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The Doom Patrol

The Original Team

    Niles Caulder / The Chief
The founder of the Doom Patrol, Niles Caulder was a genius inventor and adventurer crippled by one of his enemies. Unable to engage in physical heroics any more, the Chief recruited Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, and Robotman to act as his agents, saving the world in his stead.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: He and Charles Xavier are both wheelchair bound leaders of superhero teams composed of societal rejects.
  • Archenemy: Of the Brain.
  • Badass Beard: Usually pictured with a full beard.
  • Big Good: "Good" was eventually revealed to be slightly innaccurate, but he definitely fits this role as the leader of the team, often hanging back at base and controlling its workings.
  • Control Freak: His portrait caption in the recap pages of the New Tens series is "Master Manipulator" and as the title goes on it's clear he chafes at any compromises from what he sees as best for everyone.
  • Dating Catwoman: With Madame Rouge. It wound up hurting everyone involved in the end.
  • Evil All Along: Well, evil isn't exactly right, but he definitely had ulterior motives in the early years of the Doom Patrol.
  • Genius Cripple: One of the first examples in comic books.
  • Glory Days: During his probationary leader stint, it becomes subtly clear that he's desperate to recapture the happiness he felt running the Doom Patrol in the Drake era. This includes dressing the team in their old outfits, calling Casey "Rita" by accident, and slipping back into his old manipulations. He can't understand why the team gets fed up with him so quickly.
    Niles: But... I had a plan.
  • Handicapped Badass: The Chief's physical impairments didn't stop him from being a truly effective superhero.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Chief and the rest of the original Doom Patrol sacrificed themselves to stop Zahl from destroying a Maine fishing village.
  • Insufferable Genius: Under some writers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When scanned by Black Lantern Celsius, he only registers one emotion: greed.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Reading any Doom Patrol series post-Morrison will let you know the Chief was always more than just the Big Good.
  • The Leader: The leader of the Doom Patrol in its earlier incarnations. In the later incarnations where he features, he tends to be treated as a slightly mad relative instead, though his legitimate genius means he occasionally has a sort of leadership role.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's got a long manipulative streak, which becomes intolerable to the team when he takes it too far.
  • Retcon: In Drake and Kupperberg's era the Chief was a straightforward hero. Grant Morrison revealed he had grander plans in the vein of an Evilutionary Biologist and had actually caused the team's original accidents. (This adds an amusing subtext to some of the more morally ambiguous things he does in the original run, too.)
  • Sanity Splippage: When his manipulations to light and thus he loses his grip on the team, he desperately tries to regain control by self-experimenting to acquire the powers of a Kryptonian he'd been dissecting. After suffering an overload from his new senses, he regains his composure to maim his team as a demonstration and proceeds to disarm the entire world for proclaimed altruistic reasons before preparing for the inevitable response. The entire time intermittently rambling in Kryptonese.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Even though his main prerogative is to create a better world and protect the innocent, he's committed some pretty heinous actions in the pursuit of those goals without a hint of remorse. For example, he mutilated innocent people against their will to create his own personal superhero team as past members of the Doom Patrol would attest.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Averted, when Cliff and Larry restart Doom Patrol with Casey Brinke, the Chief offers to join them and claims that he's learnt to be a better man. The team puts him on probation when he regrows a new leg for Casey and does other things for them. However the Chief can't help but be the same manipulative bastard he always was, Casey's new leg turns out to be temporary unless she gets regular nutrient treatments from the Chief. The other gifts from the Chief are similarly loaded, so the Chief is fired.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: When written by Grant Morrison. He is utterly dedicated towards making the world a better place, but willing to use or sacrifice anyone in his way, which includes members of the Doom Patrol.

    Rita Farr-Dayton / Elasti-Girl/Woman
A former actress who gained the power to stretch her body to absurd degrees after exposure to chemicals, and became a founding member of the Doom Patrol. Initially deeply unhappy with her state, she eventually grew used to it. Marrying her longtime admirer Steve Dayton, Rita also adopted Gar "Beast Boy" Logan, who would eventually become Changeling (and later Beast Boy again) of the Teen Titans.
  • Action Girl: Even in the sixties Rita could usually hold her own, and she grew more competent after.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Rita's most consistent power is essentially to become a 50 Foot Woman, except she can grow to the size of the woman as depicted on the classic poster, which is a far cry more than 50 feet.
  • Back from the Dead: Revived during Infinite Crisis, almost forty years after her 1968 death.
  • Blob Monster: Alterations caused during her regrowing period (see From a Single Cell below) have caused Rita to lose her bones and other internal organs. In consequence she dissolves into a blob whenever she falls asleep and has to reshape herself each morning.
  • The Bus Came Back: After the events of the Milk War, Rita Farr has retconned herself to be a part of the team again.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Rita Farr's original mutation was a problem when she first got it and couldn't control it, but by the time she arrived on the scene, she had her transformations under control, rendering her mutation into a straight-up superpower.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her original outfit. Very dangerous, especially when she is in the giant form.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Rita was actually called Elasti-Woman for the first handful of issues before it changed to Elasti-Girl.
  • Fluffy Tamer: An early issue showed her in giant form cuddling and cooing over lions and tigers like they were housecats to de-stress. And then there's her adoptive son, who can shapeshift into any "Fluffy" he can think of.
  • From a Single Cell: Not quite, but Rita's malleable form enabled her to regrow from a piece of her skull that survived Zahl's blast, though it took her years, and help from the Chief to return to human form.
  • Happily Married: To Steve "Mento" Dayton, in a wedding so significant even the Justice League and the original Teen Titans showed up... until a different writer in Volume 5 turned him into a hideous pervert and had him banished from the book.
  • Healing Factor: Rita can stretch herself out to heal any injuries to her mass.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She, Negative Man, Robotman, and the Chief all offered their lives to prevent Zahl from destroying a village in Maine.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Played with. Like the other two members of the original Doom Patrol, Rita originally just wanted to go back to normal and stay that way. But she repeatedly chose not to do so, because it felt like a betrayal of her friends and because she didn't want to give up being a hero.
  • Informed Attribute: Rita's pariah status; when she first had her accident she couldn't control her powers and would spasm back and forth between colossus and sprite, but by the time the Chief recruited her, she'd learned to control her powers, mitigating they very problem that made her such an outcast. Steve Dayton mentions this while trying to woo her, but she remains with the Patrol because she believes in Comes Great Responsibility.
  • Minidress of Power: Wore a classic minidress in her early appearances. She later traded it in for a jumpsuit that covered her more completely.
  • More Than Mind Control: "One Year Later" saw Elasti-Girl come under the Chief's mental domination, as a result of his having helped raise her from the dead. She eventually broke free when her husband confronted the Chief about it.
  • Older Than They Look: In Gerard Way's Doom Patrol, both Larry and Cliff (who's been given a human body again after the Milk War) look to be in their late 40s to early 50s. Rita took advantage of the end of the Milk War to retcon herself back into the story and being reborn this way has made her look to be in her early 20s.
  • Parental Substitute: To Garfield "Beast Boy" Logan, whom she and Steve adopted after they got married.
  • Power Incontinence: While Rita's power seems the least maladaptive of the original team, originally, after her accident, she would have spasms of uncontrollable growing and shrinking. Other writers have gone for more Body Horror and have her entire body dissolve into a blob when she's not consciously shaping herself. One even indicated this would happen if she ever stopped smiling.
  • Rubber Man: About halfway through Arnold Drake's original run Rita learned to grow individual limbs separately as well.
  • Size Shifter: She can grow and shrink. The growing seems to cost her more energy, however.
  • Stepford Smiler: For a while, as seen in The Brave and the Bold. Wally West explained to his children that her attitude was overcompensating for some of the issues that came with her fall from grace before she learned to properly control her powers.
  • Team Mom: Caring and affectionate, early Doom Patrol issues would have the men competing for her attention (Cliff and Larry with each other, Mento with the whole team, etc).
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the original team.

     Larry Trainor / Negative Man
A test pilot whose body was irradiated during a flight, Larry Trainor's body was left severely disfigured and radioactive. He gained the ability to manifest a second body, the Negative Man or Spirit, composed of "negative energy". The cost was leaving him weak and defenceless. He sees his powers as an infection and a curse, yet nevertheless served as a founding member of the Doom Patrol.

In the Morrison era, Larry and a doctor named Eleanor Poole were merged with the Negative Spirit into the new alchemically intersex demigod Rebis, which is a whole other bag of cats.

  • Back from the Dead: How Larry survived the Doom Patrol's original death was unexplained until the Giffen era. His body showed up, grievously injured, and the Negative Spirit transferred to Valentina Vostok of the second Doom Patrol. It eventually returned to Larry by itself and remade him as Rebis.
  • Bandaged Face: His entire body must be wrapped in specially treated bandages to avoid irradiating others. Morrison gave him Cool Shades to go with it, making his costume evoke The Invisible Man.
  • Cast from Hit Points: He originally risked death if he projected the Negative Man for more than sixty seconds.
  • Character Development: Larry has gradually made peace with his "affliction". The Negative Man itself has also gotten some of this, to the point where by the Way era it has a name (Keeg) and a personality of its own.
  • Cloning Blues: Larry's post-Codsville body was eventually revealed to be a clone body the Chief made, as the Negative Spirit had acted as a "lifeboat" for his consciousness. A side-effect was leaving Larry with some severe identity issues, as he also remembers being everyone else the Spirit bonded with.
  • Containment Clothing: His special chemically-treated bandages he wears protect others from his powers.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Downplayed. Negative Man's powers may be awesome, but they really do come with unpleasant side effects.
  • Energy Being: The "Negative Man" is composed of negative energy from another universe.
  • Flight: His "Negative Man" projection can fly.
  • Hand Blast: The "Negative Man" can projects blasts of energy, usually from the hands.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Appeared to die sacrificing himself to stop Zahl from destroying a village in Maine.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Like Robotman, Negative Man wanted to go back to normal pretty badly.
  • Intangible Man: The "Negative Man" can phase through solid objects with ease, unless they're lead-lined.
  • Meaningful Name: He had both power over negative energy and was a decidedly unhappy person.
  • Power at a Price: Even more so than the rest of the Doom Patrol. Larry has to wear his bandages, which are treated with a special chemical compound developed by the Chief, in order to prevent his radiation from harming bystanders.
  • Reluctant Hero: All of the Doom Patrol were reluctant heroes, but Larry was probably the most reluctant of the lot, desperately desiring to return to normal.
  • Super Speed: The "Negative Man" can fly exceptionally fast.
  • Super Strength: The "Negative Man" projection is capable of feats of strength that Larry himself could never manage.
  • The Symbiote: The Negative Man and Larry are effectively symbiotes, though it seems Larry does worse out of the deal than the Spirit.
  • X-Ray Sparks: A variation. Being exposed to radiation left his skin and muscle permanently translucent.

    Cliff Steele / Robotman
A former race car driver whose body was left ruined after a terrible accident, Cliff Steele's intact brain was implanted into a robotic body by Niles Caulder and became Robotman, and a founding member of the Doom Patrol. A fan favorite, he has served with every incarnation of the team.
  • Abusive Parents: In her only appearance, Cliff's mom verbally berates Cliff as a failure and accuses him of considering him better than them because of his robotic form.
  • The Big Guy: In all incarnations of the team, Cliff is the muscle.
  • Brain in a Jar: With the caveat that said jar is now inside a nigh-indestructible war machine.
  • Butt-Monkey: To an extent in the original comics. A lot of the time the writer took advantage of the fact that he was a robot and his body could always be rebuilt to have Cliff get maimed in ways that never would've been allowed of a human character back in that era.
  • Cyborg: Extreme example—he's a human brain trapped in an entirely mechanical body.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cliff gets in a crowded hospital elevator:
    Cliff: Fourth floor, pal. I'm here to complain to my plastic surgeon.
  • Death Seeker: Whenever he's feeling really low, Cliff tends to become this. It's not helped by the fact that he's watched almost everyone else in the Patrol die at some point. (Even if some of them came back.)
  • Foil: Played as one to Cyborg in a New Teen Titans crossover, with Cliff's acceptance of his entirely mechanical state contrasting Vic's inability to cope with being part man and part machine.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Cliff was inconsistently called "Automaton" for the first handful of issues before settling on Robotman. Partially justified in-universe since the characters were named by the newspapers, but reading it clearly implies Drake hadn't settled on the latter name yet.
  • The Heart: Of the Doom Patrol as a team, serving as father figure and mentor to the younger heroes.
  • Hellbent For Leather: Wears a sleeveless leather jacket with massive shoulder pads, often over a t-shirt, when he bothers to dress at all.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrificed himself, alongside Larry, Rita, and Caulder to stop Zahl from blowing up a village in Maine. He survived, thanks to his robotic form, but had no way of knowing this would be the case.
  • Heroic Willpower: If he's got to save New York from being eaten by an Eldritch Abomination as a legless torso, then by God, he's going to save it.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Often suffers from this.
  • Immune to Bullets: Bullets ricochet off of Robotman's body rather than harming him.
  • The Mentor: To a parade of younger Doom Patrol members.
  • Only Sane Man: As the franchise evolved, Cliff wound up being one of the sole voices of regular reason among his increasingly mad team-mates.
  • Punny Name: A man named "Steele" becomes trapped in a metal body?
  • Sense Loss Sadness: In later works, Cliff can't feel, taste, or smell anymore and he's less than happy about it. In the My Greatest Adventure incarnation of the Patrol, he had access to all five senses.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Starting from the Morrison era, Cliff has taken to wearing jeans, steel-toed boots and a leather jacket. The leather jacket has a pair of armoured shoulder plates that give him a more intimidating look.
  • Super Strength: One of the benefits of being a robotic fighting machine.
  • Status Quo Is God: Despite of all the reality-warping and superscience surrounding him, Cliff never gets out of being Robotman. Nor does his robot body get improved upon. The closest to this was Will Magnus creating a black body for him which has improved tactile senses and built-in weapon systems. This gets stolen by Mallah and the Brain, which then explodes because of Magnus's shoddy construction.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: The whole point of the character and his powerset. No matter how many pieces you break Robotman into, he can be reassembled as long as his brain is okay. It's easy to make the case that doing dangerous things that would've instantly killed his teammates, more than his Super Strength, was his real contribution to the team, because his destroyed body could always be replaced.
  • Worf Effect: As The Big Guy of a superhero team, he's kinda unimpressive and often loses badly against enemy muscle like The Brotherhood of Dada's Sleepwalker. In the Gerard Way Doom Patrol, Casey Brinke sees Cliff get smashed to bits by a garbage truck and notes that Robotman is much lighter and not nearly as durable as she expected. Justified in the Grant Morrison stories, when he was rebuilt by Will Magnus, Niles Caulder notes that Magnus is notorious for using cut-rate material and doing shoddy craftsmanship.

    Steve Dayton / Mento
When it came to money and power, there were few on Earth who had Steve Dayton beat. Four, to be precise — but the fifth richest man in the world had fame, wealth, and impressive psychic powers to make all the rest burn with envy. What he didn't have, however, was the eye of Rita Farr, the beautiful member of the Doom Patrol. Her disdain burned him to the core, and he resolved to eventually earn her hand in marriage, an endeavor at which he eventually succeeded. He went on to become a reserve member of the Doom Patrol and a key figure in the legal battle to adopt Garfield Logan, whom you probably know as Beast Boy of the Teen Titans.
  • The Ace: Classic Steve Dayton was a show-off at high society parties, balancing incredibly expensive vases on sticks and winning fights while he was doing so.
    Rita: Adventurer, financier, and research psychologist! Is there anything you can't do?
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Preening jackass that he was, Marvel Comics definitely saw a character concept that they liked. Within a year of Dayton's arrival on the scene (1964), Professor X was using a "Mento helmet" to enhance his own psychic powers; not long after that, Marvin "Mentallo" Flum was enhancing his mutant telepathy with Science!
  • Amplifier Artifact: Steve Dayton had some mild psychic powers, but amplified them through the use of his helmet. He tried to enhance it with his company's super-metal, the quasi-infinite power source Promethium, but this ended up being a Deadly Upgrade.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: On the receiving end of one from Rita after he made it apparent he wanted her to leave the DP once they were married.
  • Big Fancy House: Huge Fancy House. Gar compares it to a small country. During the events of "One Year Later", he's apparently been hosting the Doom Patrol at Dayton Manor. According to New Teen Titans, the Dayton Estates existed in not two but three time zones.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Following the deaths of the Doom Patrol, Steve Dayton went to hunt down their killer. He ended up getting sabotaged by the killers Rouge and Zahl, who tampered with his helmet and caused him to go insane. He spent the nineties as a villain called Crimelord.
  • The Bus Came Back: He was absent from the main Doom Patrol title following the end of Drake & Premiani run in the sixties, and migrated to other titles, spending his time working with John Constantine and on occasion the Justice League, but returned to his origin title during the Giffen run circa 2009. Not unlike the case of Niles Caulder, any nobility of his was deep-sixed under the later writer. His brief return recast him as estranged from Rita after she discovered he'd been realizing his Power Perversion Potential on her in her sleep. When Caulder forced him to take over her mind again due to emergency circumstances, Rita hit a Rage Breaking Point and nearly broke every bone in Steve's body by throwing him out into the ocean. Following their final break up, he skulked off and out of the story and hasn't been seen since.
  • Butt-Monkey: As much as he wanted to come across as The Ace, every time Steve teamed up with the original Doom Patrol he became this, being constantly mocked and shown up by Cliff, Larry and Gar, and his attempts to argue Rita into a relationship frequently ended with her rebuffing him. After a little Character Development he became less of a jackass and Rita started to consider his proposals.
  • Cool Hat: Averted. Almost every version of the Mento helmet has looked ridiculous, psychic powers aside.
  • Cool Plane: Mento's got his own private jet that he's used during his superheroics.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In New Titans, Dayton is downright taken with Baby Wildebeest, and increasingly dotes on the destructive little infant to the point that it exasperates his dometic staff.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: When Brainwashed and Crazy from his own helmet in Titans comics, Mento would put on this garish blue and lightning-bolt decorated outfit that even the Titans found silly.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To the original team. The feeling was more than mutual.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: On the receiving end of it from Cliff and Larry - Cliff was conflicted about her leaving the team for Steve, and Larry had an unrequited crush on her. Caulder called them out on it and reminded them Rita was still a free woman, and in the end she made sure Steve would never make her prioritise him over her friends.
  • Happily Married: To Rita Farr for a time in the original Doom Patrol. Ever since the original team was killed (and even after she was brought back to life), though, their relationship has been fraught with problems.
  • Happy Ending Override: At the end of their appearance in One Year Later, the dysfunctional, manipulated Doom Patrol was on the road to healing, Mento had successfully thrown off the Chief's control and put him in his place, and his and Rita's relationship was healing. Then the Giffen run happened, and Mento apparently decided to become a perverted psychic stalker offscreen and his and Rita's marriage is destroyed.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Following the Doom Patrol's demise in Teen Titans.
    • He was captured by Madame Rouge and General Zahl while he was searching for them to take revenge for the Doom Patrol's demise, and reduced to a half-insane wreck through starvation and drugs. When restored to his Mento helmet, Rouge and Zahl's programming drove him Brainwashed and Crazy until Raven was able to heal him.
    • Afterwards, his experiments with the Mento helmet, especially after enhancing it with Promethium, started giving him brain hemorrhages, which drove him Ax-Crazy a second time and convinced him that his son Garfield was responsible forr their deaths, but it wasn't until after John Constantine brought him along to fight the Brujeria with other mystical/magical heroes that he went Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and set himself up as the Chief of a second, imitation Doom Patrol called the Hybrid, a series of individuals modified with the super-metal Promethium, until Raven cleansed his mind again.
    • Following the destruction of the Wildebeest Society and Titans Tower, he offered the use of Dayton Estates as a makeshift headquarters and home until the government picked up the slack and gave them Liberty Island. Later experiments with his psionic tech drove him insane and turned him into a cyber-supervillain named the Crimelord. He ended up lost in cyberspace until the events of Infinite Crisis put things back together.
    • And then the Giffen run happened, and while it didn't quite make him a conventional villain, it made him a terrible creep.
  • Lampshade Hanging: As part of his first attempt to woo her, Steve pointed out that she wasn't a "freak" in the same way that Robotman and Negative Man were, that she was beautiful and could control her powers.
  • Mind over Matter: Mento describes himself as having a "superior brain" during his introductory speech, but almost never acts without the helmet. Volume 5 confirms that he has his full powers even without the helmet.
  • Odd Friendship: With John Constantine of all people, who brought him along for a war in Hell during Swamp Thing's "American Gothic" storyline.
  • Parents as People: During his appearances in Teen Titans. Despite getting sucked repeatedly through the Heel–Face Revolving Door, he struggles with the loss of his wife, alcoholic tendencies, installing responsibility in his unruly son, and giving his tech a Deadly Upgrade. In the 90s he slides pretty cleanly into the Good Parents category, supporting Garfield through the death of several Titans; he's even the first to figure out what to do with Baby Wildebeest — feed him some milk.
  • Rich Idiot With No Dayjob: Subverted. Rita Farr is impressed to discover that he's apparently got some talent in international finances, but he considers it of little importance. His work is kept in a private laboratory, which he keeps as part of his job as a professor of research psychology.
    Steve: Money is really my hobby.
  • Same Character, but Different: Keith Giffen introduced us to dysfunctional, weak-willed pervert Steve Dayton, who is exploited by Dr. Caulder's manipulations, which is quite astonishing considering that the last time anyone saw Dayton, he had finally escaped from the clutches of the Chief, wrenched control of the Doom Patrol away from him, and threatened to reduce the Manipulative Bastard to a babbling idiot if he got up to his old ways again.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Started off as something very close to this, determined to "have" Rita and show up her friends no matter what. During the Giffen run, Steve and Rita were divorced because Rita learned Steve was using his abilities to read her mind without permission. It turns out Niles knows that Steve still has a grasp on Rita's mind without her knowledge. When she finds out she's beyond pissed and goes to confront him about it, and when it seems like they're reaching common ground... Rita realizes Steve is still reading her mind when he gives her a drink she never asked for.
  • Super Dickery: During his debut, no less. The cover would have you believe him a willing conspirator of alien invader Garguax, but in the actual issue he's tortured into joining Garguax and then mostly just stands around like a jackass until N-Man knocked him out with a headbutt in the guts.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: During Titans Hunt and afterwards, Dayton ends up growing into a more conscientious and kinder figure than he'd ever been before, supporting Gar following the deaths of the Titans, doting on Baby Wildebeest, and even counseling a wrathful Pantha.
  • Wedding Day: Double Subverted. In Doom Patrol Volume 1, Rita flip-flopped on whether she was going to marry Steve or not. She hesitated when he first proposed to her until snide remarks by Larry and Cliff provoked her into accepting. Then, when Cliff and Larry tried to sabotage the wedding by making it look like Steve was dealing with Rita's studio behind her back but took it back after a case of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy, Rita was touched by their revelation and called the wedding off to go back to the Patrol. Needless to say, nobody was happy about this; Rita was pining after Steve, Cliff and Larry were at wit's-end with her misery and blamed it on Steve, and Steve was so pissed he created a new suit with specific tech just to mess with the Doom Patrol. It worked out (eventually), and the two were married.

    Garfield Logan / Beast Boy 

See Teen Titans characters page.


The Morrison and Pollack era:

    Kay Challis / Crazy Jane 
A woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder. As the result of a meta gene bomb, each personality has its own distinct superpower. The personality in charge most of the time is Crazy Jane.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: As a Split Personality with matching powers and a connection to an established superhero team, she bears some similarity to the X-Men's Legion.
  • Ax-Crazy: A few of her personalities are quite violent, such as the Black Annis personality.
  • Blush Sticker: Jane has these show up sporadically in her appearances, it's practically become a permanent thing in Gerard Way's stories. They're red circles, much like a certain other Kay's.
  • Broken Bird: Many of Jane's personalities exist only to shoulder pain and suffering, such as Sylvia, the Shapeless Children, and Butterfly Baby.
  • Brought Down to Normal: At the tail-end of Morrison's run, she comes to terms with her trauma and unties her identities... then a psychologist gives her electro shock therapy and splinters them again.
  • The Bus Came Back: Was officially brought back to current comics during Giffen's Doom Patrol run as a supporting character alongside Danny.
  • Companion Cube: Her stuffed lamb doll, Harry, back when she was still just Kay Challis. Her father threw Harry down the well on their farm as an example of what he'd do to Kay if she told anyone about the abuse. Jane finds him, years later, when she goes down the well on her own to finally face her demons.
  • Driven to Suicide: The Miranda personality committed "psychic suicide" when she was raped by a homeless man, after enduring the shock of remembering her father's sexual abuse following years of blissful ignorance.
  • Femme Fatale: The Scarlet Harlot identity acts this way, though she's more of a rampant nymphomaniac who goes around ranting about "Daddy" and screaming at people to fuck her.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Crazy Jane is not a superhero name of Kay Challis. Jane is actually the third dominant personality to manifest in the woman's body. The real Kay Challis, called "K-5", has been sleeping in the subconscious of the mind for years. Mainly, the personalities tend to refer to their body as "The Woman".
  • Mad Artist: The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter personality can create paintings that briefly come to life. The Crazy Jane personality also has some artistic inclinations and is seen painting designs on Rebis' bandages at one point.
  • One Head Taller: Her and Robotman when they were a couple.
  • Only Sane Man: Among Jane's personalities, Driver 8 comes across as the most rational and levelheaded, which makes sense since she's in charge of maintaining "The Underground," the layout of Jane's fractured mind.
  • Personality Power: Jane's personalities all gained powers based on what their names were. Flaming Katy has fire abilities, Sex Bomb explodes, the Weird Sisters are psychic, etc.
  • Physical God: One of her personas has a sun for a head and is seemingly unbeatable.
  • Put on a Bus: After the end of Grant Morrison's run, she remained on Danny the World and hadn't been seen in a comic until Geoff Johns' run on Teen Titans when she's glimpsed through a portal to Danny.
  • Rape as Backstory: When we first meet her, we learn that she was raped by her father, which splintered her mind, and this is all we know aside from the personalities thing. We later find out she had a normal life as Miranda after leaving home, before a homeless man raping her splintered her mind again.
  • Split Personality: She suffers from multiple personality disorder caused by sexual abuse from her father. Years later, she lived under one main identity while the rest laid dormant in her mind until the day she was raped by a homeless man. The trauma of this event brought all of Jane's other personalities out, and then exposure to a meta gene bomb gave most of them superpowers and the ability to physically manifest when in control.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Scarlet Harlot and the Sin Eater personalities. The Sin Eater in particular believes she deserves to be punished, and is usually brought out as a defensive maneuver.
  • Tsundere: One of her personalities acts this way towards Cliff.

    Danny the Street
A sentient street that can generate matter and teleport, seamlessly integrating himself into existing cities. He served as the Doom Patrol's headquarters for a time before growing to become Danny the World. After being grievously hurt later on, he was reduced to just Danny the Brick, before eventually recovering enough to grow back to Danny the Bungalow. In the New 52, he reappeared alongside the Teen Titans for a while, before being injured again and recovering as Danny the Alley. Then in Gerard Way's Doom Patrol he reappears as Danny the Ambulance but inside he's still Danny the World.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Just because he's a sweetheart doesn't mean he's weak. When his friend Sara is badly injured during Darren Jones' attack, Danny's first response was to explode one of his windows in Darren's face while using the shards to spell "BASTARD!" Though his finishing move on Darren was much less violent and more... poetic.
  • Canon Discontinuity: In Way's run, Danny mentions last being a planet before becoming a brick, retconning his appearances in Scott Lobdell's Teen Titans out of continuity.
  • Camp Straight / Camp Gay: Danny is male (and even a dad, of sorts), though the question of sexual orientation may be a little... unnecessary for a piece of sentient geography. Either way, he's definitely camp - he speaks polari and redecorates some of his more masculine shops with decorative curtains. He also recolours his fire hydrants because red is too gauche.
  • Nice Guy: An utterly lovely guy, who's inviting to everyone who isn't a jackass and is possibly the most well-adjusted member of the Doom Patrol.
  • Papa Wolf: He's extremely protective of the people he offers shelter to and doesn't take kindly to people harming his friends.
  • Punny Name: He's named after famous drag artist Danny La Rue, only he's literally a street.
  • Teleportation: His main use when he was on the team.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Danny is possibly the sweetest, nicest fellow you could ever walk across. He also prefers frilly lace curtains and dainty decor.

    Kate Godwin / Coagula
A lesbian trans woman who gained superpowers after sleeping with Rebis, Kate developed the power to dissolve and coagulate objects and tried out for the Justice League (but was rejected). She joined the Doom Patrol after meeting George and Marion, and began an emotional relationship with Robotman.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Subverted. Kate was bullied when she was younger and still called Clark, but hasn't let it affect her adult life. Later on, the False Memory tries to invoke this trope to stop Kate from asking too many questions and is disgusted to learn she was made to think she was raped because it would give her life "More meaning."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can be very snarky when she feels like it.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: She's vaporized by Dorothy Spinner in John Arcudi's Doom Patrol run in order for Cliff to have more to angst over.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Ever since her death Kate has been appallingly ignored in every following series about the Doom Patrol. While this may have something to do with the fact her stories were published directly under the Vertigo header and the continuity of those books was considered slightly wonky, her status and role in the team hasn't been acknowledged even in the Young Animal titles.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her ability to dissolve and coagulate things can be used both offensively and defensively, and she has a secondary power through which she can use computers and monitors to access different planes of existence and hidden realities.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Kate makes it clear to people she's only attracted to women, and to Cliff. This also comes from the period where the two shared a body, so her feelings for Cliff are based on a emotional, platonic level instead of a physical one.
  • Nice Girl: Is compassionate, easy going, and level headed.
  • Only Sane Man: She functions as one during her time with the Doom Patrol, being less hampered by her past than Cliff, Dorothy, and Niles while less kooky than the Bandage People and Charlie the Doll.
  • Positive Discrimination:
    • Played straight with her role as an openly proud transgender woman who was one of the better adjusted members of the Doom Patrol.
    • Averted when she mentions her attempt to join the Justice League, musing they rejected her because her status as trasgender made them uncomfortable.
  • Rape as Backstory: Defied and invoked. Kate was never sexually abused at any point in her life, and this was during a period in comics when it was the norm to have trans characters who were assaulted at some point. Kate is made to think in one issue that she was dual raped as a teenager, but it's a lie, and she's outraged to learn these memories were meant to "explain" everything about her.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Her body is atomized in an explosion caused by Dorothy's breakdown for the sake of resetting the Doom Patrol and so Cliff will have more to be depressed about.
  • Transgender: She was one of the few transgender characters in comic books at the time of her debut (and arguably the first transgender superhero, along with Masquerade from Milestone Comics), and one of the only ones who wasn't a supporting character. It helps that her creator, Rachel Pollack, is also transgender.

    Dorothy Spinner
A young girl with a simian appearance and the ability to make her imaginary friends real.
  • Abusive Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Spinner kept her isolated on their farm because of her appearance, and Mrs. Spinner once said to Dorothy's face she should've been aborted. It later turned out Mrs. Spinner is Dorothy's adopted mother, who never once visited Dorothy while she was in her coma until Thayer Jost offered her a fortune for the rights to the Doom Patrol. When Cliff decided to have Dorothy's life support pulled, Mrs. Spinner couldn't be bothered to care about Dorothy's impending death.
  • Ascended Extra: Twice over.
    • She first appeared as a minor character in the Paul Kupperberg run, and was later added to the roster of Grant Morrison's run along with the introduction of her powers. That said, she wasn't so much a member of the team as someone who was living with them, having little control of her abilities and tasked with watching monitors or running errands. Generally, she was more of a plot device thanks to her abilities, and is the instigator of the final arc when she unleashes the Candlemaker.
    • It was during Rachel Pollack's run that Dorothy was given more agency as a character and a team member. She'd developed better control of her abilities to the degree she could weaponize her imaginary friends and she got a character arc exploring her personal trauma around her first period more detailed than Morrison had written.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is generally a sweet girl, but her powers make her very, very dangerous when she's angry.
  • Demoted to Extra: After becoming prominent in Rachel Pollack's run, poor Dorothy was degraded into a plot device used to destroy the team so John Arcudi could set up his roster. She spent the entirety of the Arcudi series in a coma and was killed off screen in the last issue.
  • Friendless Background: As a child, she was ostracized for her appearance, and thus invented a legion of imaginary friends to keep herself sane. Later, when her powers developed, she started accidentally causing her imaginary friends to enter reality, which resulted in her becoming even more of an outcast.
  • Progressively Prettier: Zigzagged. Her simian features differed depending on the artist, but under Richard Case she started to appear uglier when she suddenly developed noticeable buck teeth she didn't have before. When drawn by Linda Medley, Eric Shanower, and Matthew Clark she was much cuter.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: During the John Arcudi run, she was revealed to be comatose and brain-dead in a hospital. Robotman chose to cut off her life support.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Grant Morrison's run she barely used her powers and her imaginary friends tended to manifest themselves against her will. By Rachel Pollack's run her control was more refined and she was able to summon multiple imaginary friends to fight for her, even creating brand new ones on the fly.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: She can make her imaginary friends tangible.


    Flex Mentallo

A scrawny "Mac" picked on by bullies at the beach, the future Flex Mentallo is approached by a man with a tv screen for a head and given a coupon for "A Muscle Mystery for You". Using the exercises in the book, Flex masters the power of Muscle Mystery and becomes a costumed crimefighter - until he's defeated and reduced to an amnesiac homeless man who befriends Danny the Street. One day he witnesses Danny under attack and the ensuing battle between Doom Patrol and the false Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. Flex regains his memory and learns he's just a character from a comic book by psychic, Wallace Sage. A friend of the team, he's officially a member as of the Gerard Way series. Got his own four-issue miniseries in Flex Mentallo.

  • The Big Guy: He's an extremely huge man with an absolutely ridiculous build and superhuman strength levels exceeding that of Robotman.
  • Battle Aura: When he's gearing up for a fight, he'll generate an aura along with glowing words that says "Hero of the Beach"
  • Carpet of Virility: He sure has a lot of body hair to further his manly man look.
  • Heroic Build: His ultra-muscular body is a parody of this.
  • Nice Guy: Being made from a lonely child's conception of a superhero, he's as kind-hearted as he is strong.
  • Pec Flex: His Muscle Mystery power activates when he flexs, so expect him to go into body-builder poses during a fight.
  • Reality Warper: Muscle Mystery gives Flex Mentallo a limited version of this, though it is strong enough for him to change the shape of the White House just by flexing.
  • Tulpa: He's a thought entity brought to life by a psychic powerful enough to warp reality.

    Joshua Clay / Tempest
An ex-Vietnam veteran and one of DC's few mutants, Tempest was actually part of the Paul Kupperberg Doom Patrol team. In the Morrison stories, after retiring from the superhero business to become a medical professional, he rejoins under his real name as the team doctor and Dorothy's caretaker before getting killed by Niles Caulder.
  • Backalley Doctor: He's just an ex-army medic and actually not qualified to be an MD, however he's got underworld contacts and they got him a license, so then he has a small practice that caters to rich hypochondriacs. Robotman is able to blackmail him about this.
  • Flying Firepower: His powers consist of flight and projecting concussive energy blasts
  • Killed Off for Real: Niles Caulder thought that Joshua discovered his plans to take over the world with nanites, so he gunned him down.
  • Mutant: This is explicitly the reason why he has powers, making him one of the very few mutants in DC comics.
  • Retired Badass: He quit the superhero business to work as a doctor, but even when he's just taking care of Dorothy and assisting Caulder with mission control, he still has his powers and his combat experience from 'Nam.

The Gerard Way era:

    Casey Brinke / Space Case
Introduced as an unassuming ambulance driver who just happens to be a Weirdness Magnet, she's actually a comic book character created by Danny to entertain his patrons. She somehow was given life and escaped, but still remembers her adventures as a comic character.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: "Little girl", "little miss", "young lady", these are all the things that her son called her. She appears to be in her early to mid-20s while he's in his late 20s to early 30s (he's a warped incarnation of Superman).
  • Anything That Moves: Besides getting Terry None pregnant, she also made out with her cat Lotion who was turned into a barely humanoid cat.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Invoked: Since she's an in-universe comics character brought to life, her dad Terminox is her "archnemesis"... that we've obviously never seen before and gets sorted out quite easily with a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • An Arm and a Leg: When inside Danny the Street, one of her legs pops out of existence.
  • Artificial Limbs: She replaces her missing leg with that of a Robotman possessing Niles Caulder's face.
  • Badass Driver: She's known for driving like a crazy person, but always getting patients to the hospital on time.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her father was corrupted into an evil being in one of her darker comic stories.
  • Fragile Speedster: She's not much for taking hits, but she's fast enough to easily dodge an angry Kryptonian.
  • Homosexual Reproduction: She got a similar woman, Terry None pregnant. And their son is an adult Kryptonian
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Initially, when Danny explains her backstory. She comes around in the end.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She's noted for her upbeat attitude and perkiness.
  • The Pollyanna: After the revelation of her origin, she loses her Manic Pixie Dream Girl zaniness and grows to be The Pollyanna. She's unflappable even when she's facing death with her son, Milky Milkman.
  • Shock and Awe: One of her superpowers, which she can use to override machinery. According to the comics by Danny, she gained this power when she was in war between some alien races.
  • Time Travel: Her main power is the ability to travel through time when she drives fast enough.
  • Tulpa: She was thought into existence when Danny the Street developed Reality Warper powers and was under threat from aliens.
  • Younger Than They Look: She appears to be in her twenties but she's created during the time when Danny the Street was attacked by the Vectra.

The Brotherhood of Evil

    The Brain
A former colleague of Niles Caulder's, this French scientist lost his body in an explosion that he holds Caulder responsible for. Transferring his brain into a robotic holding jar, the scientist survived and founded the Brotherhood of Evil, an army of societal rejects who became regular enemies of the Doom Patrol.
  • Archenemy: Of Caulder and the Doom Patrol as a whole.
  • Badass Gay: Him and Mallah lead up the Brotherhood.
  • Brains and Brawn: He's the Brains (duh) to Mallah's Brawn.
  • Brain in a Jar: The computer network that the Brain is plugged into is totally immobile.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely loves Mallah.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Chief's first one. The Chief is a wheelchair bound genius who leads a group of heroic outcasts. The Brain is a mind in a jar who leads a gang of thugs and terrorists.
  • Evil Cripple: Exaggerated. He's an immobile Brain in a Jar.
  • Evil Genius: Brilliant and twisted.
  • Gratuitous French: Lacks Mallah's accent, but shares his habit of throwing random French into his sentences.
  • Irrational Hatred: Pre-Crisis, the Brain's hatred of Caulder was based on nothing save a refusal to admit that his experiment had been flawed. Grant Morrison decided, Post-Crisis, that the Chief should actually be responsible for it and retconned this out.
  • It's Personal: With the Chief and Madame Rouge both.
  • Joker Immunity: He and Mallah have both died repeatedly, but always return.
  • The Leader: Of the Brotherhood of Evil.
  • Mad Scientist: Classic comic book example.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Brain is normally carried by Mallah and can do little actual fighting.
  • Super Intelligence: The Brain was already an evil genius, but the supercomputer he's wired into bolsters in intellect to superhuman levels.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Mallah.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Mallah. They eventually received a Relationship Upgrade and became a gay couple.
  • Wetware CPU: Brain is wired into the supercomputer in his jar.

    Monsieur Mallah
An enormous silverback gorilla, Monsieur Mallah had his intellect boosted to 178 by the Brain's experiments, and became his master's most willing agent.

    Laura De Mille / Madame Rouge
A French stage actress whose mind was badly damaged in a car accident, Madame Rouge was recruited by the Brain and granted stretching and shapeshifting powers to mimic those of Elasti-Girl. Suffering from severe emotional instability, Rouge was attracted to Niles Caulder and had a complete mental breakdown when he and the Brain went to war for control of her mind. Snapping and seemingly murdering all the members of both the Doom Patrol and the Brotherhood, Rouge was hunted down by the survivors and their allies, leading to her death in battle with Gar Logan.
  • Axe-Crazy: Violently insane and a danger to everyone—including herself.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Captain Zahl. She's more powerful than he is, but needs his army and his mind. While Rouge often acts like she's in charge, Zahl can play her like a fiddle and on some level she knows it.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Rouge worked out her loyalty conflicts by killing both the Doom Patrol and the Brotherhood of Evil. She was planning on killing her new partner, Zahl, as well at the time of her death.
  • The Dark Chick: During her time with the Brotherhood, as its one female member.
  • Dating Catwoman: With the Chief. It ended horribly for everyone involved.
  • Dying as Yourself: Reverted to her original Laura persona when electrocuted and mortally wounded in battle with Gar.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely loved the Chief and was outraged when Zahl killed him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Is disgusted by Zahl.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Elasti-Girl, right down to the actress background. Justified since Brain specifically selected her to be his answer to Rita.
  • Gratuitous French: Frequently.
  • It's Personal: With the Chief, the Brain, and then Robotman and Changeling/Beast Boy/Gar Logan following the murders of the rest of the Doom Patrol.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: The original run on the Doom Patrol ended in 1968, with Rouge murdering them all and making her escape. Fourteen years later, Gar Logan finally caught up with her in a 1982 issue of New Teen Titans and killed her.
  • Killed Off for Real: Died in 1982 and stayed that way.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Rouge started out bipolar, developed a complete split personality, and eventually fractured completely, leaving behind only a bitter shell of a woman barely clinging to sanity.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Her "victory" over the Doom Patrol left her without a boyfriend, hunted by heroes and villains alike, dependent on Zahl, totally insane, and ultimately being killed by Gar Logan.
  • Split Personality: Taken to unusually literal levels. When Brain and the Chief both staked claims on her soul, Rouge's stretching powers caused her to split into two separate bodies, one loyal to each man. In the end the good personality seemingly murdered the bad one...though this did not stop her from having a complete mental collapse shortly afterwards anyway.
  • Woman Scorned: When she realized the Chief may have been more interested in hurting Brain than helping her, she lost her mind.

Other Villains

    Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody
Last name Morden, first name unknown, the being called "Mister Nobody" is a sentient shadow creature with powers that are not quite of this world. Formerly a member of the Brotherhood of Evil, he failed his first mission, was thrown off the team, and warned never to contact any of its members again, on pain of death. Fleeing to Paraguay and feeling dissatisfied with his life, he agreed to undergo an experiment for Dr. Bruckner, the former Nazi scientist who had taken him in. Trapped in a White Void Room for three days, Morden went insane, transformed himself into a strange half-present abstraction and escaped after killing his tormentors. Now calling himself "Mister Nobody", Morden travels the world, seeking out other similarly bizarre and surreal-powered individuals such as himself and recruiting them into his Brotherhood of Dada.
  • Above Good and Evil: The Brotherhood of Dada sees their own bizarre existence as proof that "good" and "evil" cannot be real. Mr. Nobody specifically calls them "outmoded concepts for an antique age".
  • Alien Geometries: A two-dimensional Living Shadow in a three-dimensional world, and consequently is noted as being rather disorienting to look at.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Took his new name from what a horrified Dr. Bruckner gasped upon seeing him. "Herr Niemand. Mr. Nobody."
  • Anti-Villain: The Brotherhood of Dada, under his command, really aren't bad guys, just a group of very screwed-up and proudly insane people who just have very extreme ideas about how to make the world a better place. While their methods might be destructive and chaotic, they have very noble goals and almost all of them have very sympathetic backstories. They've teamed up with the Doom Patrol on multiple occasions, the second time especially emphasizing that they really didn't have to be enemies.
  • Back from the Dead: Supposedly killed by John Dandy along with the first Brotherhood, he later returns in Doom Patrol #11, now pure white instead of black, calling himself "Mr. Somebody", and possessing the body of billionaire Thayer Jost.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: More like, "being tortured for days by ex-Nazi scientists makes you violently insane and turns you into a psychotic stick figure from Hell."
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's quite the wacky character, and many of his dialogue can be rather funny. Then he leads the Brotherhood in feeding Paris to a sentient multi-dimensional painting.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Mr. Nobody, and by extension the whole Brotherhood of Dada, definitely has a very strange look at the world, refusing to acknowledge the concepts of good and evil and seeking to liberate mankind from the "curse" of sanity.
  • Brown Note: His appearance has been noted as rather disorienting to observe, where even if you're looking directly at him, it's still like you're looking at him out of the corner of your eye.
  • Came Back Strong: When he returns as Mr. Somebody, he now has an additional power, the ability to Body Surf.
  • Collector of the Strange: Both of strange objects and strange people.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Oh boy. Where to begin? For starters, his Presidential campaign had him propose such policies as making it Christmas every day and adding another inch-and-a-half to rulers.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: When recounting his backstory, he uses almost these exact words to describe how Dr. Bruckner sold him on the experiment that would make him Mr. Nobody. Boy, was Dr. Bruckner right.
  • The Dog Bites Back: His first action after escaping the experiment chamber where he became what he is? Kill the former Nazi scientist and all his men.
  • Dream Walker: Has the power to enter the dreams of others.
  • Enemy Mine: In both of his arcs, his Brotherhood finds themselves teaming up with the Doom Patrol.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He's no friend of Monsieur Mallah and the Brain, both of whom have threatened to kill him if they ever see him again.
  • Exact Words: While recounting his backstory, he admits that he should probably have asked Dr. Bruckner what "transforming him into a new man" actually meant.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: What happened to him when he was trapped in the White Void Room for three days.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Dr Bruckner promised that the experiment would transform him into a new man. And it did, although what he became afterwards wasn't exactly a man anymore.
  • The Heartless: One of his most iconic features is a small heart-shaped hole in his chest where his heart would be.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In contrast to Cliff's longing to be human again, Mr. Nobody desperately clings to his bizarre uniqueness. When John Dandy turns him back to normal, he's left an inconsolable mess.
  • Immune to Bullets: As a two-dimensional being, conventional weapons presumably have no effect on him whatsoever. During his backstory flashback, one of the Nazi scientist's men is shown desperately shooting at him to no avail.
  • Light Is Not Good: As Mr. Somebody.
  • Living Shadow: And a very weird and stylized depiction of one, at that.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His first act in his new form is to slaughter the scientist who turned him into Mr. Nobody, along with all his men. Considering that the scientist was a former Nazi war criminal, and his men were presumably aware of this, no one will miss them.
  • Mad Hatter: Leads an entire team of them, of which he is easily the most extreme.
  • Mind Rape: He can literally drain the sanity out of someone's mind.
  • Mysterious Past: Almost nothing is known about his life before joining (and then being thrown out) the Brotherhood of Evil, including his first name.
  • Never Found the Body: Apparently killed by John Dandy, his body fades away to nothing after being returned to his human form.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Even for Grant Morrison's already freaky run, Mr. Nobody manages to look out of place everywhere he goes.
  • Not Himself: As Mr. Somebody, his name, appearance, and motivations are the complete opposite of what he always fought for as Mr. Nobody.
  • Power Born of Madness: Literally, he was locked in a White Void Room until he went crazy and became what he is, superpowers and all.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: While he doesn't win, he campaigns for the office as a mixture of the Scheming, Buffoon, and Lunatic variations. Especially the latter one.
  • Our Monstrous Superheroes Are Weirder: The entire Brotherhood of Dada, in both their incarnations. Mr. Nobody is actually one of their more conventional members.
  • Start My Own: Thrown out of the Brotherhood of Evil on pain of death, later forms his own Brotherhood of Dada.
  • Straw Nihilist: Seeks to spread anarchy through the world because he believes the current social order is a bad joke. At one point during his Motive Rant, he makes the rather Macbethian remark that "the universe is a drooling idiot with no fashion sense."
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: The scientist who subjected him to inter-dimensional, reality-altering experiments was a former Nazi war criminal. Quite convenient for when Mr. Nobody escapes and kills him and all his men.
  • That Man Is Dead: "Mr. Morden was gone, wiped out like a chalk drawing on a slate."
  • Unexplained Recovery: Despite seemingly being killed by federal agent John Dandy, he reappears in Giffen's run, now pure white and with the power to possess others, as he is currently doing to billionaire Thayer Jost. As that run was Cut Short, how this happened isn't really gone into and is Hand Waved when he reappears next.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As Mr. Somebody, he creates the Front Men, a group of villains intended specifically for this purpose, to be seen publicly fighting the Doom Patrol and then cause the Patrol to look bad for fighting them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Affectionally refers to his followers as "My dear ludicrous friends, standing there like lost property no one wants to claim, with stupid names and even more stupid costumes."
  • Was Once a Man: A guy named Morden and a former Brotherhood of Evil member, specifically.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He leads the Brotherhood in a quest to drive the world insane because he believes that the current social order is flawed, and a world with no order, logic, or boundaries would be far less oppressive for the poor and the downtrodden than the current one.
  • White Gloves: Wears these as part of his odd, cartoonish design. In true cartoon character fashion, they're the only clothing he ever wears.
  • White Void Room: Where he was subjected to torturous experiments that eventually drove him insane and turned him into what he is now.
  • You Have Failed Me: When he was still Mr. Morden, he was thrown out of the Brotherhood of Evil after failing his first mission under unexplained circumstances and threatened with death if he ever tried to join them again.

    Captain Zahl
A former Nazi U-Boat commander, turned criminal mercenary, Captain Zahl was left down an arm and confined to a neck and back brace after a confrontation with the Chief. Allying with Madame Rouge, Zahl destroyed both the Doom Patrol and the Brotherhood of Evil. Hunted down by Robotman, Zahl (now calling himself "general") died when his bullets ricocheted off of Cliff's steel shell and back at him, leaving him mortally wounded.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Has only one arm.
  • Badass Normal: No superpowers. Still one of the deadliest villains of the Silver and Bronze Ages on the basis of sheer evil.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Silver Age Doom Patrol run ended with Zahl manipulating Rouge into helping him kill every single member of the Doom Patrol and then making good his escape, a victory that stood unchallenged until 1982, and was never fully undone in his lifetime (only Robotman had returned from the dead at the time of Zahl's own death).
  • Bald of Evil: Under his officer's cap, Zahl's bald.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Madame Rouge. She's more powerful than him, but she needs his army and his intellect. She thinks she's in charge, in practice he pulls the strings.
  • The Captain: Held the rank of captain in the Kriegsmarine.
  • Commissar Cap: Always sported a green officer's cap.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: The mind behind both a mercenary army and the destruction of the Doom Patrol.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Chief's second one. The Chief was a heroic genius trapped in a wheelchair. Zahl was a Diabolical Mastermind who could walk, but required a back brace.
  • Evil Cripple: Zahl was missing an arm and had his spine held together by a brace.
  • Evil Old Folks: Well into old age at the time of his death in the 1980s.
  • Former Regime Personnel: A former Nazi naval officer and submarine commander, Zahl outlived the government that trained him by thirty-seven years.
  • Four-Star Badass: Subverted. Zahl was a dangerous man, and he was calling himself "general" at the time of his death, but the rank was self-rewarded rather than genuinely earned. The highest rank he legitimately earned was that of captain, and in the German Navy (where the highest rank possible would be "admiral"), not the Army.
  • Funetik Aksent: Sometimes written with a stereotypical German accent, sometimes not.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Died gloating to Robotman about having had the last laugh.
  • Gratuitous German: Sometimes interspersed his English with random German.
  • Handicapped Badass: Zahl was physically impaired, yet still incredibly dangerous.
  • Hero Killer: Killed off the Doom Patrol and the Brotherhood of Evil, and kept them that way for fourteen years, making himself into a feared figure in the hero and villain communities in the process.
  • High-Class Glass: His monocle evokes the classic image of the Nazi Nobleman.
  • Hired Guns: Zahl was working as a freelance supervillain when he first battled the Chief.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed by his own bullets rebounding from Robotman's armour and striking him.
  • It's Personal: Zahl collects personal vendettas like some men collect stamps. His attempts at avenging himself on Caulder for crippling him earned him the very personal ire of not only Caulder himself, but of Robotman (for killing his friends), Gar Logan (for killing his adoptive mother), Plasmus (whom he mutated into a monster), the Brain and the Brotherhood of Evil (for helping Madame Rouge try to murder them), and his own partner-in-crime, Madame Rouge (for killing the Chief).
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: For fourteen years, Zahl's murder of the Doom Patrol stood unchallenged and unanswered. Cliff eventually stopped him, but it was a hollow victory as Zahl died before he could face justice, like his fuhrer.
  • Killed Off for Real: Zahl has been dead since 1982.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Zahl finished Madame Rouge's journey to the dark side, and killed off the entire team. Most of them were eventually resurrected, but the Doom Patrol stories never returned to the light-hearted fare of the 1960s.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Zahl makes a career out of manipulating Madame Rouge to his own ends.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Between his age, his lack of superpowers, and his physical condition, Zahl wasn't up to much in the way of actual combat—though that didn't stop him from carrying a gun and being prepared to use it.
  • Psycho for Hire: Zahl took criminal jobs to satisfy his own sadism more than anything else.
  • Sadist: To the point where it revolts his partner, Madame Rouge.
  • Sadistic Choice: Gave the Doom Patrol the chance to save their own lives, or that of an innocent village in Maine. When they chose to save the villagers, Zahl blew up the Doom Patrol despite Madame Rouge's protests.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Still a dedicated Nazi, decades later.

    General Immortus
A foe from the Chief's days as a solo adventurer, General Immortus has lived for thousands of years using a special alchemical formula to extend his lifespan. When he lost the formula, Immortus captured the Chief and enslaved him, hoping to force Caulder to manufacture a new version of the serum. Caulder won his freedom from Immortus, but not before losing his ability to walk, and the conflict between the two has been long and bitter since.
  • Age Without Youth: Immortus' formula has kept him alive for millennia, but hasn't saved him from visibly aging. With the formula lost, Immortus is now aging in real time again, and the effects of his thousands of years of life are catching up to him.
  • Bald of Evil: Sometimes, though not always, drawn this way.
  • Bling of War: Immortus has worn some snazzy uniforms, replete with gold braid and medals.
  • Chest of Medals: A feature of some of his uniforms.
  • Elderly Immortal: Even when the alchemy is working, Immortus looks like an old man.
  • Evil Old Folks: Immortus is ancient, and it shows on his face. Even when operating at the best of health, he still has the look of an elderly man.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Immortus has no superpowers save his longevity. When forced into combat, he battles like any ordinary, elderly man—albeit one with thousands of years of experience under his belt.
  • Four-Star Badass: When in good health Immortus can bring the fighting skills he has earned across thousands of years into play.
  • Immortality Immorality: There's not much Immortus won't do to keep on living at this point.
  • Immortality Seeker: His main motivation is to recreate or replace the Elixir of Life that was responsible for his unnaturally long lifespan and that he has lost.
  • It's Personal: Immortus crippled the Chief, while the Chief has almost certainly ensured that this life will be Immortus' last. It's hard to get more personal than that.
  • Legion of Doom: Teamed up with the Brotherhood of Evil and Garguax for a while in the Sixties.
  • Take Over the World: This is Immortus' endgame, though at the moment he is more distracted by the need to extend his life.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Worked with them for a time, though without really subscribing to their ideology. He still has one of the uniforms in his wardrobe and has donned it occasionally.

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