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Esperanza Cruz, primarily known as Spooner, is a member of the Legends. She was recruited after the team's leader, Sara Lance, got abducted by an alien and the Legends sought Esperanza's help due to her ability to sense and communicate with aliens. She eventually decided to stay with the team, wanting to avenge her mother's death. Esperanza is the best friend of Astra Louge, and a close friend of Mick Rory, Ava Sharpe, Zari Tarazi and Sara Lance.

After being in Texas 1925, and Constantine's spell, Esperanza found out she wasn't abducted by aliens and instead was taken to the future and gifted abilities by the Fountain of Imperium.[1]

Right after defeating Bishop and the Zagurons, Spooner and the legends were heading back to the Waverider when another Waverider appeared destroying the ship leaving them stranded in 1925.[2]

Biography

Early life


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"After my abduction, I started wearing tin-foil hats. It blocked any alien signals I could pick up."
—Esperanza Cruz[src]

In 1925, Esperanza's mother was killed by oil men, and she escaped to the future with the help of the Fountain of Imperium.[1] The tabloid Wacky World News wrote an article about her experience, based on a false narrative.

In her youth, Esperanza thought she was abducted by aliens. Ever since then, she wore hats with tinfoil lining inside them to help prevent communication with the aliens. At some point, Esperanza began going by her nickname, Spooner.[3]

Kidnapped by the Legends

In mid-2020, Mick Rory and Behrad Tarazi trespassed on Spooner's property as they were trying to recruit her to help locate Sara Lance. She watched them on security cameras as they walked closer. As Mick and Behrad entered the building, Spooner shot them with tranquilizing darts, knocking them out. She later captured them and tied them up on tables.

Spooner threatened the two as they woke up. When Behrad asked her to come help save Sara, she prepared to kill the two with a knife. Noticing Behrad's strange behavior, Spooner took out the communicator in Behrad's ear. As she heard the news about the impending arrival of the Waverider, Spooner took out a weapon and went outside, where she was greeted by the timeship. She shot her weapon and managed to breach through the ship's shields with a blast.

Ava asks Spooner to help rescue Sara.

Ava Sharpe then used a time courier to exit the ship, where the two have a conversation. Presuming the Legends as aliens attempting to abduct her, she threatened Ava. Ava then told Spooner about Sara being kidnapped and her plan to propose to her, and stated that she'll do anything if Spooner managed to find her. In disbelief, Spooner prepared to shoot Ava, but quickly was tranquilized with a dart.

In the Waverider, Spooner was convinced to participate in a spell that John Constantine used to connect with the location of Sara; during the spell, Constantine grew sick and tired, so Ava took control. The spell was stopped by Zari Tarazi using the Air Totem because the strain was too much for Constantine.

Spooner and the Legends look upon the alien-littered temporal zone.

Later, Spooner was taken to the med bay by Behrad to have her implants removed, as was promised per her cooperation. Gideon, however, it said that Spooner's brain was normal, without implants. Suddenly, Spooner ran from the med bay to the ship's deck as she "sensed" the aliens that were floating throughout the temporal zone.[3]

Member of the Legends

Studying Ava

Spooner was adamant that she wanted to return home, but Ava told her to help her to get an alien to interrogate and Spooner will be freed.

The Legends went to California in the 1950's to the research an aberration with Big Bang Burger; Spooner sensed an alien presence but it was hard to pinpoint. Anytime she thought she was near an alien, Spooner would arm herself and get ready to shoot; Ava took Spooner's rifle from her.

Ultimately, Spooner, Constantine, and Ava learned that a giant air feeder was transforming in the attic of Rhonda Beeman and ooze from its cocoon was the special sauce on the restaurant's hamburger sandwiches. Spooner was sensing the food that everyone was eating. After the giant air feeder ate Rhonda, then later, her husband, Ava returned Spooner's gun and permitted her to kill the alien.

Spooner and Ava start to bond.

Ava apologized to Spooner for not taking her feelings into account when drafting her into the mission; Spooner had spent years trying to distance herself from aliens. The two discussed that Spooner's mother who was also missing; she decides to join the Legends in order to get revenge for her mother. Ava allows it, since her psychic powers are needed to find Sara.[4]

Studying Mick


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Spooner watched television with Ava as the two hoped that Zari Tarazi would win "Da Throne" to keep the Earth from being invaded by aliens loyal to Lord Knoxicrillion.

Meanwhile, Spooner talked often to Mick about how he missed Sara's leadership; he felt Sara was better than Ava as captain. Spooner had Mick reveal that he and Sara were the last of the original team but when she pushed he didn't want to talk about it.

When Zari won the competition and Knoxicrillion boarded the Waverider, Spooner was stopped from shooting the alien. Spooner witnessed when Mick stepped on and killed the diminutive alien when he revealed his true form. However, he then provided the team with a substantial lead of the alien that kidnapped Sara.[5]

Spooner and the Legends traveled to Cuba in 1962 to find Kayla. She and the others realized that Mick brought them in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Spooner and Mick returned the missile to Fidel Castro. Spooner sensed Kayla, who was attacking Ava, and Spooner along with Mick saved Ava. Spooner and Mick confronted Kayla and convinced her to help them find Sara and give her their ship in return, which Kayla agreed to. Spooner stayed with the others to go to Constantine's house to use as a new lair.[6]

Aliens scattered throughout history


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Spooner and the Legends as cartoons.

Upon arriving at Constantine's house, she and the other Legends would ask Astra Logue questions and they were turned into objects and Spooner was turned into a fork and later an animated version of the fork. She and the others were freed to help Astra defeat Aleister Crowley. Spooner managed to escape and freed Astra from the attic and after defeating Crowley, Spooner and the others returned to normality.[7]

When Spooner emerged from the room, she told Ava that Sara was killed by Amelia.[8]

Spooner and the Legends in Fist City.

On a mission to Fist City, Spooner had to work alongside Astra Logue. During the mission, Spooner argued with Astra. When they met Bass Reeves, she and Astra began to work as a team, and together they managed to destroy the Haverack.[9]

Spooner celebrates Behrad's birthday.

Later, Spooner and the others went to 2023 and there, Spooner fired at the cryochamber before it fell, but the shot missed and the alien landed on the set of the comedy Bud Stuy. She went to the set with the others to catch the alien which they called "Gus-Gus" and when Gus screamed, Spooner started bleeding because he felt Gus's pain, and they left the place. Spooner accepted the idea for Nate Heywood to go to Bud Stuy and find Gus. After completing the mission, Spooner joined the others to celebrate Behrad's birthday.[10]

Adventures with the Legends

While everyone was being busy with Gus-Gus, Constantine came asking Spooner for help founding the fountain of Imperium so he could get his powers back. Constantine showed her the map so she could use her powers to tell him where it was. Spooner observed the map and discerned that the fountain was located in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.[11]

Spooner, Sara, Astra, and Mick in Galaxy Lanes.

When Spooner and the Legends were tracking another alien pod, they found a device to a cosmic bowling alley. Later they make a bet with the reigning champs for a ride back to the Waverider. They later found out that Earth was in it. Once saved, she and the rest of the Legends took a picture together at the alley.[12]

Spooner and the Legends about to play Beast/Slayers.

Since Constantine overloaded Gideon, the Legends and Spooner had to go on low energy for around 3 weeks. To pass the time, Gary suggested they should play a Murder Mystery game, Beast/Slayers, which Constantine used his magic on to make it realistic. Spooner's game character was a "Big Game Hunter."[13]

Spooner, Astra, and Zari discover that Constantine uses the "scarlet lady".

After Bishop crashed the Waverider, the legends and Spooner confronted Bishop on the med bay. Zari and Astra later came asking Spooner about Spain, mainly about when John drank from the fountain. Making Spooner think John erased a memory since she didn't remember him doing that. After Astra made a spell on Spooner they realized John wasn't worth of the fountain and where curious on how he had his powers. After confronting John they all found out he was using Blood to get his powers. Later they all saw how Bishop helped give birth to Mick Rory's children.[14]

Finding herself

Revisiting her own past

Spooner and Astra where on the Waverider just when John Constantine and Bishop rerouted Gideon's directory protocols. Like they where on the ship they heard both Bishop and John talk, so Astra made them into a snow globe; They were talking about looking another place in time where the Fountain of Imperium existed in. Like neither could drive the ship without Gideon they decided they would both stop them.

Once they got off the Waverider, they realized they were on Texas, 1925. While walking a man badly hurt was asking for help when a woman came running to help him, while seeing this Spooner started to think the woman might be her mother. While Gloria was helping the man, Spooner started telling him, he would be ok. Then a man came telling Gloria about buying her land, As Gloria refused he showed her his gun, at the same time Spooner showed him her's and Astra and her told him to leave. Gloria thanked both Astra and Spooner for their help.

Gloria offered Spooner and Astra a hot meal, while Astra was reminding Spooner that they needed to find Bishop and John, Spooner was sure this woman was her mom. After talking with Astra they both decided to go, and maybe find out if she knows of the fountain. Once they arrived to Gloria's house Spooner asked Gloria if she had lived here for a while, to what she answered saying that she came here at a young age and built her house by herself, and started telling some of her family;s history. After learning she did had a daughter, Spooner started realizing that the aliens might off kidnapped her here and sent her to the future with her mind wiped.

After young Esperanza came back to the house she started talking about another healer she met, talking about John who later entered the house. While Gloria was giving them a meal, Spooner was talking to Little Spooner about a book she had. After making everyone unconscious, John grabbed Spooner hands making her see how her Mom died and how the fountain saved her when she was little. So Spooner decided she's staying so that never happens, while Astra noticed Spooner gave her blood so John activated the fountain.

When the oil men came, Esperanza decided she would fight, since she didn't want to lose her mom again and told her about everything. They later decided young Esperanza did have to go with Astra to the Fountain. Later, Spooner used her powers to make the oil men feel pain, anger about losing everything. Right after Bishop poisoned the Fountain, Spooner felt it and collapsed since she was linked to the fountain.[1]

Return of Bishop

After Esperanza collapsed, Gloria tried healing her but nothing worked. Esperanza still in bed started saying that the Fountain was dying. After help from a young Bishop, Spooner waked up being surrounded by the legends; right after she waked up a lot of Zaguron pods felt from the sky. Young Bishop said Spooner was fine now, and her mom gave her some food. The legends started asking her if she could read what the Zagurons where thinking but she said she got nothing and what she did learn was that the fountain didn't want to help them.

The Legends fight the Zagurons.

After Ava and Sara announced their wedding, Spooner asked her mom to leave since she didn't want her to get hurt. Right when they were about to get married, Bishop arrived on Kayla's Spaceship. All the legends were ready to fight the Zagurons, like there where to many Zagurons they all went inside Gloria's house. Like Behrad was hurt, Sara and Zari started to fight since Sara wanted to cut his arm, to this Spooner found her new abilities and gave Sara's healing to Behrad, and helped other legends with her new found power. Like Ava and Sara finally got married the fountain was healed and the Zagurons where killed, after that Bishop arrived, later killed by Mick Rory and Kayla's children.

When all the Legends where heading back to the Waverider, another Waverider appeared destroying the ship leaving them stranded on the 1920s.[2]

Stuck in the 1920s

Spooner and the Legends try to leave 1925.

After the destruction of the Waverider, the Legends went into Gloria's house to get ready to fight the other Waverider crew, sadly enough Nate's time courier ran out of juice. So the Legends realized they were stuck in 1925. Later Ava and Gary told them about a safe that was in the Waverider incase of emergencies, so they all decided to go look for it. Spooner and Astra went together to go look for it but it led them to the Sheriff's station.

Spooner and the Legends.

Once back they went to tell the Legends the news, about the safe. A bit later Astra tried casting a spell to bring back the Waverider, but it started hurting her, making Spooner worry about her. After Astra collapsed Spooner took her to Gloria's house so she would get better. Just the sheriff's men entered the house, the Legends had to use the key Zari got from John so they didn't find them, while Spooner stayed behind with Astra and her mom.

After all of this Astra and Spooner were outside by the rock, Astra's magic went in the ground making a naked woman appear, which made Astra and Spooner freak out, the lady resulted to be Gideon.[15]

Personality

Tough and self-sufficient, Esperanza "Spooner" Cruz lives off the grid, devising ingenious tech for the detection of, and defense against space aliens. And while some might call her paranoid, she calls it being prepared. To what she though was a survivor of a childhood alien encounter, Spooner has had the ability to communicate telepathically with aliens.

Since joining the Legends, she has had growth with studying the legends and learning from each-other. She found out she was given powers thanks to the Fountain of Imperium when she was with Astra in 1925.[1] She has also started a friendship with Astra Louge after fighting in Fist City.[9]

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Connection to the Fountain of Imperium: All of Spooner powers come from her connection to the Fountain of Imperium.
    • Telepathy: Having absorbed the Fountain of Imperium as a child, Spooner has developed a form of telepathic powers that activate when she is in the presence of aliens.[4] Spooner powers have grown to the point that she can talk to people that aren't aliens; such as Fernando. Spooner was also able to help John telepathically transfer Fernando's powers back to the Fountain.[11] Spooner was able to read the mind of a newly resurrect Gideon who is now fresh and bone.[16]
      • Mental detection: Spooner can feel and detect the minds of aliens in her presence.[4]
      • Psychic translation: Spooner can psychically translate other languages of other aliens and understand what they are saying.[6] After sometime of using her powers, Spooner is capable of speaking the same language as the aliens she translates like the Zaguron that took of Amelia body.[8]
      • Empathy: Spooner is capable of sense the feelings of aliens when using her powers.[9]
      • Pathokinesis: Spooner is capable of making others feel her pain.[1]
    • Power transferal: After Spooner figured out from where her powers originated, she was able to transfer powers between individuals, allowing the Legends to use one another's powers in the battle against the Zagurons.[2]

Abilities

  • Skilled markswoman: Spooner is skilled in using guns as she used a dart gun to shoot Nate and Mick when they were on her property and when facing the alien she shot it while it was in the air.[4]
  • Multilingual: Spooner is capable of fluently speaking English and Spanish, and can also read at least two alien languages.[4] She is also able to speak alien languages she translates via her powers.[8]
  • Skilled hand-to-hand combatant (presumably): While we have yet to see Spooner in any physical combat, her past self told John Constantine her mom taught her how to fight.
  • Bowling: Spooner is a skilled bowler.[12]

Weaknesses

  • Magic: Spooner is susceptible to the effects of magic.[11]
  • Connection to the Fountain of Imperium: When the Fountain was destroyed, Spooner felt it and collapsed.

Former weaknesses

  • Power instability: Due to Spooner thinking that she had alien tech in her head, she couldn't control her powers and they seldom work the way she wants them to.[4]

Appearances

DC's Legends of Tomorrow


Gallery

Promotional images

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Season 6

Trivia

  • Esperanza is Catholic.[11]
  • Esperanza is the first member of the Legends to be from Earth Prime, and the first Latina member.
  • She is the shortest female Legend.

References

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