Martian Manhunter
Martian Manhunter
Portrayed by Idris Elba
Full Name J'onn J'onzz
Age 30 (9,732)
Height 6'7"
Build Strongman
Eyes Red
Hair None
Skin Green
Factions Justice League

Claim to Fame

Last Son of Mars, Defender of Earth, and member of the Justice League.


The Martian Manhunter is simultaneously a global champion for moral justice and an alien invader whose deeds have little regard for tyrannical law. He is best known in third world regions who typically see little heroism applied to their plight giving him an almost 'Superman' level of notoriety. To some, he's a cold and impersonal individual with a very alien appearance. To others, he's a respected friend that is always available when you need
him most, no matter what that need requires. Most importantly, he works with the members of the Justice League to bring Peace, Harmony, and Prosperity to this World so it doesn't suffer the same fate as his own.


Tens of Thousands of years in the past an extremely dangerous race of beings called "the Burning" caused large fires to help themselves reproduce asexually. In order to prevent the Burning from destroying much of the universe, the Guardians of the Universe split the species into the Green Martians and the White Martians, changed their reproductive behavior, and instilled in them a fear of fire.

Roughly ten thousand years ago, Mars (called Ma'aleca'andra by the inhabitants) was a living world, populated by a race of humanoids divided by skin color. The Green Martians known as M'yrnn and Sha'sheen gave birth to twin sons. The bearing of twins was uncommon among the Martian culture, and as such, the first of the twins was named J'onn J'onzz, whose name means "Light to the Light." J'onn's brother, however, was born a mutant, bereft of a Martian's innate ability to communicate telepathically. He was named Ma'alefa'ak, whose name means "Darkness in the Heart.

Years passed, and J'onn's brother Ma'alefa'ak grew to despise everything about Martian culture. In an ambitious endeavor to commit full-scale genocide against his own people, as well as make it look like his brother caused it, he engineered a contagious virus known as H'ronmeer's Curse. The virus would react to telepathic energy and carried from one Martian to the next whenever they elected to use their psionic powers. However, before he could implement his plan, the populace received a psychic warning, which the government perceived as a threat and recruited several of its people, including a young newly trained Manhunter J'onn J'onzz to investigate.

While on their mission, his Ma'alefa'ak unveiled a double-cross, killing all of the Manhunters except J'onzz and then used their blood for a magic ritual that empowered J'onn - permanently, against his will. Ma'alefa'ak disappeared after the ceremony, disappointed that his ritual did not cause the havoc he had hoped for, but ultimately would lead to his own demise. J'onn would continue hunting for his brother Ma'alefa'ak, and discovered a monster - the cause of the psychic warning that had sent him on the mission in the first place. Taking the shape of J'onn J'onzz's, the monster explained that it was the embodiment of the dying Martian biosphere, trying to warn the populace to help it. However, the embodiment decreed that what he had seen of the populace, specifically his brother, showed they were unworthy, and Mars and the Martians were sentenced to death.

A plague responded to the Martian's innate fear of fire, causing them psychosomatic stress so intense, that their bodies and minds would literally burst into flame. J'onn was anguished as he watched his family burning to death before his very eyes. The trauma of the event shattered his psyche, and nearly drove him mad. The entity ended up throwing J'onn to Earth, where he lost himself in an infinity of identities before finally, almost nine thousand years later, he attempted to rebuild his shattered psyche to become a hero once again.

The last several decades on Earth J'onn has spent familiarizing himself with the new planet he was on. He had vague memories of his past, but given the psychic shock he experienced there were vast gaps in what he remembered. He learned about these people, watching them change, and watching them adjust to the changes through time. Roughly ten years ago, he met another alien on Earth known as Superman. He had watches from the sidelines as Kal El, and other heroes formed an organization to protect the planet Earth. As he watched, and learned more he decided that he would do what he could to protect this planet with them. He reached out to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman to offer his abilities and knowledge to their cause. He has since brought not only his powers, but his personal beliefs on the quest for the Life Equation from his Martian Culture to make Earth the planet it has the potential to become.

Character Details

J'onn appears to have a cold and alien personality on first interacting with most humans. Over time people learn that it is more a stoic demeanor. He has very restricted emotional expressions given that his species relayed most of their emotions via telepathic communication. J'onn typically acts as the voice of reason, and is one of the wisest leaders within the hero community. J'onn is naturally capable of viewing a situation from the angles of the various participants, and this ability to 'walk in someone else shoes' provides a level of understanding that most heroes or vigilantes usually ignore.

Tearing himself away from his Species, witnessing the mass extinction of them, and now being left on a planet that is fairly xenophobic has caused J'onn to be slightly aloof when working with Humans.

Despite his perceived cold exterior, J'onn is one of the Kindest and Most Noble of Souls on Earth. While attempting to find a home on this new planet, J'onn naturally emulates many of the most respected Virtues from across all Cultures. J'onn has demonstrated enormous willpower, as evidenced by his ability to retain his sanity after the death of his race. He has a subtle sense of humor and an affinity for Oreo (Choco) cookies.


RP Logs & Journals

November 13, 2017: A Stroll in the Park

A gang fight has a couple Metas on one side, but neither sides have what comes to stop them!

(permalink: log:6498 | tags: jla martian_manhunter metropolis misfit poison_ivy red_hood starfire | posted: 14 Nov 2017 18:04)

November 13, 2017: The Oreo League

Several members of the Justice League meet aboard the Watchtower during its re-opening phase and they share a moment in a Cantina aboard the station.

(permalink: log:6496 | tags: black_canary captain_marvel martian_manhunter superman wonder_woman | posted: 14 Nov 2017 03:49)

November 11, 2017: Helping Mother Earth

Terra answers the call when a huge Earthquake affects a city in South America, where she meets J'onn who also came to lend his aid. Together they manage to save people and calm the shaking ground.

(permalink: log:6480 | tags: martian_manhunter terra | posted: 12 Nov 2017 00:19)

March 03, 2017: CADMUS Caper: Prelude

Batman and the Martian Manhunter plot a caper.

(permalink: log:5465 | tags: batman jl-mists martian_manhunter | posted: 05 Mar 2017 02:56)

March 02, 2017: Dr. Rao, I Presume

A panicked phone call to the League switchboard brings several of the League's premiere members to the aid of a scientist fleeing the DEO's operations in Hell Gate, Metropolis.

(permalink: log:5468 | tags: captain_marvel jl-mists martian_manhunter wonder_woman | posted: 05 Mar 2017 22:13)

February 19, 2017: Undersea Extraction - Water Team

So, everyone came down to the deepest depths of the ocean on a supersecret save the world mission. And then, see, kaboom. Everything went to crud. Someone has to take on the big nasty in the water. And this is their tale!

(permalink: log:5390 | tags: aquaman aquawoman captain_marvel flash jl-mists martian_manhunter spoiler | posted: 21 Feb 2017 01:40)

February 19, 2017: Undersea Extraction - Lab Team

Flash leads the mission to Apokolip's Crashed Lab.

(permalink: log:5376 | tags: aquaman captain_america captain_marvel fairchild flash jl-mists jonah_maiava lara_croft martian_manhunter spoiler | posted: 19 Feb 2017 13:57)

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