Black Lightning

Real Name
Jefferson Michael Pierce
Current Alias


  • Jeff Pierce
  • Jefferson
  • Black Lightning
  • B.L.
  • Jeff
  • Sparks
  • Lightning
  • Juice
  • Black Vulcan












Marital Status

Crime Fighter, High School teacher, Former gold-medal-winning Olympic Decathlete.

College Graduate


Place of Birth
Suicide Slum, Metropolis

First appearance



History of character is unknown.

Powers and Abilities


Electrokinesis: can generate raw electricity which courses through his body, which he has learned to manipulate, control, to sense sources of electric energy, electricity and administer as a wide range of attacks with several uses; he can charge devices with electricity, and alternatively drain the energy from them into himself.

  • Electric Current Control: Black Lightning can choose to keep the electric energy that he currently holds in his body by controlling the Current and Voltage for whenever he wants to use it.
  • Electrical-Energy Absorption: He can also absorb the energy of electrical equipment such as a power plant to increase his powers further.
  • Electrical-Energy Projection: Ability to project his electricity through his hands to stun his enemies. The amount of voltage and or wattage that Pierce can generate and control is unknown but appears to be far greater than a lightning storm. Probably on the order of hundreds of trillions of watts of power. Pierce can further increase his electrical projections by simply ionizing the hydrogen atoms in the atmosphere so in effect creating ultra-high level static discharges and having the potential to create electrical storms that have hundreds of lightning strikes per minute (the average lightning strike contains a billion volts of electricity).
  • Flight: He can fly by charging his lower body with energy. Pierce can theoretically fly at speed of light.
  • Force Field: He can also generate highly concentrated electric force fields that are powerful enough to deflect bullets and very high levels of impact such as oncoming vehicles, physical attacks from metahumans, grenades, explosives, artillery fire, missiles, fire, and most energy attacks.
  • Electrical Form: He can even assume an electric form which he can use to travel quickly and discreetly. He can also glide over power lines by using the electricity contained therein for propulsion, and has on occasion been shown to actually ride on lightning bolts.
  • Electrical Tracking: he is able to track the resonance of a broadcast frequency to a location of where its coming from, but if its too subtle then he won't have much success.
  • Electronic Interaction
  • Electric Manipulation
  • Electric-Enhanced Strike
  • Lightning-Fast Reflexes


Peak Human Conditioning: Olympic-level Decathlete. Excelling as an athlete, runner, sprinter, swimmer, track & fielder, and gymnast.

Martial Arts Master: He is a originally a street fighter, but he no doubt honed his fighting skills under Batman's tutelage.

Expert Teacher: Jefferson Pierce is a highly educated and skilled teacher, who is widely regarded as the country's number one educator. Jefferson is known to have single-handedly been the driving force in turning various decaying public education schools and facilities in various cities in country into the finest in the nation.

Strength level

Average for someone who trains rigorously.


None known.


Equipment: (Formerly)

  • Electric Power Belt: Had to access his powers through a belt; he has since internalized these powers.

Transportation: Lightning Form
Weapons: Black Lightning does not use weapons or crime-fighting tools, but he does have blueprints for a vehicle which may or may not be built someday.


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Recommended Reading

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