- Robin (Tim Drake)
- Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark)
- Red Tornado
Superboy and Robin first teamed up in an investigation that pitted them against Poison Ivy and Metallo. They were not Young Justice at this point, but the two did get a better understanding from each other that led them to feel that they could get a lot from each other by talking about the problems they have being a hero with someone who would have an idea what it was like.
Later Robin, Superboy and Impulse interceded on behalf of a D.E.O. "cleaner" team transporting a gaseous entity known as Secret to the Wabe Facility for disposal. Working together, the teens were able to rescue "Secret" from her D.E.O. captors. This did not sit well with their adult counterparts and they were investigated for their involvement in the case by the adult heroes.
They decided to stick together, squatting in the old Happy Harbor Justice League headquarters.
The Young Justice was created by writer Todd Dezago and artist Todd Nauck and first appeared in Young Justice: Secret #1. Most of their ongoing series was written by Peter David. Young Justice was created when the Teen Titans had become the Titans, so there was no current teen team.
The team was founded by three legacy characters: Robin/Tim Drake (sidekick of Batman), Superboy (sidekick of Superman), and Impulse (sidekick of The Flash and Max Mercury). They were described by Red Tornado as the representatives of the Freudian archetypes: Id, Ego, and Superego. When they set up the Justice League’s old mountain base as their new HQ, Red Tornado would volunteer as adult supervision, believing he had much to learn from them about the human condition.
Soon after, some girl power was added when Wonder Girl, Arrowette and Secret joined the team. Arrowette left the team after a traumatic adventure while other members would join, including the mysterious Empress, the incorrigible Slobo, and the Ray. Red Tornado was also eventually replaced with civilian, Snapper Carr.
There was also a reservist Young Justice roster that was called into action when the team went missing. Members included: Batgirl (Cassie Cain), Captain Marvel Jr., Lagoon Boy, Flamebird, and Beast Boy. And when the team decided to mount a mission into Zandia, they needed all hands on deck. They recruited over 30 new heroes to temporarily join them.
Shortly afterward, a conglomerate known as Optitron offered to sponsor the Titans and Young Justice after summoning them to San Francisco. Before any decisions could be made, a mysterious cybernetic girl known as Indigo emerged resulting in the apparent deaths of Troia and Omen. At Troia's funeral, Nightwing disbanded the Titans. Despite this, Wonder Girl, Robin, Impulse, and Superboy decided to form a new group of Teen Titans, under the guidance of the more experienced former Titans: Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Raven
Young Justice returned in 2019 in DC Comics' Wonder Comics imprint created by Brian Michael Bendis. The team consists the original four members of Young Justice: Robin, Superboy, Impulse, and Wonder Girl, who had already been active as Teen Titans. Soon they were joined by three new members: Amethyst, Jinny Hex, and Teen Lantern. The memories of their previous adventures together were presented as foggy and complicated by changes to the multiverse over the course of multiple editorial changes (New 52 and Rebirth, specifically). This was included as a meta-element during Dark Crisis, when a 5th-dimensional imp took advantage of the multiverse damage to manipulate the team to fit his false nostalgia of their earlier adventures.
Major Story Arc
The team later went camping at the old Justice League of America's cave headquarters. They were goofing around and Impulse wrote graffiti all over they place with blue paint. He even wrote Hanson bite across the chest of what he thought was a statue of Red Tornado. Then Red Tornado became so annoyed that he reactivated surprising the teen heroes. Red Tornado would later become the guardian of the team. At this time however everything was interrupted when everyone heard a loud noise.
When they went to investigate they found that a strange thing had happened at an archeology site. By the time they got there police and reporters were already there. Also there were Agents Fite and Maad. Fite and Maad were agents of A.P.E.S. (All-Purpose Enforcement Squad). The two would later become long term adversaries for the the team. At the archeology dig one of the reporters by the name of Ace Atchinson asked the team is they were the Teen Titans. Superboy said no. Then Ace said oh you are the young Justice League of America. Then Impulse said "no,.. we're young but Just us" Oh said Ace, Young Justice and the name stuck. This is when they officially become Young Justice.
The group finds one of the archeologists has become the villain Mighty Endowed. She would also have a career against the team but because of her new features she was unable to get her balance and fell forward. Also freed from the dig is Super-Cycle. Super-Cycle is a sentient motor bike who will also become a member of the Young Justice.
No Man’s Land
Gotham City has suffered a magnitude 7.6 earthquake, which has caused the U.S. Government to write it off as a “No Man’s Land.” Robin has been banned from the city by Batman because it is too dangerous. Upon hearing this, Kon and Bart, who were not specifically banned, headed toward the city to represent Robin.
Angered, Robin heads to Gotham to make sure they don’t make matters worse by being so impulsive. On his way in through the bay, he rescues a curious Lagoon Boy, who wandered on to land and was attacked by a gang. Lagoon Boy helped Robin retrieve Superboy and Impulse from Poison Ivy, only to be caught and chastised by Batman for being in the city limits.
On their way out, Lagoon Boy tells them of a Kobra Kommando submarine he saw off the coast. Together, they took on the Kobras and sank their sub, earning an ally they can call in the future.
After defending Red Tornado from cops when the courts didn’t approve of his guardianship of his adopted daughter, the team needed to make a quick getaway. The Super-Cycle, always acting with a mind of its own, took them underground to a place where it believed they were needed. They uncovered a scam from Dante, the son of a gangster and religious scholar, who has plotted with winged demons and their master, Dis, to recreate a physical version of Hell. He would drag criminals to it, who would be convinced they had died and gotten eternal judgment. Dante would then put them to work for free labor. Young Justice wouldn't stand for it, but they overwhelmed by the demons and taken prisoner
Eventually, Supergirl would chase another demon into the underworld only to come face to face with the now possessed team. Supergirl couldn’t figure out how to remove the demons without hurting the team, so she turned her attention to Dante. Young Justice decided if they couldn’t fight her, they would start trouble in the town she has been patrolling. Luckily, the Super-Cycle was able to find the right energy spectrum to shoot at the demons and free the team.
Once freed, the team with Supergirl to rescue Dante’s prisoners and destroy Dis.
Sins of Youth
After Wonder Girl made a big stink in the news about their level of responsibility despite their age, she announced a rally for justice and guilted the Justice League, Justice Society, and a few others to show up and support them. Klarion, working with The Agenda, used this as an opportunity for some magic chaos. He casts a spell that reverses the ages of the heroes, making Young Justice the adults and the JLA and JSA into kids needing supervision.
The regressed Leaguers struck out on their own, forcing Young Justice to split up and keep them from being too impulsive. Secret lacked a compatible Leaguer so she teamed with Deadman (now Deadboy) and captured Teekl, Klarion’s familiar. Once they had corralled all the youngsters, they were able to use Teekl to flush out and pressure Klarion into fixing them.
Klarion obliged, however, Lobo was left regressed and joined the team until he could be fixed.
Raid on Zandia
Empress learns that her father, Agent Fite, and his partner, Agent Maad, have gone missing while on mission in Zandia. The only clue was a cameo necklace that was falsely attributed to Fite. Empress knew it was her mother’s. She conducts a voodoo ritual to find the source of the necklace. Once she had the location, the team mounted up a rescue mission. They were able to save Maad, but unfortunately, they were too late to save Fite.
The responsible party was Baron Agua Sin Gaaz, Empress’ grandfather who was previously responsible for the death of her mother. He was operating out of Zandia, a supervillain nation with no extradition. Fite’s agency, A.P.E.S., did not have jurisdiction. Thus, the team agreed to go but not without backup. They called in favors from a number of peers including: The Point Men, The Ravers, The Relative Heroes, the Supermen of America, and the Wonder Twins (among others).
Lady Zand, ruler of the country, was ready for them. She had assembled nearly every villain in the DC universe to stand at the ready and protect their shores from the incoming heroes. Using the battle as a distraction, Empress was able to teleport herself and Agent Maad to Sin Gaaz’s side. They weren’t enough to defeat him, but Miss Arrowette (who was posing as her daughter) was able to kill him.
Afterward, Empress found the experiment that Sin Gaaz had been working on: infant clones of her parents, which she decided to take guardianship of.
Secret reveals that Harm, a mysterious and deadly villain they faced in the first days of their cooperation, was her brother, and her father was on death row for killing him before he could kill anyone else. She believed it to be unfair, however, almost every one of her teammates refused to help her. Only Slobo would. When she returned with her father, she did not realize he was possessed by Harm and psychically manipulating her emotions. She got so angry when the team confronted her that Darkseid could feel it from across the universe.
Darkseid boom-tubed to her location and made her an offer she couldn’t refuse for her and her “father” to come to Apokolips. Slobo also makes off with the Super-Cycle just in time for the cops and the Justice League to chew them out. They were cleared of any wrong-doing having not helped Secret but were saddled with a PR nightmare.
Secret did not stay hidden though. She attacked the DEO and Spoiler. She warned the team that this was only the beginning. They started to regroup and come to grips with fighting their old friend, when Secret showed up full of rage. They were no match for her until Robin showed up in his civilian identity, Tim Drake. He had long resisted sharing it with the team. He was able to talk Secret out of attacking, which angered Darkseid. He used his omega beams on Secret transforming her into a mortal girl and left.
Red Tornado, Snapper Carr, and The Ray had moved on. Arrowette officially retired to get away from the danger. Secret was de-powered. Young Justice was on the verge of ending when they received an offer from Optitron, Inc. They wanted to sponsor a superhero team, and the team was invited if the Titans rejected the proposal.
Before any of them could properly accept their offer, Cyborg is attacked by Indigo, a cyborg from the future that was hunting cybernetics in the present. After hurting Cyborg, Argent, and Empress, the two teams banded together to stop her. However, she had already activated a Superman robot. It went berserk killing Omen and Donna Troy.
At Donna’s funeral, Nightwing disbanded the Titans, but the members of Young Justice (Wonder Girl, Superboy, Robin, and Impulse) disagreed. They made a deal with the non-sidekick members of the Titans (Cyborg, Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy) to continue working as the Teen Titans.
You can read more about this team here: Teen Titans
In the New 52 reboot of the DC universe, the four main members of Young Justice were part of the Teen Titans. Their history together and the history of the previous Titans was foggy, the nature of which was chalked up to the chaos surrounding the rebooting of the universe.
As that chaos began to take shape, old memories came back and old histories became more clear. According to Impulse, there was a former Young Justice. The memories were still not quite in reach, but the team was reunited due to them.
Later, they find out that it was due to STAR labs experiments with dimensional travel.
Robin, Cassie, and Bart just happen to be in Metropolis for their own reasons when a Gemworld invasion occurs. They are joined by Jinny Hex and Teen Lantern and are able to push back the forces. They give chase through the rift to Gemworld while Bart yells about Young Justice being back. There, they team up with Amethyst, recently deposed ruler of Gemworld, and Superboy, who had previously gotten accidentally trapped in Gemworld, to confront Dark Lord Opal, Amethyst’s rival.
As they fight Opal, Opal’s powers prove corrupted and spill out of him, causing massive feedback and tremors. He was causing reality to shift, but was blaming the resetting of the universe on Earth-Prime. The team is able to defeat him, but they offend the ruling class. They agree to send Young Justice home, and Amethyst agrees to go with them.
However, secretly the council banishes them for good and secretly sends them into the multiverse rather than directly home.
Lost in the Multiverse
The team quickly bounced around different Earths before landing on Earth-3, home of the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, where they are confronted by the villainous versions of themselves. Robin and Impulse are saved by Batwoman (Stephanie Brown), who has received a copy of the Multiverse Map from her world’s Dr. Fate. They intend to use it to get home but are first put a stop their evil counterparts for the good of this Earth
Now that they had the map, it was pretty easy to get home. They ended up in Naomi’s home town in Oregon due to a fresh dimensional rip that was already there. As was the STAR labs project that got Superboy stuck in Gemworld in the first place. Superboy tried confronting them on his own, but they trapped him, sending him back into the multiverse.
This also caused dimensional overcharge which got the attention of the Wonder Twins and H-Dial Keepers, Miguel and Summer. They traced it to STAR labs and continued recruiting more heroes to take them on. After fighting through multiple portals and the monsters spilling through them, they catch up with Dr. Glory and pull Superboy from the multiverse.
After the Justice League was killed by the Dark Army, Young Justice had a reunion at the memorial service at the Hall of Justice. When Wonder Girl wasn't looking, Superboy, Robin, and Impulse disappeared. They were transported to one of their first adventures as Young Justice when they fought The Mighty Endowed. While Wonder Girl is determined to find them in the present, the team is joined by a younger version of Wonder Girl in the fight against the Mighty Endowed.
This world the boys find themselves in is familiar to their old adventures but also not. In some ways, it feels like an idealized world, one where their adventures could be fun again, and their mentors had a much more favorable opinion of them, especially Wally to Bart. However, it was also weirdly traditional with casual bigotry that convinced them to look into it deeper. They were eventually confronted by Mickey Mxyzptlk, the son of Mister Mxyzptlk, a self-proclaimed Young Justice superfan, who wants the team to return to a misinterpreted better time to satisfy his own nostalgia.
Rejecting Mickey's world, Impulse uses his connection to the Speed Force to find Cassie's unique frequency. She had been looking for her friends with Red Tornado and Arrowette. Once Bart has a lock on them, he is able to bridge the gap and bring the team back to reality. Unfortunately, Mickey follows. He continues to torment them until Impulse creates a "quantum entanglement trap" that he needs the help of the whole team keeping together. With Mickey trapped, they could join a fight at the Hall of Justice against the Dark Army.
DC 1 Million
In the 853rd Century, there was a version of Young Justice.
The old Young Justice headquarters has been turned into a museum of the fallen called the Hall of Heroes.
Among the statues of the fallen heroes was Slobo, who was conscious inside his own statue after being struck by Darkseid's omega beams.
Superboy was the millionth clone of the original and an OMAC.
Robin the Toy Wonder was a robot sidekick programmed by the current Batman.
Impulse was theorized to be a collection of scattered memories from speedsters absorbed by the Speed Force.
Earth-3 is the home of the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, villainous versions of the Justice League. Thus, Young Justice’s counterpart is also villainous, and since the Crime Syndicate had traveled to Earth-Prime, Earth-3 Young Justice was left to their own devices.
In Other Media
Teen Titans Go!
In Issue #10 of the Teen Titans animated spin-off comic, Robin is seen looking at a magazine cover featuring Slobo and Secret. Also on the cover were Aqualad, Speedy, and Wildebeest (well known as members of the Teen Titans).
Prior to the formation of The Team, Robin was the first junior protégé to begin his crime fighting career, starting in 2006, at the age of nine. A year later, Green Arrow introduced Speedy as his partner.
Inspired by his Justice League colleagues, Aquaman offered both Garth and Kaldur'ahm a position to become his protégé after they saved him from Ocean-Master. Kaldur became Aqualad.Flash was not fond of the idea of the responsibility of a sidekick, but his nephew Wally differed. He recreated the accident that gave his uncle his super speed power. Partly out of guilt, Flash let him become his protégé, naming him Kid Flash.
Before the Cadmus incident, the four sidekicks knew each other; and Robin entrusted Kid Flash with his secret identity. However, the four of them had never been together all at the same time. Last to take a protégé was Martian Manhunter. Miss Martian claimed she had won the right to become her uncle's sidekick after winning a competition on Mars, though this may not entirely be accurate, as Martain Manhunter has claimed he found M'gann stowed aboard his ship, and claimed to be his niece.
The Justice League arrived at the scene of the destroyed Cadmus facility, and Batman was not happy. He did not, however, expect the young heroes to rebel against the League. They insisted they did good work, and wanted to work together more. Batman asked for three days to plan things.
Batman gathered the four in the old Justice League hideout inside Mount Justice. They would become a team, on Justice League's terms, handling covert ops missions. They were introduced to the fifth member of the Team, Miss Martian.
Kid Flash was eager to let Speedy join, but he declined, claiming their "junior Justice League was a joke". He was not interested in fighting on the Justice League's terms, and claimed he was tired of them telling him what to do.
After several missions, Batman and Green Arrow noticed Artemis had been following the Team in the fight against Amazo, and offered her membership.
Artemis was introduced to the Team the next day, and got off to a rocky start with Kid Flash, who still wanted Speedy on the Team.
Zatanna moved into the Cave with the Team, after her father was taken as a permanent host by Nabu.
Original Team Members
- Aqualad (Kaldur'ahm): Was the leader of the original version of the Team. He is an Atlantean and was the protégé and subject of his king and mentor, Aquaman.
- Robin (Dick Grayson): the most experienced crime fighter, yet youngest of the Team, Robin is Batman's protégé and an expert in all things technology. Although he is not ready yet, Aqualad feels that Robin will eventually lead the Team.
- Kid Flash (Wally West): speedster of the Team, Kid Flash is a genius when it comes to science. He is a protégé of Flash. Though his own logical and scientific explanations for everything can cloud his perception of the world, Kid Flash has no trouble joking around or trying to impress Miss Martian.
- Superboy (Conner Kent): genetic hybrid clone of Superman and Lex Luthor, Superboy struggles to come to terms with his hidden aspirations to gain the respect and love of the Man of Steel himself, who he sees as his father. While his short temper can lead to his aggressive nature, there is a softer side to Superboy which is seen when he spends time alone with Miss Martian.
- Miss Martian (M'gann M'orzz): niece of Martian Manhunter and telepathic, Miss Martian wants to be as human as possible. Adopting her personality and appearance from a character from a sitcom she watched on Mars, Miss Martian is kind and compassionate to all of her friends.
Added to Original Team
- Artemis (Artemis Crock): apparent niece of Green Arrow and master marksman, Artemis comes from a darker background, riddled with crime. Joining the Team, she has found exactly the stability she needs to lead a life as normal as possible.
- Zatanna: was introduced to the Team by her father, Zatara, during his time as "den-mother". After Zatara became the host of Doctor Fate, she became a member of the Team.
- Rocket: the protégé of Icon, she was inducted into the Team after Icon was made a member of the Justice League.
- Sphere: a machine from New Genesis picked up from one of the Team's missions to Bialya, Sphere is a loyal companion to Superboy. She can transform into assorted machinery, including a motorcycle-like vehicle which Wally has named "the Super Cycle".
- Wolf: adopted by Superboy and the Team whilst on a mission to India, Wolf was enhanced with Kobra-Venom by the Brain that made him smarter and stronger to the point that he could go toe-to-toe with Superboy.
- Red Arrow (Roy Harper): was offered a position in The Team in its early days, but declined on the grounds of not wanting the League telling him what to do anymore.They eventually earn his trust. Green Arrow convinced him to join the Team to set a good example after a meeting amongst the Justice League resulted in his acceptance to join their ranks. He left the Team to become a member of the Justice League, where he unwittingly betrayed them to the Light.
Current Team (Young Justice: Invasion)
In between 2011 and 2016, drastic changes occurred. Several members graduated to the Justice League, and at least 13 members have joined.
- Nightwing (Dick Grayson): The original Robin and current leader of the Team. He is in charge of assigning missions to the team. He has been offered membership of the Justice League, but has turned it down. Still has an open invitation to join the League.
- Superboy (Conner Kent): One of the original members. He has been offered membership of the Justice League, but has turned it down. Still has an open invitation to join the League.
- Miss Martian (M'gann M'orzz): One of the original members. She has been offered membership of the Justice League, but has turned it down. Still has an open invitation to join the League.
- Robin (Tim Drake): joined the Team after 2011.
- Batgirl (Barbra Gordon): joined the Team after 2011.
- Beast Boy (Garfield 'Gar' Logan): joined the Team after 2011. After Queen Bee caused his mother's death, he was adopted by the team, and now lived in the cave along with his blood sister, Miss Martian.
- Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes): joined the Team after 2011. Shortly left The Team after he was under control of The Reach. He is now in control of his scarab and back on the team.
- Bumblebee (Karen Beecher): joined the Team after 2011.
- Wonder Girl (Cassandra Sandsmark): joined the Team after 2011.
- Lagoon Boy (La'gaan): joined the Team after 2011.
- Guardian (Mal Duncan): joined the Team after 2011. Took the mantle of Guardian.
Other members (Pets)
- Aquagirl (Tula): joined after 2011. Died on a mission.
- Aqualad (Kaldur'ahm): one of the founding members and the former leader. He left The Team after the death of Aquagirl to join his father, Black Manta as a undercover mission to infiltrate The Light.
- Artemis (Artemis Crock) : At some point she left the Team to attend college. Faked her death as apart of Nightwing's plan to infiltrate the Light, she was given a charm that changes her appearance She now resides under the identity as Tigress.
- Kid Flash (Wally West) one of the founding members, he quit the hero life and left the team to focus on college.
- Rocket (Raquel): part of the original team. She has since joined the Justice League.
- Zatanna (Zatanna Zatara): One of the original members. She has since joined the Justice League.
- Red Arrow (Clone of Roy Harper): He has been looking for the real Roy Harper for the last 5 years. He resents the team and the Justice League because they have given up their search for the real Speedy.
- The Justice League: is made up of The Team's mentors, and provides assistance should The Team need it, as well as supplying anything The Team needs.
- Doctor Fate: Doctor Fate has been called upon by 3 members of the team on 3 separate occasions. On each occasion, it was to receive help against a magic-user that was too powerful for the team to combat without Doctor Fate's assistance. He was summoned by a member of the team putting on the Helmet of Fate and becoming Doctor Fate.
- Lucas Carr: A former junior associate of the Justice League, and former high school teacher of Miss Martian, Superboy, Bumblebee and Mal Duncan. Snapper works as a private tutor for Beast Boy at The Cave.
- Batman: Batman is the supervisor of the Team and is responsible for deploying them on missions.
- Red Tornado: Red Tornado volunteered to stay at Mount Justice to watch over the Team as sort of "den-mother", or rather den robot. He has maintained that he will not interfere in the middle of a Team mission for support. After an attack on the Cave by his "siblings", Red Torpedo and Red Inferno, Red Tornado temporarily left the Team to pursue his creator, but returned after they found him, claiming he has grown fond of the Team.
- Black Canary: Black Canary works as the Team's hand-to-hand combat instructor and trainer. She also acted as a third replacement "den-mother" for a week.On one occasion she even took the role of counselor, after a disastrous psychic training exercise took place in which all six teenaged members of the Team were killed in action.
- Captain Marvel: First replacement "den-mother".
- Zatara: Second replacement "den-mother".
- Captain Atom: Captain Atom acted as the Team's instructor on espionage, stealth, and covert ops.
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