YMMV / Doom Patrol

  • Badass Decay: Rita Farr. Pre-resurrection, 1960s Rita Farr could and would repeatedly go toe-to-toe with giant robots or dive into the inner mechanics of explosive devices and was always a woman with her own mind. She wouldn't for a second stand for the men in her life making her decisions for her. Post-resurrection, 21st century Rita Farr is most notable for having two major story arcs in which she was subject to somebody else's whims, either the Chief (One Year Later) or Mento (Volume 5)note .
  • Complete Monster: Captain Zahl, who later became a foe of the Teen Titans, was a Nazi U-Boat commander turned criminal mercenary who never gave up on imposing the Third Reich's vision on the world. After a confrontation with Niles "The Chief" Caulder left him down an arm and confined to a back and neck brace, Zahl took on a behind-the-scenes role, transforming Otto Von Furth into the always-burning Plasmus, and manipulating the unstable Madame Rouge into betraying the Doom Patrol and Brotherhood of Evil both, resulting in the demise of both teams. Hunted across the world by surviving Doom Patrol members and associates Gar Logan, Robotman, and Mento, Zahl battled the New Teen Titans when he and his army joined Madame Rouge's attempted conquest of Zandia. Under Zahl's direction his men massacred thousands of Zandia's expat inhabitants, and captured the Titans, subjecting them to the horrors of his Devolving Pit.
  • Crazy Awesome: A recurring theme. Crazy Jane has a different superpower for each of her personalities, which shift continuously. Dorothy Spinner's imaginary friends aren't imaginary. And Rhea Jones' powers are greatly amplified after she goes mad.
    • To put in special context with Rhea, she literally brought down a gigantic, levitating stone city which may have been a literal angel and helped put an eons long feud between two alien races to a halt simply because she got tired of waiting for a signal. And she only waited for like ten seconds!
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Rhea Jones pre-transformation stabbing Red Jack in the back. She briefly awakens from her coma, takes the knife Jack had just stabbed into her back, and then stabs him. The scene of Rhea standing there awkwardly with a proud smile on her face, as Jack stumbles around trying to get at the knife, is awesome as it is creepy. She then lapses back into her coma.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Beast Boy, who showed up way back when in 1965 as a one-chapter concept and proved so popular he ended up becoming Rita Farr's son and reserve member of the Patrol. He's been a Doom Patrol and Teen Titans regular for over fifty years, achieving more mainstream success and longevity than even the original Doom Patrol.
    • Mr. Nobody is by far the most popular character to have come from Grant Morrison's run, and is considered a pretty iconic representation of the insanity, ridiculousness, and horror that made up Morrison's tenure. Whenever anybody thinks of Morrison's run, they think of Mr. Nobody. And to drive this home, even though Nobody died in the Brotherhood of Dada's return, he was brought back in Giffen's run as "Mr. Somebody" before Gerard Way restored him to his original state and created the Brotherhood of Nada to accompany his return.
  • Fair for Its Day: Arnold Drake's portrayal of Rita Farr in the original series is very modern and progressive for a DC comic of the Sixties (even if some aspects are inevitably dated). It certainly compares favourably to Stan Lee's portrayal of Sue Storm across town at Marvel.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Madame Rouge and Captain Zahl crossed it when they murdered the original Doom Patrol in the finale of the Silver Age run.
  • My Real Daddy: Even DC Comics agrees with this; their "Volume 1" trade paperback begins with Grant Morrison's run of Doom Patrol, at issue 19. (Issues 1-18 were basically X-Men with a different cast: not bad, just So Okay, It's Average.)
  • Tough Act to Follow: Morrison again. The strong Pollack and Arcudi runs often suffer unfairly in comparison, since Morrison's is regarded as one of the very best superhero comics of the late 80s/early 90s.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Morrison and Pollack. Of course, things start to make a good deal more sense if you love esoterica, Burroughs, Borges, dada, Surrealism, Kabbalah, and identity and gender politics.
  • Ugly Cute: Dorothy Spinner, Cliff Steele.
    Cliff (to somebody in a hospital elevator): Fourth floor, pal. I'm here to complain to my plastic surgeon.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • In the 1960s version the characters are all viewed as "freaks," including the Chief... because he uses a wheelchair. Fortunately, attitudes towards disabilities have changed somewhat since then.
    • When it turned out Monsieur Mallah and the Brain were in love, the reaction of most people was "OMG, they're gay! That's disgusting!". Never mind that one's a talking gorilla and the other a brain in a jar, and they're both demented murderous criminals: it's the fact that they're the same gender that they found offensive.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The whole dang series, but especially the Morrison/Pollack run. And at times they were only working from what Drake had already established - seriously, Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man?
    • Another highlight was the issue with "The Codpiece." A supervillain whose whole shtick was Compensating for Something is odd enough. But add this issue being based around Coagula and detailing how she got her powers (Rebis was one of her "clients"), and then how she stopped Codpiece's bank robbing spree by touching his equipment and causing it to dissolve. So the Compensating for Something villain was taken down by a transgender hooker turned super-heroine after she contracted superpowers in a manner akin to an STD.
  • The Woobie: The whole team most of the time, really, but especially Robotman.