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Hank Hall is Hawk, an avatar of War who gets his power from the Lords of Chaos. He and the avatar of Peace Dove protect Washington, D.C. as the crime-fighting duo Hawk and Dove. Hawk and Dove have been members of the Teen Titans as well as its successor team the Titans.

Origin

Henry Hall and his brother Donald were born to a renowned judge named Irwin Hall and his wife. When Hank was in his adolescent years, he and Don discovered a plot by a criminal named Dargo to murder their father so he wouldn't have to do jail time. The boys tracked Dargo to his hideout where they were locked in a room by the criminal. The boys quickly started arguing and Don reminisced that he wished he had the power to break out of the room and save his father. At that moment a bright light appeared and voices told the brothers that if they wished for power they would have to say the magic words- "Hawk" and "Dove". After saying the word "Hawk", Hank was transformed into the avatar of War known as Hawk. Don said "Dove" and was transformed into the avatar of Peace Dove. The pair then broke out of the room and defeated the criminal Dargo, becoming Hawk and Dove—the protectors of Washington, D.C..[1] At one point in their careers, the brothers were employed by the superhero-for-hire service Heroz4U.[2]

The pair later learned their power came from the gods. Hank's power coming from War of the Lords of Chaos, and Don's power coming from Peace of the Lords of Order. Hank would represent savagery and power, while Don would keep him in check with compassion and wisdom.[3]

Teen Titans and the New Dove

Hank and Don were eventually invited to join the Teen Titans, a superhero team made up of primarily of teenagers aged 13-19. The pair accepted the invitation and were early members of the Titans along with Robin, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Caveboy, Herald, Lilith and Speedy.[4] They worked alongside the Russian Titan Red Star,[5] and joined the affiliate team the Titans West.[6]

Eventually, the Teen Titans came up against a Demon named Mister Twister. This demon was incredibly powerful, killing Don in a fateful battle. Twister then made everybody forget the Teen Titans, making Hawk forget the time he spent on the team.[4] In his mind, Don had died in an accident when a burning building collapsed on him.[3]

Hawk was involved in the illegal sale of arms in Nicaragua, drawing political controversy to himself.[5] Hank would later meet a woman named Dawn Granger at his college. Dawn revealed to Hank that she was the new Dove and the pair began an uneasy partnership, Dawn was unable to control Hank in the same way Don did. Dawn never told Hank how she had obtained the role of Dove.[3] Eventually, Hall took on the malevolent new identity of "Extant" and fought against the Justice Society of America,[7] before being trapped outside of time and space in battle with Hourman.[8] Hall was eventually restored as Hawk and was, for a time, a rare male member of the Birds of Prey.[9]

The New 52

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Hawk and Dove prepare to battle D'Yak ninjas

After her break up with Deadman, Dawn would frequently spend her time in bars and nightclubs. Hank would join her in this venture, watching over her in case she got into trouble. One night the partners were having an argument in an alleyway when Hank was shot in the shoulder by a harpoon. Hank and Dawn quickly transformed into Hawk and Dove, with Dawn jumping up to the rooftop where the shot came from. When Hawk got to the roof Dawn was trapped in a net with the assailant standing above her. Hawk attacked the individual calling himself the Hunter, however, the assailant quickly severed Hank's finger with his knife, taking Hank out of the fight. Eventually, Hunter also defeated Dove, taking some of her hair in the process. Before Hunter could finish the fight however a woman attacked him, making him flee. The woman introduced herself as Xyra, a servant of Horus and follower of the Hawk. The strange woman informed her that the Hunter had been hired by a group known as the D'Yak, who opposed the symbol of the Hawk and saw Hank as a false god. Xyra also told Hank and Dawn that the D'Yak would use the body parts Hunter stole to craft a totem that could defeat them in battle.[10]

Hawk, Dove, and Xyra were able to locate the Temple of the D'Yak where they formulated a plan to take down the high priest of the D'Yak. Hawk went in head first to cause a distraction for the D'Yak ninjas, while Dove and Xyra went directly for the high priest D'Khan. After taking down the ninjas Hawk went to support Dove who was battling D'Khan. Using a sword from a ninja, Hawk killed D'Khan before he could end him and his partner. The Hunter fled the scene, stating that he would no longer be hunting the pair.[11]

He and Dove fought against Johnny Quick and Atomica, members of the supervillainous Crime Syndicate from the alternate universe of Earth 3,[12] were among the heroes whose secret identities were investigated by Mister Minos for the intelligence agency Spyral,[13] and were approached as potential members of the Justice League United.[14]

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DC Rebirth

He and Dove ventured to Saint Petersburg, Russia, where they were caught in a conflict between the Russian armored police force the Rocket Red Brigade, and Chechen separatists. They were arrested for interfering in police business by the Rocket Reds, whom the heroes accused of escalating tensions with the Chechens and provoking a terrorist attack.[5]

Back in the United States of America, Hawk and Dove were mind-controlled by a new Mento, who made them bomb the yacht of Steve Dayton, the original Mento, and later, to fight against each other and incite a riot outside the headquarters of his Dayton Industries.[15] The arrival of the Titans drove Mento away, weakening his influence and allowing Hawk to regain control of himself before he could hurt Dove. They aided the Titans in clearing debris from the struggle, before departing with them to confront Dayton, who they believed to be the one responsible for their actions, at his estate.[16] There, the Titan Beast Boy was influenced by the true Mento, Dayton's long-suffering assistant Breuer, into attacking Dayton, his teammates, and Hawk and Dove. Wrestling ineffectually with Beast Boy, who had taken the form of a dinosaur, Hawk accused the Titans of holding back against their friend, and threatened Dayton for his supposed actions only to discover the new Mento's true identity. Hawk was held back from attacking Breuer by the Titans' leader Robin until the helmet that gave him his psychic powers had been removed, after which he beat their defeated foe until stopped by Dove.[17]

With Dove, he also acquired status with the Justice League, and in their headquarters, the Hall of Justice, contracted a Joker Venom infection from a captive and contagious James Gordon.[18] Under the sway of the Batman Who Laughs, Hawk and other infected Leaguers captured rival villain Lex Luthor before losing custody of him to the Joker.[19] Hawk and the infected faced off against Luthor's forces at the Hall of Justice, only for their foe to cure him before teleporting away with the Batman Who Laughs.[20]

On the eve of the final offensive by the forces of Earth against those of the Batman Who Laughs, Hawk and Dove attended a gathering of Titans members past and present, mingling with both his one-time teammates and newly-recruited rookie Titans,[21] before joining the final battle with his resurrected brother by his side.[22]

Infinite Frontier

At some point after the multiverse was reborn, his Extant persona resurfaced and tried to use the Worlogog to recreate reality, only to be stopped by The Totality.[23] As Hawk, he comforted Granger at a vigil held for the seemingly-deceased members of the Justice League,[24] and was enlisted by his one-time Titans West teammate Bette Kane to infiltrate a cult known as the "Love Hive." However, Hall fell under the influence of the Hive's psychoactive honey, forcing Kane to assemble a new Titans West, including Granger, to come to his rescue. The brainwashed Hall made advances towards his partner and attempted to force the honey upon her, turning violent when she resisted. Dove goaded Hall into transforming into Hawk while the other Titans drove off the cult's leader Queen Bee, restoring the minds of Hall and the other cultists. Though they were reluctant to reform the Titans West, Hawk and his one-time teammates stayed together to search for Lilith Clay, another missing ally.[6] Shortly before Insomnia's nightmare invasion of the waking world, Hawk and Dove drank together at Clark's Bar in Star City.[25]

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Powers

  • Transformation: When Hank Hall says the word "Hawk," he transforms into the avatar of war, granting him several powers to assist him in his crime-fighting. Upon saying the word, a costume also materializes on his person.[26]
    • Danger Sense: Hank has the ability to perceive a dangerous situation before it occurs.[27]
    • Accelerated Healing: Hawk heals from wounds incredibly quickly. During his fight with the Hunter, he was shot with a harpoon gun, and the wound from the rifle healed within seconds. His finger was also severed by Hunter, but it grew back within a day.[10]
    • Claws: With razor-sharp claws capable of carving a hole through Mister Twister's chest, Hawk's hands are deadly weapons.[4]
    • Enhanced Vision
    • Superhuman Agility: When fighting, Hawk appears almost as a blur, leaping from one enemy to another.[28]
    • Superhuman Durability
    • Superhuman Strength: After transforming, Hawk's strength becomes several times that of an ordinary man. He can hurl people with enough strength to shatter concrete and send them flying with his blows. Dove once had to stop him from using his full strength on a criminal because he was killing him.[28] Hank's strength enabled him to rip Ding-Dong Daddy cybernetic body to pieces with his bare hands.[29]
    • Flight[29]
  • Chronokinesis (Formerly)


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