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Real Identity: Shayera Hol
Affiliation(s): Thanagar and Justice League/Unlimited
Appearances (JL/U): Secret Origins Part Two, Part Three, In Blackest Night Part One, Part Two, Injustice For All Part One, Part Two, War World Part One, Part Two, Brave and the Bold Part Two, Fury Part One, Part Two, Legends Part One, Part Two, Metamorphosis Part One, Part Two, Savage Time Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Twilight Part One, Part Two, Tabula Rasa Part One, Part Two, Only a Dream Part One, Part Two, Hearts and Minds Part One, Part Two, A Better World Part One, Part Two, Eclipsed Part Two, Terror Beyond Part One, Part Two, Secret Society Part One, Part Two, Hereafter Part One, Part Two, Wild Cards Part One, Part Two, Comfort and Joy, Starcrossed Part One, Part Two, Part Three, the Return, Wake the Dead, Once and Future Thing Part One, Part Two, Doomsday Sanction, The Balance, Clash, Hunter's Moon, Panic in the Sky, Divided We Fall, Epilogue, I am Legion, Shadow of the Hawk, To Another Shore, Flash and Substance, Grudge Match, Ancient History and Destroyer
Appearances (SS): A League of Their Own Part One and Part Two
Appearances (JLI Comics): The Mirror Crack'd, The Mirror Crack'd Part Two, The Mirror Crack'd Part Three, The Mirror Crack'd Part Four, The Mirror Crack'd Part Five, The Mirror Crack'd Part Six, and The Mirror Crack'd Part Seven
Voiced By: Maria Canals
Shayera Hol was an undercover detective on her native planet of Thanagar. Several years ago, while pursuing some criminals who were trafficking in forbidden technology, she was zapped by a dimensional transport beam, known as a zeta-beam. Her molecular structure was ripped apart and sent halfway across the galaxy. When she awoke, she found herself on an uncharted planet called Earth. Using her survival training, she adopted a human identity and learned to blend in with the native population. As Hawkgirl, her wings allow her the power of flight. She is also very strong and wields an energy mace composed of Nth Metal.
Hol hoped to return to Thanagar someday, but had developed a strong bond with the people of Earth. As Hawkgirl, she served and protected her adopted home, until, the Thangarians of her home planet came to Earth. They seemingly wanted to aid the planet against their foes, the Gordanians. However, it was later revealed that they were going to sacrifice the planet Earth to save their people. It was also revealed that Hawkgirl had given away the secrets of the League and was a spy for the past couple of years. However, she did not know that her people wanted to sacrifice Earth. As a result she betrayed the Thanagarians and helped the League, which had now turned their back on her.
In the end, Hol and her relationship with her people, the Thanagarians, was ended and she was outcast. Then, when it came to a League decision of whether she would be allowed to stay in the League or not, she decided that she would rather resign from the League than let the decision come down to a vote. Outside of Wayne Manor, Hol bid John Stewart farewell and flew off.
Hol was allowed sanctuary by fellow superhero, Dr. Fate at his residence in Salem. Dr. Fate and his wife Inza attempted to do their best to guide her to a new path. That path presented itself when Solomon Grundy was possessed by Chaos magic and went on a rampage. It turned out that Hol's mace, built from Nth Metal, was the only object on the planet capable of stopping Grundy. However, feeling an attachment to Grundy, Hol was hesitant to fight Grundy. But when there was no other choice, Hol granted her friend peace and ended his life again. Afterwards, Green Lantern revealed that Hol was never voted off the League. Green Lantern abstained and Superman broke the tie. Hol was welcomed back into the League to a limited degree. Often isolating herself from her teammates, J'onn was concerned she wasn't presenting herself as a leader since she is considered one of the original members. It seems Hol bears multiple burdens; the expectations of being a leader, her betrayal and the knowledge that her choice to help stop her race led to their downfall.
Hol eventually regained her bearings and retook her position as a founding member of the Justice League. She then encountered Carter Hall. She was charmed by his advances but since changed when Batman revealed he was stalker. However, she was more angered because she felt that Batman and Green Lantern did not trust her. Hol accompanied Hall to Egypt to uncover his claims of a Thanagarian presence. John Stewart later revealed to Hol that they would eventually have a child that would grow up to become the super hero, Warhawk. With this knowledge, she confronted Batman on what he remembered about Warhawk. Years later, Hol attended Flash's surprise birthday party at the Metrotower. She talked to Vixen about a recent trip she took to Themyscira for an Amazonian meditation retreat with Wonder Woman. Green Lantern came over but it got under her skin and informed him they weren't talking about him because he wasn't the center of the universe and stormed off. She noticed a Boom Tube forming and tried to warn the League but it was too late. She was one of the Leaguers who fought Overman, a fascist doppelanger of Superman from a parallel universe.
J'onn J'onzz, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Shayera Hol, Batman, Vixen, and Green Lantern took Overman to the Watchtower with Lois Lane. J'onn believed he could telepathically follow the emanations he sensed to the source of the dimensional overlap. Batman was skeptical about hinging Earth's survival on a psychic intuition and going into a vortex they had little data on then speculated they could be destroyed on contact and obliterate all life on Earth in the process. Wonder Woman asked him if he always looked for the worst in every situation. Shayera Hol pointed out their choices were limited so J'onn's plan was the best option. After Wonder Woman vanished, Lane noticed Shayera react to Lantern and Vixen holding each other tightly and quietly wondered if that was hurt or jealously in her eyes. Shayera informed everyone that Atom and Mr. Terrific just finished upgrading the Javelin fleet and they would be using it for their mission into the vortex. Shayera Hol had faith in J'onn J'onzz getting them through but was surprised to learn Amazo was the cause of the crisis.
Amazo denied it was the cause and insisted it was searching for answers to a question they could never understand. Hol already deduced correctly it was seeking completion. It revealed completion lied on the other side of a mirror fragment but J'onn J'onzz found it was the source of the dimensional overlaps and a being of incalculable power was behind it. That being, dubbed, Amazo II was freed and cast the battle with the Justice League and Justice Alliance of Earth-D into the landscapes of everyone's minds. Shayera Hol hit it in the back of the head with her mace. She was grabbed and Amazo II tore her wings off. She died from the shock. Lantern was horrified and held her body in his arms. He realized he never stopped loving her. Vixen realized it, too. Both versions of J'onn J'onzz deduced the truth and everyone was still alive but in a state of paralysis. After the Multiverse crisis ended, unaware Vixen just broke up with Green Lantern, Hol brought him a piece of cake. She helped in the battle against Grodd and his army of mutant gorillas in Washington DC.
A short time later, Hol was part of a unit assigned to defeat a new Royal Flush Gang. When Amanda Waller revealed Project Cadmus' connection to the Gang, she presented a weapon that would safely kill Ace, leader of the Gang and member of a previous one. Ace's mental powers evolved but a fatal brain aneurysm also developed. Hol stepped forward to be the one to administer the weapon but Batman insisted that he was the only one who could get close enough to use it, as he was the only hero she met on her previous encounter with the Justice League. Sometime possibly in the 2010-2020's, Shayera Hol and John Stewart became a couple again and conceived their son.