This article is about the second and current Trickster, Axel Walker. For the original Trickster, see James Jesse
Little is known about Axel Walker. As a young man he became involved in crime, and soon after was invited by Captain Cold to join the Rogues, a team of criminals working together to protect their scores from the Flash. He joined the team in several heists, but when a job went bad he was kicked off the team by Cold after he deliberately disobeyed orders because he was bored. Frustrated, he joined the Outlander Empire and continued committing crimes on his own.
Axel Walker was created by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins. He made his first appearance in The Flash #183.
In this Age, Axel Walker was the son of wealthy parents who never paid attention to their son. Frustrated, he stole the gear of the currently retired original Trickster with the help of Blacksmith, and went on a crime spree. Though young, impetuous, and cruel, he was eventually welcomed into the fold by the original Rogues. This version of the character was not a founding member of the Rogues, did not invent his own tricks, and was not the first Trickster.
The New 52 introduced Axel as the first and current Trickster. It is unclear how much of his personal history he shares with the pre-52 version of himself. As James Jesse appears to have never existed in this continuity, it is unclear how Axel acquired the gadgetry that he uses. During this time he had a robotic arm he acquired following an encounter with Gorilla Grodd. It functioned like a normal arm; any other properties were unknown. He was able to detach the hand, allowing him to slip out of handcuffs, and to fire it as a projectile weapon.
Following Rebirth, Axel's lost arm appears to have been retconned out of existence.
Major Story Arcs
Trickster is invited to join Blacksmith's Rogues, and works with the team to eliminate Flash's allies and attempt to take over Central and Keystone Cities. When the attack fails, he is rescued from the Flash by Captain Cold, who invites him to join the new Rogues.
During the Rogue War, Trickster fights on the side of the unreformed Rogues. When the reformed Rogues attack and the fighting spills out onto the streets, he fights the original Trickster. He is beaten when Top undoes Jesse's brainwashing, and Jesse warns him to never try to take up the name of the Trickster again.
With James Jesse dead, Axel resumes the mantle of the Trickster and rejoins the Rogues, attempting to get back in with them. He joins the team in fighting the knockoff New Rogues, strangling Mirror Man. He is nearly killed by Mr Magic, but saved by Mirror Master. Later, he helps the team kill Inertia.
During the Blackest Night, Trickster goes with the other living Rogues to Iron Heights, which is under assault by the recently risen dead Rogues. He fights the original Trickster, and manages to escape.
Trickster joins the other Rogues in fighting their 25th century counterparts, the Renegades. He escapes along with the team after they expose Flash to the slow-acting poison of the looking glass.
Still at odds with the team, Trickster approaches the newly-arrived Gorilla Grodd to offer assistance with his ongoing invasion. Grodd tears his arm off at the elbow.
The Rogues break Axel out of prison, and bring him with them to hear the Crime Syndicate's offer of membership in the Secret Society. Like the rest of the Rogues he declines to join, and instead he and the team attempt to protect Glider. When they are attacked by Deathstorm and Power Ring, he flees with a majority of the team, first to Metropolis, where he is shot in the foot with an arrow, then to Gotham, where he is poisoned by Poison Ivy. Separated from the team, he encounters Mr Zsasz, but manages to defeat him. He steals a van and rescues Mirror Master and Weather Wizard from the various Gothamite groups who are attacking them, but is captured along with them by the Royal Flush Gang. He is persuaded by Mirror Master to give himself up in order to save Lisa, and after rescuing her and giving her to the police for protection he joins in the fight against the Crime Syndicate's forces. He battles Grodd, and is responsible for smashing the mirror in which all of the Syndicate's forces have been trapped.
The Trixster is the heroic cop version of the Trickster from the 25th century.
In the alternate Flashpoint timeline, Trixter is imprisoned in Iron Heights, and escapes along with the other Rogues seeking revenge against Citizen Cold. However, he was secretly working for Cold, and was killed for it by Mirror Master.
DC Universe Online
Trickster and several other villains are hired by Lex Luthor to attack a group of heroes and villains. He is later killed by Luthor.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Trickster appears as a former member of the Rogues who is seeking to get back in with his old gang.
Powers and Abilities
Trickster has no superhuman powers or abilities. He is a skilled safecracker and thief, and a competent hand-to-hand fighter and acrobat. He is fairly intelligent, and has some skill with explosives and mechanical engineering.
Weapons and Equipment
Trickster wears rocket shoes that allow him to fly or levitate. He also carries a variety of "tricks" of unknown provenance, such as exploding yo-yos, t-bombs, and itching powder.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom
Trickster appears as a minor antagonist who is mistaken by police for the Joker, which irritates him. He is voiced by Mark Hamill.
Trickster appears in the episode "Tricksters" as a terrorist and the secret son of the original Trickster, James Jesse. He is portrayed by Devon Graye.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Trickster appears as a playable character in this game. He is voiced by Troy Baker.