- For the current reincarnation of Khufu who is also referred to as Carter Hall, see Scythian Torvil.
Carter Hall (died October 19, 1975) was a reincarnation of the Egyptian prince Khufu and the vigilante Hawkman. After his death, he was reincarnated into Scythian Torvil. Carter's death was avenged when the Legends finally killed Savage.
Not much is known of Carter's early life during this incarnation. It can be assumed that at some point prior to 2015, he was able to unlock his powers by jumping or falling from a great height and regained his memories of his previous incarnations.
It is unknown how are Carter's life or how he becomes Hawkman in Eobard's timeline of origin. It is presumed that his life and how he becomes Hawkman are the same than the current timeline with the exception that he presumably did not meet The Flash or Green Arrow before 2020 or before the Crisis in 2024 (in which Kendra also fought). It is presumed that in this timeline, he was never killed and never incarnated into Scythian Torvil and presumably helped Kendra to kill Vandal Savage in 2020s or 2030s. However, because Eobard killing Nora, these events are erased and replaced by the current.
In late 2015, Carter traveled to Star City in order to find Kendra Saunders, the current incarnation of Hawkgirl. Upon discovering her with Cisco Ramon, he kidnapped her in order to explain the origin of their past lives together. Almost immediately thereafter, he was subdued by the combined efforts of the Green Arrow and The Flash. He was then taken to Oliver Queen's bunker, where he was held captive by Teams Arrow and Flash. When confronted by Kendra, he explained that they were the reincarnations of the Egyptian Prince Khufu and Priestess Chay-Ara. He went on to detail how Vandal Savage, a man from their past in Egypt, seeks them out in each reincarnation and executes them so that he may extend his own life. At that point, Savage had successfully killed the pair 206 times. Carter offered to show Kendra how to unlock her dormant abilities, an offer that she eventually accepted. He took her to the roof of a skyscraper and instructed her to jump off. When Kendra expressed reluctance, Carter pushed her off. Barry Allen, who was present at the time, raced down the side of the building and caught her before she could hit the pavement. It was at this point that Carter expressed confusion that Kendra's dormant side had not awoken. Kendra later repeated the attempt on her own and unlocked her Hawkgirl persona.
After the Green Arrow and Flash confronted Vandal Savage in Star City, their teams relocated to a farm on the outskirts of Central City. Carter and Kendra accompanied and all involved joined forces to defeat Savage. As everyone coordinated plans to locate and kill Savage, Oliver suggested that Kendra should learn to master her newly awakened abilities. Carter then volunteered to take point on Kendra's training.
Later, when Oliver and Barry returned from a meeting with Vandal Savage, Oliver told Kendra and the rest that they had twenty four-hours to deliver Hawkman and Hawkgirl over to Savage or he would wipe out Central City. Kendra decided that her life was not worth the deaths of numerous innocent people and left the house. Carter went after her and when he caught up with Kendra she asked if they have ever killed themselves to deny Savage the chance of killing them himself. Carter dismissed the notion, though it was apparent that he had never considered the possibility.
Carter tried to calm her down but Saunders noted that everyone back at the farmhouse was willing to die to protect them. Carter however pointed out that it was this act of bravery was what made all of them heroes. He then told her that if she did not want the others to die for her she should focus on becoming the warrior that he knows she is. Carter then had Saunders attack him which she did only for Carter to easily best her. Eventually Kendra lost her temper and managed to tackle Carter down. Felicity Smoak then arrived and told them that the others had found information on Vandal Savage. Felicity then played the tape given to her by John Diggle.
In the tape scientist and professor Aldus Boardman explained his knowledge of Hath-Set/Vandal Savage, Khufu and Chay-Ara's origins. He said that his immortality had come as a result of "unearthly calamity" and that anything related to that calamity would possibly reverse its effects. Professor Boardman also expressed his belief that Vandal Savage was the greatest threat Earth would ever face. Later that night Oliver came up with a plan to defeat Savage and he Kendra, Carter, and Barry arrived to seemingly give in to Savage demands. When Savage was about to kill them Oliver and Barry spring the plan into action.
The plan however failed miserably with Kendra unable to unlock her abilities and Savage ended up killing Kendra, and Carter, and with the Staff of Horous unleashed an energy blast that vaporized Oliver and everyone else in Central City. Barry however managed to escape and travel back in time prevent the previous events from happening. The plan worked this time as Savage was killed by the Staff of Horus by the combined might of The Flash and Green Arrow. Carter and Kendra then decided to leave Central City to continue helping people.
Aiding Rip Hunter
He and Kendra were fighting crime, once again beginning to argue. Rip Hunter comes in and tells them that they need some help. He pulls out an unknown device, then Carter and Kendra woke up, next to six unknown individuals. Rip Hunter told them they have to take-down Vandal Savage again, he agrees, but Kendra doesn't. They fight to see if they will go, Kendra lost. They came aboard Rip Hunter's ship, the Waverider. Hunter welcomed them onboard his ship. He then explained to them that to track down and destroy Savage before he destroys humanity and time itself, they must go to the only one who is an expert on Savage: Aldus Boardman. Arriving in the year 1975, Hunter brought with him Ray Palmer, Martin Stein, and Kendra and Carter, claiming he did not need the skill sets of Leonard Snart, Mick Rory, or Sara Lance. Arriving at St. Roch University, the group confronted Boardman, who recognize Kendra and Carter as his reincarnated mother and father. Boardman then explained to them that Savage spent his years causing war and numerous others atrocities all over the world to keep his anominity and proceeded to give them a journal detailing all the information he had on Savage. Suddenly, Rip got an alert from Gideon that the Waverider was under attack. However, Kendra and Carter were unwilling to leave their son behind and demanded he come with them much to Hunter's protest. Arriving at the Waverider, Hunter found the ship under attack by Chronos. Working together, Rip and the team managed to fight Chronos off long enough to escape. Although, in the process, Boardman was severely injured with Carter and Kendra coming to his aid and rushing him to the ship.
Escaping, Kendra blaming Hunter for Boardman's condition punched him and demanded Rip tell them who Chronos was and the real reason he recruited them. Hunter told them everything and told them he understood if they wanted to return home. The others then decided to take a moment to decide on what choice they would make. After Kendra was done talking to Aldus she went to Carter and thanked him for taking her side in bringing Aldus aboard. Later, everyone came together with Kendra telling him that Boardman passed away and blamed herself, Rip told her not to and proceeded to tell everyone that time itself alongside Chronos and Savage would be one of their enemies. The group decided to stay together to defeat Savage and earn their rightful place in history with Carter claiming that all he wanted to do was make sure Savage was killed for good this time. Hunter then proceeded to take them to the lead he had learned from Boardmans journal.
The team is still in 1975 and thanks to Aldus Boardman's journal, they know what they’re looking for: some terrorists and fringe groups looking to buy arms. When Kendra and Carter ask why can’t they go back and save Aldus, Hunter explains they can't change things they’ve already been involved in. He then explains that he has a room in the Waverider that can give them any outfit for any era.
They make it to the exchange and talk their way inside. Kendra, Carter and Jax watch from a nearby rooftop as it becomes clear Savage isn’t a buyer here, he’s the seller. As he prepares to auction off the warhead, his Hawk-senses begin tingling. The bidding begins where those interested fire off a round in the air, with a younger Damien Darhk among those participating. When suspicions arise regarding the Legends, Heat Wave fires off a round and secures the winning bid, but when confronted by Darhk and Savage, a fight breaks out. Kendra and Carter flew in to capture Savage, but he sets the warhead to explode and gives them the ultimatum of catching him or stopping the bomb. Firestorm however carried it off and managed to absorb the explosion once it detonates.
On the Waverider, everyone blamed each other for what went wrong, only for Rip to point out the but the bigger problem: they’ve revealed themselves to Savage, and one of his goons found the tech Palmer left behind and they’re working on weaponizing it. Fourtanetly they have time to fix it though, as Hunters explains that time is like fresh cement and that it will take awhile for this to become the actual present. Carter goes through Aldus’ stuff and finds a newspaper clipping of the sale of the knife used to kill them in Egypt. Ray realizes they can track his tech by its Alpha Particles and Stein says the best way to do that is find the younger version of himself – he’s already working on technology for that exact occasion. When Kendra and Carter reveal what they’ve found to the team, Snart volunteers to go steal it back with Heat Wave and Ray accompanies them. While Stein Jax and Sara decide to locate Steins younger self.
Later Carter tries to guide Kendra through their past lives to try to uncover the origins of the dagger. However, when Kendra instead remembers them making love he tries to kiss her only for Kendra to reject this. When Carter tries to point out that they are destined to fall in love with each other Kendra points out that if it means she must lose who she is as a person then she will never fall in love with him and leaves.
Kendra later returned to apologize to Carter only for Carter to apologize himself claiming that he took their love for granted considering that in each of their lifetimes she always fell in love with him and told her that she doesn't have to fall in love with him in this lifetime as he is willing to wait for her no matter how long it takes. They try again to figure out the words on the dagger and discover that the dagger was a gift from Khufu to Chay-Ara.
When Kendra and Carter and the rest of the team discover that Ray, Rory, and Snart have been captured by Savage they venture to the mansion where Firestorm manages to subdue Savage. Snart hands Carter the dagger and he and Kendra confront Savage. Carter manages to overpower and stab Savage with the dagger only for Savage to pull the blade out and mortally stab Carter telling them that since the blade belonged to Kendra she must be the one to kill him. Savage stabs Carter with dagger and dies in Kendra's arms his last words being that he will always wait for her.
Carter's corpse was taken by Savage and used as the "vessel" in a ritual with his followers where they all drank Carter's blood in order to become immortal for the next 100 years. Rip, Sara, Rory, Snart and Jax were able to fight off Savage and the followers, reclaiming Carter's corpse and giving him a proper burial.
In this year he reincarnated, but he was brainwashed by Savage so as to prevent him from remembering, This prevented Kendra from killing Savage, in which hoping to bring him back but to no avail. His fate with Kendra caused tension between Ray and Kendra who were in a relationship. When Savage escaped, Carter too was freed and attacked the legends with his mace which he had given to Kendra. At the time Kendra was being strangled to death, a sharp ringing was inside Carter's head, causing to remember everything from their first lifetime. He attacked Savage, his wings spread the entire time like never before.
Kendra and him were then kidnapped by Savage due to a lost fight, his blood and Knedra's mixed to be used for Savage's power. With the help of the Legends, he was freed but Kendra was still caught. Then they went to 2021, where they stopped Savage and saved Kendra. After a celebration in 2016, both Kendra and Carter decided to leave the Legends.
Carter was a calm, level-headed and collected individual, who did not lose his composure in difficult situations. He talks to others in a calm and confident tone. He was always stayed concentrated while in battle, but his mask hides an enraged warrior, that will not give up easily. Carter was a type of individual, who was always ready for action, and when he was in action, he will destroy everyone, who stands in his way. Carter didn't fear even the strongest opponents - he immediately clashed with such powerful vigilantes like Green Arrow and the Flash, as he was still very confident, despite the former being an excellent strong fighter and the former leader of the League of Assassins, and the latter being a meta-human with superhuman speed. In battle, Carter attack his opponents fiercely and without mercy, but still, he controls his fury and analyze his enemy. Carter was a type of individual, who didn't fear death and calmly did things, which considered as dangerous among others, like pushing Kendra from the roof the skyscraper in order to awake her memory and powers. Despite this, he was a kind and caring individual with a sense of justice who wish to help and save innocent people using his powers.
Despite this, for Carter, Kendra is the most important human in the universe. He will do anything to protect her, and make her happy. Carter helped and taught Kendra from the start; until his death. Kendra is one of the few reasons that can make him truly emotional and careful. Carter considers Kendra as his "soul mate" and says, that he loves her more that anything. Even in his final moments, he think about none other than Kendra.
Despite Carter's calm level-headed and collected traits, there was only one individual, that can make him feel fear and hatred from the bottom of his heart - that individual was Vandal Savage. Carter hates Hath-Set greatly and wants him dead once and for all. Knowing the memory of his past lives, Carter remembers every time Vandal killed him and Kendra. Even when he talks about Vandal, Carter became nervous and angry. For thousands of years of hatred, Carter seen the death of variety of people by the hands of Vandal, including himself and Kendra, so the murder of immortal priest was not only the duty to humanity, but something personal.
As he remembers his past lives, it can be assumed that his character influenced by his previous incarnations. Carter seems to be an individual who likes to compete with others, especially Kendra, when he offers her a fight in order to decide, will they join Rip Hunter's mission or not. He wins that fight and they followed Rip in his way to kill Vandal. Ironically, Carter's decision led him to his own death.
Powers and abilities
- Flight: Carter can manifest a pair of bird-like wings that allow him to fly. He is able to use his flight ability to perform acrobatic feats while in flight, as well as use the size of his wings to enhance his strength in combat, allowing him overpower and carry away the Flash by tackling him while the latter charged at him at super speed. He could use his wings to seamlessly glide in any direction, which allowed him to swoop down and grab objects or people from the ground with ease. Despite their size, his wings could move as if weightless.
- Enhanced strength: Carter also has great strength, enough to easily overpower and knock down Oliver in close combat, as well as to lift people from the ground without much effort and fly off with them. He charged into Barry while the latter was moving at super speed, sprouting his wings while doing so, and tackled him into the air by flying. With his mace, he sent Chronos flying backwards after landing in front of him.
- Reincarnation: like Kendra, the ancient Egyptian knife which murdered Carter in his original incarnation as Prince Khufu had an unusual effect upon his soul and that of his lover Chay-Ara Kendra Saunders. The pair are locked in a seemingly endless cycle of death and rebirth throughout the centuries. While not a superhuman power per se, this propensity for reincarnation has allowed Carter to cheat death and return to active duty in his current incarnation.
- Master hand-to-hand combatant: Carter was able to fight and knock down Oliver in unarmed combat, though possibly with enhanced strength as well.
- Master melee fighter: Carter's signature weapon is a mace with spikes all over it, which he uses in close combat. He also could use it like a throwing weapon, allowing him to knock Oliver off his motorcycle by throwing into its wheels, though Oliver also was able to knock it away with his bow when he was attacked again. With his mace, Carter could easily send people flying backwards with his strikes, especially in flight.
- Hawkman suit: Carter used a protective suit to operate as his heroic alter-ego, Hawkman.
- Mace: Carter owned a mace which he used quite effectively in combat, packing immense force into his attacks.
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- "Pilot, Part 1"
- "Pilot, Part 2"
- "Blood Ties" (corpse)
- "White Knights" (mentioned)
- "Fail-Safe" (mentioned)
- "Star City 2046" (mentioned)
- "Night of the Hawk" (mentioned)
- "Progeny" (flashback)
- "The Magnificent Eight" (mentioned)
- "Last Refuge" (mentioned)
- "Leviathan" (mentioned)
- "River of Time" (vision)
- "Destiny" (flashback)
- "Legendary" (mentioned)
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Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Hawkman is the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian prince. The mantle has been taken up by various individuals, including Katar Hol, Fel Andar and Carter Hall.
- Carter is possibly related to McKenna Hall, as they share the same last name.