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"Tyranny anywhere is a threat to Freedom everywhere."
―The Knights of Rao Motto[[Enter the Knights|[src]]]

The Knights of Rao are a team of young heroes in DC Comics appearing officially in the Justice League/Teen Titans Animated Universe. The team is formed by Terra out of hers and her teammates' worshiping of Superman as well as their determination of putting an end on the existence of Vandal Savage, who was responsible for the deaths of the young heroes' loved ones, and on the tyrant threat in their world.

List of Members

Terra / Tara Markov

"Just like the Justice League and the Teen Titans swore to do, we'll save the world. Whatever it takes."
―Terra during the presentation of the Knights in Kandor.[src]
"They believe her. They have faith in her. They follow her wherever she leads."
―Superman about the Knights of Rao and their loyalty to Terra.[src]

The team's founder and field leader. After being saved from the hands of Slade and trained by Superman as a heroine, Terra was persuaded by the fact that Tyranny was the only real threat to Freedom and Hope on the world, which is one of the primary reasons she formed the Knights of Rao.

Toymaster / Hiro Okamura

"Tyrants are just like the bullies. They don't think. They don't feel. They only act like they can do whatever they want whenever they want and as if nobody tells them what to do."
―Toymaster sharing his negative opinions about Tyranny and Bullying with Terra[src]

[1]A 13 year old young but highly intelligent boy from Japan with an I.Q. of 210 and the team's second-in command. He was found by Terra after she saved him from a group of mercenaries from Project Cadmus who were sent by Amanda Waller to capture him and recruit him to the Task Force X program. One of his primary reasons for being in the team is his uncle, who was a successful College teacher in Japan before his death in the congress where Savage killed Ronnie Raymond. He also believes that Tyranny was also the main cause of Bullying in schools around the world.

Blue Lantern / Collin Hill

"Since Savage took away my parents and my brother left me in that orphanage without even saying goodbye, I felt like I had nothing left. I was all alone. But after Adara made me a Blue Lantern, the Corps and the team became all I have now."
―Collin while in a interview with Lois Lane.[src]

[2]Collin Hill, an 9 year old boy who was orphaned by Savage's killing of his parents in the congress and felt disowned by his older and uncaring half-brother. Collin also ended up joining the Blue Lantern Corps when the Corps' guardian entity Adara (posing as a Peacock) felt he needed Hope to overcome grief and bonded him with a Blue Lantern Ring. He was eventually found by Terra when she saw him fighting a Project Cadmus robot made of Manhunter Technology which was going for a rampage in Coast City. He is the youngest male member (and overall of all members) of the Knights.

Alpha-Wolf / Milo Chaves

"I'm not 'El Terrível' anymore. Never have been... Never really wanted to be... Never will be. And you, mi amigo, will never be that god you're tricking me in turning you into. Adios."
―Milo rejecting the spirit of the Wolf Amulet's offer of his old human form back in exchange of the spirit's freedom before tossing the amulet into the abyss.[src]

[3]Formerly an unhappy teenager from Mexico whose family died along with Ronnie Raymond and the other National Leaders with him by the hands of Vandal Savage. He used to work as a talented but abused and poorly paid theater actor who was bullied by the main actors (with exception of Esperanza Del Rey, who was secretly in love with him) and also greatly despised by the public. One day, he ended up locked by the bullies inside a cave where he ended up finding a mysterious wolf-headed amulet which permanently bonded him with a curse: he now had the appearance and the abilities of a Werewolf (he was also given with Enhanced Canine Bite, Supersonic Wave Howling, Poison Breath and the ability to communicate with Dogs, Wolfs and other Canines). After escaping the cave, he figured out that his new look made the public unable to recognize him, but see him differently (seeing him as a beloved celebrity and not as a hated freak as they used to treat him in the theater), to his delight. The spirit of his curse continued persuading him to take the Amulet to the Moon Temple in exchange of freeing him from his curse. But reminded that he was hated before and now beloved for his new look, Milo refused and threw the Amulet away. He was then found by Terra after she saw him battling and defeating a berserk Super-Soldier of Project Cadmus attacking his neighborhood and recruited by her to join the team, on which he adopted the alter-ego Alpha-Wolf. He later started wearing a new suit designed by Toymaster which prevents metahumans with power absorbing abilities (like Parasite and Amazo) from duplicating his powers.

Omega Knight / Jason Burke

"Ares believes himself superior to all Gods of Olympus. Superior to even Zeus himself. But for me... he is just like the rest of these criminals. Arrogant. Foolish. A great reason why not only Princess Diana of Themyscira, but other heroes on Earth won the strength of defeating him. Showing that he is vulnerable. I will be following the same patterns to help you put an end on these tyrants' schemes."
―Jason Burke accepting Terra's offer of joining the Knights of Rao.[src]

[4]Jason Burke, the son of Alicia Burke (a successful and popular athlete in Olympic Games) and Alexander (a former Spartan soldier who was executed by his brothers for betraying their lord Ares by stealing an ancient Olympian Artifact created by Hephaestus for the War god himself), is a teenager who developed amazing abilities from the Artifact his father stole. The artifact gave him the Strength of Hercules, the Speed of Hermes, the Wings of Icarus and the powers of the main Gods of Olympus (the Light of Zeus, which enabled him to cast Lightning Bolts, the Arsenal of Poseidon, which allowed him to craft Water-made constructs based on weapons, and the Spawns of Hades, which enabled him to create Fire-made constructs based on Animals; he also became able to breathe underwater, communicate with water animals and access Hades' realm). He was found by Terra battling alone against a pack of Minotaurs sent by Ares to get the Artifact back and recruited by her in her team, on which he adopted the alter-ego of Omega Knight. He is also in the team because Ares was also collaborating with Project Cadmus to bring on more war.

Indigo Lantern / Amber Lang

"Go show them compassion, Amber Lang."
"I will. And with every lesson you and my mom taught me. I won't let you down.
"
―Indigo-1 wishing Amber good luck in protecting her planet alongside her mother Lana[src]
"You are your mother's angel indeed, Amber."
―Superman admiring Amber's innocent compassinate nature[src]

The daughter of Superman's first lover Lana Lang, she is one of Tara's closest friends and a member of the Indigo Tribe. She and her friend Dionne were recruited by Terra as members of the team due to their belief in their friend's cause and Luthor's corrupt alliances with Sinestro, who has been a long time enemy to both Lantern Corps. Amber also has the abilities to communicate with plants. It is also revealed that she was born from a Eggmaker, a giant Nok flower which absorbed her mother's blood.

The Emerald / Dionne Stewart

"The Guardians wanted me to be like dad. And that's I'll do. And how I'll do it? By helping a friend I met with Earth's real problem. You don't have anything wrong with this. Do you?"
"I'd never say I did, honey. Because I know what you're up to do is the right thing. For the sake of people who just want to be free. And you know what? That's why you're mine and your dad's Emerald. Go get'em.
"
―Dionne telling her mother Mari Jiwe McCabe / Vixen about her will to help Terra defeat the tyrants.[src]

John Stewart's daughter, she is one of Tara's closest friends and a member of the Green Lantern Corps like her father. She also battles crime on the identity of the "Emerald". She and her friend Amber were recruited by Terra as members of the team due to their belief in their friend's cause and Luthor's corrupt alliances with Sinestro, who has been a long time enemy to both Lantern Corps.

Static / Virgil Hawkins

Dakota City's primary superhero with the abilities to manipulate Electricity and Technology. He and Gear were recruited by Terra and Toymaster after the duo proved their worth by helping Batman deal with the Joker. He is the team due to Doctor Edwin Alva, the corrupt scientist responsible for creating the Quantum Vapor which turned many teenagers at the docks into "Bang Babies", being a member of Project Cadmus (also because Alva crossed the line by killing his own employees years ago and aiding the Joker with his plans against the Bang Babies[5].

Gear / Richie Osgood Foley

Virgil's best friend and sidekick with a Superhuman Intelligence which allows him to build high-tech machines and gadgets. He and Static were recruited by Terra and Toymaster after the duo proved their worth by helping Batman deal with the Joker. His reason for being in the team is the same of Static.

New Gaia / Delilah Raymond Snow

"Delilah. Don't do this. You can't..."
"I don't have any other choice. You didn't give me any other choice!"
"Please! I didn't kill your father!"
"I know. You just LET HIM DIE! Which's worse!"
"I swear. I was just trying to..."
"Don't come over me with that lame excuse that you're trying to bring about 'order'. Because I heard that excuse a thousand times. From you and those scums who call themselves the 'leadership the World needs'. And I'm done believing it! Just like I'm done with your half-truths and lies!
"
―Lex Luthor (trying to reason with Delilah) and Delilah Raymond Snow (reprimanding him for the injustice he caused on her and and her mother for her father Ronnie Raymond's death).[src]

[6]The 14 year old daughter of the deceased Ronnie Raymond (Martin Stein's first merging partner as Firestorm) and widowed scientist Caitlin Snow (Killer Frost's heroic counterpart Winter Star). She has a small, but very strong degree of her father's ability to manipulate Matter. She was eventually merged with three Element Shadows (symbiotic organisms created in a secret Project Cadmus lab held by Tala which can absorb Earth's elements and bond with an organic host body) which had duplicated Terra's elemental abilities and enveloped her like a bodysuit with the Earth Shadow as the skin, the Metal Shadow being the Leotard-like suit and the Ice Shadow forming the long gloves and boots, the Owl wings and Fox tail. Thanks to her own abilities to manipulate Matter, she was able to control the organism. However, Delilah joined the rampage when the Element Shadows showed her a vision of Savage killing her father (which caused a nuclear explosion which likewise killed the other National Leaders, including Tara's father Viktor Markov, indirectly leading to a guilt-ridden Superman's self-imposed exile) and exacted revenge on Tala for letting this happen by watching as Luthor framed Superman. Delilah eventually destroyed every robot and Kryptonite in the facility. Tala tried to stop her, but Delilah fought back and viciously attacked her. Right before she could finish the witch off, Delilah was calmed down and comforted by her mother Caitlin and convinced to leave with her after Terra stripped the witch off her powers with Toymaster's River Styx serum. As Tala faced accusations for the rampage caused by the Element Shadows after they departed to unknown places, Delilah and Caitlin had a mother-and-daughter heart-to-heart before Caitlin allowed her daughter to train with Terra, who eventually saw Delilah (who dubbed herself New Gaia) as a new recruit for the team.

Galaxor / Mitchell Davies

As a child, Mitchell Davies was a big fan of the Justice League of America, even managing to get a signed photo of himself with the Flash. After a guild-ridden Superman casted himself to exile, Mitchell was chosen by S.T.A.R. Labs Australian Sector scientists to become a superhero for his fitness, lack of questions, and eagerness to be among his idols. After some genetic tampering, a series of steroid shots, and a new tech suit, Mitchell took on the name Galaxor. He was recruited to Terra's team by Toymaster, whom he had been old friends with, sometime after the construction of the team's headquarters. He is primarily in the team because he shares Toymaster's same belief and opinions about Bullying (which he also believes it was caused by Tyranny).

Long Shadow

"Don't bother trying. I'm not coming back."
"Are you seriously gonna betray us for them?"
"Toymaster saved my life. And Terra showed us the truth. I owe all that to them.
"
―Long Shadow and Galatea arguing[src]

He was a member of the Ultimen (the group itself a reference to the Super Friends). Long Shadow has the ability to increase his size, increasing his strength (he also demonstrated superhuman strength, fighting lava men hand-to-hand even before growing). He also gained enhanced vision and hearing. Long Shadow came off as the most innocent and selfless member of the Ultimen, a quality which set him apart from his somewhat greedy teammates. He was eventually recruited by Toymaster after he was given with a serum (made of a Nok plant provided by Amber Lang) which would allow him to live longer than the other Ultimen. He is currently in the team because he was convinced by Terra that Tyrants plan to use living beings as nothing more than mindless weapons of mass destruction.

Sun Rose / Esperanza Del Rey

A former Mexican stage-play actress who used to work in the same theater where Milo did. Among all main actors who treated Milo very badly, she was the only one who loved him and treated him in better terms as she felt great discomfort over how the other actors bullied Milo and felt disgusted of Armando Monteiro's selfish narcissist behavior and of other actors' great ambitions with their performances in the show. She was also the only one in Mexico who was aware of Milo's transformation into the Alpha-Wolf, but still loved him. While she was happily overhearing the people cheering on the "Chubacabra", Esperanza still felt saddened over the fact they could not be together because of the other actors' objections until a Star Sapphire ring, sensing her deep love for him, attached to her, giving er the opportunity to leave the theater to Zamaron and vowing to never come back. Latter, when Milo had to battle a Project Cadmus Super-Soldier, she reunited with him and joined his fight. Just after she helped deal with the situation, Esperanza joined the team as Sun Rose (due to the identity of Star Sapphire already belonging to Carol Ferris). It was also revealed during an interview on her by Lois Lane[7] that she lost her parents one year before the team was formed and was forced to live the rest of her life in Alberto Murieta's Hotel, which was also the Stage-Play Theater. She also confessed during her interview with Lois that she was in the team because of her love for Milo, which has become all she had, and because she believes that Tyranny is the main cause of Forced Marriages, implying that Murieta would have forced her to marry Monteiro after (what would have been) their last show. Also, much like Terra, Esperanza also aspired to be a heroine since her childhood[8]; like Tara was inspired by Diana, Esperanza was inspired by the Atlantean Queen Mera.

Star Hunter / Felix Whitmore

An 14 year-old young boy who aspired to be a hero like his cousin and surrogate sister Courtney (who fights alongside the Justice League as Stargirl). He was then chosen by the Guardians of Oa to wield the Cosmic Helmet, an artifact with the same functions of Courtney's Star Staff and the Green Lanterns' power rings. He later took on the life of a superhero as Star Hunter and, after helping the Justice League and the Teen Titans stop a mad scheme by Brother Blood (who was at the time seeking the Cosmic Helmet's power), joined Terra's team for his fitness and dedication.[9]

Black Owl / Zoe Kyle Lawton

The 12 year-old daughter of the deceased Floyd Lawton (also known as Deadshot) and Selina Kyle (also known as Catwoman). Following her father's death during a mission of the Task Force X Squad, Zoe (blaming the Squad members (except Bronze Tiger) and their boss Amanda Waller for Floyd's tragedy) ended up following the same path Batman followed: training to become a crime-fighting vigilante armed with a pair of Ninja Swords, Clawed Gloves and Gun Gauntlets which shoot Trick Darts. She also shares her father's special ability of never missing a target, and became Night Fury. Over her time, Zoe also befriended Terra and joined the team after helping complete another goal against Tyranny. She provided tech for the young heroes with her father's old gadgets, which were then upgraded by Toymaster.[10] She was also given a Owl-faced black mask and Owl-winged jet-pack to improve her aim and sight, to which she changed her alter-ego to Black Owl. She is so far the youngest female member of the Knights.

Catgirl / Carrie Kelley

An 13 year-old orphaned teenager in Gotham City who was raised at the age of 6 by Selina Kyle as her daughter after her parents died when Dr. Edwin Alva implanted a bomb in one of his facilities to cover the truth about his experiments' failures. After some training with Catwoman, Kelley took on the identity of Catgirl. She eventually joined Terra's team after helping them expose the truth about the Alva Industries' failures and involvements with the creation of the Bang Babies as well as after forcing Alva to surrender when she revealed her identity to him and reminded him of her parents' murder (the same way Bruce Wayne as Batman did to the burglar who killed his parents).

The Royal Guard Patrol

A group of accomplished teenage sportspeople and Chess players with metahuman abilities who were brought together as a family by their trainer Mike Falsworth (who was also another victim of Savage's rampage) and saved by Terra from terrorists working for both Savage and Project Cadmus. They formed an Chess game-themed superhero team named the Royal Guard Patrol (paralleling the Royal Flush Gang).

  • Cade Ferguson (the King), an Basketball player and Fencing champion and the team's field leader with Telepathy and the abilities to liberate Solar Energy and animate objects (which are his Pawns). He is also armed with his sword (which is composed of Olympian metal).
  • Sarah Falsworth (the Queen), an professional surfer, Mike Falsworth's daughter, Cade's girlfriend and the team's second-in command with the abilities of Flight, Water bending and Energy manipulation (Optic Blasts, Energy Absorption and Force-field Generation). As her namesake Chess-piece is the strongest piece, she is considered to be the team's most powerful member.
  • Lucas Blake (the Bishop), an skilled archer and skeet shooter with the ability to teleport. He is also armed with his Crossbow and is as talented as Green Arrow and Deadshot in hitting his targets and never missing them.
  • Adam Hill (the Knight), Collin Hill's cousin and an a Gymnastics champion with Superhuman Speed Running abilities and Shock-wave Fists.
  • Karen Blake (the Rook), Lucas' older sister, Sarah's best friend and roommate and a professional boxer and wrestler with Superhuman Strength and Leaping and a unbreakable skin.

Story

Origin

"Without a doubt about it. As her brother, I've known her ever since she was born. Right after Superman saved her from her fate as Slade's puppet and restored her memories, Tara ended up having one goal: to expose all of these Tyrants' true selves and make their lives as miserable as good. Until only Luthor and Vandal Savage remain in control over what they created, Tara and her friends won't stop until every single one of them pays the ultimate price."
"And Luthor and Savage are meant to be the last ones..."
"Because Luthor was the one who brought this on when he framed the League while Savage killed your father and those men in the congress?"
"Yes. Tara didn't take those news so lightly. And she won't stop until Luthor knows what it's like to feel torn apart.
"
―Geo-Force telling Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris about his sister[src]

The team was formed by Superman's prodigy Terra out of her deep faith for Freedom and Hope and her belief that Tyranny is the one true threat affecting the world and after recruiting enough candidates, Terra named her team "Knights of Rao" in homage of Rao, the Sungod of Krypton and added the motto: "Tyranny anywhere is a threat to Freedom everywhere.". Though most of the human citizens on Earth did not know much about them, the scientists who knew of Krypton's history describe them as the "Children of Superman" as a note of their worshiping of the Man of Steel.

Equipment

River Styx Serums

"What's that?"
"The one thing that will help us get rid of these Tyrants. The super-powered ones at least. Like Tala right now. Courtesy of Collin and Jason.
"
―Delilah asking Toymaster about the River Styx Serums[src]

"Where on Earth did they get those?"
"From the River Styx itself. I know. I've seen it before. Not even Zeus could touch those waters.
"
―Guy Gardner and Wonder Woman speaking about the River Styx Serums[src]

One of the Knights' primary weapons against Tyrants (mostly super-powered ones). The serum is composed of water extracted from the same name river which forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld (the domain often called Hades, which also is the name of its ruler). The serum's main capabilities is to permanently strip a superhuman figure (from the most average metahuman to even the most powerful god-like metahuman) of his/her powers (as well as to cause its hosts to hallucinate of their past victims as a punishment for their sins). This experiment was used by the Knights as their last resort to neutralize super-powered Tyrants and villains (in order) Tala, Ace of the Royal Flush Gang, Wade Eiling, Livewire, Parasite, Klarion the Witch Boy and finally Vandal Savage.

Anti-Bullies

"Anti-Bully units... Quite a impressive tech. Isn't it?"
"Where does that kid get this kind of tech from?"
"According to rumor, he and his uncle salvaged some of those and studied Kryptonian technology during one of Superman's battles on Metropolis."
"Like the one we and the rest of the League had with rogue Kryptonians like Zod. I know. I heard about that, too.
"
―Geo-Force, Flash, Batman and Supergirl talking about Toymaster's Anti-Bully robots[src]

Extra-advanced robots created by Toymaster with Kryptonian technology. Originally designed to repel Bullying, they were later upgraded to help stop Tyranny.

Spy-Bots

"Here's a close up to the view."
"That's brilliant, Hiro. I mean it. It'll help us a lot in keeping an eye on those greedy scoundrels. And anything they're up to.
"
―Toymaster testing out a Spy-Bot prototype[src]

Drones build by Terra and Toymaster to help find more recruits and keep the Tyrants in check.

Allies

Blue Lantern Corps

"Couldn't doubt that the Blue Lanterns were helping the Knights too. The Knights even have a Blue Lantern among them."
"That same kid who helped stop the Manhunters?"
"Who else could it be?
"
―Hal Jordan (commenting his awareness of the Blue Lanterns' alliance with the Knights of Rao), Guy Gardner (in response of Jordan speaking about Collin Hill) and Carol Ferris (annoyed with Gardner's question)[src]

The Knights of Rao's primary allies are evidently the Blue Lantern Corps, who act as their reserve trainers, guardians and benefactors. Collin Hill's membership in the team would also result in the members of the Justice League (who are aware of Superman's role as Grandmaster of the Blue Lanterns) learning that Superman and the Blue Lanterns were training them to help them fulfill their destiny and desire to be like their heroes.

Justice League

"So if Superman's helping them... that means we should help them too. Right?"
"Taking out a lot of money-obsessed scums and bringing them all to jail... I'd say that's a good idea. Batman?"
"Yes. Although, like I said: someone needs to keep the eye on them so that they won't make a mistake.
"
―Flash, Green Lantern and Batman about the Knights of Rao's fate[src]

The Knights of Rao also have very close allies in the Justice League. The Leaguers initially had their doubts until they learned that Superman was training them to help them fulfill their destiny and desire to be like their heroes, making them chose to help them finish the goal they started instead of stopping them from what they were doing (like Luthor was ambitiously demanding them to do with no avail). Shortly after Vandal Savage's ultimate defeat and demise, the Leaguers made the Knights of Rao their official prodigies.

Teen Titans

"So, what about your pals? I take it they're gonna part ways now that you're through with those tyrants?"
"No. Not really. We may be going separate ways, but the team will always be together."
"Not to mention that, just like you, they all have a place in our team. With the Titans.
"
Terra speaking with Cyborg and Nightwing after officially joining the Titans once more.[[Titan Rising|[src]]]
"Terra and her friends were honest with what they spoke of. Their cause is reasonable. And with either your support or protest, I will respect that cause."
Starfire[[Justice League/Teen Titans Chronicles: Dark Kingdom|[src]]]
The Titans are also close allies to the Knights of Rao, who they teamed up with in certain occasions (such as protecting an New Genesis infant from Steppenwolf and Poison Ivy and battling the Project Cadmus Elite to destroy Lexcorp's last remaining active facility). The Knights were also offered membership as Honorary Titans.

Lois Lane

"Can we trust her?"
"She's married to Superman. Like him, we trust her with our lives. You can trust her too.
"
―The Queen of the Royal Guard Patrol and Batman talking about Lois.[[Thinking Positive|[src]]]
"You can't trust them. They'll rip you apart like they did to the rest of us!"
"Don't you count me in this. They only aimed for crime lords like you and the rest of these so-called "leaderships the world needs". I'm not one of you. Never have been, never will be."
"And what about these delinquents?! Aren't you reporting about them?!"
"After what Luthor did to the League? And even let Vandal Savage do to Ronnie Raymond? I would rather let them finish what started than turning them over to ruthless tyrants who thinks about weapons in first place. And deliquents? That's one thing they proved not to be.
"
―Amanda Waller and Lois Lane[src]

Superman's wife and the Justice League's adviser and supporter, Lois is also a very close ally and confidant to the Knights. She also refused to expose the Knights' existence to public until the young heroes' mission is fullfilled.

Rogues Gallery

Like other superhero factions, the Knights of Rao also have a list of villains they stand against. Their primary rogues are the World's Tyrants, government agents, politicians, officers and business people who turn out to be as corrupt and irredeemable as the super villains. Each time a Tyrant is defeat and exposed, the Knights grant them with hideous scars in their faces to symbolize their sins (the most common scars have the designs of snakes to symbolize the Tyrants' cowardice. Other known scars have the design of spiders to symbolize their "webs of lies", rats to represent untrustworthy nature).

The World's Tyrants

"Luthor used to think that metahumans like Superman are menaces. But after what he had really done and even let Savage do, I just figured out what was really wrong with this world: too many tyrants."
―Terra explaining Caitlin Fairchild the Knights of Rao's mission on Earth[src]

"Terra did say they'd stop at nothing until they gave Luthor and these other criminals the punishment they deserve. Nor would they let anyone try to stand in their way."
"Wow. Not even us?"
"Not even us."
"Well, I'm not saying we'll stop them. I'm just saying... that someone needs to keep them in check so that they won't make a mistake.
"
―Superman commenting about the Knights of Rao's mission on Earth with Flash and Batman[src]

Down below is a list of the World's Tyrants with information of their civilian works and their corrupt crimes against society. There are also info about their fates by the hands of the Knights.

The Tyrant Civilian Work Corrupt Goal(s) Crimes Fate Given Scar Design
Lex Luthor CEO of Lexcorp, Metropolis' most advanced tech center.
  • To destroy Superman and damage his image as a hero.
  • To become a more powerful being by merging with Brainiac.
  • Infamously framed Superman for crimes he did not commit (which only gave Vandal Savage the opportunity to realize his insidious plans and led to Superman's self-imposed exile.)
  • Alliances with other threats of the world, including super villains.
His reputation was heavily damaged multiple times by Terra and the Knights of Rao enough to have him questioned by the authorities, which forced him into going into hiding.[11] Moments latter, he was arrested in Stryker's Island after Starfire defeated and destroyed Brainiac. [12] Snake
Tala C.I.A. secretary and member of Project Cadmus. To bring on the Amazons' extinction and become Ares' queen.
  • Use of Dark Magic and alliances with super villains, including Wonder Woman's nemesis Ares, the God of War.
  • The illegal creation of the Element Shadows.
Exposed by New Gaia as a witch, stripped off her powers by Terra with the River Styx serum and taken to permanent custody by Maggie Sawyer to Blackgate Prison.[13] Spider
General Wade Eiling U.S.A. Army General To eliminate all meta humans with no regard of the faction or side. Illegal use of a Super-Soldier Formula which mutated him into a large disfigurated monster only known as the General. Defeated by the Knights of Rao in the streets of Metropolis and exposed to the eyes of all citizens with broadcasted footage of his transformation and a River Styx Serum which restored him to normal and, additionally, caused him to hallucinate of his crimes and mistakes. [14]Just like Tala, he was also taken to permanent prison as his role as U.S.A. General was given to Steve Trevor. Rat
Mercy Graves Lex Luthor's Bodyguard and head of Project Cadmus' research community Help Luthor with his corrupt schemes and train meta humans to become mercenaries. The creation of meta-humans cloned from Superheroes. Exposed by the Knights of Rao for her corrupt actions after being defeated by New Gaia and arrested in Stryker's Island.[15] Snake
Count Vertigo Sovereign of Vlatava. To overthrow his niece Princess (later crowned Queen) Perdita, the heiress to the throne of Vlatava. Alliances with criminals (including the Joker) for his schemes on Vlatava. Exposed by Terra for his plans and exiled from Vlatava.[16] He was later defeated by the Teen Titans and Supergirl and arrested.[17] Spider
Amanda Waller CIA agent and member of Project Cadmus To end crime through brute force (which is not the superheroes' way). The secret creation of Task Force X Squad. Exposed by Static and Gear for organizing the Squad members and her involvement with the Enchantress' rampage, which nearly resulted in collateral damage. She was then sentenced to a life of prison in Belle Reve (in Deadshot's former sell) and the Project Cadmus agency was fully declared a corrupt agency in public knowledge.[18] Spider
Klarion College Prodigy of Lexcorp Company
  • To help Vandal Savage rule over the mortals.
  • To turn humanity over to the Lords of Order and Chaos.
Use of Dark Magic and attempted resurrection of ancient mystic monsters. Exposed as a Sorcerer by the Knights of Rao and brought over to Hades to be tortured and "reeducated" for all eternity after the mortals demanded Klarion's execution.[19] Snake
Maxwell "Max" Lord CEO of Project Cadmus Use meta-humans as living weapons.
  • Slaughtered and cloned the Ultimen to make them his primary weapons.
  • Released the Enchantress from her Totem and bonded her to Dr. June Moone.
Exposed by Terra for creating the Titans' foes (Cinderblock, Plasmus and Overdrive) and selling them for Slade and forced to go into hiding.[20] Later, after Brainiac was destroyed by Starfire, he and Luthor were taken to custody to Stryker's Island. Snake
Dr. Edwin Alva The owner and head of Alva Industries. Use Bang Babies as weapons for Project Cadmus. He was responsible for creating the Quantum Vapor which turned many teenagers at the docks into "Bang Babies".

He was also responsible for the deaths of numerous employees (including Carrie Kelley's parents) to cover past failures.

Exposed by Toymaster and Catgirl, who used High-Tech drones to record his confessions about the Big Bang and the deaths of the Kelleys, and arrested by Maggie Sawyer after being confronted by Carrie and Static.[21] Snake
General John Lynch U.S.A. Military General and Project Cadmus Official To use teenage Super-Soldiers as weapons. The indirect creation of the Joker's Royal Flush Gang and attempted kidnapping of Mike Falsworth's prodigies (now known as the Royal Guard Patrol) and collaboration with the Joker's plans to nuke Las Vegas. Exposed by Bishop after the Royal Guard Patrol defeated the Joker and his Royal Flush Gang and arrested.[22] Rat
Ivana Baiul Project Cadmus executive The outright Coup d'état with the various subjects of the new Project Genesis (the program responsible for Caitlin Fairchild's super-solider transformation) The creation of Gen¹² and the illegal creation of anti-government super-soldiers. Subdued and apprehended by Catgirl and New Gaia, who disabled her cybernetic components and left her to be arrested by the incoming police. Snake
Simon Stagg Owner of Stagg Enterprises To create a new generation of metahumans with his experiments He was responsible for Rex Mason's transformation into Metamorpho Exposed by the Knights and arrested.[23] along with numerous others.[24] Unknown
Veronica Sinclair (a.k.a. Roulette) Owner of Popular Casino in Los Angeles To make money with Meta-human Brawls. She ran the no-holds-barred "Meta-Brawls" featuring costumed fighters battling in a cage, on which she, as the final opponent of every tournament, acts as the masked terrorist known by public as the Roulette. Unmasked in front of her Casino guests and the reporters by the Knights' female Lanterns and arrested.[25] Rat
Ferris Boyle CEO of Gothcorp Prevent anyone from knowing that he was the one responsible of Victor and Nora Fries's condition. In a attempt to stop Fries from using Gothcorp Tech to revive his terminally ill wife, Boyle inadvertently resulted in Nora's death and Victor's transformation into Mister Freeze. Shortly after being exposed for his mistake and act, he was pinned down and horribly scarred by Black Owl before being left to be taken by the police. Snake

Vandal Savage

"Nonsense! Am I really supposed to believe that mere pitiful mortal children are ruining my plans?! If you come over me with that ridiculous excuse again, I will bathe my throne with your blood!"
―Vandal Savage voicing his disbelief of the Knights of Rao's activities and existence after hearing one of his lackeys informing him that they were hunting Tyrants.[src]

"You're no god. And no man either. You're just another parasite that doesn't deserve to breathe in this world. Just like the rest of these filthy dirty tyrants. It's over now."
―Terra after she and Toymaster impaled Savage with the River Styx serum, stripping him off his immortality permanently before leaving him to die in his collapsing vessel.[src]

A immortal caveman who became a Nazi Dictator. He is the Knights' primary antagonist, who was responsible for the deaths of the young heroes' loved ones and (indirectly) Superman's self-imposed exile. He was widely unaware that the young heroes were foiling his plans with their tyrant hunting campaign as he believed that Tara Markov, the young daughter of Viktor Markov, had been turned into Slade's living weapon. He eventually learned of the young heroes' existence, but only in the last second after they aided Steve Trevor on defeating him and, using Toymaster's River Styx serum, stripped him off his powers, leaving him mortal (as confirmed when Terra infected Savage with one of Poisson Ivy's venomous plants), before escaping his damaged space vessel with Trevor using a Boom Tube, leaving the powerless Savage to die when the jet crashed on the war-field Darkseid was battling Superman.

The Enchantress

"Waller wants that witch alive. Let's not let this happen."
―Terra adivising her teammates of Waller's plans with the Enchantress.[src]

An ancient dark force which transforms its host, archaeologist Dr. June Moone, into a powerful sorceress. She was recruited as one of Project Cadmus' Agents and Super Soldiers by Maxwell Lord, who had scavenged the temple where the Enchantress' totem was hidden and allowed the entity to possess June. However, the entity turned against her captors and plotted revenge against mankind for imprisoning her and her brother's souls in artifacts after years of worshiping them. During her attempt to open an extra-dimensional portal in Midway City which would engulf and destroy the world, she and her brother Incubus fought against both Task Force X Squad and the Knights of Rao while the Royal Guard Patrol escorted innocent citizens to safety. Just as the Squad members were subdued, she and her brother were none less defeated and destroyed by the Knights of Rao. Incubus was destroyed by Omega Knight while Toymaster and Blue Lantern destroyed the Enchantress' device with a remote-controlled bomb, closing the portal, and Terra crushed the Enchantress' heart, killing her and freeing June from the entity's possession and restoring everything and everyone to normal. As June was taken to hospital for full recovery and Deadshot and Barbara Gordon expressed gratitude to the young heroes for freeing them from Waller's eyes and their assignment in the Squad, the Knights of Rao were also successful in exposing Project Cadmus' involvement with the Enchantress' rampage.

Superman Revenge Squad

"Nothing more than a group of irredeemable mindless psychopaths. And they think Superman is the problem?"
"And I'd thought Luthor was bad enough...
"
―New Gaia and Toymaster expressing their opinions about the Squad[src]

A group of super villains who once sought to destroy Superman and get revenge on him. They were defeated and humiliated by the Knights of Rao.

  • Metallo (John Corbin): A former U.S.A. Soldier who was meant to be Lois Lane's fiancee who was exposed for his crimes by Superman, he was turned by Lex Luthor into a Cyborg who uses Kryptonite as his Power Source. He was defeated by Terra, who weakened his Kryptonite heart before transferring his mind to an average human clone body.
  • Livewire (Leslie Willis): A former shock jock turned into an electrokinetic super villain bent on taking revenge against Superman, whom she used to insult and antagonize through her radio station and she blamed him for her metahuman transformation. She was defeated by New Gaia, who absorbed her electricity with her Element Shadow bodysuit and channeled it against her (Delilah also mocked at Livewire: "You've been cancelled, Sparky."), and later depowered by Toymaster's River Styx serum.
  • Weather Wizard (Mark Mardon): One of the Flash's foes who sought revenge on Superman after the Man of Steel teamed up with the Scarlet Speedster to defeat him. He was defeated by Blue Lantern, who managed to block his weather-themed attacks and destroyed his wand.
  • Toyman (Winslow Scott): A criminal toy-maker who used deadly weapons and creations disguised as toys. He sought revenge on Superman after numerous times the Man of Steel defeated and humiliated him. He was defeated by his old science rival's nephew Toymaster in a mech-suit fight.
  • Parasite (Rudy Jones): One of Superman's deadliest foes with the abilities to absorb other living beings and metahuman's strengths through physical contact. He was defeated by Alpha-Wolf, who was immune to his absorbing powers thanks to a special anti-parasite suit he was wearing and greatly crippled him, and later stripped off powers with the River Styx serum.
  • Kalibak: The son of Darkseid and a ruthless gladiator of Apokolips. He sought revenge on Superman for defeating and humiliating him numerous times at the eyes of Darkseid, who branded him a failure and banished him from Apokolips. He was defeated by Omega Knight and then, teleported away from Earth with a Boom Tube generated by a Mother Box Delilah collected from a Lexcorp Facility.

Project Cadmus Elite

"They were meant to be Lexcorp's last defense against anyone who tries to tear it down. Even when it's ordered to be shut down."
"Well, if they're not getting out of the way, we'll just have to kick them out of it.
"
―Nightwing and Terra about the Elite[src]

A group of Project Cadmus' agents and super-soldiers formed by corrupt superheroes who battle crime through both criminals and citizens' fear of them. They were defeated by the Knights with help from the Teen Titans.

  • Black Talon: The team's field leader, who seeks to honor the memory his deceased master and trainer Ra's al Ghul by destroying the most powerful warriors on Earth, even Superheroes. He and the Elite fought against the Knights of Rao and he was defeated by Terra and Nightwing.
  • Fury (Helena Kosmatos): A teenager who was enhanced with a super soldier serum which granted her Amazon strength. She and the Elite fought against the Knights of Rao and she was defeated by Indigo Lantern, Emerald, Starfire and New Gaia, who latter took her to the Amazons' custody.
  • Red Lantern (Nick Hammond): The estranged son of Green Lantern villain Hector Hammond and the Gang war rival of Collin's brother, who had framed him for past robbery. His great rage attracted the attention of a Red Lantern power ring which attached to him. He and the Elite fought against the Knights of Rao and he was defeated by Blue Lantern and Raven and stripped off his Red Lantern ring.
  • Zoom: The Flash's teenage clone. He and the Elite fought against the Knights of Rao and he was defeated by Alpha-Wolf and Beast Boy.
  • Han-Zod: Superman's teenage clone. He and the Elite fought against the Knights of Rao and he was defeated by Omega Knight, who made use of his own strength and Zod's vulnerability to Magic, and Toymaster and Cyborg, who were armed with Kryptonite-powered gadgets.
  • Hot-Streak (Francis "F-Stop" Stone): One of Static's first foes with Pyrokinetic powers and one of the gang members at the docks when the Big Bang occurred. He and the Elite fought against the Knights of Rao and he was defeated by Static, Gear and Aqualad.

Cadmus Ultimen

"The one place I used to call home. The one place I'm never coming back again. Ever."
―Long Shadow about the Ultimen facility.[src]

Super-Soldiers created by Project Cadmus to have a team of superheroes loyal to the United States government. The Ultimen were test tube babies, created in Cadmus laboratories by Emil Hamilton and possessed complete sets of false memories (most likely implanted there by Dr. Hugo Strange, the only member in Cadmus with such knowledge). Once they discovered their creators' true purposes, they broke out and wreaked massive havoc until they were defeated by the Knights of Rao with help from defected member Long Shadow and Justice Leaguers Geo-Force and Supergirl. They were later destroyed by an out-of-control Lex Luthor with the power of the Orange Lantern Rings and Battery.

  • Galatea: The team's leader and Supergirl's twisted clone. She was defeated by Terra, who wore a armor made of Kryptonite stone and Red Sun Gauntlets to deal significant damage to her.
  • Wind Dragon: A member of the team with the abilities to manipulate wind. He was defeated by Blue Lantern.
  • Shifter and Downpour: Twins with shape-shifting abilities. Shifter can transform into any animal and her twin Downpour can turn his body into living water. Downpour was defeated by Omega Knight, who crippled him with numerous Water-made sharp weapons, which jammed his powers, and then knocked unconscious. Shifter was defeated by New Gaia, who attacked her weakest spots and beat her up until she was down.
  • Juice: A member of the team with Electrokinetic abilities. He was mastered and defeated by Static.

Royal Flush Gang

"Nothing like us. No. We're not to be compared to them."
"We were dedicated sport champions. They were troublemakers and delinquents. And... you see. Which is why they're not part of the noble community which's rising.
"
―The King and Queen of the Royal Guard Patrol describing the Royal Flush Gang (in response of Red Robin asking if they were anything like the Royal Guard Patrol)[src]

A group of Project Cadmus teenage super soldiers who reemerged as the Joker's twisted accomplices. They are mainly defeated by the Royal Guard Patrol.

  • The King: The gang's leader with the ability to shoot Heat Blasts. He was defeated by the King of the RGP.
  • The Queen: The gang's second-in command with the ability to manipulate metal. She was defeated the Queen of the RGP.
  • Jack: A member of the gang with complete body elasticity. He was defeated by Bishop, who shoot several Heat and Freeze arrow with his Crossbow at him.
  • Ten: A member of the gang with Superhuman Strength and unbreakable skin. He was defeated by Rook, who proved herself stronger than him, and Knight, who attacked him with his shock-wave fists until Ten was down.
  • Ace: A member of the gang who has telepathy and is able to create illusions which drive people insane just by looking at them even through video broadcasts. She was the only one who is chosen by the Joker to fight the heroes indirectly, which was foiled when the RGP members and Batman's teammates were using dark glasses to prevent the influence. As Batman, King, Geo-Force, Knight, Bishop and the Robins subdued the Joker, Supergirl, Queen, Batgirl and Rook managed to intercept Ace and depower her with Toymaster's River Styx serum. The progress also reverted Ace to her true form as a five-year old child girl with blue eyes (her teenage form was just an hallucination created by her powers). Assuming that Ace herself had been twisted by her own powers her entire life, King and Queen, renaming Ace as Bryony, adopted her as their own daughter.
  • Wild Card (Hector Hammond): A former science teacher who was turned into a metahuman maniac with Telekinesis and Telepathy with a Project Cadmus serum composed of Orange Lantern energy and later brainwashed by the Joker into becoming Ace's replacement in the Gang. He was defeated by Static and Gear.

Headquarters

"Your team should be safe here in this island, Tara. Do what you seek to do. But remember what I taught you before... that Vandal Savage cannot discover you until he is the last remaining tyrant."
Superman[src]

The Knights of Rao's headquarters is in a unknown island in the lake of a forest of Kansas. An abandoned palace which was later reformed by Superman, Terra and Toymaster. The headquarters is considered a hybrid of Superman's Fortress of Solitude and the Titans Tower.

Other Appearances

The Knights of Rao appear as playable characters in Justice League/Teen Titans: Unity. Terra, Toymaster, Blue Lantern, Alpha-Wolf, Omega Knight, New Gaia, Star Hunter, Night Fury and Static are playable in the main story mode while the others are unlockable for the multiplayer mode.

References

  1. The Kids are Alright
  2. Blue Hope
  3. The Actor who Cried Alpha-Wolf
  4. Knights of Olympus
  5. Shock and Awe
  6. Metamorphosis
  7. Thinking Positive
  8. Stated on Amazon of My Heart
  9. Justice League/Teen Titans Chronicles: Star Knights
  10. Justice League/Teen Titans Chronicles: Star Knights
  11. Apokolips No More!
  12. Absolute Justice
  13. Metamorphosis
  14. Enter the Knights
  15. Lost Star
  16. Justice League/Teen Titans Chronicles: Star Knights
  17. From the Outside
  18. Hostile Crisis
  19. Only Humans
  20. Justice Titans
  21. Shock and Awe
  22. Mind Games
  23. as mentioned in From the Outside and shown in Justice League/Teen Titans: Secret Legends Issue 7
  24. Enter the Knights
  25. Enter the Knights
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