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Halo of the Outsiders (DC Comics)


(Violet Harper)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


These notes are the bleached remains of research about the Outsiders, a DC Comics that appeared in 1983. A project to write them up had to be aborted after a few hours for scheduling reasons, and so far it has been impossible to arc back to it.

Life ! Don’t talk to me about life.


  • Real Name: Violet Harper.
  • Other Aliases: Gabrielle Doe, Spectra.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Sam and Margaret Harper (biological parents, deceased), Yamashiro Tatsu (legal ward).
  • Group Affiliation: Outsiders.
  • Base Of Operations: Los Angeles, CA ; later Markovia.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 120lbs. Age: 17
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde


Powers and Abilities

Halo retains certain abilities from her former state as an Aurakle. She can generate glowing halos about herself, each of which corresponds to a different color of the spectrum and gives her a different power. Those are :

  • Red (heat beams).
  • Orange (repulsor/force blasts).
  • Yellow (brilliant sunlight).
  • Green (stasis beam).
  • Blue (light distortion effect).
  • Indigo (tractor beam).
  • Violet (previously unknown, now known to indicate that the Violet Harper personality is in control).

Any of these halos enables her to fly, including a white halo, which generates no other ability than flight.


Apparently a ruthless hellion with a photographic memory, Violet Harper was involved in criminal circles. At one point she memorized a drug formula, then took off for Europe with another criminal named Mark Denninger.

The formula belonged to a organized crime kingpin known as Tobias Whale. Whale sent his chief assassin, Syonide, after them. In Europe, the callous Harper killed Denninger, but was herself executed by Syonide after a long attempt at escaping.

While she laid dying, her body was probed by a curious sentient light force from another dimension, one of the virtually immortal Aurakles (no relation). To its surprise, the Aurakle found itself trapped in Violet Harper’s body as the dominant intellect. The shock of this graft wiped out both their memories and left them amnesiacs.


Halo was first discovered by the Batman, lying in a glowing heap amid rubble in a Markovian village. With no idea of who she was, and so disoriented she couldn’t even remember what food was, she followed him. She named herself “Gabrielle Doe”, at Batman’s suggestion.


Batman made her join the Outsiders when the extent of her superpowers became clear. After he noticed her reluctance to use a violet aura (she logically should have one), he deducted her real name was Violet. After some detective work, he pieced together her origin.

Gabrielle investigated her past, and was captured by Whale. The Outsiders stopped her interrogation by Whale, but her natural parents were shot with poison darts during the battle.

As they died Violet told them she remembered everything. She later admitted that it was a well-meaning lie, in order to give them the comfort of knowing their daughter remembered them.

Little light of love

Halo regained her memory through an encounter with other Aurakles – Dr. Jace, an associate of the Outsiders, managed to maker her remember her Aurakles life. This brought other Aurakles her, to her, who kidnapped her. The encounter turned violent, Katana killing one of the beings before the Outsiders could recover Halo.

Halo chose to remain on Earth in the body of Violet Harper and keep the name Gabrielle Doe – but left the team in anguish.

Doe later met a man named David, who happened to be a Kobra agent. He discovered her identity, and Kobra became aware of Batman’s alter-ego through her. The Outsiders rescued Gabrielle and she chose to leave David. Shortly after, the Outsiders split from Batman, and became agents for Markovia, mostly working from Los Angeles.

Geo-Force ultimately disbanded the Outsiders after a series of tragic events. Halo, by then Katana’s ward, was left comatose by a Manhunter’s blast.

Years later…

Tatsu traveled with Gaby’s body to Markovia, where she was mysteriously awakened. A new team of Outsiders was formed but they immediately found themselves framed for murder. Halo, Katana and Geo-Force fled the country along with new members Technocrat, Faust and Wylde.

After the team was cleared of all charges, Halo began using her violet aura. The secret of the violet aura was known only to a few: it indicated that Violet Harper’s personality was again in control. In this state, Harper could control all Halo’s auras at once (Gaby could use only one at a time).

Violet defected from the team and sought an alliance with Marissa Baron (Technocrat’s ex-wife). Instead, Baron commanded the assassin Sanction to kill her. In the fracas, Sanction’s blasts hit both women. This trauma forced the Aurakle to jump to a new host: Marissa Baron. Violet Harper’s body was again left for dead.

This time, Halo retained the memories of both Gabrielle and Marissa.

Fall of the 1990s Outsiders

The Aurakles attacked Halo again and possess her teammates. They had sought to reclaim her but were driven off by a high dose of electricity. These events added to tension to Gaby’s relationship with Tatsu and may have added to her newfound attraction to Faust.

When the team fractured, Halo sided with Looker and Faust and followed the Eradicator. But unbeknownst to the Outsiders, Kobra recovered Violet Harper’s dead body.

His science was able to preserve Harper’s essence and Halo’s powers. She took the code name Spectra and joined Kobra’s new Strike Force. Spectra posed as Halo and also recruited the former Outsider called Windfall.

The two Outsiders teams soon rejoined, but their time was short-lived. Since then, Halo, Katana and Geo-Force have kept the group alive, but its capacity is unknown. They have been spotted among other super-heroes in times of great crisis.


The black costume is the oldest, and was followed during the Los Angeles period by the white one.


Although young and somewhat impetuous, Halo is capable of quick thinking and is very much a team player. More emotionally disoriented than most teenagers, she has a daughter-like attachment to Tatsu, strongly seeing her as a mother figure.

While Harper was not a good person, Halo is very different – it seems the Aurakle somehow redeemed her. In fact, she’s horrified and disturbed by Katana’s willingness to kill.

When Halo transferred to the body of Technocrat’s wife, she had trouble adapting to an adult body, and was obviously more ruthless than before.


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Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Upholds Good
Int: 05 Wil: 08 Min: 06 Occupation: Student
Inf: 06 Aur: 07 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 017 HP: 050

Attraction/repulsion (indigo): 04, Energy blast (orange): 08, Flash (yellow): 08, Flight: 04, Heat vision (red): 09, Suspension (green): 08, Warp (blue): 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flash is actual sunlight, which may have special effects on some creatures such as vampires (+2).
  • Suspension is Usable on Others (+2).
  • Warp only work for light (-2).
  • All powers with a listed halo color can only be used one at a time (-1 – if she only uses Flight she gives off a white halo).

None demonstrated.

None demonstrated.

Outsiders (High).

Misc.: Amnesia, Misc.: vulnerable to powers targeting light, as she’s animated by a creature of light (5 pts).

By Sébastien Andrivet (using the Batman Sourcebook v1 and Who’s Who).

Helper(s): Gareth Lewis, Dan. The end of the history and one illo are from www2.bitstream.net/~myke4/outsiders/_docs/halo.html (defunct).

Source of Character: Outsiders v1 comics (DCU).

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