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Real Identity: John Constantine
Appearances: Justice League Dark
Powers/Skills: Affinity for and Knowledge of Magic
Voiced By: Matt Ryan
John Constantine is a purveyor of the dark arts and lifeline of last resort. While he wasn't born with a natural ability to create magic, Constantine has an affinity for it and the supernatural. He requires an artifact to cast most spells but can see spirits and demons. At some point, Constantine became master of the House of Mystery and began storing the most dangerous magical artifacts there. Constantine was infamous among the supernatural community for perfecting the bad idea. He supposedly garnered a resume of a hundred-plus failures like Newcastle that cost many souls to be lost. He struck up a relationship with Zatanna. During a stop in Sumatra, they got into trouble after she wanted to free some monkeys. Like most, he and Zatanna parted on bad terms. After another case, Constantine added to his reputation but his friend and colleague Rithie Simpson was infected with a supernatural form of terminal cancer.
The Demons Three, Constantine, and Jason Blood played a game of poker at the Lucky Devil Casino in Las Vegas. Constantine called bollocks after his four of a kind failed to win a hand. With just a pair, Constantine went all in. The Demons opted to bust him out and clear the room in anticipation of their next group of "friends", including David Copperfield, due to arrive soon. Abnegazar cheated and changed his hand to a royal flush of spades with magic. He raised Constantine. Since Constantine didn't have the chips to call, Abnegazar declared victory. To his annoyance, Constantine raised him with the House of Mystery and all its contents. The Demons deliberated and decided to call. They brought forth their chest of relics. Constantine saw a chipped Dreamstone. Abnegazar promised a working Soul Catcher, Algid's Ice Spiker, and the Ghaurrazzi. Not one to be a poor sport, Constantine accepted his fair wager. He cheated and changed Abnegazar's hand back and won. Abnegazar slammed the table in anger and a fight broke out.
Constantine grabbed the Ice Spiker, shot Abnegazar in the face, and jumped behind the bar. After firing a few shots, he had to abandon it or risk freezing himself. Blood declined to help. Constantine crawled to a column and dodged Abnegazar's axe. He incanted and forced Blood to summon Etrigan despite the risk he would go on a killing spree. The gamble paid off and Etrigan dispatched the Demons Three. As the rolled into a portal, they promised Constantine a reckoning. He confiscated their relics and sent them into the House of Mystery outside. Blood returned and decked Constantine in anger. He chewed him out for never thinking or weighing the consequences. Constantine insisted he weighed it against being eaten alive and concluded it was totally worth it. He walked into the House as Blood called him a world class bastard. Five days later, Deadman wrote "Constantine" all over Bruce Wayne's master bedroom. Batman sought out Zatanna at the Gotham Square Gareden for any information she had on Constantine's current location.
Zatanna tried to tell Batman she didn't know anything but Deadman possessed him and informed her it was important he and Constantine talked. He added she should come along, too. Zatanna changed her mind. On the way, Zatanna told Batman about how Deadman came to be. She also cast a locator spell on the Batmobile for the House of Mystery to find. Constantine opened the door and let them in with a demonic whirlwind on their heels. He asked Zatanna if she was all right. She asked him to get off her. Constantine kicked himself for not guessing the reason he wasn't in London drinking a pint was Zatanna. He admitted the House always liked her better. He found her and companions an odd trio and asked why they visited. Batman briefed him a global spike in homicides that might have a magical cause. Constantine refused to play telephone and incanted a spell so Batman was now aware of Deadman. Orchid suddenly appeared next to him and he was startled. He reminded Orchid to use a door. Zatanna asked how "new" she was. Constantine cleared up the confusion and revealed she was a manifestation of the House's magic.
Orchid noticed Zatanna was angry with Constantine, which she understood, but still had feelings for him. Constantine reviewed the incidents and agreed to look into it on his own. Deadman insisted Rama Kushna wanted them to work together. Constantine brought up how the Justice League was useless against dark magic. Deadman replied that was why he should be the leader. Constantine wasn't convinced of Rama Kushna's judgement. He asked Zatanna for her help but she only agreed to do it as a group. Constantine was irritated and likened the situation to Sumatra. They started arguing. Batman pointed out Deadman was already dead and he accepted the risks. Constantine had a team. The House dropped them off in Washington D.C. where Constantine wanted to get the Keshanti Key from an old colleague, Ritchie Simpson. He knew Simpson was still mad at him but had no idea he was dying. He knew it once he saw the Shrouds waiting outside his house. Their leader recognized Constantine and dissuaded him from trying to save Simpson.
Constantine fired off a spell and sent the Shrouds away. Simpson opened his door and was surprised to see everyone. Simpson thought Constantine finally came to apologize and forgave him. He soon realized that wasn't the case. Constantine explained he wanted the Keshanti Key and pointed out he wasn't going to need it anyway. Simpson used what strength he had to sock him. He refused to help. Batman got him to reconsider since innocent lives were at stake. He gave them the Key and told them to show themselves out. They went to the Metropolis Health Center and found Steve, one of the infected citizens. Instead of spending 20-odd hours incanting, Constantine placed the Keshanti Key on Steve's forehead and opened a portal to his mind. He went in with Zatanna to search his memories of the cause of the madness. He reminded Zatanna magic was all about control and offered to refresh her but she declined. Constantine mocked her for sitting out the war between good and evil and settling for entertaining mindless twits.
Zatanna asserted her magic brought happiness. Constantine countered it was the two drink minimum. She forgot what a pessemist he was. He touted himself as expecting the worst and preparing for the worst. They eventually found a memory of a shadowy figure wearing a ring reaching into Steve's mind. Destiny, through Felix Faust, sent a Golem after them. It captured Steve and dissolved his body. Constantine grabbed a piece of the memory and left with Zatanna. She discorporated the Golem. Neither Constantine nor Batman could identify the ring in the memory. They returned to Simpson's to see if he could but the Shrouds were back. Instead of helping Simpson, Contantine ran after Jason Blood. He chained and gagged Blood while Batman revived Simpson with a syringe. Blood and Simpson were taken back to the House of Mystery. He asked Orchid to show Simpson the ring image as soon as he woke up. Blood agreed not to try and summon Etrigan and was freed. He explained he was looking for a way into the House to steal the Dreamstone then revealed his own origins.
Constantine believed the Dreamstone was safe where it was in the House, out of phase. Batman still thought it was more than coincidence that the appearance of the Dreamstone and the surge in homicides happened around the same time. Simpson woke and identified the ring as Faust's. Constantine consulted some texts and cast a locator spell but it failed. He decided to try Swamp Thing, who also hated him. He ordered Orchid to help Simpson in any and every way possible. The House dropped them off at a swamp. Constantine lit a match, turned a flame into a glyph and rode it forward. Swamp Thing told them to go away. Constantine threatened a patch of posies to draw him out. Zatanna dispersed the glyph and appealed to Swamp Thing. He took them to the outskirts of Faust's Observatory of the Cosmos. Constantine asked Swamp Thing to put aside their differences and join the fight. He declined and speculated Faust's plans would be a kind of justice against humanity for destroying so much of the Green. Etrigan, Zatanna, and Deadman led the assault.
Constantine threw fireballs and taunted Faust. In retaliation, Faust trapped him in a cube of water. Batman fired his grapnel and whipped Faust's book into the cube. The pages' contents faded. Constantine grabbed onto the line and Batman pulled him to safety. He admitted it was useful after all. Constantine pulled out a small black diamond and threw it just as Faust reduced the area to a crater. He later emerged from the crater in a large diamond unhurt. He watched in horror as Zatanna lost all control and sent a huge sword hurtling towards Faust. Constantine stepped in front of Faust and the blade barely stopped in time. He refused to move and pleaded with her to stop and her soul would stay in the clear. She turned the sword into a multitude of smaller blades. He reminded her about control. She regained her composure and the blades dissipated. She cried and clutched Constantine. He consoled her and stated even the best lost control then used himself as an example. They realized Simpson was playing them all along.
Constantine demanded Simpson to open the House. They were too late. Simpson was drawing power from the Dreamstone and proclaimed he was immortal. He refused to believe Constantine's claim he was being manipulated by Destiny, the stone's creator. Destiny took control of Simpson's body and rematerialized then blew up the House. Zatanna drew up a shield around them at her own expense. Constantine blamed himself. He took out a necklace and incanted. It enveloped Zatanna in a yellow dome. Everyone else followed after Destiny into the city. Deadman failed then Green Lantern fell prey to the madness. Blood summoned Etrigan. Constantine cut off Etrigan's rhyme and yelled at him to to hurry and top off Destiny. Etrigan called him a killjoy then leaped after Destiny. To their dismay, Destiny split Etrigan and Blood back into two individuals. With little alternative, Constantine incanted and lit a tree on fire. Luckily, Swamp Thing attacked Destiny instead. Destiny extracted Alec Holland's corpse and sent Swamp Thing away.
Constantine came up with a new plan. He threw a fireball at Destiny's force shield and insulted him without restraint. Destiny fell for it and pulled Constantine into the shield. Due to his experiences on various paranormal cases, Constantine easily resisted the madness. On his signal, Deadman emerged from his body and possessed Destiny. The force shield dissipated and Destiny fell to the streets. After Deadman was ejected, Blood impaled Etrigan's sword through Destiny's chest and dislodged the Dreamstone. Constantine cast pyromancy. The sword turned to fire and consumed Destiny. Batman destroyed the Dreamstone with an exploding Batarang. After Destiny was purged, the Shrouds arrived for Simpson's soul. Constantine refused to intervene on account there was the chance Destiny could still be manipulating him. The Shrouds pulled Simpson's soul to Hell. Constantine was relieved to see Zatanna. She felt like the morning after Brixton. He didn't believe it was that bad. Without Merlin's spell, Blood's fatal wound returned but he welcomed death and passed on.
A few days later, Constantine chose to bury Blood near where his village once stood. Zatanna revealed Batman invited her to join the Justice League and she was considering it. To his surprise, she also revealed Batman wanted him to join. He thought it was a joke, like she predicted. Zatanna created a stage door and was about to leave but Constantine got second thoughts. He asked her to tell him more over a drink. They could also rechristen the House. Zatanna accepted but warned him it wasn't going to turn into a Manchester weekend. Constantine promised then proposed a Trewhiddle Tuesday. She laughed and turned him down. He marked it down as a "maybe". Orchid greeted them with two mugs of beer.