Trident (DC Comics)

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Trident is the name of a number of supervillains in the DC Comics universe.

Publication history[edit]

The Trident Trio first appeared in New Teen Titans #33 and were created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. Marv Wolfman later acknowledged that he recycled the idea of different people posing as a single villain from his earlier characters the Brothers Grimm.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Trident Trio[edit]

In the story, the three alter-egos of Trident were operatives of the H.I.V.E. who later splintered from the group. "Prof" was a weapons design specialist. Sammy Jaye was an enforcer. The third one was an unidentified black man that used to fight in the Golden Gloves. Eventually, they decide to team up and strike out on their own. Each adopts the costume and code-name of Trident, and each is armed with a powerful trident. The trident's right tine shoots fire, the left tine shoots ice, and the center tine releases a blast of devastating force. Trident operates in New York City, each criminal taking turns at committing several large robberies, leading the public to believe them to be a single person. Eventually, the Sammy Jaye Trident tries to cheat his two partners out of their share of loot. The other two kill Sammy and his costumed body is discovered by the Teen Titans and the police. Starfire eventually figures out that there is more than one Trident. After tracking down the other two Tridents, the Teen Titans defeated the Tridents and they were handed over to the police.[2]

Some time after the two surviving Tridents are imprisoned, Wildebeest springs the unnamed Trident, Gizmo, Puppeteer, and Disruptor from jail. These villains are eventually recaptured by the Teen Titans.[3]

During the Infinite Crisis storyline, someone that might be the unnamed Trident was seen on the Injustice Gang's satellite as a member of Alexander Luthor Jr.'s Secret Society of Super Villains.[4]

Karate Kid[edit]

The name Trident was also used by a Starro-infected Karate Kid who claimed to be a member of the Trident Guild. However, these beliefs were due to the effects of brainwashing by Starro.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Trident carries a trident that has three tines: the right shoots fire, the left shoots ice, and the middle releases a blast of devastating force. He can project holograms which make him appear several feet away from where he is actually standing while concealing his true position.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Trident appears in Teen Titans voiced by Clancy Brown. This version of Trident is depicted as an extremely arrogant fish-man and is an enemy of the Atlanteans. He intended to overthrow Atlantis and take over the surface world by making an army of clones of himself using toxic chemicals. He was attacked by the Teen Titans in their T-Sub, accompanied by the Atlantian superhero Aqualad. His own ego, however, thwarted his plans when Beast Boy and Aqualad enticed his entire clone army to turn on each other, and they were soon afterwards buried in an undersea cave by the Titans. Trident later reappeared as a member of the Brotherhood of Evil. He takes down Aqualad with help from Plasmus in "Calling All Titans." In "Titans Together," Trident is defeated in with the rest of the Brotherhood of Evil.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aushenker, Michael (February 2010). "Brother(s) Grimm". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (38): 83. 
  2. ^ New Teen Titans #33
  3. ^ New Teen Titans #41-42
  4. ^ Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files and Origins #2005
  5. ^ Justice League of America Vol. 2 #3