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The Light is a council comprised of seven self-proclaimed enlightened members. Initially, when communicating with their agents or each other, they often appeared on separate screens obscured by bright white light.

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. Therefore, for 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 current 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.

To counteract this, 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.[4]

Psimon reports to the Light

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.[5] They maintained their individual bases, as well as a central headquarters in Mongolia.[6][7]

2010

The Light has masterminded several key events, including:

2011-2015

2016

The Light

The Light in 2016.

  • Assembling their Krolotean partners in Malina Island, in order to destroy them with one fell swoop.[25]
  • Replacing the disgraced Ocean-Master with Black Manta.[25]
  • Abducting humans for their new partner.[28]
  • Destroying an Earth-Mars communication satellite, in part as a test of loyalty for Aqualad.[29]
  • Sending agents to infiltrate Mount Justice, and spirit away Blue Beetle.[30]
  • Replacing Sportsmaster with Deathstroke.[6]
  • Pulling strings to ensure four meta-powered teenagers would not fall into the clutches of the Reach[31]
  • Secretly forcing the revelation of the Reach's hidden fleet by goading an alien warlord to destroy the Earth[32]
  • Using the media to manipulate public opinion against the Reach[32]
  • Empowering teenage operatives to liberate Reach captives,[33][34] to allow their enforcer to spirit away the Warworld's crystal key,[34]
  • Allowing the Reach's enemies to use Light-controlled territory to cleanse the Reach's agents, in order to weaken them further[35]
  • Despite publicly partnering with the Reach to distribute a drink laced with an additive designed to render humans subservient in a few generations,[6] secretly adding a neutralizing agent to prevent the same.[36]
  • Orchestrating a summit designed to lure the Reach's head of security from his post.[36]
  • Creating a virus designed to crash Reach technology.[37]

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.[36]
  • 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.[36]
    • 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.[36]
    • Lex Luthor and Queen Bee were largely unaffected,[36] with Luthor even earning accolades for helping the heroes of Earth save it from certain destruction.[37]
    • Vandal Savage and Klarion escaped to the Warworld and left Earth[36] 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.[37]

Members

There are seven members of the Light; the original seven were designated by codenames from L-1 to L-7.

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.[37][40]

Former members

  • L-2 was Ra's al Ghul:[nb 5][41] 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.[42]
  • L-5 was Ocean-Master.[nb 6]
  • L-6 was the Brain.[nb 7]
  • L-8[38] was Black Manta: Originally an agent of Ocean-Master,[16] Black Manta officially replaced the latter after succeeding in destroying the Kroloteans.[25] At some point, he was expelled from the organization.
  • L-10[38] was Gretchen Goode. She was expelled from the group after overstepping her bounds and being undermined.

Former allies

  • 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.[25]
  • The Reach:[43] A competitor of the Kroloteans in the market for weaponized Meta-Genes.[25] The Light's faux alliance with the Reach was dissolved after Kaldur'ahm exposed the Light's secret undermining of the Reach's invasion.[36]

Operatives

Note: 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.

Former operatives

Appearances

Notes

  1. Vandal Savage revealed that he was a member of the Light in "Revelation". Vandal is voiced by Miguel Ferrer, who was credited as playing L-1 in the episode "Fireworks".
  2. Ra's al Ghul revealed that Lex Luthor was a member of the Light in "Targets". Lex is voiced by Mark Rolston, who was credited as playing L-3 in the episode "Fireworks".
  3. It was revealed that Queen Bee was a member of the Light in "Revelation". Queen Bee is voiced by Marina Sirtis, who was credited as playing L-4 in the episode "Bereft".
  4. It was revealed that Klarion was a member of the Light in "Revelation". His designation is inferred as all other designations can be identified (see other notes on this page).
  5. Ra's al Ghul revealed that he was a member of the Light in "Targets". Ra's is voiced by Oded Fehr, who was credited as playing L-2 in the episode "Infiltrator".
  6. It was revealed that Ocean-Master was a member of the Light in "Revelation". Ocean-Master's silhouette matches that of the character, credited as L-5, to whom Black Manta reported in "Downtime".
  7. It was revealed that the Brain was a member of the Light in "Revelation". 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.
  8. 8.0 8.1 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.

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