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The Light is, in its current incarnation, a council comprised of self-proclaimed enlightened members whose primary goal is to precipitate mankind's next evolutionary step, thus placing it on the center stage of the cosmos. The first version of the Light was formed in the second millennium BCE by Vandal Savage and Ishtar.

History

Early history

The origin of the group dates back to the second millennium BCE, when Vandal Savage, who was then known as the Babylonian demigod hero Marduk, and his daughter Ishtar saved their city from an invader. For their heroic feet in leading their people through their darkest hour, the duo became henceforth known as "The Light". Over the following centuries, the group came and went as needed.[1]

The most recent iteration of the group was founded somewhere between 2006 and 2007, after the Justice League was publicly announced,[2][3] to counteract the latter's role in preserving society's "calcified status quo". According to Savage, the League inhibited mankind by protecting it from disaster, crime, and tragedy—factors needed for humanity to evolve. After a conversation with Ra's al Ghul,[4] Savage extended invitations to Ra's, Lex Luthor, Queen Bee, Ocean-Master, Brain, and Klarion,[2] thus securing clout on different spheres of influence (the underworld, business, politics, the sea, science, and magic, respectively).[5]

The Light created or co-opted networks of operatives, placed key individuals in key positions, and explored the boundaries of all new technology. Genetic engineering, biochemical engineering, robotics, nano-robotics, techno-sorcery, and all conceivable methods of mind control were all explored by the Light in its quest to accelerate human evolution. A resurgent Earth "taking its rightful place at the center of the cosmos" appears to be the Light's ultimate goal.[6]

The Light used to communicate with their operatives through separate screens obscured by bright white light in order to conceal their identities.

The identities of the leaders were known only to a very select group of individuals that worked with them.[7] They maintained their individual bases, as well as a central headquarters in Khüiten Peak.[8][9]

2010

The Light has masterminded several key events, including:

2011-2015

2016

  • Assembling their Krolotean partners in Malina Island, in order to destroy them with one fell swoop.[27]
  • Replacing the disgraced Ocean-Master with Black Manta.[27]
  • Abducting humans for their new partner.[31]
  • Destroying an Earth-Mars communication satellite, in part as a test of loyalty for Aqualad.[32]
  • Sending agents to infiltrate Mount Justice, and spirit away Blue Beetle.[33]
  • Replacing Sportsmaster with Deathstroke.[8]
  • Pulling strings to ensure four meta-powered teenagers would not fall into the clutches of the Reach[34]
  • Secretly forcing the revelation of the Reach's hidden fleet by goading an alien warlord to destroy the Earth[35]
  • Using the media to manipulate public opinion against the Reach[35]
  • Empowering teenage operatives to liberate Reach captives,[36][37] to allow their enforcer to spirit away the Warworld's crystal key,[37]
  • Allowing the Reach's enemies to use Light-controlled territory to cleanse the Reach's agents, in order to weaken them further[30]
  • Despite publicly partnering with the Reach to distribute a drink laced with an additive designed to render humans subservient in a few generations,[8] secretly adding a neutralizing agent to prevent the same.[38]
  • Orchestrating a summit designed to lure the Reach's head of security from his post.[38]
  • Creating a virus designed to crash Reach technology.[39]

The Light's plans were thrown into disarray following Aqualad's successful deep-cover infiltration:

  • Aqualad revealed to the Reach that the Light had arranged to bring Earth to their attention, was using them for their own ends and was responsible for their recent set-backs. This resulted in the immediate dissolution of the Light's partnership with the Reach.[38]
  • Following the revelation and subsequent battle with the Team, the Light was splintered into several factions:
    • Key members and operatives, including the Brain, Black Manta, Monsieur Mallah, and Deathstroke were captured.[38]
    • Ra's al Ghul was mortally wounded in the fracas; although he would be resurrected, it would take time before he could once again return to the forefront.[38]
    • Lex Luthor and Queen Bee were largely unaffected,[38] with Luthor even earning accolades for helping the heroes of Earth save it from certain destruction.[39]
    • Vandal Savage and Klarion escaped to the Warworld and left Earth[38] for Rimbor, and subsequently, Apokolips. Savage's confidence, however, left no doubt that the Light remained resilient, and though weakened, will continue to play a part in events.[39]

2018

2019

  • Having Ultra-Humanite capture Halo with help from Helga Jace.[49]
  • Giving Terra an antidote chip so she and Geo-Force could break free from Helga's control chips and be kept exactly where they want them.[49]
  • Creating Infinity, Inc. to become more popular than the Outsiders.[52]
  • Giving the Team coordinates to the Orphanage to stop Granny Goodness from using the Anti-Life Equation.[53]
  • Breaking Baron Bedlam out of jail in order to take over Markovia.[54]
  • Ordering Terra to kill Beast Boy on live TV in order to generate a mandate for meta registration laws, thus declaring the Justice League outlaws and supplying the Light with meta-humans under their control.[55]
    • Terra did not go through with the plan, but in the fallout Brion Markov turned against the Outsiders and usurped the throne. Brion was under the influence of Zviad Baazovi.[55]
    • Luthor was unable to follow through with meta-human registration after his involvement in meta-trafficking was exposed and he was forced to reisgn as UN secretary general.[55]
  • Replacing Gretchen Goode with Zviad Baazovi.[55]

2020

Members

There are currently seven members of the Light:

Enforcers

Allies

  • Darkseid: The Light formed an alliance with Darkseid prior to allying themselves with the Kroloteans and the Reach. The objective of the alliance is currently unknown. However, Darkseid supplied the Light with Apokoliptan technology such as the Fatherbox and otherworldly weapons.[39][63]

Former members

  • Ra's al Ghul: An original member.[24] At some point between 2016 and 2018, Ra's decided he didn't want to be part of the Light anymore and left the organization,[64] leaving the League of Shadows under their control.[65]
  • Ocean-Master: An original member.[24] At some point, he was imprisoned after his identity as Prince Orm from Atlantis was exposed, prompting the Light to cut ties with him by 2015.[28] Years later, when he attempted avenge himself on the League, the Light killed him to avoid possible retaliation.[41]
  • Brain: An original member.[24] He was removed after being captured by the Team.[38][41]
  • Black Manta: Originally an agent of Ocean-Master,[18] Black Manta officially replaced the latter after succeeding in destroying the Kroloteans.[27] He was removed after being captured by the Team.[38][41]
  • Gretchen Goode: Joined between 2016 and 2018.[41] She was expelled from the group after overstepping her bounds and undermining them in service of Darkseid.[49]

Former allies

  • Tiamat: The Light awakened Tiamat in 2015 in order to gain access to the Tablet of Destiny. Tiamat was destroyed after Aquagirl performed an ancient ritual at the cost of her own life. The Tablet was also destroyed.[28]
  • The Kroloteans: The Light formed an alliance with the Kroloteans some time between 2011 and 2016. The Light supplied the Kroloteans with logistical and operational support, but later betrayed them to form an alliance with the Kroloteans' competitor.[27]
  • The Reach:[29] A competitor of the Kroloteans in the market for weaponized Meta-Genes.[27] The Light's faux alliance with the Reach was dissolved after Kaldur'ahm exposed the Light's secret undermining of the Reach's invasion.[38]

Operatives

The Light works through an extensive network of supervillains and unwitting heroes alike.[nb 1]

Former operatives

Appearances

Background information

Designations

Notes

  1. This list includes only individuals that have been confirmed to have communicated with the Light directly, whether this occurred on-screen or was confirmed through dialogue.
  2. 2.0 2.1 In "Drop-Zone", while delivering the package of Kobra-Venom to Sportsmaster, Kobra says "our friends will not be disappointed". The "friends" he refers to are the Light.
  3. Vandal is voiced by Miguel Ferrer, who was credited as playing L-1 in the episode "Fireworks".
  4. Ra's is voiced by Oded Fehr, who was credited as playing L-2 in the episode "Infiltrator".
  5. Lex is voiced by Mark Rolston, who was credited as playing L-3 in the episode "Fireworks".
  6. Queen Bee is voiced by Marina Sirtis, who was credited as playing L-4 in the episode "Bereft".
  7. Ocean-Master is voiced by Roger Craig Smith, who was credited as playing L-5 in the episode "Downtime".
  8. The Brain's silhouette matches that of the character credited as L-6 in "Drop-Zone", and the Brain also shares L-6's strong French accent.
  9. His designation is inferred as the other six designations of the original seven can be identified (see other notes on this page).
  10. In an earlier answer Greg Weisman gave Ultra-Humanite the designation L-11, but later changed it to L-10 once it was pointed out that Gretchen Goode had also been given L-11.

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