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Child is a Lord of Chaos.[1] After a dozen millennia of insipid antics, Klarion lost favor with the other Chaos Lords, and so Child was sent to the mortal plane to reinvigorate their cause and dispose of the Witch Boy, once and for all.[2]

Personality

Despite her being a Chaos Lord like Klarion, Child's demeanor is a perfect foil to the Witch Boy. Both portray themselves as being adolescents, but while the latter is sadistically petulant, the former takes a different tact of appearing very innocuous and disarmingly polite. However, her outward appearance conceals her true nature as an emotionless, demented archfiend who commits atrocities on a whim.

She is clever and coordinated. Unlike Klarion, she had enough foresight to forge an Earthly anchor that would not easily jeopardize her link to the mortal plane and, in times of peril, could even defend her. Child's appreciation for her anchor, Flaw, makes them simpatico, contrasting the relationship between Klarion and Teekl.[1]

She is openly dismissive towards any semblance of order, even accusing Klarion of being a "lapdog" for working with Vandal Savage, who she sees as an overglorified lord of order.[2] Though she is not without her childlike quarks, as twisted as they may be. Child has a youthful wonder about humanity, finding her fleshly guise to be "adorable", and mutilating a man to study his innards.[1] She also indulges in morbid pranks, like letting Klarion to slice her in half while making a high scream.[2]

When pushed however, Child discards her façade of grace and courtesy to reveal she is just as warped and deranged as Klarion, perhaps more so, cackling maniacally as she took psychotic delight in inflicting pain and agony on her enemies. However, she also loses her composure and allows arrogance to blind her that she never once considered they could actually defeat her, even after she lost the backing of her fellow Chaos Lords. This cost her dearly, when Flaw is destroyed, and Child desperately begs for another chance, showing fear and denial of her defeat to the last second before she is whisked away.[3]

Physical appearance

Child takes the form of a nine-year-old[4] Caucasian girl with red eyes and shoulder-length blonde hair adorned in a black headband. She wears clothing similar to that of a girl's school uniform, consisting of a black blazer with a gold emblem over a white collar shirt, a purple-tie, a purple skirt, knee-length white socks and black Mary Jane shoes.[1]

History

Early life

Child had a poor relationship with her fellow Chaos Lord Klarion for a very long time.[5]

2020

 
Manhattan
May 13, post-20:20 EDT

Child's emergence on the mortal plane emitted a pulse felt by magic users the world over. Making haste, the neophyte Lord of Chaos set out in search of the perfect anchor for herself, and in due course, she decided on a large gemstone within a jewelry boutique. With her anchor to the physical world solidified, she corporealized as a young schoolgirl. This new fleshly appearance so fascinated her that she took the opportunity to kill and dissect a security guard to pore over human anatomy.[1]

 
Roanoke Island
May 13, 23:49 EDT

Child and Flaw traveled together to a spot in the woodland. Here, Child conjured a magical pentagram and put out a frequency to fetch Klarion. Before long, her prey arrived.[1]

 
Roanoke Island
May 14, 00:03 EDT

Child made plain to Klarion the purpose of her visit. The Witch Boy balked at her accusations that he was inept at his role, but she cared little for his meanderings and promptly attacked. He soon realized that she was more powerful than him since she possessed the essence of all the Chaos Lords within her. Hence, Child allowed herself to indulge in a wanton show of power, which Klarion could not match. Though the Witch Boy was not without aid. Phantom Stranger sent Etrigan the Demon to help give Klarion a leg up over Child but, even with their combined powers, this did little to stall her advances. She capped off the showdown by burying Klarion underneath a mountain.

Rather than accept his fate, Klarion fussed that the duel was unfair since Child's strength wasn't her own but of all the Chaos Lords. In an attempt to catch Klarion off guard, Child begrudgingly "agreed" to only fight using her own power for the sake of fairness. However, Klarion saw through her lie and before she could finish him off, proceeded to teleport away to safety. With her quarry on the run, Child and Flaw followed suit.[2]

 
Salem
May 14, 05:21 EDT

As Child closed in, Klarion's only recourse was to seek sanctuary with their archnemesis, Nabu. Just when he reached Nabu's doorstep, Child and Flaw caught up with him, and she sicced her golem on the Witch Boy's anchor, Teekl. The encounter proved deadly as Flaw unceremoniously killed Teekl, breaking Klarion's hold on the mortal realm. As Klarion bellowed in anguish, Child beheld his defeat with great satisfaction.[6][7]

Now, as Earth's sole remaining Chaos Lord, Child shifted her sights towards a new target. With a nascent spark from her fingers, she reduced the Tower of Fate to rubble, leaving its occupants cleaving for safety as the structure exploded around them. The unprovoked destruction of his home predictably incensed Nabu, who rose from the debris ready to retaliate; however, a direct hit to the face from Flaw sent him careening mid-monologue, much to Child's delight. With a few more sparks from her fingers, she took a moment to set ablaze a couple of intact valuables. As the survivors struggled to their feet, Child looked on and confessed how genuinely bewildered she was about how these mortals were able to foil chaos's will for so many years. Nevertheless, she vowed to let chaos reign before teleporting away.[7]

She created pillars of fire across the world, each accompanied by a different calamity; in Sydney she created a volcano, in Manhattan she reversed gravity,[7] in Poseidonis she unleashed deadly red waters,[8] in Taipei she summoned demons, and in Agra she created a freezing blizzard.[7]

 
North Pole
May 14, 09:55 UTC

Child and Flaw were finally caught by Doctor Fate, Zatanna and her students, who pooled all their power to blast Child. She was totally unharmed, and created another pillar, before trapping Fate in a fist of ice. She threatened to kill every living thing on Earth before departing.[7]

 
Salem
May 14, post-22:50 EDT

Child and Flaw were summoned to the ruins of the Tower of Fate by Doctor Fate and a newly restored Klarion. Despite working together with clandestine help from Zatanna and her students, the pair were still no match for Child, who used their own power to create another pillar. Mary Bromfield drew power away from Child's pillar and Khalid Nassour cast a spell splitting Child's body into four components, but this still did not stop her, and she easily knocked back Zatanna and her students.

Child's pillar suddenly extinguished and she swooned as she lost power; the other Lords of Chaos had been persuaded to stop backing her by Vandal Savage. Child remained confident she had sufficient power left to handle the situation, however, and continued to dominate the battle, summoning fire rain, ordering Flaw to kill the humans, and impaling Klarion with a rock shard. She became enraged when Klarion declared he was okay so long as his new familiar was safe, summoning tendrils of energy from her back. She was undone when Thirteen noticed Flaw's flaw and used it to destroy him. Child reverted to her natural form, and left the material plane.[3]

Powers and abilities

Naturally, being a Chaos Lord, Child is a powerful magic user. Even still, her abilities far outclassed Klarion's own while she held the added power of all of the Chaos Lords within her.[2]

Weaknesses

Flaw: Child's protector and anchor to the mortal plane. Same as any Lord of Chaos or Order, if her anchor is destroyed, she will be banished back to her home dimension.[3]

Appearances

Background information

  • In the comics, Child is a boy and is an enemy of Princess Amethyst, a Lord of Order. The Child was sent by the Lords of Chaos to reclaim the magical realm of Gemworld.
  • This is Child's first animated appearance.
  • Child was changed to a girl for Young Justice to create contrast with Klarion.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Baumgart, Jake (writer) & Sotta, Christina (director) (December 2, 2021). "Odnu!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 09. HBO Max.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Grevioux, Kevin (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (December 9, 2021). "Nomed Esir!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 10. HBO Max.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (December 30, 2021). "Kaerb Ym Traeh!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 13. HBO Max.
  4. Weisman, Greg (2022-05-17). Question #25932. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  5. Weisman, Greg (2022-08-09). Question #26207. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  6. Chowdhry, Nida (writer) & Heuck, Vinton (director) (December 16, 2021). "Teg Ydaer!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 11. HBO Max.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Vietti, Brandon (writer) & Sotta, Christina (director) (December 23, 2021). "Og Htrof Dna Reuqnoc!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 12. HBO Max.
  8. Weisman, Greg (writer) & Sotta, Christina (director) (March 31, 2022). "Ebb Tide". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 15. HBO Max.
  9. Weisman, Greg (2022-07-22). Question #26129. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
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