If you asked someone to name some members of the Justice League, who do you think they would mention first? Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman for sure, and maybe even the Flash and Green Lantern. If you pressed them, they might mention Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Black Canary and a few others who appear frequently on Justice League comic book covers, but beyond that? The theoretical subject of your questions will probably just give you a blank stare. The D-listers who flesh out the League roster are a mystery to most. At best, they're only known as a strange face who appeared in the background on, say, Justice League: Unlimited. That doesn't seem very fair, does it? And since the Justice League is all about fairness, we're going to correct that oversight right now.
This list will shine a long overdue spotlight on some minor Justice Leaguers who generally don't get a lot of attention. They may be unknowns for now, but who knows what will happen in the future? Heroes' fortunes ebb and flow. Some used to be unknown but now, thanks to recurring television roles, now have sizeable fanbases to save them from obscurity. Folks like that -- hi, Vibe! -- won't be appearing on this list. No, we're going to talk strictly about characters whose names make all but the most hardcore of fans scratch their heads in befuddlement. How many do you recognize and which ones would you like to see make a comeback, either on the screen or on the page?
20 SNAPPER CARR
In Brave and the Bold #28, Starro the Conqueror mind-controls an entire town with the exception of a teen named Lucas Carr. Nicknamed Snapper for the simple reason that he likes snapping his fingers, young Mr. Carr followed the Justice League around for no real reason. Good thing he did, though, as his presence indirectly and accidentally allowed the League to defeat Starro.
After it was all over, Snapper was named an honorary member of the team. The fact that Snapper didn't actually do anything to warrant this honor occurs to no one. He continued to hang out with the League regardless and eventually discovered he had a superpower of his own: teleportation.
19 CRIMSON FOX
Crimson Fox is the name of two heroes: twin sisters Vivian and Constance D'Aramis. They share the Crimson Fox identity simultaneously, as well as membership in Justice League Europe. Their most notable features are their ability to exude mind-controlling pheromones and their costume, which is not at all fox-like and only occasionally crimson. We're also pretty sure that foxes don't have pheromone powers, but oh well.
Both sisters were ended in the line of duty -- first Vivian, then Constance -- although Crimson Fox did get to appear on the short-lived TV show Powerless. Which Crimson Fox was it, you ask? The show never told us that.
Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! In the JLA/Avengers crossover, the DC and Marvel universes were mashed haphazardly together. Marvel's premier archer, Hawkeye, decided he preferred the folks over at DC and ditched the Avengers to join the Justice League.
Well, to be more specific, Hawkeye preferred one particular DC heroine: Black Canary. She liked him back and they began dating, much to the chagrin of DC's own archer, Green Arrow. To this day, Hawkeye is the only Marvel hero to earn himself a spot in the Justice League, a fact which Green Arrow is undoubtedly very happy about.
Aztek was trained from childhood to be "the ultimate man". He is in peak physical and mental health. And although he is a mere mortal under his fancy costume, his armor does grant him numerous powers, including the ability to access the memories of everyone who has ever donned his spiky metal helmet.
But his benefactors, the Q Society and Lex Luthor, had ulterior motives. They wanted Aztek to use his position as a Justice Leaguer to help them take over the team. Aztek said no thanks and jumped ship. He would ultimately sacrifice himself while fighting alongside the League.
Korean-American Seong Barclay disguises herself as a man to become Mystek, a hero with tech-related powers. She joined the short-lived Justice League Task Force in 1995. But no one cares about that. Insofar as Mystek is ever remembered by fans, it is for her faults, particularly her claustrophobia.
In fact, her uncontrolled claustrophobia is the reason why she is no longer with the League. Less than a year after her debut, Mystek had a panic attack while on board a space station and opened an airlock. The last anyone saw of her, she was being sucked out into space. Letting Mystek into the League was definitely a "mystake".
15 ELEMENT WOMAN
Element Woman was a solo hero until the League came calling. At the time, the entire Justice League was embroiled in a war with Atlantis, and they were losing badly. So Cyborg contacted heroes around the country, including Element Woman, and asked for their help. Once the dust settled, the League invited Element Woman to join them.
Element Woman has powers similar to those of Metamorpho, a member of the Outsiders. Both can shapeshift into any element they can think of. Both also seem to have problems fitting in. After her stint with the League, Element Woman was manipulated by Niles Caulder, leader of the Doom Patrol, into joining his team.
Congo Bill was enjoying an ethically questionable career as an explorer in Africa until a friend of his, a local chief, caught a fatal illness. Just before the friend passed away, he gifted Bill a magic ring. The ring enables its wearer to swap minds with the Golden Gorilla, the most powerful animal in the jungle.
Taking the hilarious yet awesome name Congorilla, Congo Bill uses the animal's amazing strength and agility to protect the Congo. He is probably best remembered for his role in Justice League: Cry for Justice, where he teamed up with Starman to scream about justice a lot.
13 ROCKET RED
The Rocket Red Brigade is the official superhero team of the Soviet Union. They all wear identical suits of armor designed by the Green Lantern Kilowog. The armor protects them from all but the most superhuman attacks and allows its wearers to fly and shoot energy blasts.
The Brigade's most famous member is probably Dmitri Pushkin. Designated Rocket Red #4, he became a member of Justice League International. He got along with just about everyone on the team, particularly Animal Man, but ultimately decided to retire from the superhero business. DC brought Pushkin back in 2005's OMAC Project for the express purpose of writing him off.
This suspiciously Hawkman-esque hero is an angel with a very twisty origin. There's some stuff about demons trying to overthrow God, but that story's a bit too long to get into here. The gist of it is this: Zauriel first showed real interest in Earth when he fell in love with a human woman. Sadly for him, his crush turned him down.
Still, Zauriel continued to make Earth his home base and even joined the Justice League of America. He actually did come in handy since, as an angel, he is effectively immortal. He also owns a flaming sword and that alone justifies his membership.
11 GENERAL GLORY
In the '80s and '90s, Justice League International became known for its fun, borderline ridiculous characters. One of these was a World War II veteran named Joseph Jones, alias General Glory. Formerly an ordinary soldier, Jones gained super strength and durability just by being so gosh-darn patriotic. He worked for the government for years before joining the JLI.
General Glory is basically Captain America, if Captain America was preachy and pompous. Apparently the joke wore thin fairly quickly, as Glory passed away from a heart attack a mere three years after his first appearance. He appointed a police officer named Donovan Wallace as his successor.
Alix Harrower is the most recent in a short line of bullet-themed heroes. The tradition started in 1940 with Bulletman, a World War II-era superhero whose bullet-shaped helmet deflected, well, bullets. Alix got her own impenetrable metal skin by accident, when her scientist husband's experiments went haywire.
Bulleteer first joined the Justice League in 52, when Firestorm put together a new version of the team. They didn't last too long: they badly lost their first major battle, during which one of their number lost their lives. Bulleteer has continued her heroic activities anyway, and she's turned up as a guest star in various books from time to time.
After spending most of her youth getting captured by people with a beef against her senator father, Lorraine Reilly got the opportunity to become the rescuer instead of the rescued. A supervillain's experiments turned her into Firehawk, whose flame-like hairdo and ability to fly were purposely derivative of Firestorm's.
Despite the best of intentions, Firehawk has had her ups and downs. Immediately after gaining powers, the man who gave them to her brainwashed her into attacking Firestorm. Firehawk decided to quit the hero business after the events of Identity Crisis, but she eventually returned... only to be mind-controlled and forced to attack her friends once again.
You can pretty much tell from the name that Bloodwynd was created in the '90s. Sure enough, he first appeared in 1993. He met the Justice League when a demon trapped him in his own source of power, the Blood Gem. The Blood Gem, which was originally created by Bloodwynd's enslaved ancestors so they could kill their master, allows Bloodwynd to sense death, among other things.
The Justice League freed Bloodwynd and invited him to join the team because hey, they didn't have a guy with necromancy powers yet, so why not? Bloodwynd accepted the invitation, but he didn't stay very long. He just didn't feel like he fit in, though he never specified why.
7 TASMANIAN DEVIL
Australian Hugh Dawkins is a most unusual superhero. He can transform into a giant, Tasmanian devil-like creature with metal-shredding claws. He first appeared in the Super Friends comic, based on the popular cartoon of the same name, before making the jump to the more mainstream DC comics.
Hawkins bounced from team to team, including Justice League International, before rejoining his original team, the Global Guardians. This proved to be an unhealthy move. The Guardians were all taken out early in Cry for Justice. Taz in particular was turned into a throw rug. He seems to have gotten better now, though.
6 SILVER SORCERESS
Silver Sorceress and her brother, Blue Jay, were mighty heroes on their native Angor. Perhaps a little too mighty, actually: they and their fellow heroes, the Assemblers, let their fame go to their heads and completely failed to prevent nuclear war from annihilating their home planet. Silver Sorceress and Blue Jay were among the tiny handful of survivors.
After coming to Earth, both siblings joined the Justice League. Their first big move was to pull a Superman IV and rid Earth of nuclear weapons. This obviously failed, and Silver Sorceress went on to suffer a rather ignoble demise on the ridiculously named island of Kooey Kooey Kooey.
The New Gods are no strangers to the Justice League. Mister Miracle, Big Barda and Orion have all served the team honorably. So has Lightray, although he doesn't quite have the name recognition of the others. Still, he's hardly a lightweight. In fact, he can control light itself, in addition to having the enhanced strength and speed that all New Gods possess.
Lightray's most notable contribution to comics in recent years was being killed in Countdown to Final Crisis. He crash-landed in Metropolis and tried to warn Jimmy Olsen about something, but he passed away before he could say anything helpful.
4 BIG SIR
Big Sir isn't particularly bright, but he's big and he has a suit of armor that grants him a variety of powers. After serving with the Injustice League for a time, Big Sir and some of his fellow supervillains decided to try their hand at heroics instead. They went to Maxwell Lord of Justice League International for assistance.
Lord set up the former Injustice Leaguers as Justice League Antarctica. If you suspect that Lord only did this to get them out of his hair, you're smarter than anyone on that team. Big Sir's next attempt at redemption would be his last: he joined the Suicide Squad and passed away on his first mission.
3 MANITOU RAVEN
Older than the concept of superheroes, Manitou Raven was born several thousand years ago. Thanks to some time travel shenanigans, he was able to meet the League... as an enemy. Manitou Raven was tricked into believing the Justice League were his enemies and tried to end them.
When he realized his mistake, he not only teamed up with the League to set things right, he also agreed to go back to the future with them and became a Justice Leaguer himself. Manitou Raven ended up passing away in battle, but his powers are/were mystical in nature. That means he can still pop by and offer ghostly advice on occasion.
2 TOMORROW WOMAN
It would appear that Dr. T.O. Morrow is not the brightest evil genius out there. He created the android Red Tornado to infiltrate and destroy the League, only to see his creation turn hero instead. Morrow then initiated Plan B... which was exactly the same as Plan A. He created the android Tomorrow Woman, who had telepathic and telekinetic powers, to infiltrate and destroy the League. Want to guess what happened next?
Tomorrow Woman had to sacrifice herself to save her new friends, but her story doesn't end there. She was resurrected in an alternate universe, which she helped save from the villain Krona.
1 BLACK ORCHID
There have been several Black Orchids. Susan Linden is the best known, and most of her successors were her clones. But more recently, a completely new Black Orchid has cropped up: Alba Garcia. Like so many heroes, she acquired superpowers via dark government experiments.
The name may not be real intimidating -- what villain is going to quiver in fear at a flower? -- but Black Orchid is an unparalleled master of disguise. Garcia was inducted into Justice League Dark, a "spin-off" team that devotes itself to dealing with magical or supernatural threats. This makes Garcia the first Black Orchid to earn a spot on the Justice League in the mainstream universe.