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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, also known as a "mask", 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 is also 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 officers of the law.[1]

Known vigilantes

Heroes

Villainous vigilantes

Image Name Alter ego Universe Status Works with Notes
The Flash Barry Allen The Flash Earth-1 Active Team Flash
The Huntress Helena Bertinelli Huntress Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (formerly) Turned rogue; incarcerated
Supergirl Kara Danvers Supergirl Earth-38 Active Superfriends
Elongated Man Ralph Dibny Elongated Man Earth-1 Active Team Flash
Spartan John Diggle Spartan
Green Arrow (briefly)
Earth-1 Active Team Arrow (formerly)
Black Canary (Dinah Drake) Dinah Drake Black Canary Earth-1 Active Team Arrow
New Team Arrow (formerly)
The Flash (Jay Garrick) Jay Garrick The Flash Earth-3 Inactive Team Flash (occasionally) Retired to train a new Flash
Wildcat Ted Grant Wildcat Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (occasionally) Retired
Hawkman (Carter Hall) Carter Hall Hawkman Earth-1 Inactive Legends (formerly) Deceased
Arsenal Roy Harper Arsenal Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (formerly) Retired
Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) Connor Hawke Green Arrow Earth-1 (in a possible future) Active (in a possible future) Team Arrow (in a possible future)
Steel Nate Heywood Steel Earth-1 Active Legends
Team Flash (formerly)
Left Legends to become a Time Bureau agent; later rejoined
Mr. Terrific Curtis Holt Mr. Terrific Earth-1 Active Team Arrow
New Team Arrow (formerly)
Rip Hunter Rip Hunter Earth-1 Inactive Legends (formerly) Presumed deceased
The Legion suit (Mon-El) Mon-El Valor Earth-38 Active Superfriends (formerly)
The Legion
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 Active Superfriends (formerly)
Superman Clark Kent Superman Earth-38 Active Superfriends (occasionally)
Batwoman Kate Kane Batwoman Earth-1 Active
Batman Bruce Wayne Batman Earth-1 Inactive Left Gotham City
Vixen (Kuasa) Kuasa Vixen Earth-1 Active Legends (occasionally) Shares the mantle with Mari
Black Canary (Laurel Lance) Earth-1 Laurel Lance Black Canary Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow Deceased
Black Canary (Earth-2) Earth-2 Laurel Lance Black Canary Earth-2 Active Team Arrow Criminal turned vigilante
Quentin Lance Quentin Lance Detective (formerly) Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (formerly) Deceased
White Canary Sara Lance White Canary Earth-1 Active Team Arrow (formerly)
Legends
John Constantine
John Constantine Earth-1 Active Legends (reluctantly)
Vixen (Mari) Mari Vixen Earth-1 Active Team Arrow (occasionally) Shared the mantle with Kuasa
Dark Archer Malcolm Merlyn Dark Archer Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (formerly) Anti-hero; deceased
Guardian James Olsen Guardian Earth-38 Active Guardian's team
Superfriends (formerly)
The Atom Ray Palmer The Atom Earth-1 Active Team Arrow (formerly) Legends
Green Arrow Oliver Queen Green Arrow Earth-1 Active Team Arrow
The revelation of Robert Queen's identity on live television Robert Queen The Arrow Earth-2 Unknown
Speedy Thea Queen Speedy Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (formerly) Left to destroy three Lazarus Pits with Nyssa and Roy
Wild Dog Rene Ramirez Wild Dog Earth-1 Active Team Arrow
New Team Arrow (formerly)
Vibe Cisco Ramon Vibe Earth-1 inactive Team Flash Took meta human cure
Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond) Ronnie Raymond Firestorm Earth-1 Inactive Team Flash (formerly) Deceased
Ragman Rory Regan Ragman Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow Leave of absence
Heat Wave Mick Rory Heat Wave Earth-1 Active Legends Anti-hero
Hawkgirl Kendra Saunders Hawkgirl Earth-1 Inactive Legends Retired
Winn Schott Winn Schott Man in the Van Earth-38 Active Superfriends (formerly)
Guardian's team (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 Active Team Arrow
Captain Cold Leonard Snart Captain Cold Earth-1 Inactive Team Flash (occasionally)
Legends
Deceased
Killer Frost (Caitlin Snow) Caitlin Snow Killer Frost Earth-1 Active Team Flash
Martin Stein Martin Stein Firestorm Earth-1 Inactive Team Flash (formerly)
Legends
Deceased
Lyra Strayd Lyra Strayd Earth-38 Active Guardian's team
Eddie Thawne Eddie Thawne Earth-1 Inactive Team Flash Deceased
Eobard meets Barry Eobard Thawne Harrison Wells Earth-1 Inactive Team Flash (formerly) Revealed to be a villain in disguise
Harrison Wells (Earth-2) Harrison Wells Earth-2 Inactive Team Flash (formerly)
Jesse Wells' team (formerly)
Harrison Wells (Earth-19) Harrison Wells H. R. Randolf Earth-19 Inactive Team Flash Deceased
Jesse Quick Jesse Wells Jesse Quick Earth-2 Active Team Flash (formerly)
Jesse Wells' team
Iris West-Allen Iris West-Allen Eye in the Sky (briefly)
The Flash (briefly)
Earth-1 Active Team Flash
Joe West Joe West Earth-1 Active Team Flash
XS Nora West-Allen XS Earth-1 Active Team Flash From the future
Kid Flash Wally West Kid Flash 
(current timeline)
The Flash
(Flashpoint timeline)
Earth-1 Active Team Flash (formerly)
Legends (formerly)
Left Team Flash and later joined the Legends for a brief time
Tatsu Yamashiro in costume Tatsu Yamashiro Katana Earth-1 Inactive Team Arrow (occasionally) Retired
Hunter Zolomon as The Flash Hunter Zolomon Jay Garrick/The Flash Earth-2 Inactive Team Flash (formerly) }

Known vigilante teams

Team Flash's power pose

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

Heroes

Former vigilantes

Villains

  1. Emerald Archer
Image Name Alter ego Universe Status Works with Notes
Aglin Aglin The Hood Earth-1 Inactive The Hoods Incarcerated
Baker (Earth-1) Baker The Hood Earth-1 Inactive The Hoods Incarcerated
The Huntress Helena Bertinelli Huntress Earth-1 Inactive Incarcerated
Manchester Black Manchester Black Earth-38 Inactive The Elite Deceased
Colton Colton The Hood Earth-1 Inactive The Hoods Incarcerated
Cupid Carrie Cutter Cupid Earth-1 Inactive Suicide Squad Incarcerated
Jeff Deveau Jeff Deveau The Hood Earth-1 Inactive The Hoods Incarcerated
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 Vigilante 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
Tar Pit Joseph Monteleone Tar Pit Earth-1 Inactive Incarcerated
Pied Piper Hartley Rathaway Pied Piper Earth-1 Active (now as a hero) Team Flash (occasionally) Reformed
Isaac Stanzler wearing a mask Isaac Stanzler Earth-1 Inactive Deceased
The Elite Unnamed Mo Earth-38 Inactive The Elite Incarcerated
Hat Unnamed Hat Earth-38 Inactive The Elite Incarcerated}
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