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Knockout was a former Female Fury from Apokolips in DC Comics books. She first appeared shortly after Superboy moved to Hawaii. Using her super-strength, she fought and flirted with Superboy just for the fun of it. Her hidden identity was that of a super strong stripper who worked at a club called the BoomBoom Room. Later, she was recruited to join Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad for an attack against the international crime cartel Silicon Dragons. She joined Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Sidearm and King Shark on the Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad had to overcome betrayal and overwhelming enemies, and in the end, Knockout was supposedly killed when the Squad left her and King Shark in the exploding base. She later returned alive, and assisted Superboy in a battle against Valor, although she and Superboy did spar. She turned back up shortly thereafter and teamed up with Superboy, battling across Hawaii in several of his adventures. Soon, however, her past caught up with her. She was originally from Apokolips, a member of Granny Goodness's Female Furies. After Big Barda escaped with Mister Miracle, Knockout decided to leave the Furies as well. At one point when she was chained to a wall in the Fire Pits as punishment, she broke her chains and leaped into the fires. As she did so, a Boom Tube opened and took her to Hawaii.
The Female Furies arrived on Hawaii to reclaim Knockout. A battle broke out between Superboy, Knockout, and a small contingent of police officers and the Female Furies. One police officer died during the battle, but the Furies were driven off when Dubbilex used his mental abilities to convince them that Knockout had died in the battle as well. Dubbilex investigated the murder of the police officer, using his mental powers to scan the memories of most of the survivors. They soon realized that Knockout had killed the officer, simply because he was in her way.
The police attempted to bring her in, but Superboy refused to believe she was guilty, causing the two to briefly be forced to hide from the law. The two encountered an explorer named Victor Volcaneum, whom Knockout hoped Superboy would kill as a sign of deference to her. Superboy refused, and thus Knockout killed Volcanus instead. Upon seeing Knockout's true colors, Superboy managed to defeat her and bring her into custody.
Knockout never escaped custody for the rest of the Superboy series, as anti-gravity items were used to keep her restrained.
Superboy did meet a number of variations of Knockout during his journey through Hypertime. One notable example gave her life to save Superboy from a horde of rampaging Doomsday-like monsters.
Since then she has been revealed to be on the loose and has joined up with the Society as seen in Villains United. In that book, she was revealed to have joined the Society as a mole at the request of her lover, Scandal Savage, a member of the Secret Six.
Knockout joined the Secret Six alongside Scandal. The team successfully assassinated a jail warden in North Korea, allowing the Secret Six to relax for a time. Each member celebrated in his or her own way when a team of assassins attacked each member, save Catman.
Knockout was almost killed when she was shot with a Thanagarian sniper rifle by Pistolera. The shot implanted a bomb in her skin and when Scandal refused to leave her side, she threw her from the blast range telling her they would meet again in the afterlife. After the bomb went off, Scandal scrambled through the debris to find Knockout miraculously still alive, though horribly burned and unconscious. Knockout received medical treatment for her extensive injuries but recovered fully due to her body's regenerative capabilities from her treatments on Apokolips.
Knockout rejoined the Secret Six in hopes of finding the person behind their attempted assassinations, but was injured when Ragdoll attacked them due to Doctor Psycho's manipulations, although her regeneration prevented any lasting damage. Though thought to be Scandal's lover, Knockout was most recently seen in bed with Deadshot, when Scandal caught the two in the act. It was later revealed that Knockout had slept with Floyd because she misunderstood the sexual exclusivity of her relationship with Scandal. Scandal and Knockout were together when the series ended and Scandal still refers to her as her girlfriend.
Knockout, along with the rest of the Secret Six, were hired by a Russian mercenary and battled Barbara Gordon's team in Birds of Prey. Knockout engaged in one-on-one combat with Big Barda, a fight which continued above all other concerns (including the resurrection of Ice), although the battle had no apparent victor.
Weeks later, after Scandal suggested that her bad mood was the result of her inconclusive encounter with Barda, Knockout went to the Birds of Prey headquarters looking to continue their fight. Upon her arrival, she was tracked and killed by an unknown assailant, adding her name to the list of murdered New Gods. She stated that she knew her assailant and requested one last phone call to Scandal, the contents of which are unknown.
First Appearance: Superboy (1994) #1
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