The original Fearsome Five was formed almost a decade ago by the villain Dr. Light to battle the New Teen Titans. That team consisted of Dr.Light, the powerful psionic named Psimon, a gadegeteer named Gizmo, a matter-manipulator named Shimmer, and Shimmer's brother, the hulking Mammoth. After numerous defeats at the hands of the Titans, Psimon ousted Dr. Light as leader of team. For a brief period the team added a criminal sorceress from India named Jinx to its roster as well as the super-strong nuclear-powered mercenary Neutron. The Fearsome Five effectively ceased to exist after Psimon's apparent death during the Crisis. The team's various members continued their criminal careers, either going solo or as part of other criminal organizations. When Psimon returned shortly after Zero Hour he sought out many of his former teammates. Psimon killed Shimmer and effectively lobotomized Mammoth, then tracked down Gizmo and used his powers to shrink the already diminutive gadgeteer to nothingness. Psimon was later defeated by the New Titans.

The new Fearsome Five was formed sometime after Psimon's defeat by the mysterious being called Paradox. The group was hired secretly by business tycoon Jeremy Dark to disrupt the New York Stock Exchange in such a way as to allow Dark to manipulate stocks and increase his own wealth substantially. Despite the efforts of Justice Inc. the Fearsome Five succeeded in their mission and escaped. Dark's involvement was never discovered. This incarnation of the Fearsome Five consisted of Paradox, Hi-Rez, Blaze, Chillblaine (one of several thugs to use that name), and Mammoth (who, though effectively comatose, was outfitted with a cybernetic control harness that others control him). Other than the fact that there were five team members, including one from the original Fearsome Five, it is unknown why Paradox chose that name for the group.

After this mission the new Fearsome Five effectively dissolved. Hi-Rez and Blaze went on to other criminal endeavors, Mammoth was eventually imprisoned (and actually recovered some of what little faculties he had possessed before Psimon's attack), and Chillblaine, like so many of the others who wore that costume, was killed by the Golden Glider. Paradox disappeared and though there were rumors of his appearance in Empire City during a temporal anomaly, these later proved untrue.

Jinx, Mammoth, and ParadoxAnother Fearsome Five, again led by Paradox appeared recently in Superior City where they encountered the new Enforcers of Justice. Though they were eventually captured, a crack legal defense resulted in only two of the five being convicted and sent to prison. This team consisted of Paradox, the recovered Mammoth, Jinx and Neutron from the one of the Five's earlier incarnations, and Hawk and Dove's foe Sudden Death. After the team's capture by the Enforcers only Neutron and Sudden Death were convicted and imprisoned. Investigations by the Enforcers have tied the legal defense team that the Fearsome Five used to the World Crime League, leading the heroes to suspect that the League has recruited the villains for some unknown purpose. It may only be a matter of time before two more join the three remaining members and the Fearsome Five is reborn again.


Paradox claims to be from another dimension. His powers stem from his apparent ability to make himself out of phase with normal space-time. When he is out of phase, Paradox is never where he appears to be making him nearly impossible to hit, and even if an attack does connect its effectiveness is often greatly reduced. Paradox has also exhibited the ability to fly and can use his power to cause other shifts in space-time which he uses to disorient or disable opponents and to teleport himself or others.


Jinx is a powerful sorceress, able to use her magic to transform matter, animate earth and other inanimate objects and several other powerful effects. Jinx's one weakness is that her feet must be in contact with the ground in order to use her powers.


Mammoth is superhumanly strong and resistant to damage. In a battle with Mammoth, the hero Orchid accidentally hit him with a mental blast that apparently destroyed his mind. The Fearsome Five had taken Mammoth's body from the battle and when they were later captured, Mammoth appeared to be fine. Later evidence seems to indicate that Mammoth's body now has a new mind in control, one that is far more intelligent than the original ever was.

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