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"You released Encores onto the world just to get your own way."
Zari Tarazi to Astra Logue[src]

The Encores, as coined by Mona Wu, are damned souls who Astra Logue freed from Hell. They were resurrected a brief time after their deaths (usually a few days or a couple of weeks), prompting the Legends to take action and send them back to Hell.

Among other potential nicknames for these resurrected evil souls were evil do-overs and villa-agains, suggested by Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood, respectively.

Aside from vendettas, Encores are charged with slaughtering and damning more souls to hell, where they become Astra's property.

History

Prior to January 2020, Astra Logue freed sixteen damned souls from Hell.[1]

Every one of them made their way back to their bodies and were resurrected a short time after their deaths. As the "Encores" that they are, they're immortal and virtually impossible to kill, due to the fact that after being resurrected, their soul coins are still in hell.[2]

After using her shape-shifting to take advantage of Tiberius, Lachesis stole Astra's collection of soul coins and sent several of the Encores Astra had already released through time to 1910 to retrieve the final ring that is part of the Loom of Fate. Astra learned what Lachesis did and went to confront her after incapacitating Ava Sharpe, Gary Green, and Mick Rory. Astra also found Atropos with Lachesis, who both insist that the soul coins are becoming a distraction for Astra; she's content to rule hell, when she could rule to cosmos alongside them as a Fate. Astra pretends to take their offer so that she can get John Constantine's soul coin back from Lachesis.[3]

Lachesis dispatched six Encores (Brutus, Henry VIII, Black Caesar, Jack the Ripper, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie) to retrieve the last piece of the Loom of Fate as exchange of their freedom but they fail and are all destroyed by the Legends.[3]

During the final battle against the Legends, Lachesis summoned eight Encores; Marie Antoinette, Caligula, Joseph Stalin, Charles Manson, Vlad the Impaler, George Armstrong Custer, an unidentified caveman and another unidentified Encore to oppose the heroes. But Clotho comes to help her friends, tossing them hell weapons, which the team had previously acquired, that could be used to kill the Encores. The Legends obliterated all of them.[4]

Known Encores

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Immortality: As Encores, they cannot die as long as a chit of their soul is bound to Hell. Their immortality knows no bounds, as they can remain conscious even after each of their body parts are separated.[2] Also, as demonstrated by Genghis Khan, they do not age.
    • Regenerative healing factor: With their immortality, Encores can also quickly regenerate any of their body parts, as long as they are within direct contact with it.[2]
  • Retrocognition: Although it is unclear if all of the Encores had this ability, Damien Darhk in particular was able to retain his pre-Crisis memories.

Weaknesses

  • Hell weapons: Special fire from Hell that can be weaponized and fashioned into weaponry such as bullets or swords,[5] and is capable of killing both the living and the dead, including Encores, despite their usual immunity to death.[6] However, in spite of this, hell weapons can't kill Fates.[7]
    • Hell compass: A special compass capable of tracking anything.
    • Hell gun: Special gun capable of destroying anyone. Astra gives it to Bugsy when she resurrected him, but John Constantine took it, along with Bugsy to Hell to confront Astra. John then used it to kill Bugsy and returned to Earth; leaving the now-empty gun in Hell. Different variations of hell guns were given to Bonnie, Clyde and Black Caesar; with the latter two wielding hell rifles. Later, in the final confrontation against several Encores Lachesis sent after the Legends, Astra used Bonnie's hell gun to kill Joseph Stalin.
    • Hell sword: A special sword capable of destroying anyone. Astra gives it to Genghis Khan when she resurrected him, but later Charlie takes it and uses it to kill Genghis Khan. Then, Sara uses it against Damien Darhk, and Darhk uses it to kill himself a short time later. Sara retakes it soon after. In the final battle against several Encores Lachesis sent after the team, Lita tossed the sword to her father, Mick Rory; who then used it to annihilate an oncoming Encore.
  • Soul tokens: Soul tokens which remain in Hell even after Encores are sent back to Earth still contain the souls of the Encores and permit to their master to draw them back into Hell if they don't fulfill their mission, as Astra later dragged Rasputin and Marie Antoinette back to Hell to torture them for their failures.[8]

Appearances

DC's Legends of Tomorrow


Trivia

  • An encore refers to a repeated or additional performance of an item at the end of a concert, as called for by an audience, which is a fitting name that Mona coined, as these souls got a second lease on life.
  • Damien refers to being "encored" as parole from Hell. If an Encore fails to keep their end of the deal, Astra will recall them and submit them to horrible torment.[9]
  • If an Encore is taken back to Hell by Astra, their physical bodies on Earth also disappear.[8]
  • As their names were seen among the coins stolen by Astra in "Hey, World!", Mary Tudor, Lizzie Borden and John Wayne Gacy should've appeared as Encores in Season 5, but they do not appear.

References

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