Peacemaker: Ranking the 10 best characters of season 1

Peacemaker. Photograph by Katie Yu/HBO Max
Peacemaker. Photograph by Katie Yu/HBO Max /

Here are the top ten characters in HBO Max’s Peacemaker.

Peacemaker had no business being as good as it was. We knew that the HBO Max show would be entertaining, but we had no idea that it would actually have the depth that it did. It may have been the cliché team-hates-each-other-and-then-comes-together-in-the-end, but it was done well. The love given in the end fits each of the characters.

Speaking of characters, each of them deserves recognition for the roles they played. They all played their parts flawlessly. Even the side characters that only had a few speaking roles were great. Jamil is a good example of this. He popped up a few times and was always entertaining when he did.

On that note, let’s look at the best in the DCEU show. This article will rank the best ten characters in Peacemaker. Let’s begin.

10. Judomaster

Judo Master didn’t say much throughout the season. However, he made an impact by kicking a lot of butt. He beat almost everyone he fought. When he did lose, it usually took two people and a weapon to take him down. It was actually disappointing that we didn’t see more of him.

Thankfully, Peacemaker was renewed for a second season. There’s no way that we won’t see more of him going forward.

9. Detective Sophie Song

Detective Sophie Song had an interesting personality. While she was all about the job, she managed to make jokes and be sarcastic at the same time. She was tough, smart, and easily the best person on the police force. When she became a Butterfly, actress Annie Chang was still great in the role. It would have been nice if Sophie Song or her Butterfly form survived. She rocked.

8. Auggie Smith

The best way to describe Auggie Smith is that he’s one of the worst people in comic book TV history. He has zero redeemable qualities. Smith was a deplorable human being and an even worse father. What’s scary about him is that he could inspire his people to follow him into Hell. And he succeeded in doing that as most of them didn’t survive their confrontation with Peacemaker, Vigilante, and John Economos.

7. Eagly

Eagly has to make it high on the Peacemaker ranking list. Beings that don’t need to talk to be entertaining are something special. Eagly seemed to let viewers know how he felt with a few caws and a hug. There were times when he saved Peacemaker too.

We don’t need to know how he became a smart and capable fighter and soldier. He just was. Expect more silliness and amazing feats from him next season. Maybe even an origin of how Eagly met Peacemaker. Wouldn’t that be nice?

6. Clemson Murn

It was obvious that Clemson Murn was a Butterfly early on in the show. He seemed to lack any real emotions, quite like Amanda Waller, but in a more aggressive capacity. With Waller, she had to be detached from humanity to do her job. Murn, on the other hand, seemed to only know anger.

That said, after we definitively found out that Murn was a Butterfly, he actually became more sympathetic. Knowing that he wanted humanity to survive helped make him more likable, and much easier to root for. When we found out that he inhabited a terrible person, that really meant he cared, especially after he still felt bad about what he’d done despite his host being awful.

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Peacemaker. Photograph by Katie Yu/HBO Max /

5. Leota Adebayo

Danielle Brooks was great as always when playing Leota Adebayo in Peacemaker. She played a crucial role of being a double agent and as someone who doesn’t like violence or confrontation. It was interesting to find out that she’s actually good at a job that involves plenty of it. She mowed down a bunch of Butterflies in the season finale and helped Peacemaker destroy the cow.

The best part of Adebayo’s journey was her emotions and the conflict she faced throughout. She really wanted to be helpful and do right by her mother, but she felt horrible about it because she realized that Peacemaker wasn’t the awful guy he once was. She was the heart of that team and it showed.

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Freddie Stroma in Peacemaker Season 1, Episode 5. /

4. Adrian Chase (Vigilante)

There was no depth to Vigilante. What you see is what you got. And that was a violent idiot with impulse problems. Thankfully, he was an extremely entertaining and skilled violent idiot.

When we first saw Adrian, no one would’ve bet that he was good in a fight or that he may have been as good of a shot as Peacemaker. But the truth is when Vigilante was on-screen, there was rarely a dull moment. He didn’t have the character development that others did, but that’s not what he was there for and it wasn’t needed.

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Peacemaker. Photograph by Katie Yu/HBO Max /

3. Agent Emilia Harcourt

Emilia Harcourt’s emotional evolution had to be done well. It was obvious that she would eventually become less guarded as the show went on, especially towards Peacemaker. Thankfully, the gradual fondness towards him and her teammates was done flawlessly.

It wasn’t an immediate thing. They had to earn her respect and trust because, if they didn’t, she wouldn’t have had any faith in them. She saw a lot of them as either useless or impeding the mission. However, seeing her warm up to them – both as teammates and as friends – as the first season progressed was something special.

2. John Economos

John Economos was also something special. He was goofy, insecure, and, sometimes, clumsy. As the season went on, though, he became brave and useful in a battle. He helped Peacemaker when his father came after them and even killed a gorilla with a chainsaw. Steve Agee played well with John Cena’s Peacemaker, with their back and forth – both non-friendly and friendly – banter becoming instant classic comedy moments. Eventually, the two characters became friends, even music buddies. Without John Economos, Peacemaker just wouldn’t have been as good.

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Peacemaker. Photograph by Katie Yu/HBO Max /

1. Christopher Smith (Peacemaker)

And now we come to Christopher Smith, a.k.a. Peacemaker himself. John Cena was always going to be good in the HBO Max series. We saw that in The Suicide Squad. What we didn’t know is that he’d be more than that. Smith became a well rounded character without sacrificing the entertainment and Cena portrayed it beautifully.

Seeing Smith regret killing Rick Flag and how it affected him more than anyone would have thought made for some powerful moments in the series. Speaking of powerful, we saw how his “I cherish peace with all my heart. I don’t care how many men, women, and children I need to kill to get it” mantra was actually false. He froze when asked to kill kids, even though they weren’t technically kids anymore.

Of course, Peacemaker was funny. There were no wasted jokes with him. Sometimes he didn’t have to talk to get a reaction from viewers. His facial expressions and physical comedy was more than enough.

HBO Max has a diamond in John Cena playing the Peacemaker. He’ll only get better from here.

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