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Checkmate is a fictional covert operations agency, as published by DC Comics.

The roster of the agency has changed a great deal over the years. These roster lists are of the members during the agency's various incarnations.

The codenames listed under Character are those used during the time frame of the particular iteration. Characters with more than one codename for that period have them listed chronologically and separated by a slash (/). Bolded names in the most recent iteration published are the current agency members.

First appearance is the place where the character first appeared as a member of a particular iteration. It is not necessarily the first appearance of the character in print, nor the story depicting how the character joined the agency.

All information is listed in rank order first, then publication, and finally alphabetical.

Roster during Checkmate!

Character Real name Position First appearance Notes
Harry SteinN/AKingCheckmate! #1 (April 1988)
Amanda WallerQueen
Harvey BullockBishop
  • Also member of the GCPD.
Phil Kramer
Scott Jameson
Grace GuinnessRook
John ReedPawn / Knight
  • Promoted to Knight in Checkmate! #8 (November 1988).
Gary WashingtonKnight
Winston Churchill O'DonnelCheckmate! #4 (July 1988)
Mr. WingRook
Kalia CampbellBishopCheckmate! #5 (August 1988)
Jack WyznowskiRook
Jake TylerKnight
Abe CraneRookCheckmate! #9 (December 1988)
Roger DaytonKnight
Rene RockwellAPawn
  • Killed: Checkmate! #10 (Winter 1988).
Connie WebbKnightCheckmate! #12 (February 1989)
Valentina VostokBishopCheckmate! #15 (May 1989)
Ray CarsonKnight
Jacques ReynardCheckmate! #17 (June 1989)
Jerry BlakeCheckmate! #19 (July 1989)
Conrad MackayCheckmate! #21 (October 1989)
Mark NagoyaCheckmate! #30 (August 1990)
ArsenalRoy HarperFreelance?
Black ThornElizabeth Thorne
DeadshotFloyd Lawton
  • Former member of the Suicide Squad.
  • Later member of the Secret Six.
DeathstrokeSlade Wilson
PeacemakerChristopher Smith
  • Died: Eclipso #13 (November 1993).
Vigilante Adrian Chase
  • Died: Vigilante #50 (February 1988).
Vigilante Pat Trayce
VixenMari McCabe

Roster between series

Character Real name Position First appearance Notes
Phil KramerN/AKingDeathstroke, the Terminator #17 (December 1992)
  • Promoted from Bishop to King in Deathstroke, the Terminator #17.
Kalia CampbellQueen
  • Promoted from Bishop to King in Deathstroke, the Terminator #17.
Gary WashingtonKnight
Jack WyznowskiRook Deathstroke, the Terminator #18 (January 1993)
SpeedyRoy HarperKnight
  • Working with Cheshire in order to infiltrate the Brotherhood of Evil; betrays Cheshire later on
Winston Churchill O'DonnellN/ADeathstroke, the Terminator #19 (February 1993)
David SaidKingDetective Comics #768 (May 2002)
Jessica MidnightBlack BishopDetective Comics #773 (October 2002)
Sasha BordeauxBlack Knight
HuntressHelena BertinelliQueenGotham Knights #38 (April 2003)
Maxwell LordN/ABlack KingDC Countdown #1 (May 2005)
  • Former financier of the Justice League.
  • Died: Wonder Woman vol. 2, #219 (September 2005).
Patricia Grace-ColbyBlack QueenThe OMAC Project #2 (July 2005)
Ahmed SamsarraWhite King
Oksana VerchenkoWhite Queen
Arthur KendrickKnight
Jacob Lee
Graziella Rea
Isobel Sanchez

Roster during Checkmate vol. 2

Character Real name Position First appearance Notes
Taleb Beni KhalidN/ABlack KingCheckmate vol. 2, #1 (June 2006)
Sasha BordeauxN/ABlack Queen
Green LanternAlan ScottWhite King
Mister TerrificMichael HoltWhite King’s Bishop / White King
  • Concurrent member of the Justice Society of America.
Shen Li PoN/ABlack King’s Bishop
  • Leave of absence in issue #16 (September 2007).
Amanda WallerN/AWhite Queen
  • Resigned from Checkmate in issue #20 (November 2007).
Jessica MidnightN/ABlack Queen’s Bishop
  • British National.
King FaradayN/AWhite Queen’s Bishop
  • Resigned from Checkmate in issue #20 (November 2007).
FireBeatriz Bonilla da CostaBlack King’s Knight
Jonah McCarthyN/ABlack Queen's Knight
  • Apparent death in issue #1 (June 2006).
Count VertigoWerner VertigoWhite Queen’s Knight
  • Current member of the Suicide Squad.
  • Resigned from Checkmate in issue #20 (November 2007).
Thomas JaggerN/AWhite King’s Knight
Mademoiselle MarieJosephine TautinBlack Queen’s KnightCheckmate vol. 2, #5 (October 2006)
Pawn 502Lucas Terrel PawnCheckmate vol. 2, #8 (January 2007)
  • Infiltrated Kobra organization.
  • Died shortly after being lifted when cover was blown in issue #23 (February 2008).
ThinkerN/AWhite King’s BishopCheckmate vol. 2, #9 (February 2007)
August General in IronFang ZhifuBlack King’s BishopCheckmate vol. 2, #16 (September 2007)
Valentina VostokN/AWhite QueenCheckmate vol. 2, #21 (December 2007)
Bad SamaritanZviad BaazoviWhite Queen’s BishopCheckmate vol. 2 #22 (March 2008)
Rocket Red #1Maks ChazovWhite Queen’s Knight
CinnamonN/A RookCheckmate vol. 2, #24 (May 2008)
GravediggerTyson Sykes
Sebastian FaustSebastian Faust
Master JailerCarl Draper CastellanCheckmate vol. 2, #17 (October 2007)
Snapper CarrLucas Carr Pawn52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #3 (December 2007)
G.I. RobotJ.A.K.E. #6.1 RookCheckmate vol. 2, #24 (May 2008)
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