Empress (Anita Fite)
Real Name: Anita Fite
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Empress can teleport and telepathically command people to do simple actions using piece of the anti-life equation. Is also skilled in martial arts and vodoun in general.
Anita Fite is the daughter of Donald Fite, of the All Purpose Enforcement Squad, who, with his partner Ishido Maad, hounded Young Justice throughout the team's early days. (The partners' names, Fite 'n' Maad, are a deliberate pun by Peter David on the phrase "fightin' mad"; the name Anita Fite is also a pun – "I need a fight".) She is usually written as speaking with a Jamaican patois.
She first appeared in the pages of Young Justice, saving Wonder Girl from dying of a poisonous snakebite.
Shortly afterward during Young Justice's visit to the Olympics to support their former teammate, Cissie King-Jones, she met the team out of costume, and her father (who claimed to not know of her superheroic activities) let her secret identity slip ("Empress" having been a childhood nickname her mother had given her).
It was revealed that Anita had become a superheroine due to the inspiration of Cissie King-Jones, the former Arrowette. Anita had seen Cissie stop a thief in a mall, and was so impressed that she began to use her natural abilities to fight for good. There was tension at first between Cissie and Anita - Cissie thinking that Anita had simply wanted to replace her in Young Justice - but the girls quickly came to an understanding and became friends.
Anita remained a member of Young Justice for the rest of its run, even through the death of her father, by Agua Sin Gaaz, the same villain who had killed her mother years before. Gaaz retreated to the island of Zandia, a haven for supervillains. Due to an invasion force of dozens of teenaged superheroes, Anita, Maad and a few others were able to bring her parents back in a fashion, reincarnated into infant bodies. She became a guardian to them, with the help of friends and her father's partner. During her time in Young Justice, she even developed a certain friendship with Li'l Lobo during his time on the team.
In January 2006, Empress appeared as backup in the fight to save Gotham City from wild magic in the Infinite Crisis special follow-up to Day of Vengeance, although a colouring error depicted her as caucasian. Anita appeared again in Infinite Crisis #6, when the world's mystics joined together at Stonehenge to usher in the new age of magic by summoning the new Spectre and his host.
Anita is seen hanging out with Cissie and Cassie in Wonder Girl #2. Anita and Cissie appear again in Wonder Girl #3, helping Cassie realize that she has at last gotten past Superboy's death. Both Anita and Cissie appear at the end of the Wonder Girl mini-series, both back in costume as they help Wonder Girl defeat the Furies alongside Robin, Supergirl and several other allies.
Anita appears in Final Crisis along with Mas Y Menos and Sparx in a failed attempt to launch The League of Titans. She next appears in the pages of Supergirl #33 (July 2008). After her parents-turned-infants are kidnapped, Empress seeks out Supergirl to help her retrieve them. However, it is revealed that Empress was in truth leading Kara to a trap, in order to get her parents back. Fortunately, Anita double-crossed the villain and aided in saving Kara and her parents.
First Appearance: Young Justice (1998) #16
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Day of Vengeance (2005)
Final Crisis (2008)
Final Crisis (2009)
Final Crisis Companion (2009)
TPB Impulse (1995)
- 'Final Crisis Companion'
#77 JLA: The Ultimate Guide to The Justice League of America (2002)
- 'Split Decision'#78
- 'Losing the Impulse'
Nightwing: Our Worlds at War (2001)
#1 Secret Files & Origins Guide to the DC Universe 2000 (2000)
- 'Our Worlds at War: Die, Die and Die Again'
#1 Sins of Youth Secret Files (2000)
- 'Guide to the DC Universe 2000'
SpyBoy/Young Justice (2002)
#88 Supergirl (1996)
- 'Diapers and Angels and Babies, Oh My!'
#65 Supergirl (2005)
- 'Louder than Words'
Superman: Our Worlds at War Secret Files (2001)
Teen Titans/Outsiders: The Death and Return of Donna Troy (2006)
TPB The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
- 'The Death and Return of Donna Troy'
HC Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day (2003)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'
#1 Villains United (2005)
- 'Graduation Day, Part 1: Invocation'#2
- 'Graduation Day, Part 2: Commencement'#3
- 'Graduation Day, Part 3: Recessional'
Wonder Girl (2007)
#2 Wonder Woman (1987)
- 'Part 2: Hercules Unbound'#3
- 'Part 3: Furies Unleashed'#4
- 'Part 4: Enter the Olympian'#6
- 'Conclusion: World of Wonders'
#174 World's Finest: Our Worlds at War (2001)
- 'The Witch & the Warrior, Part 1'#175
- 'The Witch & the Warrior, Part 2: Girl Frenzy'
Young Justice (1998)
#16 Young Justice: Our Worlds at War (2001)
- 'Banned, On the Run'#20
- 'Time Out'#23
- 'Down Under Where'#24
- 'When the Bow Breaks...'#25
- 'Gold Standard'#26
- 'From Myrg With Love'#27
- 'Baseball Field: Myrg or There's a Saga Born Every Minute'#28
- 'Hitting for the Cycle'#29
- 'Forever and a Day'#30
- 'Round Robin'#32
- 'Anita's Date With Lobo'#33
- 'Wash and Werewolf'#34
- 'Bright Lights, Big Teeth, Grandma'#35
- 'War Torn'#36
- 'Kissing on the Apokolips'#37
- 'War of the Words'#38
- 'Joker: Last Laugh: Stuff Happens'#39
- 'Petal to the Metal'#41
- 'The World What Once We Knew'#45
- 'Bang Bang Bedlam's Purple Hammer'#46
- 'Four to Go'#47
- 'Fighting Maad, Part 1: M.I.A.'#48
- 'Fighting Maad, Part 2: D.O.A.'#49
- 'Fighting Maad, Part 3: A.W.O.L.'#50
- 'Fighting Maad, Part 4: MUBAR'#51
- 'Zand on the Run'#52
- 'The Unreal World'#53
- 'Dead Man Sprinting'#54
- 'Break on Through to the Other Seid'#55
- 'I've Got a Secret'
Young Justice: Sins of Youth (2000)
- 'The Stunning Conclusion'
League of Titans
Young Justice (DC)
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