Each season a few characters leave, and some new ones join. There are usually a few people with either useful knowledge or a personal stake in dealing with the villain / problem of the season.
With some exceptions, the legends tend to be made up of anti-heroes. Reformed criminals, rogues, misfits, and others who just never quite found their place in the world. For most of them this is the first place they found where they truly fit in, and feel useful. The rogues don't have to completely reform, just now they have a productive outlet for their talents. This is why they are known as "legends" NOT "heroes".
Most of them are from present day, and when they check in at home it is 2018. There are notable exceptions.
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First of all I will profile Rip, for though he is no longer around, he founded the Waverider team and then the time bureau. His fingerprints are still all over the show.
Is from the far future!
(I forget which century? Edit: Ok, "from" does not have a simple answer. See following posts for details.
) The original owner of the Waverider. I already partly covered his history with the Time Masters, and his founding of the Time bureau, but here is some more: He was trained as a lone agent by the Time Masters, and while that organization turned out to be corrupt, Rip truly believed in the cause of guarding and protecting Time. He went rogue in order to do this, first recruiting the Legends for assistance, and then founding the Time Bureau to replace what the Time Masters were supposed
to be. Though always well intentioned, Rip had some flaws. He could be dramatic and brooding, and his decision making was occasionally dubious. He was captain of the Waverider in season 1, and while he was an excellent teacher, the role of captain did not always suit him. When Sara became captain in season 2, she proved a much better leader to the team. The Time Bureau he founded has also flourished after his departure.
Also: I assume all the fantastic vintage items in the Waverider were collected by Rip. He had a certain kind of flair, and a particular fondness for the old west. He always wore a trench coat, and carried an old style pistol that was enhanced by future tech.
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Season 4 characters
Sara Lance / White Canary
Trained by the league of assassins, she can be highly deadly. She was brought back from the dead at least once. A reformed rogue, she earned her place as captain of the Waverider due to her leadership skills and practical decision making. Sister of Laurel Lance, daughter of Dinah Lance. From present day.
Mick Rory / Heat Wave
Obsessed with fire, and carries a heat gun. Was once only interested in causing destruction, in retaliation for his own tormented past. After much character development, he has resolved many of his issues and mellowed out considerably. He now provides muscle for the team, and playfully mocks them. He is not particularly smart. (Their first stop was the sixties. When they tuned in a local TV channel on the ship, he complained that the channel "only showed reruns". The others gave up trying to explain.
). But he has other insights that are unique to him. Also from present day
Ray Palmer / The Atom
Billionaire, inventor, tech company founder. Built himself a super-suit that can shrink (or occasionally grow) to any size needed. He also built a hand held device that can temporarily shrink any target. (Humorously named the "shrink ray".)
The ultimate optimist, he relentlessly sees the best potential in every person and situation. His eagerness is the perfect antidote to some of the more jaded characters around him, especially when they deal with potentially disturbing situations. Also from present day
Nate Heywood / Steel
Historian by training. Can turn his body into solid steel at will. His grandfather Henry Heywood was “Commander Steel", a member of the Justice Society of America, during WWII. This season, Nate leaves the Waverider, and goes to work at the Time Bureau instead. Also from present day
Wields the mystical "Air Totem" which lets her control wind powers. A Muslim-American hacker. Is from the year 2042!
In her timeline, the US has oppressive laws banning all meta-humans and all religion. Her brother carried the air totem before her, and was killed for resisting the government. She stays with the Waverider, hoping to find some way to fix the future (without making things worse in the process).
Appeared a few times in season 3, but only joined as a regular now in season 4. His backstory and character development will be explored going forward. (I gather he has some backstory that was shown elsewhere, but I am less familiar with that. I assume that anything relevant to this show will be explored here.) Also from present day.
Is the daughter of super-villain Damien Darhk, who was finally defeated last season. She was partially possessed by a demon for most of her life, and also learned some very dark magic. As the pawn of her father and the mega-demon that the Legends defeated last season, she was caught in the middle of the fight between them and the Legends. Now that her father and the demon are both gone, she is beginning her journey to discover who she is without them, and who she will choose to be.
Also from present day. Is from 2039.
A new character who is introduced this season. Her story begins in episode 4x03
, and develops from there. I will not include her profile here, as any bio would be spoilers. (I can add this if requested.)
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Time Bureau employees
Girlfriend of Sara Lance, and current director of the Time Bureau. She was trained as an agent by Rip, and took over his job when he left. She did not know her own true personal history
In the year 2213, there are thousands of "AVA clones". These clones function as a sort of slave race / robot population of workers. They all look the same, are manufactured as adults, and their skills and knowledge can be customized to different purposes. In that year they function as the entire police force, as well as many consumer functions such as nannies etc.
Rip went to that year and "acquired" an AVA copy, and customized her to be the perfect agent for his new Time Bureau. He gave her fake memories of life in present day, and even paid some actors to pretend to be her parents for if she ever visited her fake "home". Rip was even able to replace her with a new copy if she was killed. (This whole thing is a good example of Rip's well meaning but dubious decision making!)
Sara and Ava learned all this together, and Ava was rightfully horrified. Now she knows that everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie, that she has no family, and she never even had a childhood. Which means she fits right in with her new family: all the other misfits on the show.
Time Bureau agent. Fairly nerdy and socially awkward. Does not usually handle the most challenging of jobs, but resourceful in his own way. He impressed Constantine one time by contributing an idea from Dungeons & Dragons that was useful in battling the actual demon. (Constantine then joined Gary’s D&D group for a game. Clearly it was good non-lethal practice for the real thing.) Assumed to be from present day, but has not been specified, IIRC.
Nate father. Works for the DOD. His connection to the Time Bureau is revealed in episode 4x02, and is explored from there. From present day.
New character, role still developing. First glimpsed in episode 4x03 (I think?). Her role is expanded in episode 4x05. Assumed to be from present day, so far unspecified.
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Former members who may still be mentioned
Amaya Jiwe / Vixen
Was a regular in seasons 2 & 3, and now the actress continues on in season 4 playing a different character
. This is why she gets mentioned, while the new character settles in.
Amaya is from the past. She left her village in Africa during WWII to join the Justice Society of America (JSA). History said she moved back to her village after the war, and had a daughter and granddaughters, one of whom is a hero in present day. When she left the JSA in 1942
to join the Waverider, it was clear that she would need to eventually return to her village in order to preserve this future for her granddaughters. (She also had to end her doomed romance with Nate, for the same reason.)
Henry Heywood / Commander Steel
As long as I am mentioning the JSA, here is Henry Heywood, Nate’s grandfather, as “Commander Steel”, in 1942
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Next up: Technology!
Edits: Some corrections courtesy of Christopher.
Edited by Sci-Fi Girl, 25 November 2018 - 12:19 PM.