Martian Manhunter
Debut Detective Comics #225
(November 1955)
Created by Joseph Samachson and Joe Certa
AKA J'onn J'onzz, John Jones
Classification Martian
Affiliation Justice League
Relatives Miss Martian (niece)
Abilities telepathy, phasing, ocular energy

Martian Manhunter is a superhero, and member of the Justice League of America.


In the television show Smallville; Martian Manhunter could be thought as Clark's guardian angel. Martian Manhunter used to work for Jor-El as a bounty hunter and Intergalactic Law Enforcer. Martian Manhunter came from the planet Mars; like Krypton it was destroyed because of famine and war. Martian Manhunter is the last survivor from the planet Mars. Martian Manhunter can never get sick or hungry. He also doesn't need oxygen.



Family - (Unnamed Father and Mother), M'yri'ah and Ma'alefa'ak

Powers and Abilities - All Martian powers

Status - Alive (He just recently regained all of his Martian powers due the actions of Doctor Fate; he sacrificed his life to give John his powers back.

Powers and Abilities

  • Physical: The Martian Manhunter has vast shapeshifting abilities that stem from complete control of his sub-molecular structure. He is able to take on any shape he pleases, often taking the human disguise of Detective John Jones. He can form shapes of objects or organisms alive, extinct, or imagined, and he has often shown to grow an extra pair of arms to supplement his fighting abilities and his strength. He can become as stiff and unmovable or as flexible and malleable as he pleases. He can also alter his size or the size and length of his limbs. During his fight with Antares, J'onzz grew to the size of a building. When increasing his size, J'onzz often borrows mass from matter around him and incorporates it in his body, expelling it when he returns to his normal size. The Manhunter has even shown to use his shapeshifting powers offensively during his fight with Ultraman. He has elongated parts of himself into bladed weapons during combat. His density is also variable and changes as he wills it. He can use this ability to become intangible and move through objects or allow attacks to fly by harmlessly through him or to become extremely dense to add more mass to his blows and increase his invulnerability. J'onzz's control over his own molecular structure also allows him to adapt his visibility, granting him the ability to become invisible at will. His shapeshifting abilities extend beyond even that, allowing himself to change his chemical composition. He was able to turn his skin into a thick exoskeleton of human bone in order to shield him from a corrosive that would normally disintegrate his Martian physiology. He can also turn into a woman. In addition to these powers, he can also fly and possesses superhumanoid strength.
  • Mental: J'onzz is the most powerful telepath on Earth, being able to control and affect even the Spectre and Doctor Fate with his telepathy. Aquaman has stated that Martian Manhunter's telepathy exceeds even the telepathy of other members of the Martian race. He said that with J'onzz's great telepathic power, his own telepathy just "pings" off of him while, when Aquaman was in the presence of J'onzz's brother, Ma'alefa'ak, there was no such effect. J'onzz is capable of linking the minds of all superheroes at once from a distance of the Moon to all corners of Earth. He is also capable of reading the minds of all inhabitants of Earth at once. His telepathic abilities also allow him to create realistic illusions; telepathically trace and locate people; shut down people's minds; brain blast; mental shield; influence thoughts; mind control people; manipulate memory; astral projection; possession; induce sleep; reprogram or reorder minds; and transfer information directly into people's brains. The Martian Manhunter's mind control capabilities have allowed him to mind control the Joker and make him temporarily sane, as well as mind controlling several White Martians at once. He is also capable of mentally shielding those around him from telepathic assault. His own mental defenses are so strong that he is able to telepathically shield himself from the combined might of several White Martians and from the Mageddon machinery. Martian Manhunter is able to mentally control/manipulate (move, push, cut out, attract, and levitate) objects with his telekinesis even at the atomic level. J'onzz can manipulate atoms, subatomic particles, and cells perfectly. He can also use his telekinetic abilities to create an extremely powerful psionic Blast/Push and psionic Shield.
  • Senses: J'onzz possesses "Martian Vision" allowing his eyes to see across the electromagnetic spectrum, including X-Ray Vision. He can also project energy beams, known as "Martian beams", the exact effects of which have varied in different decades from incendiary effects to concussive impacts to disintegration. J'onzz also has nine senses compared to humans, giving him clearer and more numerable perceptions.
  • Skills: Aside from his superhuman powers, J'onzz is also a very capable detective. As Batman mentions in his file, "in many ways, Martian Manhunter is like an amalgam of Superman and the Dark Knight himself".


The Martian Manhunter has a psychosomatic fear of fire. It is unknown what the source of this fear is, whether it is a personal fear or a cultural fear, but whichever it is, it is a paralytic fear with the Manhunter. Exposure to fire, causes him to lose his powers, and in the case of extreme fire, to lose his control over his biomorphic form. The Manhunter is more vulnerable in this form and can take damage in this vulnerable state. The sun causes Martians to lose their powers. If they return to the atmosphere that surrounds Mars they regain their powers.

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