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Legion of Doom
Legion of Doom.jpg
From left to right: Black Manta, Giganta, Toyman, Riddler, Bizarro, Scarecrow, Lex Luthor, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, Gorilla Grodd, Brainiac, and Sinestro.
Publication information
First appearance "Wanted: The Super Friends" (Challenge of the Super Friends Ep. 1)
In-story information
Member(s) Black Manta, Giganta, Toyman, Riddler, Bizarro, Scarecrow, Lex Luthor, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, Gorilla Grodd, Brainiac, and Sinestro

The Legion of Doom is a fictional group of supervillains led by Lex Luthor that appeared in Challenge of the Super Friends, an animated series that starred superheroes from DC Comics.

In each episode they appeared in, the Legion of Doom would enact various plots against the Super Friends, only to be met with defeat by the end of the story. Often, however, they would escape capture through a last-minute escape plan.


The Hall of Doom

The Legion of Doom's headquarters was the Hall of Doom, a facility located in an anonymous swamp. The Hall of Doom was capable of being lowered below or raised above the swamp water's surface, and could also be flown through the air via rockets if needed, even remotely controlled. It also had laser defense weapons and at times was altered to time travel to the past or future.


There were thirteen members of the Legion of Doom:

Member Description Powers Traditional enemy Voice actor
Bizarro Twisted doppelganger of Superman from Bizarro World Same as Superman, but often behaves in an erratic and irrational manner Superman William Callaway
Black Manta Garbled-voiced deep-sea diver and would-be ocean conqueror Enhanced strength, water breathing ability (through artificial gills), high tech equipment, laser beams Aquaman Ted Cassidy
Brainiac Evil android Super-intelligence Superman Ted Cassidy
Captain Cold Blue-suited master of low temperatures Freeze ray The Flash Dick Ryal
Michael Bell
Cheetah Cat-suit-wearing woman Cat-like reflexes, claw-tipped gloves Wonder Woman Marlene Aragon
Giganta Stole Apache Chief's magic powder to duplicate his powers Ability to grow, super strength Wonder Woman[1] Ruth Forman
Gorilla Grodd Megalomaniacal exile from Gorilla City Super-intelligence, super strength The Flash Stanley Ralph Ross
Lex Luthor Leader of the Legion of Doom Evil genius, highly-advanced weaponry Superman Stanley Jones
Riddler Uses riddles to taunt and confuse adversaries with while committing crimes Puzzle creation, problem solving Batman and Robin Michael Bell
Scarecrow Uses his fear gas to bring peoples' worst fears to life Fear gas Batman and Robin Don Messick
Sinestro Renegade ex-Green Lantern Yellow power ring Green Lantern Vic Perrin
Don Messick
Solomon Grundy A super-powered zombie born from the swamp Great strength, invulnerability Green Lantern[2] Jimmy Weldon
Toyman Dresses as a jester; uses toy-based tactics to commit crimes Creates destructive toys Superman Frank Welker
  • Despite the opening sequence for Challenge of the Super Friends claiming that the Legion's members had "banded together from remote galaxies", ten out of the thirteen are native to Earth; only Bizarro (from Bizarro World), Brainiac (from Colu), and Sinestro (from Korugar) are extraterrestrials. (Actually Bizarro is native to Earth; he later emigrated to Bizarro World, which Superman created for him.)
  • Although the Joker, who appeared only once in a later iteration of the series, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, was slated to appear in the Legion, his appearance in The New Adventures of Batman prevented that (this was also the reason why Scarecrow and Riddler could not appear in the latter series). As such, it is a popular misconception that Joker was a member of the legion.
  • The episode "Superfriends: Rest In Peace" makes a reference to a former unseen member of the Legion, the only time such a reference has been made. This was Doctor Natas (Satan spelled backwards), the inventor of the Noxium crystal that had the power to destroy all of the Super Friends. The Super Friends knew of this crystal and tricked the Legion into thinking that it had killed all of them (using android doubles of the Super Friends). They anticipated that the Legion would throw away the crystal when they no longer needed it. The crystal was retrieved by the Super Friends and launched into deep space. Natas' fate is unknown, and the Legion apparently was unable to recreate the crystal.

Other Legion episodes

While Challenge of the Super Friends was the series spotlighting the Legion of Doom, they appear in a few Super Friends shorts.

  • The Revenge of Doom (Super Friend short): All 13 LOD members appear, but only Lex Luthor, Sinestro and Solomon Grundy speak.
  • Two Gleeks are Deadlier Than One: Though only Giganta and Grodd appear, the Legion is mentioned.
  • The Krypton Syndrome: After Superman saves Krypton in the past, he returns to an alternate present. Robin mentions that the Super Friends were defeated by the Legion of Doom.

Members of the team have solo appearances in later episodes.

Lex Luthor appears in:

  • Lex Luthor Strikes Back (The World's Greatest Super Friends)
  • The Case of the Shrinking Super Friends (Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show)
  • No Honor Among Thieves Super Friends (Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show)
  • The Mask of Mystery Super Friends (Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show)
  • The Seeds of Doom (The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians)

Brainiac appears in:

  • Superclones (Super Friends short)
  • The Wraith of Brainiac (Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show)
    • Brainiac takes up a more robotic form from this appearance to Brainchild matching his current comic counterpart at the time.
  • The Village of Lost Souls (Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show)
  • Brainchild (The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians)

Bizarro appears in:

  • Bizarroworld (Super Friends short)
  • Revenge of Bizarro (Super Friends short)
  • Video Victims (Super Friends short)
  • The Bizarro Super Powers Team (The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians)
    • This episode had Bizarro voiced by Danny Dark, who had been voicing Superman, as well as giving Bizarro his more backward personality. Ironically, though Superman didn't appear on this episode.

Riddler appears in, "Around the World in 80 Riddles" (Super Friends short).

Scarecrow makes an appearance in "The Fear", also introducing his real name, Jonathan Crane. (The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians)

Other appearances

The Legion of Doom made some appearances in the Super Friends spinoff comic title based on the TV series.

A version of the Legion of Doom appeared in Extreme Justice #s 17-18 (June-July 1996), led by Brainwave Jr, during a time when he had become a villain. The other members were Killer Frost, Houngan, Major Force, the Madmen and a robot duplicate of Gorilla Grodd.

The 2006, DC comic miniseries Justice features a version of the Legion of Doom; series plotter/artist Alex Ross is a passionate Super Friends fan. In addition to the thirteen villains featured in the Super Friends cartoon, this version of the Legion counts Black Adam, Metallo, Clayface, Parasite, and Poison Ivy as members. The Joker and Doctor Sivana also make appearances.

Justice League Unlimited

An updated version of the Legion of Doom is the primary focus of Season 3 of the 2000s animated series Justice League Unlimited. Although clearly based on the original Legion (down to their skull-like swamp-base) the group is never referred to by this name in the series (According to a post from Bruce Timm on Toon, this was a direct order from DC, every script his team worked on however addressed the group as the Legion, as does the cover of the DVD season release), and is treated simply as an expanded version of the Secret Society, previously formed by Gorilla Grodd in an earlier season and on camera referred to as such. Grodd is the leader of this "Legion," who refers to the group as a co-operative, a loose organization of super-villains that primarily work on their own, but back each other up when a member is challenged by the Justice League for a 25% portion of the requesting member's take of the crime commissioned at that time.

After the revelation that Grodd's ultimate plan in the creation of the new Secret Society was the ludicrous transformation of humanity into apes, Lex Luthor ousted him and assumed the position as leader with no objections from the membership. Solicitations for future episodes indicated that the team had a secret backer, but have turned out to be incorrect.

Confirmed members of this "Secret Society" (the DCAU take on the Legion) are as follows:

During the two-part series finale, Lex Luthor tried to resurrect Brainiac by ordering the crew to transform the base into a spaceship, so that they could travel to the site of Brainiac's ruined asteroid base. With Tala's help, Grodd attempted a coup to retake control of the Secret Society, leading to a battle between members loyal to either Grodd or Luthor.

  • The Secret Society members loyal to Luthor were: Atomic Skull, Bizarro, Cheetah, Evil Star, Giganta, Heat Wave, Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Toyman and Volcana.
  • The group loyal to Grodd included: Blockbuster, Copperhead, Electrocutioner, Goldface,KGBeast, Killer Frost, Neutron, Parasite, Rampage, Silver Banshee, The Key, The Monocle, Merlyn, Weather Wizard, Fastball, Shade, Major Disaster, and Tala.

After a pitched battle, Luthor defeated Grodd by turning his mental powers back on him and shunting the ape out an airlock. The rest of Grodd's forces were frozen solid by a turncoat Killer Frost to spare herself from any retribution from Luthor. (Blockbuster, Copperhead, Fastball, Goldface, Hellgrammite, Key, Parasite, Rampage, Shade, and Weather Wizard were shown being frozen).

When the Secret Society reaches the site of Brainiac's defeat, Luthor used Tala's magic to restore Brainiac, despite a sudden warning from the New God, Metron. Luthor accidentally resurrected Darkseid instead, who rewards Luthor for his help by destroying the Secret Society's base in a fiery explosion. However, force fields produced by Star Sapphire and Sinestro saved Luthor's crew. Lightray, another of the Gods of New Genesis, spotted the explosion, and was subsequently robbed of his mother box, which allowed the remnants of the Secret Society to make it back to Earth to warn the Justice League of Darkseid's return.

At the conclusion of "Alive!", the first part of the finale, the only remaining members of the team are: Atomic Skull, Bizarro, Cheetah, Evil Star, Giganta, Heat Wave, Killer Frost, Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Toyman and Volcana. They team up with the League to face Darkseid's invasion of Earth by Parademons. Matt Wayne stated that he consciously tried to round up the original 13 Legion of Doom members in Luthor's team, and for that he cited this Wikipedia page as one source.[8] In "Destroyer", (the series finale) Luthor acquires the Anti-Life Equation, which Darkseid was searching for, and shares it with him—or possibly uses it on him. Both villains disappear in a flash of light, and Darkseid's forces leave Earth. The remaining members of the Legion survive the battle, and as a reward are given a five-minute head start by the Justice League.

It is assumed that all other villains that weren't with Luthor were killed.

Cultural references

  • In the Family Guy episode, "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One" Lois convinced the town in a press conference that the Legion of Doom is conspiring with Adolf Hitler to assassinate Jesus. The scene then jumps to the Hall of Doom where Lex Luthor shouts "How did she discover our plan?!". Solomon Grundy admits he "kind of dropped the ball on that one." Almost all of the original Legion is portrayed, except for the Riddler.
  • In Krypto the Superdog, the Intergalactic Villains Club that Mechanicat is a part of is a spoof of the Legion of Doom.
  • In the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Peanut Puberty," the headquarters for the Legion of Doom was used for a club called the "Legion of Dance."
South Park's Legion of Doom.
From left to right: Osama bin Laden, Doctor Doom, Black Manta, Saddam Hussein, Cheetah, Kim Jong-il, David Blaine, and Doctor Octopus.
  • The first episode of Season 3 of Duck Dodgers titled "Till Doom Do Us Part" featured the Legion of Duck Doom, led by Agent Roboto and was composed of various villains from the earlier seasons made up of Crusher, Fudd, Catapoid, Count Muerte, New Cadet, Black Eel, Nasty Canasta, Commandante Hilgalgo, Baby-Faced Moonbeam, Long John Silver the 23rd, K'chutha Sa'am, and Taz. Black Eel (a parody of Black Manta) makes his first appearance in this episode.
  • An episode of the Drew Carey Show featured Drew and his friends getting in trouble being a "gang". Drew gets sent to a counseling session for gangbangers and enters the room to see a group of imposing bikers and gang members sitting around a large table. He quips, "the reason I've called you all here is to destroy Superman!", as Lex Luthor would do when leading a Legion meeting.
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Last One," the Mooninites tried to organize a league of every single villain that was from Season 1-3. Among its members are the Mooninites, Rabbot, Mothmonsterman, Happy Time Harry, Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future, Travis of the Cosmos, Randy the Astonishing, the Brownie Monsters, Romulox, MC Pee Pants's worm form, the Trees, Frat Aliens, Oog, Dumbassahedratron, Ol'Drippy, and Major Shake. However, almost all of them got foolishly killed, leaving only a small force led by the Mooninites. Afterwards, the Rabbot called the team "Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday."
  • On the Cartoon Network program Johnny Test "The Evil Johnny Stopping force Five" have a secret base in a swamp that closely resembles the Legion of Doom's secret headquarters.


  1. ^ Although she is depicted as an enemy of Apache Chief in Challenge of the Super Friends, Giganta first appeared as a Wonder Woman villain in 1944.
  2. ^ Solomon Grundy first appeared in 1944 as an enemy of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah Justice League Unlimited episode "I Am Legion"
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Justice League Unlimited episode "Dead Reckoning"
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Justice League Unlimited episode "The Great Brain Robbery"
  6. ^ Justice League Unlimited episode "Alive!"
  7. ^ Justice League Unlimited episode "Grudge Match"
  8. ^
    One of the nicest bits in "Alive!" was consciously making Luthor's team the villains that the audience had seen most of, more or less, and cared about. Which was good, since we were hopefully making the audience worry about and root for Luthor's group. This also let us come as close as we could to the classic 13 LOD villains. Grodd was now the enemy; Captain Cold wasn't around; Devil Ray and Grundy were gone and we couldn't use Scarecrow or Riddler, so we were left with: Luthor (who kind of counted as Brainiac), Bizarro, Giganta, Cheetah, Sinestro and Toyman. (And no, I couldn't keep all 13 straight two years later without referring to my script and Wikipedia.)

    —Matt Wayne [1]

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