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Real Identity: J'onn J'onzz
Affiliations: M'hontrrs and Justice League
Appearance (Episodes): Independence Day Part One, Part Two, Schooled, Targets, Terrors, Homefront, Alpha Male, Revelation, Failsafe, Disordered, Coldhearted, Image, Agendas, Usual Suspects, Auld Acquaintance, Happy New Year, Alienated, War, Endgame, Princes All, Away Mission (Illusion), Terminus, Into the Breach, Inhospitable, Needful, Involuntary, The Lady, or The Tigress?, Nomed Esir!, Teg Ydaer!, Encounter Upon the Razor's Edge!, and Death and Rebirth
Appearances (Comics): Stopover, Haunted, Monkey Business, Face Your Fears (Memory), Fears, The Pit..., Players Chapter Two, Players Chapter Three, Players Chapter Four, Players Chapter Five, Players Chapter Six, and Yesterday's Children: Memory Six
Powers/Skills: Telepathy, Telekinesis, Shape Shifting, Density Shifting, Volume Shifting, Above Average Strength, and Law Enforcement
Voiced By: Kevin Michael Richardson
In 1875, J'onn J'onzz was born on Mars and is a Green Martian. He worked as M'hontrr of the Martian police. In 1955, J'onzz was accidentally teleported to Earth by a Zeta-Beam. There, he encountered Dr. Erdel. With the power of shapeshifting, J'onzz blended in among the humans. J'onzz concluded that he wanted to be a force of good and took on the human identity of John Jones. He later became a superhero operating under the codename Martian Manhunter in 2002. In February 2003, he worked with six heroes to repel an Appellaxian invasion of Earth. He co-founded the Justice League as the 7th member later in the month. In Team Year Zero, he was also the oldest member at 135 Earth years old (biologically, a 45 year old male). Martian Manhunter is currently based in Chicago. As John Jones, he lives in room 307 of an apartment rented out by Mrs. Berkowitz.
According to Miss Martian, Martian Manhunter grew to become a true beacon of hope and stood for what Martian society could achieve. Eventually, Manhunter was known as the most famous Martian in history and the greatest M'hontrr ever. Upon his return to Mars, it was declared a day of planetwide celebration. He had his own plans. Upon observing Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Flash take on partners, Manhunter decided it was time to introduce a younger Martian hero to Earth. He held a competition to find the next champion. M'gann M'orzz won and became Miss Martian. In reality, Manhunter first met M'orzz, his sister's daughter, when she stowed away on his Bio-Ship in June Team Year Zero. He contacted her parents M'att M'orzz and J'ann M'orzz, his sister, and got their permission for her to go Earth with him.
On July 4th, Manhunter was present at the Hall of Justice to welcome Robin, Speedy, Aqualad, and Kid Flash. On August 3rd, he joined seven other League members to battle Amazo. He tagged along with Black Canary to the Cave afterwards to pay a visit to Miss Martian. On August 21st, he attended Kent Nelson's funeral. On September 7th, 06:41 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Manhunter made another appearance at the Cave. This time, he meant to wish both Miss Martian and Superboy well on their first day at Happy Harbor High School. When everyone present tried to help decide an alias for Superboy, Manhunter suggested a last name of "Kent." Superboy accepted under the belief it was to honor the late Kent Nelson, when Manhunter was actually borrowing from the last name of Superman's Earth name.
On September 14th, Manhunter joined Superman in a battle against the Terror Twins in New Orleans. This was part of a mission for the Team to sneak Superboy and Miss Martian into Belle Reve Penitentiary as the Twins. Soon after, the Martian Manhunter defeated Headmaster in Chicago. On September 22nd, Martian Manhunter and several other members of the Justice League arrived at the Cave to find it in ruins, the Team unconscious, and Red Tornado missing in action. Manhunter comforted his niece as she regained consciousness. He later helped synchronize key security protocols with the Watchtower mainframe. On October 2nd, 01:55 Central European Summer Time (CEST), Aquaman and Martian Manhunter fought Plant Creatures in Paris, France. They later arrived in Bayou Bartholomew with the rest of the Justice League.
On October 16th, Manhunter psychically linked the Team within an artificial reality for a training exercise. Miss Martian's subconscious took control of the simulation and members of the Team began to fall into a coma. Martian Manhunter discovered his niece possessed a telepathic mind far stronger than his, in terms of raw power. When he entered the reality, Manhunter was overcome by the Team's collective emotion and his thoughts were muddled. Once the other five members of the Team perished, Manhunter was able to remember his purpose and shocked Miss Martian out of the exercise. On November 11th, Martian Manhunter worked with Miss Martian, Artemis, Green Arrow, and Zatanna to destroy a Flying Ice Fortress. On November 22nd, Manhunter informed everyone that Miss Martian taking on Black Canary's form and kissing Superboy was based on a game on Mars. Black Canary was not pleased by the explanation. On November 25th, Martian Manhunter voiced his concern an expanded Justice League could spark opposition teams like the Injustice League. While Red Arrow was debated, Manhunter questioned the definition of age.
On December 30th, Martian Manhunter was present at the Hall of Justice for the induction of The Atom, Dr. Fate, Icon, Plastic Man, and Red Arrow. At 23:46 EST, the mind-controlled League welcomed Vandal Savage to the Watchtower. Manhunter was part of a team of Leaguers sent to Rimbor and went on a 16 hour rampage. On December 31st, Manhunter was summoned to the Watchtower. Red Arrow took him out with a trick arrow that took advantage of his weakness to fire. Some time later, he detected Miss Martian trying to sneak up on him but she turned into her White Martian form and used telepathy to place him into an inferno. While he was distracted, she put a Curotech patch on him to free him from Savage's Starrotech. On January 1st Team Year One, he was present at the debriefing about Red Arrow.
On December 1st, Team Year Five, Martian Manhunter and Red Tornado were present on the Watchtower when Superboy, Superman, and Devastation were teleported away. Manhunter traced a powerful Zeta radiation signal to the Moon and concluded that's where they were beamed to. He then went to Metropolis. He was unable to density shift through the spherical field nor communicate with the alien ship above the city. Manhunter soon suggested it was time to confront the whoever was in the ship. As part of a ruse, he issued a telepathic and verbal messages to the ship while levitating the Flash. Martian Manhunter's telepathy and telekinesis failed against the ship's owner, Brainiac. Brainiac quickly detected his weakness and exposed him to heat. At 18:20 EST, Martian Manhunter regained consciousness and communicated with Nightwing.
In January Team Year Six, Manhunter spent days trying to interrogate a Krolotean but achieving translation proved difficult. When it went suddenly catatonic, Mahunter turned towards the observation glass where Batman, Miss Martian, and Superboy stood. On January 26th, Manhunter left with several of the League to Rimbor where they would stand trial for the 16 hour rampage instigated by the Light. He asked Miss Martian to water the plants in his apartment. On June 20th, Manhunter and the rest were cleared of all charges. They returned to Earth at 23:16 EDT. He attended Wally West's funeral. On July 16th, 00:16 UTC, Team Year Eight, Martian Manhunter was part of the group from the Justice League on Rann helping repel an Apokoliptian invasion force. They were horrified to learn the monster that suddenly died while fighting Black Lightning was a 14 year old metahuman girl from Earth.
On January 25th, 22:25 UTC, Team Year Nine, Manhunter was part of the Justice League's second assault on the Orphanage. However, Granny Goodness activated her machine and they were instantly put under the thrall of the Anti-Life Equation. On January 26th, after 1:07 UTC, the enthralled Martian Manhunter phased through the floor and surprised Alpha Squad then severed Miss Martian's psychic link. Geo-Force chased him off by forming lava on his hands but Superman tossed him. Manhunter picked up the Mother Box Geo-Force dropped. Elsewhere in the Orphanage, Miss Martian briefly felt his mind-touch but knew his mind was not his own. She could not sense any of the Leaguers and Beta Squad and deduced they were under Granny's control. Kaldur'ahm suggested she brain-blast everyone in the room to tip the balance in their favor but Superboy objected. Miss Martian attempted it but it was not enough and both squads were enthralled, too.
At 02:48 UTC, Victor Stone boomed into the Orphanage on the trail of Gretchen Goode only to see her merge back with Granny. He freed Halo from her Cerebral Leash and Halo in turn liberated everyone from the Anti-Life Equation. They destroyed Granny's machine. On February 24th, he remoted attended a meeting of the League, Team, Outsiders and Batman and Nightwing's covert teams on the Watchtower from the Javelin. He voted for Black Lightning to be the next leader of the League. On February 25th, after 07:38 EST, Team Year Ten, J'onn J'onzz informed M'gann M'orzz that all the necessary supplies and equipment were safely stowed aboard Bio-Ship. While she, Conner Kent, and Garfield Logan said their goodbyes, J'onzz plotted a course for M'arzz. On March 22nd, 16:16 UTC, they approached M'arzz. By then, J'onzz was in rotation as the pilot. Bio-Ship preferred to fly the final distance herself to Ma'aleca'andra. M'orzz thought she was excited to be home. She asked her to take them directly to the new Science Center. They learned one of her sisters M'ree M'orzz, was now the Chief Scientist-Bureaucrat of the Science Center and in charge of the Zeta project. She revealed she was going by "Em'ree J'onzz." J'onn J'onzz greeted her and quickly excused himself to get the rest of the equipment out.
After he unloaded everything, M'orzz told Bio-Ship it was okay for her to leave and told her to have fun. He suggested starting construction of the Zeta-Tube now in order to complete the work before Kent and M'orzz's nuptials. Consul-General R'ess E'dda went to the Science Center and ordered all work to cease immediately and declared M'arzz had no need for a Zeta-Tube to Earth then went on a rant about Earthers contaminating their streets and even referring to M'gann M'orzz as a freak of an A'ashenn. J'onn J'onzz stopped him and stated he did not appreciate him talking so rudely about his nieces. E'dda countered he did not appreciate him building a bridge to bring more Earthers to M'arzz and contaminating their culture. He blamed J'onzz for starting it all with his Earther broadcasts. J'onzz stated he regretted nothing. Em'ree J'onzz informed E'dda her orders to construct the Zeta-Tube came directly from Queen J'arlia J'axx. He left to see about that. J'onn J'onzz admitted he did not realize how bad the xenophobia had become. She asked him not to tell the happy couple because her parents wanted the wedding to go well. It revealed the usual prejudices got worse after the murder of King S'turnn J'axx the previous month and Prince J'emm J'axx was planning to ask J'onn to investigate.
The Zeta-Tube was soon ready for its first test. J'onn J'onzz informed M'hontrr Ro'hh K'arr the installation was complete. K'arr gave him permission to continue with the queen's approval. J'onzz hailed Superman thanks to a connection with the Watchtower through the M'arzz-Earth Communications Satellite. Superman confirmed the Watchtower was temporarily moved above the Zeta-Shield and he was good to go. However, at the same time R'ess E'dda arrived at the palace with a mass protest through a massive mind link. Kent and Logan were overwhelmed until M'gann M'orzz put up a filter. She saw Ma'alefa'ak, cloaked, spying on the test and used telekinesis on him. The M'hontrrs tased him and took him into custody. The test resumed and J'onn J'onzz went through the Zeta-Tube. Lor-Zod covertly blew it up with heat vision right after J'onzz entered it. M'orzz could not sense his mind touch.
On March 23rd, 01:28 EDT, Superman, Cyborg, and J'onn J'onzz determined something happened on M'arzz. As they went over their options, Em'ree J'onzz reestablished contact with the Watchtower and confirmed Martian Manhunter was alive and well. At 05:29 UTC, the M'arzz-Earth Communications Satellite was destroyed by Lor-Zod. M'arzz was cut off from Earth and the Justice League. After Steel returned with the Javelin, J'onzz and Superman took it and arrived on M'arzz on March 25th. They landed at the Science Center but by the time they got to Prince J'emm J'axx's celebration, Ma'alefa'ak's Gene Bomb already detonated. Superman felt the effects of Kryptonite in the air. M'orzz and Manhunter carried Superman back up to the coliseum. They were bereft over Superboy's perceived death. Manhunter put a hand on Superman's shoulder and tried to console him.
On April 20th, 22:27 UTC, Martian Manhunter and Miss Martian stormed a meeting of A'ashenn in Ma'alefa'ak's cave. She made short work of the A'ashenn then pinned Ma'alefa'ak. He was surprised her rage was over Kent but claimed he knew nothing about Kryptonite. He invited her to read his mind. She realized he was not lying. Ma'alefa'ak opened a Hush Tube and fled the cave. She wondered who was to blame and sobbed. Martian Manhunter consoled her. On April 21st, 00:49 UTC, aboard Baby, J'onn J'onzz had a video chat with Hawkwoman. Hawkwoman informed him the Justice League accounted for all known Kryptonite on Earth and in the Milky Way Galaxy and none were missing. J'onzz noted more could be out there undiscovered. She agreed but admitted it meant they were out of leads and told J'onzz she was sorry. J'onzz was, too, and signed off with her. He realized M'gann M'orzz heard the whole thing and she silently phased downward. As they prepared to depart M'arzz, Em'ree J'onzz asked to go with them to Earth. He replied she was welcome to join them.
On May 14th, 04:06 UTC, Miss Martian piloted Baby. Em'ree J'onzz tried to lighten the mood and asked, "Are we there yet?" J'onn J'onzz thought it was a serious question and told her they had approximately one more week of travel. She tried to explain but noticed her sister was zoned out. She asked J'onzz to help her with dinner. He deduced what she wanted to talk about. She was worried and knew it was not natural or healthy for her sister to completely close her mind to them. He was sure she just needed the family she created for herself on Earth. She was concerned she could not wait that long and asked how they would help her. He took over as the pilot while she began trying to annoy her sister on purpose. She pretended to whine about how endless the trip was and could not remember why she wanted to go somewhere as banal as Earth. Miss Martian took the bait knowing she was trying to generate a catharsis for her. She admitted it worked a little. They both giggled. J'onn J'onzz smiled.
Miss Martian started to cry. Em'ree J'onzz comforted her. Miss Martian did not know what she was going to do without Conner Kent. Em'ree J'onnz told her she did not have to know yet and told her she just needed time. Miss Martian thanked her and told her she was a terrible counselor but kind of a great sister. Suddenly, Baby was almost hit by a Metropolis school bus possessed by Klarion at 05:16 UTC. On September 16th, he attended Conner Kent and M'gann M'orzz's wedding in Happy Harbor. Before the ceremony stated, he was one of the Leaguers present listening to Black Canary's proposal for a mental health sanctuary for the League and its allies.