Khalil Payne is a main character in Black Lightning. He is the former boyfriend of Jennifer Pierce and works with Tobias Whale under the alias Painkiller.

Throughout the Series

Season 1

In The Resurrection, Khalil was mentioned by Jennifer as she lied to her sister about him throwing a party.[1]

In LaWanda: The Book of Hope, he was first shown face timing Jennifer at school. He told her about what was happening at Garfield High. He told Jennifer that he wanted to see her, and she said he could visit her tomorrow.

The next night, he visited Jennifer at her house. He joined her on the roof as she smoked. Khalil said he missed her. He started to talk about Black Lightning, and she told him how it was hard to see his face. He told her that when she got kidnapped, it made him realize how much he liked her. He asked Jennifer to be his girlfriend and she, while smiling, said yes. Then, he proceeded to give her a necklace as a gift and they kissed.

The following day at Garfield, he was on the treadmill working out when he was interrupted by a very drunk Jennifer. Upon seeing her drunk, he snatched the bottle from Jennifer and threw it into the trash. He told her about how he's lived a hard life, but his skills in track will lead out of Freeland. He told her that he wants her to come with him, but not the way she is behaving. [2]

In LaWanda: The Book of Burial, he was on the roof with Jennifer discussing their plans to have sex that following Friday. After Jennifer asked him if he had condoms, he confessed that he lied about not being a virgin. To his surprise, Jennifer smiled and told him that she was also a virgin. They smiled and hugged each other.

On Friday, he was leaving the school until Jefferson called him. Jefferson started asking about his shower routine which made Khalil uncomfortable. After Jefferson walked off, Khalil stood in the halls looking dumbfounded. That night, he was at the Freeland March along with Jennifer. He watched as Black Lightning saved them from the bullets and joined in singing Amazing Grace. When Syonide shot Reverend Jeremiah Holt, the bullet hit him as well, and he collapsed to the ground.

At the hospital, he was rushed to the operating room. Later on, Jennifer revealed that the bullet hit his spine and that Khalil may never walk again.[3]

Physical Appearance

Khalil is a young black male. He is tall with an athletic body. Khalil is mostly seen wearing casual clothing such as jackets and skinny jeans.


He was once a very optimistic and caring; once worried about his girlfriend Jennifer Pierce. He was also a brave and a genuinely kind-hearted person, however once Tobias Whale convinced him to join his ranks, he became a ruthless killer who did not show any signs of remorse for his actions.

Powers and Abilities


  • Enhanced Strength: To be added
  • Poison: His body produces a venom that they weapoiozed by giving him darts to shoot the venom out of.
  • Enhanced Jump


  • Basic Combatant: to be added


an implant that would be a metal spine.






Season 1
Episode Status
The Resurrection Absent
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 Mentioned
Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder Appears
Equinox: The Book of Fate Appears
The Book of Revelations Absent
The Book of Little Black Lies Absent
Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption Absent
Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion Absent
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 Appears
The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues Appears
The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry Appears
The Book of Consequences: Chapter Four: Translucent Freak Appears
The Book of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem Appears
The Book of Blood: Chapter Two: The Perdi Appears
The Book of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange Appears
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter One: Exodus Appears
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Two: Gift of Magi N/A
The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros Appears


  • He is based on the DC comics villain Painkiller.[4]
  • As of Season 2, Khalil is a main character.



  1. The Resurrection
  2. LaWanda: The Book of Hope
  3. LaWanda: The Book of Burial
  4. Painkiller on DC Database