Origin and First Appearance of Superheroes and Villains
Beginning With F
Fabiran Cortez is a mutant who organizes the Acolytes, followers of Magneto.
Later, Cortez goads Magneto to attack the X-Men, which results in disaster and Magneto's apparent death.
Cortez reforms the Acolytes, once again pitting mutants against humans.
F.A.C.A.D.E. stands for Full Acclimation Combat And Defence Explo-skeleton.
The inventor of this futuristic battle gear, Dr. Haney, was killed when the armor was stolen during its public debut.
The identity of the thief who stole the exoskeleton has never been ascertained, as Spider-Man was knocked out before he could apprehend the criminal.
Factor Three was a short-lived team of super villains, led by Mutant Master.
Factor Three's main goal was to destroy the X-Men.
Later, Factor Three's members team up with the X-Men to overthrow Mutant Master, and Mutant Master commits suicide.
Anton Lamont was cataloguing the collection of 18th century occultist Cagliostro when he comes across the occultist's cloak, giving him the ability to disappear and travel between dimensions.
Using the cloak, Lamont begins stealing valuable pieces of history and art and selling them.
He is defeated on numerous occasions by Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Batman.
Captain America hadn't had a sidekick since Bucky or Golden Girl when he met Sam Wilson, an African-American man who lived in Harlem and had adopted and trained a wild falcon he named "Redwing."
At the behest of Steve Rogers (Captain America), he trains as a superhero to help foil a plot hatched by ex-Nazi war criminals. He then joined Captain America as his new partner, The Falcon.
He is a skilled combatant, has the power of flight (with the addition of wings to his costume), and has a special, empathetic link to Redwing.
Falcon fought alongside Cap throughout the 1970s, and later joined the Defenders and the Avengers, of whom he has been an on-again, off-again member ever since.
Famine is one of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse, and has the power to disintegrate organic matter.
Before becoming Famine, Autumn Rolfson was an anorexic mutant teenager living with her parents.
After meeting Apocalypse and joining his team, she and Apocalypse have a romantic relationship and she gives birth to their son Holocaust.
Later, Archangel kills Famine.
Marvel's flagship super-team The Fantastic Four began when scientist Reed Richards, his fiancée Susan Storm, her hot-headed younger brother Johnny Storm, and stoic test pilot Ben Grimm embarked on a dangerous mission testing an experimental rocket, trying to beat "the Reds" in the space race.
The spacecraft was unshielded against Cosmic Rays, and the four returned to earth in a crash landing, changed.
Reed Richards gained the ability to stretch his body almost infinitely, while Sue gained the ability to become invisible at will and create force fields. Johnny gains power over flame and the ability to burst into flames, fly, and throw fireballs, while Ben Grimm is horribly transformed into a giant, rocklike hulk with tremendous strength.
Taking the names Mr. Fantastic, Mrs. Fantastic, The Human Torch, and The Thing, they set up shop in the Baxter Building in New York City, and never kept their identities a secret.
After many variations and reboots, the FF are still a viable super-team.
Faora is of the planet Krypton and lover of Superman's archenemy, General Zod.
Faora is incredibly strong, fast, and a master of the Kryptonian martial art Horo-Kanu.
During their first encounter, Faora nearly beats Superman until he flees.
Later, Superman kills Faora using green Kryptonite.
The Fatal Five is a team of villains assembled by the Legion of Superheroes to help them destroy the Sun-Eater.
The original Fatal Five was made up of the Emerald Empress, Mano, The Persuader, and Validus, and Tharok.
Fatality was born on the planet Xanshi, but left to become more educated about the outside universe.
While she was gone, Green Lantern accidently destroyed Fatality's home planet, causing her to swear revenge.
Fatality goes on to join the Secret Society of Super Villains and the Injustice League, battling against Green Lantern and his allies.
Somehow, Fatality eventually forgives Green Lantern, and the two begin a romantic relationship.
Fat Man, better known as Bob Daley, is a Golden Age comic book character and ally of Mr. America.
Fat Man uses a broom and squirt gun to fight crime, and wears an unsightly homemade costume.
You won't see this comic book very often -- it's one of the most rare comic books, with only a handful of graded examples known.
The Fearsome Five is a group of super villains who banded together to fight the Teen Titans.
Although Dr. Light originally formed the group, he was later ousted by Psimon.
Despite their numerous attempts and regrouping, the Fearsome Five never defeat their enemies.
Since the debut of The New 52, the Fearsome Five has merged into the Secret Society of Super Villains.
Fel Andar was a Thanagarian agent led a team to Earth to steal the Hawks' technology, in order to further Thanagar's plan for universal domination.
However, the Hawks stop Andar and he is defeated.
It is later revealed that Andar has a son, Ch'al Andar, whom he never saw much.
Later, when trying to reconcile with his son, Andar is killed by Komand'r.
Felix Faust is a sorcerer who is thousands of years old.
In order to increase his powers, he sold his soul to the devil, thus giving rise to his name.
Faust's lust for power never ends, and he summons the Demons Three.
Later, he is imprisoned in the Tower of Fate, but escapes with the help of Black Adam.
As the loyal followers of Darkseid, the Female Furies are trained in the ways of violence and death, and are often used by Darkseid for his evil ways.
The Female Furies are usually led by Granny Goodness, but infighting among the members often changes the leader.
Later, during the "Final Crisis" storyline, the Anti-Life Equation creates new Female Furies from Earth's heroines and villainesses, including Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and Batwoman.
Femforce was and is a super-team who consisted of only female characters.
The tone was campy and the cleavage was to the fore as Miss Victory, She Cat, and the Blue Bulleteer fought the Axis powers during WWII.
The team worked for the government, and later would include Nightveil, Firebeam, Syn, Tara, and others.
Many of the heroes were revived versions of established Golden Age female heroes who hadn't gotten enough exposure the first time around.
Isaac Brown was just another petty criminal, until he learned how to perform magical and entrancing music on his violin.
With his new ability, Fiddler was able to hypnotize others with his music, allowing him to commit crimes with ease.
Over time, as Fiddler became more notorious, he turned to murder and eventually joined the Injustice Society.
He is later killed by Deadshot when his criminal skills are no longer deemed necessary.
Aspiring actor Burt Weston was obsessed with movies, but he couldn't land a single role.
Angry, Weston goes on a crime spree, imitating the crimes from his favorite movies.
Later, he is hired by the Mad Hatter to spy on Bane, but Bane discovers him and beats him to death.
Burt Weston's name is a homage to Adam West and Burt Ward, who played Batman and Robin in the 1960s TV series.
Fin Fang Foom
Fin Fang Foom is a dragon-like alien from the planet Maklu.
Fin Fang Foom and his alien allies came to Earth in an attempt to conquer the human race.
Using their shape shifting abilities, the aliens seamlessly blended into society for hundreds of years.
However, Fin Fang Foom is entombed in a catatonic state in order to awake later and lead the war against humans.
While walking in the New Mexico desert, Bonita Juarez came in contact with radiation which mutated her DNA, giving her the ability to generate flames and fly.
Seeing her powers as a gift from God, Juarez fights crime and evil.
Master Pandemonium is her archenemy.
Firebird has been a member of both the Avengers and the Rangers.
Joe Rigger was a demolitions and fire expert, who returned to Gotham City to avenge his dead family members, who had died in building-related accidents.
With his mental status slipping, Joe adopts the alias Firebug, and attempts to destroy the buildings that "killed his family."
However, he is stopped by Batman.
Firebug is the rival of Firefly, another Gotham City arsonist.
Garfield Lynns was a special effects expert who attempted to rob a movie theater by faking a fire, but was captured by Batman.
While in jail, Lynns becomes more insane and obsessed with fire, creating the alias Firefly.
During the Knightfall storyline, Lynns escapes from Arkham Asylum, and burns dozens of places down in Gotham.
He is again captured by Batman and sent back to jail.
Later, during a chemical explosion, Lynns suffers burns to 90 percent of his body.
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Origin and First Appearance, Firestorm
Firestorm the Nuclear Man #1, DC Comics, 1978
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Firestorm was initially a superhero made up of two individuals who combined to form one individual.
Ronnie Raymond was a high school student out to impress a girl by joining an anti-nuclear protest. Martin Stein was a nuclear scientist working at a power plant.
Once the anti-nuclear group enters the plant, Ronnie realizes that the head of the group, Eddie Earhart, intends to actually blow the plant up rather than simply stage a protest. Earhart knocks Martin Stein out, and then knocks out Ronnie. Ronnie returns to consciousness and realizes that the plant is about to blow up. He tries to drag out the unconscious Stein, but the two are caught in the blast.
They aren't killed, but somehow fused into one being: Firestorm, the nuclear man. Since Ronnie was awake at the time of the blast, he is in conscious control of Firestorm, while Martin, having been unconscious, is simply an extra mind inside the brain of Firestorm, and can give advice but not act.
Firestorm's main ability is to rearrange the atoms and subatomic particles of matter to change it into other matter. He can also fly and shoot nuclear blasts from his hands.
Firestorm was later altered, and is still fighting crime today.
Fisherman was a high profile thief and one of Aquaman's oldest enemies.
The two clashed several times over the decades, until Fisherman takes up residence in Zandia.
Later, during the "Infinite Crisis" storyline, another incaranation of Fisherman is killed by the Gotham City Police.
Fixer is the name of two villains in the Marvel Universe.
The first, Roscoe Sweeney, only appeared in Daredevil #1 (1964) and was a criminal who organized and fixed illegal boxing matches.
He died of a heart attack while running from Daredevil.
The second and most well-known version of Fixer was Paul Ebersol.
Ebersol is a member of both HYDRA and the Thunderbolts. He is a genius inventor who uses his creations for his evil schemes and partnerships.
Flag-Smasher is an anarchist and anti-nationalist terrorist.
He founded ULTIMATUM to fuel his terrorist plots and arms dealing, but is stopped several times by both Captain America and the Punisher.
While Flag-Smasher has no super powers, he is a great fighter and strategist.
He uses advanced weaponry to his advantage and is fluent in several languages.
The Flame was a Will Eisner creation who holds the distinction of being the first superhero who had flame-based powers.
His real name was Gary Preston, and he'd gained his powers over flame as a boy, orphaned in Tibet and then raised by monks in a "lamasary".
He could control fire, his own body temperature, and even teleport from any flame on earth to any other. He carried a small flamethrower so that he'd have a light whenever he needed one.
After about three years, the Flame disappeared, and is now in the Public Domain.
The Flash (Jay Garrick, Golden Age)
Origin and First Appearance, The Flash
Flash Comics #1, DC Comics, 1940
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There are few Golden Age heroes more instantly recognizable than the original Flash, Jay Garrick.
Tricked out like a 20th-century Hermes with winged, silver-painted, WWI helmet and lightning bolt emblem, The Flash was the original DC speedster, although there were other speed-based heroes before him at other companies.
After inhaling the fumes of "heavy water"as a college student, Jay Garrick finds himself with super-speed and similarly-enhanced reaction time. After an abortive attempt to use his super-speed to achieve football stardom, Jay decided to use his powers to fight crime.
The original Flash was a sturdy character through the Golden Age, finally disappearing in 1951, only to be revived and retconned into Earth Two when DC brought out the Barry Allen Flash in 1956.
The Flash (Barry Allen, Silver Age)
The first DC reboot of a Golden Age character in the Silver Age, Barry Allen was a mild-mannered police scientist in Central City when a lab mishap ends with him doused in chemicals and struck by lightning, giving him super-speed and super-fast reaction time.
He decides to use his new powers as The Flash, inspired by the comics he had read as a child, which had featured Jay Garrick, the original Flash.
His distinctive red costume was concealed in his ring, ready for action any time Barry needed it.
He died saving the universe in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and is at the heart of the "Speed Force" mythos.
Fleur de Lys
Origin and First Appearance, Femforce
New Triumph Featuring Northguard #5, Matrix Graphic Series, 1985
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Fleur de Lys was the female superhero partner of Northguard, given somewhat lesser super-powers by PACT.
Her real name was Manon Deschamps, and she wore a blue-and-white skintight suit with a fleur-de-lys motif, the emblem of Quebec.
When Northguard and Fleur de Lys fought together, both symbols of Canada, the nationalist and the Quebecois, were united.
Fleur de Lys had enhanced agility and was skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and was equipped with various gadgets and devices that enhanced her effectiveness as a fighter.
The Floronic Man is an exile of the dimension Floria.
During his first appearances, he was an enemy of Atom and the Justice League.
He later goes on to join the Secret Society of Super Villains.
Years later, Floronic Man appears in Gotham City, teaming up with Poison Ivy.
Recently, he has appeared in Swamp Thing as The Seeder.
The Fly was Tommy Troy, who found and wore a strange ring hidden in an attic by a pair of wizards he worked for.
The ring summoned Turan, one of the last of the Fly People, a magical race who once ruled the earth.
By rubbing the ring and saying, "I wish I were the Fly," he switched bodies with one of the Fly People in another dimension, and gained insect-like super-powers: walking up walls, seeing in all directions at once, agility, the ability to escape from traps, and flight.
He wore a winged costume with a Fly Mask, and eventually gained the abilities of any insect on the planet.
The Fly eventually got a sidekick and female counterpart, Flygirl.
Kim Brand was a young girl rescued by The Fly (Tommy Troy), who is called into service by Turan, the same member of the Fly People who gave Tommy his Fly ring, when it becomes clear that more than one hero is needed with Fly powers.
She got a ring, costume, and powers that were the same as The Fly's, and fought both alongside him and independently for years.
Now acquired by DC, she has been rebooted more than once.
Origin and First Appearance, Forerunner
Countdown #46, DC Comics, 2007
Viza Aviz is a Forerunner, an alien species from the planet War World.
She is sent to Earth by her masters, the Monitors, to kill powerful humans.
She is incredibly strong, fast, and durable, and is an amazing fighter.
She has defeated several versions of Superman over the years.
Origin and First Appearance, The Forever People
Forever People #1, DC Comics, 1971
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Jack Kirby's Fourth World complex of characters included the Forever People, a flower-child-styled group of long-haired hippie heroes who were on a mission to oppose Darkseid on Earth.
They consisted of Big Bear, incredibly strong and very hairy; Mark Moonrider, well-trained in combat and possessing the Megaton Touch, able to create explosions at will; Beautiful Dreamer, who has psionic powers and can create illusions; Serifan, who has psychic powers and carries "cosmic cartridges" that performed various jobs; and Vykin, who can project magnetic energy and mentally trace atomic patterns.
All the Forever People have very long lives and are superior to humans in every way. They appeared in various versions in later years.
Freakshow is a mutant with the ability to morph into terrifying monsters. He is taken in by Professor Xavier.
He is one of the few survivors of Genosha after the Sentinels attack.
Later, he loses his powers as a result of Scarlet Witch, but regains them later.
The first Freedom Force was let by Mystique as a branch off the The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
She and her team are hired by the US government to soften relations between humans and mutants.
The team arrests several mutants, including Magneto and the Avengers. Later, they enforce the harsh Mutant Registration Act.
After the first Freedom Force disbands, another group with the same name forms during the superhuman "Civil War" storyline.
The Frightful Four are the antithesis of Marvel's Fantastic Four.
The original members consisted of Wizard, the Sandman, Paste-Pot Pete, and Medusa.
Over time, membership of the Frightful Four has changed.
She-Thing, Electro, Absorbing Man, and dozens of other villains have all been members at one time.
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