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Information-silkReal NameOnyx Adams
Information-silkCurrent AliasOnyx
Information-silkAffiliationBatman Family, League of Assassins, Birds of Prey
Information-silkBase Of OperationsGotham City
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkHeight5' 9"
Information-silkWeight146 lbs (66 kg)
Information-silkHairNo Hair
Information-silkUniverseEarth-One, New Earth
Information-silkPlace of BirthStar City
Information-silkCreatorsJoey Cavalieri, Jerome Moore
First Appearance

Onyx was a longstanding fully capable member of the League of Assassins, who eventually decided to retire from her life of murder. When she left, she chose life in an Ashram Monastery (in the same order to which Green Arrow had once belonged to). The Ashram's Exalted Master was later killed by a renegade monk named "Lars," who intended to unravel the "Wisdom Key" that unlocked the powerful "Book of Ages." Onyx sought Green Arrow's help to defeat the villain. In the Ashram, Green Arrow and Onyx were defeated by Lars' minions, and the monk took the Wisdom Key from Onyx. Upon opening the Book of Ages, however, Lars was vaporized.

Later, Onyx appeared in Star City battling a villain named "Barricade." Barricade turned out to be Lars again, who had been revived by his underlings. The spell that had apparently killed him was reversed only as long as he remained in contact with the Book of Ages, but he was attempting to make the reversal permanent by possessing the Wisdom Key again. In a battle with Onyx, Green Arrow, and Black Canary, Barricade again met defeat, and was reduced to a heap of bones.

Following this incident, Onyx was not seen for several years. She briefly returned as part of Wonder Woman’s team of super-heroines to battle Circe's minions.

After that, Onyx returned to monastery life, but was called upon by the Batman to serve as a bodyguard for influential new Gotham City vigilante "Orpheus."[1] Onyx was seriously injured during a battle with the Yakuza gang[2] and she was taken to Leslie Thomkins' clinic, where she escaped before being taken by police officers.[3] Onyx worked alongside Orpheus until his death. As such, she was an incredibly influential figure during the "War Games" riots, and also clashed with the new Red Hood when he came to Gotham.

Onyx was not seen again until it was revealed she is currently working as one of Oracle's contacts for the Birds of Prey.[4]

Onyx was most recently seen training with Cassandra Cain/Batgirl, in Blüdhaven.


  • Stealth: Onyx is schooled in all known assassin techniques such as pressure points, killing techniques and stealth to name a few. She has previously worked with and been taught by the League of Assassins.
  • 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.


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