WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN to FINAL CRISIS? – Episode #26 – Every character in the DC Universe!

Did you realize that every week for the last six months, the Pulse has been providing you with detailed analyses and histories of all the characters who have been playing a part in not only Countdown, but the entire DC Universe itself? Over the previous 26 weeks this means character bios, histories and appearances listings for dozens of heroes and villains... A veritable encyclopedia of DC characters! This week, we're providing an index of all these characters, complete with hyperlinks… So bookmark this! You know you'll need it later when you have questions about "Who's Who" in the DC Universe.


This compendium is split into two sections. The initial section is a week-by-week examination of each Countdown #51 through #27, each of which is divided into three parts: First, a SYNOPSIS – a brief summary of each different sub-plot that runs through that particular issue; Second, FIRST APPEARANCES – A list of characters who made their initial appearance in the series that issue; Last, PLOT LINES – As we all know, Countdown has different stories – "threads", as it were – running through each issue and continuing into following weeks. This last section, therefore, tells which character's "thread" appeared in that issue.

Finally, an index and links to each week's Episode of Who Counts in Countdown?, complete with a listing of which characters were examined that week.

Every character's name is a hyperlink to that character's appearance in Who Counts in Countdown? on the Pulse. It's the same article, so for example, anywhere on this page you click Mary Marvel, you'll be magically whisked to her analysis (WCIC? – Episode #49) housed on the Pulse's supercomputers in our arctic Fortress of Solitude.

You'll want to click some of these links today to catch up on some characters you might want to get to know better, or issues you missed. No matter what, you will seriously want to bookmark this feature, and refer to it later. You never know when you'll need to look up the Riddler's first appearance, or what issue Holly Robinson took over for Catwoman. And it's all right here!

COUNTDOWN #51
SYNOPSIS: A Monitor kills Duela Dent (Joker's Daughter) and leaves when another Monitor comes to save Jason Todd's bacon. Mary Batson is searching for reasons why she lost her Marvel powers. Darkseid and DeSaad discuss the future of the universe over a chessboard with superhero pieces that look uncannily like Heroclix™. Heat Wave (Mick Rory); Trickster (James Jesse); Pied Piper (Hartley Rathaway) talk about plans to re-form the Rogues.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Joker's Daughter (Duela Dent) (dies)
The Monitors;
Red Hood (Jason Todd)
Mary Batson (Mary Marvel)
Darkseid
DeSaad
Heat Wave
Trickster
Pied Piper

PLOT LINES:
The Monitors/Jason Todd/ Duela Dent
Mary Marvel
Darkseid
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)

COUNTDOWN #50
SYNOPSIS:
Jimmy Olsen investigates the death of Duela Dent (Joker's Daughter), which leads him first to the Red Hood, and then to Arkham Asylum to interview the Joker. Mary Batson looks for a way to get her powers back. Rogues bicker amongst themselves, and we get the sense that Pied Piper and Trickster are not what they seem. Stilted crossover from "Lightning Saga" in Justice League of America.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Jimmy Olsen
Madame Xanadu
Karate Kid (Val Armorr )
Joker
Killer Croc
Mirror Master
Weather Wizard

PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Jason Todd
Mary Marvel
Rouges (including Trickster and Pied Piper).
Karate Kid



COUNTDOWN #49
SYNOPSIS:
Killer Croc tries to take a bite out of Jimmy Olsen, who goes all stretchy. Mary Marvel goes to Gotham to find her missing powers. Rogues test the Pied Piper and Trickster. Red Arrow questions Karate Kid on the JLA satellite.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Black Adam
Red Arrow

PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel
Rogues
Karate Kid

COUNTDOWN #48
SYNOPSIS:
Mary Marvel asks Black Adam for help getting her powers back. Jimmy Olsen witnesses the death of a Lightray. Karate Kid talks to Starman to determine what's going on.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Lightray
Starman
PLOT LINES:
Mary Marvel
Jimmy Olsen
Karate Kid

BACK STORY (MONITORS) - SYNOPSIS:
The Monitors look at the history of the "first" Multiverse - the first meeting between the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America. See "WHO'S MONITORING THE MULTIVERSE?"


COUNTDOWN #47 - SYNOPSIS:
Black Adam gives Mary Marvel his powers. Trickster and Pied Piper reveal why they are back with the Rogues.
Holly Robinson and the Amazons first appear.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Holly Robinson

PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Holly Robinson /Amazons

BACK STORY (MONITORS) SYNOPSIS:
The Monitors look at the history of the "first" Multiverse - the second meeting between the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America, which was the first meeting with The Crime Syndicate of America.
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COUNTDOWN #46
SYNOPSIS:
The Monitors send Forerunner after Donna Troy and Jason Todd. Mary Marvel tries out her new powers.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Lois Lane
Donna Troy
Forerunner (first appearance anywhere)
Captain Cold (Leonard Snart);
Inertia (Thaddeus Thawne);
Pharyngula
Sleez

PLOT LINES:
The Monitors (Forerunner)
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd)
Mary Marvel
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)

COUNTDOWN #45
SYNOPSIS:
Jason Todd and Donna Troy fight Forerunner. Jimmy Olsen and Holly Robinson cross paths in Suicide Slum while Jimmy is investigating the death of New God, Sleez. On the JLA satellite, Dr. Mid-Nite ponders why the Legion of Super-Heroes has appeared in the 21st Century.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
New Gods (only in Flashback)
Monarch (Captain Atom; Nathaniel Adam)
Dr. Mid-Nite
Legion of Super-Heroes' Dream Girl
PLOT LINES:
Forerunner
Challengers from Beyond (Jason Todd & Donna Troy)
Jimmy Olsen
JLA/LSH "Lightning Saga" cross-over



COUNTDOWN #44
SYNOPSIS:
Mary Marvel – with new powers – confronts Billy Batson. Jimmy tests his new powers. Monarch recruits Forerunner. Holly Robinson is taken in by the Amazons. Pied Piper and Trickster are on the run after the death of Bart Allen.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Wizard Shazam (Billy Batson)
PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Monarch /Forerunner
Holly Robinson

COUNTDOWN #43
SYNOPSIS:
The funeral for Bart Allen. Monarch gives Forerunner a tour of his militaristic training camp. Athena gives Holly Robinson a tour of the Amazon women's shelter. Bob the Monitor reveals to Jason Todd and Donna Troy that the secret to saving the Multiverse will be with finding Ray Palmer (the Atom).

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Kid Flash (Bart Allen - via videotape)
Teen Titans
Doom Patrol
Justice Society
Suicide Squad
Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn)

PLOT LINES:
Monarch /Forerunner
Holly Robinson
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd)

COUNTDOWN #42
SYNOPSIS:
Mary Marvel and The Riddler take on Clayface. Pied Piper and Trickster try to escape from their captors. Donna Troy and Jason Todd recruit the All-New Atom (Ryan Choi) in their search for the original Ray Palmer (the Atom).
FIRST APPEARANCES:
Clayface
The Riddler (Edward Nigma)
All-New Atom (Ryan Choi)

PLOT LINES:
Mary Marvel
Holly Robinson (and Harley Quinn)
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd)

COUNTDOWN #41
SYNOPSIS:
Trickster and Pied Piper find a way to survive their plunge from a plane at 32,000 ft. Jimmy tries on superhero costumes. Challengers from Beyond and the All-New Atom search for Ray Palmer (the Atom). Una stays with Karate Kid in the 21st century. Eclipso has her eye on Mary Marvel.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Legion of Super-Heroes' Dawnstar, Sensor Girl, Wildfire and Una (Triplicate Girl)
Eclipso (Jean Loring)

PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/ Eclipso
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Karate Kid

COUNTDOWN #40
SYNOPSIS:
The quest for Ray Palmer (the Atom) continues in the "Palmerverse". Mary Marvel seeks Zatanna's help. Trickster and Pied Piper seek shelter with the Penguin. Jimmy Olsen as Mr. Action goes out looking for adventure.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Zatanna
Forager
Oracle (Barbara Gordon)
Question (Renee Montoya)
Penguin

PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/ Zatanna
Holly Robinson
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd)/ All-New Atom
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Holly Robinson/Harley Quinn



COUNTDOWN #39
SYNOPSIS:
Karate Kid and Una visit Oracle. Penguin drops a dime on Trickster and Pied Piper to the Suicide Squad. Jimmy Olsen as Mr. Action continues to look for trouble. Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd) and All-New Atom continue the search for Ray Palmer (the Atom). Holly Robinson visits Athena at the Amazon women's shelter.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Batwoman (Kate Kane)

PLOT LINES:
Mary Marvel/ Zatanna / Eclipso
Jimmy Olsen
Karate Kid and Una (Triplicate Girl)
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper) and Suicide Squad
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd) and All-New Atom
Holly Robinson and Amazons/ Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn)


COUNTDOWN #38
SYNOPSIS:
Zatanna tries to help Mary Marvel and they encounter a mysterious force. Oracle battles the Calculator on the interweb while Karate Kid and Una look on. Question and Batwoman interrogate Trickster and Pied Piper. Mr. Action tries to join the Teen Titans.


FIRST APPEARANCES:
Freedom Fighters
Slig
Robin (Tim Drake
Calculator (Noah Kuttler)
PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/ Zatanna
Karate Kid
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)


COUNTDOWN #37
SYNOPSIS:
Oracle finishes her testing of Karate Kid. Zatanna welcomes Mary Marvel to Shadowcrest. Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd) and All-New Atom meet the Sacred Wizards of the Arionite Temple. Pied Piper and Trickster pick fruit in a greenhouse and encounter Poison Ivy. Holly and Harley work out at the Amazon women's shelter. Jimmy Olsen tell Clark Kent he knows his secret identity as Superman.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
None we care about.

PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/ Zatanna
Karate Kid
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd) Holly Robinson & Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn)

COUNTDOWN #36
SYNOPSIS:
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd) and All-New Atom are trapped in the Palmerverse. Poison Ivy's partner, Deathstroke sets Trickster and Pied Piper straight. Eclipso pushes Mary Marvel to the dark side. Mr. Action tries to join the Justice League. Karate Kid fights Equus while Mr. Orr looks on through a monitor.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Deathstroke (Slade Wilson)
Equus and Mr. Orr

PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/Zatanna/ Eclipso
Karate Kid/ Equus
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd) Holly Robinson & Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn)



COUNTDOWN #35
SYNOPSIS:
Queen Belthera captures the Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd) and All-New Atom. Zatanna kicks Mary Marvel out of her home. Mr. Action auditions with the Justice League and doesn't perform well. Athena begins the warrior training of Holly Robinson and Harleen Quinzel. Karate Kid continues to battle Equus and meets Mr. Orr.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Queen Belthera
Granny Goodness (disguised as Athena)
PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/Zatanna/ Eclipso
Karate Kid/ Equus
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd) Holly Robinson & Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn)



COUNTDOWN #34
SYNOPSIS:
Flash (Wally West) interrogates Trickster and Pied Piper. John Henry Irons tests Jimmy Olsen at Infinity Inc., and Jimmy almost explodes. Holly and Harleen fight to a draw. Mary Marvel meets Klarion the Witch Boy.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Flash
John Henry Irons

PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/ Klarion the Witch Boy
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy and Jason Todd) Holly Robinson & Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn)



COUNTDOWN #33
SYNOPSIS:
Wally removes bombs from Trickster and Pied Piper's necks and removes them to safety. Kyle Rayner (Ion) replaces All-New Atom in the Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion)) searching for Ray Palmer (the Atom). Mary Marvel makes a deal with Klarion the Witch Boy. Cadmus approaches Jimmy Olsen about testing his condition.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Kyle Rayner (Ion)
Klarion the Witch Boy and his familiar,Teekl
PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion))
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)



COUNTDOWN #32
SYNOPSIS:
Mary Marvel gives Klarion the Witch Boy a fraction of her power in return for some guidance – but he was tricking her and that makes her mad! Flash puts Hassan the mummy on guard of Pied Piper and Trickster, but they tried to escape. Cadmus Labs tests Jimmy Olsen. The Monitors deflect the Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion))'s search for Ray Palmer (the Atom) to Moscow of Earth-30 (Red Son Superman), and then they head to the Crime Syndicate's Earth-3. Eclipso confronts Mary Marvel, saying they're "going to be good friends". Trickster and Piper crash Black Canary's bachelorette party, and escape by stealing a Porsche.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Cadmus Labs crew
Black Canary
Every female hero in the DC Universe
Crime Society
PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/ Eclipso
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion))

COUNTDOWN #31
SYNOPSIS:
The Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion)) battle the Crime Society and meets the Jokester. Eclipso continues to bring Mary Marvel to the dark side. Mr. Mxyzptlk appears and disappears. Karate Kid meets Buddy Blank. Cadmus continues to test Jimmy Olsen.


FIRST APPEARANCES:
The Jokester (Earth-3)
Mr. Mxyzptlk and Gsptlsnz
Buddy Blank
Crime Society

PLOT LINES:
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion))/Crime Society
Mary Marvel/ Eclipso
Jimmy Olsen
Karate Kid/ Buddy Blank


COUNTDOWN #30
SYNOPSIS:
Trickster and Piper escape from Green Arrow and Black Canary's wedding. Jimmy busts out of Cadmus, Karate Kid meets Brother Eye. The Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion)) land on Earth-15. Athena brings Holly Robinson and Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn) to the Amazon island of Themyscria.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Justice League of Earth-15.COUNTDOWN #2
Secret Society of Super-Villains
PLOT LINES:
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Jimmy Olsen
Karate Kid
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion))
Holly Robinson and Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn)

COUNTDOWN #29
SYNOPSIS:
Lord Havok and the Extremists capture The Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion)) while on Earth-8. The Newsboy Legion helps Jimmy escape Cadmus. Eclipso continues to seduce Mary Marvel to the dark side. Brother Eye attacks Karate Kid.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Brother Eye
Newsboy Legion
Lord Havok and The Extremists
Double Down (Jeremy Tell)
PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/ Eclipso
Karate Kid
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion))
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Holly Robinson and Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn)

COUNTDOWN #28
SYNOPSIS:
Karate Kid confronts Brother Eye. Forager grabs Jimmy Olsen and takes him for a ride. Shadowpact tries to subdue Mary Marvel. The Crime Syndicate, the Extremists and Monarch gang up on the Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Ray Kyle Rayner (Ion)ner). Suicide Squad continues to track Trickster and Pied Piper.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
None
PLOT LINES:
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/Shadowpact
Karate Kid
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion))/ Lord Havok and The Extremists / Crime Society
Monarch



COUNTDOWN #27
SYNOPSIS:
Karate Kid, Una and Buddy Blank arrive in Bludhaven. Jason Todd betrays the Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion)) and switches allegiance to Monarch's crowd. Jimmy Olsen agrees to go with Forager to find the souls of the slain New Gods. Mary Marvel escapes from Shadowpact. Holly and Harley begin Amazon boot camp. Trickster and Piper why all the super-villains are disappearing.

FIRST APPEARANCES:
Two-Face (Harvey Dent)
PLOT LINES:
Karate Kid/ Buddy Blank
Challengers from Beyond (Donna Troy, Jason Todd and Kyle Rayner (Ion))/ Lord Havok and The Extremists / Crime Society
Jimmy Olsen
Mary Marvel/ Eclipso /Shadowpact
Rogues (Trickster and Pied Piper)
Holly Robinson and Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn)
Monarch /Forerunner

WEEK-BY-WEEK LIST OF CHARACTERS in WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN?
WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 27 - The Forager

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 28 - Triplicate Girl

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 29 - Lord Havok and The Extremists

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 30 - Mr. Mxyzptlk

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 31 - Crime Syndicate of Amerika

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 32 - Klarion the Witch Boy

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 33 - Buddy Blank and Omac

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 34 - Black Canary

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 35 - Equus and Mr. Orr

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 36 - Harley Quinn

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 37 - Zatanna

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 38 - Batwoman

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 39 - Oracle (Babs Gordon)

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 40 - The Atom

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 41 - The Riddler

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 42 - All-New Atom & Clayface

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 43 - Starman

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 44 - Eclipso

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 45 - Monarch

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 46 - Kyle Rayner (Ion) & Holly Robinson

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 47 - Donna Troy & Lightray

MONITORING THE MULTIVERSE

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 48 - Jimmy Olsen & Black Adam

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 49 - Mary Marvel, Red Arrow, Trickster, Pied Piper

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 50 - Joker, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, Madame Xanadu, Karate Kid

WHO COUNTS IN COUNTDOWN? - WEEK 51 - Darkseid, DeSaad, Jason Todd, the Monitors, Duela Dent