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Quote1 She seems such a normal girl... then I remember she is actually a strange being, millions of years old. Quote2
-- Katana src

Halo is the codename of the superhero member of the Outsiders. Halo is the result of the combination of a human body and a light energy being. For this reason, she holds light powers, which are useful on their fight against evil.

Origin

Halo was once two separate entities. A light being part of the ancient race called the Aurakles and the female human called Violet Harper.[1]

Violet Harper was a young woman who lived in Arlington, Missouri with her parents, Sam and Margaret Harper. Violet had photographic memory, but despite this advantage, she was a problem child and in her teenage years, she became even more troublesome. Eventually, she met Mark Denniger and started a relationship with him, although she merely used him for her own convenience. Violet and Mark stole a drug formula from crimelord Tobias Whale, who had his operative Syonide follow them to Europe, where she eventually killed Violet in Markovia.[2]

Halo as an Aurakle

Halo as an Aurakle

Violet’s body was found by the Aurakle, who existed since the dawn of time and was intrigued by organic beings. The Aurakle's energy was somehow transferred to the dead body, giving it new life and powers, but erasing all memories from their previous existence as human and energy.[1] Just moments later, she was found by Batman and learned that she couldn’t remember anything, even her own name. Because of her obvious abilities to control light, Batman gave her the codename Halo and he guided her to safety.[3] Batman and Halo later joined the war in Markovia along with other heroes and they managed to defeat Baron Bedlam. Thanks to their combined efforts, Batman decided to create a new team called the Outsiders and Halo was glad to become part of it.[4]

The Outsiders

Halo travelled to Gotham along with the rest of the team, where Batman gave her and Katana permission to live in the penthouse above the Wayne Foundation building. Later, Halo was assited by Bruce Wayne in order to find her a legal identity and she chose the name Gabrielle Doe[5] and became Katana’s legal ward.[6] In order to keep her identity concealed, Halo had to attend high school as a normal student and she and started dating some boys.[7] As a teammate of Halo, Brion Markov showed concern for her, but using his powers as Geo-Force, he spoiled one of Halo’s dates. In return, Halo did the same with one of his dates and during the ensuing argument, they realized they had romantic interest in each other.[8]

"Light" Hearted

"Light" Hearted

Eventually, Batman found evidence of Halo’s past and learned about her human pas as Violet Harper, from Missouri. Halo was taken there, where she remained with Violet’s parents for a short time.[9] Living as Violet Harper, Halo learned that she had made a lot of enemies.[10] During Christmas, Halo returned to Gotham and after a talk with Geo-Force, they ended their relationship in good terms. Also during this time, Halo prevented Geo-Force from killing a criminal with help from Superman.[11]

Afterwards, Halo and Violet’s parents were kidnapped by Tobias Whale, who wanted to retrieve the drug formula Violet had stolen, but of course, Halo had no memory or recollection of such situation. She summoned the Outsiders to her hometown to assist her, but sadly in the struggle, Violet’s parents were killed by Syonide.[2] Halo was finally taken to the Justice League Satellite, where the Outsiders managed to recover her memories as an Aurakle, but with her memory restored, she was taken away by the rest of the Aurakles, who had come to separate the human body from the energy being.[1] Halo was taken to the Aurakle dimension, where they planned to separate them, killing her, but she was saved by the Outsiders, who forced the Aurakles to release Halo and leave them in peace. Halo was glad to return home, but she left again to find herself.[12]

Wandering alone, Halo accidentally joined a cult run by Kobra[13] and when the villains learned of her presence, they tortured her to learn Batman’s secret identity.[14] She was rescued by the Outsiders and she rejoined the team to defeat the Kobra Cult.[15] Eventually, Halo decided to adopt her own identity and she got a haircut, making her previously long hair, very short and cute.[6]

Death

After the Outsiders was framed for the murder of Markovia's Queen, which was caused by Roderick and his vampire forces, they were forced to flee. Technocrat's evil ex-wife, Marissa Barron hires an old associate named Ryer who believes Technocrat had abandoned him in Markovia. As the cyborg Sanction, he nearly kills the team in Switzerland. Later, in Gotham City, he attacks again, slaying both Marissa and Halo. As with Violet Harper, Halo's essence is sucked into Marissa's body, reanimating it.

During an attempt by the Outsiders to create a new headquarters, other Aurakles would return to reclaim Halo. Halo would later strike up a relationship with Sebastian Faust, a fellow Outsider that not many on the team trusted. The entire team is eventually cleared of wrongdoing. Halo later returns to Markovia. There she assists in combating a portal to Hell that had opened as part of the Day of Judgment incident.

Infinite Crisis

During the Infinite Crisis, supervillain prisons around the world are opened as the respective wardens had been targeted and blackmailed. Halo was part of a makeshift team of heroes battling a breakout at the Alcatraz prison in San Francisco. She later joins the Battle of Metropolis, helping other heroes protect the city from an army of super-villains bent on its destruction.

Soon after the events of the crisis, she assists a team of astronauts in a space station searching for heroes missing in action. She detects traces of Zeta radiation, a sign of Adam Strange, one of the many missing.

She later became part of an other multi-hero battle, this time against the murderous Black Adam.

Outsiders Again

Halo was helping to keep spirits up in New Orleans during the rebuilding process after Hurricane Katrina when she is approached by Alfred Pennyworth. Under directions from a now deceased Batman, Alfred informs her that he wants her to be a part of a reformed team of Outsiders.[16]

Blackest Night

Main article: Blackest Night

During a recovery mission with the Outsiders, Halo along with the Creeper and Katana's recently resurrected family come under attack by a Black Lantern Ring. The Creeper was easily dispatched, retreats into the woods in order to get help from their prisoner; Killer Croc. While Katana battles with her husband, Halo is forced to fight Katana's children. Although her light based powers prove ineffective at first Halo unleashes more power than ever before in order to save her teammates whose abilities have no long term effect on the Lanterns. Finally she manages to destroy the Black Lantern Rings, and goes to aid the rest of her team who are also under attack.[17]

Back in their headquarters the rest of the Outsiders are faced with a recently risen Terra and are hopelessly outmatched, until Halo intervenes. With great effort she manages to separate Terra from her ring and to destroy it while Geo-Force turns Terra's body to stone in order to keep her from coming back again. Halo however disperses into light, her last words being that the "light" is calling her.[18]

Return of Bruce Wayne

Some time later, Halo returned but she had no memory of her past. Geo-Force and Katana took her as a member of the Outsiders once more and tried to help her recover her lost memories. As a team, they settled in Markovia, where Geo-Force ruled as the prince and they were soon visited by Looker. Halo attacked Looker thingking that she was an enemy but Katana explained everything to her. That same day, someone made a threat to Brion's life and the Outsiders worked together to find the killer and Halo was the first to locate the mysterious vigilante the Insider and tried to bring him down. Insider used an electrified cable to stun Halo while he faced the others. After the fight, Halo was taken back to the medical ward of Castle Markov.[19]

Powers

  • Light Auras: Halo can generate various colored aura around herself which have different effects. Each color corresponds to a different effect, certain colors can be mixed and multiple colors can be used at the same time.
  • Red Halo: Halo can produce destructive heat beams to melt or burn enemies.
  • Orange Halo: Halo can produce powerful concussive force beams to knock back enemies.
  • Yellow Halo: Halo can produce brilliant flashing lights to stun or blind enemies.
  • Green Halo: Halo can produce halting stasis beams to stop and manipulate enemies.
  • Blue Halo: Halo can produce distorting holographic effects to confuse or disturb enemies.
  • Indigo Halo: Halo can produce physical tractor beams that can pull or push enemies.
  • Violet Halo: Halo can produce empowering mental effects that can give her previous body's consciousness control of their shared body.
  • Flight: Halo's body is inhabited by an Aurakle, a powerful ancient being. As such Halo can soar boundlessly due to her composite nature.
  • Resurrection: Halo's body is inhabited by an Aurakle, a powerful ancient being. If Halo's body should perish her consciousness can be resurrected into a new human body. This process has already been done three times to date.

Abilities

  • Eidetic Memory(formerly): Violet Harper used to have photographic memory. This ability vanished when the Aurakle took over her body.[2]
  • Music: Halo had a natural aptitude for music[5] and she even joined her high school band.[20]

Weaknesses

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • When Alfred approaches her to be on the new Outsiders, he calls her Violet. It is unknown why she went by the name of her first host's body even though she now in habits Marissa Barron's body. Alfred may have simply made a mistake.[16]
  • Halo's from an extradimensional world locked inside light particles. She can create, detect and manipulate subtle radiation.[21]
  • Halo can alternate between her costume and civilian clothes instantly. This transition is accompanied by an aura of primarily black color, with white blotches of light.

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This character is or was primarily a member of the super-hero team known as the Outsiders, in any of its various incarnations. They are a black ops team dedicated to fighting evil and taking the fall in public opinion that bigger groups like the Justice League cannot, started by Batman to avoid being crippled by public relations needs. This template will categorize articles that include it into the "Outsiders members" category.