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"The devil deals the cards"
—Lala's trigger words[src]


Latavious Johnson,[1] known more commonly as Lala and later Tattooed Man, was a former high-ranking member of The 100, and the cousin of the late Will. He helped run Club 100 and Seahorse Motel.

Biography

Early life

Latavious was born and raised in Freeland and at some point he was a student of Garfield High School, taking lessons by Jefferson Pierce, however after he graduated he choose to follow the path of crime starting to going by the name "Lala"[2] and becoming an high-ranking member of The 100 to the point that, around 2013, he was put in charge of Club 100 as well as the Seahorse Motel, which he kept at peace for 5 years, up until 2018.[3]

Kidnapping the Pierce's girls

When Will visited Club 100, Lala had him and Jennifer Pierce brought to him in a private room. He requested the $100,000 that Will owed him, instead suggesting Jennifer become a prostitute at the Seahorse Motel to pay off the debt. When she refused the idea and hit Will, Lala expressed fondness for her. They were interrupted by Jefferson Pierce, unbeknownst to him, who began using his electrical powers to get Jennifer to safety. The following day, Lala was visited by Jefferson, who asked for assurance that Will would stay away from his daughters, as he'd been aggressive. Malik walked by and Lala made him introduce himself to Jefferson, physically abusing him and taking his phone from him for not selling their produce, much to the anger of Pierce. Lala agreed to do Jefferson the favor in return for owing him one. That night, after Will kidnapped Jennifer and Anissa Pierce, keeping them hostage at the Seahorse Motel, Lala scolded him for it, beating him to the ground. He eventually escaped in his car, only to be stopped in the road by Tobias Whale's henchman. They took him to Whale, where Tobias shot him with a harpoon for creating problems with Black Lightning.[3]

Death

Tobias kills Lala

Lala is killed by Tobias

Further being punished, Lala was gagged by Tobias. The following day, he watched as a number of gang members rode motorbikes and quad bikes for amusement. He was approached by Jefferson Pierce, who threatened him, only to be beaten down. That night he met with Will, who he was forced to shoot in the head, due to incompetence. The night after, Lala went to enter the Seahorse Motel, only to be approached by Lawanda White. Ordering her to get out of his face, she didn't comply, causing him to kill her. The following night after that, in an apartment, Lala was met by Black Lightning, who beat him. When the vigilante was forced to flee, Lala was brought in to the police station, unbeknownst to him having been incriminated by recordings on Lawanda's phone. Later, Tobias made his way into the police station, choking him to death before he could rat him out.[2]

Resurrection and back to business

Lala was somehow resurrected and awoke in a room, only for Lawanda White to appear and turn into smoke, transforming herself into a tattoo on his left chest.[4]

Lala gets resurrected

Lala gets resurrected by unknown reasons

Lala returned to Club 100, finding two guys practicing a song he decidedly liked. Lawanda's ghost continued to plague Lala, attempting to manipulate him into killing one of his own men out of distrust, but he refused. While taking a shower, Lawanda appeared to him again as he questioned why and how he came back, though she gave him no answers, kissing him before turning into smoke.[5]

Lala took over leadership of the 100, starting to deal traditional drugs throughout Freeland, for which his associates disagreed, as they believed everybody would much rather prefer Green Light. Eventually, Lala started hallucinating his cousin Will, like Lawanda, who transformed himself into smoke and form a tattoo on his right chest. Calling Steven Conners, Lala offered up his mother as collateral, hoping to borrow some of his cocaine and cannabis, selling it on the street and giving Conners a commission of their sales, to which he agreed.[6]

Human bomb

Latavious Johnson

Sometimes later, Lala received a phone call from Tobias with the message, "The devil deals the cards" which puts a fear in Lala. Following the event, Lala visits Thomas Hidalgo for unknown reasons. He is then captured and brought before Tobias by Syonide. Tobias asked him if he believed in resurrection then. Lala gets frightened and agrees to take down the A.S.A. with him. Tobias revealed his involvement in Lala's resurrection, with a side effect being that Lala's victims tattoo themselves onto his body and haunt him forever.[7]

Later, Lala was captured by the A.S.A. When Martin Proctor interrogated him, it was revealed Tobias sent him in with a bomb implanted in him. Martin left him while the bomb exploded, supposedly killing Lala.[8]

Second Resurrection

At some point, an scientist named Lazarus Prime resurrected Lala and instructed him to find the source of his pain. Lala showed up at Garfield and attacked Jefferson while he was grading papers after remembering the death of his friend, Earl though his memory still wasn't clear on what exactly happened. After Jefferson showed him a yearbook picture of Earl, Lala remembered killing Earl himself before The 100 could get to him since Earl was about to snitch on them to the police. Earl, like Lawanda and Will, takes his place as a tattoo on Lala's body as he sets off to achieve his own redemption by killing Tobias.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Meta-human physiology: Through unknown means, Lala’s DNA was altered and his cells supercharged, turning him into a meta-human and thereby allowing him to access his powers.
    • Superhuman Strength: Since being resurrected, Lala has enhanced strength and endurance.

Weaknesses

  • Mental Illness Post-resurrection, Lala suffers from persistent hallucinations of his former victims.

Appearances


Behind the scenes

  • In DC Comics, Tattooed Man, the nickname Tobias gave to Lala, is a name used by two supervillains and one superhero.

References

  1. "Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lawanda: The Book of Hope"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Resurrection"
  4. "Equinox: The Book of Fate"
  5. "The Book of Revelations"
  6. "Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption"
  7. "The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain"
  8. "Shadow of Death: The Book of War"
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