Art by Dale Eaglesham.
|First appearance||Villains United #1|
|Created by||Gail Simone|
|Alter ego||Scandal Savage|
|Place of origin||New Earth|
|Team affiliations||Secret Six|
Advanced hand-to-hand combatant
Wields wrist-mounted blades
Scandal Savage is a fictional character, a supervillain and antiheroine appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. She first appeared in Villains United #1 (July 2005), and was created by Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham. She is the daughter of Vandal Savage and a member of the Secret Six.
Scandal first appeared as a shrewd businesswoman in Villains United #1 (July 2005) where she was created by author Gail Simone and artist Dale Eaglesham. Within this run her character was developed and revealed by the author to be as deadly a character as any of the others in Secret Six, where she unveiled her trademark "lamentation blades" and battle outfit. In Villains United #6, the character was officially confirmed to be among the few lesbian supervillains in the DC Universe.
The character subsequently appeared in the Secret Six miniseries later in 2006, as written by Gail Simone which would embellish upon the relationship between the character and her father Vandal Savage. In Simone's final run on Birds of Prey as part of the "Whitewater" story arc, she saw a crossover between the titular Birds of Prey and the Secret Six. When Tony Bedard assumed control of Birds of Prey, the characters of Knockout and Scandal continued to appear in issue #109 which followed from the conclusion of "Whitewater". Tying into the upcoming Salvation Run miniseries, the character would appear again immediately following Birds of Prey #109, in Checkmate #18 as part of an emerging build up towards Salvation Run.
Fictional character biography
Scandal Savage is the daughter of immortal Vandal Savage and an unknown Brazilian woman, who apparently raised the child in her home country, though trained in combat by her father from childhood on. In an attempt to destroy an alternate Lex Luthor's plans, the real Lex Luthor, under the alias Mockingbird, blackmailed Scandal and five other villains into antagonizing the Secret Society of Super Villains. Despite being severely outnumbered, Scandal and the rest of the Secret Six were able to thwart the Society on a number of occasions. Eventually Luthor granted the Six their freedom, telling them the safeguards placed against their rebellion were lies.
While working with the Six was originally all about saving her mother, Scandal eventually grew to care about her teammates, and is actually in an intimate lesbian relationship with one of the other members. During Villains United, Scandal positioned her lover Knockout as a mole in the Society. During one of the attacks by the Society, Knockout revealed her true allegiances by saving Scandal during a fight with Talia al Ghul. Knockout then became an official member of the Six.
While the two were vacationing in Bangkok, Knockout was almost killed when she was shot with a Thanagarian sniper rifle by Pistolera. The shot implanted a bomb in her skin and when Scandal refused to leave her side, Knockout threw herself from the blast range telling her they would meet again in the afterlife. After the bomb went off, Scandal scrambled through the garbage to find Knockout miraculously still alive. Scandal vowed revenge on Pistolera for hurting Knockout, and soon would have it. The Secret Six managed to capture Pistolera and Scandal took pleasure torturing the hired gun. Ultimately, Scandal could not kill the person who almost took her beloved from her, so her teammate, Deadshot, stepped in and did the deed for her. Knockout recovered from her injuries soon after.
It has recently been revealed that Vandal Savage was responsible for the attacks on Knockout and the rest of the Six, as a warning of what will happen if Scandal doesn't bear an heir for him. However, Scandal "killed" her father and escaped with the rest of the Six (minus the Mad Hatter).
Following this, the Secret Six were hired for mercenary work by a Russian mobster to protect a Rocket Red suit that was revealed to be occupied by the presumed-dead super-hero Ice. During the battle against the Birds of Prey for the suit and Ice, Spy Smasher made Deadshot accidentally shoot Scandal in the back. She appeared to be fine, but was too weak to continue the fight.
Following Knockout's murder by an unknown assailant, a drunk and distraught Scandal is kidnapped by Bronze Tiger and Rick Flag on the orders of Amanda Waller. King Faraday offers her a place in a revived Suicide Squad, but she refuses and promises to kill him. Faraday then orders her to be shipped off to an unknown location (see Salvation Run).
She was briefly seen attacking Bolt for groping her. She was also shown to at some point have gotten another tattoo underneath her left eye.
In the new Secret Six series (September 2008), Scandal was shown to still be drunk and depressed over the death of Knockout. Catman and Deadshot tried to cheer her up by having a naive stripper dressed like Knockout jump out of a cake for her, with one guest calling the sad display "morally indefensible". Scandal declined the stripper's advances, and managed to pull herself together for the Six's new mission. During that time, the Six's new member Bane developed a paternal affection towards Scandal, much to her discomfort. Following the mission's success, Scandal encountered the stripper she had rejected at a supermarket and learns her name is Liana Kerzner. Despite trying to turn her down again the stripper talks her into a double-date. After resurrecting Knockout with Neron's "Get Out of Hell Free" card, Scandal proposes a polygamous marriage among all three women, which both her lovers accept. The Secret Six are ultimately defeated and captured by an army of superheroes, with most of the team's fates (including Scandal's) left unrevealed due to the September 2011 reboot.
During the next Secret Six series set in the New 52, both Scandal and Knockout are shown to be perfectly healthy and living in freedom instead of prison, and are still happily together with Liana. The three make plans to have a child together, and Scandal has even chosen the man she wants to be the donor.
Powers and abilities
The full extent of Scandal's powers has yet to be revealed, although it would appear that, owing to her father's immortality, she is incredibly resilient to harm. She claims to be "damned hard to kill" at the least. In Birds of Prey #107, she took a bullet from Deadshot and was capable of regrowing her damaged organs, talking to and carrying Knockout several minutes later with no apparent ill effects. In Checkmate #18, it is speculated that she may be immortal like her father. She also took several rounds from a machine gun to the chest and legs and still considered herself combat ready (threatening to kill her assailants). She and other people have made comments that imply that her life had been or will be longer than average. She has proven herself to be a vicious fighter, capable of holding her own against the likes of Fatality, Hawkgirl, and Talia al Ghul.
In combat, she often employs a set of retractable, wrist-mounted blades,—the Laminas Pesar or "Lamentation Blades", which Scandal claims have been in the family for a long time. The blades have two settings. One is a pair of long, awl-like blades designed for stabbing. The other is three knife-like blades designed for slashing. She was also seen riding a motorcycle and seemed to be capable of combat while still riding this (though this was never seen).
In other media
- The character is alluded in Young Justice: Invasion. In the episode "True Colors", Vandal mentions that he fathered children as an immortal. Young Justice: Outsiders introduces the daughters Cassandra Savage (voiced by Zehra Fazal) and Olympia Savage (voiced by Jenifer Lewis).
- Legends of Tomorrow features a character named Cassandra Savage, portrayed by Jessica Sipos based on Scandal Savage. She is the daughter of Vandal Savage in the year 2166. Initially one of her father's key lieutenants, Cassandra turns on her father after the Legends reveal the extent of his evil, which includes the release of a virus that killed her mother. Vandal mentions having fathered dozens of children in his 4000-year life and watched them die from old age.
Scandal Savage makes her animated debut in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, voiced by Dania Ramirez. She first appears alongside Knockout assaulting Professor Pyg's lair and kidnapping him for "a patient in need of medical attention". She is then shown in her apartment with Knockout and the hostage Pyg before they are attacked by the Suicide Squad. During the fight, she is defeated by Bronze Tiger and held hostage by Copperhead. Just as her father arrives, she resumes the fight until Knockout is mortally shot by Savage's men, causing her to vengefully attack them with full rage. She also pleads for her father to help Knockout, but only to watch in horror as Savage further wounds Knockout with a gunshot before she is demanded to get Professor Pyg on board his ship. She is then seen one last time phoning Deadshot, to whom she passes the coordinates to her father's location. She then sat beside Knockout, who is alive and was placed in critical condition in the hospital, where she grieved for her lover.
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- Villains United #6 (December 2005)
- Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Manning, Matthew K.; McAvennie, Michael; Wallace, Daniel (2019). DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. DK Publishing. p. 304. ISBN 978-1-4654-8578-6.
- Secret Six vol. 2 #2 (August 2006)
- Birds of Prey #105 (April 2007)
- Birds of Prey #106 (May 2007)
- Birds of Prey #109 (October 2007)
- Checkmate #18 (November 2007)
- Secret Six vol. 3 #1 (November 2008)
- Secret Six vol. 3 #7 (May 2009)
- Secret Six vol. 3 #36 (October 2011)
- Secret Six (vol. 4)
- Villains United #5 (November 2005)
- Birds of Prey vol. 1 #107 (August 2007)
- Birds of Prey vol. 1 #108 (September 2007)
- Villains United #3 (September 2005)