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Checkmate is a covert agency under jurisdiction of the U.S. Government and an antagonist organization in the CW TV series Smallville appearing throughout the ninth season.



Checkmate's primary goal was to enlist metahumans and superheroes to defend the world from extraterrestrial threats. Members were identified by chess pieces that ranked their status in the organization.

In the 1970s, Checkmate had approached the Justice Society of America, demanding that they work for them and for them to unmask themselves.

When they refused, Checkmate uncovered the JSA's secret identities on their own, and then began to hunt them down with the help of the police.

When Amanda Waller became the White Queen of Checkmate, she enlisted Tess Mercer to spy on LuthorCorp CEO Lex Luthor due to his involvement with alien investigations and projects.

She also began an operation that forced convicted criminals with metahuman abilities to carry out missions for them. The ship of the Martian, M'gann, crashed in Colorado, near Checkmate's Headquarters.

Season Nine

Amanda Waller employed Cameron Mahkent, the son of the original Icicle, as a Black Pawn. He was tasked with finding and eliminating members of the Justice Society of America. First he went after the Star-Spangled Kid who he killed on a rooftop.

Then Icicle found Wesley Dodds the Sandman and killed him in his apartment. Cameron was intercepted by Doctor Fate, a mystic of the Justice Society's, and impaled him through the chest, murdering him before taking his magic helmet.

While wearing the helmet, he faced off against a combination of the Justice Society and Oliver Queen's team of heroes.

Having failed, Icicle returned to the Checkmate agency hoping to kill more JSA members, but Waller revealed that she only wanted him to bring the JSA out of retirement. She then pointed a gun in his direction and said, "Welcome to the Suicide Squad"... and fired the gun.

Checkmate then turned their sights on the one called Watchtower, who they knew was the key to accessing many metahumans like The Blur, Green Arrow, and the rest of their team. To do this, they first kidnapped Green Arrow after a successful diversion by Agent Mercer.

Bringing him onto one of their mobile bases, Waller met with Green Arrow, demanding that he accept Checkmate's invitation to join their ranks and serve his country.

Green Arrow refused and managed to escape the van. Waller hounded Tess for not making sure the prisoner was secure, telling her that failure was not an option. They realized Green Arrow's team was onto them when Detective John Jones, a Martian, managed to make his way to Checkmate headquarters at "The Castle".

Waller confronted him, telling him that the alien blood sample they had received a short time beforehand was proof of alien life (the blood sample had been given to Waller by Lois Lane from a deranged scientist torturing Kryptonian's lab).

She trapped John in a cage of fire and left him there while she had other matters to attend to. Meanwhile, Checkmate captured Watchtower, Chloe Sullivan, and brought her to "The Castle" after she had investigated Checkmate's connection to Icicle.

Clark Kent, the one called The Blur, arrived to rescue her, thanks to interrogating the location of headquarters out of Tess, when he met with Waller.

Waller demanded his and his team's loyalty, telling him that if he refused, Watchtower would die. A power outage ironically caused by Tess allowed the Blur the time to rescue Chloe and escape "The Castle".

In Amanda Waller's office, a Red Queen chess piece is on her chessboard as she states that Checkmate has been blocked by a new player and, sweeping the Queen aside, saying that it's time for a new game.

Later Maxwell Lord, the Black King of Checkmate, set his sights on discovering the identity of The Blur and used that information to get to the rest of the metahumans on the planet.


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Main Antagonists
Brainiac | Darkseid | Doomsday | Genevieve Teague | Jason Teague | Lex Luthor | Lionel Luthor | Zod

Supporting Antagonists
Adam Knight | Alia | Bizarro | Basqat | Clark Luthor | Desaad | Dr. Helen Bryce | Faora Hu-Ul (Clone) | George | Gordon Godfrey | Granny Goodness | Jason Bartlett | Kal | Roger Nixon | Sheriff Ethan Miller | Tess Mercer | Zor-El

Reoccurring Antagonists
Agent Carter | Aldar | Alicia Baker | Alistair Kreig | Amanda Waller | Aethyr | Baern | Bette Sans Souci | Brendan Nash | Bruno Mannheim | Claire Foster | Conner Kent | Countess Margaret Isobel Thoreaux | Curtis Knox | Darius | District Attorney Ray Sacks | Donovan Jamison | Dr. Hudson | Dr. Langston | Dr. Lawrence Garner | Dr. Lia Teng | Edward Teague | Emily Dinsmore | Eric Summers | Eva Greer | Faora Hu-Ul | Floyd Lawton | Frank Loder | Frederick Walden | Gina | Gloria | Greg Arkin | Greg Flynn | Griff | Ian Randall | Jacob Finley | John Corben | Lieutenant Trotter | Linda Lake | Lionel Luthor (Earth-2) | Lucy Lane | Mara | Marilyn | Maxwell Lord | Molly Griggs | Morgan Edge | Nam-Ek | Paul Brenner | Perry White | Regan Matthews | Rick DeGroot | Rick Flag | Sam Phelan | Sasha Woodman | Slade Wilson | Steven Hamilton | Stuart Campbell | Talbert | Tina Greer | Vala | Van McNulty | Victoria Hardwick | Victoria Sinclair | Vordigan | Wes Keenan | Winslow Schott

Adrian Cross | A.J. | Alec Abrams | Amos Fortune | Andy Connors | Ben Meyers | Black Manta | Bernard Chisholm | Brianna Withridge | Bob Rickman | Bronson | Buffy Sanders | Byron Moore | Captain Cold | Cameron Mahkent | Carly Meadows | Charlotte Cavanaugh | Chrissy Parker | Coach Walt Arnold | Coats | Commander Cheng | Cyrus Gold | Dawn Stiles | Debra Burch | Desirée Atkins | Deputy Ellis | Deputy Harris | Derek Fox | Dr. Caselli | Dominic Sanatori | Duchess Gertrude | Duncan Allenmeyer | Earl Jenkins | Ed Burke | Edward Lott | Elise Fine | Emil LaSalle | Eric Marsh | Gabriel Duncan | Garrett Davis | Gary Watts | Graham Garrett | Greenfield Brothers | Geoff Johns | Hanison | Harriet | Harry Volk | Heather Fox | Isis | Jake Pollen | Jason Dante | James Gibson | Jed McNally | Jeff Palmer | Jeremy Creek | Jeremiah Holdsclaw | Joar Mahkent | Joe Simmons | Jodi Keenan | Jodi Melville | Joseph Altman | Joseph Cavanagh | Jude Royce's Imposter | Justin Gaines | Kal-El | Kyla Willowbrook | Kyle | Lachlan Luthor | Lance | Lashina | Lawrence Grady | Lincoln Cole | Leslie Willis | Louis Leery | Lucas Luthor | LX-13 | Mack | Macy | Madelyn Hibbins | Magistrate Wilkins | Marcos | Marcus Becker | Maxima | Michael Westmore | Mike | Mikhail Mxyzptlk | Milo | Mr. Lyon | Nathan Dean | Nathaniel Tryon | Nicholas Conroy | Non (Clone) | Orlando Block | Pamela Black | Paul Hayden | Persuader | Pierce | Rachel Dunleavy | Randy Klein | Ray | Richter Maddox | Ricky | Robert Bethany | Ron Milano | Roy Rothman | Rudy Jones | Ruth Cavanagh | Samantha Drake | Scott Bowman | Sean Kelvin | Sebastian Kane | Seth Nelson | Shannon Bell | Siobhan McDougal | Simone Chesterman | Sir Harry Hardwick | Snake | Ted Palmer | Tempest Drake | Teth-Adam | Titan | Tim Westcott | Tommy Lee | Trent MacGowen | Twins | Tyler Crenshaw | Tyler McKnight | Tyler Randall | Vanessa Webber | Wade Mahaney | Wagner | Walt Masterson | William McBride | William Tate | William Taylor

Comic Characters
Bane | Black Flash | Brain | Brother Blood | Bruce Wayne (Earth 13) | Doctor Phosphorus | Eclipso | Felix Faust | Firefly | Greg Fox | Hades | Hank Henshaw | Harleen Quinzel | Holly Gehrig | Jacob Snell | Joe Chill | Kenny Cavanaugh | Kirk Langstrom | Lowtax | Malcolm Barnes | Matt Hagen | Megan Morse | Minister Kirt Niedrigh | Monsieur Mallah | Oswald Loomis | Pamela Isley | Parallax | Prometheus | Rose Wilson | Simon Jones | Trigon | Victor Fries | Victor Zsasz

Organizations, Teams, & Gangs
Checkmate | Cheerleaders of Devotion | Darkseid's Elite | Darkseid's Prophets | Disciples of Zod | Female Furies | Injustice League | Insurgence Team | Intergang | Manhunters | Marionette Ventures | Mutants | Students for Lex Luthor | Suicide Squad | Weather Girls | Yellow Lantern Corps | Zoner Companions

Hostile Species
Phantom Wraiths | Monitors