The Rogues is a group of supervillains from the comic book superhero the Flash, currently led by Captain Cold and including the Mirror Master, Heat Wave, the Weather Wizard, the Trickster, the Pied Piper, the Top, and Captain Boomerang. This loose criminal association refer to themselves as the Rogues, disdaining the use of the term "supervillain" or "supercriminal".
Fictional team history
The Rogues, compared to similar collections of supervillains in the DC Universe, are an unusually social group, maintaining a code of conduct as well as high standards for acceptance. No Rogue may inherit another Rogue's identity (a "legacy" villain, for example) while the original still lives. Also, simply acquiring a former Rogue's costume, gear, or abilities is not sufficient to become a Rogue, even if the previous Rogue is already dead. They do not kill anyone unless it is absolutely necessary. Additionally, the Rogues refrain from drug usage.
Although they tend to lack the wider name recognition of the villains who oppose Batman and Superman, the enemies of the Flash form a distinctive rogues gallery through their unique blend of colorful costumes, diverse powers, and unusual abilities. They lack any one defining element or theme between them, and have no significant ambitions in their criminal enterprises beyond relatively petty robberies.
The New 52: The Flash and Forever Evil (2011–2016)
The Rogues are referenced by Barry Allen to have previously been defeated by him and disbanded. Known members (so far) have been the Golden Glider, the Weather Wizard, Heat Wave, and the Mirror Master.
The Rogues appeared in The Flash Annual #1 in a war against Captain Cold, the Flash, and the Pied Piper. Confirmed Rogues include the Golden Glider (Lisa Snart) as the current leader, the Weather Wizard (Marco Mardon), the Trickster (Axel Walker), Heat Wave (Mick Rory), and the Mirror Master (Sam Scudder).
A year prior, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, the Mirror Master (Sam Scudder again), and the Weather Wizard underwent a procedure at an unknown facility that would merge them with their weapons, giving them superpowers. The procedure went awry and exploded. Cold's sister Lisa, who was also at the facility, was caught in the explosion. The five were given superpowers, but each in a twisted manner. Heat Wave gained pyrokinesis, but at the cost of his body being burned; the Weather Wizard becomes emotionally tied to his weather wand, causing constant depression; Lisa becomes an astral projection of herself; and Sam would be forever trapped in the Mirror World. The Rogues blamed Cold for this and turned against him. However, they are forced to team up with the Flash, Cold, and the Pied Piper when Gorilla Grodd invaded Central City. As of Forever Evil, they seem to be working together again.
Silver Age Flash enemies
The enemies of the Flash started to use the name the Rogues during the Silver Age of Comics. Originally, the Rogues were just the Flash's enemies teaming together after they were all broken out of jail by another Flash foe, the super-intelligent gorilla Gorilla Grodd, to distract the Flash during Grodd's latest attempt at world conquest. After their defeat by the Flash, they formed a lasting group, and usually a Rogue will never commit a crime by himself. The Silver Age Flash enemies who became Rogues were Captain Cold, the Mirror Master, Heat Wave, the Weather Wizard, the Trickster, the Pied Piper, the Top, Captain Boomerang, the Golden Glider and later, the Rainbow Raider. These villains battled the second Flash (Barry Allen), and the third and fourth Flashes after Allen's death.
In chronological order (with issue and date of first appearance):
|Captain Cold||Showcase #8 (May/June 1957)||Leonard "Len" Snart was a criminal who wanted a chance to get rid of the Flash. Seeing an article about a weapon that might disrupt the Flash's speed, Snart made a gun and exposed it to radiation. Instead of slowing the Flash down, the gun could freeze anything to absolute zero. Calling himself Captain Cold, Snart started out on a criminal career. He is considered to be the nemesis of both Barry Allen and Wally West, and the leader of the Rogues. Known for being a sympathetic villain, Cold has a sense of honor. Cold has strict rules on how the Rogues should act, such as no drugs and not to kill unless they absolutely have to. Also has a sense of loyalty to his team and watches out for them. During Flashpoint he is Citizen Cold, the main hero of Central City, and the other Rogues are his foes.|
|The Mirror Master||The Flash #105 (February/March 1959)||While working in a prison workshop, Samuel Scudder accidentally created a mirror that could hold an image for a period of time. When he escaped, he made more mirror gadgets and became the Mirror Master. He has created many different mirrors that can do various things, like travel into other dimensions. He was killed during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, though two other villains have taken his title.|
|Gorilla Grodd||The Flash #106 (April/May 1959)||Gorilla Grodd is a hyper-intelligent telepathic gorilla able to control the minds of others. He was an average gorilla until an alien spacecraft (retconned from a radioactive meteor, which also empowered Hector Hammond) crashed in his African home. Grodd and his troop were imbued with super-intelligence by the ship's pilot. Grodd and fellow gorilla Solovar also developed telepathic and telekinetic powers. Led by the alien, the gorillas constructed the super-advanced Gorilla City. The gorillas lived in peace until their home was discovered by explorers. Grodd forced one of the explorers to kill the alien and took over Gorilla City, planning to conquer Earth next. Solovar telepathically contacted Barry Allen to warn him of the evil gorilla's plans, and Grodd was defeated. The villain manages to return again and again to plague the Flash and his allies.|
|The Pied Piper||The Flash #106 (April/May 1959)||Hartley Rathaway was born deaf, but was cured after his rich parents sought a way to make him hear. Once he could hear, he became obsessed with music and sound, and made many sound-based weapons. Originally a criminal, he reformed and came out as gay at the same time. He became a friend of Wally West, even when the Top revealed he had changed the personality of some of the Rogues (the Pied Piper included) to make them reform; the Pied Piper was able to fight off the Top's influence and stay good. He has returned to being a Rogue, although whether he wanted to or is working undercover is unknown.|
|The Weather Wizard||The Flash #110 (December 1959/January 1960)||Mark Mardon escaped from prison to his brother's house. His brother had just made a wand that could control the weather. Mark wanted the weapon and he and his brother got into a fight, and his brother was killed (although Mardon originally said he was dead when he got there, he has apparently told the truth to Captain Cold). Has an infant son, Josh, who was adopted by Iris West and has some of his father's powers, but only when his father is near him. Josh was later kidnapped by Libra and killed by Inertia during the events of Final Crisis.|
|The Trickster||The Flash #113 (June/July 1960)||James Montgomery Jesse, a circus performer coming from a family of trapeze walkers, invented shoes that used compressed air to "walk" on air, enabling him to become a successful aerialist. Inspired by Jesse James, James made other weapons and became the Trickster. He was once reformed, but it was revealed that it was because the Top had made it so, and he went back to the Rogues. He was killed by Deadshot during the events of Countdown to Final Crisis.|
|Captain Boomerang||The Flash #117 (December 1960)||George "Digger" Harkness was a master of boomerangs, which he learned how to use in the Outback. When a mascot was needed for a boomerang company, Harkness was hired, but used the costume and boomerangs to commit crimes. Had many trick boomerangs. He briefly became the second Mirror Master after the death of the original. During the Identity Crisis miniseries, he was sent to murder Jack Drake (father of Tim Drake, the third Robin). But Drake retaliated in self-defense, and the two men simultaneously killed each other. Harkness has a son, Owen Mercer, who took up his father's title and became a hero after a brief stint with the Rogues. Harkness was resurrected following the events of Blackest Night.|
|The Top||The Flash #122 (August 1961)||Roscoe Dillon used many top-themed weapons to commit crimes, eventually learning how to spin himself at great speeds, which increased his intelligence and enabled him to dodge bullets. He died, but his mind was so powerful that it took over the minds of many people to keep living, including Henry Allen and Senator Thomas O'Neill, whose body was reformed by Dillon to look like the original Top. He was later killed again by Captain Cold when Dillon tried to take over the Rogues during the Rogue War. During this time, it was revealed that Dillon had made some of the Rogues reform with his mental influence, and during the war, he undid it, making them criminals again. He had originally influenced them after becoming a victim of the JLA mindwipes, which made him attempt to become a hero until he was driven mad and changed back.|
|Abra Kadabra||The Flash #128 (February 1962)||Abra Kadabra is from the 64th century, at a time when science has made stage magic obsolete. However, he wants a career as a performing magician, so after he was exiled back in time he finds an audience to entertain and soon clashes with the Flash (Barry Allen). His "magic" is actually based on advanced technology, disguised with supernatural trappings. He sold his soul to the demon Neron in exchange for true magical powers. He joined Inertia's Rogues in killing Bart Allen.|
|Heat Wave||The Flash #140 (November 1963)||Mick Rory is obsessed with fire and at a young age burned down his house, killing his family. He then made a heat gun and used fire to rob and kill. He was one of the Rogues that the Top forced to reform, and when that was undone, he became a Rogue again. Even during his reform, his mind was already starting to turn to crime.|
|The Golden Glider||The Flash #250 (June 1977)||Lisa Snart, the younger sister of Len Snart (Captain Cold), did not want to be a villain, but when her lover, the Top died, she swore revenge on the Flash. Using sharp ice skates that made ice, she battled the Flash and got the approval of her brother. She was killed by Chillblaine, a villain to whom she had given one of Captain Cold's weapons. Captain Cold has since gotten revenge by killing Chillblaine.|
|The Rainbow Raider||The Flash #286 (June 1980)||Roy G. Bivolo dreamed of being an artist, but was colorblind. His dying father tried to find a cure, but instead gave him a pair of glasses that could create rainbow-colored light. Bivolo decided to turn to a life of crime and was a late addition to the Rogues. He died during the Blackest Night storyline, only to be resurrected. In The New 52, he went by the name of Chroma.|
Modern Age Flash enemies
In the Modern Age, the graphic novel Flash: Iron Heights introduced new characters, many of whom would later become a new band of Rogues under the leadership of the crimelord Blacksmith. Some writers revamped classic Rogues, reinventing them through stories such as Underworld Unleashed, the Rogue War, or solo stories, while others reinvented a Rogue through new characters inheriting the identities. While criminals, the Rogues have been shown to have certain codes of honor about their behavior (such as refusing to kill women or children) and have even stated that they will not kill speedsters.
|The Mirror Master||Animal Man #8 (February 1989)||Evan McCulloch grew up in an orphanage, and after killing a bully, he escaped and became a mercenary. He was hired by government agents to become the third Mirror Master, receiving the original Mirror Master's costume and equipment. McCulloch ran with the equipment, becoming a criminal; then soon after, a member of the Rogues. He frequently deals drugs within the supervillain community and harbors his own cocaine addiction, both of which are a source of conflict with Captain Cold.|
|Double Down||Flash: Iron Heights (August 2001)||Jeremy Tell lost a card game and then killed the man who won. After this, the cards in the dead man's pocket flew out and covered Tell, becoming his skin. He can mentally control the deck, sending cards flying and slicing at victims with razor-sharp edges.|
|Tar Pit||Flash (vol. 2) #174 (July 2001)||Joey Monteleone was the brother of a drug lord, Jack "The Candyman" Monteleone, and while in prison discovered he could project his mind into inanimate objects. However, his mind got stuck inside a mass of tar.|
|The Trickster||Flash (vol. 2) #184 (April 2002)||After the original Trickster reformed, teenager Axel Walker found his equipment and stole it, becoming the second Trickster. He joined the Rogues, and took the place of the original Trickster. During the Rogue War, the original Trickster took back what was his. Since the death of James Jesse, Walker has tried once again to take on the Trickster title and his place among Captain Cold's Rogues.|
|Captain Boomerang||Identity Crisis #3 (October 2004)||Owen Mercer is the son of the original Captain Boomerang, but did not know his father's identity until he was an adult. The two practiced together, and were surprised when Mercer found he had bursts of super-speed. When his father died, he was invited to join the Rogues, but later left for stints with the Outsiders and the Suicide Squad. He later returned, but was kicked into a pit occupied by the Black Lantern-reanimated corpse of his father by the Rogues for violating their "no killing women or children" rule. He was then killed by his father's remains.|
|Magenta||The New Teen Titans #17 (March 1982)||Frankie Kane was a one-time girlfriend of Wally West, and gained magnetic powers which killed her family. Not knowing her purpose in life, she became a villain and first joined the Cicada cult and the New Rogues before reforming.|
|Plunder||Flash (vol. 2) #165 (October 2000)||Plunder is an assassin from a mirror universe, a counterpart of police officer Jared Morillo in the real world.|
|Girder||Flash: Iron Heights (August 2001)||Tony Woodward was shoved into a vat of steel after he assaulted a female co-worker. He survived, emerging with a body composed of scrap metal. He joined the New Rogues, and took part in the Rogue War.|
|Murmur||A surgeon who went insane, Michael Christian Amar now seeks sadistic ways to kill the voices he hears. His distinctive criminal act is to remove a victim's tongue early during the torture he inflicts. He also has a virus called Frenzy that will turn a person's lungs to mud in 90 minutes.|
The New Rogues
The New Rogues is a gang that was formed by the Penguin during the "Gotham Underground" storyline where they have similar weaponry as the Rogues. The group consists of Chill, the Mirror Man (who has no connection to the Batman villain of the same name), Mr. Magic, and the Weather Witch, with Dick Grayson in his alias of Freddie Dinardo operating as Burn.
During the events of Final Crisis, the Rogues rejected membership into the Secret Society offered by Libra. With Libra desperate to induct all of the Flash's villains, he recruits the New Rogues to force the Rogues to join. In addition, they have a new Burn with them who left Paul Gambi for dead, as noted by Heat Wave. The New Rogues had captured Captain Cold's father and were threatening to kill him if the Rogues did not report to Libra. The Rogues then attacked the New Rogues, killing each one of them.
The Renegades are policemen from the 25th century. They are all part of the "Reverse-Flash Task Force". In The Flash (vol. 3) #1, a Mirror Master's body is dumped in a public area by a shadowy figure in a Flash suit. Barry Allen arrives in his civilian attire and confirms that the dead man was not the real Mirror Master. The Flash arrives on the top of a building, where he is confronted by the Renegades, futuristic versions of the current Rogues. He is charged with the murder of Mirror Monarch by their leader, Commander Cold. The Renegades members include futuristic versions of Captain Cold, Heat Wave, the Mirror Master, the Weather Wizard, the Trickster, and the Top. It is revealed over the course of the investigation that the Top had actually framed the Flash to prevent Barry from opening up a cold case that would reveal that the Top's ancestor had committed a murder that an innocent man had been locked away for, as having a criminal in his family would prevent the Top from becoming a member of the Renegades.
The Renegades return in the DC Rebirth era, still active in the 25th century, when they are sent back in time by a hooded man to arrest Iris West after she is identified as the killer of Eobard Thawne during a recent time-travel jaunt to their present, the masked man concluding that this will trigger a war between the Flashes to further his own agenda.
|#||Title||Material collected||Pages||Publication date||ISBN|
|1||The Flash: Rogues - Captain Cold||Showcase #8; The Flash #150 and 297, The Flash (vol. 2) #28 and 182, Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1, The Flash (vol. 4) #6 and The Flash (vol. 5) #17||160||August 22, 2018||978-1401281595|
|2||The Flash: Rogues - Reverse-Flash||168|
In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, the Rogues are assembled by the Mirror Master, who asks the Weather Wizard, Tar Pit, the Trickster, and Fallout to team up against Citizen Cold, seeking revenge.
Injustice: Gods Among Us tie-in
The Rogues consist of the Golden Glider, the Mirror Master, Heat Wave, and the Weather Wizard. After being broken out of prison by Plastic Man, they agree to join Batman's Insurgency to stop Superman's dictatorship. Despite being criminals, Batman accepted them due to how they value their no-kill code. It is mentioned that Captain Cold is currently in hiding, while the Trickster is revealed to be a former member. After they carry out their precise terrorist attacks against the Regime by destroying several buildings, they are then confronted by Bizarro at the Regime Outpost, while the Trickster watches them. With the Mirror Master unconscious, the Golden Glider tries to use his belt to escape, while Heat Wave and the Weather Wizard hold off Bizarro. But when the Weather Wizard calls Bizarro a fake, Bizarro becomes enraged and tries to incinerate them all with his heat vision, killing Heat Wave and the Weather Wizard. The Mirror Master and the Golden Glider are revealed to be in a relationship as they hold a memorial for Heat Wave and the Weather Wizard at their favorite bar. The Flash visits them, but the two of them angrily confront him and accuse him of being here to mock them and turn them over to the Regime, but the Flash tells them that he has always respected the Rogues and came by to pay his respects and will not be turning them in. He then shares a drink with the Mirror Master and the Golden Glider.
In other media
- In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Flash and Substance", the Wally West version of the Flash is to be honored as a hero of Central City. In this episode, the Flash, Batman, and Orion battle four of the Flash's Rogues including Captain Cold, the Mirror Master, the Trickster, and Captain Boomerang; they attack the museum that is opening in his honor. This episode includes many references to the Flash's comic book and television history, including bringing back Mark Hamill as the Trickster. This particular group of Rogues can be seen hanging out at a local diner, its existence well known to the Flash. In this version of the DC animated universe, the Rogues seem to be second-rate criminals, using their particular skills to try to hurt or kill the Flash, but almost in a comedic sense. Due to this comical nature of the Rogues, it is revealed that the Flash has sympathy for the supercriminals and has, in some cases, even befriended one or another member of the Rogues.
- In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!", the Rogues appear committing robberies after Barry Allen is presumed dead. It is revealed that, in their own twisted way, they actually miss the Flash. They are defeated by Batman, Jay Garrick, and Kid Flash. After Barry Allen is revealed to be alive, the Rogues are so happy to see the Flash alive and well that they let the three speedy heroes arrest them. Here, the roster consisted of Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and the Weather Wizard, although Grodd, the Mirror Master and Captain Boomerang are shown as well.
- Many of the Rogues are prominent recurring adversaries in the 2014 TV series The Flash. The first to be introduced is the Weather Wizard, portrayed as brothers Clyde and Mark Mardon (Chad Rook and Liam McIntyre); Clyde is defeated and killed in the show's pilot, while Mark is the one actually referred to as the Weather Wizard. Leonard Snart (played by Wentworth Miller) makes his debut in the fourth episode called "Going Rogue". He is branded "Captain Cold" by Flash's ally Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), and in the episode's closing moments, recruits Mick Rory/Heat Wave (played by Miller's Prison Break co-star Dominic Purcell) and gives him his signature heat gun. The show later introduces Snart's sister, Lisa (played by Peyton List), who is given a "gold gun" and becomes the Golden Glider. Other Rogues introduces this season include the Pied Piper (Andy Mientus), who in season two becomes an ally of the Flash's team after Barry makes a slight alteration to the timeline, and both the James Jesse and Axel Walker incarnations of the Trickster (Mark Hamill and Devon Graye), here presented as father and son. Late in the season, in "Rogue Air", the Flash is forced to recruit Cold in order to transfer a group of metahumans (the Mist, emotion-manipulator the Rainbow Raider, teleporting metahuman Peek-a-boo, the Weather Wizard, and Deathbolt), to Lian Yu, although Cold uses the opportunity to stage a prison break. Captain Boomerang (played by Nick E. Tarabay) makes an appearance in the Arrow crossover episode "The Brave and the Bold". In it, the Flash heads over to Star City to help Oliver Queen track down Boomerang, who is going after Team Arrow ally Lyla Michaels for her connection to the A.R.G.U.S. agency, Lyla identifying Boomerang as the only member of Task Force X to have escaped duty on the team, rather than serving his sentence or getting killed. In season two, Barry briefly helps Cold save his sister from an explosive charge that has been planted in her head by their father to force his son to help him with a job, Cold in return keeping Barry's identity secret and warning him about a planned team-up between the Trickster and the Weather Wizard. Season three of the show introduces the "New Rogues" the Mirror Master (played by Grey Damon), a metahuman with the ability to travel through mirrors, and disorienting supervillain the Top (Ashley Rickards), who were acquainted with Snart before the particle accelerator. Plunder also makes an appearance as a tech-wielding robber that Kid Flash apprehends following the villain's robbing spree, though he is never shown as a member of the Rogues.
- In season five of The Flash, Raya Van Zandt / the Silver Ghost (portrayed by Gabrielle Walsh), a former air force pilot who obtains a meta-tech key fob that allows her to control any motorized vehicle she wants, attempts to establish a new group called the Young Rogues. She has a list of candidates for her the group and first recruits Joslyn "Joss" Jackam / the Weather Witch (portrayed by Reina Hardesty), daughter of Mark Mardon. However, others such as Brie Larvan / the Bug-Eyed Bandit dismiss her invitation and she is later also abandoned in Bolivia by Jackam. Larvan and Jackam later team up with Peter Merkel / the Rag Doll and they are called both the Rogues and the Young Rogues by Team Flash.
- The Rogues appear in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox used by Professor Zoom to lure the Flash so he can destroy Central City, as their belts were attached with bombs. The roster consisted of Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Captain Boomerang, the Top and the Mirror Master.
- The Rogues appear as bosses in Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame, using the same roster that appeared in the television series.
- The Rogues appear as sub-bosses in the MMORPG, DC Universe Online as part of the Stryker's Island Penitentiary Alert. They also appear as separate enemies during the Central City Bounties (the Heroes Side), which are part of the Lightning Strikes DLC.
- In Injustice 2, former Rogue member Captain Cold joins Gorilla Grodd's Society in order to avenge the death of his sister the Golden Glider and his fellow Rogues killed by Superman's Regime, which has caused him to give up on his code and actively seeks to kill the Flash in revenge for his role in the Regime, despite the fact that Barry Allen later turned against the Regime. Captain Cold mentions the Rogues in some of his pre-battle dialogue as well.
- For other villains who are not Rogues, see List of Flash enemies.
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