Vandal Savage is a supervillain and one of the leaders and founder of the Light, designated L-1.


Having lived since the dawn of mankind, Savage believes in a natural order and survival of the fittest. Due to his immortality Savage believes himself destined to lead humanity. After witnessing the evolution of humanity over 50,000 years Savage came to believe humanity is destined to become the ruling species of the cosmos. To this end he views the Justice League with distaste for protecting all humanity including the weak, rather than using their powers to eliminate them and accelerate the evolution of humanity.[1]

Savage is a superb strategist and tactician, forming alliances with other powerful criminals to utilize their resources for his ultimate goal, creating clones of other heroes[3] to maintain surveillance on his enemies and manipulating enemies and allies alike into playing into his schemes.[6] However Savage is not above making mistakes as the team has sabotaged his plans several times,[7][8][9] something Savage admits is due to underestimating their abilities.[10]

Despite his ruthlessness Savage is not completely without heart as he expressed sympathy for Black Manta when Aqualad was comatose, being able to relate from being a father himself. [4]

Physical appearance

Vandal Savage is a tall, muscular male with medium-dark skin tone, strong, rugged features, broad shoulders and square jaw. He also has three pale scars across his face, brown eyes and black long hair pulled back. Savage wears a long lapelless dark-blue coat with a red stripe on the edges. He also dons black gloves and boots.


Early life

Vandal Savage was born around 50,000 years ago.[1] He was once mauled by a cave bear and acquired three scars across his face.[11] At some point after that, he was bathed in the radiation of a meteor,[12] which gave him preternatural longevity. Over the following centuries, Savage adopted different aliases, some of which went down in history, such as Genghis Khan, Atilla the Hun, and Blackbeard the Pirate.[13] He would then disappear from the public eye for decades, between identities, and change locations. This way, he managed to retain his anonymity well into the mid-20th century.[14] He fell afoul of the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron, though he did not feel they were a threat to his larger plan.[15] Over the course of his life, Savage has fathered at least one child.[4]

At some point, Savage had an undocumented conflict with the Flash.[16]

Somewhere between 2006 and 2007,[17] shortly after the Justice League was publicly announced,[18] in a casual conversation with Ra's al Ghul,[19] Savage posited that—by protecting the weak—the League defied his ideas of natural order and the survival of the fittest.[1] Therefore, to countervail their efforts, he decided to form a group of his own: The Light.[20] Soon afterwards, Savage extended invitations to Ra's al Ghul, Lex Luthor, Queen Bee, Ocean-Master, Brain, and Klarion,[18] thus securing clout on different spheres of influence (the underworld, business, politics, the sea, science, and magic, respectively),[21] on top of all the benefits derived from each member's individual talents and expertise.[1]


Undisclosed location
July 5, 00:01 EDT

When Aqualad, Robin and Kid Flash broke into Cadmus, Mark Desmond requested an audience with the Board of Directors, and briefed them on the incident, also informing them that the three heroes had been apprehended. L-3 ordered Desmond to clone them and Savage told him to dispose of the originals. This course of action ultimately failed and the boys broke out and took Superboy with them. Savage initially dismissed the severity of the ordeal and remarked that the loss of the clone could be played to their advantage.[7]

Undisclosed location
July 23, post-10:01 EDT

Savage deems the young heroes' constant interference as enemy action.

However, after the young heroes destroyed Mister Twister[8] and torpedoed their operations in Santa Prisca, he deemed their interference as enemy action.[9]

Undisclosed location
October 1, post-19:00 CDT

After the arrest of the Injustice League, Savage viewed the test of the Kobra-Venom plants a success and how, with their "proxies" exposed and arrested, the Light could continue to operate without suspicion. The other members of the Light appeared by threes on either side of him, and he stated that shadows still concealed their Light.[6]

Undisclosed location
November 7, post-09:16 EST

Vandal Savage was attending a video conference, along with the rest of the members of the Light, when the Riddler and Sportsmaster arrived with the regenerated remains of the echinoderm.[22]

South Dakota
November 11, 16:13 MST
Vandal confronts Kid Flash

Savage stalls Kid Flash.

In an attempt to intercept Kid Flash's delivery of a heart intended for Queen Perdita of Vlatava, on behalf of Perdita's uncle Count Vertigo, Vandal Savage attacked four members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol who had been charged with clearing the route. Kid Flash stopped to rescue the patrolmen, and fought Savage for about 15 minutes. The fight was inconclusive, but when Kid Flash realized that he was wasting too much time, he ran off to deliver the heart.[16]

The Watchtower
December 30, 23:46 EST

After the Light's mole rendered every member of the Justice League under their control, a mind-controlled Batman gave Vandal Savage security clearance to enter the Watchtower, where every member of the League silently bowed before him, and he watched the sun set on Earth from a window.[3] While he basked, Red Arrow escaped.[1]

The Watchtower
December 31, 23:16 EST
Savage tries to enthrall the eluded Leaguers

Savage attempts to put the Leaguers back under the Light's control.

Savage oversaw the operations from the observation deck. He was surprised to see Black Canary, Red Tornado and Red Arrow, but knew they were lying about their motives. Klarion saw they weren't online. He had Hal Jordan restrain them, and Vandal gave each of them a new chip of Starro-tech. As he explained his motives to them, Klarion discovered the Team had taken out multiple Leaguers already and that the three heroes in front of them were immune to the mind control. Klarion had to call in six Leaguers from an away mission to restrain them. Vandal concluded that, now that the Team knew how to negate Starro-tech, lethal force was an option.

The Team wasn't killed; in fact, they succeeded in tagging all Leaguers with their cure-tech. Despite Klarion's protests, Savage opted for an escape. They could not risk damaging the Watchtower and causing the death of the League, as they were still part of the Light's plans in some way. Klarion teleported them both away.[1]


Unspecified location
January 7, post-07:07 HAST

Savage held a conference with the Light and Black Manta, where he lauded the latter for his efforts and officiated his induction into the group.[23]

Atlantic Ocean
March 24, 03:17 EDT

Black Manta summoned Vandal Savage and the other members of the Light to introduce his son, Kaldur'ahm, and welcome him to their ranks.[24]

April 2, 20:04 UTC
Justice League trial

Savage attends the Justice League's trial on Rimbor, sitting next to Mongul.

Vandal Savage attended the Justice League's trial on Rimbor. He sat in the shadows near Mongul, whom he goaded into attacking the Earth by noting the Reach would be too powerful with metahumans under their control, posing a threat to his plans of galactic domination. He watched as Mongul left and was pleased by his act.[25]

Western Mongolia
April 9, 07:12 ICT
Light conference

Savage arbitrates an audience between the Light and Sportsmaster.

The Light held a conference where Sportsmaster stated his grievance; he wanted to kill Black Manta's son as compensation for killing his daughter without permission. Vandal told him killing Kaldur'ahm was a nonstarter, so Sportmaster attempted to kill Black Manta instead, but was stopped by Deathstroke, who Vandal had ready to replace Sportsmaster. Sportsmaster then escaped via helicopter.[4]

Atlantic Ocean
April 9, 00:13 EDT

Vandal boarded the Manta-Sub, visiting a catatonic Kaldur'ahm. As a father himself, he said he understood Black Manta's pain. He had a solution to make Kaldur'ahm whole again; he borrowed Psimon from Queen Bee to sift through Kaldur'ahm's mind for every fractured memory.[4]

LexCorp Farms
April 8, post-23:13 CDT
Luthor and Savage

Savage and Lex Luthor discuss the Reach soft drink.

At a fruit juice production line, Lex Luthor informed Vandal that the Team had left the most profitable piece of the business untouched and stated that shipments were already being distributed to needy nations and would soon be available worldwide.

Inside Luthor's office, Vandal asked if the Team procured a sample of the additive, which Luthor confirmed. Lex then showed him a document with pictures of the rescued abductees, stating that they must form a Team of their own.[4]

Caribbean Sea
May 28, 17:00 EDT

Over video conference, Vandal Savage was informed by Black Manta of Kaldur'ahm's full recovery.[26]

Santa Prisca
June 19, 00:00 ECT
Vandal outmatched

Savage's constant underestimation of the Team leaves him outsmarted and outmatched.

Following the Team's successful liberation of Blue Beetle and Green Beetle, Savage and other members of the Light met with the Reach. The Ambassador aired his grievances, with Savage giving permission to Kaldur'ahm to address them, given nobody else had sacrificed more for the Reach or the Light. Words, though, turned into a fight, which was broken up by Kaldur. He asked about the Justice League, and Savage said that well placed bribes, as well as outrage from the attack on Rimbor, would ensure the League's conviction. Savage watched as Ra's al Ghul exposed Tigress as Artemis, something that shocked him.

With Artemis's cover blown, the Light and Reach realized that Aqualad had been manipulating them. Miss Martian, disguised as Deathstroke, shot the two non-mortally, and Kaldur triggered a recording revealing how the Reach had been manipulated by the Light, as well as how Savage had engineered the sabotage of the Reach's drinks. Savage angrily ordered "Deathstroke" to turn it off, but the latter claimed to have no idea how. Once the recording had ended, Savage commented that Kaldur was the first in 50,000 years to severely damage his plans and that he would be impressed if he wasn't so angry.
Vandal and Klarion evade the skirmish

Savage departs with Klarion.

But his anger was nothing compared to the Ambassador's for being played and threatened to use the Warworld. When Savage revealed he had the key, Aqualad and Artemis dropped the act, Miss Martian revealed herself and other Team members arrived. Savage brought in soldiers from the League of Shadows and than ordered them killed, but Kaldur'ahm told him that he underestimated them, revealing that the rest of the Team had infiltrated the strike force. Watching the events, Savage grudgingly acknowledged Aqualad was right on underestimating the team, and stated they will no longer take them lightly and fled with Klarion to the War World.[10]
The Warworld
June 19, 04:20 UTC

Vandal Savage and Klarion defeated the Reach guards and the trio of Justice League members surrounding the key chamber, and took the War World to parts unknown.[10]

June 20, post-12:16 UTC

Arriving above the skies of Rimbor, Savage delivered a warning to the planet that he was from Earth and that his planet was not to be touched by alien incursion or invasion, lest punishment be administered. The League, who had just been freed, questioned how he planed to back up the threat, and immediately afterwards the Warworld appeared in the skies over the planet.[27]

Business as usual

Savage meets with the Light's mysterious colleague.

July 5, 00:16 UTC

Vandal Savage arrived on Apokolips via a boom tube. He walked past Desaad and G. Gordon Godfrey and approached a tall figure standing at the end of a balcony. The figure turned around and shook hands with Savage, as he remarked how it was "business as usual".[27]

Powers and abilities

  • Longevity: Exposure to the meteor has granted Savage[28] a greatly expanded lifetime, enabling him to survive for around 50,000 years and still be in his prime.[1]
  • Strength: He has above average strength and resilience.[1]
  • Healing: He has a healing factor. This also further enhances his strength by allowing him to go to his physical limits without injury.[5]


Background information

  • This marks Vandal Savage's third animated appearance. He had previously appeared in Justice League and in Justice League: Doom. Although the latter is independent of Young Justice, both versions of the character were designed by Phil Bourassa.
  • Savage has three facial scars that bear a striking resemblance to those that Demona gave to Gillecomgain, which later came to be the signature mark of the Hunters, from Greg Weisman's Gargoyles. However, Savage's scars are not an intentional reference to the Hunters. They were part of his original design by Phil Bourassa.[29]


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