Special Sub-Topic: Super Villain Codenames: The Rogues
|Leonard "Len" Snart charged an experimental gun with the energies of a cyclotron to make a weapon that could slow down the Flash. It worked too well: the gun can freeze anything down to absolute zero! Who is this cold-hearted killer and leader of the Rogues?|
Captain Cold. Captain Cold ("Showcase" #8, 1957) keeps the rest of the Rogues in line with a strict code (no excess killing, no drugs, etc.), to keep them focused and eliminate unnecessary risks, as well as to protect their reputations. The number one rule: Never kill a speedster. They may oppose the Flash, but know that if they cross that line, they will never be safe.
On one visit to "Six Flags Great Adventure", I passed a pair of actors dressed as the Joker and Captain Cold and I identified them for my daughters. The "Joker" overheard me and broke character to thank me, since I was the first person to know who Captain Cold was - most people were (incorrectly) calling him Mr. Freeze.
|The Scottish mercenary Evan McCulloch was given the costume and gadgets of the late Sam Scudder, using mirrors for holograms, hypnotism, or even travel. This last power allows a quick escape for the Rogues - as long as there is a reflective surface nearby. Who is he?|
Mirror Master. Scudder ("Flash" #105, 1959) invented the mirror technology, but died during "Crisis on Infinite Earths", 1985. In "The Flash" live action television series (1990), David Cassidy played Sam Scudder, the Mirror Master.
McCulloch ("Animal Man" #8, 1989) has a cocaine habit which puts him at odds with Captain Cold's "no drugs" policy for the Rogues.
|After being cured of his deafness, Hartley Rathaway became obsessed with sound and sonics. He normally uses a musical instrument capable of hypnotizing all who hear it, in addition to other sonic powers. He also controls rats, which is oddly appropriate. Who is he?|
Pied Piper. Rathaway ("The Flash" #106, 1959) retired from villainy after "Crisis on Infinite Earths", 1985. He also came out as one of DC's first gay characters at the same time, and joked that he was a criminal that had "gone straight".
|Mark Mardon used a wand to control the weather, until the villain Inertia destroyed the wand. He now controls the weather directly. Who is he? |
Weather Wizard. Mardon ("The Flash" #110, 1959) had sired a son, Josh, who demonstrated weather controlling power. Josh was killed by Inertia in "Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge", 2008.
|After saving the world from damnation by tricking Neron, the Devil incarnate, in "Underworld Unleashed", 1995, James Jesse reforms so he won't end up in hell. However, a teenager named Axel Walker steals his bag of tricks, including the shoes that let him walk on air, and becomes the next version of what villain?|
Trickster. James Jesse ("The Flash" #113, 1960) was killed during "Countdown to Final Crisis", 2007. Mark Hamil played James Jesse, the Trickster, in "The Flash" live action television series (1990). Hamil's character foreshadows the voice over work he would later do in various media as the Joker, starting in 1992.
As the youngest and newest Rogue, Axel Walker ("Flash" #183, 2002) is often chastised by the older, more experienced members.
|George "Digger" Harkness didn't have super powers, but he does have a habit of coming back from the dead. He didn't have an Australian accent, either, until the movie "Crocodile Dundee" came out in 1986. Who is he? |
Captain Boomerang. Harkness (Flash #117, 1960) used different boomerangs that were razor sharp, exploded, etc. He was killed for the last time in "Identity Crisis" (2004) as he assassinated Jack Drake, father to Tim Drake (Robin).
The new Captain Boomerang is Owen Mercer ("Identity Crisis" #3, 2004), Harkness' son. Mercer uses boomerangs but also hast short bursts of super speed. After a brief time with the Rogues, Mercer is trying to make his way as a hero.
|Roscoe Dillon was so obsessed with tops that he taught himself to spin really fast. Fast enough to deflect bullets. Fast enough that dormant brain cells move to the front of his brain giving him tremendous intelligence and mental powers. Who is he?|
Top. Dillon ("The Flash" #122, 1961) was driven insane when brainwashed by Zatanna into becoming a hero. During this time, he uses his mental powers to convince some of the Rogues (Pied Piper, Trickster, and Heat Wave) to stop being villains. When Zatanna reverses her spell in "Identity Crisis" (2004), the Top reverses his own reprogramming of the Rogues. He is killed by Captain Cold for his transgressions against the Rogues.
|Abhararakadhararbarakh escaped from the 64th century, and used advanced technology to perform "magic". Who is this frustrated stage magician?|
Abra Kadabra. In "Underworld Unleashed" (1995) Kadabra ("Flash" #128, 1962) works for the demon Neron, who grants him true magical powers. Kadabra isn't always a member of the Rogues, but he joins them often enough.
|Wave goodbye to anything combustible when you give mentally unbalanced pyromaniac Mick Rory a fire retardant suit and a hand held flamethrower. Who is this super villain?|
Heat Wave. Rory ("Flash" #140, 1963) directly benefits the most from working with the Rogues. The leadership of Captain Cold is often enough to keep him focused on the mission instead of his pyromania.
|Lisa Snart commits crimes wearing a set of ice skates that create their own ice, allowing to to skate anywhere - even on air. She is an Olympic-level skater, which may explain her medal-winning code name. Who is she?|
Golden Glider. Snart ("Flash" #250, 1977) is sister to Captain Cold. She worked with a series of partners that she would name Chillblaine and arm with a version of her brother's feeze gun. She was killed by the last Chillblaine, who was murdered in retaliation by Captain Cold.
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