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Kuasa (born 1988)[1][2] is the sister of Mari who searched for the mystical Anansi Totem and later the Water Totem. She died in a duel with Benatu Eshu, wielder of the Fire Totem, but was resurrected by a follower of Mallus, now with the Water Totem embedded within her. She was nicknamed "Water Witch" by the Time Bureau, Ray Palmer, Nate Heywood and Zari Tomaz. She was killed a second time by Nora Darhk who took the Water Totem from her in the process.

However, as a result of the Legends' machinations in Zambesi 1992 that saved the village in order to free Mallus, she grew up to become the defender of her village alongside Mari. The two sisters happily share the the mantle of Vixen, as well as the Anansi Totem.

Biography

Original timeline

Early life

Young Kuasa

Young Kuasa named guardian of the Anansi Totem

Kuasa was born in 1988 in the Zambesi Village, located in the M'Changa Province of Zambesi; when she was four years old, she was named the guardian of the Anansi Totem. She viewed her grandmother as her role model, however, after a local warlord, Benatu Eshu, attacked the village in his hunt for the totems of power after murdering Amaya, her mother fled with her baby sister and the totem,[1] leaving Kuasa bitter and obsessed with retrieving it.

Feeling the pressure to protect Zambesi as a duty to honor the dead, as she grew up Kuasa became a criminal forming alliance with dangerous people and obtaining power, men and resources in order to find her sister and the totem.[1]

Pursuing the Anansi Totem

Kuasa and two men approach Mari McCabe

Kuasa and her men approach Mari McCabe

After the totem awakes and formed a bond with her sister, now named Mari McCabe, who went to visit Dr. Macalester, Kuasa was informed by the professor. Kuasa told Macalester that if she got Mari back with the totem, his next expedition would be fully funded.[3]

When Mari went to visit Macalester once more, Kuasa busted through Macalester's office with two armed men, threatening Mari to hand over the totem or she would get one of her men to kill her. After Mari failed to remove the necklace, Kuasa had her guards kill her, though Mari got away. After one of Kuasa's guards shot Mari, she took the latter to their home village.[1]

Mari and Kuasa at Zambesi Village

Kuasa reveals their connection to Mari

When Mari awoke, Kuasa revealed that she was her older sister. Kuasa told Mari of their past and how she was the true guardian of the Anansi Totem. Kuasa told Mari it was still her obligation to protect the village, even if there is only the dead. Having no choice, Kuasa had Anansi in the form of a spider bite Mari to unbind the totem from her. After Mari was bitten, she managed to get away, but Kuasa caught up to her and took the totem.[1]

Mari defeats Kuasa

Kuasa's connection with the Anansi Totem is severed

Kuasa brought the totem back to the village. She held it up as a group of men worshiped her. Kuasa was then confronted by Mari, who told her that older sibling always steal from their younger siblings and that she was the "history of mental illness in the family". Kuasa told Mari that the totem was rightfully hers, though Kuasa was told their mother wanted to make sure it stayed away from her. Kuasa and Mari engaged in battle where Kuasa was grazed in an arm with a spear thrown by Mari before being bit by Anansi. Kuasa, growing weak from Anansi's poison, told Mari it wasn't over before the latter knocked her out with a punishing uppercut and took the totem.[4]

Stealing the Water Totem

Mari and Macalester visits Kuasa

Kuasa, stripped of her powers and weakened by Anansi's poison, is visited by Mari and Professor Macalester

Sometime later Mari returned to Africa alongside Professor Macalester to find out more about Eshu and how to stop him. Kuasa, who had been hospitalized by the poison Mari used to stop her, revealed that to counteract Eshu's Fire Totem, they had to retrieve the Water Totem. Kuasa told them she knew of its whereabouts, and would lead them to it with the provision that she could join them in the fight against Eshu.[5]

Kuasa is killed by Eshu

Kuasa is killed by Eshu

With the assistance of Felicity Smoak, Mari and Kuasa managed to break into the mansion in which the Totem was located in Star City. However, once they retrieved it, Kuasa attempted to steal the Totem for herself and tried to escape, only to stopped by The Atom and Black Canary. Mari then convinced Kuasa to join them all in their fight to stop Eshu from destroying Detroit, and to avenge their village of Zambesi, to which she agreed.[6] She fought alongside Mari, Ray and Laurel, but they were clearly outmatched. Kuasa refused to run from Eshu, saying she wasn't her mother. She was quickly overpowered by Eshu, being incinerated by Eshu's fire, along with the Water Totem.[7]

Resurrection and finding Zari Tomaz

Kuasa resurrected

Kuasa is resurrected

Sometime after her demise, Kuasa was resurrected by a woman, who identified herself as a servant of Mallus, who required her services.[8]

Kuasa was sent to operate in Seattle 2042, to apprehend a hacktivist named Zari Tomaz, to acquire an air totem, with her powers intact despite her former death. At first, she ambushed an A.R.G.U.S. vehicle which carried Zari and killed two A.R.G.U.S. soldiers only to find out she escaped. She tracked down Zari to her hiding place at her warehouse where she saw the Legends were also looking for her and tailed them until they led her to Zari in a bar. In an ensuing fight, Kuasa defeated Sara Lance until a diversion allowed the Legends to escape. Eventually, Kuasa found the Atom and Zari and quickly beat him and nearly killed him by drowning him until Zari stepped in. Kuasa offered Zari revenge on A.R.G.U.S. in return for the totem she had as she couldn't wield it. When the proposal was refused, Kuasa was preparing to kill them until she was ambushed by the Legends.

Kuasa meets her time-travelling grandmother

Kuasa meets her time-travelling grandmother Amaya

Amaya Jiwe stepped forward to challenge her and Kuasa quickly tried to strike at her with water, but Amaya blocked it by using the power of her totem. Recognizing the power of the Anansi Totem, Kuasa was temporarily left in shock which gave Amaya the chance to throw her with the strength of an elephant. Realizing that Amaya was her grandmother, Kuasa said that if she killed Amaya, she would only be killing herself, hinting at their relationship. She then teleported herself away using a time stone. Later, she accompanies Damien and Nora Darhk. She fights against Amaya and escapes after saying her that she is her grandmother.[9]

Current timeline

Because of the Legends' intervention in Zambesi 1992 Kuasa was never abandoned by her mother who only made sure that her baby sister got to safety with the the spirit totem. Nor did she witness her grandmother and father being murdered. When she got older the responsibility of being the village guardian was split between her and Mari due to their strong sisterly bond. She briefly went to the year 1874 during the old west era in America to help her younger time traveling grandmother defeat Mallus who was pleased to see her as another timeline version of Kuasa had died right in front of her not that long ago. After the defeat Kuasa went back home with four of the totems. Seeing how her family's future was intact this led to Amaya's decision to return to 1942 with intact memories of her time as a Legend to ensure this better future happened for everyone in the village.

Personality

Original timeline

Kuasa, an innocent girl at her youth prior to what happened to her village.

As an adult she became ruthless, but at the time of both of her deaths, showed a side to her of wanting to protect her own family's existence.

Despite Kuasa having some resentment towards her younger sister, Mari for inheriting the Spirit Totem (due to her being the eldest of the two siblings) even trying to kill at one point, in her own way she does love her sister, even trying to protect her in the hospital, as she got injured in the fire due to not having power of the Spirit Totem (as Damien Darhk to get from the grandmother, was still a member of the Legends at the time).

Current timeline

Because of the Legends' intervention in Zambesi 1992, Kuasa never resented Mari, as the two share a strong sisterly bond, they also share the the mantle of "Vixen", as well as the power of the Spirit Totem; growing up to become the guardians of Zambesi Village.

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Anansi Totem: All of Kuasa's powers come from her necklace, which allow her to harness the life force of animals, in essence harnessing their abilities.

Former powers

  • Water Totem: Kuasa used the water totem in another timeline.

Abilities

  • Master combatant: Despite being surprised by Sara Lance, who had League of Assassins training, with her signature weapons, she managed to overpower her with ease to the point that Sara needed Mick Rory to cause a distraction to escape. She uses a fluid style of fighting, able to evade incoming attacks and counter them.[9] She also was able to defeat several pirates with ease during the battle against Mallus's forces.
  • Occult knowledge: As the designed wielder of the Anansi Totem, Kuasa has a great knowledge of it's supernatural powers as well as the other totems powers and the general nature of mysticism and how it works. She also was seen to have the ability to resurrect and control the dead ancestors of Zambesi, but lost this magic after the venom of the spider was injected directly into her bloodstream.

Equipment

  • Anansi Totem: Kuasa briefly bonded with this necklace to summon the ashe and use animal powers,[1] but later lose it due to the bite of Anansi.[4] However, as a result of the Legends' machinations in Zambesi 1992 that saved the village in order to free Mallus, she wielded the Anansi Totem, sharing it with her sister.
  • Water Totem: After Kuasa briefly gain this necklace, she gained the ability to summon and manipulate water. When she was destroyed with it[6] and later resurrected, she retain the powers of the totem without it, thanks to Mallus.[8] but she was killed again by Nora and took Water Totem in the process. After the death of Mallus, the Water Totem was returned to Kuasa along with all the other totems.
  • Fire Totem: After the death of Mallus, the Fire Totem was returned to Kuasa along with all the other totems.
  • Earth Totem: After the death of Mallus, the Earth Totem was returned to Kuasa along with all the other totems.
  • Death Totem: After the death of Mallus, the Death Totem was returned to Kuasa along with all the other totems.

Former equipment

  • Time stone: While working with the Darhks as a follower of Mallus, Kuasa used a mystical stone allowing her the powers of teleportation and time travel.[9] In the new timeline, in which her village was never destroyed, she presumably no longer has it.

Appearances

Vixen

Season 1

Season 2


DC's Legends of Tomorrow


Trivia

  • Kuasa is the first shared multiverse villain to transition from animated form to live action.
  • Kuasa is one of the only known people to have possessed more than one totem. She briefly possessed the Anansi Totem, and then later acquired the Water Totem. The other is Nora Darhk, whom briefly held the Air Totem after stealing it from Zari Tomaz, and later possessed the Anansi Totem after it was stolen from Amaya.
  • Kuasa has died on screen twice; first when being incinerated by Benatu Eshu using the Fire Totem during a duel, and second by a Mallus-possessed Nora Darhk who ripped the Water Totem out of her body after her betrayal. Both instances involved Kuasa performing a selfless and heroic deed before her demise.

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