Mistress of Magic
Princess of Prestidigitation
The Magic MaidHeight:
127 lbs (58 kg)Eyes:
AmericanPlace of Birth:
Stage magician, adventurer, member of the Justice League of AmericaKnown Relatives:
Giovanni "John" Zatara (father, deceased)
Sindella Zatara (mother, deceased)
Zachary Zatara (cousin)
Leonard da Vinci (paternal ancestor, deceased)
Alessandro Cagliostro (paternal ancestor, deceased)
Nicholas Flamel (paternal ancestor, deceased)
Nostradamus (paternal ancestor, deceased)
King Arion of Atlantis (ancestor)Powers and Abilities
The Mistress of Magic
Zatanna is a member of the Homo Magi race and is genetically gifted with great magical talent. She can cast an incredible number of spells, which she usually does by speaking backwards as a tribute to her father. However, the backwards-speaking is not always necessary for her to cast spells. Speaking backwards is as easy for her as it is to speak forwards. Zatanna has shown great control of her magic ability, which extends to an ability to elemental sorcery:
Pyrokinesis-Generation and control of fire.
Aerokinesis- Generation and control of air.
Cyrokinesis-Generation and control of ice.
Hydrokinesis- Control of water.
Geokinesis- Control of earth.
Chlorokinesis-Control over plants.
Thermokinesis- Able to manipulate the temperature of a place to stay warm in cold environments.
Zatanna's mastery of magic also grants her a wide range of other powers:
Flight, weather control, healing, illusion casting, telekinesis, telepathy,teleportation, force field generation, dimensional travel, size alteration, spectral sight, mystical invulnerability, probability manipulation, memory manipulation (erasing and altering people's memories), superhuman strength, superhuman durability and extraction and teleportation of souls (she only uses this ability in dire situations).
The upper limit of her spell-casting ability is unknown, but she is already considered among the most powerful magic users in the DC Universe. Despite this, Zatanna seemingly still has not lived up to her full potential yet. It is possible that her guilt over performing mind wipes may be subconsciously holding her back from attaining even greater levels of power. The only known limitation to her magic is that she cannot bring the dead back to life.
Zatanna is also a gifted stage magician and hypnotist who routinely enthralls audiences with her mystifying and entertaining performances. Though she usually has at least a couple hundred specific spells prepared at any given moment, she is adept at magical improvisation and can readily modify her spells to handle unpredictable situations. She often uses her magic to assist in performing everyday tasks, especially if she is too busy or fatigued to do them the mundane way. Zatanna is multi-lingual, being fluent in English, Spanish, and her trademark "backwards speech."
As a magician, she is considered among the most powerful and knowledgeable in the world and often works alongside the most powerful magic-users on Earth, including Doctor Fate, Madame Xanadu, and Captain Marvel. However, the actual extent of her powers is not fully known. According to Green Arrow, she is the most powerful member of the Justice League. Of all the magicians and sorcerers on the planet, the JLA always go to Zatanna when they need magical assistance.
Mnemonic Incantation: Zatanna casts her spells by saying the words of her incantations backwards. Zatanna must concentrate on her magic to make sure she is using the proper spell. It is at this point where she is most vulnerable. Mnemonic incantation is the most complicated of the mystic arts. It appears that this is well known to her enemies. On one occasion, the assassin Deathstrokedelivered a direct blow to her liver, initiating a regurgitation reaction. On a separate occasion, the Joker (disguised as the stage magician Loxias) shot Zatanna in the neck, rendering her magic useless. She must be able to speak or read backwards in order for her to focus her spells.
If the magic power-level of her opponent is higher than hers, then it would be extremely difficult for her to win a battle. In addition, it is difficult to impossible to affect a spell that was set in motion with higher-level magics.Powerful enchantments against beings of magic, like gods, are able to restrict her as well, preventing her from accessing enchanted places or dispel the adverse charm.
Regardless of whether or not she is an active member of the Justice League, Zatanna is highly respected for her knowledge of the magic arts. As she is a performing illusionist, she also spends more time on Earth's plane than most other magical heroes. This makes her more available than the others, and she is also more friendly than most. Although the events of Identity Crisis may have strained some of her relationships, she still has the trust of her allies. Recently she gave Superman help after he sought her advice on information from Arion ( Superman). More recently, she had been helping Mary Marvel come to terms with her new powers in the pages of Countdown to Final Crisis.
Countdown #37 further highlighted the vast repository of mystical knowledge and powerful artifacts at Zatanna's disposal. Unbeknownst to Zatanna, Mary was under the influence of the villainous Eclipso, who caused Mary to attack Zatanna in an attempt to seize her artifacts. Even with the incredible power of Shazam at her disposal, Mary was no match for Zatanna, who quickly evicted her from her home. Zatanna also helped Magog, despite the strain between him and the Justice Society.
Although magic is her primary weapon in battle, Zatanna is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant who can hold her own surprisingly well in a physical fight. Her fighting prowess often takes her opponents off-guard, since they mistakenly assume that she is helpless if her spell-casting ability is neutralized. Zatanna has said that she has a red belt in martian kung fu, an exotic fighting method that few opponents are familiar with, giving her an added advantage in combat. She has also received combat training with the Justice League as well as with Batman himself.Equipment:
Conjuring with her wand
Zatanna usually carries her magic wand with her and sometimes uses it to aim her spells. It is unclear whether the wand actually possesses magical properties of its own and aids in focusing her powers, or if it is merely a simple stage prop. It is not necessary for her to use magic with it though. She has been seen performing spells just as easily without it.
Zatanna often wears a tall black magician's hat as part of her traditional costume. She has utilized her hat as a dimensional portal, both to bring items to her and to trap enemies within. As with her wand, it is unclear whether the hat itself is magical, or if it is merely a convenient prop to help her focus her powers of dimensional manipulation.
Shadowcrest is a supernatural mansion that serves as Zatanna's personal sanctuary and base of operations, much like Batman's Batcave or Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Shadowcrest's library boasts one of the most extensive collections of books on magic and magical knowledge ever assembled. It also houses an arsenal of powerful magical relics that can do "just about anything you'd want them to do" (according to Zatanna). Even Zatanna doesn't fully understand everything about the house, but she believes that in some way, the house is just as alive as herself. Shadowcrest appears to be physically located on the outskirts of Gotham City, but the interior of the mansion actually exists in an entirely separate magical dimension.Biography
She has been close friends with Bruce Wayne since childhood. Her history was further retold in DC's Vertigo line, which made Zatanna a romantic partner of John Constantine and Timothy Hunter one of her protegés.
In 2004, Zatanna's reputation was tarnished during Identity Crisis, in which she performed magical mind wipes on super villains in order to neutralize them. The resulting moral controversy over her actions led to several damaged relationships, most notably with Batman. Zatanna then lost a great deal of confidence in her abilities, portrayed in her Seven Soldiers miniseries in which she joined a super hero support group and lost some use of her magic powers. She eventually regained her lost confidence, repaired her relationships with her teammates, and returned to action with the JLA for a time. She also resumed wearing her classic magician's coattails, hat, and fishnets. She made a few appearanced in Batman stories, most notably Heart of Hush, and in 2010, Zatanna finally received her own ongoing series written by Paul Dini, who has long been a fan of her character. Her series was cancelled after 16 issues to make room for the New 52.
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- Zatanna can manipulate how she looks, so I was thinking she could have changed her looks to a younger age since Zatanna's father (is actually cursed, and they can't see each other until she's... 25ish if I remember correctly.) to watch over the YJ without letting most of the adults know. Batman set it up. since he knew they'd go after Red Tornado anyway.