Comicbook: Cyborg

Cyborg is a DC Comics superhero created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, first appearing in DC Comics Presents #26 in October of 1980. After being injured in a scientific accident that resulted in the death of his mother, high school athlete Victor Stone was outfitted with advanced Artificial Limbs by his father, Silas.

Initially horrified by his new appearance, Victor would find a home and family with the newly-reformed Teen Titans, and remained with the team for a number of years as a charter member. As an adult, Cyborg eventually "graduated" from the team and briefly joined the Justice League of America alongside his former teammates Starfire and Donna Troy. As of the New 52 Continuity Reboot, Cyborg is now a founding member of the Justice League.

Outside of comics, Cyborg has appeared in a number of adapted works, most notably as one of the main characters of the popular 2003-2006 Teen Titans animated series. Actor Ray Fisher has been cast as the character in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel.



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Tropes associated with Cyborg include:

  • Angry Black Man: In his early years before his injuries, Victor was a surly troublemaker who resented his parents' manipulation of his life. However, it never extended to supporting a friend's grandiose plans for racially motivated terrorism and Victor eventually had to stop him by force as Cyborg.
  • Ascended Extra: Thanks to Geoff Johns, Cyborg went from being a brief member of the JLA to one of the team's founders in The New 52. And, thanks to this, his appearances outside the comics have become more and more frequent.
  • Arm Cannon: Cyborg's trademark weapon is a sonic cannon built into his arm.
  • Artificial Limbs
  • The Big Guy: Especially in the Teen Titans cartoon.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He had some noticeably Jerkass moments, such as expressing contempt at the idea of Kid Devil and Rose Wilson being on the Teen Titans, intending to contact the "real" members and kick them out. He also forced his way into figuring out who the current Teen Titans (the team led by Tim Drake) should ask to join via surveillance technology he had installed in Titans Tower that no one else had known about, and made a rather insensitive remark towards Roy Harper in Rise of Arsenal, even if he apologized for it.
    • Another moment occurs when he calls the old Justice League International team "screw-ups" to Booster Gold's face, causing Booster to promptly give a What the Hell, Hero? tongue lashing on how he's sick of people bashing his old team just because they acted like human beings.
    • Regarding the incident with Titans Tower, he cut the list of potential members Tim Drake had compiled in half, and regarded one of the possible applicants as a binge drinker in a condescending manner.
  • Black and Nerdy: Cyborg is often the Titans' go-to tech guy
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Cyborg has feared this from time to time, especially in his early years with his prosthetics.
    • This actually was his fate during the period from "Titans Hunt" through his "Cyberion" phase, until JLA/Titans actually DID return his soul to him literally. Why, yes, that period WAS during the 90s, how did you guess..?
  • Cyborg: Well duh.
  • Evil Counterpart: The end of Trinity War introduces Grid; a supercomputer virus in control of a robot body. Grid took over Cyborg's cybernetic body and tore it from Cyborg's human remains to make its body.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Instant Armor: For a time, Victor possessed the ability to instantly transform from a normal human appearance to his trademark Cyborg look. He lost this power shortly before to the 2003 Teen Titans relaunch.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In Teen Titans Earth One, he and Tara Markov (a.k.a Terra) are portrayed as a high-school couple, despite never having been shown to have any interest in each other in other continuities.
  • The Smart Guy: Though often in the role of The Big Guy while working with the Titans, he's also generally the most technologically savvy of the team- meanwhile, his strength and durability pale in comparison to several Flying Brick members of the Justice League, so his role as tech-savvy engineer has increased a good deal as well.
  • Token Minority: Cyborg was both this in the New Teen Titans and the first few arcs of the New 52 Justice League.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: In both the original and New 52 continuities, the major impetus behind giving Victor robotic body parts was to save his life.
  • The Worf Effect: Since he's quite hard to kill (as he can just be rebuilt), Cyborg is usually the first one to be taken out in order to demonstrate how powerful a new foe is.