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Amanda Waller
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Amanda Waller as the White Queen in promotional art for Checkmate. Art by Jesus Saiz.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Legends #1 (November 1986)
Created by John Ostrander
Len Wein
John Byrne
In-story information
Full name Amanda Blake Waller
Species Human
  • Expert strategist and tactician
  • Skilled martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant
  • Expert markswoman

Amanda Blake Waller (née White), also known as "the Wall", is a character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Legends #1 in 1986 and was created by John Ostrander, Len Wein, and John Byrne. Amanda Waller is an antagonist and occasional ally to the superheroes of the DC Universe, occasionally described as a supervillain.

She is the director of the Suicide Squad and a specialist who oversees research into metahumans. Though lacking superpowers herself, the character is a ruthless, high-ranking government official who uses guile, political connections, and sheer intimidation to achieve her goals, often in the name of national security. Waller is commonly associated with the fictional government agencies Checkmate and A.R.G.U.S.

In recent years, the character has been substantially adapted into animated and live-action media.

Publication history

The people most responsible for shaping the character in her earliest appearances were John Ostrander and Kim Yale.

Nicknamed "the Wall", Amanda Waller is a former congressional aide and government agent often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty. She later served as Secretary of Metahuman Affairs under President Lex Luthor, before being arrested in the wake of Luthor's public fall from grace. Waller was reassigned to the leadership of Checkmate as White Queen, but was forced to resign because of her involvement in Operation Salvation Run.

Fictional character biography

Amanda Waller (circa 1990)
Amanda Waller in Who's Who in the DC Universe #1 (August 1990). Art by Luke McDonnell and Geof Isherwood.

Amanda Waller excelled in political science and became a congressional aide. During that time, she discovered the existence of the first two incarnations of the Squad. Taking elements from both of these, she proposed the development of its third incarnation to the White House and was placed in charge upon its approval.

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