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Esperanza Cruz, primarily known as Spooner, is a woman with alien technology in her head and a member of the Legends. She was recruited after the team's leader, Sara Lance, got abducted by an alien and the Legends seeked her 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.


Early life

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

At some point during her childhood, Esperanza[1] and her mother[2] were abducted by aliens. The aliens implanted technology in Esperanza's head giving her the ability to communicate with them.[1] However, at some point she returned to Earth without her mother who remains missing.[2] The tabloid Wacky World News wrote an article about her experience.

Ever since her abduction, Esperanza has been wearing hats with tinfoil lining inside them to help prevent communication with the aliens.[1]

Kidnapped by the Legends

In mid-2020, Mick Rory and Behrad Tarazi trespassed on Esperanza'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, Esperanza shot them with tranquilizing darts, knocking them out. She later captured them and tied them up on tables.

Esperanza 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, Esperanza took out the communicator in Behrad's ear. As she heard the news about the impending arrival of the Waverider, Esperanza 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 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 Esperanza about Sara being kidnapped and her plan to propose to her, and stated that she'll do anything if Esperanza managed to find her. In disbelief, Esperanza prepared to shoot Ava, but quickly was tranquilized with a dart.

In the Waverider, Esperanza 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.

Esperanza 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.[1]

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 Esperanza'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.[3]

Studying Mick

Esperanza 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, Esperanza talked often to Mick about how he missed Sara's leadership; he felt Sara was better than Ava as captain. Esperanza 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.[4]

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Learning her own powers

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.[5]

When Spooner emerged from the room, she told Ava that Sara was killed by Amelia.[6]

The Gus-Gus incident

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.[7]

Helping John Constatine

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While everyone was being busy with Gus-Gus, Constatine came asking for her to help him find the fountain of Imperium so he could get his powers back. Constatine showed her the map so she could use her powers to tell him where it was. She observed the map and discerned that the fountain was located in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.[2]


Tough and self-sufficient, Esperanza 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. A survivor of a childhood alien encounter, Spooner has the ability to communicate telepathically with aliens.

Powers and abilities


  • Telepathy: Having been experimented on by aliens as a child, Esperanza has developed a form of telepathic powers that activate when she is in the presence of aliens.[3] Esperanza powers have grown to the point of she can talk to people that aren’t aliens like Fernando.[2] Esperanza was also able to help join telepathic transfer Fernando powers back to the Fountain.[2]
    • Mental detection: Esperanza can feel and detect the mind’s of aliens in her presence.[3]
    • Psychic translation: Esperanza can psychically translate other languages of other aliens and understand what they are saying.[8] After sometime of using her powers, Esperanza is capable of speaking the same language as the aliens she translates like the Zaguron that took of Amelia body.[6]
    • Empathy: Esperanza is capable of sense the feelings of aliens when using her powers.[9]


  • Skilled markswoman: Esperanza 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.[3]
  • Multilingual: Esperanza is fluent in English and Spanish, and can also read at least one alien language.[3] She is also able to speak alien languages she translates via her powers.[6]


  • Power Instability: Due to suppressing her powers and thinking she had alien tech in her head, Esperanza can’t control her powers, and they seldom work the way she wants them to.[3]


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