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It's time that people know Black Lightning is back.
— Jefferson to Lynn[src]

Jefferson "Jeff" Pierce a.k.a. Black Lightning is the protagonist of The CW tv series Black Lightning.

Early Life

Jefferson was born on September 12, 1974, as the son of Alvin Pierce.

When Jefferson was twelve-years-old, he went to work with his father on a day school was canceled. When they were walking out Alvin saw Gambi and told Jefferson to wait in the car. Alvin and Gambi talked while Jefferson waited in the car. It was revealed that Alvin gave Jefferson the vaccine but Alvin thought it was tainted. This is supposedly how he got his powers.

When Jeffersons father died Gambi was at the funeral but Jefferson and Gambi didnt officially meet until Jefferson was running from the police and used his powers to electrocute them. He ran and came across a gate and tried to climb it but ended up shocking himself and making himself pass out. Gambi came accross the body and tried to feel his pulse but got shocked.

At one point in his life, Jefferson met Lynn Stewart, who he eventually married, and later had two daughters with her; Anissa and Jennifer Pierce.

When Lynn found out about Jeffersons powers she called it "A gift from God." When Jefferson's father, Alvin Pierce, was murdered by Tobias Whale, that caused Jefferson to decide to use his powers to help people in Freeland and with the help of his friend Peter Gambi, who he had designed him a special suit, Jefferson eventually became the superhero vigilante "Black Lightning." After what his powers did to him and Lynn wanted him to stop. He decided to hang up his cape and he always been a target by Freeland P.D. going after him because he is a vigilante. After nine years, the crime wave and corruption been up on Henderson watch since Jefferson retired. The citizens from Freeland lost faith in Freeland P.D. and Henderson.

Throughout the Series

Season 1

In The Resurrection, Jefferson was first seen in the Freeland police station, along with Jennifer, waiting for Anissa to be released. While they waited, he watched the news reporting on the murder of another innocent man at the hands of The One Hundred. Once Anissa was released and greeted him, he walked out while ignoring her. Before he left the station he stared at the wanted poster for Tobias Whale.

Jefferson harrassed by the police.

While he was driving, Jefferson scolded Anissa for deciding to protest The One Hundred instead of attending Garfield High School fundraiser. He started to argue with Anissa until the police pulled them over. He tells them to stay calm and let him handle the situation. When the officer approached the vehicle, he tried to tell him his name; but the officer asked for him to step out the car. Immediately, the officer placed Jefferson's hand behind his back and shoved him down on the police car. After Anissa refused to put her hands on the dashboard as she was told, Jefferson yelled at her to do what they say. The officer walked Jefferson to a lady in the back of the police car and asked her if Jefferson fit the suspect description. When she said no, the police officer let him go.

Before he got back into the car, he asked the officer to tell him what the situation was all about. The officer told him how a liquor store was recently robbed. Jefferson, angered, asked if the suspect description was that of a black man in a suit driving a Volvo. The officer laughed and told him to have a nice night. While he was still angry, he activated his power which affected the siren, street light, and the officer's flashlights. He calmed himself down and got back into his car.

At the fundraiser, he was sitting by Anissa listening to Senator Nina Turner as she talked about his accomplishments. When Senator Turner mentioned Jennifer, he looked around to see where she was. Later on, he and Inspector Henderson had a conversation where he thanked him for supporting him as well as getting Anissa released from jail. Before Henderson left the event, he promised Jefferson that he would look into the officers who pulled him over as they possibly weren't Freeland PD. Then, Jefferson was approached by Ms.Fowdy as ashe asked him if he was enjoying himself. He said he will once they reach their goal. She told him that she wanted him to meet Lady Eve, but Jefferson explained he already met her. He quickly excused himself as he noticed his ex-wife, Lynn. Lynn greeted him as he walked up to her. She told him ho Anissa's arrest isn't a good look, and he reminded her that she's both their daughters. They started to discuss Anissa until he commented how beautiful she looked, and she told him not do that. He looked at her with awe, but Lynn had to go and she told him that Ms. Fowdy was looking for him. He smiled as she walked off.

Jefferson and Lynn at the Garfield High School Fundraiser.

After the fundraiser, Jefferson returned home only to find it empty. He called Anissa to find out where Jennifer was and became furious when she told him the truth. He GPS tracked Jennifer to Club 100 and headed off to retrieve her. While there, he saw Jennifer being forcibly taken into the backroom and he started to head into her direction. He tried to get past the guard, but he blocked them. Jefferson shoved him into the wall only to end up with a gun in his face. Frustrated, he used his powers to knock out the electricity at the club

Jefferson knocks out the power at the club.

and fought the 100 members. Outside the club, he was stopped by two cops who arrived on the scene. When one of them made a racist remark, he activated his powers. The cops tried to taser him, but Jefferson redirected the electricity back towards. Before leaving the scene, he blew up the police car which destroyed the dash cam in the process. Afterward, he headed towards Gambi's shop and eventually passed out.

At Gambi's, Jefferson awoke and thanked Gambi for patching up his wound. Gambi asked him what's his next move, Jefferson said he's not becoming Black Lightning again as his daughters are safe. Gambi reminded him that he became Black Lightning to help the community and how it's has turned into chaos since he retired. Jefferson told him that he originally became a vigilante to kill Tobias only for it to escalate into crime bosses and street thugs. He continued that there will always be violence and he would always come out to be the loser in the end. He told Gambi that he and Lynn were close to reconciling their relationship and Black Lightning will not mess that up. Gambi said he understood, but that Jefferson knew the day would come for him to come out of retirement. With Gambi's words, Jefferson remembered the night he promised he would stop fighting.

Later on, Jefferson arrived home to find Lynn sitting in the kitchen. He greeted her and asked how was everything. She told him that she came over to help Jennifer due to the events at Club 100 and they tried to call him. Lying, Jefferson said the school board held him up and quickly changed the subject to Anissa and Jennifer. Lynn told him not to take what, Jennifer, personally as she was only being a teenager. As she was walking out, she told Jefferson that she already punished Jennifer. Before leaving, she commented on the news reporting on Black Lightning possibly being back and asked if it was true. Jefferson told her no and that he's only interested in getting back together with her. After saying goodnight to Lynn, Jefferson walked back inside to his kitchen and clutched his wound in pain. He watched Rolan Martin on the news discussing Black Lightning.

The next morning, Jefferson, Anissa, and Jennifer jogged together before school. At school, Jefferson was walking with Ms. Fowdy to the office. They discussed the school board wanting to put metal detectors in the school. Jefferson opposed it as he feels it would be treating the students like criminals, and he would not turn their school into another jailhouse. Ms. Fowdy said she will give the board the message. In his office, Jefferson received a video message from Gambi. The video is an interview with a store clerk whom Black Lightning saved years ago. He closed the laptop while smiling to himself. During the altercation with Anissa, Jennifer, and Will, Jefferson and the other faculty came outside just as Will was about to pull his gun. Jefferson stopped him and told him about what would happen if he shot Anissa in front of the school. Jefferson reminded him that he was on parole, and the police were on their way. Jefferson said the police would shoot Will no matter what. Will walked off but warned Jefferson that things were not over.

Back in his office, Jefferson argued with Anissa over her endangering herself and the entire school. He told her that she should have followed protocol. He went on about how he has been principal for 7 years and hasn't any incidents of violence until now. Anissa told him that violence is everywhere in Freeland and that he was naive to think that it wasn't going to touch Garfield High School at some point. She told him that they should help the community or it will fall. Jefferson argued that he had been helping the community before she was born, and it's not about that, but it's about keeping her and Jennifer safe. The bell rings and Anissa asked what made Jefferson give up on his people and left for class. Jennifer kissed him goodbye and headed off to class as well.

At a community center, Jefferson met with Lala to discuss the altercation with Will. He reminded Lala about the deal to keep Garfield away from all the gang activity and that he didn't want things to escalate, but he wanted Will to be kept away from his daughters. Lala said that Will was just paroled is trying to find his way, but he knew Jefferson doesn't hear that. Lala had him be introduced to While Malik is shaking Lala's hand, Lala started to physically hurt him for slacking off the previous day instead of doing his job. Jefferson tried to intervene, but Lala pulled a gun on him and told Jefferson to call him by his nickname. Jefferson obliged and Lala told him that they will always have different teaching methods. After sending Malik away, he told Jefferson that he was going to grant him that favor, but Jefferson owed him and leaves.

Later on, Jefferson was with Lynn and Henderson in his office due to Jennifer and Anissa getting kidnapped. When Henderson said that they have to confirm the girls were taken to the Seahorse Motel, Jefferson said that he should go down there himself and talk to someone. Henderson said that they're in this situation due to Jefferson not talking to him in the first place. Henderson apologized and said to let him handle it as this is his job. However, Jefferson decided to rescue his daughters on his own. He went to Gambi and informed him of the kidnapping. Jefferson headed downstairs to the basement and was given his new suit.

At the SeaHorse Motel, Black Lightning started fighting the 100 gang members as he made his way to Jennifer and Anissa. When he made to the room, Will was escorting them out at gunpoint. Will tried to shoot, however, Black Lightning's new suit is bulletproof. He used his powers to levitate Will over the edge and eventually dropping him on his car. He watched from the roof of the motel as Jennifer and Anissa gave their statements to the police. Later on, Jefferson returned home and embraced his family in a hug. He took a shower and checked on the girls as they slept. Jefferson went downstairs and comforted Lynn.[1]

In LaWanda: The Book of Hope, Jefferson was lying in bed in pain as electricity was moving throughout his body. He went to the bathroom and took painkillers as he was still grunting in pain. Lynn came into the bathroom and comforted him and teased him about Black Lightning being too old for the streets. They started to talk about the first time they discovered his powers and laughed. Lynn told him that she felt responsible for his condition as she asked him to rescue the girls. Jefferson said.

Physical Appearance

Jefferson is a middle-aged African American man. He is over 6'0 tall with a physically fit body and has a medium stubble beard. As the principal of Garfield High School, he mostly dresses in modest suits.


Jefferson has been shown to be kind, nice, and respectful, however, when it comes to protecting his family he won't hesitate to use violence if he has to. When in suit as Black Lightning, Jefferson has been shown to be fearless, ruthless, and somewhat violent, only because he's trying to protect innocent civilians. Due to witnessing his father's murder, Jefferson has become determined and obsessed to seek revenge on Tobias. This has caused him to act irrational and become blinded by his anger to the point of wanting to murder Tobias and his goons out in the open.

Jefferson is also referenced by some students as "Black Jesus" as he "Walks on water"

Powers and Abilities

Jefferson making an electrical shield to stop bullets.


  • Metahuman Physiology: Jefferson carries a Metagene, which grants him superhuman powers.
  • Electrokinesis: Jefferson can manipulate and control electricity. Originally, he could only use energy that he stored up from another source like a battery and as such could only use his powers for certain amounts of time before being depleted. Later, however, he learned to naturally create energy, acting as his own personal generator. When he uses this power, his eyes turn blue. Jefferson's powers are tied to his emotions. This is evident when he got angry over the incident with the police officers and it caused the lights to flicker.
    • Electric Blast: Jefferson has the ability to generate and fire electrical energy at an opponent.
    • Electric Shield: Jefferson has the ability to create an electrical shield to stop bullets. This power is seen in LaWanda: The Book of Burial when Jefferson was protecting a group of marchers from a shooting by a member of The One Hundred Gang.
    • Electricity Absorption: Jefferson can charge himself with electricity from nearby electrical sources, essentially draining them.
    • Electricity Immunity: Jefferson is, under normal circumstances, impervious to harm from thermo-electric trauma i.e. electrocution.
    • Electro-Spheres: Jefferson can form his electro-blasts into highly-concentrated balls of electricity in his hands which are highly destructive and lethal.
    • Electro-Telekinesis: Using his electricity, he can manipulate the matter of objects with electricity or electromagnetism. He can also use this ability to fly/levitate himself.
    • Electrokinetic Constructs: He can create electric constructs in any shape he desires, such as ropes/lassos.
    • Voice Disguise: Jefferson can vibrate his vocal cords with electricity in order to disguise it from those who know him personally.
  • Healing Factor: Jefferson's cells are supercharged with bio-electricity, which allows him to heal from injuries much faster and more efficiently than a normal person.
  • Enhanced strength: While not nearly as physically strong as his daughter Anissa, Jefferson has a considerable amount of raw strength compared to a normal person, able to launch a punching bag clean off from its perch and across the room.


  • Master martial artist/Hand-to-hand combatant: Jefferson has been shown to possess outstanding martial arts skills, has been able to single-handedly take down several members of the 100 in a matter of seconds.
  • Peak human physical condition: Jefferson is in top physical condition from his time as an Olympic athlete which he maintains by working out regularly.


  • Black Lightning suit prototype #2: After deciding to become Black Lightning once again, he began wearing a new suit, made by Peter Gambi, to aid him in fights and to hide his identity. The suit appears to be bulletproof, as it was able to protect Jefferson from being injured by a bullet shot at him near the heart, during a fight with the 100. The suit also appears to have a voice changer device built into the suit somewhere, so that while Jefferson is out as Black Lightning, no one will recognize his voice.
  • Electro Vision Goggles: Jefferson has begun to wear electro vision goggles made by Peter Gambi, which allows Jefferson to view the electrical fields around him while fighting crime as Black Lightning. The goggles can also turn opaque from the outside in order to hide Jefferson's secret identity from those, who know his face.

Former Equipment

  • Black Lightning suit prototype #1: When Jefferson first became Black Lightning before the start of the series, he wore a suit, possibly made by Peter Gambi, to hide his identity from enemies during fights. However, after giving up his career as Black Lightning, he left the suit in the secret lab in Peter Gambi's tailor shop.






Season 1
Episode Status
The Resurrection Appears
LaWanda: The Book of Hope Appears
LaWanda: The Book of Burial Appears
Black Jesus Appears
And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light Appears
Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder Appears
Equinox: The Book of Fate Appears
The Book of Revelations Appears
The Book of Little Black Lies Appears
Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption Appears
Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion Appears
The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain Appears
The Shadow of Death: The Book of War Appears

Season 2
Episode Status
The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies N/A
The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues N/A
The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry N/A
The Book of Consequences: Chapter Four: Translucent Freak N/A
The Book of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem N/A
The Book of Blood: Chapter Two: The Perdi N/A
The Book of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange N/A
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter One: Exodus N/A
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Two: Gift of Magi N/A
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros N/A
The Book of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal Son N/A


  • In the comics, Jefferson Pierce was the metahuman son of Alvin Pierce and lived alongside his widowed mother. After his father's death, Pierce was raised by Peter Gambi during much of his childhood and aided him into becoming the vigilante Black Lightning. He eventually married Lynn Stewart and bore daughters Anissa Pierce and Jennifer Pierce.
  • He's an Olympic Gold Medalist.
    • This is a reference to the comics, in which Jefferson is also an Olympic Gold Medalist.
  • As of "The Resurrection," he has been the principal of Garfield High School for 7 years.
  • So far, the only people who know that Jefferson is Black Lightning are Peter Gambi, Lynn Pierce and his daughters Anissa and Jennifer.
  • Gambi has known him since he was 12 years old.
  • Jefferson's Black Lightning Wanted Poster, from before he gave up his superhero career, gives his age as early 30's, and since Jefferson first became Black Lightning around 2005, that would put his birth year somewhere in the early 1970's.
  • He is similar to a kid superhero Virgil Hawkins aka Static Shock in Dakota.
  • He had his daughter Anissa at age 18 or 19.



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