Time Masters
Linear Men
General Information
Founder(s): Rip Hunter
Leader(s): Formerly Rip Hunter
Current Members: List of Current Linear Men Members
Former Members: List of Former Linear Men Members
Status: Active
Base(s): TBA



The Linear Men were a team of scientists who monitored and studied the timestream of the entire universe from its beginning to its end. They were formed when Waverider and Rip Hunter were working on an experiment that knocked them out of the timestream. One of its members went rogue and attempted to bring Booster Gold back to his own native time period in the 25th Century, but was stopped by Superman who inadvertently caused himself to be traveling out of control through the timestream. The Rogue Linear Man then used his equipment to bring Superman to a point in the 30th Century where the timestream would be so unstable that he could send Superman back to his own time period, and promptly destroyed the moon in order to initiate the event, killing himself in the process. A Waverider from an alternate timeline ruled by the superpowered despot Monarch, who became the time traveling Waverider, eventually joined the Linear Men in order to take The Rogue Linear Man's place.


Rip Hunter eventually locks the Linear Men away for unknown reasons and it is revealed that Rip and the Linear Men were never in agreement about how to handle time and that Rip, tired of the Linear Men's interference, locked them away in a cell at The Vanishing Point. Later, Matthew Ryder and Liri Lee are freed from their imprisonment by The Time Stealers: Black Beetle, Despero, Per Degaton and Ultra-Humanite. Black Beetle intends to use the Linear Men to bring Waverider to life. But Supernova prevents Black Beetle from dystopia and sends the Time Stealers back to the present. However, Black Beetle is able to escape, and the Linear Men go with him. They then teleport through time to search for Waverider's corpse in the earth's future desolate wasteland. After Black Beetle finds Waverider's corpse, he double-crosses them, revealing his plan to use Waverider's power to become invulnerable. Black Beetle attempts to fuse with Waverider's corpse's power but is thwarted by Supernova. Instead, Liri fuses with Waverider's corpse to become Linear Woman, after which Black Beetle escapes. Rip and the rest of the Time Masters arrive but Linear Woman refuses to agree with Rip's rules of time travel and teleports herelf and Matthew through the timestream.


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  • Various Time Monitoring Devices


  • Wrist Mounted Time Traveling Devices


  • Rip Hunter had an energy beam generator mounted to his left eye socket.


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