Tommy was born the son of Hadley "Rip" Jagger, the first Judomaster
. He grew up to be an exceptionally skilled martial artist.
Tommy Jagger was created by Greg Rucka
and Jesus Saiz
in the first issue of the Checkmate
ongoing series. He was one of a handful of new characters that would populate the cast of the book.
Later in the series, it was established by Rucka that Tommy was gay.
Major Story Arcs
Game of Kings
was reorganized under the United Nations, Tommy Jagger was recruited to serve as the White King's Knight. He first served under Alan Scott
and then continued his service under Mr. Terrific
's time as White King after Alan was forced out of Checkmate for taking too active a role in a covert operation that went bad in China. A small Checkmate team, including Tommy, had been discovered by the Great Ten, and it took Alan's direct involvement to resolve the situation without the loss of life on either side.
Tommy inevitably encountered his father's killer when he and Fire
are sent on a mission to Bane's home country of Santa Prisca. There to discover the one tampering with the country's elections, Tommy catches Fire burning the remains of Computron as part of a side arrangement with Amanda Waller
. The flames caught the attention of Bane, who appeared and was anxious to fight Fire. However, in order to allow Fire to escape, Tommy battled Bane. In the end he defeated Bane, but chose not to kill him.
After the mission, Tommy exposed Fire for actively sabotaging their mission. He didn't have proof beyond his own words, but she immediately confessed that his accusations were true.
Checkmate decided to use the Outsiders
for a joint operation on Oolong Island, but getting the Outsiders to the table was an issue. Tommy was assigned to bring in Katana
. In doing so, he ambushed her on a bridge by posing as a harmless jogger. He abducted her quickly and easily.
He later took part in the mission to Oolong Island, teaming up with the Outsiders. There seemed to be no hard feelings between him and Katana. He was assigned along with Grace
and Fire to cover the infiltration team's retreat. While staking out a position to do so, he and Fire had words. He informed her that while others may have forgiven her for what went down on Santa Prisca he had not, so even if he were not gay, she would still not be his type.
Final CrisisFor further details: Final Crisis
On the day evil won, Tommy went with a significant portion of Checkmate to Antartica to ensure that the Code Zoo and Arcane Locker were not compromised. He expressed annoyance with the assignment, preferring to have remained at the Castle where his former White King, Alan Scott, then was. While outside the facility with Fire, he was ambushed by Ice
. She had already been taken by the Anti-Life Equation
and spread it to him and Fire. They then breaches security, allowing Ice and the Anti-Life Equation to quickly compromise nearly everything. Mr. Terrific and Khalid
were able to secure the bunker with the Code Zoo and Arcane Locker.
Attempts to break the bunker's security were futile, but Tommy and the others were at least able to keep Mr. Terrific trapped inside with his few allies. That was until Mr. Terrific activated the remaining OMACs
in the world and had them come to his position. Tommy was taken down by the siege of OMACs.
Powers and Abilities
Tommy Jagger has no metahuman powers. But he is a highly skilled martial artist, having expertly defeated the likes of Bane and Katana. However, it is not known how his skill compares to that of DC's upper tier of martial artists such as Bronze Tiger
, Connor Hawke
or Lady Shiva
He is also a well trained agent of Checkmate, being skilled in weapons usage, military tactics and espionage.