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Martian Manhunter is a superhero and a member of the Justice League.

On Mars, J'onn J'onzz was regarded as the greatest warrior of the Green Martians. He started a family with his wife M'yri'ah after the birth of their daughter, K'hym. Tragedy struck when the White Martians incited a civil war and ravaged the Green Martian's city. As all his people were murdered, J'Onzz was accidentally teleported to Earth by Dr. Erdel.

In Middleton, Denver, Colorado, Dr. Saul Erdel attempted to send and receive a deep space signal to find alien life. Instead, he teleported a Martian to Earth. After forming a bond with Erdel, he learned much about his sense of heroism and good will. J'onzz concluded that he wanted to be a force of good and protect his adopted home. He later became a superhero named Martian Manhunter and joined the Justice League.

Years later, he and the most of the Justice League agreed to help Alexander Luthor to defeat the Crime Syndicate. Martian Manhunter and the Flash disrupted one of Johnny Quick's smuggling operations. He appeared as a sea serpent and constricted Archer, one of Quick's Made Men, into submission then scuttled Quick's ship. The League's success caught the attention of President Wilson, who wanted to preserve status quo rather than challenge it. Manhunter read Wilson's daughter's mind without permission and presented the notion that the President was a soldier who didn't want to risk causing senseless bloodshed in a war, something J'onzz understood. Out of guilt and concern, J'onzz secretly followed Rose Wilson as she went to public rallies against the Syndicate. He saved her life from Archer and subdued him for the police, using his phasing powers to render the bowman's arrows useless, attacking him in the form of a monstrous alien animal and finally rendering the would-be assassin catatonic with a mental assault.

Rose implored Manhunter to use his true form around her and he in turn apologized for reading her mind earlier. In an unexpected turn, he realized they were attuned, their minds in sync to a strong degree. When Wilson tried to kiss him, J'onzz formed a mind-link with her and they both learned each others' pasts. President Wilson was displeased with the attempt on his daughter's life and authorized a strike on the Syndicate's lunar base. Manhunter accompanied them and reunited with the League. Despite the chance at love again, he upheld his promise to protect his universe's Earth and parted ways with Rose Wilson.


  • Martian Physiology: The average Martian possesses the potential for the following power set:
    • Shape-Shifting: Martians have psionic control of their physical for down to the molecular level. This allows them to a form of shape-shifting that allows them to mimic other forms, elongate aspects of their body, increase or decrease their physical size, and so on.
      • Size Alteration: As an extension of their shape-shifting abilities martians can alter their size with ease, being able to shrink or grow to gigantic size.[1]
    • Invisibility: Martians can cause the biopolymers in their bodies to lose their ability to reflect light, making the Martians invisible to normal light and human sight.[2]
    • Phasing: Martians can go through solid matter.
    • Superhuman Strength[2]: Martians possess vast levels of superhuman strength and are among the few races that are able to match Kryptonians in terms of raw strength. Martians can easily shatter reinforced concrete and steel, lift and carry houndreds of tons with ease and deliver incredible damage with their blows.[3]
    • Superhuman Stamina
    • Superhuman Durability: Martians possess high levels of durability that make them nigh-invulnerable to all forms of damage. Martians can withstand high caliber bullets, powerful energy blast and kinetic impacts without suffering damage.[4]
    • Superhuman Speed: Martians can process thoughts, move, and react at incredible speed, being able to cover vast distances in little or no time, catch bullets in mid flight, run on water and create afterimages as they run.[5]
    • Regeneration: Martians have powerful regenerative powers that enable them to regenerate their entire body from a severed limb, they can furtherly enhance their regenerative powers by drawing mass from nearby sources.[6]
    • Flight[2]
    • Extrasensory Input
    • Longevity[6]
    • Super Hearing[6]
    • Heat Vision[7]
    • Martian Vision: Martian visual acuity greatly exceed human norms and allows for a wider range of information to be observed. This includes the following:[2]
    • Telepathy: Martians have the ability to read the minds of others and project their thoughts to varying degrees. They can also project their mental essences into a gestalt community known as the "Great Mind". Through this, the community can enhance the telepathic strength of other Martians. This power can also enable them to reverse the effects of amnesia or psychological brainwashing. [2]
    • Telekinesis[11]: Martians have mind-over-matter abilities and can lift and move objects with their minds. They can also employ their telekinesis in offensive way by discharging telekinetic blasts capable of great concussive power.[12]



  • Vulnerability to Fire: Martians are much more vulnerable to fire than the average Earth human. At times this has been portrayed as physical, psychological, or a combination of the two. The effect of this is to strip any Martian of their powers as they involuntarily lose control of their body.

  • J'onn is the only member of Superman's League who doesn't meet his counterpart due to J'arkus' death.



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