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Wildcat
Wildcat
Information
Real name: Ted Grant
Species: Human
Hair: Grey (formerly brown)
Eyes: Blue
Affiliations: Justice League
Meta-Brawl (formerly)
Abilities: Spectacular hand-to-hand combatant
Voiced by: Dennis Farina

"Fighting is what I do. All right, it was all I was ever good at, and I'm still good at it. I'm Wildcat, the guy who fights. That's what I am."[1]

Wildcat, real name Ted Grant, was a superhero and member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion.

History

Wildcat was a born fighter. His skills and abilities were unmatched, and in his early years he was a premiere prizefighter. Victorious at every turn, he eventually grew beyond the routine offered in the fighting ring and instead turned his focus to fighting crime. After the Thanagarian invasion, he joined the Justice League.

The undefeated champion

Wildcat, Meta-Brawl's undefeated champion.

However, Wildcat was also much older than many of the League's members. While his fighting expertise was highly valued as he reportedly trained many of the younger League members, he was assigned fewer and fewer missions. In time, Wildcat became discouraged, and had something of a mid-life crisis; angry at the treatment he'd been receiving, or lack thereof, and upset at his own lack of powers, Wildcat turned to a place where he could show his prowess: Roulette's Meta-Brawl.

Black Canary and Wildcat

Black Canary trying to reach out for her conflicted mentor.

Wildcat quickly rose through the ranks, becoming Roulette's star attraction. And while this participation was a punishable offense within the League, Wildcat justified his actions to himself—"I only fight guys who got it coming." Wildcat was victorious at every turn, and relived his glory days in a new, more dangerous arena.

His partner (and daughter-figure) Black Canary, however, felt otherwise. Seeing where Wildcat's path of fighting and destruction was taking him, she enlisted the help of Green Arrow to track down and talk some sense into him. Wildcat, however, would hear nothing of it; in his mind, he believed the League was leading him to a path of early retirement, and he was proving them wrong.

Turning point

The persuasive pretense.

In a desperate bargain to help Wildcat, Black Canary sabotaged his fight with Atomic Skull and entered herself as the new contender. Wildcat refused, but Roulette's "persuasion" (i.e. blackmail) convinced him otherwise. Green Arrow, however, had plans of his own. Using one of his trick arrows, he knocked Canary unconscious and entered the fight in her place. While Wildcat didn't consider Arrow a challenge, fighting him over Canary was an easier burden to bear. Despite Arrow's taunting, Wildcat savagely beat Green Arrow. The superior in hand-to-hand combat, Wildcat manhandled Green Arrow at every turn. A massive upper-cut to his face sent Arrow spiraling to the ground. Enraged, Wildcat taunted and demanded the fallen hero to stand; Arrow remained motionless. Slightly unnerved, he checked his pulse and felt his hand was limp. Wildcat quickly stepped back in horror.

The crowds, while at first shocked, raged. Roulette's eyes filled with visions of newer and more exciting brawls—"Anything's possible here! Next time you fight, we'll clear millions!" But Wildcat refused. Shocked at his ability to take another life, especially that of a colleague, he'd finally understood what he had become—nothing more than that which he'd fought against.

Wildcat returned to the Watchtower with Black Canary and Green Arrow (who hadn't died, but had stunned himself with a trick arrow). Canary believed Wildcat had begun to change, but convinced Wildcat to enlist the aid of J'onn J'onzz so the urges wouldn't return. Afraid, but resolute, Wildcat agreed. It appears that the therapy worked and Wildcat got over his personal crisis; for in later confrontations Wildcat appeared among the League's front-line fighters.[2][3]

Powers and abilities

Wildcat has no special powers or abilities like most of the other members of the League (a frequent source of distress and resentment, as well as a major contributor to his mid-life crisis). However, his skill in hand-to-hand combat is second to none, making him a nearly-unstoppable force against opponents forced to fight him up close. His long career of combat has increased his physical capabilities and tolerance for pain beyond that of an average person; he is able to punch through a solid brick wall with no difficulty.

Wildcat is also an expert in various forms of combat, having seen and used many fighting styles in his lifetime. He apparently used his experience to train several members of the Justice League in hand-to-hand combat, with Black Canary being one of his most prominent students.

Background information

Making his debut in Sensation Comics #1 (January 1942), Wildcat was a boxer-turned-vigilante after his greedy managers framed him for the murder of his coach Socker Smith. Wildcat produced several offspring—most of them became Wildcats too. Ted is a member of the Justice Society of America with his only surviving son, Tom Bronson.

As with his DCAU counterpart, Wildcat trained several heroes (and Catwoman) how to fight. He is also credited as the one who taught Batman to box.

In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Read My Lips", one of the boxers at the fight is called "Mad Dog Ted", and bears a striking resemblance to Wildcat as he appeared in his prime. There has been no official confirmation as to whether this similarity was deliberate.

Appearances

Justice League Unlimited

References

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