Jesse James was the first trickster. As a circus performer, jesse had numerous gadgets to help him in his act. After messing up his act, jesse decided to become a thief in Central City.Arming mself with extremely dangerous gags (such as exploding teddy bears and acid shooting water pistols) he became a rediculous thief known throughout Central City. After the "death" of the flash, James tried to give up his villainous life by working with special effects at various movies. After the Underworld Unleashed event, jesse ended up working for the FBI. hired to spy on The Rogues until The Top brainwashed him and the other rogues to reform them during The Rogues War. After Top was forced to shange their memories back to normal, Top and Pied Piper stayed behind to sort out their real memories and the fake ones Top iplanted in them, and they both joined as part-time rogue members. Jesse died when him and Pied Piper were brought to Apokolips and Darkseids follower Desaad threw jesse into the fiery pits of Apokolips. Jesse later returned to life during the blackest night event and attacked Iron heights and the rogues along with the other deceased Rogues, focusing his attention on the new Trickster.