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The Freedom Phalanx is a signature hero group led by Statesman.


Emblem V Freedom Phalanx 01.png

The Freedom Phalanx was founded on July 4, 1932. The founding members included (in order of their appearances in Paragon City) Statesman, The Dark Watcher, Elementar, the team known as Vambrace and Maiden Justice. The name was suggested by James St. John-Smythe (the tech and wheel-chair bound member of the two man team Vambrace) and was quickly ratified by the others.

The group faced its first official combat on the date of Monday, July 11, 1932. This date is otherwise known as "Brass Monday".

In the 1930s, the Statesman became one of the first established heroes in Paragon City. Inspired by his example, other heroes soon emerged as well, including the Dark Watcher, the Dream Doctor, and Maiden Justice. Although each individual hero made some headway against Paragon City's criminal element, they also faced increasingly more dangerous and organized villains. The Statesman soon recognized the need to rally the other heroes into a coordinated fighting force.

In the spring of 1931, the Statesman gathered Paragon City's other heroes in his downtown apartment. There he issued his fellow heroes a challenge: to make a difference, not only on the streets and in the city, but also around the world. Thus was formed the first worldwide hero organization; dedicated to fighting evil, injustice and tyranny wherever they might hide.

The Statesman, inspired by the shoulder-to-shoulder discipline showed by ancient Greek soldiers in the face of Persian tyranny, called his new team of heroes the Freedom Phalanx. Throughout the 1930's the Phalanx fought the good fight and cleaned up Paragon City. The city council and mayoral elections of 1936 swept a platform of pro-hero candidates that resulted in the passage of the Citizen Crime Fighting Act of 1937. This law made it legal for vigilantes to bring criminals to justice as long as they followed the same restrictions police officers used. Thus in the space of just five years, the Freedom Phalanx went from an ad hoc band of would-be heroes to a legally recognized, nationally praised crime fighting organization.

Despite any public or political pressure, the Freedom Phalanx continues to battle any threat to humankind and remains "the world’s premiere independent hero organization." They still make it a firm policy to have no official ties to any government or law enforcement institution. They are one of the most open organizations in existence, allowing any would-be hero to volunteer for service with the esteemed group. Unlike other groups, the Freedom Phalanx is entirely open about everything, from its membership to its funding and current activities. This frankness carries through on down to the lowest levels, where even beginning heroes must reveal their true identities and pasts to the organization and the world. Statesman takes great pride in these "sunshine policies", saying they go a long way towards inspiring confidence in the Freedom Phalanx’s personnel and motives.[Citation needed]

Architect Entertainment Description

Founded by Statesman and other heroes in 1932, the premiere hero team in Paragon City is hated and feared by villains all over the world and beyond. If you find yourself up against a member of the Freedom Phalanx, you've hit the big time.


Current Members

Former Members


Enemy types


Back Alley Brawler

Back Alley Brawler

Main Article: Back Alley Brawler

One of the most veteran heroes in Paragon City, the Brawler is in semi-retirement, training the next generation of heroes. Though he rarely goes into the field these days, his power and fighting skills are still as potent as ever.

NOTE: Despite being a member of the Surviving Eight, Back Alley Brawler is not actually a member of the Freedom Phalanx, according to lore. However, due to developer mishandling, he often shows up in content that generalizes the heroes as "members of the Freedom Phalanx". Back Alley Brawler is actually the founding member of the Regulators.


SuperStrength Jab.png Jab Melee, Minor Damage (Smash), Foe Disorient

SuperStrength Punch.png Punch Melee, Moderate Damage (Smash), Foe Knockback

SuperStrength HandClap.png Hand Clap Point Blank Area of Effect, Smash, Foe Disorient, Knockback

SuperStrength KnockoutBlow.png Knockout Blow Melee, Extreme Damage (Smash), Foe Hold

SuperStrength Hurl.png Hurl Ranged, Moderate Damage (Smash), Foe Knockback

SuperStrength FootStomp.png Foot Stomp Point Blank Area of Effect Melee, Moderate Damage (Smash), Foe Knockback

PowerPunch BoneSmasher.png Bone Smasher Melee, High Damage (Smash/Energy), Foe Disorient

PowerPunch TotalFocus.png Total Focus Melee, Extreme Damage (Smash/Energy), Foe Disorient

Fighting Kick.png Back Alley Power Punch Melee, Point Blank Area of Effect, High Damage (Smash/Energy), Foe Knockback

Leadership Assault.png Assault Toggle, Point Blank Area of Effect, Ally +Damage +Resistance: Placate, Taunt

Invulnerability TemporaryInvulnerabilty.png Temp Invulnerability Toggle, Self +Resistances (Smash, Lethal)

Invulnerability UnyeildlingStance.png Unyielding Toggle, Self +Resistance (Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Slow, Knockback)



Main Article: Citadel

Citadel was the first android hero. In the initial Rikti onslaught, he took heavy damage and was almost destroyed. With Positron’s help, scientists at D.A.T.A. created a second version of Citadel using the old model’s original memory core and the remnants of a power suit, once worn by the hero Horatio. Citadel does not fully understand human ways, but he is a valiant defender of Paragon City. He has recently undergone a major upgrade to his systems.


PowerPunch Quick.png Barrage Melee, minor damage(Smash/Energy), Foe: Disorient

PowerPunch EnergyPunch.png Energy Punch Melee, moderate damage(Smash/Energy), Foe:Disorient

PowerPunch BoneSmasher.png Bone Smasher Melee, high damage(Smash/Energy), Foe: Disorient

PowerPunch Flurry.png Whirling Hands Point Blank Area of Effect Melee, Moderate damage(Smash/Energy)

PowerPunch EnergyTransfer.png Energy Transfer Melee, Extreme Damage (Energy/Smash), Foe: Disorient, Self: -Health

PowerBlast PowerBurst.png Power Burst Close, High Damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

PowerBlast Explosion.png Explosive Blast Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Moderate Damage(Smash/Energy), Foe: Knockback

PowerBlast EnergyTorrent.png Energy Torrent Ranged (Cone), Moderate Damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

EnergyAura Overload.png Overload Self +Defense(all but Psionics), +Recovery, +Max Health, +Resistance(Defense Debuff), +Special

PowerBlast NovaBlast.png Nova Point Blank Area of Effect, Extreme Damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback, Self: -Recovery

EnergyAura Entropy.png Entropy Shield Self +Resistance(Knockback, Repel, Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Immobilize, Teleport, Defense Debuff)

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.png Resistance Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)

Flight TravelFlight.png Flight Self: Fly



Main Article: Manticore

Justin Sinclair was raised in a huge mansion in the outskirts of Paragon City by his English nanny, Virginia Bowman. The sole beneficiary of a huge trust fund, Manticore received training in all manner of mental and physical pursuits, but excelled in archery. when he turned 18, Miss Bowman revealed to him his true heritage. Manticore's father had once been a costumed vigilante in England, until he and his wife died at the hands of a German villain called Protean. Deeply affected by the story, Manticore took up his father's mantle and vowed to bring the 5th Column down.


Archery ConeArrow.png Fistful of Arrows Ranged (Cone), Moderate damage (Lethal)

Archery FlamingArrow.png Blazing Arrow Ranged, high damage (Lethal), Minor Damage over Time (Fire)

Archery ExplodingArrow.png Explosive Arrow Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Moderate damage (Lethal/Smash), Knockback

Archery StunArrow.png Stunning Shot Ranged Disorient, Minor Damage (Smashing)

Archery RainofArrows.png Rain of Arrows Ranged (location AoE), extreme DoT (Lethal)

TrickArrow Immobilize.png Entangling Arrow Ranged, Target: Immobilize, -Fly

TrickArrow Hold.png Ice Arrow Ranged, Foe: Hold, -Speed, -Recharge

TrickArrow DebuffDamage.png Poison Gas Arrow Ranged AoE, Foe: -Damage, Sleep

TrickArrow DebuffDefense.png Acid Arrow Ranged AoE Minor DoT (Toxic), Foe: -Resistance(all), -Defense

TrickArrow Stun.png EMP Arrow Area of Effect, Foe: Hold, Special vs. Robots, Self: -Recovery

Archery MediumArrow.png Teleport Arrow Ranged, high damage (Lethal), Knockback, does not require line of sight

Invisibility Stealth.png Stealth Self: Stealth, +Defense(all)

Leadership Defense.png Maneuvers Point Blank Area of Effect, Team: +Defense(all)

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.png Resistance Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)



Main Article: Numina

Numina was born Tammy Arcanus, daughter of Tommy Arcanus of the Midnight Squad. Tommy delved so deeply into the metaphysical that his very being was affected, and Tammy was born with magical powers. In the 1960s, Tammy and the Midnight Squad were sent into a series of caverns surrounding the Earth’s molten core, where a Soviet villain known as the Red Threat intended to destroy the world. To save the Earth, Tammy possessed the body of the Red Threat. Her body was destroyed, but her consciousness survived, trapped within the Red Threat. During the Rikti Invasion, the Red Threat was destroyed, and Tammy’s astral form was at last free. She renamed herself Numina, and threw herself into the war against the Rikti. In the war’s aftermath, Numina uses her abilities to nurture the next generation of heroes.


MentalControl Levitate.png Levitate Ranged, moderate damage (Smash)

MentalControl Command.png Dominate Ranged, Moderate Damage(Psionic), Foe: Hold

MentalControl Freeze.png Total Domination Ranged (targeted Area of Effect), Foe: Hold

PsychicBlast TelekineticBlast.png Telekinetic Blast Ranged, Moderate Damage (Smash/Psionic), Foe: Knockback

PsychicBlast WillDomination.png Will Domination Ranged, High Damage(Psionic), Foe: Sleep

PsychicBlast PsionicTornado.png Psionic Tornado Ranged (targeted Area of Effect), Moderate Damage over Time(Psionic), Foe: Knockback

PsychicBlast PsychicWail.png Psychic Wail Close (Area of Effect), Extreme Damage(Psionic), Foe: Disorient -Recharge, Self: -Recovery

Empathy HealOther.png Heal Other Ally: Strong Heal, Self: Moderate Damage(Special)

Empathy Resurrect.png Resurrect Ally: Rez

Empathy Fortitude.png Fortitude Ally: +Defense(all), +Damage, +Accuracy

Empathy AdrenalinBoost.png Adrenaline Boost Ranged, Ally: +Endurance, +Regeneration, +Recharge, +Resistance(Slow)

Invisibility Invisibility.png Ethereal Self: Stealth

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.png Resistance Res( N20 P30 )
Archvillain Resistance.

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.png Resistance Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)

Flight TravelFlight.png Fly Self: Flight

Penelope Yin

Penelope Yin

Main Article: Penelope Yin (Freedom Phalanx)

Penelope Yin is one of the most powerful psychics in the world. Heroes first met her when she was eighteen in Faultline and still adjusting to her powers. Now, several years later, Penelope Yin has entered the scene as a true super-powered hero. Her psychic abilities are impressive, though it isn't known who exactly helped her to train and focus her powers in such a manner.


+++ Missing Information +++



Main Article: Positron

Dr. Raymond Keyes developed a high-tech battle suit that allowed him to channel bolts of anti-matter into fierce attacks. He used his powers to help defeat the Rikti, but at a terrible cost: Injuries he sustained at that time caused him to lose full control of his powers. Now, to protect others from himself, he remains imprisoned within his battle suit. He is constantly searching for a cure for his condition, but that does not stop him from contributing to the defense of Paragon City and contributing many other technological breakthroughs for the good of all.


RadiationBurst NeutrinoBlast.png Neutrino Bolt Ranged, Minor damage(Energy), Foe: -Defense

RadiationBurst Irradiate.png Irradiate Close (Area of Effect), Moderate Damage over Time(Energy), Foe: -Defense

RadiationBurst ElectronHaze.png Electron Haze Close, Moderate Cone Damage(Energy), Foe: -Defense, Knockback

RadiationBurst CosmicBurst.png Cosmic Burst Close, Extreme Damage(Energy), Foe: Disorient, -Defense

RadiationBurst RadiationBlast.png Neutron Bomb Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Moderate damage(Energy), Foe: -Defense

RadiationBurst AtomicBlast.png Atomic Blast Area of Effect, Smashing (moderate), Energy (high), Foe: Stun, -Defense

RadiationPoisoning EnervatingField.png Enervating Field Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Foe: -Damage, -Resistance

RadiationPoisoning LingeringRadiation.png Lingering Radiation Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect) Foe: -Speed, -Recharge, -Regeneration
Your attack rate, running speed, and regeneration rate have been reduced by the Lingering Radiation.

RadiationPoisoning ChokingCloud.png Choking Cloud Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Hold

RadiationPoisoning EMPPulse.png EM Pulse Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Hold, -Endurance, -Regeneration, Special vs. Robots, Self: -Recovery

EnergyAura Overload.png Overcharge Self: +Defense(All but Psionics), +Recovery, +Max Health, +Resistance(Defense debuff), +Recharge, +Damage(Smashing, Energy)

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.png Resistance Res( S20 L20 E20 )
Archvillain Resistance.

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.png Resistance Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)

Flight TravelFlight.png Fly Self: Fly
Positron can fly.

Sister Psyche

Sister Psyche

Main Article: Sister Psyche

Even in her childhood, it was obvious that Sister Psyche was blessed. The tremendous scope of her mental powers was far beyond that of any hero, past or present. When the Rikti war descended, Sister Psyche knew she had to make her gift count. She did, but at a price. She exhausted her powers so thoroughly that she fell into a coma. A young heroine named Aurora Borealis offered to play host to Sister Psyche´s projected mental self. Of course, this situation could not last forever. Now back in her own body, Sister Psyche has dedicated herself to shape the tremendous gifts of the young Aurora. It's a responsibility she takes seriously, as well as a consolation for the loss of her former protege, Malaise. When the psychic link between the two women was first disrupted, Sister Psyche lost her mental control over Malaise's dual personalities. The evil Malaise reasserted himself, and quickly made his departure. His present whereabouts are as yet unknown.


MentalControl Hypnotize.png Mesmerize Ranged, moderate damage(Psionic), Foe: Sleep

MentalControl Levitate.png Levitate Ranged, moderate damage(Smash)

MentalControl Command.png Dominate Ranged, moderate damage(Psionic), Foe: Hold

MentalControl MassHypnosis.png Mass Hypnosis Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Foe: Sleep

PsychicBlast WillDomination.png Total Domination Ranged (targeted Area of Effect), Foe: Hold

PsionicAssault PsionicShockwave.png Psychic Shockwave Close (Area of Effect, High Damage(Psionic), Foe: Disorient, -Recharge

ForceField ForceBolt.png Force Bolt Ranged, minor damage(Smash), Foe: Knockback

PowerBlast PowerBlast.png Power Blast Ranged, moderate damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

PowerBlast EnergyTorrent.png Energy Torrent Ranged (Cone), Moderate Damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

PowerBlast PowerBurst.png Power Burst Close, high damage(Energy/Smash), Foe: Knockback

PowerBlast Explosion.png Explosive Blast Ranged (Targeted Area of Effect), Moderate damage(Smash/Energy), Foe: Knockback

ForceField DeflectionShield.png Force Shield Ally: +Defense(all)

ForceField PersonalForceField.png Personal Force Field Self: +Defense, +Resistance(all)

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.png Resistance Self: +Resistance(Negative Energy and Energy, Psionic)

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.png Resistance Self: Protection against Stun, Hold, Fear, Confuse, Knockback (high), Resistance to all debuffs (high)

Flight TravelFlight.png Fly Self: Fly
Sister Psyche can fly.



Main Article: Statesman

Marcus Cole, who would eventually become Statesman, was a rogue and mercenary throughout the early part of the 20th century. During WWI, he became ill after being exposed to mustard gas. While traveling with his childhood friend Stefan Richter, Marcus discovered the Well of the Furies. Both men drank from the well and were granted incredible powers. Marcus went on to become Statesman and Stefan, Lord Recluse.


SuperStrength Jab.png Jab Melee, Foe:Disorient
Statesman has disoriented you with his jab.

SuperStrength Punch.png Punch Melee, moderate Damage(Smash), Knockback

SuperStrength Haymaker.png Haymaker Melee, high damage(Smash), Knockback

SuperStrength HandClap.png Hand Clap Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Disorient, Knockback
Statesman has disoriented you with his hand clap.

SuperStrength KnockoutBlow.png Knockout Blow Melee, extreme damage (Smash), Foe: Hold
Statesman has hit you with a knockout blow. You are held.

SuperStrength Hurl.png Hurl Ranged, high damage(Smash), Foe: Knockback, -Fly

SuperStrength FootStomp.png Foot Stomp Point Blank Area of Effect Melee, moderate damage(Smash), Foe: Knockback

SuperStrength KnockoutBlow.png Hammer of Justice Melee Area of Effect, High Damage(Smashing), Foe: Knockback
Statesman calls upon the power of the gods to strike down upon you.

Invulnerability DullPain.png Dull Pain Self: Heal, +Max Health
You can activate this power to increase your maximum Hit Points for a short time.

Invulnerability Unstoppable.png Unstoppable Click, Self: Res( S49 L49 F49 C49 E49 N49 T49 ) (Disorient, Sleep, Hold, Immobilize, Knockback)
When you activate this power, you not only become extremely resistant to most damage, but also to Disorient, Immobilization, Hold, and Sleep effects. Endurance recovery is also increased. Unstoppable costs little endurance to activate, but when it wears off you are left exhausted, and drained of almost all Health and Endurance.

ElectricalBolt LightningBolt.png Zeus’ Lightning Bolt Ranged Area of Effect, High Damage(Energy), Endurance Drain (high)
Statesman can call upon the power of Zeus in time of need.

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.png Resistance Res( S90 L90 F90 C90 E90 N90 P90 T90 ), Resistances to all debuffs (high); Protection against Fear, Stun, Confuse, Knockback, Immobilize, Taunt (high), 200% recovery

Flight TravelFlight.png Fly Self: Fly
Statesman can Fly!



Main Article: Synapse

Steven Berry was just an average man, until Crey Industries got hold of him. The Crey scientists were testing a number of radical procedures for inducing super powers. Steven was blasted with high doses of electricity for days. It amplified the electrical energy in his body, giving him the ability to harness it into super speed and electrical blasts. Synapse escaped Crey's clutches by shorting out the lab where he was kept prisoner. To this day, Crey executives deny any knowledge of the project in which Synapse was an unwilling participant.


ElectricalBolt ChargedBolts.pngCharged Bolts Ranged, moderate damage (energy), foe -endurance

ElectricalBolt LightningBolt.pngLightning Bolt Ranged, high damage (energy), foe -endurance

ElectricalBolt BallLightning.pngBall Lightning Ranged (targeted AoE), moderate DoT (energy), foe -endurance

ElectricalBolt ThunderouseBlast.pngThunderous Blast AoE Melee smashing energy (high), endurance drain (high)

ElectricityManipulation HavokPunch.pngHavoc Punch Melee, moderate damage (smash/energy), foe sleep, -endurance

ElectricityManipulation LightningClap.pngLightning Clap PBAoE, foe disorient, knockback

ElectricityManipulation ThunderStrike.pngThunder Strike Melee (AoE), high damage (smash/energy), foe disorient, knockback

SuperSpeed Flurry.pngSynaptic Strike Melee smashing and energy

SuperSpeed Whirlwind.pngWhirlwind PBAoE, foe knockback

Temporary PVP BuffDefense.pngResistance Protection against stun, hold, fear, confuse, knockback (high), resistance to all debuffs (high), increased recovery, resistance to endurance drains, taunt, run speed debuffs, immobilize, jump height debuffs, recharge debuffs, defense boost

Related Badges

File:Badge defeatstatesman.png Archvillain

You have claimed victory over the greatest heroes of Paragon City, the Freedom Phalanx!

File:Badge defeatstatesman.png Blackguard

You have helped defeat all the Signature Heroes in Recluse's Victory, making you a Blackguard.

File:Badge defeatsynapse.png Breakneck

You have helped defeat Synapse in Recluse's Victory.

File:Badge defeatmanticore.png Dead-eye

You have helped defeat Manticore in Recluse's Victory.

File:Badge defeatpositron.png Destroyer

You have helped defeat Positron in Recluse's Victory.

File:Badge defeatpsyche.png Interrogator

You have helped defeat Penelope Yin in Recluse's Victory.

File:Badge defeatstatesman.png Oppressor

You have helped defeat Ms. Liberty in Recluse's Victory.

File:Badge defeatbrawler.png Uppercut

You have helped defeat Back Alley Brawler in Recluse's Victory.


Comic Book

The Freedom Phalanx is the starring group of most issues of Top Cow's City of Heroes comic book.


The Freedom Phalanx by Robin Laws contains information about the history of the Freedom Phalanx, spanning from its original formation to its recreation before the Rikti War.