman's helmet is revealed to be a xenoform parasite, a Lovecraftian alien that attaches itself to every incarnation of the Fisherman and uses telepathy to instill fear in its victims.[9]

Fisherman in other media[edit]

  • The Fisherman appeared in several episodes of The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, an animated series that ran from 1967 to 1968. These episodes were later reused in Aquaman, a 1968 to 1970 animated series that was created by running only the Aquaman segments of The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure.
  • Fisherman appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure", voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. He was featured in a flashback holding a submarine over an underwater volcano only to be defeated by Aquaman. He later appears in "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!" where he attempts to steal a gem from Batman in Atlantis, but is foiled. Before he is arrested, Fisherman teams up with Joker to escape.
  • The Flashpoint version of Fisherman appears in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
  • The Fisherman is one of the thousands of characters that can be summoned in Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure.

Flash[edit]

Flamebird[edit]

Flamingo[edit]

Arnold John Flass[edit]

Arnold John Flass is a corrupt police detective in Gotham who appeared in Batman #404 (February 1987).[27]

Then-Lieutenant Jim Gordon's partner upon his arrival in Gotham, Detective Arnold is in the pockets of drug dealer Jefferson Skeevers, crime boss Carmine Falcone and corrupt Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb. He is apparently murdered by the Hangman killer,[28] but had previously appeared in a story set years after the Hangman killings.[29]

Arnold Flass in other media[edit]

  • Arnold Flass appears in Batman Begins, portrayed by Mark Boone Junior. He is a corrupt police detective and partner to James Gordon who is in the pockets of mafia boss Carmine Falcone and indirectly works with Dr. Jonathan Crane and League of Shadows. When Ra's al Ghul unleashes the gas in the city, he is infected with fear toxin and is restrained by Gordon, leading to his arrest.
  • Arnold Flass appears in the animated adaptation of Batman: Year One, voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
  • Arnold Flass appears as a recurring character in Gotham, portrayed by Dash Mihok, debuting in the episode "What the Little Bird Told Him". Flass is Narcotics detective who works with James Gordon and Harvey Bullock. In "Welcome Back, Jim Gordon", while investigating two murders (a drug dealer Pinky Littlefield and a witness named Leon Winkler), Bullock and Gordon suspect him as a corrupt cop involved in drug business. Gordon begs Oswald Cobblepot in helping the case, the latter agreeing by sending his henchman Gabe to find Flass's associate, the Narcotics Officer Derek Delaware (Niko Nicotera). Gabe extortes him by threatening his wife in order to get information about Flass, eventually bringing Delaware's confession on tape and the murder weapon to Gordon, whom he arrests Arnold Flass for two murders. In "Everyone Has a Cobblepot", Flass is released from the murder accusations, revealed to be a work of police commissioner Gillian B. Loeb who blackmailed Bullock into exonerating Flass of the murder of Leon Winkler, which led to Flass being reinstated. Gordon and Bullock ask Oswald for help to enter Loeb's house to get his files. Gordon discovers Loeb's reason for releasing Flass: the connection with Carmine Falcone (which was claimed from Loeb's ex-partner Charlie Griggs) and the mental disease of his daughter Miriam, who killed own mother 20 years ago, in which Loeb fabricated the case, claiming that she died from falling the stairs in the house so that he could protect Miriam from being sent to Arkham. When Gordon confronts him in the office, Loeb wants to resign, but Gordon assures him to stay as a latter's leverage. In exchange for keeping Miriam's whereabouts as a secret, Gordon begs him to give a files of every cop being on Loeb's payroll for prosecutor Harvey Dent and that Loeb supports Gordon as a president of police union, but Loeb gives him Bullock's file; with enough evidence, Arnold Flass is presumably arrested and found guilty at trial.

Anna Fortune[edit]

Flex Mentallo[edit]

Floronic Man[edit]

Major Force[edit]

Forerunner[edit]

Frankenstein[edit]

Fury[edit]

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  1. ^ Sheldon Moldoff (a). "The Menace of False Face" Batman #113 (February 1958)
  2. ^ Tony Bedard (w), David Cole (p), Doug Hazlewood (i). "The Warrior Wake of Zinda Blake" Birds of Prey #112 (January 2008), DC Comics