After the Outsider arrived on Prime Earth in Darkseid's wake, he took a year to take stock. However, as soon as he had, he saw the benefit of a unified villain underground. A year into the existence of the Justice League, he began contacting their enemies.
The Secret Society spread from there, drawing in non-League villains and even defectors from A.R.G.U.S., until they were so powerful A.R.G.U.S. had to investigate them. They lost the encounter but managed to keep their secrets.
When the Outsider's plan to free his shadowy masters began, the Secret Society was there to do his bidding. The Outsider used the villains as a smokescreen to hide the actions of the Atom, his mole in the Justice League.
After the Trinity War, with the Justice League heroes trapped and the Crime Syndicate freed, the Secret Society expanded immensely, uniting all the villains at Happy Harbor, RI, where they were recruited as the footsoldiers of the Crime Syndicate's new world order.
Under this new larger centralised power, the villains showed their power, openly acting. Grodd took control of Central City, Cheetah claimed Central Park, a team of magicians took control of Nanda Parbat, and the Gotham villains had a turf war.
However, at the end of the experience, the Crime Syndicate were dead, fled or in jail, the Justice League was back, and the villains were forced to run.
A brief attempt by some villains to keep the old organization going was busted up by the Justice League.
In the wake of the re-emergence of Wally West, it was revealed that the Secret Society was still around, led by Vandal Savage.
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- The Secret Society's motto, "Oderint dum metutant", is an incorrectly spelled version of a Latin phrase meaning "Let them hate as long as they fear". The correct spelling of the phrase is "Oderint dum metuant."
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