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"I'd murder as many children as is necessary to accomplish my mission."
—The Pilgrim to Rip Hunter's team on her tactics[src]

"The Pilgrim" was a deadly assassin in the service of the Time Masters. In her role, she performed kills by traveling back in time and killing the younger selves of her victims, thus erasing the existence of a person.

Biography

At the behest of the Time Masters, The Pilgrim killed Kaylex Druzan at some point in his past, erasing his then-current self. Following that, she returned to her employers, who ordered Omega Protocols on Rip Hunter's team, except for Kendra Saunders and Rip Hunter himself for respective reasons. The Hunters, previously sent by the Time Masters were unsuccessful in this task.[1][2]

She traveled back to Central City in 1990 to take out a younger Mick Rory. However, she was stopped by Ray Palmer and then changed her focus to a younger version of Sara Lance. After travelling to 2007 she attacked the police station and took out multiple officers as well as Quentin Lance as they tried to stop her. She cornered Sara, but was stopped by the present day versions of Mick Rory and Sara. She fought Sara in hand to hand combat with Sara managing to disarm her. The Pilgrim was able to deprive Sara of her staffs. She started to overpower Sara but was thrown to the floor. The Pilgrim was able to retrieve her gun, however before she was able to shoot Sara she was hit with a blast from Mick Rory's Heat Gun. After failing on both occasions, she tried to kill Palmer in 2014 but was stopped by Jefferson Jackson and Rip, who used technology from Palmer to blow her out of the window. She then went back to 1993 to kill Jefferson as a baby, but he was spirited away by the team before she could get to him.[1]

Rip Hunter's team fight the Pilgrim

The Pilgrim faces Rip Hunter's team.

Switching tactics the Pilgrim proceeded by kidnapping family members of the team, using them to blackmail Rip into surrendering themselves. Rip offered her his younger self and that way she could stop the entire team from being formed by killing him. She agreed, but before she could take the young boy, the team attacked her during the trade. She was surrounded and they fired their weapons. She began to reflect their attacks backwards, but was stabbed by the younger Rip Hunter, which distracted her and led the team to disintegrating her into ash.[1]

Personality

The Pilgrim was completely ruthless, amoral, and remorseless. Willing to kill infants, children, and any innocent bystanders simply for getting in her way, all for the simple sake of completing her missions. While completely indifferent as to who her target is she seems to take personal enjoyment in taking them out. However, in her trademark of attacking targets in their younger and seemingly defenseless past selves combined with her flawless record, she was extremely arrogant and overconfident in her abilities, to which she underestimated Rip Hunter's cunning nature, as his younger self was able to injure her, leading to her death.[1]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Invulnerability: Pilgrim's abilities allow her to be invincible and invulnerable as long as she is conscious and aware, resulting in her being bulletproof, immune to human strength, surviving falls from several stories, and be unscathed from numerous energy attacks. While bullets would bounce off her, energy attacks would be able to physically repel her if she was hit, though she would still not be harmed. Only when she was distracted and in pain did her powers weaken enough for her to be destroyed by the united powers of Rip Hunter's team.[1]
  • Temporal micro-manipulation: Though unknown how she obtained the ability, the Pilgrim was able to control time in her immediate vicinity. By extending her hand at the target, the Pilgrim could reverse the flow of time around energy attacks, launching them back at the attackers, though it seemed to take a short period to complete the process and likewise proved more difficult against multiple targets at once. She could also freeze the motion of her opponents and reverse their momentum. Smaller targets like bullets required no usage of hand gestures to repel, making her bulletproof as long as she is aware and alert. With direct contact on her target, she could physically repel and overpower them, usually by sending them flying though the air, allowing her to simulate inhuman strength. Even if not able to repel the attack, her powers could minimize the damage, as she was sent flying by the A.T.O.M. Exosuit's energy blasts, only to remain unharmed. Only when caught off-guard, or distracted, or in pain, her powers nullified, leaving her vulnerable to all attacks.[1]
  • Time travel: The Pilgrim was provided a timeship by the Time Masters to enact her duties as an assassin affiliated with the organization.[1]

Abilities

  • Master assassin: The Pilgrim was highly skilled in taking out her targets. Recognized as the Time Masters' top and most deadly operative, she was reserved as a last resort to take down time criminals.[1]
  • Expert-hand-to-hand combatant: While normally going after her targets deep in the past where they would pose little trouble, she was very confident in close-quarters combat. Against Sara Lance, a former high-ranking member of the League of Assassins. The Pilgrim held her own, fighting evenly against the fellow assassin. Even with her temporal powers, however, the Pilgrim was thrown to the floor by Sara and had to resort to a gun before being blasted by Mick Rory.

Weaknesses

  • Arrogance: After numerous successes working for the Time Masters, The Pilgrim had become overconfident in her abilities. Although she wasn't above recognising when she needed to change strategy, arrogance blinded her from the danger Rip Hunter's younger self presented, which proved to be her undoing.
  • Multi-tasking: Due to the amount of mental focus required to perform temporal manipulation, as well as the use of her hands, she was incapable of fighting hand-to-hand or performing any other physical tasks and using her powers at the same time, leaving her vulnerable to physical attack. Using her powers to repel several targets at the same time also proved difficult; although she was easily able to repel both Leonard Snart and Mick Rory's weapons simultaneously, when holding off all of the Legends at the same time she struggled to do little more than hold all seven of her targets, five of which were using energy-based attacks, to a stalemate.

Equipment

  • Energy gun: The Pilgrim carries an energy gun as her sidearm. This weapon fires green bolts. During her fight with Sara she also used the weapon at close range as a blunt instrument.

Appearances

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Season 1

Behind the scenes

  • In DC comics' imprint, Wildstorm, Maritza Blackbird a.k.a. the Pilgrim is a heroic character, who acts as an assassin in the Special Operations Group and later the Wetworks, a black-ops team of the United States military. She exhibits a similar set of powers to her show counterpart, such as time travel, invulnerability, superhuman strength and reflexes.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Last Refuge"
  2. "The Magnificent Eight"