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For other uses of "Vigilante", see Vigilante (disambiguation).
"Well, I'm—I'm conflicted about this. I'm not gonna lie to you. I'm a police officer, duly sworn. I don't condone vigilantes or vigilantism. Once people start taking the law into their own hands, you're on the road to anarchy. But there's worse things out there than anarchy, and sometimes, as much as I hate to admit it... the police aren't enough to deal with it all."
Quentin Lance[src]

A vigilante is an individual who takes the law into their own hands, believing that the police and the court system are unable to or unreliable at bringing criminals to justice. However, not all vigilantes are fighting for justice, some do it out of personal revenge or antagonistic reasoning. It is also common for vigilantes to take on a moniker to be known by, some by personal choice and others by having been named by the public.

Some vigilantes eventually gain a level of popularity and admiration from the general public that they begin to be seen as a "superhero". Despite the name suggesting this term is reserved for individuals with superhuman powers, it may also be used to define individuals without any but instead rely on combat skills, intellect or gadgetry.

While most vigilantes typically exist outside of the government, some have been given amnesty due to the positive effects that came from their actions. Some have gone so far as to be fully pardoned and even deputized as superheroes officially working more closely with law enforcement.[1]

History

Star City

Oliver Queen's crusade

After the Queen's Gambit sank in North China sea, Oliver Queen was stranded on Lian Yu and learnt archery from Yao Fei Gulong. When he returned home, he started to become a vigilante under the names on The List his father gave him. He later got assistance from John Diggle and Felicity Smoak to act as a vigilante team. He is known as the Hood in 2012, the Arrow in 2013 and Green Arrow in 2015.

Central City

S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion

In 2013, the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator exploded due to malfunction. The explosion created people with powers and are named as Meta-humans. The explosion also caused Barry Allen to receive super speed and became a vigilante to stop rogue meta-humans. He later got assistance from Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow to act as a beacon of hope for Central City. He is also known as The Streak in his early vigilante career and gained the name The Flash as well as the stylized name Scarlet Speedster.

National City; Earth-38

Sabotage of Flight 237

In 2015, the Flight 237 was about to crash and destroy the city. Kara Danvers, a Kryptonian refugee stepped up and saved the aircraft. With the help from Winn Schott, she got a suit similar to Superman and became the hero Supergirl.

Timeline

Uprise of Vandal Savage

In 2166, an immortal emperor known as Vandal Savage ruled the world and killed Rip Hunter's family. He later went back in time to 2016 and recruited 8 vigilantes and criminals who are insignificant to the timeline. They later time-traveled across time to hunt down Vandal Savage and his allies. Rip Hunter named his team as Legends as they will be significant to the timeline if they succeeded in the mission. After defeating Vandal Savage and destroyed the Time Masters, they started to protect the timeline from Time pirates and aberrations.

Gotham City

Disappearance of the Dark Knight

Three years after Bruce Wayne left Gotham City, Kate Kane returned home and accidentally discovered the secret identity of Bruce Wayne. When her ex-girlfriend was kidnapped by the Wonderland gang, she asked Luke Fox to alter the Batsuit to fit her and became Batwoman.

Freeland; Earth-TUD5

Reappearance of Black Lightning

Nine years after retiring to put himself in less danger, Jefferson Pierce finds that his daughters Jennifer and Anissa Pierce have been kidnapped. Giving him a wake up call to return to action as Black Lightning in order to fight for Freeland once more. Once again being helped by Peter Gambi who made him a new suit for his return.

Earth-Prime

Anti-Monitor Crisis

During the Crisis, the Paragons and Oliver Queen went back in time to the Dawn of Time and formed Earth-Prime. After defeating the Anti-Monitor, Barry Allen formed a group of greatest heroes.

Known vigilantes

Heroes

Image Name Alter ego Universe Status Affiliation Notes
The Flash Barry Allen The Flash Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Flash
Paragons
New multiverse
Team Flash
Paragons
Crisis team
The Huntress Helena Bertinelli Huntress Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (formerly) Turned rogue; incarcerated
The Hood (Earth-2) Adrian Chase The Hood Earth-2 Inactive Laurel Lance Presumed deceased
John Constantine John Constantine Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Legends (reluctantly)
New multiverse
Legends
Alex shows Kara her new suit Alex Danvers Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Superfriends
New multiverse
Superfriends
Supergirl Kara Danvers Supergirl Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Superfriends
Paragons
New multiverse
Superfriends
Paragons
Crisis team
Secretly an agent of the D.E.O.
Elongated Man Ralph Dibny Elongated Man Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Flash
New multiverse
Team Flash
Spartan John Diggle Spartan
Green Arrow (briefly)
Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Retired
Querl Dox Querl Dox Brainiac 5 Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
The Legion (formerly)
Superfriends
New multiverse
The Legion (formerly)
Superfriends
Black Canary (Dinah Drake) Dinah Drake Black Canary Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active (as of 2040) Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
New Team Arrow (formerly)
Canaries (formerly; erased timeline)
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Canaries
Sent to 2040 with her former history erased
The Flash (Jay Garrick) Jay Garrick The Flash Earth-3 Inactive Team Flash (occasionally; formerly) Retired to train a new Flash
Wildcat Ted Grant Wildcat Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (occasionally; formerly) Retired
Hawkman (Carter Hall) Carter Hall Hawkman Earth-1 Inactive Legends Deceased
Arsenal suit Roy Harper Arsenal Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Canaries (formerly; erased timeline)
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Retired
Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) John Diggle, Jr. Connor Hawke/Green Arrow Earth-16 Active Team Arrow
Steel Nate Heywood Steel Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Legends
Team Flash (formerly)
New multiverse
Legends
Mr. Terrific Curtis Holt Mr. Terrific Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
New Team Arrow (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Arow (formerly)
Retired
Rip Hunter Michael Rip Hunter Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Legends (formerly)
New multiverse
Legends (formerly)
Deceased
The Legion suit (Mon-El) Mon-El Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Superfriends
The Legion
New multiverse
Superfriends (formerly) The Legion
Firestorm (Jefferson Jackson) Jefferson Jackson Firestorm (formerly) Earth-1 Inactive Legends (formerly) Retired; now focused on his family
Martian Manhunter J'onn J'onzz Martian Manhunter Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Superfriends
Paragons
New multiverse
Superfriends
Crisis team
Superman Clark Kent Superman Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Superfriends (occasionally)
New multiverse
Superfriends (occasionally)
Crisis team
Superman (Earth-96) Clark Kent Superman Earth-96 (original multiverse)
Earth-96 (new multiverse)
Active Original multiverse
Paragons (formerly)
Clark Kent (Earth-167) Clark Kent Superman Earth-167 Inactive Gave up his powers to start a family
Batwoman Kate Kane Batwoman Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Luke Fox
Paragons
New multiverse
Luke Fox
Paragons
Crisis team
Vixen (Kuasa) Kuasa Vixen Earth-1 Active Legends (occasionally) Shares the mantle with Mari
Black Canary (Laurel Lance) Laurel Lance Black Canary Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Team Arrow Deceased
Black Canary (Earth-2) Laurel Lance Black Canary Earth-2 Active Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Reformed criminal turned vigilante
Quentin Lance Quentin Lance Detective (formerly) Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Deceased
White Canary Sara Lance White Canary Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Legends
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Legends
Paragons
Crisis team
Vixen (Mari) Mari Vixen Earth-1 Active Team Arrow (occasionally) Shares the mantle with Kuasa
Dark Archer Malcolm Merlyn Dark Archer Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (formerly) Anti-hero; deceased
Dreamer Nia Nal Dreamer Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Superfriends
New multiverse
Superfriends
Guardian James Olsen Guardian Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Guardian's team (formerly)
Superfriends (formerly)
New multiverse
Superfriends (formerly)
Deputized
The Atom Ray Palmer The Atom Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly) Legends
New multiverse
Legends
Thunder Anissa Pierce Thunder Earth-TUD5
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Black Lightning's team
New multiverse
Black Lightning's team
Black Lightning Jefferson Pierce Black Lightning Earth-TUD5
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Black Lightning's team
New multiverse
Black Lightning's team
Crisis team
Lightning Jennifer Pierce Lightning Earth-TUD5
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Black Lightning's team
New multiverse
Black Lightning's team
Green Arrow (Mia Queen) Mia Queen Green Arrow (2040) Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Canaries (erased future)
Team Arrow
New multiverse
Canaries (possible future)
Team Arrow (briefly)
Green Arrow Oliver Queen Green Arrow Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Arrow
New multiverse
Team Arrow
Crisis team (honorary member)
Deputized
Deceased
Oliver Queen as Green Arrow (Earth-16) Oliver Queen Green Arrow Earth-16 Active Team Arrow
Robert Queen The Arrow Earth-2 Inactive Presumed deceased
Speedy Thea Queen Speedy Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Left to destroy three Lazarus Pits with Nyssa and Roy
Wild Dog Rene Ramirez Wild Dog Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
New Team Arrow (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Left to run for mayor
Vibe Cisco Ramon Vibe (formerly) Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Flash (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Flash
Took meta-human cure; no longer a field agent; later briefly regained powers via Mar Novu
Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond) Ronnie Raymond Firestorm Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Flash (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Flash (formerly)
Deceased
Ragman Rory Regan Ragman Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Leave of absence
Heat Wave Mick Rory Heat Wave Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Legends (formerly)
New multiverse
Legends
Anti-hero
Hawkgirl Kendra Saunders Hawkgirl Earth-1 Inactive Legends (formerly) Retired
Toyman (Winn Schott) Winn Schott Man in the Van
Computer Lad
Toyman
Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Superfriends (formerly)
Guardian's team (formerly)
The Legion
New multiverse
Superfriends (formerly)
The Legion
Artemis Evelyn Sharp Artemis Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (formerly) Turned rogue; presumed deceased
Vigilante Vincent Sobel Vigilante Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (occasionally) Anti-hero; deceased
Felicity Smoak Felicity Smoak Overwatch Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Arrow (formerly)
Deputized
Retired to raise her daughter
Captain Cold Leonard Snart Captain Cold Earth-1 Inactive Team Flash (occasionally)
Legends
Deceased
Frost Caitlin Snow Frost Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Flash
New multiverse
Team Flash
Firestorm (Martin Stein; in costume) Martin Stein Firestorm Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Team Flash (formerly)
Legends
Deceased
Lyra Strayd Lyra Strayd Earth-38 Inactive Guardian's team (formerly)
Behrad Tarazi Behrad Tarazi Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Legends
New multiverse
Legends
Zari Tomaz in her new suit Zari Tomaz (original timeline) Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive (original timeline) Legends (original timeline) History of her being a vigilante erased out of existence
Eddie Thawne Eddie Thawne Earth-1 Inactive Team Flash (formerly) Deceased
Eobard meets Barry Eobard Thawne Harrison Wells Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Flash (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Flash
Revealed to be a villain in disguise
Batman Bruce Wayne Batman Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Left Gotham City
Harrison Wells (Earth-2) Harry Wells Earth-2 Inactive Team Flash (formerly)
Jesse Wells' team (formerly)
Presumed deceased
Harrison Wells (Earth-19) Harrison Wells H. R. Randolf Earth-19 Inactive Team Flash Deceased
Harrison Nash Wells Harrison Nash Wells Earth-TUD12 Active Team Flash
Jesse Quick Jesse Wells Jesse Quick Earth-2 Inactive Team Flash (formerly)
Jesse Wells' team
Presumed deceased
The Flash (Iris West-Allen) Iris West-Allen Eye in the Sky (briefly)
The Flash (briefly)
Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Flash
New multiverse
Team Flash
Joe West Joe West Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Flash
New multiverse
Team Flash
XS Nora West-Allen XS Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
Team Flash
New multiverse
Team Flash
Erased from existence
Kid Flash Wally West Kid Flash
(current timeline)
The Flash
(Flashpoint timeline)
Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Flash (formerly)
Legends (formerly)
New multiverse
Team Flash (formerly)
Legends (formerly)
Left Team Flash and later joined the Legends for a brief time
Tatsu Yamashiro in costume Tatsu Yamashiro Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (formerly; occasionally) Retired
Hunter Zolomon as The Flash Hunter Zolomon Jay Garrick/The Flash Earth-2 Inactive Team Flash (formerly) Revealed to be a villain in disguise; deceased

Villainous vigilantes

Image Name Alter ego Universe Status Works with Notes
The Huntress Helena Bertinelli Huntress Earth-1 Inactive Incarcerated
Manchester Black Manchester Black Earth-38 Inactive The Elite Deceased
Colton Colton Earth-1 Inactive The Hoods Incarcerated
Cupid Carrie Cutter Cupid Earth-1 Inactive Suicide Squad Incarcerated
Jeff Deveau Jeff Deveau Earth-1 Inactive The Hoods Incarcerated
Executioner Bertrand Eldon Executioner Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Inactive Deceased
Joseph Falk Joseph Falk The Savior Earth-1 Inactive Deceased
Pamela Ferrer Pamela Ferrer Menagerie Earth-38 Inactive The Elite Incarcerated
Phillip Karnowsky in costume Phillip Karnowsky Earth-38 Inactive Incarcerated
Lonnie Machin with a mask and flamethrower Lonnie Machin Anarky Earth-1 Inactive Incarcerated
Dark Archer Malcolm Merlyn Dark Archer Earth-1 Inactive Reformed; deceased
Dark Archer (Earth-2) Tommy Merlyn Dark Archer Earth-2 Inactive Reformed; deceased
Tar Pit Joseph Monteleone Tar Pit Earth-1 Inactive Incarcerated
Pied Piper Hartley Rathaway Pied Piper Earth-1
Earth-Prime
Active Original multiverse
Team Flash (occasionally)
Reformed in Pre-Crisis timeline
Isaac Stanzler wearing a mask Isaac Stanzler Earth-1 Inactive Deceased
Mo Unnamed Mo Earth-38 Inactive The Elite Incarcerated
Hat Unnamed Hat Earth-38
Earth-Prime
Inactive Original multiverse
The Elite
Original multiverse
Incarcerated

Known vigilante teams

Team Flash's power pose

Some vigilantes/superheroes would operate in teams, with their different skills used to support each other.

Heroes

Former vigilantes

Heroes
Criminals

References

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