The Suicide Squad has gone through a lot of members in the three decades since John Ostrander's and Luke McDonnell's Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #1. We guess we shouldn't be too surprised, though. Amanda Waller sees her group of ruthless antiheroes as mostly dispensable. Task Force X specializes in suicide missions -- hence, the name "Suicide Squad", and because Task Force X operatives have an extraordinarily high probability of not coming back from a mission, the roster is sure to have a high turnover rate. With Waller constantly recruiting new faces, and old ones fading away, it's easy to forget which characters were once members of the Suicide Squad.
Countless villains have joined the Squad in an attempt to make up for their past actions. These B-list and C-list baddies have spent decades bothering heroes like Flash and Batman, and are ready to give it all to turn over a new leaf. Some of them succeed, while others veer into a still darker territory, and yet others turn up as casualties on their first mission. Then there's the occasional instance of hero joining the ranks of Task Force X. Former members of the Teen Titans and the Justice League find themselves working alongside the villains that used to threaten them. Fate has brought them to an improbable team-up with King Shark, Deadshot, and other longtime Suicide Squad members. They too aren't invulnerable to the costly missions that Waller gives to her team. Here are 20 characters that fans forget were members of the Suicide Squad.
Superboy joined the Suicide Squad in Superboy (Vol. 4) #13. Teaming up with Waller, Deadshot, King Shark, Sidearm, Knockout, and Captain Boomerang, Superboy goes up against the Silicon Dragons. Over the course of Superboy's brief time among the Suicide Squad, he comes to respect them for how courageously they confront nearly certain doom.
Superboy nearly meets his end at the hands of Lady Dragon, but, thanks to the combined efforts of the Suicide Squad, he lives to see another day. The mission concludes with the Silicon Dragons' base going up in flames as the team heads for a debriefing session from Waller.
19 CAPTAIN COLD
Captain Cold's first stint with Task Force X began in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #16. The classic Flash villain was enlisted to aid Captain Boomerang and company against Doctor ZZ -- a metahuman that could launch direct attacks on his opponent's minds. Captain Cold left the team shortly after but recently rejoined in Suicide Squad (Vol. 5) #41.
Waller brought in Captain Cold to help the Suicide Squad track down both Deadshot and Batman. The mission leads to a three-way clash between the Squad, the Kobra cult, and Batman, with Waller's crew just making it out alive. Again, Captain Cold didn't care to stick around after the mission had concluded.
18 POISON IVY
Poison Ivy was just one in a bunch of Batman villains who joined Waller's task force in an effort to do some good. The team welcomed Ivy in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #33 when the team was once again making up for their losses. Aside from helping the Squad on various missions, Ivy developed a rivalry with her teammate, Count Vertigo.
In fact, Ivy used her resources to enslave Count Vertigo for an extensive period. Eventually, Waller was able to break Vertigo free of Ivy's spell, so that she can deploy Vertigo for her own purposes. But the damage had been done -- and Vertigo swore to get revenge on Ivy.
In the wake of Flashpoint, Cheetah briefly joined Waller's newest version of the Suicide Squad. The feline supervillain jumped onto Task Force X in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #20, and left in issue 23. One of Cheetah's only missions with the squad involves a trip to Las Vegas to prevent a large-scale hypnosis machine from being set off by anarchoterrorists.
Going up against a villain simply known as the Mother, the Squad succeeds in stopping chaos from erupting Vegas. In her second and final mission with the team, Cheetah helps the Squad in a conflict against Team 7 -- a group of superhumans similar to Task Force X.
16 SOLOMON GRUNDY
The zombified behemoth Solomon Grundy fought for the Suicide Squad during the early '00s. Grundy debuted as a member of Waller's task force in Superman (Vol. 2) #182, alongside Killer Frost and Deadshot. Lois Lane had been digging up dirt on President Lex Luthor, leading the latter to employ Waller and her Suicide Squad.
The Squad's targeting of Lois led to a battle between the squad and the Man of Steel -- one of the many battles between Superman and Waller's team that'd been happening during that time. Shortly after, the Squad would get back on track, acting more as a team of antiheroes than villains.
Shortly after settling into her new role as Oracle, Barbara Gordon found work with the Amanda Waller's revived Suicide Squad in the '80s. Oracle was first mentioned in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #23 as a mysterious figure helping out the team from the background. Oracle aids the Suicide Squad as they go up against an enemy they never expected to face -- the Alien Alliance.
However, Oracle doesn't officially join the team until Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #48, after she's revealed to be the former Batgirl. Oracle would even go on to replace Waller as the leader of the Suicide Squad after the latter could no longer do the job.
14 DR. LIGHT
In an attempt to put his villainous past behind him, Doctor Light joined the Suicide Squad in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #24, but he didn't make much progress. His teammates despised him, judging him to be a coward, incapable of taking the risks necessary to be a Squad member.
Plus, in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #27, Doctor Light viciously put to rest the youngest member of the opposing team, Force of July. Eventually, when the Suicide Squad traveled to Apokalips and battled Parademons, Doctor Light attempted to help his teammates against overwhelming forces. Before he could do much, Doctor Light was shot down by Parademons, becoming the Suicide Squad's latest casualty.
13 KILLER FROST
Louise Lincoln, the second Killer Frost, joined the squad in Firestorm (Vol. 2) #64, and she turned out to be the ace in the hole for the Squad as they went toe-to-toe with Firestorm. Lincoln would appear with the Squad again in Chase (Vol. 1) #2 when the team crossed paths with government agent Cameron Chase.
Killer Frost rejoined the team once more in Suicide Squad (Vol. 2) #3 for a period lengthier than her last stints, eventually being used by Waller and Lex Luthor to try to take down Superman. Lastly, the third Killer Frost, Caitlin Snow, played a part in Waller's task force before being offered a job to join the Justice League.
12 BRONZE TIGER
Bronze Tiger was first introduced as a member of Waller's revamped Task Force X in Legends (Vol. 1) #2 and has been an on-again-off-again operative ever since. As a world-class martial artist that was inducted into the League of Assassins, Bronze Tiger is one of the Squad's deadliest members.
Miraculously, Bronze Tiger has managed to survive over 20 years of Task Force X's dangerous missions. Since the New 52 reboot, he hasn't featured as much in Suicide Squad comics. Instead, he's worked primarily among the League of Assassins, occasionally teaming up with other DC characters like Batman and Deathstroke -- or fighting them.
The long-time Batman antagonist Cluemaster was introduced to the Squad in Suicide Squad (Vol. 2) #1, along with Clock King and Multi-Man. Cluemaster saw a stint with the Suicide Squad as an opportunity to redeem himself in his daughter's eyes, but it wasn't long before Cluemaster appeared to meet his demise, having been shot multiple times by enemies.
Later it was revealed that Cluemaster somehow survived the gunfire and had been recovering in a hospital for the better part of a year. Upon learning of his daughter's passing, Cluemaster put aside his past attempt at reformation and aimed to put down Batman for good.
10 THE WRITER
The Writer is by far one of the most bizarre DC characters of all-time because, technically, it's real life writer Grant Morrison. Morrison worked himself into one of his stories in Animal Man (Vol. 1) #25, presenting himself as the author behind Animal Man's tragedies.
Morrison pops up again in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #58, this time just going by "The Writer". The Writer is enlisted by the Suicide Squad to help in the battle against Circe and her army. Using his creative writing ability to manipulate reality in his favor, The Writer initially proves to be useful. However, writer's block strikes him amid the battle, leaving him open to a vicious attack from Circe's demons.
Chemo, a receptacle for chemical waste that came alive, thwarted various superheroes in its early days. At first, Chemo primarily fought against the Metal Men, regenerating after each time the robots disposed of it. Chemo would go onto cause trouble for Superman when it briefly joining the Suicide Squad in Adventures of Superman (Vol. 1) #593.
Waller's latest Squad consisted of Chemo, Manchester Black, Plasmus, and Shrapnel, and aimed to incapacitate the Man of Steel. After the conflict, Chemo wouldn't team up with other villains again until the Secret Society of Supervillains used him on the city of Bludhaven.
8 JAMES GORDON JR.
Decades after his sister led the Suicide Squad, James Gordon Jr. joined the team in Suicide Squad (Vol. 4) #20. Shortly before his stint with the Suicide Squad, James Jr. had established himself as one of Gotham's most sinister new villains. Commissioner Gordon's son had returned to Gotham after many years away and quickly got to work, terrifying his family and Batman.
When Amanda Waller recruited him for the Squad, James Jr. only obliged because he was attracted to Waller. In his time with the Squad, James Jr. mostly worked as a tactician away from the action. Despite being of some service to the team, James Jr. is back in prison during Batman Eternal.
7 COUNT VERTIGO
Count Vertigo began as a thief in Star City, running up against the likes of Green Arrow and Black Canary. He was offered the opportunity to do some good as a part of Task Force X in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #24, leading to a considerable amount of time spent on the team.
Unfortunately for Count Vertigo, much of that time was spent serving Poison Ivy. Finally, he was freed from Poison Ivy's influence by Waller, who needed him to prevent a missile attack from Kobra. Years later, Count Vertigo resurfaces as a member of the latest Suicide Squad intent on bring down the Rogues who'd taken out Bart Allen.
6 CLOCK KING
William Tockman, the first Clock King, met his fate in the same issue that he joined the Suicide Squad. In Suicide Squad (Vol. 2) #1, Clock King and former Injustice League teammates -- Cluemaster, Major Disaster, Multi-Man, and Big Sir -- were used by Waller in one of her most foolhardy missions yet.
Upon being sent to a remote research facility, the team was ambushed by gunmen. Most of the team was gunned down, including Clock King, with Major Disaster reported being the only survivor. However, with Cluemaster revealed to have survived his multiple gun wounds, it is possible that Clock King managed to miraculously survive as well.
Lashina, otherwise known as Duchess, joined Waller's crew of antiheroes in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #9. Lashina was unlike any of Waller's recruits. She was a warrior New God, raised on Apokolips by Granny Goodness, and former leader of the Female Furies. After becoming stranded on Earth, Lashina met up with Waller who welcomed her onto Task Force X.
Her time with the Squad culminated in her convincing her teammates to come with her to Apokolips, so she could have her revenge the forces that'd abandoned her. The mission ends up being a catastrophe, as several members of the Squad perished at the hands of Darkseid and his Parademons -- including Lashina.
Clifford DeVoe, aka the Thinker, was recruited by Amanda Waller in Doom Patrol and Suicide Squad Special (Vol. 1) #1. The story sees Task Force X and Doom Patrol combine forces to rescue Hawk from the KGB. The mission turns out to be a costly one for the Suicide Squad as most of the operatives have perished by issue's end.
However, it's later revealed that the Thinker made it out alive, though he doesn't rejoin the Squad. Instead, the second Thinker, Cliff Carmichael, becomes a member of the team in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #51, helping the Squad to track down a Deadshot imposter.
Unlike most of the members of Suicide Squad throughout its history, Vixen didn't join the team in an effort to reform. In fact, before aligning with Task Force X, she was a member of the Justice League. In Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #11, Vixen joined the Squad in a mission to take down a Colombian crime kingpin.
The mission concluded with Vixen losing control and viciously taking out the kingpin, and upon realizing that her animal instincts had gotten the best of her, Vixen decided to stay along with the team, hoping to become the stable hero that she used to be.
Nightshade joined the team shortly after Amanda Waller resurrected the Suicide Squad program. The darkness manipulating hero stepped onto the team in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #1. Most of Nightshade's early missions with Task Force X were disasters. Her first mission entailed her going undercover in a cell of sleeper agents, leading to her getting caught in their bloodlust.
Subsequently, she saw several of her allies fall in battle, and Waller decide to leave behind one of her best friends on the team. Despite her distaste for the type of work that the Squad did, and her frequent conflicts with Waller, she stayed with the team until Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #66.
After spending his teenage years as one of the earliest members of the Teen Titans, Speedy began down a dark path. Early evidence of his trajectory towards becoming an antihero is found in Suicide Squad (Vol. 1) #11 when he joins the team for a short time.
Speedy signed up for the sole purpose of hunting down a Colombian crime kingpin. When the mission concludes, Speedy parts ways with the Squad and continues his government work aimed at that kind of criminal. It wouldn't be long before Speedy would take up a new alias, Arsenal, as well as a much more ruthless stance toward the enemy.