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DC: 10 Heroes Who Never Hid Their Real Identities
Chad Burdette
2021-07-31T07:54:40
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For most members of the superhero community in the DC Comics Universe, a secret identity is the standard operating procedure. The secret identity serves many purposes, mainly to protect family, friends, and anyone who could be targeted by the villains looking for revenge or to make a name for themselves.
For many, it is an easy choice to make, but some heroes in the DCU have chosen the opposite, deciding to make their identities known to the public. Some heroes choose to go public out of necessity; others, the choice was made for them. Still others saw more benefit than cost in going public with their true identities.

10 Wally West Needed To Go Public To Step Out Of Barry Allen's Shadow

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Public ID wally West
Wally West, the original Kid Flash and the third person to wear The Flash mantle, was one of the first heroes to reveal his identity to the public post-Crisis On Infinite Earths. Barry Allen's sacrifice to save the DC Multiverse thrust Wally into The Flash's role and left him in the Silver Age Flash's shadow. To preserve the memory off and the sacrifice of his predecessor, Wally decides to go public with his identity and define the role of Flash on his terms.
Wally's identity, for the most part, had remained public knowledge until he made a deal with The Spectre, Hal Jordan, for the world to forget that he was the Flash following the trauma he and Linda suffered at the hands of Zoom before he was forgotten as a result of Flashpoint.

9 From The Beginning, John Stewart Showed No Fear And Refused To Wear A Mask

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Public ID John Stewart

8 Beast Boy Used His Green Skin To His Advantage, Becoming A Minor Celebrity

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Public ID Garfield Logan
Garfield Logan, the Teen Titan best known as Beast Boy/Changeling, embraced his appearance after suffering from the rare illness Sakutia – which is cured by a serum created from the blood of a green monkey. This serum not only turned his skin green but also gave him the ability to change into any animal at will. Following in the footsteps of his adoptive mother, Rita Farr of the Doom Patrol, Gar is a minor television celebrity.
When not saving the world with the Teen Titans, Gar likes to attend conventions capitalizing on his appearances on several TV shows, such as his role as Tork, an alien in Space Trek: 2022. Gar often describes his public identity's acting career as being "like Corey Feldman but with super-powers."

7 Despite Her Numerous Origins, Donna Troy Has Never Had A Secret Identity

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Public ID donna troy
Aside from having one of the most convoluted origins in the DC Universe, one aspect of Donna Troy's character has remained consistent: she is publicly known as Wonder Girl, a member of the original Teen Titans team. Donna, like Wonder Woman, is an Amazon who hails from Themyscira. However, her origin has been changed and retconned by DC Comics, ranging from being Wonder Woman's childhood playmate to that of a rival for leadership of the Amazons. Donna, whose other team affiliations include The Darkstars and The Justice League, has made a name outside of the superhero world as a world-class photographer.

6 Ralph Dibny Was One Of The First Silver Age Superheroes To Go Public And Not Regret It

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Public ID elongated man
Elongated Man, Randolph "Ralph" Dibny, was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino and first appeared in the 1960s The Flash #112. Growing up, Dibny found himself fascinated by contortionists. After learning that all of the body-benders drank Gingold, a popular soda made from the ginkgo fruit of the Yucatan, he developed a super-concentrated version to give his body super-elasticity.
Dibny was one of the earliest heroes to forgo a secret identity during the Silver Age, which allowed him to marry his soulmate Sue Dibny. The two would enjoy the benefits of their public superhero identities as part of The Justice League Of America until Sue's untimely death during Identity Crisis.

5 Adam Strange Is A Hero Of Two Worlds Whose Identity Is Known On Both Worlds

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Adam Strange, created by Julius Schwartz and Murphy Anderson, is a man of two worlds: Earth and Rann. He represents the two planets as both a hero and ambassador. In his adventures through the years, he has battled and bested metahuman and extraterrestrial threats by relying on his quick thinking, ingenuity, variety of combat techniques, and scientific knowledge.
On Earth, Adam Strange has aided the Justice League and is also a well-known archeologist, which is how he came in contact with the Zeta Beam and found himself on Rann. As the protector and champion of Rann, Adam is well connected with the ruling science council due to his marriage to Alanna, the daughter of Sardath, the counsel's leader. His connections to Alanna have caused conflicts with both his Earth allies and other Rannians, leaving him stuck in the middle.

4 It's No Trick, The Zatanna On Stage Is The Same Zatanna Protecting The DCU From Magical Threats

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Public ID Zatanna
Zatanna Zatara, when not assisting the Justice League and the Justice League Dark, performs her magic act on stage, wowing audiences with the same magic she uses to take down the bad guys. Before spending her downtime as a superhero, Zatanna, like her father, was a performer.
While looking for her missing father, she enlisted help from members of the superhero community such as Hawkman and Hawkgirl, the Atom, and Elongated Man. She was later consulted with the Justice League of America on several cases, eventually gaining full membership and serving as a reserve member. She currently splits her time between the stage and defending the DCU against magical threats.

3 Mitch Shelly, AKA Resurrection Man, Has No Reason To Have A Secret Identity As He Is Immortal

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Resurrection Man
Before he was unwillingly subjected to nano-technologic tests involving microscopic devices named "tektites," Mitch Shelley was a lawyer working for the mob. Following the experiments,Shelley was not only left with amnesia but immortality, coming back to life with a superpower related to his last death. Adopting the name Resurrection Man,Shelley learned that his past was tied to Vandal Savage and the Immortal Man and has since traveled the world dying and resurrecting to save others in need of protection from evil and injustice.

2 Aquaman Has Made No Secret That He Is Both A Citizen Of The Land And The City Of Atlantis

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Public ID Aquaman
Aquaman has never hidden the fact that he is also Arthur Curry, half-human and half-Atlantean, and the child of the former Queen of Atlantis Atlanna and Tom Curry, the lighthouse keeper for Amnesty Bay. Though his origin story has changed throughout his time in the DCU, one constant has been that once he became a founding member of the Justice League, he made it known that he is a man torn between two worlds.
As heir to the throne of Atlantis, Aquaman, or Orin as he is also known as in Atlantis, has tried to use his public identity to bring peace between the two civilizations that share the Earth. For the most part, not having a secret identity, especially when dealing with humans, has worked in his favor in trying to bring the two worlds together.

1 Booster Gold Is One Of The Few, If Not First, To Try And Capitalize On Being A Superhero

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Public ID Booster
Booster Gold is the last person one would expect to be a superhero, especially since on the surface, he became a superhero for all the wrong reasons. Originally from the 25th century, Booster traveled back to the 20th century to become a superhero. After saving the life of President Ronald Reagan, Booster went public with his identity looking to get rich.
Booster would make a name for himself as a member of the Justice League and as the spokesman for any business that had a product that needed endorsing. While he has matured and become an actual hero, his responsibilities of protecting the timestream require him to act the part of a self-centered superhero.
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