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General Information
Real name: Giovanni Zatara
Portrayed by: Nolan North
Appearances: Young Justice

Zatara is a magician and member of the Justice League. He is the current host of Doctor Fate.


Young JusticeEdit

In "Independence Day", Zatara contacted the Justice League at the Hall of Justice, informing them about an attempt by the sorcerer Wotan to blot out the Sun by using the Amulet of Aten. He requested full League assistance.

In "Fireworks", the entire League arrived at the site of the destroyed Cadmus facility after the sidekicks Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash battled with Blockbuster.

In Young Justice #11: "The Pit...", Zatara attended the funeral of Kent Nelson at the Tower of Fate.

In "Revelation", after Red Tornado's "betrayal", supervision of the Team was done in week shifts. Zatara was the second, after Captain Marvel. During his stint, the Injustice League attacked world cities with mutated plants. Batman sent the Team to the group's hideout, whilst Zatara, Batman and Captain Marvel battled the plants in to destroy the plant spore in Gotham. After the defeat of the mother plant, the Justice League turned their attention to the Injustice League. Zatara disarmed his old enemy, Wotan.

In "Humanity", after his turn as den mother was over, Zatara returned to the Cave with his daughter Zatanna, in the hopes of getting her trained by Black Canary. He was infuriated when the Team "kidnapped" her, and Black Canary had her hands full reassuring him. She failed, however — Zatara threatened to ground his daughter for life.

In "Misplaced", when Klarion, Blackbriar Thorn, Felix Faust, Wizard, and Wotan cast a spell on Roanoke Island, the Team saw Zatara, Batman, and Red Tornado disappear. To Zatara, Batman, and Red Tornado, the Team had disappeared. Zatara, Batman, and Red Tornado learned from Captain Marvel that the spell separated the Earth into two dimensions, one for persons older than 18 years of age and one for those younger. Captain Marvel's alias of Billy Batson also relayed this information to the Team and the energies were tracked to Roanoke Island.

Zatara joined Batman and Red Tornado in the fight against Blackbriar Thorn, Felix Faust, Wizard, and Wotan on Roanoke Island in the adult dimension. Zatara discovered the source of the magic was a mystical gem in the center of the sorcerers' pentagram. It was retrieved by Captain Marvel and Kid Flash on either end, and merged by Zatara and his daughter. Zatanna had put on the Helmet of Fate to amplify her magical abilities, but now, Nabu refused to give up his host body. He argued that Zatanna was an ideal host, with her affinity for magic. Zatara persuaded him to take him instead as he was a far greater sorcerer than his daughter. After Zatara gave his word, Nabu agreed. He said his goodbyes to Zatanna, and became the new Doctor Fate.

In "Coldhearted", Zatara, as Doctor Fate, destroyed the fourth ice fortress along with Superman and Captain Marvel.

In "Agendas", by Zatara's wish, Doctor Fate still attended League meetings. He thought it was a good way to keep both of them in check.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

  • Magic: Zatara is capable of accessing powerful magical abilities, such as knocking out an unsuspecting Wotan with just a single blast of magic and deflecting multiple magical attacks, at once. When he speaks backwards, he can perform any number of magical feats. Examples include:
    • "Etacol retnecipe fo yrecros!" (Locate epicenter of sorcery!)
    • "Erif, kees tuo siht larutannu erutaerc!" (Fire, seek out this unnatural creature!)
    • "Niatnoc eht erutaerc!" (Contain the creature!)
    • "Ekirts natoW nwod!" (Strike Wotan down!)
    • "Tropsnart siht namaremac ot ytefas!" (Transport this cameraman to safety!)
    • "Tup hcae meti ni sti reporp ecalp!" (Put the item in its proper place!)
    • "Nommus eht gninthgil!" (Summon the lightning!)
    • "Ekat em daetsni." (Take me instead.)


Young JusticeEdit

  • "Independence Day"
  • "Fireworks" (no lines)
  • Young Justice #1: "Haunted" (flashback, no lines)
  • "Bereft" (flashback, no lines)
  • "Revelation"
  • "Humanity"
  • "Failsafe" (illusion)
  • Young Justice #11: "The Pit..." (no lines)
  • "Misplaced"
  • "Agendas"

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