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Trickster

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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Flash Vol. 1 #113 (June–July 1960)
Created by John Broome
Carmine Infantino
Characteristics
Alter ego Giovanni Giuseppe
Affiliations Rogues
Secret Society of Super Villains
Notable aliases James Jesse
Abilities gadgets give him the ability to perform amazing tricks like walking on air.

The Trickster is the name of two DC Comics supervillains and an enemy of the Flash. The first one first appeared in Flash #113, and the second in Flash #183 . DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... John Broome (aka: pen names John Osgood and Edgar Ray Meritt) was a writer-contributor to DC Comics. ... Cover for Spider-Woman #8 (November 1978). ... The Flashs Rogues Gallery. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The Flashs Rogues Gallery. ... The Flash. ...

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Fictional character biography

James Jesse

The original Trickster is a practical joker and conman whose favorite occupation is damaging enemies like the Flash with items such as explosive teddies. A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short, (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... This article is concerned solely with chemical explosives. ... The original Teddy bear (circa 1903). ...


His alter ego is James Jesse (the opposite of Jesse James), a stage name to replace his true identity, Giovanni Giuseppe. He was a circus acrobat who decided to become a criminal for the thrill. He created shoes that allowed him to walk on air and other dangerous gag gadgets for his crimes. He would clash with The Flash many times. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Look up acrobat in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A gadget is a device that has a useful specific purpose and function. ...


He was among the villains who were brainwashed into giving up crime by The Top. He spent a time working in special effects with Blue Devil, before defeating Neron, with Captain Marvel's help. Justifying his change of heart by saying he no longer dared to go to Hell, he began using his con-artist skills for good, before joining the FBI. The Top was a DC Comics supervillain and one of the earliest rogues of The Flashs (Barry Allen). ... Blue Devil is a superhero featured in material published by DC Comics. ... Neron is also an alternative name of the Roman Emperor Nero. ... For other uses, see Captain Marvel. ... Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180) Hell, according to many religious beliefs, is an afterlife of suffering where the wicked or unrighteous dead are punished. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ...


Working as an agent of the FBI, James Jesse gathered the reformed rogues to stop Captain Cold and his rogues. But the Top appeared and reverted what he did to the reformed rogues. Jesse is now a member of the rogues again.


Countdown

James appeared in Countdown #51, where he arrived at fellow Rogue Heat Wave's apartment. Heat Wave reprimanded James on the fact that he was once helping the Flash, but it appears that the brainwashing done to him has been completely undone. Unbeknownest to the two, as they were discussing the future of the Rogues, one of the Pied Piper's rats had been spying on the two. Countdown is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 09, 2007, directly following the conclusion of the 52-issue 52. ... Heat Wave is a fictional villain in the DC Universe and a primary foe of the Flash. ...


Axel Walker

Trickster
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Flash Vol. 2 #183
Created by Geoff Johns
Scott Kolins
Characteristics
Alter ego Axel Walker
Affiliations Rogues
Abilities gadgets give him the ability to perform amazing tricks like walking on air.

While the first Trickser was working for the FBI, teenager Axel Walker stole all of Jesse's gadgets and shoes and became the new Trickster. He joined Blacksmith's Network and destroyed files from Goldface and Hunter Zolomon for her. He was also given new "toys" in addition to James's originals. After the defeat of Blacksmith, He was offered to join the new Rogues led by Captain Cold, and took it. He remained with the new Rogues until the "reformed" Rogues attempted to stop Cold. While the two Tricksers were fighting, the Top gave Jesse's memory back. The original Trickster then defeated his successor and told him never to become the Trickster again. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. ... Scott Kolins is an illustrator for multiple different comic books. ... The Flashs Rogues Gallery. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Blacksmith is a DC Comics supervillain and a rogue to the Flash III (Wally West). ... Goldface is a DC Comics fictional character, originally a foe of the Hal Jordan Green Lantern. ... Zoom (real name Hunter Zolomon) is a comic book supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Captain Cold, also known as Leonard Snart, is a comic book villain created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino for The Flash comic book, and is one of the scarlet speedsters enemies. ...


Axel's only appearance since then was in Helmet of Fate: Detective Chimp, where he answered an ad from five college students asking for an experienced superhero to train them. Once he arrived to the location in the ad, he had dinner with them and then killed all five of them. His crime was discovered when Detective Chimp found the Helmet of Fate, put it on, and used it to help deduce who the murderer was. Axel was then arrested. Detective Chimp is a fictional chimpanzee detective published by DC Comics. ...


Other Media

The Flash TV Series

The Trickster (Played By Mark Hamill) In Episode 12

In the live-action television series The Flash (1990–1991), the Trickster was played by Mark Hamill. In the episode "The Trickster", private investigator Megan Lockhart (played by Joyce Hyser) attempts to capture a wanted criminal psychopath named James Jesse. During the pursuit, Jesse manages to get the upper hand and capture Lockhart, but not before she is able to call her friend Barry Allen (played by John Wesley Shipp), whom she had learned was the Flash in an earlier episode. The Flash saves Megan, and Jesse is arrested. As a result, both The Flash and Megan Lockhart become James Jesse's new fixation. After escaping from police custody, he takes on the costumed identity of The Trickster. He has psychotic delusions that Lockhart had been his true love, a costumed sidekick named Prank. He believes that Prank has been kidnapped and brainwashed by the "evil" Flash, and manages to coerce Lockhart into wearing the Prank costume and serving as his sidekick after delivering a death threat to Barry Allen. Barry manages to escape from a drowning stunt, changes into his Flash costume, and sends the Trickster back behind bars, thanks to Lockhart's "betrayal". Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... The Flash was a live action CBS television series from 1990-1991 that starred John Wesley Shipp as the superhero, The Flash, and co-starred Amanda Pays. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... A private investigator, private detective, PI, or private eye, is a person who undertakes investigations, usually for a private citizen or some other entity not involved with a government or police organization. ... Joyce Hyser (b. ... See Also: Antisocial Personality Disorder Theoretically, psychopathy is a three-faceted disorder involving interpersonal, affective and behavioral characteristics. ... John Wesley Shipp (born January 22, 1956) is an American actor best known as Mitch Leery, the title characters father on the television drama Dawsons Creek from 1998 to 2002 and for roles in several daytime soap operas. ...


In the final episode of the series ("Trial Of The Trickster"), James Jesse escapes from his criminal trial with an unexpected help from a fake court stenographer (played by Corinne Bohrer) named Zoey Clark, the wealthy owner of Clarx Toys. She is a huge fan of the Trickster and would do anything to get her hands on him. As they arrive safely at her toy store, Clark admits that she finds a kindred spirit in the Trickster and wants to be his fantasy sidekick Prank. She takes her clothes off to reveal the Prank costume underneath and seduces the Trickster into thinking that "she" is the Prank of his delusions. Shorthand is a writing method that can be done at speed because an abbreviated or symbolic form of language is used. ... Corinne Bohrer (born October 18 1958 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina) is an American comic actress. ...

The Trickster (in his new armor suit) with his new sidekick Prank
The Trickster (in his new armor suit) with his new sidekick Prank

After a brief "reunion", both the Trickster and the new Prank kidnap the Flash and brainwash him into becoming evil. The fastest man alive becomes the Trickster's new partner, causing Prank to become jealous over being replaced. She complains to the Trickster, only to end up restrained inside her toy store for being a nuisance. Image File history File linksMetadata Prank_and_Trickster. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Prank_and_Trickster. ...


Meanwhile, the Trickster plans to put Central City into trial but fails after the Flash regains his memories. He hurriedly escapes from the court and is rescued again by Prank, who manages to break free from her binds and is still in love with him. The Trickster shows his gratitude by pushing Prank out of the getaway car and runs off solo, leaving Prank behind again. In the end, the Trickster loses the battle with the Flash and gets arrested along with Prank. The Trickster is incarcerated into a high-restricted prison cell, isolating him away from anyone else.


In 1995, the two episodes were edited together into a movie and released on video as The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster.


Justice League Unlimited

In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Flash and Substance", Mark Hamill reprises his role as the James Jesse version of The Trickster. The Trickster attempts to help three other Flash villains Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, and Mirror Master form a plan to destroy the Flash, though his contribution to the plan (involving four hundred cases of greased, fake dog vomit and a wall of metal spikes) is rejected. He is next seen disgruntled at the bar where Flash's enemies hang out. Upon the arrivals of Flash, Batman, and Orion, Orion tries to muscle the Trickster into revealing the other villains' plans, until Flash intervenes and speaks to him in a friendlier manner, noting that James wasn't taking his medication. Trickster informs the heroes of the plan to ambush Flash at the museum opening, and agrees to turn himself in after finishing his drink. The animated Trickster is apparently not a total villain, aware of his psychosis, and does seek treatment if encouraged. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) is the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) is the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Captain Cold, also known as Leonard Snart, is a comic book villain created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino for The Flash comic book, and is one of the scarlet speedsters enemies. ... George Digger Harkness and his son Owen Mercer, both known as Captain Boomerang, are fictional characters in the DC Universe. ... Mirror Master is a fictional character, a recurring foe of the Flash with large technical knowledge and skills involving the use of mirrors. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Orion is a fictional deity published by DC Comics. ...


External links

  • The Trickster Bio
  • The Trickster II Bio
  • Alan Kistler's profile on the Flash - A detailed analysis of the history of the Flash by comic book historian Kistler. Covers information all the way from Jay Garrick to Barry Allen to today, as well as discussions on the various villains and rogues who fought the Flash. Various art scans.
  • Crimson Lightning - An online index to the comic book adventures of the Flash.
  • COUNTING DOWN TO COUNTDOWN, V: MARY MARVEL, TRICKSTER, PIED PIPER

 
 

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