Note: This page is for the current Vigilante. For the original Vigilante: Greg Sanders. For the third Vigilante: Patricia Trayce.
Adrian Chase was a New York district attorney whose wife Doris and two children are killed by mobsters after he convicts their boss. This occurrence prompts Adrian to seek justice in his own way as the Vigilante with the help of two partners. One partner is Jonathan James (J. J.) Davis, a technology wizard and computer genius.
His other partner is Theresa Gomez. Theresa is Adrian's research assisstant who helps him decide what cases are worth investigating. At the start, he did not kill indiscriminately, instead preferring to incapacitate enemies. He was still prepared to kill if his life was in danger or if he decided that the target absolutely had to die. He had a preference for high power revolvers.
Vigilante was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.
Only six months into his career he kills a henchman called Brand in a life or death struggle on the top of a roller-coaster. His boss, Mr. Quilt pulls a gun on him. He later beats a man whom he had years earlier wrongly convicted of a crime. This poor start to his career leads Adrian to quit his career as the Vigilante and become the sixth Generation of Chase's to work at the family firm. He is only a lawyer at the firm for a short time before he decides that he can not live with himself, if he is to defend people he knows are guilty, and he becomes the Vigilante again. He is convinced by the Teen Titan, Cyborg to not kill as a first choice. Vigilante hunted down the criminal William Stryker who was guilty of many crimes including shooting Adrian's friend J. J. Davis and raping his fiance. While hunting Stryker, Vigilante instead shoots Cyborg and gets Stryker to confess to his crimes and tell where the evidence can be found. When Cyborg awakes in a hospital he finds a get well card from the Vigilante.
This is the first start for Vigilante to not kill unless he is forced too. This causes him problems right away when he faces Cannon and Saber. He confronts the two in their apartment and he attempts to capture them, but they get the drop on him. As a result Vigilante gets stabbed, shot, nearly executed and his identity revealed. His attempts at being a less-than-lethal hero changes when he allowed a police officer to die as a direct result of his actions.
Afterwards he became more and more violent and cared less about who got caught in the crossfire. Adrian was a violent crime-fighter, but in his civilian life he became tormented by his actions. Eventually, Adrian quit being Vigilante, believing that he could be more effective and happier as a judge. He had used the Vigilante persona as a way of combating medical depression, and it became very hard for him to resist his new-found violent tendencies.
After Chase quit, his friend Allen Wells took up the mantle of Vigilante without Adrian's knowledge. Allen was even more violent as a Vigilante than Adrian. This caused Adrian to track down and kill the new Vigilante. He does just that, only to find out it is his best friend Allen. This is the point where Adrian, overcome by self hate and his own failure, completely relapses into his role as the Vigilante.
Chase became more guilt ridden after the death of his friend. His civilian life and Vigilante life became more blurred when he tried to cover up the fact that Allen was the Vigilante. Dave Winston, Adrian's bailiff was the third person to assume the mantle of Vigilante. Despite Adrian's advice, Winston refused to kill. Winston would not be so lucky as he was murdered by Peacemaker while attempting to stop the hijacking of a plane.
Adrian Chase Returns
Adrian once again assumes the role of Vigilante. He felt that it was the only way to protect his loved ones. The first thing he does is seek revenge on Peacemaker. Adrian, however, has been out of the game for too long and when he finds Peacemaker he is beaten and unmasked on live television, due to being out of shape. This of course destroys his secret identity and forces him to stay as the Vigilante. Adrian becomes more sickened with himself and falls victim to depression, paranoia, and violence as he becomes more and more unbalanced. He began killing anyone who got in his way, even police. Near the end, he had no qualms about killing cops, or whether an innocent civilian was killed because of his actions. He eventually is unable to take the guilt anymore and commits suicide.
His death becomes public knowledge throughout the crime fighting community. In death Adrian ends up in purgatory. He helps battle the Guardians of the Realm, so heroes can escape Purgatory with the soul of Hal Jordan. After helping the heroes in Purgatory, The Guardians of the Realm re-examine the heroes that helped Hal Jordan escape.
The next Vigilante was Patricia Trayce. She was a Gotham cop who met and fell in love with a fellow officer named Paul. The two married, but Paul was killed in the line of duty and shortly after that Luis, Pat's partner, was killed. Even though she took both of the deaths hard she grieved more over her partner Luis. Pat became frustrated with the city's revolving door policy of a justice system, in particular the protection of a mob killer or hire. She was suspended from duty by Commissioner Gordon. Soon afterward, she dedicated herself to vigilantism. Some of her most famous battles have been with the assassin known as Deathstroke.
Addie Wilson went insane and she donned a Vigilante costume and came into conflict with Slade and the Ravager. After her encounter Adeline was bruised, but healed immediately. Slade guessed the truth: Slade's blood transfusion gave her rapid-healing powers, but also was driving her quite mad. During the fracas with Ravager, Addie was shot between the eyes and presumed dead. Later, in the morgue, Adeline awoke. Apparently, she had gained Slade's immortality as well.
Justin Sutter Powell
Justin Sutter encountered a murderer as a child. This causes him to change his name to Justin Scott Powell. As he grew up he became attracted to violence. Justin would take up the mantle and become the Vigilante. Powell did this on a subconscious level. He eventually reconciles the two personalities.
A relative of Adrian Chase, Dorian has become the new Vigilante. This Vigilante shot Dick Grayson, while he was in a disguise and infiltrating Penguin's gang. He later fought Batman, but was defeated. Vigilante discovers that there is a rogue superhero, possibly in the Titans. He tries to discover who the superhero is, but cannot discern his identity. He lets himself get captured, and is sent to prison, where there is an informant he needs to find.
However, before he can get to him, the informant is killed by the Electrocutioner. Vigilante continues his search. He finds Jericho to be the corrupt superhero and blinds him by gouging his eyes out.
Major Story Arcs
Justin was last seen alongside Wild Dog and Crimson Avenger on a rooftop in the great battle of Metropolis in Infinite Crisis. Dorian targets the unbalanced Jericho for assassination in Deathtrap.
Powers & Abilities
All the Vigilantes were self trained yet proficient martial artists and marksmen.
Adrian chase operated on Staten Island, New York primarily, but often ventured into other islands and Burroughs of New York such as Manhattan and Queens. His suit featured infrared goggles and shock proof armour. He often wore loose fitting coats and jackets to conceal it from civilians . He used a custom cruiser motorcycle with three different hidden rocket launchers and a bulletproof shield as his main form of transport on the streets. He used a customised RV as a mobile command centre, it housed weapons ,costumes, and vehicles, one of which was a mini submarine with accompanying suit. He used a suction grapple gun to scale buildings quickly as well as a takedown vaulting pole.
His primary sidearm was a semi auto concept revolver, similar to the mateba 6 unica. He would alternate between this weapon and a smith wesson model 29. During his temporary retirement, he chose an M1911 variant semi automatic pistol as a replacement to his revolvers presumably due to it's concealability. After he resumed his vigilante operation, he chose a competition grade taurus model 689 revolver. He would use this as his primary weapon for the remainder of the series.
He used an M16 variant for long range shooting and extended assaults. He always carried a set of nunchucks for non lethal and hand to hand combat. He tried out several other types of weapons, but apparently abandoned them in favour of the aforementioned equipment. These included an AMT hardballer, a mini Uzi, mini grenades designed by jj Davis and a set of throwing stars. Dave Winston and Allan Welles both used ruger security six revolvers. Justin Powell's weapons included a miniature wrist mounted crossbow and gerber combat knives. He also had a preference for eliminating his targets with lethal injection.
Dorian's equipment included black skintight clothing, a kevlar vest fitted with holsters, white gloves and boots, and a polymer/steel helmet with a trademark v shaped visor. He carries a pair of Berreta 92fs' as his sidearms. He uses a simple mini grapple to move around rooftops and other hard to reach places. He carries a comlink.
Adrian Chase will be a regular on Season 5 of Arrow. Chase will be portrayed by Josh Segarra.