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Your Top Modern Characters part 43

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, March 23 2009 and posted in Features
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Two kiddies and a psycho. Awesome.


225. Three characters (15 points)


Year first appeared: 1998

Secret first appeared in a one-shot comic, part of the Girlfrenzy fifth week event, by Todd Dezago and Todd Nauck called Young Justice: The Secret, in which Robin, Impulse, and Superboy helped her to escape from the DEO (Department of Extranormal Operations) agents who were holding her against her will. Secret was incorporeal, able to take on a variety of appearances, and is referred to as "the mist girl" or "the bottle girl" by the various agents who pursue her throughout the run of Young Justice.

Eventually, her origin was revealed: Secret was once an ordinary girl named Greta, whose adoptive brother Billy killed her as part of his plan to become the super villain Harm. Because of the manner of her death, Greta remained stuck on this plane of existence, a gateway between the living and the dead. Billy himself, after attacking the team, died when his own father shot him. Billy returned during the Day of Judgment storyline, as the entirety of Hell had been evacuated. He again battled the team, using the substance of Secret.

Secret joined Young Justice along with Wonder Girl and Arrowette. She was often referred to as "Suzie" because her real name was unknown at the time. Secret became good friends with the two girls, and was often portrayed as shy. She nursed a crush on Robin throughout the series, and often defended his actions and followed his leadership without doubt. She also expressed jealousy of Spoiler, Robin's girlfriend, to the point where the pair of them had a full-out battle across Gotham City that was stopped by the combined efforts of Red Tornado and Robin.

In an alternate reality, Billy had taken on Secret’s powers. Ironically, Billy fought for what he perceived as justice in this form.

During the Sins of Youth storyline, a temporarily adult Secret, with the aid of Deadman, chased down Teekl, the feline familiar of the villain Klarion the Witch Boy. Surprising her age-altered friends, she caused Klarion to back down by threatening to kill Teekl. When undoing everything he had done, Klarion insisted that it was everyone or nothing. Secret didn't want to change back, but was persuaded by Robin, who promised to always be there for her. As predicted by the nearby hero Merry Pemberton, this would later cause many problems. Secret would even go so far as to physically threaten Spoiler.

During the time when Hal Jordan tried to mentor Secret, she visited her father in jail. Under the mental influence of Billy, her father rejected her, leaving her more despondent than before.

Secret eventually gave in to the darkness in her nature at the behest of Darkseid, whom she mistakenly called 'Doug Side'. During her time on Darkseid's planet of Apokolips, Billy, possessing her father, launched the body into one of the fire pits, killing them both. Although Secret's mentor, Hal Jordan had offered to step in and save Greta, as well as the world, the current team advisor Snapper Carr rejected the offer, preferring that the kids use Secret's turning evil as a 'learning experience.' Tim was able to talk her down. In the last issue of Young Justice, a disgusted Darkseid stripped her of her powers leaving her an ordinary, living girl, which was, ironically, just as she always wanted to be.

She now attends the Elias School for Girls, along with Wonder Girl and Arrowette



Year first appeared: 2003

Born and raised in small-town America, Victor is a six-teen year old mutant who grew up quite normally despite his mutation and appearance. The neighborhood he grew up in was a small community that accepted him for who he was until anti-mutant feelings spread and threatened his safety. As a result Victor was sent off to the Xavier Institute where he quickly excelled academically and made close friends with Northstar who subsequently helped him come to terms with his sexuality.

Anole was one of only 27 students at the Institute who did not lose his mutant powers in the aftermath of House of M, also known as Decimation. The squad system was dissolved and the remaining students were merged into one group. Shortly afterwards, Emma Frost set up an all-out brawl amongst the remaining students to determine who would become the team of X-Men trainees; Victor was not selected for the squad. When Northstar and his sister Aurora attacked the Institute, Anole found him and was able to temporarily snap him out of the mind control set in place by the Children of the Vault. However, Victor's joy at seeing his former mentor was short-lived, as Jean-Paul returned to his mind-controlled status and knocked him out.

Anole recovered from his injuries without issue. He and his friends were then told a cryptic tale by Blindfold, who then revealed the story to be real just as Anole and his friends were dragged into Limbo. After Rockslide was apparently destroyed by a demon, Victor aggressively took charge, only to get his arm cut off by a demon. Victor wondered why it didn't hurt and why he did not die of severe blood loss. Victor, along with the rest of the group were trapped in a stone-like imprisonment, as Illyana Rasputin tried to take Pixie's soul to make a soul sword. After hearing some cryptic advice from Blindfold, Anole broke free of his stone entrapment and grew a new arm, looking similar to the carapace on his scalp. He broke free to save Pixie. Later Belasco was killed and Illyana became the ruler of Limbo. Anole and his friends escaped from Limbo, for the most part, safely.

When both teams that were in Limbo made it back, Rockslide demanded that Anole and Pixie be allowed to join the New X-Men team, or he would leave the team. The New X-Men accepted the two new additions and Victor officially became part of the New X-Men training squad.

Victor's reptilian mutation gives him green scaly skin, a spiked head carapace instead of hair, a prehensile sticky tongue, the ability to stick to solid surfaces, and enhanced agility, speed, reflexes, coordination, and balance. He can also rapidly camouflage himself through physiological color change to his surroundings to become "invisible." He can grow back-lost limbs but they appear scaled and reptilian like his carapace and grant him a higher level of strength. His new arm has sharp claws at the ends of his fingers that he can use for attack purposes (as seen in New X-Men #40). Beast confirmed that whenever Anole loses a limb, a stronger version of that limb grows in, though Victor is reluctant to risk further transformation.



Year first appeared: 2002

I like this guy. I am glad he is finally fighting Bats, I think he is a great new member of Batman’s bizarre rogue gallery. Am I alone in thinkin’ this?

A complete mystery, the man known as Onomatopoeia first appeared within the pages of Green Arrow. After killing two lesser-known vigilantes, he set his sights upon the Arrow family, seriously injuring Connor Hawke. He later tracked his prey to the hospital to finish him off, but was stopped by a blood-transfer weakened Oliver Queen. After Connor's successful surgery, Onomatopoeia fought the elder Green Arrow, doing quite well despite being hit with several arrows. Despite falling from the hospital roof during the fight, Onomatopoeia was able to escape before Green Arrow even had a chance to see where he had fallen.

Unseen for some time, Onomatopoeia, for reasons unknown, assisted the Joker in escaping Arkham Asylum as bait for Batman. He also shot Deadshot pointblank in the head but was unsuccessful overlooking Deadshot’s ability to play dead. By the End of Cacophony we get a glimpse that his alter identity has a family and a closet dedicated to his superhero kill collection.



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