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"You expect me to believe that Al Capone is gonna be taken down by tax evasion?"
—Eliot Ness[src]

Eliot Ness was a Prohibition agent in Chicago who fought to take down the devious gangster Al Capone. Ness was also opposed by Eobard Thawne's syndicate and assisted by the Legends.


Chosen by the Prohibition agency, Eliot Ness was sent to Chicago to take down Al Capone. The gangster, however, was tipped off by Eobard Thawne's syndicate, and was prepared to kill Ness instead. When Ray Palmer sought to warn Eliot that his live is in danger, Sergeant Jones from the Chicago Police Department took him under "guard" instead, saying that he was his security on the way to the bureau. In reality, the crooked cop led Ness right into Capone's hands, and the gangster tried to kill Jones at the docks, via cement galoshes. Ness almost drowned, but was saved by Amaya Jiwe and the Legends, who brought him in critical condition to the Waverider, where Gideon took care of the agent, healing the brain damage he suffered. Nate Heywood and Ray Palmer went on pretending to be Prohibition agents in Eliot's stead. As the Legends' shenanigans in 1927's Chicago came to an end, Nate and Ray bid farewell to Eliot, giving him the documents that could bring down Capone. Analyzing the documents, Eliot wasn't able to believe that a mere tax evasion would allow to send the untouchable gangster to jail, but apparently that's exactly what happened, with the aberration of Al Capone becoming the mayor of Chicago prevented by the Legends.[1]


Ness had a cynical and doubting personality, along with a dry sense of humor. He remained stoic and calm in the face of danger, as shown when Al Capone threatened to drown him.[1]


  • Expert investigator: Eliot was a respected investigator, chosen by the Prohibition agency to take down the untouchable gangster Al Capone.[1]


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  • Historically, Eliot Ness was an American Prohibition agent, famous for his efforts to enforce Prohibition in Chicago, Illinois, and the leader of a famous team of law enforcement agents nicknamed the "Untouchables". Ness and his team did major damage to Al Capone's criminal organization, allowing to bring him to justice for his crimes, notably tax evasion and disruption of Prohibition.
  • When Nate Heywood and Ray Palmer encounter Ness for the first time, Ray states that he doesn't look like Kevin Costner. In real life, Costner portrayed Elliot Ness in the film, The Untouchables.
  • In the DC Comics, Eliot Ness has been depicted as an agent of Prohibition in the previously mainstream New Earth continuity. Additionally, Eliot Ness/Batman was the main character of an Elseworlds story, "Scar of the Bat".