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"Don't call me 'baby'."[1]

Mercy Graves was a tough young woman with a checkered past, who served as Lex Luthor's personal bodyguard and chauffeur.

History[]

Little is known about Mercy's life before working under Lex Luthor, except that she lived on the streets until he took her in, cleaned her up, and made her his right-hand woman.[2]

Mercy loyalty

Mercy's loyalty to Luthor as his right-hand woman.

Mercy was loyal and respectful to Luthor, but never servile. There were some hints that she was attracted to Luthor, and fiercely resented any woman who came between them. When Luthor became unusually taken with Lana Lang, Mercy secretly followed her and discovered her passing information on Lex's activities to Superman. Mercy was proud of what she'd done, though Luthor took out his disappointment on her.[3]

When Luthor was abducted by Brainiac, she once teamed up with Superman to find him. Superman was baffled by her loyalty to Luthor, initially believing that she had some dirty secret that Lex was threatening her with, and taken aback to hear her say she served Luthor willingly.

Mercy Betrayed

Look of betrayal.

Superman tried to convince her that Luthor did not return her loyalty, but she refused to listen.

In the ensuing battle with Brainiac, Mercy was pinned under a pile of fallen machinery while the room was caving in. She called for Luthor to help her, but he chose to save his own skin, leaving her to die. Instead, she was saved by Superman. Afterwards, she continued to serve Luthor, probably trying to forget his betrayal.[2]

Becoming CEO of LexCorp[]

Mercy CEO

Mercy as CEO of LexCorp.

When Luthor went to prison, he appointed Mercy as acting head of LexCorp. She traded in her old driver's costume for a classy skirt and suit, while also growing out her hair. Somewhat to her own surprise, she thrived: not only did she save the company from the slump caused by Luthor's arrest, but she also made it more powerful and profitable than it had ever been. When Luthor, a fugitive from the Justice League, appeared in her (formerly his) office pleading for help, she coldly rejected him. According to her, she had "figured out" that the only reason he left LexCorp in her care was because he thought of her as the only one so slavishly loyal to him that she'd hand it back when asked. Given this unflattering assessment of her character, and her undeniably excellent performance as a CEO, she said she no longer had to lick his boots. Luthor responded with violence, and she reluctantly guided him to Professor Ivo's residence, as he was seeking a cure for his Kryptonite poisoning.[4]

Although the Justice League was searching for Luthor, she concealed his whereabouts and continued to aid him, albeit reluctantly. Even as she did so, he taunted her, saying she couldn't resist the attractions of his power and intelligence (implying that at some point in the past their relationship was more than platonic). However, after Luthor was humiliated by the android Amazo and sent back to prison, he called her on the phone, demanding that she obtain lawyers and medical experts for him. She just hung up on him coldly. [4]

Mercy at Luthor's side

Back at Luthor's side.

Later, however, after he was released from prison and received a full pardon from the President, Luthor regained control of LexCorp, and Mercy returned to his right side, implying that her newfound self-confidence had gone. Mercy was seen at a charity event for Lexor City in a dress, where Superman is distrustful of Luthor's motives.[5]

After Luthor's arrest and his subsequent disappearance with Darkseid due to the Anti-Life Equation, it is possible Mercy became the head of LexCorps once again.

Powers and abilities[]

Though she usually relies on her cool and sardonic wit as her first form of defense, Mercy can be very physical and an absolute powerhouse in a fight, using a rough, street-form of kickboxing as her preferred form of attack. She's also an expert with most forms of handheld weapons and has no problem with using them when she has to.

Background information[]

  • Mercy Graves was created for Superman: The Animated Series and was later incorporated into DC Comics. She first appeared in Detective Comics #735 (part of Batman: No Man's Land), and became Luthor's personal bodyguard after his election as President of the United States.
  • In the comics continuity, there is a suggestion that Mercy is an Amazon, as she had sufficient strength to stagger even Superman, and recognize the sorceress Circe on sight, just as Wonder Woman does. Mercy's Amazon heritage is confirmed in Justice League: Cry for Justice, when the supervillain Prometheus nearly kills Supergirl with God-forged bullets he claimed he bought from Mercy.
  • In The New 52 (a reboot of the DC universe launched in 2011), Mercy Graves is reintroduced as an Asian American, working as Luthor's personal assistant.

Appearances[]

Superman: The Animated Series

Justice League

Justice League Unlimited

See also[]

References[]

  1. Bader, Hilary J. (writer) & Tomonaga, Kazuhide (director) (September 14, 1996). "A Little Piece of Home". Superman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 5 (airdate). Episode 5 (production). Kids WB!.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dyer, Sarah (writer) & Aoyama, Hiroyuki (director) (September 29, 1997). "Ghost in the Machine". Superman: The Animated Series. Season 2. Episode 14 (airdate). Episode 15 (production). Kids WB!.
  3. Bader, Hilary J. (writer) & Yano, Yuichiro (director) (November 23, 1996). "My Girl". Superman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 11 (airdate). Episode 10 (production). Kids WB!.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Berkowitz, Stan (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (October 4, 2003). "Tabula Rasa, Part I". Justice League. Season 2. Episode 3 (airdate). Episode 29 (production). Cartoon Network.
  5. McDuffie, Dwayne (story) & DeMatteis, J.M. (teleplay) & Riba, Dan (director) (June 11, 2005). "Clash". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 20 (airdate). Episode 20 (production). Cartoon Network.
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