Secret Six/Characters

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Characters from Secret Six include:

The Team

Tropes that apply to the majority of members

  • Anti-Villain Protagonist: if they do not count as Antiheroes.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though notably, everyone has different standards that often lead them into conflict.
  • Evil Is Sexy: All the girls on the team. And most of the guys!
  • Evil Versus Evil: Though they are perfectly willing to take on heroes. The team has even been described as a neutral point, siding with neither villains nor heroes.
  • Noble Demon: Huntress has noted that, unlike every other villain team heroes have gone up against, these people would all willing die to protect one another.
  • The Notable Numeral: Both played straight and subverted. Word of God is that only the four core members (Catman, Deadshot, Ragdoll, and Scandal) are safe in the long run, though some may leave the team briefly, and across the first four incarnations of the team had three die, two leaving due to betrayal, and a sixth simply quitting. On the other hand, one of the core members was fired but still hung around, and since then two more members have joined. Depending on timing, then, the Secret Six can have five to nine members so far, though they do tend toward six.
  • Sliding Scale of Anti-Heroes: Type V
  • Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains: Type I
  • Sociopathic Hero: If they count as Antiheroes.


Former leader of the team, Scandal Savage is the daughter of the immortal supervillain Vandal Savage. Much like him, she's very hard to kill.


Thomas Blake used to be a pathetic joke of a villain, particularly in recent years where he was portrayed as a fat nerd. After some time in the wilds of Africa, the now chiseled and badass Catman is one of the more (anti) heroic members of the group... most of the time.


Floyd Lawton is an assassin, a former member of the Suicide Squad and a former member of Batman's Rogues Gallery, with something of a deathwish. A supremely talented gunfighter, Deadshot is probably the most mercenary of the team, but still has some standards. Under Simone's pen, he has something of a snarky sense of humor.

  • Arm Cannon: Of the "mounted on the forearms" variety.
  • Ax Crazy: Not always, but he occasionally has the urge to kill everyone in sight.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Badass Normal: Despite what some think, he does not have superhuman aiming skills. He's just that good.
  • Carpet of Virility
  • Combat Pragmatist: Of the "shoot the first chance you get" type.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents openly hated each other, to the point that his mother tried to get his father killed by their sons, but Floyd wound up killing his beloved brother Edward by accident. Later he lost his wife and son, and for most of his life has been unconsciously looking for surrogate brother figures.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Seeker: He's not so much suicidal as completely indifferent as to whether or not he lives.
    • His response to being told straight from the source that he'll be condemned to eternity in Hell when he dies is simply "Ha! Figures."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He has no problem shooting an unarmed woman in the back. It's when he finds out she was told that she was free that he gets pissed, since he'd been told she was an escaping prisoner.
    • When the Six were first put together, both Deadshot and Cheshire were forced into joining when Mockingbird held the safety of their respective children over their heads. The difference between them? By the end of Villains United, it was demonstrated that Lloyd cared more about his daughter Zoe then Cheshire did Lian, as Cheshire went out of her way to conceive a replacement with no hesitation.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Like you would not believe. Almost every single panel where Deadshot is neither masked nor eating, he's smoking a cigarette.
  • The Gunslinger
  • Improbable Aiming Skills
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers multiple ones to a group of white supremacist thugs. The first one results in a thug losing an eye; they only get more humiliating from there.
  • One-Man Army: Has the highest known body count of the core members of the Six; this is what attracts Jeanette.
  • Pet the Dog: After learning about how Alice thinks she gave her father cancer, he forces the doctor (who is pretty sure it was Alice who gave it to him) to call and reassure her that it couldn't possibly have been her fault. Although, he might have just done this to make her a more effective team member.
    • There's also his interaction with his daughter Zoe and her mother. The money he makes as a mercenary gets sent directly to them.
  • Porn Stache: It's even specifically called this in one issue. He even mentions that some people have said unkind things about it.
  • The Sociopath: During the Blackest Night crossover, Yasemin (now a Black Lantern) comments that she thought he was this, but he does in fact have emotions buried deep inside. This is accompanied by a visual of his body being mostly black with a few points of color bleeding through.
  • Talk to the Fist: If you're on his bad side and he wants to know something, tell him in a quick and concise manner unless you want to get a hole blown in you.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Or kneecap a girl, sucker-frag a girl, etc.


Son of the Golden Age supervillain Ragdoll, Peter Merkel Jr. was born without the super-flexibility of his father and brother. Hundreds of surgical procedures duplicated and even surpassed the ability, letting him bend in strange and horrific ways. Talks to the stuffed body of former member Parademon he keeps in his room. Has no soul.

"All kinds of loathsome things might have had their way with me...and I missed all of it!"

  • Not So Harmless: A Cloudcuckoolander in a clown suit whose superpower is bending himself? Well, laugh if you want, but...oh wait, he already wrapped around you and broke your neck. Or pushed you off a cliff...or drove a wrench into your skull...
    • He says it himself: "You're one of those. One of those enemies who think I am only adorable, and not a threat to be measured most carefully. A joke, a jester, a jape in jammies. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE CORPSES NOW?!"
  • Personal Space Invader: Basically his entire fighting style.
  • Unpopular Popular Character / The Friend Nobody Likes: Regarded as one of the series' highlights by many fans, but his teammates (especially Scandal and Deadshot) are far from shy in telling him that he freaks them right the hell out.
  • The Soulless
  • There Can Be Only One: He's willing to resort to murder to retain his position as 'team freak'.
  • Ugly Cute: Especially when Nicola Scott draws him.
    • Black Alice agrees.
  • Waif Fu
  • The Woobie: Poor guy has had a fuck of a life.


The man who broke the Bat, and the only A-lister in the bunch, Bane has recently assumed control of the Six from Scandal. Having kicked his Venom habit, he now uses his cunning mind and natural strength to great effect. Has a weird-but-sweet fatherly relationship with Scandal. See the Batman character sheet for more.

  • Adorkable: Bane has a few moments of this, most notably when holding a small child Bane initially thinks that he "broke it" when the child begins bawling uncontrollably, apparently forgetting that said child just saw Bane shot repeatedly AND kill the assailants bare-handed and when trying to ask a woman on a date he says her hip size means she'd be good at producing children, and offers flowers and candy in ritual exchange for sexual favors later.
  • The Atoner: He's not proud of his former dependence on the super-steroid Venom.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Despite being The Atoner, his morality's incredibly skewed. While his first impulse on finding a Get Out of Hell Free card is to destroy it, and frowns on slavery, he's also willing to work with Dwarfstar (though he still makes it clear that he's disgusted by him and is just barely tolerating him), and beat a man's face to pulp for disrespecting a stripper Bane's only just met.
  • The Comically Serious: As a result of being The Stoic.
  • The Determinator: Bane shrugs off bullet wounds, even arterial ones after he applies a modicum of pressure. See also. Junior's entry for Sadistic Choice.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Overprotective Dad: Even though he's not actually Scandal's father, he's quite protective of her, even interviewing her dates.
  • Papa Wolf: Threatening Scandal around him is a good way to end up a bloody stain. It's the only reason he still keeps any Venom around at all.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: Bane was given a life sentence in utero. Look at him now.
  • The Stoic
  • Villain Decay: Mostly removed. While not quite up to the level in Knightfall, where he was the Evil Doc Savage, he's so far proven to be highly competent.


A friend of Scandal's, the mysterious Jeanette is a centuries-old banshee who joins up with the Six in the first storyline of their ongoing. Created just for the series.

Mockingbird II

The team's new employer, who essentially shanghais control of the team around the time of the Devil's Island mission. Actually Amanda Waller, government agent and founder of the Suicide Squad. The Six only recently learned this Mockingbird's identity.

The Second Six

When Scandal, Ragdoll, Catman and Alice leave the team, Bane and Jeanette bring in some replacements.


  • Ax Crazy
  • Complete Monster: Easily the nastiest of the bunch, with a love of raping and slaughtering women.
  • Fail O'Suckyname: "Sylbert Rundine?"
  • Fastball Special: In a rare display of teamwork, he hides in the fletchings of one of Lady Vic's arrows to hop between boats.
  • Knife Nut
  • Oh Crap: When he realizes Giganta has learned he had Ryan Choi killed.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Serial Killer
  • Sizeshifter
  • Too Dumb to Live: How could he not know that carrying out a hit on Giganta's boyfriend was a bad idea?
    • Well, until they were in Skartaris, he didn't know that Ryan was Giganta's boyfriend. He's still an idiot, but let's give him some credit.
      • Oh, but he only gets even more stupid. Sure, he lived (albeit with every bone in his body broken), but considering that he told Ray Palmer about Slade Wilson being the one who offed Ryan... yeah, once Wilson finds out, Rundine isn't going to be alive for much longer.


See the Wonder Woman character sheet for more.

King Shark

Currently[when?] a member of the first Secret Six.

Lady Vic

Former Members

Because the team always tends toward six members (though it's had as many as eight at once), and the missions they go on tend to have high body counts, there's a high rate of turnover in the Six's ranks.


The team's mysterious founder. Actually Lex Luthor, who formed the team to fight against the Secret Society formed by his doppelganger Alex Luthor in Infinite Crisis.. Left the Six to their own devices after they were no longer of use to him. See the Superman character sheet for more.


An old man with a magic fiddle; he was one of the Golden Age Flash's enemies. One of the first recruits into the Secret Six, the Fiddler proved a liability in his first outing, so Deadshot executed him on Mockingbird's orders, and he later returns as an undead Black Lantern during the Blackest Night crossover to get revenge on the Six. See the Flash character sheet for more.

Harley Quinn

Better known as The Joker's Perky Female Minion. Briefly joined the Six in one of their earlier outings under their own command. Quit the team when she decided to reform. See the Batman character sheet for more.


One of the New Gods from Apokolips, a former member of Darkseid's Female Furies. When the Six were hired to infiltrate the Secret Society of Super-Villains, Knockout was their contact on the inside. She turned on the Society and joined them, revealing that she and Scandal were lovers. Like the rest of the New Gods, killed by the Infinity-Man. See the New Gods character sheet for more.

Mad Hatter

Was brought in when the team started out under its own leadership; they needed his expertise in mind-control devices to counter their enemy, Doctor Psycho. Was ingloriously pushed off a cliff by Ragdoll because there's "only room for one dandy freak on the team." See the Batman character sheet for more.


One of the millions of airborne minions of Darkseid, it's unlikely that Parademon even knew his own name. Blew himself up in a fight with the Society. He had an off-beat friendship with Ragdoll, who stuffed his corpse and keeps it in his bedroom.

Black Alice

A newcomer to the team, Lori Zechlin is a teenage girl who can "borrow" the powers of any magically powered character in the DCU. She quit the Secret Six team after transporting them to the entrance to hell.

  • Black Magician Girl
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her power basically lets her turn into these, complete with Stripperiffic costume variant.
  • Fridge Horror: The characters who she borrows the powers of...what happens if they happen to be flying at the time? Word of God eventually cleared this up by saying that she doesn't steal all of the power and leaves a little behind, and a flyer would instinctively land before anything happened.
    • Notably, when she steals Spectre's power, he is rendered insubstantial, but still coherent and capable of speech. This, despite his power also being his very identity: he's the literal Wrath of God.
  • Goth: And she's quite insistent that she's not Emo.
  • Instant Expert: She seems quite skilled at using the magic powers she borrows, but it is eventually subverted when she reveals that she tried to use healing magic to cure her father's asthma, but accidentally messed up his insides and gave him cancer.
    • It's also further subverted when she clarifies that she suffers from Power Creep, Power Seep, with exceptional levels of power being difficult to maintain for more than a few moments, and in the difference between calling upon people with limited or natural magical abilities, and someone who requires training -- Doctor Occult's one of the least powerful people she's tapped into, but his abilities proved too difficult to use reliably.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's only 16 years old.
  • Mega Manning
  • Nightmare Fetishist: As evidenced by her crush on Ragdoll.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: She quit the team rather than go with them to Hell. her previous encounter with the place left her that traumatized. Ragdoll notes, when they return, that her room was so bare it was like she was never even there.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: As Catman notes during their first meeting, she saw them set up a pedophile killer for death at the hands of the father of one of his victims and didn't even blink.
    • And then asked for a job.

(Worse) Villains


A mysterious crime lord, who controls the entire West-Coast mob from a crate, using only a pad of paper and a phone. Actually Ragdoll's sister Alex.


A poison-loving assassin and former member of the Six, who betrayed them to the Society in the opening story arc and has popped up again a number of times since. See the Teen Titans character sheet for more.

  • Acquired Poison Immunity
  • Arch Enemy: The closest the Six has to one, but mostly to Catman in particular.
  • Asian Baby Mama: To Catman, and earlier to Roy Harper/Arsenal/Red Arrow.
  • Ax Crazy: God DAMN.
  • Badass Normal
  • The Chessmaster: What's the best way to manipulate a superhero and a supervillain who both hate your guts? Have their kids.
  • The Chew Toy: Just about any time Gail uses her, Cheshire inevitably gets her ass handed to her. She's been thrown out of a helicopter, tortured, shot in the chest, forced to eat Solomon Grundy's cooked flesh, beaten within an inch of her life by Jeannette and then kicked upside the head by Tarantula, left as a bloody heap on the floor by three mercenaries hired to steal her son, and then told said son was killed when he's really alive and been adopted by a loving couple.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Unfortunately for her the Society aren't idiots.
  • Complete Monster: Was previously the worst the Six had to offer until Dwarfstar joined.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Dragon Lady
  • Even Evil Has Standards: An inversion of sorts. Deathstroke shot her after she divulged the location of the Six because she sold out her own team.
  • Evil Is Sexy
  • Evil Matriarch: She set out to murder Black Canary because she's taken care of Lian, and the girl comes to see Canary as more of a mother than Cheshire. Of course, whether or not her love for her child is genuine is still up for debate.
  • Femme Fatalons
  • Freudian Excuse: She was sold into slavery at a very young age.
  • I Have a Family: When Jeanette is dangling her off the roof of a casino by her hair Cheshire tries to get out of it by saying she has a baby, while Jeanette simply responds that she doesn't care.
  • Master Poisoner
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nuked an entire country just because she felt the rest of the world didn't have the balls to do it.
  • Morality Pet: Her daughter Lian, and later her son by Catman, Thomas Jr.. Now Lian is dead, and Catman convinced her that her son was too, so the Morality Chain may be severed. However, when Lian's safety was held over head to ensure her cooperation with the team, she was more than willing to conceive a replacement child.
  • Mugging the Monster: The mercenary who went after her and tried to rape her probably should have read up on her history first. Let's just say it doesn't end well for him.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Tends to use her fingernails, among other things.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • The Sociopath: Has in fact referred to herself as a "well-known sociopath".
  • Token Evil Teammate: When she was part of the Six.

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