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"Hey, all that stuff about his kid... you wouldn't really do that, right?"
"You don't know half of what I would do, John."
John Economos and Amanda Waller[src]

Amanda Waller is a high-ranking official of the United States Government and the Director of A.R.G.U.S.. She has ties to several espionage and law enforcement agencies, and is the commanding officer for the expendable field team Task Force X.

In 2016 and following Superman's death, Waller decided to recruit a group of metahumans to complete high-risk missions named as Task Force X, however, the member known as Enchantress would slip out of his control threatening to destroy humanity. As a consequence, she sent Task Force X to stop her, managing to kill her in the process. After completing the mission, Waller reduced the sentence of the squad members but returned to Belle Reve. Shortly after, Waller met with Bruce Wayne to deliver information on metahumans as he needed to gather a group of warriors to defend Earth from a threat.

Five years later, Waller was informed about a coup in Corto Maltese, running the risk that information about the U.S.' participation in illegal experiments at the Jotunheim base would be made public to the world. In retaliation, Waller again recruited Task Force X on a mission to destroy all records of Project Starfish, causing the Jotunheim base to be destroyed but freeing the beast known as Starro in the process. After the team rebelled to stop Starro and Waller was knocked out by her assistants, she was forced to negotiate with Bloodsport so that the records were not revealed in exchange for the freedom of the team.

Still having an operation to accomplish, Waller hired Clemson Murn to lead a new team, while rescuing one of the Task Force X members, Peacemaker to be re-recruited. In revenge for being betrayed, Waller also sent her former assistants Emilia Harcourt and John Economos to get involved in Project Butterfly, and offered her daughter Leota Adebayo to join the mission. In the aftermath of Project Butterfly, Leota made Waller's underhanded operations publicly known.

Biography

Early life

Amanda Waller at some point became the Director of A.R.G.U.S. and swiftly built up a fearsome reputation for herself, being nicknamed "The Wall" due to how ruthless, dominating, and unrelenting she is when dealing with others. As a result, many frightening stories about Waller are told by those who have encountered her (as a warning), but practically everyone disbelieves them until dealing with her personally. Waller, therefore, is one of the most feared and respected people in the US government.[1]

At some point she had a daughter named Leota. Waller wanted Leota to follow her steps and join ARGUS but Leota rejected the offer every time Amanda pressured her about it. Despite this causing tension between the two, Amanda and Leota continued to be in good terms with each other.[2]

Meeting Lex Luthor

Amanda Waller is known to have met supergenius Lex Luthor on at least one occasion, as he indirectly referred to Waller, A.R.G.U.S., and the Task Force X idea, in an interview with Ron Troupe.[3]

Forming Task Force X

Amanda Waller notes that even after his death, Superman continues to have a profound impact on the world - his alien heritage and usage of his powers for selfless heroism make Superman a beacon of hope and inspiration for metahumans like the Flash, inducing them to more openly use their powers and come out into the light, with the Flash notably apprehending the notorious bank robber Captain Boomerang as a result.

Waller advocating her idea for Task Force X to the US government.

Waller herself, however, has a much more negative view on Superman after his death, since while she posthumously respects Superman himself for his benevolence and selflessness, she recognizes that there could very well be other beings out there, beings with equally tremendous godlike power, coupled with far less friendly intentions such as starting a potential "World War III". Fearing the inability of humans to stop such beings, Waller promptly advocates for the creation of Task Force X - her own potentially disposable team of individuals with exceptional powers, abilities, and skills, which could be forced to battle against such formidable threats as a contingency, whereas a normal non-disposable human army would be powerless.

Waller would select the most suitable candidates for this task force: the lethally formidable marksman Deadshot, the notorious rope assassin Slipknot, prolific Australian bank robber Captain Boomerang, the formidable psychopath Harley Quinn, the mighty metahuman Killer Croc, the exceptionally powerful pyrokinetic metahuman El Diablo, and finally Enchantress - the most powerful metahuman that Waller had ever come across. Waller also intended to have US Colonel Rick Flag join the team as its leader, along with his formidable samurai bodyguard Katana. However, Waller realized putting such a team together would take an exceptional and persuasive amount of planning.[1]

Recruiting members

Before advocating her idea of Task Force X, Waller would order Rick Flag to protect June Moone, the woman who unwillingly hosted the spirit of Enchantress after discovering it in a vial in Central America. The two would quickly grow close and become lovers, as Waller had intended for her to attain leverage over both of them. To ensure Enchantress's cooperation with joining the task force, Waller gains possession of the metahuman's cut-out heart, threatening to kill her if Enchantress refuses to comply with her orders.

To gain Deadshot for her squad, Waller secretly became a situational ally of Batman, anonymously letting the latter know when and where best to intercept Deadshot (when he is together with his daughter Zoe Lawton), with the Dark Knight successfully carrying it out, having Deadshot imprisoned in Blackgate Penitentiary, with Waller then transferring him to Belle Reve.

Around the same time, Batman would also pursue Harley Quinn and her boyfriend Joker (due to them being long-term enemies of his), but the Joker manages to escape, so Batman swiftly incapacitates Harley and drives her to Arkham Asylum, where she is imprisoned, with Waller then promptly transferring her to Belle Reve.

Captain Boomerang would be intercepted by the extremely fast metahuman Flash during yet another one of his bank robberies, with Boomerang subsequently getting imprisoned in Central City, and then promptly transferred by Waller to Belle Reve as well.

Killer Croc, being another major enemy of Batman's, is repeatedly chased out of Gotham City by the Dark Knight, thus eventually intercepted and tasered into submission by Waller's A.R.G.U.S. SWAT team, and taken to Belle Reve.

Extremely powerful metahuman El Diablo one day unintentionally loses his temper during a family spat, accidentally killing his wife and children with his pyrokinesis. Utterly devastated, El Diablo willingly turns himself into the Los Angeles authorities, subsequently getting transferred by Waller to Belle Reve.

Finally, Slipknot is also subdued, with Waller gleefully transferring her final Task Force candidate to Belle Reve.

Thus, with all of her potentially unwilling intended Task Force X recruits finally being subdued and locked up within Belle Reve (or as Waller herself describes it, putting them in a hole, with the hole getting thrown away), Waller finally prepares to present her idea to her fellow government officials.[1]

Presenting her idea

"Because getting people to act against their self-interest for the national security of the United States is what I do for a living."
―Amanda Waller[src]

Waller discussing the fallout of Superman's death.

Waller met Dexter Tolliver and Admiral Olsen to discuss her Task Force X proposition, giving them a detailed description of all of the candidates. Ultimately, however, Olsen objected to the proposition, appalled at the idea of Waller entrusting homeland security to "witches, gang-bangers, crocodiles, and the Joker's girlfriend." Waller, however, remained adamant, intending on presenting her idea at The Pentagon. Dexter was more supportive of her idea.[1]

Pentagon presentation

"What if Superman had decided to fly down, rip off the roof of the White House, and grab the President right out of the Oval Office? Who would have stopped him?"
Dexter Tolliver[src]

Waller visits the Pentagon, where she presented her idea of Task Force X. Although many questioned her plans, she proved them wrong by asking Enchantress to steal military plans from the Weapons ministry vault in Tehran for them and quickly earned the trust of the US military.[1]

Belle Reve visit

Amanda visits Belle Reve.

Amanda Waller visits Belle Reve prison, where her intended recruits for Task Force X are held captive. She attempts to recruit them but many of them were in doubt of her keeping her promises of cutting their prison sentences and El Diablo rejects the proposal altogether. However, Waller having other plans has each one of them forcefully taken out of Belle Reve and implants bombs in their necks which she later uses to threaten them if they disobey her.[1]

Return of Enchantress and Incubus

Waller's fears ultimately prove to be valid, as several days later June Moone transforms into the Enchantress during her sleep, subsequently teleporting back to her Central American tomb and opening the vial containing the spirit of her brother Incubus. Enchantress then takes him back to Midway City and incapacitates a man in the subway, with Incubus forcing the unwilling human to host him.

Amanda while monitoring the situation.

As the two mystical metahumans fully build up their powers, they become the more incredibly powerful threat than Waller had foreseen, as while Enchantress and Incubus would also, like the Flash, be inspired by Superman to come out into the light, the intentions of this duo are far less benevolent - recalling how they were once worshiped as gods by ancient humans millennia ago, both of them resolve to conquer Earth and subjugate its inhabitants to their will. Thus, the implementation of Waller's Task Force X becomes necessary.

Unfortunately, Waller stuck behind in the city to watch Enchantress' methods, to plan out ways to counter her; as a result, she gave them the mission of rescuing "HVT1" (High Value Target 1) from within a safe house in the city. Flag arrives hours later, with Deadshot following into the safe house; he points out that the group was "thinking they're saving Nelson Mandela" because of the trouble they've gone through to get there. Waller then proceeds to execute the staff that remained with her, to leave no loose ends or increase the number of people in need of protection. Though the group was pissed off to find out she was the person in need of rescue, Waller held off their anger by showing off a remote to detonate their bombs.[1]

Giving credit where it's due

"How are you NOT dead?"
―Amanda Waller to Deadshot, confused[src]

Freed from Enchantress' doomsday weapon, Waller appeared in front of the squad when they planned to leave back to their old lives. Brandishing the detonator, Waller was challenged by Captain Boomerang; however, she was able to intimidate him into backing off when he implied fighting her for his freedom. When the squad asks for a reward beyond a reduced sentence in prison, Waller relented, allowing Harley an espresso machine, Deadshot visits his daughter and giving Croc the B.E.T. television network to watch.[1]

Amanda Waller's files

Amanda Waller talks to Bruce Wayne.

"That's the difference between us, Mr. Wayne - you believe in friendship, I believe in leverage."
―Amanda Waller to Bruce Wayne[src]

Mere days after the Suicide Squad's re-imprisonment, Waller meets her situational ally Bruce Wayne, and, in exchange for him promising her to take care of the rumors following the aftermath of the calamitous mystical events in Midway City, Waller gives Bruce files on the specific Metahumans that he requested (including Aquaman and the Flash, along with Enchantress). As Bruce turns to leave, Waller lets him know that she is aware that he is Batman. Unfazed, Bruce immediately, and sternly, warns Waller to shut down Task Force X or he and his friends will do it for her.[1]

With the files now in their possession, Bruce Wayne and his butler Alfred Pennyworth worked together to use the provided information to their advantage in preparing for future eventualities. One of the countermeasures they developed was a system within the Batcomputer that would allow users to step into the respective perspectives of each of the metahumans Bruce Wayne wished to recruit, simulating their abilities in battle.[4]

Mission in Corto Maltese

Waller goes to recruit Bloodsport.

"I wouldn't take such extreme measures if this mission weren't more important than you could possibly imagine. I'm protecting this country."
―Amanda Waller to Robert DuBois[src]

Some years after the events of Central City Waller was informed of a violent military coup on the nation of Corto Maltese with the country's new dictator being a man named Silvio Luna with anti-American sentiment. According to Waller's intel, Luna intended to take control of Project Starfish and use it to declare war against America. Waller came to the conclusion that Project Starfish must be destroyed, for that purpose she reactivated Task Force X with the goal of destroying the Nazi laboratory Jotunheim where Project Starfish was held.

Bloodsport accepts the mission

Before the mission, Waller asked Bloodsport to join Task Force X, When he refused, Waller threatened to incarcerate his daughter, forcing Bloodsport to comply. Waller gathered two separate Task Force X teams to participate in the mission, one team led by Bloodsport was meant to be the true team that would carry the mission while the second team which was composed primarily of weak individuals would be unknowing cannon fodder intended to distract the Corto Maltese army while the real team infiltrated the island unopposed.

Waller decided to put Rick Flag on the cannon fodder team after he made fun of her outfit one time out of spite. Before the teams left to Corto Maltese Waller made a backhanded deal with Peacemaker where she would fully pardon his crimes as long as he prevented any evidence of USA's involvement with Project Starfish from going public.

Waller did not inform anyone besides her mission control staff that she had assembled two separate Task Force X teams, leading each team to believe they were arriving at Corto Maltese at alone unaware of the other team's presence. Following Waller's plan the cannon fodder team was ambushed and then massacred by the Corto Maltese army as soon as they arrived on the beach while Bloodsport and Peacemaker's team landed on another nearby beach without any soldiers to give them trouble.

Rick Flag and Harley Quinn were the only two members of the first team who survived the initial battle with both of them being captured by different factions. Waller instructed the other team to rescue Flag before proceeding with the mission, instructing them to kill anyone who would seem like a threat without hesitation. Waller's instructions would cause Task Force X to murder most of Corto Maltese's freedom fighters, who had rescued Flag rather than kidnapping him, despite that Flag convinced the freedom fighters to assist Taskforce X in infiltrating the capital city of Corto Maltese where Jotunheim was located. Later Flag learned that Harley also survived the attack on the beach and was captured by Luna. Task Force X intended to raid the prison where Harley was held to rescue her only to find out Harley had already freed herself without needing their help, nonetheless Harley rejoined the team.

Whilst Task Force X succeeded their quest to destroy the lab, Waller came under fire from the squad when they found out the truth that the United States government were the true perpetrators of Project Starfish; American astronauts were the ones who discovered and captured the starfish-like alien lifeform that would be dubbed "Starro" in the first place and the government arranged for the illegal experiments on Starro to be conducted on Corto Maltese. Task Force X's real mission was only to destroy any evidence of USA's involvement with Project Starfish to avoid any liability should Starro be used to cause any international crisis. Flag intended to release all the incriminating evidence to the press only for Peacemaker to kill Flag due to his deal with Waller. Bloodsport defeated Peacemaker and obtained the hard drive containing all the evidence that flag died in order to obtain, when Starro broke free from its prison and escaped to the surface.

The few surviving members of Task Force X insisted that they should stop Starro's rampage, only for Waller to tell the Squad that their mission had been completed and Corto Maltese was no longer an ally of the America, therefore the government no longer cared if Starro killed everyone in the island. Task Force X refused to walk away from the crisis and committed full-blown mutiny, with every known surviving member turning around to deal with Starro, knowing full well the risks they faced of being killed. Waller became enraged and ordered all their attached explosives to be activated while she angrily yelled and cursed at Task Force X for their insubordination. Just as she was about to execute the entire squad, Waller's aide Flo Crawley knocked her out cold with a golf club so that the mission control could aid the squad in order to save the people of Corto Maltese.

The squad ultimately came out victorious in their battle against Starro, followed by Bloodsport blackmailing Waller into letting them go free under the threat of releasing all the incriminating evidence linking the government to Jotunheim. Waller reluctantly agreed in shame simply claiming that she had turned Bloodsport into a leader.[5]

Project Butterfly

Forming a new Task Force

"This is the guy Waller's giving us? I told you she's fucking us."
"She's not fucking us."
"Is that an eagle in his backseat?"
"She's fucking us.
"
Emilia Harcourt, Clemson Murn, and Leota Adebayo[src]

In the aftermath of the entire fiasco, Peacemaker was found buried under the rubble of Jotunheim and was taken to the Mount Rouge Health Center to recover under the Waller's orders as she still had other plans for the vigilante and he was the only one who wasn't included in Bloodsport's blackmailing.[6] Waller planned to create an unofficial branch of Task Force X to conduct Project Butterfly, she knew that any attempt to investigate the Butterflies would be shut down by her superiors, forcing her to conduct the mission illegaly by covertly diverging funds from other operations. Waller hired the mercenary Clemson Murn to lead the new team, due to the illegal nature of the mission the team had to work with very limited resources, so Waller had her staff assigned Emilia Harcourt and John Economos, to look after Peacemaker and participate in the mission as payback for them turning against her.

Recluiting her daughter

"Well, why the fuck did you even come?"
"Because I lost my job and my mother offered me this one!
"
Emilia Harcourt and Leota Adebayo[src]

Around the same time Waller's daughter Leota Adebayo had lost her job, when Waller found out about it she offered Leota a job at Project Butterfly which Leota reluctantly agreed due to needing the money despite knowing that it was yet another of Waller's attempts to recruit Leota into A.R.G.U.S.. Waller prepared a forged diary of Peacemaker which contained fake evidence meant to incriminate him for whatever crime her undercover team would commit throughout Project Butterfly. Waller instructed Leota to sneak the fake diary on to Peacemaker's house so that the police could find it later.

Call to Leota

"Empathy in this business, Leota, that would make you kill."
"Yea, well, it doesn't really matters, that's it? I appreciate it but after this job is done, Keeya and I will be back to our feet, and I'll find a job that I actually like.
"
―Amanda Waller and Leota Adebayo[src]

Amanda Waller talks with her daughter in a call.

Once the team recruited Peacemaker, Leota made a call to her mother at night, while they talked, Leota commented on her teammates, Clemson Murn, John Economos and Emilia Harcourt. When Adebayo asked if they should tell them the whole plan, Waller told her no since she was the only person she trusted, Waller then asked her daughter if she had the fake diary, to which Adebayo showed it to her, so that Waller gave her the instructions on how to leave it in the trailer. Waller then asked her what she thought of as Peacemaker, to which Adebayo said that he was quite a character, however she also felt some sadness in him. Waller then warned her that in this job empathy would cost her life, Leota told her that when the mission is over she would return to her normal life since she was not made for that. Waller remarked that Leota was "wasting her talents" by not joining her at A.R.G.U.S. full time, but then she had to leave to go sleep and said goodbye to her daughter, ending the call.

Sending Caspar Locke

"Waller said you needed my help."
Caspar Locke to Clemson Murn[src]

Early into Project Butterfly Peacemaker killed Annie Sturphausen who turned out to be a Butterfly herself, this prompted the Evergreen Police Deparment began an investigation on the murder which would put the entire operation in danger if Peacemaker were to be arrested. In response, Waller contacted Caspar Locke to inform him that Clemson Murn required his aid in keeping the Evergreen Police off Peacemaker's tracks for the time being by posing as the captain of the Police Department so that he could intercept any evidence that would prove Peacemaker's guilt.[7] During one of the team's missions Harcourt informed the rest of the team of the illegal nature of their operations. The forged diary was used against Peacemaker earlier than Waller had anticipated when the Butterflies took over the entire Evergreen Police Department including Locke who had retrieved the diary. The incident also forced Leota to reveal that she's Waller's daughter.

Battle at Coverdale Ranch

"Mom, there are a wave of more butterflies that we thought, and the whole team is injured. So, I was thinking may be you can call the Justice League."
Leota Adebayo to Amanda Waller[src]

Eventually Waller's undercover team reached the location of the Butterflies' Cow, Leota called Waller asking if she could call the Justice League to help out in the mission, Waller initially asked if they would be able to wait long enough for backup, but Harcourt emphasized that they didn't have the time to do so. Thus, Waller gave instructions on how the operation would be carried out. The Justice League did come to learn of the situation at the Coverdale Ranch, either by Waller's influence or other means. By the time the Justice League arrived however the battle had already ended much to the irritation of the 11th Street Kids and the Justice League's discomfort.[8]

Exposed to the world

Amanda Waller watching Adebayo revealing to the world about Task Force X

"What the fuck?"
―Amanda Waller[src]

A few days later Leota called for a press conference where she publicly leaked all of Project Butterfly's secrets, cleared Peacemaker's name by clarifying that the incriminating diary was a forgery, and leaked the existence of Task Force X also revealing Amanda Waller's involvement with the program. Waller watched the press conference on TV through the KWUE news channel, shocked by the turn of events.[8]

Personality

"I am your consequence."
―Amanda Waller to Rick Flag[src]

Amanda Waller is an exceptionally intelligent and resourceful woman, especially in the fields of tactics and political science, not above using questionable and even outright amoral methods to achieve her planned goals. She is a manipulative and devious leverager, priding herself in being able to frequently get people to act against their self-interests, even people as dangerous as the members of her Suicide Squad, with Waller gaining leverage over them, rather than simply attempting to out-fight them, using any of their exploitable weaknesses to her advantage. Indeed, her nickname is "The Wall" due to how ruthless, dominating, and unrelenting she is when dealing with others, which makes Waller one of the most feared and respected people in the US government. Indeed, before joining A.R.G.U.S., Rick Flag would be warned about Waller via frightening stories about her (which many people tend to initially disbelieve), and Harley Quinn even compared Waller to the biblical Devil. However, in this regard, Waller unintentionally gains the respect (and to some extent, disrespect) of the Squad after ruthlessly executing her FBI subordinates in front of them. After witnessing this, Deadshot, himself a notorious assassin, respectfully calls Waller a "mean lady", remarking that "[it's] gangsta", while Killer Croc even claims to like her. Waller also knows to make some useful situational allies, a notable one being Batman.

Although Waller has no metahuman powers herself, she more than makes up for it with her tremendous determination and willpower, which make her an extremely formidable opponent. Hence, when Enchantress kidnaps her and demands that Waller reveal the locations of the secret technological facilities of A.R.G.U.S., Waller adamantly refuses, emphasizing that she wouldn't break under torture, challenging Enchantress to "do [her] worst", even fearlessly insulting the latter to her face. Enchantress is thereby forced to knock out and telepathically assault the mind of Waller to get her way.

However, Waller's leverage-based power is also her greatest weakness, since (ironically, much like Enchantress) it occasionally makes her arrogant and overconfident, believing that her perfect leverage over everyone she wishes to control, makes her supremely powerful. Hence, Waller is somewhat caught off-guard when an unexpected turn of events causes her plans to not work out the way she indented. This is most notable when Enchantress manages to outwit Waller - releasing her brother Incubus upon Midway City, knowing full well that Waller (not knowing of him being Enchantress' brother) would dispatch her to take the mighty metahuman down, which, in turn, would allow Enchantress to reach Incubus and (via his mystical empowerment) and become immune to her exposed heart weakness before Waller could stop Enchantress by stabbing said heart. This catastrophic error in judgment on Waller' part results in the metahuman duo wreaking havoc upon Midway City, forcing Waller to execute her FBI subordinates (due to their knowledge of this error of hers), and then turn to genius tactician Batman for help in the aftermath, so that he might help cover up her involvement in the matter, and keep the wrong people in the US intelligence community from finding out.

However, while amoral, unempathetic, ruthless, and strict, everything Waller does is ultimately for the national safety of the United States and she is not ungrateful, as Waller notably rewarded the surviving Suicide Squad members for saving the world and rescuing her from Enchantress and Incubus by not only taking 10 years off of each of their respective prison sentences, but also even generously granting them some personal requests (granting the prison cells of Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Killer Croc an espresso machine, a punching bag, and cable TV respectively, as well as allowing Deadshot prolonged monitored visits to his daughter Zoe from time to time). She was also willing to disobey her superiors in order to fight against the Butterflies, which she perceived as a threat, by illegally directing an unofficial Task Force X under the radar. Along with that, she also posthumously respects Superman's benevolence and selflessness despite seeing his level of power as a threat, fondly acknowledging that he shared many of humanity's beliefs and appearing offended when her normal composure was mistaken by a lack of care for his death.

Amanda shows a significantly more amoral and corrupt side of herself during the mission of Corto Maltese, not only threatening to send Bloodsport's daughter to Belle Reve over a rather minor crime to blackmail him into joining Task Force X, but also sending two separate teams to Corto Maltese without informing either team, and using one of the teams as cannon fodder to distract the Corto Maltese military while the other team infiltrated the island disregarding that the cannon fodder team was being massacred. Waller demonstrated a vindictive and somewhat petty side of herself when she assigned Rick Flag into the cannon fodder team simply because Flag made fun of her outfit once, and did so without informing him that he was on the suicidal team. Waller likewise lied to everyone except Peacemaker about the true nature of the mission, while bargaining with Peacemaker to pardon all his crimes as long as he prevents anyone from finding out that America was behind Project Starfish even if it meant killing the other team members including Rick Flag. Even though Peacemaker did technically succeed in his secret mission, Waller refused to mantain her side of the bargain and forced Smith to continue participating in Task Force X operations afterwards.

When Starro escaped from its captivity and went on a rampage killing thousands of people Waller dismissively claimed that it was "not [their] problem" anymore as long as America's involvement in the incident had been covered up and demanded the few Taskforce X members still alive to just walk away from the crisis and let everyone in the island die. When Task Force X disobeyed her orders, Waller lost her composure and went into a full meltdown, angrily yelling and cursing everyone and threatening to kill them for trying to stop Starro, even though Starro's rampage was directly her fault in the first place.

Amanda would get her comeuppance for her corrupt behavior when Bloodsport used the evidence of Project Starfish that Flag died trying to obtain in order to blackmail her into letting everyone in Task Force X go away unpunished for their defiance of her orders and avenging Flag's death which was also directly caused by Waller's underhanded deal with Peacemaker, to which she simply claimed that she "made a leader out of [Bloodsport]".

Waller pressured her daughter, Leota Adebayo to join A.R.G.U.S. and follow in her own footsteps, making comments that Leota was wasting her talents by not joining her, something that left Leota visibly troubled over afterwards. Leota implied that Waller had attempted to recruit her to A.R.G.U.S. multiple times over the years. Despite pushing Leota toward a career that doesn't interest her, Waller does seem to care about her daughter, offering her a job when she was struggling to get on her feet, which Leota appreciated. Waller also stated that Leota was the only one she could trust with the true purpose behind Project Butterfly.

Waller, despite her serious and civilized attitude, is very foul-mouthed when stressed and can say the cruelest swear words one can think of. For example when the members of Task Force X disobey her orders to leave Corto Maltese she draws out her more impolite side by harshly insulting them.

Abilities

"But everyone has a weakness. And a weakness can be leveraged."
―Amanda Waller[src]
  • Gifted intellect: Amanda Waller is exceptionally intelligent and resourceful, which extends to her immensely formidable political science, leadership, tactical, demagogic, investigative, manipulation, hacking, exploitative networking, and leveraging skills.
    • Expert tactician: Amanda Waller, is an immensely skilled manipulative tactician, being effective enough to have built up a fearsome reputation among US government officials. Given her lack of superpowers, Waller, much like Batman, often uses cunning and planning to successfully outwit stronger and more powerful foes, gaining leverage over them rather than simply attempting to out-fight them, often using any of their exploitable weaknesses (such as Enchantress' cut out heart, Rick Flag's love for June Moone, Deadshot's beloved daughter Zoe, and the threat of activating the nano-bombs implanted in the other Suicide Squad members) to her advantage, though Waller's methods are considerably more amoral than Batman's. Due to this, Waller can extend her authority over the extremely dangerous Suicide Squad members (something Admiral Olsen and Dexter Tolliver had initially considered impossible), forcing them to battle Enchantress, Incubus, and the mystical duo's monstrous army. By promising Deadshot freedom and a permanent reunion with his daughter Zoe, Waller is almost able to get him to assassinate an escaping Harley Quinn, with him able to resist the extremely tempting offer only with a visible amount of effort. Even when caught off-guard by the Joker when the latter unexpectedly hijacks her A.R.G.U.S. helicopter, Waller can swiftly regain control of the situation, forcing the Joker to retreat by shooting him down. Ultimately, however, Waller seems to recognize Batman as a superior tactician, since she turns to him for help in the aftermath of the Midway City events, with Batman promising to protect Waller by covering up her involvement in the events, keeping the wrong people in the US intelligence community from finding out about her one catastrophic error in judgment.
    • Expert political scientist: Amanda Waller, as a very high-ranking US government official, and the Director of A.R.G.U.S., with ties to several other espionage and law enforcement agencies (such as the FBI and CIA), is an extremely skilled political scientist, understanding the inner workings of political structures and their intended goals. Hence, Waller fully understood the paradigm shift that the goals of modern politics took (referring to it as "World War III"), first after the emergence of Superman, then after his subsequent death, and then following the metahumans' emergence, with Waller, superbly using this to her benefit, by having Dexter Tolliver and Enchantress openly address the newfound concerns of politicians, as they addressed the National Security Council in the Pentagon.
    • Expert demagogue: Amanda Waller is a superbly skilled demagogue (though not quite on par with Lex Luthor), since she intends to come off as a pioneering altruist concerned with United States national security, so she therefore masterfully appeals to popular desires and prejudices when addressing fellow US government officials, championing the cause of covert metahuman exploitation as a contingency against impending threats of incredible power (like "the next Superman"), with her usage of seemingly rational arguments making Waller's method even more effective. Waller's most notable demagogic demonstration was when she presented her Task Force X sales pitch to the National Security Council, even managing to swiftly convince the adamantly oppositional General Edwards, by demonstrating how valuable Enchantress could be to US national security as an exploitable asset, due to Waller having the perfect leverage over her.
    • Expert networker: Amanda Waller, as a very high-ranking US government official, superbly uses a dense network of professional and social contacts to further her power ambitions. This is notable through her influence of other espionage and law enforcement agencies (like the FBI and CIA), the US army (like General Edwards of the National Security Council), powerful companies (like Wayne Enterprises' Van Criss Laboratories), and certain prisons (like Belle Reve supermax). Hence, Waller can discreetly keep tabs on numerous people and things that interest her, was able to get Batman to take down Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Killer Croc for her, learned the secret identities of at least Batman, Aquaman, and Flash, and was able to transfer inmates that interested her to Belle Reve. However, Waller still needed Batman's direct help to prevent the US intelligence community from finding out about her catastrophic error in Midway City.
    • Expert leader: Amanda Waller, as the Director of A.R.G.U.S., is a superbly skilled leader, having led her organization for years, as well as occasionally leading other agencies' operatives (such as some FBI agents while in Midway City), inspiring fierce loyalty from her subordinates.
    • Skilled hacker: Amanda Waller is a fairly skilled hacker (though not quite on par with Batman and Lex Luthor), as she was able to hack into several Midway City security cameras in from the John F. Ostrander Federal Building, to monitor the Suicide Squad during their mission (reminding them that she's watching and "can see everything"), and to study how Enchantress transformed humans into Eyes of the Adversary, though Waller notably had assistance from her FBI subordinates in this.
"I can take care of myself."
―Amanda Waller to Deadshot[src]
  • Expert marksman: Amanda Waller is a highly skilled marksman (though not quite on par with Rick Flag and not nearly on par with Deadshot), swiftly shooting down some of her FBI subordinates (due to them knowing of her catastrophic error in judgment, the one that made the mystical Midway City incident possible).
"Do your worst, bitch!"
―Amanda Waller to Enchantress[src]
  • Indomitable will: Amanda Waller, although she has no metahuman powers, has tremendous determination and strength of will, which make her an extremely formidable opponent. Indeed, her nickname is "The Wall" due to how ruthless, dominating, and unrelenting Waller is when dealing with others, which makes her one of the most feared and respected people in the US government. Hence, when Rick Flag tells her he will accept the consequences of Enchantress' escape, Waller coldly replies that she is his consequence and when Enchantress kidnaps her and demands that Waller reveal the locations of the secret technological facilities of A.R.G.U.S., Waller adamantly refuses, emphasizing that she wouldn't break under torture, challenging Enchantress to "do [her] worst", even fearlessly insulting the latter to her face. Hence, Enchantress is forced to knock out and telepathically assault the mind of Waller to get her way.

Weaknesses

  • Arrogance: Amanda Waller's greatest weakness (ironically much like for Enchantress) is her overconfidence and arrogance, with Waller believing that since she has seemingly perfect leverage over everyone she wishes to control, that this makes her supremely powerful. Hence, Waller is somewhat caught off-guard when an unexpected turn of events causes her plans to not work out the way she indented. This is most notable when Enchantress manages to outwit Waller - releasing her brother Incubus upon Midway City, knowing full well that Waller (not knowing of him being Enchantress' brother) would dispatch her to take the mighty metahuman down, which, in turn, would allow Enchantress to reach Incubus and (via his mystical empowerment) become immune to her exposed heart weakness before Waller could stop Enchantress by stabbing said heart. This catastrophic error in judgment on Waller' part results in the metahuman duo wreaking havoc upon Midway City, forcing Waller to execute her FBI subordinates (due to their knowledge of this error of hers), and then turn to genius tactician Batman for help in the aftermath, so that he might help cover up her involvement in the matter, and keep the wrong people in the US intelligence community from finding out.

Equipment

As the Director of A.R.G.U.S., with ties to several other espionage and law enforcement agencies (such as the FBI and CIA), Amanda Waller has access to some of the most sophisticated technology in the world, owned by the US government, allowing her to be extremely well-informed in regards to individuals (be they human, metahuman, or otherworldly) who could potentially pose a threat to Earth (allowing Waller to keep discreet tabs on all of the Suicide Squad and some of the future Justice League members, among others), along with Waller's knowledge of many, classified, global security secrets. Hence, Waller is one of the extremely few to know the secret identities of at least Batman, Aquaman, and the Flash.

  • Nano-bomb detonator: Amanda Waller, to ensure the compliance of most Suicide Squad members (apart from Rick Flag and Katana), has them injected with powerful Van Criss Laboratories nano-bombs, and keeps the detonator on her (with a separate button for each individual) - ready to blow off the heads of any of them, should they step out of line or fail to comply, with Slipknot notably getting killed in this way by Rick Flag. Waller keeps this detonator on her at all times, managing not to lose it even while being telepathically tortured by Enchantress, and thus forces the Squad back into their Belle Reve jail cells in the battle's aftermath.
  • Enchantress' artifact: Amanda Waller acquired this jar-shaped Inca artifact from June Moone after the latter found it in Tres Osos Caves and released Enchantress.
  • Handgun: Amanda Waller is seen carrying a handgun, which she used to execute her FBI subordinates, due to them knowing of her catastrophic error in judgment, that made the mystical Midway City incident possible.

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

List of appearances
In chronological order:

Trivia

  • Amanda Waller is one of the extremely few individuals who know Batman's secret identity.
  • Waller is an inexperienced golfer, practicing in Belle Reve to not look foolish in front of Senator Cray.

Behind the scenes

References

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Task Force X
Founder Amanda Waller
Members Peacemaker | Vigilante | Emilia Harcourt | Leota Adebayo
Supporting members Clemson Murn | John Economos | Flo Crawley | Briscoe | Fitzgibbon
Former members Enchantress | June Moone | Slipknot | El Diablo | Deadshot | Katana | Killer Croc | Rick Flag | Captain Boomerang | Polka-Dot Man | T.D.K. | Javelin | Blackguard | Mongal | Savant | Harley Quinn | Bloodsport | King Shark | Ratcatcher 2 | Weasel
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