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The Doom Patrol

The Original Team

    Niles Caulder / The Chief 
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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.
  • Big Good: "Good" was eventually revealed to be slightly inaccurate, 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: He's driven by a lust for knowledge and the all-consuming desire to see his ambitions for a better world realized. When scanned by Black Lantern Celsius, his own ex-wife whom he manipulated into an early grave, 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 later incarnations of the team, he tends to be treated as a slightly mad uncle instead, though his legitimate genius means he occasionally leverages himself into something like a 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 Slippage: When his manipulations come 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 a start, he mutilated innocent people against their will to create his own personal superhero team.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Under Grant Morrison's pen, the Chief was a cold, calculating intellectual vastly removed from the kind and emotional figure in previous works. This characterization has lingered with him in the decades since.
  • 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.
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    Rita Farr-Dayton / Elasti-Girl/Woman 
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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 (on account of being written by Arnold Drake, a supporter of second wave feminism) Rita was always quick to jump into action.
  • 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: Played With. After the death of the original Doom Patrol back in 1968, Cliff, Larry, and Niles were all found to be Not Quite Dead, but not Rita. Rita alone remained formally deceased until John Byrne's launched a Continuity Reboot of the series where Rita was alive and well. This second version of Rita had no ties with the original until Superboy Prime's Cosmic Retcon in Infinite Crisis fused both selves.
  • The Big Guy: Though Cliff filled the role in terms of personality, during the original run the team often solved problems via Cliff and Larry putting the villain in a position where Rita could grow big and clobber 'em.
  • Blob Monster: In her Darker and Edgier portrayal following Infinite Crisis, 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.
  • The Chosen One: As someone who can change their body at will, Rita becomes the savior of Destiny Beach, as she is able to flex her entire body in ways the other bodybuilders can't.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Rita Farr's original mutation was a problem when she first got it and couldn't control it, but by the start of the series, she had her transformations under control, rendering her mutation into a straight-up superpower.
  • 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: With Steve "Mento" Dayton in the pages of the original Doom Patrol run, which lasted until the death of the Patrol at the end of the run. Following the Cosmic Retcon in Infinite Crisis, however, their relationship has been fraught with problems; they formally divorced before the start of the Keith Giffen run.
  • 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. She was the only member of the Doom Patrol who truly died.
  • 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.
  • The Lost Lenore: The late Rita Farr became this for Steve Dayton in the pages of The New Teen Titans, back when she was still dead in the 80s and 90s. Eventually, the fact that both Steve and his adopted son Garfield (Beast Boy, that is) both loved Rita helped them bond.
  • 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.
  • Sizeshifter: 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 
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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, who 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 (1933).
  • 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.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: The loss of the Negative Spirit to Valentina Vostok left him physically frail and something similar to The Soulless, which eventually drove him to desperation to retrieve it. This eventually led him to do things like let the supervillain Reactron out of prison in his gambits to retrieve it.
  • 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.
  • Token Flyer: Of the original trio consisting of himself, Elasti-Girl and Robotman, Negative Man was the only one who could fly.
  • X-Ray Sparks: A variation. Being exposed to radiation left his skin and muscle permanently translucent.

    Cliff Steele / Robotman 
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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. Even when other members are actually stronger than him, he still fills the role in terms of personality.
  • Become a Real Boy: After the "Milk Wars", reality is partially reset and Cliff becomes human again.
  • Brain in a Jar: With the caveat that said jar is now inside a nigh-indestructible war machine.
  • Brain Uploading: When his original brain is killed, his consciousness is uploaded to a computer system, meaning he is completely a robot man. It takes him a while to get uses to it.
  • 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.)
  • Driven to Suicide: After the Milk Wars and becoming human again, Cliff goes to visit his mother. She completely rejects him, depressing Cliff. In his depressed state, he drives off a cliff. Of course, this leads to him becoming a cyborg again.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Full-Conversion Cyborg: His brain was the only part of his organic body preserved after his accident.
  • The Heart: Of the Doom Patrol as a team, serving as father figure and mentor to the younger heroes. This made an ironic contrast with his entirely metal, inorganic, body.
  • 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 though his brain was severely damaged so they had to transfer his mind into his next robot body, 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.
  • Hypocrite: When he learns Kate's a transgender woman, Cliff gets angry and feels she's a man even if she no longer has a penis. Understandably insulted, Kate asks if Cliff's still a man even though he doesn't a penis anymore. This serves as a Call-Back to when Cliff tried to navigate Crazy Jane's mind to help her, convincing Jane's alters he wasn't a man specifically because he had no penis or genitalia thanks to his robot body.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Often suffers from this. In later runs, he gets over it.
  • Immune to Bullets: Bullets ricochet off of Robotman's body rather than harming him.
  • Legacy Character: Averted. The first Robotman, of whom Cliff is a Palette Swap, was a Golden Age character (known as Dr. Robert Crane when he was human) almost identical in premise and appearance, but the two characters have nothing to do with each other.
  • The Mentor: To a parade of younger Doom Patrol members.
  • My Greatest Failure: His failure to prevent Dorothy's coma and death weighed heavily on him.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Cliff becomes this after going on a good-deed bender and becoming "Cliff Fixit". He continually upgrades and eventually becomes a planet that can assimilate other planets. All in the effort to do more good deeds and continue to upgrade.
  • 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 materials and doing shoddy craftsmanship.

    Steve Dayton / Mento 
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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?
  • Adaptational Jerkass: A frequent target. Mento tends to have his sparse redeeming features glossed over entirely.
    • In his appearance in the Teen Titans cartoon, he's a cold results-obsessed jerkass and a borderline General Ripper throwing the Patrol headlong into danger.
    • In the Teen Titans: Burning Rage series, he's a cold, rich jerkass. The villains of the first arc are actually his staff trying to take revenge on him for what a jerkass he's been.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: 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 was the butt of the joke. He was 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 fall for him.
  • Chest Insignia: Mento's classic custom superhero costume features a lightning bolt on the chest.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: With an infusion of Cruel Mercy. At the end of the second arc in Titans: Burning Rage, Steve subjects the villain to this by using his Mento helmet as a Lotus-Eater Machine. He subjects Breuer, who absolutely despises him, to an illusion where Breuer is the head of Dayton's fortune and industry and free to kick around an illusion of Steve Dayton to his heart's content.
  • 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 domestic staff.
  • Depending on the Writer: How much of Mento's powers rely on the helmet? In the Silver Age Doom Patrol, Mento needed the helmet to make his powers functional, but under Marv Wolfman's pen it seemed that the helmet itself had all the power (even Beast Boy could exhibit Psychic Powers if he wore it), but in Keith Giffen's run of Doom Patrol, Steve Dayton uses the helmet as a proxy and has access to his powers without it.
  • 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 In-Universe.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Cliff and Larry basically despised Steve at first, who despised them in turn.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Steve invented both his psychic helmet and Promethium, a powerful alloy; his company, Dayton Industies, is one of the largest biotech industrial companies in the world.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the original Doom Patrol, Steve and his adopted son Gar were at each other's throats so much that the might as well have been each other's Sitcom Archnemesis, but despite their bickering, when he learned that Jillian Jackson's father was behind her turning Gar down, Steve correctly deduced the reason being a matter of bigotry and came down hard on the man.
  • Lampshade Hanging: As part of his first attempt to woo Rita, 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.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The classic Doom Patrol (Beast Boy included) all wore the same red and white uniforms, with the notable exception of Robotman. Mento, on the other hand, wore his own gaudy superhero costume; when he shows up in flashbacks and throwbacks to the Silver Age team, he sticks out like a sore thumb.
  • 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.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Downplayed—Dayton is often identified, by himself or the narrator, as the fifth richest man in the world.
  • 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.
  • Parody Sue: In Arnold Drake's Doom Patrol, Steve was a parody of every Batman-like millionaire superhero. He was wealthy and absurdly talented at everything he tried. He was also a complete dick who was constantly shown up for a phony by working stiffs Cliff and Larry, treated superhero business like a rich man's hobby and coveted Rita even though she made her contempt for him clear. It wasn't until he got some Character Development and humility that the others began to accept him.
  • Prince Charming Wannabe: Steve Dayton was this right alongside his Parody Sue status, with his high-handed and dramatic failures to woo Rita. She rejected him consistently until he finally started getting over himself.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Discussed during the Titans Hunt storyline in the 90s, where Steve Dayton is the Red Oni to Slade Wilson's Blue. Steve was too frustrated with the situation to be as clinical as Deathstroke, which only frustrated him further.
  • 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: Every writer has had a slightly different take on Steve Dayton, meaning his personality is rarely consistent between eras.
    • Arnold Drake wrote him as a Parody Sue, an arrogant millionaire action junky who was also an entitled jackass, but Rita's good influence and several helpings of Humble Pie helped him reform.
    • After the death of the Doom Patrol, his appearances in Teen Titans showed him struggling with the death of the patrol and managing his unruly son Garfield, while also caught in the Face–Heel Revolving Door, frequently going mad from his experiences with his psychic powers, either from experimenting on his helmet or from being taken along for the American Gothic storyline in Alan Moore's Swamp Thing. Eventually he reformed and Took a Level in Kindness, only to be caught in one last Face–Heel Turn and become the Crimelord.
    • Geoff Johns' Titans run, during the days of One Year Later, threw out the Crimelord development (blatantly Hand Waving it away as "a glitch in the helmet"), instead depicting Steve as a victim of the Chief's manipulation, convinced that Rita only loved the superhero Mento and effectively addicted to the helmet, though he eventually went cold turkey and took control of the Doom Patrol, rescuing it from the grip of the Chief.
    • Then Keith Giffen's run revealed him as a dysfunctional and weak-willed pervert, easily manipulated by Caulder.
    • Steve has mostly been ignored following the Continuity Reboot Flashpoint, but in his appearance in Teen Titans: Burning Rage, he appears as Garfield Logan's polite and well-meaning but emotionally distant father.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Exaggerated with a retcon during the Giffen run, which made him a hideous pervert exploiting his Power Perversion Potential to manipulate Rita into falling in love with him and then using his powers to make her enact his fantasies while sleeping. This comes to a head when Caulder manipulates Steve into using the leftover traces of his psychic influence to sneak attack the villain du jour, which later results in the divorce between them.
  • Superdickery: 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 knocks him out with a headbutt in the guts.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the early 90s, 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 counselling a wrathful Pantha.

    Garfield Logan / Beast Boy 
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See Beast Boy's characters page.
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The Kupperberg era

    Arani Desai-Caulder / Celsius 
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Niles's supposed widow following his death, she takes it up upon her to reband the Doom Patrol and lead them. She has ties relating her to Immortus. Later it would turn out that her story was not as simple as it seemed.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Niles found her living as a beggar woman, experimented on her, and tricked her into thinking they were husband and wife.
  • Back from the Dead: She was brought back from the dead as an after-effect of Flashpoint and was last seen in Doomsday Clock leading the Doomed, India's superhero team/version of the Doom Patrol.
  • Elemental Powers: She has power over fire and ice.
  • Faking the Dead: In the New 52 continuity, Arani faked her death in order to get away from Caulder.
  • Start My Own: She essentially started her own version of the Doom Patrol, the Doomed, centered in India, during Doomsday Clock.
  • Take Up My Sword: She tried to restart the Doom Patrol after the original team seemingly died.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Arani was yet another victim of the Chief's manipulations, and after he revealed he faked his death he tricked everyone into believing Arani was an unstable woman who lied about being his wife, made all the easier since it was after she died.

    Valentina Vostok / Negative Woman 
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Valentina Vostok was a cosmonaut from the Soviet Union who attempted to defect to the United States by stealing an experimental jet fighter. She was successful in crossing the ocean into U.S. airspace, but crash landed in Codsville, Maine: the site where the original Doom Patrol had sacrificed themselves to save the inhabitants of the town from General Zahl and Madame Rouge. Valentina found her body glowing with cosmic energy, and soon after discovered that her body had been possessed by the same negative energy creature that had possessed Larry Trainor. She also found the necessity to be bound in special bandages to contain the radiation in order to survive.


    Joshua Clay / Tempest 
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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.
  • Back from the Dead: Dorothy uses a wish for the Candlemaker to bring Joshua back to life. He does, and then immediately kills him again.
  • 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.

    Rhea Jones / Lodestone 
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A girl with the power of Magnetism Manipulation, which also provides her with Super Strength and agility. She was an acrobat before Arani recruited her into the Doom Patrol. The origin of her powers was related to a bomb that killed her father, who was in the Air Force. After being seriously damaged by an explosion during an Alien Invasion she is left comatose and in this state she remains during most of Morrison's run. Notably the being called Red Jack tries to kidnap and wed her while she was still unconscious (he fails). She eventually mutates to a being called "The Pupa". The process greatly alters her personality, physical appearance and her powers, essentially making her a personification of the Earth's geo-magnetism. Shortly after her awakening she's pulled into a complex war between two interdimensional races.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: As a personification of the Earth's geo-magnetism, but the plots of space-manipulating aliens "free" her of the Earth.
  • Blank White Eyes: Her most notorious physical attribute while she was human.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: She's "capricious" and doesn't seem to care about anything except her present whims. She's a bit indifferent to her companions, without being in any way actively malicious.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: She even appears nude on the cover! To be fair, she does have eyes on her chest and lower back, and she doesn't look like a human at all.
  • Humanoid Abomination: After becoming The Pupa she has no face, two gigantic eyes appear on her chest and lower back (depending on the panel the eyes seem to be attached to space and not her body), seemingly infinite flowing red hair and light perpetually coming out of her ears. The surrealism influence hit her big time, basically.
  • Eyeless Face
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Her original power before she became far more power, and inhuman.
  • Power Floats: Is never shown actually walking after her transformation, preferring to leisurely levitate everywhere. This is contrasted in an interesting way to Rebis's levitation, which is more stiff and controlled.
  • Physical God: strong contender for the most powerful member the Doom Patrol ever had, with powers probably on the cosmic levels.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Impatient, carefree and capricious but also incredibly powerful.
  • Super Strength
  • The Faceless: Possibly the only semi-heroic example ever.
  • The Lost Lenore: What she functions as prior to awakening from her coma: a constant reminder of the dangers of superheroing. Of course, there´s more going on with her besides the damage of the explosion.
  • The Pollyanna: After her transformation she becomes extremely cheerful and unbothered, even singing "La, la, la" all the time.
  • Walking the Earth: She leaves to wander through the stars on a whim, but promises to visit the Patrol (this has yet to happen).
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    Wayne Hawkins / Karma 
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The young man who would call himself Karma originally ran into the reformed Doom Patrol, battling along their side and later joining them. He had the psionic ability to disrupt others' motor reflexes.
  • Back for the Dead: Reappears on the Post-Flashpoint continuity to be killed by Johnny Quick of the Crime Syndicate.
  • Delinquent Hair: He has a mohawk.
  • Killed Off for Real: Pre-Flashpoint he was killed on Apokolips during a Suicide Squad mission, and he's killed Post-Flashpoint during Forever Evil.

    Scott Fischer 
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Teenage boy named Scott Fisher would be gifted with special meta-human powers, however this gift ended up as a curse. With his burning touch he would join the Doom Patrol during Celsius's time as leader.
  • Back for the Dead: Just like Karma, he would appear on the Post-Flashpoint continuity to be killed by Atomica during Forever Evil.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: A fiery kind of energy is constantly radiating from Scotty's skin making physical contact with him extremely dangerous.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed Pre-Flashpoint during Invasion! by a Gene-Bomb detonated by the Dominators, which complicated his powers and made him die from his leukemia.

The Morrison era

    Rebis 
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Morrison's spin on the Negative Man. A very different character from the original Larry both in nature and personality. After having left him to bond with Valentina Vostok, the Negative Spirit finds Larry Trainor again and once again bonds with him. In the process he also absorbs Eleanor Poole, an African-American nurse that had been taking care of Larry. The result calls themself Rebis and claims to be a mixture of male, female and genderless. Rebis is explicitly an hermaphrodite that fuses the memories of all three beings that constitute them but is a separate being to them all. The process also gives them more abilities, such as immortality, flight, enhanced strength and the ability to stay conscious and independent while using the Negative Spirit (essentially meaning they could separate into two). They often speak with Purple Prose and have an obsession with Matrioshkas. They are also notoriously different in personality, being a very cold and distant, but nevertheless well-meaning, being.The characters often use "hir" to refer to Rebis.


  • Achilles in His Tent: While they're one of the most powerful and intelligent members the Doom Patrol has ever had, Rebis was prone to going on random walkabouts to brood and ponder, resulting in their being occasionally absent when the team needed them most.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Flying Brick: Moreso than the previous version of the character; Rebis has the standard superhero powers of super strength and flight and they seem notoriously difficult to manage.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Its a mix between this and Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. Rebis travels off into the universe to reproduce. The next time the negative spirit is seen, it is back with Larry, and Rebis and Eleanor Poole are not mentioned again. Much later, during Gerard Way's run, there was a passing mention of Rebis and those that composed hir, meaning Eleanor, being released back into the universe anew.
  • Fusion Dance: Rebis is composed of the fusion of Larry Trainor, the Negative Spirit, and the nurse who was tending them, Eleanor Poole.
  • Merger of Souls: Larry Trainor, Eleanor Poole and the Negative Spirit are combined together in both body and mind. Each has shared memories of each other. Fridge Horror sets in when it is shown Eleanor was chosen simply because she was closest and had no choice in the matter. Her husband is horrified at what she became.
  • Power Floats: Their feet rarely touch the ground, preferring to levitate for movement.
  • Purple Prose: Their dialogue provides an opportunity for Morrison to flex his abilities, usually talking in poetic tirades filled with odd metaphors.
  • The Spock: Cold and rational.
  • The Super Ego: Their role in the team with The Ego of Robotman and The Id of Crazy Jane. They are very logic-driven and calculating.
  • The Unfettered: They have their moments of weakness, but in front of other people they remain perpetually stoic and unfazed no matter the crazy situation.

    Kay Challis/Crazy Jane et al 
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Kay Challis is a woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder. As the result of the meta-gene bomb, each personality gained their own distinct superpowers. The personalities refer to their body as "The Woman" and 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 Black Annis.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: The most popular member of the team to have been introduced after the original run. Notably, she is included from the start in Doom Patrol (2019).
  • 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 unites her identities... then a psychologist gives her electroshock 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.
  • Composite Character: Jane's personalities slowly began to combine as a result of dealing with their trauma, to the point Baby Doll and Scarlet Harlot became Baby Harlot.
  • Does Not Like Men: Black Annis is a proud misandrist. Cliff was the only guy she "didn't want to castrate," but that changed after Jane got traumatized by the Fifth Horseman.
  • 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 Kay Challis's superhero name. Jane is the third dominant personality to manifest in the body of the woman called Kay Challis. The real Kay, now called "K-5" by the other personalities, has been sleeping in the depths of the Underground for years. The personalities tend to refer to their body as "The Woman" and not "Kay."
  • Karma Houdini: She has a manic episode after returning to the church where she'd been assaulted, which ends with her attacking and injuring over a dozen police officers.
  • 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's bandages at one point.
  • One Head Taller: Her and Robotman when they were a couple.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Among the Woman'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.
    • After Driver 8 came Liza Radley, a personality that emerged in response to the love and kindness Jane received thanks to Cliff. Liza attempted to have the other personalities merge to bring more coherency to the Underground and was the only one to argue they needed to face their trauma without relying on Cliff.
  • 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.
  • The Power of Love: What created Liza Radley, being the first of the personalities to emerge in response to positive love instead of sexual abuse or trauma.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The Scarlet Harlot persona's one of the most openly hostile personalities, but becomes much more sweeter and less aggressive when she merges with Baby Doll to become Baby Harlot.
  • 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 
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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.
  • Big Good: Eventually becomes this, even when he's not directly involved with the Doom Patrol and is later reduced to just a brick. He's almost always a source of goodness and the other characters consider him worth protecting.
  • 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 identifies as male (and a dad), 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.
  • Creating Life: In Way's run he's evolved from housing people to creating his own. He's even made a few superhumans.
  • Gayborhood: In addition to the very literal sense, the people Danny has made himself a sanctuary for are often LGBTQ+.
  • Genius Loci: As the name suggests, he's a sentient street.
  • Nice Guy: An utterly lovely guy, he'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.

    Dorothy Spinner 
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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.
  • And I Must Scream: The psychic explosion that killed Kate left Dorothy in a brain dead coma. However, the presence of the imaginary Robotman and Darling-Come-Home manifesting around her implied Dorothy was either trapped inside her mind, or she was deliberately keeping herself brain dead to punish herself or hide from punishment.
  • 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.
  • Back from the Dead: DC Pride 2022 shows Dorothy attending a Pride parade in Metropolis alongside Coagula and Danny the Brick, twenty years after Dorothy and Kate were killed off.
  • Berserk Button: She doesn't like it when people ask her to dance, because the last time she tried a bunch of kids made fun of her just before she had her first period right in front of them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is generally a sweet girl, but her powers make her very, very dangerous when she's angry.
  • Character Development: While she became somewhat assertive by the end of Grant Morrison's run, Rachel Pollack's the one who had Dorothy taking more initiative as a member of the Doom Patrol.
  • 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.
  • The Heart: She served as one in Rachel Pollack's run. Dorothy's the one who got Cliff and the Chief to agree to reforming the team, arguing none of them could function without the other. Dorothy also acted as the one to break everyone from the False Memory's control by getting through to Kate and having Alice Wired-For-Sound help Cliff.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Her parents essentially vanished from her life as soon as she joined the Doom Patrol. Mrs. Spinner only enters the picture again when offered the prospect of being paid a fortune for the Doom Patrol rights by Thayer Jost. She quickly disappears again and doesn't even give a shit when Dorothy's life support is pulled.
    • We're never told what happened to Dorothy's birth mother or why she gave Dorothy up for adoption. She was at one point willing to meet Dorothy again, but no one could find her again when Cliff decided to pull Dorothy's life support.
  • Progressively Prettier: Zigzagged. Her simian features differed depending on the artist, but under Richard Case she started to appear uglier and 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.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She always had the sense the Candlemaker wanted something from her, but thought she could keep him under control. Dorothy didn't realize until it was too late he was only using her to break free into the real world.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: She can make her imaginary friends tangible.

    Flex Mentallo 
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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 those 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.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: A parody. Flex trained so hard he became a Reality Warper.
  • 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.

    Willoughby Kipling 
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An agent of the mystic Knights Templar, Englishman Willoughby Kipling is a powerful magician and misanthrope who enters the stage only when needed, manipulating people for the greater good. Kipling is constantly drinking, smoking, and cursing and is regarded a disgrace by his fellow Knights. Nevertheless, he has helped the Doom Patrol save the world from the Cult of the Unwritten Book and the Candlemaker.


  • The Alcoholic: Just like how Constantine Must Have Nicotine, Kipling is usually seen with a drink.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the final battle with the Candlemaker, his arm is dissolved.
  • Anti-Hero: He is sarcastic, drunk, and morally flexible. Primarily on the side of the heroes.
  • Expy: Kipling was created because the creators were forbidden from using John Constantine in the series.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As mentioned, he is sarcastic, almost constantly drunk and morally flexible. However, he always to helps out to save existence.
  • Hero of Another Story: It is implied he has saved the world many times behind the scenes, and only relies on the Doom Patrol for things out of his control. Or when they almost cause it, such as accidentally bringing the Candlemaker into existence.

The Pollack era

    Kate Godwin / Coagula 
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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.
  • Back from the Dead: Twenty years after her death, Kate appears in two separate stories in DC Pride 2022. She's shown riding a float in a Metropolis Pride parade alongside Dorothy and Danny the Brick, and is then later seen at a conference on transgender issues in Gotham City bidding goodbye to Alysia Yeoh.
  • Collateral Angst: 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.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acted as one to Dorothy, making her death all the more tragic.
  • 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.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She's a compassionate individual but that doesn't mean she'll take shit from anyone. Kate frequently came to blows with the Chief regarding his obnoxious apathy.
  • 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 an emotional, platonic level instead of a physical one.
  • Killed Off for Real: She is accidentally killed when Dorothy unleashed her psychic powers, obliterating Kate.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kate gets pissed off when Cliff, having finally learned she's transgender, insists she's a man even if she doesn't have a penis anymore. Kate immediately points out Cliff doesn't have a penis anymore, so is he a man?

    George and Marion / The Bandage People 
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A couple of energy-based beings that are encased in bandages. They join the Doom Patrol as soon as they use the Rainbow Estates and have some power over the entities that haunt there. They have cheerful and quirky personalities and mostly act like an old-timey sitcom marriage. Their bandages are self-reproducing and can be used to quickly ensnare enemies or even making barriers. Eventually revealed to be result of experiments made by a conspiracy within the American government, with powers related to the metaphysical, chaotic beings named the Terisiae. Marion is sometimes scared between battles and George often acts protective of her, but otherwise they essentially act as The Dividual.


  • Battle Couple: They live together and they fight together.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The last time they are seen, they are waving goodbye as Kate, Cliff and Dorothy drive away. Even after Dorothy and Kate die, they are never mentioned again, despite being friends with them.
  • The Dividual: Rarely seen without the other.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: The two are shown to be in what might be the healthiest relationship in the Doom Patrol's history and it's implied their sex life is just as satisfying.
  • Happily Married: Never confirmed to be actually married but they constantly act as a perfectly happy couple.
  • Identical Stranger: They look really similar to the Negative Man, which spawned lots of theories about them. In reality they are completely unrelated beings who also just happen to be covered in bandages.
  • The Leader: Of the other Bandage People living in Rainbow Estates.
  • Parental Substitute: George and Marion essentially acted as parents to Dorothy, offering to take her on day trips and looking after her the way a real mom and dad would.
  • The Pollyanna: Both are very cheerful and casual about being a part of a superhero team.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: The two acknowledge it would be very easy for them to give into despair after everything they suffered through, but they'd rather focus on being happy and enjoying themselves.
  • Was Once a Man: They had their bodies stolen from them and were reduced to energy beings wrapped in bandages.

    Charlie the Doll 
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A living doll that Dorothy finds at Rainbow Estates. They bond instantly and barely leave each others sides. Charlie is actually an ancient Tirisiae, who sent his remaining life force into the doll to help prevent the end of the world.
  • Creepy Doll: While Charlie, a talking doll, is initially creepy, he vows to protect Dorothy and helps the Doom Patrol.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the final battle with an evil Rabbi, Charlie exhausts all his power and dies.
  • Was Once a Man: Charlie was once a powerful Tirisiae, until he was forced to transfer his remaining life force into the doll.

The Arcudi era

     Thayer Jost 
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An incredibly wealthy businessman who helped form and fund an incarnation of the Doom Patrol. This incarnation consisted of Flash Forward, Fever, Freak, and Kid Slick, with Robotman as the team leader. He also kept and cared for Dorothy, who had become comatose. Later on, he is possessed by Mr. Somebody in a scheme to discredit the Doom Patrol.
  • Big Good: During Arcudi's run, Jost helped fund and support the Doom Patrol.
  • Grand Theft Me: At some point, he is possessed by Mr. Somebody. After being released, he is left a drooling, traumatized mess.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: He funds the 3rd incarnation of the Doom Patrol, and surprisingly has no ulterior motives.
  • Not Himself: While he was possessed by Mr. Somebody, Cliff realized something was wrong with Jost and that he was acting differently.
  • The Team Benefactor: He found and funded the 3rd version of the Doom Patrol. He was also paying hospital care to take care of Dorothy, who had become comatose.

The Gerard Way era

    Casey Brinke / Space Case 
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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: She is only seen taking two romantic partners: Terry None, her roommate, after which Terry becomes magically pregnant as both Terry and Casey are women, and she also made out with her male cat Lotion, who was turned into a 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.
  • Dating Catwoman: She realizes her feelings for Terry None, the daughter of supervillain Mr. Nobody, while they concoct a scheme to destroy reality.
  • 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.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Before the Doom Patrol appears in her life, Casey was largely unfazed by weird stuff happening around her. This includes Terry accidentally exploding Casey's roommate with her tap dancing and finding her cat Lotion transformed into a humanoid form, and having sex with him. She also has sex with Terry, which leads to Terry somehow becoming pregnant.
  • 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.

    Valerie, Samuel and Lucius Reynolds/The Reynolds Family 
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An estranged married couple and their teenage son. Four years ago, Valerie left to join a cult, runs by Jane's Dr. Harrison persona, leaving Samuel and their son Lucius behind. Samuel is a paramedic and meets Casey, who drives the ambulance. Lucius, meanwhile, feels ostracized and unwanted, and begins practicing occult magic. Lucius and Samuel have a strained relationship as well, due to Valerie leaving them both. Thanks to the Doom Patrol, Valeria is recovered from the cult's brainwashing and reunites with her family. All 3 are revealed to be part of a prophecy in the magical world of Una-Kalm called the "Reynolds Prophecy", as the inhabitants believe the Reynolds are destined to save their world from the evil overlord, Margoth.


  • Badass Family: In Una-Kalm, all three literally level up: Valeria becomes an archer; Lucius becomes a mage; and Samuel becomes a tank.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Valerie is controlled by Dr. Harrison to be part of the cult. Later, she reveals while Dr. Harrison kept her in the cult, Valerie initially joined under her own free will as she felt she was missing something in her life.
  • Happily Married: Valerie reveals before joining the cult, she felt she was missing something in her life, which was why she left. After rejoining her family, she takes some time finding herself but eventually realizes she truly loves her husband and son.
  • Hero of Another Story: While the Doom Patrol deals with their own shenanigans, The Reynolds' are brought into a magical world they are destined to save.
  • In the Blood: Lucius' grandmother, Samuel's mother, reveals that magical potential skips a generation. This is why Lucius is adept at magic while Samuel is not.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Lucius, thinking both of his parents don't want him, joins Mr. Nobody's Brotherhood of Nada as the magic wielding The Great Ludini, the Teenage Nothing. After some convincing, he decides to turn against Mr. Nobody.

    Lotion the Cat 
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Lotion used to be an ordinary male house cat, until Terry fed him pure $#!+ which transformed him into a humanoid, punk cat. He becomes Casey's roommate.


Villains

The Brotherhood of Evil

    The Brain 
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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.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Deconstructed and ignored with his relationship with the Mallah. While both are villains, the only thing that's ever really discussed is that they're gay, and rarely, if ever, does the fact that that Brain is well, a Brain in a Jar and Mallah is a(n albeit evolved) gorilla come up.
  • 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.
  • No Name Given: The Brain's real name has never been revealed.
  • 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 
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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 
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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.
  • Ax-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.
  • Unstable Powered Woman: She grew increasingly unstable as the run went on to the point of almost literally tearing herself in two as her good and evil sides fought for control. Eventually she recovered, only for Captain Zahl to reawaken her dormant evil as a lead-in to the final story, which had her kill her old Brotherhood allies and join him in killing the heroes.
  • Woman Scorned: When she realized the Chief may have been more interested in hurting Brain than helping her, she lost her mind.

    Jean-Louis Droo / Houngan 
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Born in Haiti and educated in America, Jean-Louis Droo was working as a computer scientist for a large Silicon Valley computer company news of his father suffering a terminal illness reached his ears. Heading back to his home country, Droo found that modern medicine was unable to help his father and found himself turning to a local "houngan", a voodoo master.

After the Houngan cured his father, Droo became obsessed with the art of voodoo to the point of fanaticism. He mastered the art in two years, merging it with his knowledge of computer technology.


  • Black and Nerdy: Houngan is of Haitian origin and was a computer scientist before he became a villain.
  • Ethnic Magician: Droo is a Haitian voodoo witch doctor. Unlike most examples of this trope, he's also a Science Wizard.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He's a villainous voodoo witch doctor.
  • Magitek: Houngan an electro needle stylus and a computerized voodoo doll.
  • Science Wizard: Houngan combines his skill in voodoo and computer science to create an unorthodox style of magic.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His costume has no shirt.

    Garguax 
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Master of the advanced technology of his home planet, especially androids.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a bald alien and wannabe conqueror.
  • Enemy Mine: Briefly worked with the Doom Patrol against the Alien Alliance during Invasion!. As soon as the invasion was repelled he went back to being their enemy.
  • Fat Bastard: Depending on the Artist. He is sometimes depicted as grossly overweight.
  • Killed Off for Real: After Invasion! he once more tried to destroy the Doom Patrol, only for The Chief to call for a favor with the President to shoot a laser at Garguax's satellite, obliterating him. So far his death has stayed.
  • Robot Master: Is an expert with android technology. Chief amongst his weaponry were a group of advanced androids called the Plastic Men, an army of superheated, super strong and invulnerable servants.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His skin is green and his clothes are purple.

    Otto Von Furth / Plasmus 
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Otto Von Furth was a German miner who, along with four other miners, was exposed to radiation. The lone survivor, he was taken to a hospital for treatment, only to be kidnapped by Captain Zahl, who subjected him to torturous experiments to use the radiation Otto had absorbed to transform him into a monster to serve the Brotherhood of Evil. After the transformation was complete, Otto, now calling himself Plasmus, went on to join the Brotherhood.
  • Arch-Enemy: He hates Zahl for turning him into a monster and ruining his life. When Zahl bit the dust, Plasmus was angry because he wasn't the one to kill him.
  • Asshole Victim: Following his death in Salvation Run, very few people would be shedding any tears for him given his crimes.
  • Ax-Crazy: Full of rage and hatred, Plasmus is very violent and psychotic.
  • Bald of Evil: He lost all his hair in his transformation. Not just head hair, all the hair on his body.
  • Blob Monster: He was turned into a large purple, blobby creature covered in radiation.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys the fights he has with heroes, getting a rush out of them.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He openly brags about all the men, women, and children he's killed, reveling in causing pain and death.
  • Evil Wears Black: The only clothing he wears is a pair of black trunks.
  • Fate Worse than Death: How he views his existence. He's been transformed into a hideous monster who is forever covered in chemical burns due to radiation. Despite his body being altered, his pain receptors are still fully functional, meaning he is stuck perpetually suffering third degree burns all over his body and being forced to experience the pain.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was a normal man before being kidnapped, put through heinous experiments, and transformed into a hideous monster left in a perpetual state of agonizing pain for the rest of his life. His new state left him full of rage, so he vents it by rampaging around and killing people. While this does not excuse his crimes, it explains his reason for performing them.
  • Hate Sink: Freudian Excuse aside, there is nothing to like about him. He is a sadistic murderer who has killed over 75 people mostly unprovoked in horrible ways and refuses to show remorse.
  • Jerkass: He is a sadistic Serial Killer who slowly kills people by melting them down with his touch. Never once does he show any remorse for his crimes, instead bragging about them. He is cruel and shows no mercy, murdering men, women, and children alike. While he has a truly horrific origin story, not once is he ever shown as being redeemable.
  • Killed Off for Real: Died when he was used by Lex Luthor to power a teleportation device for the villains to use during Salvation Run, causing him to explode. Good riddance. He would eventually return in the New 52 continuity.
  • Purple Is Powerful: His body is purple and he is powerful in the regard that he is able to kill just through a single touch.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Also known as a foe of the Teen Titans and he faced Blue Beetle when he returned on the New 52 continuity.
  • Sadist: He takes joy in murdering people, greatly enjoying their screams as they melt away. He states it's the only time he feels joy.
  • Serial Killer: Claims to have murdered more than 75 people.
  • The Sociopath: An example of a violent sociopath shaped into what they are as a result of abuse. He was subjected to cruel experiments and turned into an abomination that is constantly suffering pain. Now he is a violent and cruel being who seeks to make everyone around him suffer as much as he has. He is extremely violent, feels no remorse for any of the crimes he has caused, shows no empathy for anyone, and displays no standards or signs of a conscience.
  • The Von Trope Family: His real name is Otto Von Furth.
  • Touch of Death: His body is so radioactive that any touch will cause someone to slowly and gruesomely melt down into protoplasm. It doesn't happen instantly, which makes the process all the worse. There is no cure or treatment for the radioactive touch. Any touch will mean certain death for a normal human.
  • Underwear of Power: Only wears black trunks.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He brags about killing at least a dozen children and nearly killed Kid Devil by disemboweling him.

The Brotherhood of Dada

An absurdist team created by Mister Nobody after he was denied membership of the Brotherhood of Evil. Their goal is less about supervillainy and more about causing chaos and absurdity. There are two iterations of the team, with Mr. Nobody leading both versions. Later on, Mr. Nobody formed a spin-off group called the Brotherhood of Nada.

Brotherhood of Dada I

    Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody 
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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". Mr. Nobody considers himself above any morality, which is why he believes in absurdity and later on, pseudo-nihilism. In truth, he is shown to be an attention hog.
  • Affably Evil: Almost always happy and polite, even when bringing unimaginable chaos to the world.
  • 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.
  • Body Surf: As Mr. Somebody he gains the ability to possess people, including Thayer Jost and Veronica Cale. After leaving their bodies, the minds of people he possessed become slightly unstable, as seen with Jost who becomes a drooling mess who can barely move.
  • Brother Hood Of Evil: Mr. Nobody forms the Brotherhood of Dada, I and II, and later on the Brotherhood of Nada. However, Mr. Nobody would disagree on them being "evil".
  • 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. The stranger people make up his Brotherhoods of Dada and Nada.
  • 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.
  • Dada: The source of much of his inspiration, actions and quotations are sourced from this movement.
  • 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 Versus 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 Choose to Stay: He is given the opportunity to become entertainment for reality shaping gods called Euonymus. e happily accepts to stay in their dimension.
  • 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.
  • Semantic Superpower: One of his many powers, he says that many lost and discarded objects find their way to him as they are things Nobody owns. This probably applies to things Nobody knows, which might be why he finds his teammates so easily.
  • 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.

    The Quiz 
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Born and raised in Japan, little else is known about the woman known as Quiz. The Quiz gained her powers - the unique ability to harness any power her opponents didn't think of - from the Gene-bomb. Mr. Nobody won her trust by giving her a filtered gown and gas mask to protect her from her fear, and she joined his group, the Brotherhood of Dada.


  • I Choose to Stay: She chooses to stay in the Painting that ate Paris as she is happier in it.
  • Superpower Lottery: The Quiz possess every superpower her opponent hasn't thought of yet.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Quiz loses a particular superpower the moment someone she is fighting against thinks of it out loud. Whenever she faces a new opponent, her complete powerset is restored — until the new foe starts thinking of superpowers.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The Quiz suffers from near crippling mysophobia: the fear of dirt.

    Holly McKenzie / Sleepwalk 
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Born and raised in England, little else is known about Holly McKenzie. It is unclear how she got or discovered her powers. Following a sleepwalking event in which she caused the deaths of at least two police officers, she was invited by Mr Nobody to join the newly-formed Brotherhood of Dada. She has superhuman strength and stamina, but can only access her powers via sleepwalking. In order to stop herself from ever waking up, she took large amounts of sleeping pills and constantly wore headphones that played Barry Manilow.

    Lloyd Jefferson / Frenzy 
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Little is known about Lloyd Jefferson's early life or origin. Originally from Detroit, his mother did not have him educated, leaving him partially illiterate and bitter, and she later abandoned him. After accidentally using his powers to partially destroy a building he was invited by Mr Nobody to join the first incarnation of the Brotherhood of Dada.

    Byron Shelley / The Fog 
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Little is known about Byron Shelley's early life, save that he was raised by intellectuals. The cause or source of his powers are unknown. He used his powers as an eccentric super villain, often absorbing bystanders.
  • Mushroom Samba: He can turn into a psychedelic death that can absorb people.
  • Split Personality: The Fog absorbs the personalities of the people it absorbs. He has a hard time figuring out which personality is his original one.

Brotherhood of Dada II

    Malcolm / Agent ! 
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Prior to being known as Agent "!", Italian citizen Malcolm had an unusual ability to blend seamlessly into any crowd, to the point where he became almost impossible to spot; he often referred to himself as a man "who comes as no surprise." Unfortunately, this ability was not one that he could consciously control, and this made it extremely difficult for him to make or maintain friendships or other social interactions. Particularly given the nature of his ability, he longed to know what it was like to surprise someone.


  • "Eureka!" Moment: As he is dying, a small plane flies out of his chest, surprising his assailants, and showing Malcom the element of surprise was inside him the entire time.
  • Invisibility: Agent "!" can seamlessly blend into a crowd, giving him the ability to go invisible while others are around.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is killed by government snipers.
  • The Nondescript: Has the ability to blend seamlessly into any crowd, to the point where he became almost impossible to spot.
  • Power Incontinence: Agent "!" can't consciously control his powers; they just happen when he's around other people.

    Alias the Blur 
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Alias the Blur was created when Ilse Krauss, a German actress, fell in love with her own reflection. She became obsessed with the mirror and spent years gazing into it. In her madness, she perceived her own slow aging as her lover being replaced. Broken-hearted, she tried to "murder" the mirror by deforming it with battery acid. Distressed by the warped image this created, Ilse shot herself in the head, putting her in a permanent coma. The mirror, meanwhile, remained haunted and tortured. Placed in a junkyard, the mirror was roused from its slumber and devoured the time of a nearby child, immediately aging him, but empowering itself.


  • Killed Off for Real: Alias the Blur is killed by Yankee Doodle Dandy.
  • Rapid Aging: Alias the Blur can rapidly speed up the aging process of whoever looks in its mirror.

    Bobby Charmichael / Love Glove 
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Born and raised in Hull, Bobby Carmichael was a young man living a dissatisfied life on the dole when he began to have a dream about a mysterious whispering figure and a tree which grew gloves. One night, he put one of the gloves on his right hand, and when he awoke he found he had lost both his arms; in the place where his right hand should be, the glove from his dream hung in empty space. He obeyed the summons of the strange figure in his dream, which called him to Venice and the new Brotherhood of Dada.


  • Floating Limbs: The Love Glove has invisible arms and the power to use magic gloves.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is killed by goverment agents to stop Mr. Nobody's presidential campaign.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: The Love Glove is able to access an alternate dimension where the mysterious Glove Tree grows. He is able to pluck and wear these gloves on his missing left hand, and they grant him various abilities, such as super strength, technopathy, and painting very well.

    The Toy 
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The Toy was meant to be recruited into the Brotherhood of Dada on the day Mister Nobody unveiled his plan to merge the reality of the Painting That Ate Paris with the real world. Unfortunately, she arrived too late, and the entire Brotherhood was killed by Yankee Doodle Dandee before she'd even arrived. She is later recruited by Thayer Jost, actually possessed by Mr. Nobody, into his corporate team.


  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: She constantly arrives late for any battles or appointments. This actually saves her life when the rest of the Brotherhood is killed off.
  • Killed Off for Real: Much later on, she is killed by the Mr. Somebody possessed Thayer Jost.
  • Mysterious Past: Her past and even her real name were never revealed.

    Number None 
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Number None is, essentially, bad luck. It is everything that gets in your way and causes you to stub your toe. Every cupboard door left open on which you smack your head. Though Number None was recruited into the Brotherhood of Dada, it is not necessarily anybody in particular.


  • The Ghost: Number None is never actually seen on panel, but their actions are always felt.
  • The Jinx: Number None is bad luck for everyone else.

Brotherhood of Nada

A group of "villains" brought together based on having nothing in common. They join Mr. Nobody in his quest to destroy reality. This also leads them to have a falling out with Mr. Nobody, as since they have nothing in common they had no reason to stay together either.

    Alice Debries / The Breeze 
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According to Mr. Nobody, Alice was the best at anything she tried. She eventually became bored with being so good at everything, and became a villain to try something new.


  • The Ace: Literally called that by Mr. Nobody, and the reason she went into supervillainy in the first place.
  • Good Is Boring: Though we don't know if Alice was ever "good", she was bored being the best at everything, leading her to try out villainy.

    Hector Alvarez / Hector the Boy Detector 
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According to Mr. Nobody, Hector was an ordinary boy who liked building sandcastles at the beach. One day, he found an alien metal detector and uses it to search out for adventure and loose change.


    Daisy Langdon / The Brutalist 
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According to Mr. Nobody, Daisy was a promising scientist who had an accident involving radioactive cement. She became a living brutalist sculpture, that feeds on the pain and misfortune of others while beating them to death.


  • Emotion Eater: She feeds on the pain and misfortune of others.
  • Living Statue: Is a living brutalist sculpture.
  • Taken for Granite: Originally human, Daisy was fused with radioactive cement into a brutalist sculpture.

    50% Chad 
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According to Mr. Nobody, he is a "mysterious pair of oversized legs, feet, bits and a tush", with nothing else known. Even Mr. Nobody wonders where he came from or even if he is 50% of a larger being.


  • Humanoid Abomination: He is the bottom half, maybe, of an even larger being, or simply exists as he is. Either way, 50% Chad is one of the weirder members of the Brotherhood of Nada.
  • Power Nullifier: His stench is so strong that being near him can weaken an opponent by 50%.
  • Show Some Leg: He is a lower torso, starting from the crotch, and except for underwear and socks is otherwise naked.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Appears to be the lower half of a much larger being.

    Lucius Reynolds / The Great Ludini, the Teenage Nothing 
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Lucius is interested in things like the occult, which his father finds very strange. The two have a strained relationship after Lucius' mother left them to join a cult four years prior, leaving Sam to raise Lucius alone. He is approached by Mr. Nobody and given magical superpowers. Tropes related to him are above.


Other Villains

    Captain Zahl 
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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.
  • Dying Smirk: Died gloating to Robotman about having had the last laugh.
  • 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.
  • 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 kept them that way for fourteen years, making himself into a feared figure in the hero and villain communities in the process. In reality only Elasti-Woman truly died
  • 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.
  • Villain Killer: He not only destroyed the Doom Patrol, but also the Brotherhood of Evil in his lifetime.

    General Immortus 
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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.

    Red Jack 
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A powerful God-like entity that collects butterflies. He claimed to be both Jack the Ripper and the Creator of the Universe.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: His lepidoptery motif, having a colossal collection of still living butterflies that are in constant agony under the pin and on display.
  • Color Character: Red Jack.
  • Demiurge Archetype: The DC universe has quite a few entities running around claiming to be God or an emanation thereof. But whether or not he is Red Jack fits the insane monster part of it given his Domain Holder abilities and the fact that evidence does point to him being ancient.
  • Domain Holder: He causes all manner of traps and changes to appear to vex the Doom Patrol even changing the environment instantly to aid him in battle.
  • Emotion Eater: He feeds on the suffering of others, and because Death Takes a Holiday from his realm he can keep the suffering going forever.
  • Humanoid Abomination: While it's very unlikely he's an actual god, he's certainly one of the former.
  • Sadist: How do you call someone who thrives on the pain of others?
  • Shout-Out: To the Redjac used by a certain sci-fi series that also served as a mythological ripper stand-in.
  • Spring-Heeled Jack: Another title he claims before settling on Red Jack.
  • Use Their Own Weapon Against Them: Rhea does this while half-awake, stabbing him with his own knife and actually turning the Curb Stomp of a fight the Doom Patrol was locked in into something actually winnable.
  • White Mask of Doom: Covers what one assumes is his face, although he doesn't have a neck to speak of.

    Percival Sutter / Doctor Tyme 
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Doctor Tyme is a criminal who can control the flow of time. His helmet contains a device that can project a 4-X beam. The beam can slow down or speed up an object's personal time.
  • Bald of Evil: Without his clock-shaped helmet he's shown to be bald.
  • Green and Mean: His clothes are green and blue.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses his time-stopping powers to commit petty crimes.
  • My Nayme Is: It's 'Time' but with a 'Y'.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He believes he is the Doom Patrol's archenemy. In truth, they have mostly forgotten about him. He also believe the CIA is after him because his favorite show was canceled, and he believes they did that to attack him.
  • Time Stands Still: This is how his time-ray works.

    Sven Larson / Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man 
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Formerly a student of Niles Caulder, Swedish scientist Sven Larson gained powers when he fell into a vat of mysterious amino acids. His power is to transform any part of his body into a form of animal, vegetable or mineral; frequently he uses different combinations of all three for the most devastating effects.


    Arsenal 
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An armored mercenary hired by Nicolas Galtry, former guardian of Gar Logan, to kill the boy so that Galtry might get his hands on the Logan fortune. He was soundly thwarted by the Doom Patrol and revealed to actually be of very small stature. In the end, Arsenal was defeated by the members of the Doom Patrol and arrested. His armored suit was taken into custody, but later stolen by Galtry, who used it himself for another try at Logan.


    John Dubrovny / Mister 104 
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John Dubrovny was an average man, who was an average achiever throughout his life. He settled down with his wife and went about his daily routine of working as a molecular engineer. However, John wasn't happy with his average life, or his colleagues' perceptions of him. When all his colleagues had left for the night, John continued to work on his own side project, resurrecting the long thought dead science of alchemy. The device he created, however, worked in a different way to his expectations. When he was caught in the device's ray, he was transformed into an amalgamation of all the elements he wanted to manipulate. Dubrovny then found he could become one or any combination of the elements found in the periodic table.


  • Artifact Name: His villain identity comes from the number of elements on the periodic table at the time of his debut back in The '60s. Even in his repeat appearances in the original run, he jumped from Mr. 103 to Mr. 104.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a goatee.
  • Freak Lab Accident: Source of his powers.
  • Mad Scientist: A "genius bio-chemist who suffered a mental collapse", to use Niles Caulder's description.
  • Meaningful Name: His villainous identity is the number of elements on the contemporary periodic table.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Despite his genius as a molecular engineer, he was considered painfully average.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His costume is green and orange.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of Mister 104's powers. He can shape parts and portions of his body instead of the whole.

    Ashok Desai / Kalki 
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The father of Arani Desai (a.k.a. Celsius). Though born in poverty in Calcutta, India, Ashok Desai gained a science degree at Oxford University. He returned to India, determined to cure his country's social ills. Desai's wife died giving birth to their daughter, who would grow up to become Celsius of the Doom Patrol. Ironically, Desai's association with the Patrol's founder and leader - Niles Caulder - years before the groups founding, involved experiments that horribly mutated Desai's body, making him a living dimensional gateway. Believing himself to be the living incarnation of the Hindu god Kalki, deity of destruction, Desai amassed wealth and power before targeting the Doom Patrol and his own daughter Arani for revenge.


  • Evil Cripple: Kalki's experiments with immortality left his body twisted and deformed. The containment suit he wears makes his deformities bearable.
  • A God Am I: Ashok believed himself to be an incarnation of the Indian god Kalki, who was prophesized to bring about the destruction of Earth.
  • Hellgate: Kalki’s body is a living dimensional gateway that opens up to a world populated with demons.
  • Legacy Character: Possibly. During Doomsday Clock, a member of India's super-team The Doomed is listed with the codename "Son of Kalki". If there's a relationship between him, Ashok and Arani, it's never explored.
  • Sinister Scythe: One arm of Kalki's containment suit ends in a serrated scythe blade.

    Shadowy Mister Evans 
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The Shadowy Mr. Evans is one of the harbingers of the Apocalypse. He claims to be the original serpent of Eden.
  • Can't Take Criticism: He's been torturing some poor bastard for ages just because the guy criticized Evans' singing.
  • Green and Mean: Wears green clothes.
  • Large Ham: He's something of a primadonna who tends to moan about his "sensitive health" and is rather eager to show off his singing abilities if asked nicely.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He's got a little boy servant named Clanky whom he constantly berates and kicks around

    Scissormen 
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Scissor-handed creatures who cut people out of reality. The Book With No Name was a fictional story chronicling the accounts of a city called Orqwith. The story came to life, and the people of Orqwith, menaces known only as the Scissormen entered our reality.

    Candlemaker 
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Powerful entity that emerged in Dorothy Spinner's subconscious.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Initially the Candlemaker was an egregore, created by unconscious tensions that surround historical crisis moments. In other words, it's the avatar of such possible menaces of the 20th century as World War III and the nuclear bomb.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Looks like some sort of demon with a crown of organic candles.
  • Jackass Genie: Subverted. Every wish the Candlemaker grants doesn't have any bizarre twist. He killed the kid who bullied Dorothy, destroyed the Telephone Avatar, and revived Joshua Clay exactly as Dorothy wanted. However, he then kills Josh all over again after bringing him back.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Candlemaker ended up trapped inside of Dorothy's subconscious and the only way he could be free is if she made at least three wishes.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: The Candlemaker serves as a Deus ex Machina to stop the Telephone Avatar after everything else has proved unable to stop it.

    Beard Hunter 
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Ernest Franklin's hatred for beards emerged in that moment when he have known that he can't grow his own because of male hormone deficiency. His war against beards began from killing his stepfather, then he continued to kill all the bearded men he met. Some time later he was hired by "The Bearded Gentlemen's Club of Metropolis" to kill Niles Caulder, who offended the club by claiming that all of them are lunatics, and bring his beard to them.
  • Basement-Dweller: Franklin was 36 years old, lived with his mother and stuffed German shepherd named Sheba, and didn't have a girlfriend because he thought that women are total waste of time and money.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: The Beard Hunter is a vicious parody of The Punisher, deconstructed such that he's really just an overgrown dweeb overcompensating for his colossal Freudian issues.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Wears a belt made from the beards of men he has killed.
  • Freudian Excuse: Became a Serial Killer because of his inability to grow a beard, and is implied to be overcompensating for other supposed failures of masculinity.
  • High-Voltage Death: The Chief managed to electrocute Frank by making him step onto camouflaged electrized aluminium foil.
  • Killed Off for Real: Did not survive his run-in with Niles Caulder.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Murdered his stepfather.
  • Serial Killer: Targets men with beards.

    Terry None 
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A mysterious girl who tap dances into Casey Brink's life. She moves in with her and begins marketing a foodstuff called $#!+, which has reality altering properties. She also has sex with Casey and becomes pregnant very quickly. She is revealed to be Mr. Nobody's daughter and is key to the plan to use $#!+ to destroy reality, using her tap dancing powers. She is forced by Mr. Nobody to stay with him as entertainment for Euonymus.
  • Dating Catwoman: She is the Catwoman for Casey Brinke.
  • Magic Dance: She can tap dance and cause reality altering events with it. She accidentally causes Casey's roommate to explode (it's alright, he was moving out anyway) and uses $#!+ to almost destroy reality.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: After having sex with Casey, she rapidly becomes pregnant. When she gives birth, the baby is a white void that almost destroys reality as well.
  • Trapped in Villainy: To a certain degree. She willingly helps her father, Mr. Nobody, sell $#!+ and try to destroy reality. When Mr. Nobody forces her to stay with him in Outer Heaven as entertainment for Euonymus, she wants to leave but is forced by him to stay.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Her costume is modeled after Dada, one of the most recognizable monsters from Ultraman.

    The Disappointment/Haxxalon the Star Archer 
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Haxxalon the Star Archer was originally a fictional character made for a comic and television series to sell toys. After it was discovered his toy products emitted a strange radiation, his toyline was cancelled and comic book banned. He became the Disappointment, a being that exists outside of continuity.


  • Blank White Void: The Disappointment is this, being an all white being with a vague humanoid shape. Across his body is a label that reads "Withheld Due to Copyright".
  • In Their Own Image: He kills Ahl, the God of Superheroes, and is able to usurp his position, using his new reality bending powers to give him the comic book ending he always wanted.
  • Kill the God: He does this to Ahl, the God of Superheroes, using Ahl's only weakness: a brick that can think, which happened to be Danny the Brick.

    Retconn 
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A multiversal organization that hijacks and rewrites realities for the purpose of making entertainment. They instigate the "Milk Wars" to bring uniformity.


  • Big Bad: Of the "Milk Wars" crossover event between the Young Animal series and Justice League series.
  • Void Between the Worlds: Retconn exists beyond the normal universe. This allows them to affect continuity within the DC Prime universe.

    Milkman Man 
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One of the main antagonists of the "Milk Wars" crossover event. He is used by Retconn to transform the DC Universe into an ideal 1950s-style utopia. He is as strong and fast as Superman. He is actually the son of Casey Brink and Terry None, who at his birth was captured by Retconn and raised to enforce their rules. He carries brainwashing milk.
  • Anti-Villain: He genuinely believes he is doing good by altering reality and milk-washing everything.
  • Beware the Superman: He has all the powers and abilities, and seemingly none of the weaknesses, of Superman. If it wasn't for him being a nice villain, he could have obliterated the Doom Patrol and JLA.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Not him, but the milk that is part of his schtick, as an enforcer of Retconn, can brainwash people and alter reality. People have to drink it to be brainwashed.
  • Flying Brick: As a version of Superman, he seemingly has all of his powers, including flight and super strength.
  • Superman Substitute: Enforced in universe. As he was born a blank, after he was abducted by Retconn they made him their Superman, including a similar backstory of being place in a rocket and being Happily Adopted.

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