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The Doom Patrol
- Action Dad: Larry is a father of two and a career soldier prior to becoming a Doom Patrol member, while both Niles and Cliff have a daughter.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, the Doom Patrol are a highly competent superhero team who regularly save all of reality from total annihilation. In the show, they're a bunch of inexperienced fuck-ups whose attempts to do good are mostly ineffectual or make things worse.
- The Ageless: They all stopped aging after their respective Super Hero Origin for reasons yet to be stated. Cliff has a legit reason physically speaking, while the rest are implied due to mutation.
- Alternate Self: Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) establishes that the Niles, Rita, Larry and Cliff have ones on Earth-9.
- Anti-Hero: All of them have severe personal flaws and don't even want to be heroes most of the time, but they gradually become better people.
- Body Horror: As detailed by Dysfunction Junction below, each member of the team is broken in every sense of the word.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Rita and Larry are yet to be addressed by their superhero names.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Aside from Victor, who had a generally happy upbringing, even if his relationship with his father was tense, most of the Doom Patrol had dark childhoods that contributed to what they grew up to be.
- Cliff's father was an abusive drunken deadbeat who would blow up at Cliff's mom over petty things, and then keep her around by apologizing every time.
- Kay's father sexually abused her when she was a young girl.
- Larry showed signs of being gay as a child, and his community treated him poorly for it, with his parents being more concerned about their social standing than what their son was going through.
- Though not as bad as what the others went through, Rita's parents pushed her into being an actress at a young age, and were so insistent on it that when she got to meet her idol, her mom made her introduce herself by her stage name rather than her birth name. Though the mother put herself through some trauma too, sleeping with a producer to get Rita her first role. Rita happened to see this, giving her even more issues.
- Deadpan Snarker: Cliff Steele is the biggest one, but Larry and Rita all show shades of this as well.Larry: I thought you might like some fresh air.
Cliff: I can't feel the air.
Larry: Sucks to be you.
Cliff: Hey, what was it like buried in a pyramid with your cat?
- Dysfunction Junction: The Doom Patrol are gathered together by this, but they were also already messed up BEFORE the accidents that turned them into freaks. To wit:
- Caulder is confined to a wheelchair. Before he was crippled, he was already an overprotective dad trying to attain immortality to eternally protect her daughter from the world (and the world from her), and actually caused the incidents that turned the rest of the team, sans Cyborg, into the freaks they are now.
- Cliff has no body of his own and has to live inside that of a cold steel robot, (including the sensory deprivation that comes with it). Before that, he was an adrenaline junkie glory hog serial adulterer with daddy issues (phew!), whose untimely accident ended up killing his wife and leaving his daughter fatherless, as he was a brain in a jar for years before being given his new body by Niles.
- Larry's body is heavily charred and lethally radioactive. Before that, he was a closeted gay man during the homophobic early 60's, whose fear of his own sexuality and the consequences of it brought suffering to both his gay lover and his very not-a-gay-man wife.
- Rita's physical form destabilizes according to her mood, and it takes intense concentration to not literally melt when under extreme emotional distress. Before that, she had a thoroughly controlling mother who pushed her into the ugly world of show business, turning Rita into a neurotic, cynical mess.
- Kay has dissociative identity disorder, having as many as 64 different personalities. This is the result of a BRUTALLY abusive childhood under a sexually abusive father, followed by experimentation by the government.
- Victor, similarly to Cliff, is a cyborg, although not a full-body one like Cliff. Still, this thoroughly affects his self-image, not helped by his overly enthusiastic dad pushing him towards a superhero career. Before that, his father was the complete opposite, being a mostly absent father whom Victor never managed to please. Victor himself has a severe case of survivor's guilt from his mother's death, and also has resentment towards his dad for being unwillingly turned into a cyborg by him in order to save his life.
- Failure Hero: While not explicitly true given they do manage to save the town of Cloverton from Mr. Nobody, the early adventures of the Doom Patrol in Season 1 emphasize they are not very good at heroics. In fact, they're not very good at going into town or trying to get to Paraguay. Victor is a Subverted Trope as he's entirely competent as a hero.
- Five-Token Band: The team is multi-ethnic and very versatile.
- Fun Size: The first season ends with the entire team sans Danny (who is reduced to a brick) and Larry stuck as inch-high versions of themselves.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The people of Cloverton hate the Doom Patrol for wrecking downtown and bringing down the wrath of Mr. Nobody.
- Karmic Transformation: Rita, Larry, and Cliff's various accidents are thematically tied to their character failings prior to them. That said, the sheer pain and horror that ensued (not to mention the collateral damage) are depicted as disproportionate to their misdeeds.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They're a bunch of superpowered outcasts banded together to do good.
- Superhero Speciation: The team has Cyborg and Robotman, both of whom are Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Two Girls to a Team: The team has two female members, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane.
Dr. Niles Caulder / The Chief
Played by: Timothy Dalton, Abigail Shapiro (child)
The Leader of the Doom Patrol and a man surrounded with mystery.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He's a redhead in the comics. Here, he's got Timothy Dalton's natural brown hair.
- Adaptational Heroism: Zig-zagged. While he's far more affable than his openly-jerkass comic-counterpart, he's still a very morally dubious person. Just as in the comics, he's behind the incidents that created the Doom Patrol, but while the comic Niles did it for purely selfish reasons and later went in to full-blown supervillain territory, Show Niles did it in order to protect his daughter and grows to be wracked with guilt over it. Another key difference being in his motivation for changing Rita: in the show she's considered a viable test subject along with all the other members of the team, while in the comic he did it solely to humiliate her and make her subservient to him. In short, Niles in the show is much more like a deeply flawed parental figure who is capable of genuine kindness and compassion than the manipulative sociopath he was in the comics.
- Adaptational Nationality: American in the comics but British in the show.
- The Ageless: Niles looked exactly the same in 1913 as he does in 2019. The second season reveals this is due to a pendant he wears that has prolonged his natural lifespan.
- Anti-Villain: He is the ultimate antagonist of the Doom Patrol, being responsible for everything shitty that happened to them. But he also did this to protect his own daughter, and seems to have grown to love them as well.
- Arch-Enemy: Chief has a lot of enemies, most of which are likely dead or still out for his blood. His most notable one is Eric Morden aka Mr. Nobody.
- The Atoner: He's deeply wracked with guilt about causing the team's various accidents and much of his efforts with them can be seen as much as an effort to help them out of guilt as to serve his own goals.
- Badass Baritone: He is played by Timothy Dalton after all.
- Broken Pedestal: He's seen as a father figure by the whole team but that image gradually disappears over the first season as they learn about his shadier side and is gone completely when they find out he was responsible for their accidents. In season two, they make it repeatedly clear that they will never regard him as they once did again.
- Can't Take Criticism: Played with. Niles can understand people's grievances with him... but only once he's forced to face those grievances. Before then, he'll cover-up his mistakes or outright ignore obvious failings on his part. Pressing on his Berserk Button in particular can result in his politeness vanishing in favor of anger. In season 2, Danny pointing out that Dorothy is more of a prisoner results in Niles immediately insisting that he would know if he was hurting his daughter, despite obvious evidence to the contrary.
- Control Freak: One of Niles' greatest flaws is his obsession with trying to control the world around him. His work for the Bureau of Oddities demonstrated an imperialist fixation on "solving" primitive worlds. While he grew out of that trait, he soon fixated on trying to become immortal, in order to protect Dorothy and/or the world from each other. No matter the cost to his trusted friends.
- Cross-Cast Role: The child version of the Chief is played by Abigail Shapiro, the actress who also portrays his daughter Dorothy.
- Genius Cripple: An intelligent scientist who's bound to a wheelchair.
- Genius Sweet Tooth: He's a brilliant scientist and inventor who really loves his chocolate.
- Going Native: With Oyewah, after being rescued by her.
- Good Is Not Nice: He saves and harbors people thought to be doomed with his unconventional science, and ultimately wants to help humanity. This is much downplayed later on, but he still misled Cliff about his daughter's death.
- In 1949, he despises Laura De Mille, viewing her as a self-serving power-seeker who worsened the nobility of the Bureau of Normalcy's initial vision for the sake of her own goals. While he's revealed to have fairly strong evidence to believe as much, these are all descriptions that could apply to him, given his own willingness to ally with a corrupt organization like the Bureau for his own ends.
- Early in season 2, he calls out the others for ostracizing Dorothy, but he regularly talks down to her, keeps her confined and out of the way whenever possible, and is constantly telling others how dangerous she is, and while Dorothy takes Cliff and Jane's insults with aplomb, she deeply internalizes her father's comments that she's dangerous and unstable, to the point that she tries to exile herself to another planet after killing Baby Doll and Flaming Katy in a rage.
- Incurable Cough of Death: After he gives up the amulet that granted him immortality in the second season, he starts coughing up blood on a more and more frequent basis.
- MayDecember Romance: When he was a member of the Bureau of Normalcy, he fell in love with a hairy cave woman named Oyewah, or Slava in 1913.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He outwardly doesn't show much remorse for the lives he ruined for his experiments. At least not till Cliff's. Though it wasn't so much because he destroyed Cliff's life (since as he noted, Cliff was supposed to die during the wreck on the race track) so much that he also caused Cliff's wife to die, leaving their daughter an orphan (and also wounded). This causes Niles to begin to question whether he's truly justified in all that he is doing.
- Mysterious Past: Niles has managed to make a lot of unusual friends and enemies over his life. The circumstances for only a few of these have been revealed.
- Older Than They Look: Niles was already an adult in 1913 suggesting he is well over 100 years old. Confirmed in season 2 where he tells the others he's at least 139 years old.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's exceptionally skilled in many different fields of science, having designed Cliff's robotic body, functioned as Jane's therapist, invented Larry's radiation-proof bandages, and built two working spaceships in the 1950s, both of which are still functional. However, The Brain points out its weird how many talents he has and speculates that some of his more impressive feats (such as designing Cliff's robot body) may be due to dabbling in the dark arts rather than legitimate science.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Subverted. He actively searches for means to live longer than his also ageless daughter so he can always be there to protect her, but he gives up his immortality to help the Doom Patrol.
- Papa Wolf: The reason he did all of these horrible things was to protect his daughter Dorothy, whom he sent to live with Danny and the Dannyzens to keep her safe. In season 2, his Papa Wolf side comes out more as he gets angry at the others if they yell at Dorothy or call her names.Niles: (to Cliff) What the hell is wrong with you?! You take your anger out on me, not an innocent child!
- Parental Substitute: He serves as this for the team, many of whom come from less than stellar backgrounds.
- Parents as People: Niles does love Dorothy and wants to protect her more than anything in the world. But this desire destroys innocent lives, creates more problems than solutions, and ultimately damages Dorothy most of all.
- Pragmatic Hero: How Kipling describes him, being a man who does what's needed and living with it. He destroyed the lives of 4 other people to use them as guinea pigs for finding methods of immortality all for the sake of making sure he will be there to take care of his immortal and eternally childlike daughter. Both for her sake, and for the world's...
- Related in the Adaptation: He's Dorothy Spinner's father in the show while they were simply on the same team in the comics.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate. Chocolate anything, including chocolate chip pancakes.
- Wham Line: In "Penultimate Patrol" when he confesses to the Doom Patrol: "I was responsible, for everything that has happened to each of you."
- What the Hell, Hero?: The opening episodes of season 2 are basically one long string of these, mostly from Cliff.
- Your Days Are Numbered: In season 2, Niles' biggest story arc is the fact that he's now slowly dying and needs to find a way to extend his life if he wants to keep living alongside his daughter.
Rita Farr / Elasti-Woman/Gertrude Cramp
Species: Enhanced Human
Played by: April Bowlby, Lana Jean Turner (child)
Appearances: Doom Patrol (2019) | Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019)note
A former actress who was mutated by a strange gas.
- '50s Hair: Has the "Hollywood curls" style ala Marilyn Monroe.
- Adaptation Name Change: Elasti-Girl in the comics. Probably changed to avoid confusion with Elastigirl in Disney / Pixar's The Incredibles franchise, which use the name with DC's permission. Her real name is also Gertrude Camp with Rita Farr being just her Stage Name.
- Adaptation Personality Change: A Nice Girl and the group's Team Mom in the comics, but more of a narcissistic former Hollywood diva here, who nonetheless has a sweet side to her as well.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
- In the comics, she died at the end of the Silver Age, and stayed dead for decades afterwards, never having any relationship with Jane or Dorothy, who came later. In this version of the team, she is on the team with both of them, and even briefly tries to parent Dorothy.
- In the comics, she was Happily Married to Steve Dayton. In this show, they dated briefly, and she does not like to talk about it.
- In the comics, she never encountered the Brotherhood of Dada. In this show, she was a member of it, and even had a thirty-year relationship with Malcolm.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Played With; she has the same powers as her comic self, being a Rubber Man style shapeshifter who's "natural" form is a shapeless mass, but her comic self could control this well enough, allowing her to primarily use it for stretching, growing/shrinking, etc. In the show, Rita has severe Power Incontinence, and lacks the fine control needed to stretch or grow/shrink, causing her mostly to use her powers in a "turn into a giant blob" manner.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: In her previous Hollywood life, she was a bigoted narcissist who frequently betrayed others to the Hollywood system for the sake of maintaining her own status. This fades over the course of her growing improvement as a character and she expresses some regret for her life as "Rita Farr, Hollywood Diva." However, when living as the amnesiac "Bendy," she's a warm-hearted individual who never considers betraying her friends to the Bureau and embraces the Dada lifestyle that her previous self mocked. Even after regaining her memories, Rita still maintains her loyalty to the Sisterhood and fully rejects the Hollywood persona she used to adore.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She occasionally expresses a wish to be rid the life of Rita Farr and find a new identity for herself. She gets her wish as the amnesiac Bendy, only to have her lover killed and her friends weaponized by the Bureau of Normalcy.
- Beneath the Mask: She has been living so long as Rita Farr, she is not sure that anything even exists beneath the mask anymore. But she knows she doesn't want to be Rita and everything that she was anymore.
- Big Eater: When she joins the others for dinner and introduces herself to Rachel, she piles her plate with a small mountain of food. Justified, since she says that she requires a lot of caloric intake to help maintain her form.
- Blessed with Suck: Compared to her comic counterpart, Rita's powers are pretty terrible. Unlike the comic where she is essentially Mister Fantastic, in the show, she is essentially a giant blob of flesh in her neutral form. The only real benefit to this power is that she is able to move through very small openings, as she is super malleable. On the downside, she requires constant mental focus to maintain her physical form, any distractions or distress tends to cause her to grotesquely lose her form. It's clear that she hates her "power".
- Season 2 has her slowly gain more control over her power, with her progress rising and falling depending on her mental state. Its clear she has the potential to become as powerful as her comics counterpart, if she can overcome her personal traumas.
- Blob Monster: Introduced lying in bed as a formless blob and has to reshape herself when she awakens. This requires a conscious effort on her part and she has difficulty maintaining it, especially when stressed or emotional.
- Body Horror: Seeing her dissolve is... not a pretty sight.
- Celibate Hero: Heavily implied, and not by choice. She fears getting intimate with anyone will cause her to lose control of her shapeshifting, and turn her into a blob that will suffocate or crush the person she is with. Which has already happened once.
- Season 2 adds new complications to this when Rita unlocks repressed memories of her mother sleeping around to get young Rita acting roles. It soon becomes clear that Rita internalized sex as something that would cost her power and control. Given the abovementioned incident and her failed relationship with Steve Dayton, Rita has numerous reasons to be uncomfortable with sex.
- Cursed with Awesome: Season 3 confirms that the Blessed with Suck nature of her powers is entirely due to her own self-loathing. When suffering from amnesia and unhampered by her issues, she's just as powerful as her comics couterpart and a huge get for the Sisterhood of Dada.
- The Diva: She is The '50s-version of a diva.
- FaceHeel Turn: In her pursuit of revenge against Madame Rouge, she unleashes the Eternal Flaggelation on the world, forcing the globe to confront their traumas. Including her friends.
- Fiery Redhead: An auburn-haired woman known for her pridefulness.
- Freudian Excuse: She was raised by parents obsessed with stardom, to the point of keeping her from schooling and other kids her age. It explains a lot of her lack of social grace and self-obsession.
- Harmless Liquefaction: The same powers that allow Rita to mold and shape her body frequently result in her melting into a shapeless puddle of flesh if she can't maintain concentration, to the point that her default state first thing in the morning is that of a Blob Monster hiding under the blankets. Given that she can reform herself with sufficient willpower, the process is harmless to Rita - though it's definitely a dignity-stripper.
- Hospital Hottie: In a medical uniform, she wears it well and is not less a Ms. Fanservice in it.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Or, more accurately, adored. In season 2, she decides to try and channel this desire for good by becoming a superhero rather than a Hollywood star.
- It's All About Me: Played for drama; Rita's defining flaw is her need for attention and validation, and it only pushes others away. Best exemplified in the pilot after hearing a waitress tell her that Rita Farr movies helped her family through tough times — rather than simply take solace in knowing that she touched the life of someone else, Rita tries to get the woman to say more about the movies themselves and how great Farr was in them, in a desperate attempt to feel adulation again. When it fails, horribly, she begins literally falling apart from the stress. She starts getting better about caring for others, and as of now, wants to reinvent herself as a better person and leave her past as "Rita Farr" behind.
- Large Ham: Her acting. Also, pretty much Rita in general. Larry comments that, in order to use her powers, first she has to "emote."
- Ms. Fanservice: She is a very attractive woman and is often shown sleeping in the buff. Enforced, as she's likely dressing as her film noir character "The Crimson Lady". Later she wears a medical outfit that still seems to compliment her well. Unfortunately, during a Superpower Meltdown, she most certainly is not.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In her backstory she sustained her career by acquiring attractive young actresses for a Hollywood producer. When one of them ended up pregnant and committed suicide she finally realized what she had done... but then took the next role she was offered anyway.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A very subtile one of Katharine Hepburn with dashes of Joan Crawford.
- Older Than They Look: She used to be an old-timey actress, got her condition decades ago, and was institutionalized for much of that time. But her condition allows her to keep her appearance from back then.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Larry. Theyve been at the mansion the longest and have formed the closest bond as a result. She even accompanied him to go see his son. And when they leave the mansion for a few months after learning what Niles did to them, they live together in an apartment.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: In the past, she referred to an amputee crewman as an "eyesore" and had him fired rather than work with him. She's grown past it in the present day, for obvious reasons.
- Power Incontinence: What makes Rita more a "freak" like the others, she can't control her shapeshifting well. At first, it appeared to be that she had to concentrate constantly to appear as "Rita Farr", but while living as "Bendy", she lacked this issue outside of when the negative attention of the Bureau caused her to feel anxious, which infers that the "blob" form is a result of Rita's anxiety and self-loathing.
- Shapeshifter Longevity: Rita's aging process appears to have stalled following the accident that gave her Rubber Man powers back in the 1950s, and as such, she still looks the part of a glamorous Hollywood starlet. Unfortunately, thanks to her aforementioned Power Incontinence, she's spent most of the last seven decades in seclusion at Doom Manor, obsessively watching her old movies, struggling to use her abilities for anything remotely productive, and occasionally melting into a Blob Monster.
- Sleeps in the Nude: By necessity since she reverts to her Blob Monster state while she sleeps.
- Stage Mom: Rita's mother was very set on her becoming a famous actress. From a very early age she put Rita through acting classes and was perfectly willing to neglect normal school for that. As well as willing to sleep with producers to get Rita more parts.
- Stage Names: Rita Farr is a stage name. Her real name is Gertrude Cramp, even though she still seems to prefer being called Rita. At least she isn't totally ready to let that identity go, from both attachment and guilt.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After her mutation, she learns to be a bit less selfish. As the show goes on, she learns to be a lot less selfish.
- Toxic Friend Influence: An unintentional example; early in season 2, she takes Dorothy under her wing, but her own self-loathing ends up rubbing off on Dorothy, making Dorothy's self-esteem issues worse.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: Played with. She and Steve Dayton were never married in this continuity but they did have a brief relationship.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: Clings to her days of stardom.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In "Therapy Patrol", she mentions multiple times that she does not like rats; even when she's trapped in the furnace she begs for there to not be any while she is down there.
Captain Lawrence "Larry" Trainor, USAF / Negative Man
Species: Enhanced Human
Played by: Matt Bomer (voice & flashbacks/unsuited), Matthew Zuk (suited actor), Braxton Alexander (young)
Appearances: Doom Patrol (2019) | Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019)note
An Air Force pilot who was exposed to negative energy.
- Ace Pilot: Larry was a revered pilot in the U.S. Air Force prior to his accident.
- Action Dad: Larry is a father of two and was a career soldier prior to becoming a Doom Patrol member.
- Adaptational Badass: A Zig-Zagged Trope. Larry doesn't have the time limit from the comics on how long the Negative Spirit is able to release, with the tradeoff that Larry falls unconscious for the duration. That lasts until the Bureau of Normalcy experiments on him, which ultimately leads to him gaining those limitations from the comics, and them both remaining conscious during separation. Played straight by the finale where he can directly channel the Spirit's power through himself without releasing it from his body.
- Adaptational Dye-Job: He was blonde in the comics before his accident. Here, he was Matt Bomer's natural black hair.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: His design is heavily based on Negative Man's Rebis incarnation, but he's much more straightforwardly pleasant and helpful whereas his visual influence had a predilection for being obnoxious and aloof.
- Adaptational Sexuality: This iteration of Negative Man is gay. He was cheating on his wife (who he already had children with) with another man. He is not, however, intersex like his Rebis iteration was.
- Awful Wedded Life: "Subconscious Patrol" reveals that he never wanted to marry his wife, but was forced to do so by his parents after they learned about his sexuality.
- Badass Longcoat: A constant attire for him, likely to conceal the bandages on his body.
- Bandaged Face: His entire body is covered with bandages as a result of exposure to negative energy.
- Blessed with Suck: The Negative Spirit is very powerful and can phase through anything along with having other abilities. Only problem is that when he's released, it completely knocks Larry out. This becomes remedied after the Spirit is forcefully removed from Larry's body. Larry is able to maintain consciousness for a period of time while separated from the Spirit after that. Only trouble is that now Larry also begins to slowly die while separated.
- Body Horror: His entire body is covered in horrific burns from the plane crash that followed his merging with the Negative Spirit.
- Broken Ace: He was revered pilot and a top choice to lead space missions but also struggled immensely with his closeted sexuality and the damaging effect it had on both his family and John, pushing both away.
- Calling the Young Man Out: Much of his strained relationship with his son Paul involves pathetically accepting all of Paul's criticisms and attempted murder. Paul finally overstretches Larry's patience after allying with the Bureau of Normalcy, which leads to Larry telling Paul off and cutting him out of his life.
- Can't Live Without You: As much as he and the Negative Spirit hate each other, it's the only thing sustaining his body. If it leaves for too long, Larry will die.
- Cool Shades: Wears them out of necessity as a result of the accident that disfigured him, even indoors and at night.
- Cure Your Gays: Flashback to his childhood shows his parents wanting to get rid of his homosexuality.
- The Cynic: Larry is understandably downtrodden and melancholic.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a very dry and bitter sense of humor.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Paul's accusation that Larry never loved his kids becomes one of the final straws for Larry's willingness to tolerate his son's abuse.
- Extreme Doormat: Larry tends to listen to whatever Niles tells him to do, mainly since he can't cope with his existence within the world. And as Niles mainly just tells him to stay in Doom Manor away from the rest of the world, he happily complies, happy for an excuse not to face other people. This extends to his dealings with the others in the Doom Patrol, to the point that when others come up with a plan, he's just assumed to be in favor of the majority opinion.
- Gayngst: Back before he was Negative Man, Larry felt like a monster because he was having an affair with another man, cheating on his wife. It's also worth noting that this episode in his life took place during the 1960s, a time when homosexuals were often portrayed as monsters and society was not as accepting, especially in occupations like the military.
- Good-Looking Privates: Larry was a Tall, Dark, and Handsome USAF captain.
- Heroic BSoD: In "Dead Patrol", the sight of all of his friends dead makes him nearly insane with grief. By the time Dorothy finds him, he's trying to mummify their friends in order to preserve them for a "Cinco de Mayo" burial.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He was a strikingly handsome man before his accident.
- Late Coming Out: Larry knew that he was gay way back in the 1950's, but stayed in the closet until 2019, when he was somewhere in his 90's.
- Military Superhero: Larry was a captain in the U.S. Air Force long before becoming a member of Doom Patrol.
- Mr. Fanservice: Not in his current iteration, no, but in flashbacks we get treated to Matt Bomer in a lot of steamy, barely clothed scenes with another really handsome guy.
- Mystical Pregnancy: Rare male example. In "Undead Patrol", Larry thinks he's dying because he's been vomiting blue liquid since morning. At the end of the episode, is revealed that Larry is pregnant.
- The Needless: In Season 3, Larry exposits that he doesn't actually eat or drink anymore. He can, apparently, but the Negative Spirit keeps him alive so he doesn't actually have any reason to; given he needs to be constantly wrapped in bandages, this is probably a good thing as it would be difficult to unwrap himself safely just to have a sandwich. Strangely, he later remarks that he does need to pee, however.
- Never My Fault: Larry accuses the Negative Spirit of ruining his life, forgetting that his inability to fully commit to either his wife and family or to his lover John (who was willing to stay by his side even after his accident while his wife left) was what pushed both of them away. In "Penultimate Patrol" he admits that his actions destroyed his family before the accident, and that his wife and sons deserved better than what he could give them.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Here Larry plays a stand-in for Chuck Yeager.
- Outliving One's Offspring: In "Fun Size Patrol", his son, Gary, commits suicide at home.
- Person of Mass Destruction: In "Ezekiel Patrol", we see he is a living, breathing atom bomb. Creating disequilibrium between himself and the Negative Spirit creates a hydrogen explosion from his body, powerful enough to completely wipe out Danny the Street. The only way the rest of the Patrol survive is by taking refuge inside the carcass of a cockroach.
- Platonic Life-Partners: He and Rita have been friends since he moved into the Doom Manor and are the two members of the Doom Patrol who are closest with each other. Season 2 has Rita encourage and assure Larry more, even refusing to leave him when he's captured by Red Jack and has his radioactive skin exposed.
- Running Gag: Larry trying not to vomit in his bandages.
- Shipper on Deck: In "Dead Patrol", Larry can tell Edwin has romantic feelings for Charles and claims he only sees him as his mate.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: While him cheating on his wife is never portrayed positively, Larry isn't painted in a bad light either, instead presenting him as someone who is feeling trapped to live with society's demands/expectations.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: At least until the accident.
- Team Chef: Is the one to cook for the whole group and apparently a talented one at that.
Species: Otherdimensional Being
A being from another dimension that merged with Larry Trainor
- Adaptational Badass: Can do much more than it normally can in the comics, with the implication that even Mr. Nobody can't fully stop it.
- And I Must Scream: Being merged with Larry is horrific for it, being described as torture by the Spirit itself.
- Berserk Button: It's mentioned to be rather sensitive but only really lashes out when Larry acts like he has the moral high ground when neither of them had any say in winding up as they did.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When Larry tries to lay down some ground rules (which is sensible, all things considered) with the Spirit, it decides to leave his body in the lab rafters.
- Energy Being: Like the comics it's made out of negative energy, resembling a humanoid made of electricity when it's active.
- Jumped at the Call: As Larry notes, it wants to be involved with whatever the madness Nobody brought into their lives entails.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Seems to hold this as a view when it comes to Larry. When he's hostile to it, it gets hostile right back, which is why Larry has nightmares when he's not awake. Once Larry starts treating it more kindly, it starts giving him nicer dreams and actually helps him get some closure with his issues.
- Light Is Good: In spite of its name it is actually a ball of white/blue energy that's certainly trying to get along with Larry and even drives him to heroics.
- Manchild: The Chief notes that it's very emotional and very sensitive, so it doesn't do a good job of actually communicating with Larry, favoring excessive responses to get its way or make a point. Especially when Larry unknowingly presses its Berserk Button.
- Not Helping Your Case: Larry pretty much hates and possibly fears the Spirit because, among other things, it tends to act however it wants regardless of Larry's wishes, leaves him in horrible nightmares while he's unconscious, and isn't really making any effort to communicate with him or change his views on it. It's at the point that he views it as actively malicious towards him personally, unaware of how things really are.
- Superpower Lottery: Has quite a few tricks it can use. It can move through walls with no trouble, it can fly, it's said to be from another dimension and can apparently move between dimensions at will, and has some degree of Psychic Powers, being able to interact with the minds of others. Larry is stricken with nightmares when he's unconscious because of this, it was able to send Cliff into the Underground to bring Jane back, and was able to reach out to Larry's old lover through a dream.
- The Symbiote: It is actually merged with Larry, to the degree that it can't simply depart and leave him be. Though this is hardly by choice.
Species: Otherdimensional Being
A baby Negative spirit left behind by the first Negative Spirit.
Clifford "Cliff" Steele / Robotman
Species: Enhanced Human
Played by: Brendan Fraser (voice & human form), Riley Shanahan (suited actor)
Appearances: Doom Patrol (2019) | Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019)note
A professional car racer who had his brain transplanted into a robot body after a nigh-fatal crash.
- Action Dad: Has a daughter, whom he hasn't seen in 30 years and initially believes to be dead.
- Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. While his super strength was rarely useful in the stranger iterations of the comics that the show is based on, the addition of more grounded goons in the program give Cliff more things he can effectively punch.
- Audience Surrogate: Since he's the character who we're first introduced to, a lot of what goes on in the Doom Patrol universe is a first for him, and also the audience. Hence, him using his catchphrase probably almost as often as the audience is.
- Badass Baritone: He's a super strong robot with the deep vocals of Brendan Fraser.
- Badass Driver: He was a former racecar driver and in one of his races, avoided an oncoming vehicle which won him the race.
- Bad "Bad Acting": He once guest-starred on a popular soap opera back when he was human, and from what little we see of the episode, he was an absolutely terrible actor.
- Big Damn Heroes: Has such moment during the first episode when he saves a school bus from Rita's blob.
- The Big Guy: The biggest heavy hitter on the team.
- Book Dumb: Downplayed example, but he apparently has no idea what the word "briefing" means (and laughs at Vic's use of "disseminate") in "Puppet Patrol," and is genuinely stumped by a high school-level math problem in "Cyborg Patrol."
- Brain in a Jar: Albeit, a nigh-indestructible one.
- Catchphrase: Whenever something bat-shit crazy happens, he usually utters, "The fuck?!"
- Celeb Crush: It's implied he has a thing for Jennifer Beals, as he admits to having recurring dreams about her and claims to have watched Flashdance 87 times.
- Cyborg: A human brain inside a mechanical body.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Being decapitated in a car crash and spending the next thirty years as a Brain in a Jar as a crazy old man builds a robot body for you is a fairly legitimate reason for not being there for your daughter.
- Daddy's Girl: He loved his daughter dearly, and memories of her are what help him get through his transition as a robot, but it also haunts him because he can't bring himself to try and contact her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Cheated on his wife with the nanny, fell on hard times with drinking and drugs, and then a fatal crash leaves him, his wife, and their daughter dead, or so he believes in the last part.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often, most notably with Larry.
- Descent into Addiction: In season 3, Cliff becomes addicted to video games and online gambling, leading to him selling the others' personal belongings and eventually agreeing to sell his own blueprint design.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Even after getting used to his robot body for over a decade he still has problems holding back his strength which habitually leads to things like accidentally breaking a plate by pressing down on a knife way too hard.
- Fatal Flaw: As good an influence as his daughter is on him, his fixation on the life he lost with her keeps him wrapped up in his own head and hampers his attempts to be The Heart for the team.
- Fate Worse than Death: None of the team have it easy but Cliff is stuck forever in a metal body with limited movement and unable to feel or enjoy anything
- Forgot He Was a Robot: He blinks for unknown reasons.
- Fun T-Shirt: Has a collection of these which he usually wears beneath his leather jacket, which are often suspiciously apropos of the situation in the episode in which he wears them.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He was never the most even-tempered person to begin with, but his current circumstances have left him very quick to explode with expletive-ridden rage and frustration. This only gets worse after Niles true motivations are revealed.
- The Hedonist: Lived a lifestyle of sex and drugs before his accident. It's part of why being a robot is so hard for him - he went from feeling everything to nothing.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a sleeveless leather jacket with massive shoulder pads.
- Hypocrite: Berates his wife and best friend for having an affair with each other despite cheating himself.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Deconstructed. His deepest craving is to relive the sensation of being a beloved celebrity and living like a king. However, he also feels like he doesn't deserve the praise, resulting in drowning himself in hedonism to ignore the pain. His subconscious self even suggests Cliff initially felt nothing towards his daughter, because the work of being a father isn't special.
- Immune to Mind Control: He's immune to both Karen's "love spell" and Flex Mentallo's "orgasm attack" due to being a machine.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Cliff suffers a lot of abuse over the course of the show due to his metal body being immune to pain and nearly imperious to damage.
- Jerkass Realization: He realized he was a crappy husband after narrowly dodging a racing accident and soon started making an active attempt to be better. Sadly, this was shortly before the actual car accident that forced his conversion into a cyborg, and the death of his wife.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cliff is grumpy, foul-mouthed, and bad-tempered, but nonetheless has a good heart and actively attempts to be a hero compared to the others. Notably, in the first episode, he is the only one who wants to protect the town that the Chief says will be caught in the crossfire of whatever is coming for them; everyone else decided to leave with the Chief.
- Limited Wardrobe: Almost always wears the same leather jacket and t-shirt. Then again, it's not like a cyborg has to worry about body odor.
- Made of Iron: Literally as he has a body that is immune to pain, injury and illness.
- Magitek: Season 3 reveals that Niles employed magic as well as technology in constructing his robot body, which makes it impossible for someone lacking magical ability — such as The Brain — to reproduce the work.
- Manchild: Not quite severe as other examples would have you think, but his crude demeanor and outbursts paint him as more of an unstable teen than a qualified hero.
- Mighty Glacier: He's enormous, weighs a ton, is immensely strong, and has the relative speed and grace of a steamroller.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Says this almost word-for-word after slaughtering a hallway full of Von Fuch's Nazi minions.
- No Sympathy: Out of all the Doom Patrol, he's probably the least empathetic towards Niles even after discovering his motivations. Justified as Niles killed his wife when he "created" him in addition to putting him in a body that can't feel, taste, or smell. Somewhat less sympathetically, he also is generally rather cold towards Dorothy, seemingly for little other reason than she's Niles' daughter, considering he's normally pretty nice to children. She is the reason Niles destroyed his and the others' lives, but she had no say in the matter either. He gets better about this after "Space Patrol", after hearing the Chief rant about her like she's just another one of his experiments.
- Noisy Robots: His micro-movements create sounds.
- Parents as People: Cliff was most definitely not father of the year and regrets being more focused on his own hedonism than being present for Clara. But he does love her immensely and sincerely wants to be better now.
- Sense Loss Sadness: His main dilemma is the fact that he can no longer feel, taste, or smell anything anymore.
- Series Mascot: The most recognizable full-fledged member (not counting Beast Boy, who's more associated with the Titans) and the only one to be in every iteration of the team.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Along with Jane, Cliff is the most swear-happy of the core cast. "The fuck!?" is basically Cliff's Catchphrase.
- Team Dad: Tends to take on this role with varying levels of success, especially to Jane. Ironically, he's canonically the youngest of the team with even Jane being a few years older than him.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Due to his metal body, he can be rendered completely helpless by a sufficiently strong magnet.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He doesn't kill or hurt children when Larry asks him to kill Shadowy Mr. Evans's baby.
Kay Challis / Crazy Jane
Species: Enhanced Human
Played by: Diane Guerrero, Skye Roberts (child)
Appearances: Doom Patrol (2019) | Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019)note
The dominant personality of Kay Challis, a young woman who developed over 60 personalities and received powers for each identity following a number of illegal lab experiments she was involuntarily subjected to.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: A Downplayed Trope example as Grant Morrison designed her to be less voluptuous and sex bomb like than the majority of superheroines at the time. Notably, though, they designed her around Patti Smith. The show dresses down Jane but makes no secret that Diane Guerrero is gorgeous.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: The rest of the Doom Patrol were created in the '60s, but Crazy Jane wasn't made until 1989. She's evidently the first recruit into the team (her not being in Titans when Beast Boy leaves), and appears before original member Mento.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the comics, Jane was seldom unhelpful. Here, depending on which personality is in control, she can go so far as to switch sides mid-fight. She's also a lot more angry, violent, and mean-spirited in general compared to her comics counterpart, whose base personality is very mellow and friendly. Season 3 sees her move more towards her comic-book personality, as she and Kay become more integrated.
- Affirmative Action Girl: With her addition, Elasti-Woman isn't the only woman on the team this time around.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: And depending on which personality is in control, she could either be distant, apathetic, snobby or downright antagonistic.
- Bald Head of Toughness: Her strongest and toughest persona, Hammerhead, takes the form of a tall, sinewy bald woman in the Underground.
- Berserk Button: Asking her about her past. Cliff tends to push this button a lot.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Jane is capable of acting nice, but she's also just as capable of tearing someone a new one verbally if they piss her off.
- Big Sister Instinct: As much as she hates everyone else, the one person Jane genuinely cares for is Kay, who she often goes to in order to apologize for anything she's done that may have hurt the little girl. In season 2, she's also protective of Dorothy, which is one of the things that causes the rest of the Underground to start turning against her, as they don't particularly like Dorothy after she kills Baby Doll and Flaming Katy.
- Blessed with Suck: She looks normal compared to everyone else on the team. Unfortunately, she has a lot more problems when it comes to her mental interior.
- Broken Pedestal: She gradually loses her respect for Niles over the course of the first season, even before she finds out he was responsible for everything that befell them. Of the whole team, she arguably takes it the hardest.
- Butch Lesbian: According to her actress, Jane herself is a lesbian. Thus explaining why Jane was more aggressive with demanding Jane keep Karen from sleeping with her "boyfriend".
- Character Development: In season 3, she becomes more integrated with both the other personas and with Kay, and thus becomes a lot less angry and aloof. On the other hand, this also puts her in the middle of a festering conflict between Kay and the personas, as Kay wants more independence, whereas the other personas fear becoming obsolete.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: When Cliff is the only one who chooses to stay to protect the town the team endangered while everyone else leaves with the Chief to save themselves, Jane is the first to want to turn around. She doesn't really give a damn about the town, but leaving Cliff to face whatever is coming alone makes her uncomfortable.
- Cool Big Sis: In season 2, Dorothy idolizes her, much to her annoyance and bafflement.
- Dark and Troubled Past: All of her personalities stem from her years of being sexually abused by her own father.
- Dead Guy Junior: "Dead Patrol" reveals that Jane is named after Kay's beloved grandmother, whose dolls all inspired Kay's other personas.
- Deadpan Snarker: Crazy Jane is very sardonic and very foul-mouthed.
- Everyone Has Standards: In season 2, while she joins Cliff in hating and resenting the Chief for what he did to them, she is a lot more careful about not taking out her anger on Dorothy, because Dorothy's only a kid, and "being an adult doesn't give you a pass on being an asshole." When she finds out that the Chief is dying, she's also the first member of the team to suggest that the surviving members have an obligation to take care of Dorothy rather than just dumping her in the nearest shelter.
- The Gadfly: Does this quite often. This is done both as a sort of defense mechanism so she doesn't get close to others and for her own genuine amusement.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: While this could apply to many of her personalities, Jane is this especially, quick to get angry when something doesn't go right or bothers her.
- Hates Being Touched: Doesn't like being touched, but doesn't react as violently as Hammerhead.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her go to outfit involves a rather ragged looking leather jacket.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: As she becomes less volatile and more supportive, she starts to switch out the leather for more soothing sweaters.
- Hidden Depths: She reveals in "Cult Patrol" that she likes to knit. Everyone is a bit taken aback.
- Hot-Blooded: Gets angry very easily and is generally very emotional.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jane is surly, foul mouthed and bad tempered most of the time but she does often show a softer and kinder side, mainly with the Chief and the rest of the team as well as the Underground, and often does try to do the right thing.
- Lady Swearsalot: Alongside Cliff, she's the most swear-happy of the core cast.
- Leitmotif: Whenever a new personality takes over, the music usually changes.
- Marked Change: When her Hammerhead persona takes over, she has a tattoo across her chest.
- Meaningful Name: In season 2, it's revealed that when she became primary Miranda's boyfriend called her crazy so she responds by saying "You want crazy? Here's crazy" and punching him in the face. As she leaves she tells him her name is Jane as she drops the blanket around her and walks out naked.
- Messy Hair: Her hair generally looks disheveled and untidy.
- Ms. Fanservice: Described as being sexy in the casting call and she's played by Diane Guerrero, making her this by default.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Grant Morrison based her on Truddi Chase, who had as many as 92 different personalities.
- Not Afraid of You Anymore: Despite her fears of her abusive father, she confronted her Daddy personality (based on her abusive father) and tells him she's not afraid of him anymore after he nearly destroy Cliff in her mind.
- Older Than They Look: She was born in 1950, and got her powers in 1976 when she looked as old as she does now.
- Only Sane Man: Shockingly, she often plays this role to the Underground. While all of them fill various parts of Kay's needs, she's the one that actually needs to engage with the real world and behave at least somewhat sociably.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's easily the shortest of the main team at only 5'2 but is extremely strong and powerful, especially when Hammerhead is in charge.
- Playing with Fire: Several of her alters have fire-related abilities.
- Race Lift: In the comics she's white, but here played by Colombian-American Diane Guerrero.
- Rape as Backstory: While not stated outright it's very, very heavily implied that her father molested her as a child much like the comics.
- Rape Leads to Insanity: See above. That incident, or the subsequent implied molestations while she was experimented upon, made her alters tangible and now she has trouble leading a normal life.
- Soapbox Sadie: Implied, as she drops off buzzwords such as "Toxic Masculinity" (to Cliff) when angry.
- Spicy Latina: Jane is the only Latina member of the cast and is very short tempered and emotional.
- Split Personality: Crazy Jane's whole schtick is that she has multiple personalities (64 to be exact), with each of them having unique powers. See the entries for The Underground.
- Split-Personality Makeover: Depending on the personality, Jane's appearance can change. She gains a tattoo on her chest along with darker eyeshadow as Hammerhead. A unibrow as The Hangman's Daughter. Pigtails as Baby Doll. Blonde hair as Karen. Blue eyes and a skunk stripe as Dr. Harrison. A long up-do pompadour with silver makeup as Silver Tongue. A giant with a sun for a head as Sun Daddy. Wreathed in Flames as Katy. Just to name a few.
- The Stoner: She enjoys a good joint, as shown in the first episode. Deconstructed when she falls deep into drug use as a coping mechanism for Chief's betrayal, costing the trust of the other personalities.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Following the second defeat of Daddy, Jane becomes a much more empathetic individual. She forms a more genuine bond with her teammates, is more patient with Rita's quirks, and jokes with Cliff more frequently instead of brushing him off.
- Troll: Half of the time she says or does something, it's usually done with the intent to troll someone; her target of this is usually Cliff.
- Unkempt Beauty: Jane usually has messy hair, wears ragged clothes and generally makes little effort to spruce up her appearance or look attractive. None of this changes that she's still played by Diane Guerrero.
- We Used to Be Friends: After Chief reveals he's the reason Jane exists, she doesn't take any of his apologies and calls them bullshit, with her even outright saying in "Fun Size Patrol" that the two of them were no longer friends.
- Words Can Break My Bones: Silver Tongue, one of her personalities, can turn her words into metal and telekinetically fling them at enemies like knives.
Species: Enhanced Human
Played by: Joivan Wade
Appearances: Doom Patrol (2019) | Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019)note
A cybernetic superhero who calls the Doom Patrol together.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. Victor is still angsty over his Guilt Complex, blaming himself for his mother's death or his difficult relationship with his father, but when it comes to his body being mostly mechanical, while still emotionally affected by it, he doesn't has same inner conflicts about it like his comic counterpart. With this being told, he is also more easygoing.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: Cyborg's accident is much more mundane than usual. Instead of being injured by an extradimensional being or invasion, he is in a simple lab accident when he gets angry and throws a volatile chemical, which explodes.
- Adaptational Curves: Inverted. This Cyborg is notably leaner than the common portrayal of the character.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Cyborg has no relation to the Doom Patrol in the comics, but here he walks into town and pushes them to work as an actual superhero team for the first time in order to rescue the Chief from Mr. Nobody. He and his father are also friends of the Chief.
- Alternate Self: On Earth-167, Earth-N52 and an unnamed Earth.
- The Atoner: Unlike the comics, Victor's father doesn't appear to be responsible for his injuries as well as the death of his mother. As such, Victor blames himself rather than Silas. The truth is more complicated.
- The Baby of the Bunch: He is the youngest member of the team, being young man in his late teens or early twenties, whereas the others are Older Than They Look, being decades old.
- Black and Nerdy: One of the main tech guys of the DC universe, and is African-American.
- Catchphrase: Played with. The iconic "Booyah!!" only tends to show up in Imagine Spots or when something is getting weird.
- Chick Magnet: Despite his self-consciousness about his appearance, he not only manages to land a temporary love interest in Roni, but also attracts some attention from some of Jane's alternate personalities, including Kay.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: He's constantly on the lookout for trouble and danger, not helped by the fact that Grid constantly keeps him apprised of any arising situations; when he's disconnected from Grid early in season 3, he gets ridiculously edgy.
- Cybernetics Will Eat Your Soul: Victor's greatest fear is that his cybernetic prosthetics will eventually take over him.
- Cyborg: It's in the name. He's a guy made of some of the most advanced technology there is.
- Experienced Protagonist: Despite being the youngest of the Doom Patrol, Victor has the most experience of the group with actual heroics, having several years under his belt in comparison to the rest who actively avoided in engaging in the world with their powers. This gets invoked in his debut episode where Nobody tortures Rita and Larry with their secret desires, he knows that Vic is too experienced to give into that type of sentimentality and instead try to torture him with the day his mother died.
- Fake Memories: Played with. Silas is set up to have reprogrammed Cyborg's memories of the accident that killed his mother, but its revealed Silas only messed with Vic by repeating, over and over, that Mrs. Stone died instantly.
- Foil: Vic is one for Cliff in particular and the Doom Patrol in general. He's already experienced, incredibly capable, well-trained, possesses state of the art cybernetics, and is happy to be a superhero. This makes him a strong contrast to the Ragtag Band of Misfits who can barely muster any effort toward being heroes. Cliff in particular stands as a contrast, with his clunky Tin-Can Robot design being the opposite of Vic's sleek cybernetics.
- The Friends Who Never Hang: He and Dorothy lived in the same camp during Dorothy's early time on the team, but to date, their most significant interaction is a tea party with Baby Doll that happens off-screen.
- Genre Refugee: Much of the concept behind him, particularly early on, is that he's a character who seems to hail from a typical superhero series, occupying a series that is anything but.
- Heroic BSoD: The trauma of Nobody's manipulations and attacking his own father leaves Vic with severe PTSD for much of season 2.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Inverted with Victor and his dad, as per the comics. Silas Stone has always considered sports a waste of time for his child.
- Mythology Gag:
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The Doom Patrol rarely refers to him as Victor and just call him "Vic".
- Only Sane Man: For a guy with a horribly traumatic backstory, Victor seems rather heroic and well-adjusted, and is the only established superhero in the Patrol. Subsequently, he becomes the voice of reason and moral support to his comparatively more dysfunctional teammates.
- Parental Issues: Victor clearly has some things he needs to work out with his father, Silas.
- Resigned to the Call: Discussed. He eventually begins to wonder if he really wants to be a superhero or if it was pushed on him by his father.
- Robo Cam: His cyborg eye gives him this vision.
- Second Episode Introduction: Debuts in Episode 2, "Donkey Patrol".
- Sixth Ranger: Vic is the only member in Season 1 who wasn't living in Caulder's manor before becoming part of the team.
- Stage Mom: Victor's father has elements of this as he wants to make sure his son joins the Justice League like it's a sports team. Victor is somewhat nonplussed by this but mostly appreciative.
- Team Member in the Adaptation: Cyborg practically takes the place Beast Boy as the youngest member of the Doom Patrol. Normally Victor is more associated with the Titans or the Justice League.
- To Be Lawful or Good: A core part of his arc in the second and third seasons is his struggle with what being a superhero means. Frenzy accuses him of being part of the same institutional problems that led to the Bureau of Normalcy, while Roni challenges him to consider if sending someone to jail for a petty crime is really justice. Both arguments weigh on his mind and eventually make him even consider removing his tech entirely.
- Trauma Button: The season two premiere demonstrates that Mr. Nobody's become this to him, as he completely spirals at the (unwarranted) idea that Mr. Nobody could be doing damage to him again.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Silas is constantly monitoring his son and giving unwanted feedback.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A surprising change from the usual comics. In this universe, Victor and his father have a decent relationship. Silas supports Victor's superheroics both financially as well as emotionally.
Played by: Abigail Shapiro
Niles Caulder's daughter, who, according to him, has the ability to cleave the world in two if she's not careful with her powers.
- The Ageless: Dorothy hasn't aged at all since the 1910's, retaining the physical appearance of a child despite being over a century old. The show implied that she is immortal, even if she can be killed, but by the end of Season 2, with her period coming, is subverted. In the end, she is indeed growing up, just very slow because of her huge life span inherited from her mother.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's one of the nicest members of the Doom Patrol, but also one of the most dangerous beings in the world when she's scared or hurt or angry, as Baby Doll and Flaming Katy learned the hard way."I told you to be polite."
- Big Sister Worship: In season 2, she sees Jane as a big sister, due to her having been raised by Niles for much of her life. This is much to Jane's annoyance, as her feelings towards Niles are far more complicated.
- Children Are Innocent: Acts like an innocent little girl and the Doom Patrol do their best to be as polite around her as they can. Unfortunately, it also leaves her unable to deal with the heavier traumas of the cast and Jane notes her immortality might mean that Dorothy will always be that way.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Season 2 is this for her, if the Candlemaker being a tulpa based around the imagery of birthday candles wasn't enough of a clue.
- Curious as a Monkey: She has a somewhat tenuous grasp of the concepts of privacy and personal space; in "Fun Size Patrol", she finds Jane passed out on serum and thinks nothing of taking the syringe out of her arm, and she aggravates Cliff by constantly following him around and asking what he's doing. She's also the only member of the team who consistently keeps the door to her room open and unlocked.
- Daddy's Girl: As she's been eleven for so long, she acts this way towards her father.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother died when she was very young, she only met her father after he finally found her in an abusive freak show, and then he locked her away for decades beneath Danny the Street, with only Danny, her imaginary friends and Candlemaker for company, only releasing her because Danny was no longer able to care for her after Mr. Nobody's rampage.
- Emotional Powers: Her "imaginary friends" are tied to her emotions, coming out when she's feeling incredibly happy, sad or scared. The Candlemaker especially.
- Expository Hair Style Change: Switches out from pigtails to letting her hair hang loose after refusing to fight the Candlemaker and forcing him to let her grow up without the cycle of violence.
- The Faceless: Only seen from the back during Season 1 as Abigail Shapiro wasn't cast yet.
- First Period Panic: In Dad Patrol, Dorothy gets her first period at the gas station and runs into the bathroom in a panic as she doesn't know what's happening. Thankfully, the cashier gently talks her through it and assures Dorothy that she's just growing up.
- Five Stages of Grief: Denial. She refuses to accept her father is dying after he gives up his pendant that made him immortal. She even refuses to believe her father is a horrible person after Baby Doll told her the truth about him.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Despite being around the other members of the Doom Patrol, she tries not to use "naughty words". Shown when she accidentally drops and breaks Danny.Dorothy: Oh... fudge.
- The Grotesque: She is, bluntly put, the least conventionally-attractive member of the team, with a hairy, wrinkled simian face and bad teeth, but she's also very sweet. Usually.
- Hearing Voices: She has two "friends", Darling and Hershel, who speak to her in her head.
- Last Episode, New Character: Is introduced in "Ezekiel Patrol".
- My God, What Have I Done?: After making a wish to Candlemaker to kill Baby Doll, once the deed is done, Dorothy realizes what has happened and quietly cries as she sees Jane's body covered in wax. She even runs away in the next episode knowing she broke the promise to her father.
- Named After Someone Famous: Her name is a nod towards Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz (a gale and a spinner are both windstorms), and she even dresses similarly to the character.
- Older Than They Look: She looks like a little girl, but Niles had her hidden away for her protection for ninety years. In "Sex Patrol", she's 102 3/4 years old.
- Puberty Superpower: Played with considering she already had superpowers in the form of her imaginary friends from a very young age. However, after she had her first period, the Candlemaker's power grew to the point that she wasn't able to contain it anymore.
- Really 700 Years Old: Dorothy looks like a preteen girl, in reality she is just over a century old.
- Rejected Apology: She refuses to forgive Baby Doll for murdering Manny. Grief-stricken, she unleashes the Candlemaker to follow Baby Doll in the Underground and kill her.
- Related in the Adaptation: This version of the character is Niles Caulder's daughter. They're unrelated in the comics.
- Revenge Before Reason: She forgets her promise to her father to never make a wish and in her grief over Manny's death, makes a wish for Candlemaker to kill Baby Doll.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Flaming Katy destroyed Manny, she makes a wish and has the Candlemaker kill Baby Doll (which also kills Flaming Katy in the process).
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, Dorothy's powers accidentally flare up, killing one member of her team and putting herself in a near death vegetative coma, with Cliff later on taking her off life support. Here, she is more or less Put on a Bus along with Danny.
- Took a Level in Badass: After subduing the Candlemaker, she becomes much more composed and assertive, standing up to a possessed Jane on her own and later helping Larry out of a Heroic BSoD and summoning the Dead Boy Detectives to help rescue the Doom Patrol from the afterlife.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: For all her youth and lack of social skills, she is still Niles Caulder's daughter, and thus can be frighteningly intuitive. In "Finger Patrol", she figures out how to attack the Underground after only a minute or two of looking at the map in her father's office, and in "Space Patrol", she manages to steal a spaceship.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She kills Baby Doll and Flaming Katy, unwittingly kickstarting a revolt in the Underground that ultimately leads to Jane being deposed as primary.
Laura De Mille / Madame Rouge
Played by: Michelle Gomez
An amnesiac woman with shapeshifting abilities, who uses a time-traveling machine to reach the Doom Patrol in hopes of reaching Niles Caulder.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: When her backstory is finally revealed, she seems to have no connection to the Brotherhood of Evil and instead holds a history with the Sisterhood. Subverted when she betrays them and joins the Brotherhood.
- Amnesiac Resonance: She firmly insists that she couldn't have been a bad person because that's not the sort of thing someone could forget. This proves to be more correct than she realizes in the sense that she refuses to recognize how she's hurt others.
- Amnesiac Villain Joins the Heroes: She's incredibly friendly with the Doom Patrol after losing her memory due to time travel, but Niles has apparently dealt with her before and speaks to her with only venom in his voice. It happens again in the season three finale, where she willingly erases her memory for a shot at redemption.
- All for Nothing: Twice fold. Her betrayal of the Sisterhood of Dada for the sake of more power only results in getting fired by the Bureau. Later on, her scheme to kidnap Cliff and revive the Brotherhood of Evil results in the Brain betraying her and getting shoved off a cliff.
- Big Bad: Although she initially wants to help stop the Sisterhood of Dada's "Eternal Flagellation," as more is revealed about her past it becomes clear that she's the true villain of Season 3. She's responsible for the Sisterhood's radicalization due to betraying them to the Bureau of Normalcy in the past, and has arrived in the present to destroy Niles' legacy on behalf of the Brotherhood of Evil. Rita's quest for revenge consumes the backend of the season after the Sisterhood's altruistic goals are achieved.
- Foil: To Rita. Both of them are over-dramatic, fashionable women desperately searching for a greater sense of personal identity. They both possess incredible abilities to change their forms; Rita has to control her ability at all times while Laura has complete control. And both of them lose their memories over the course of season 3, Rita in the past and Laura in the future. However, they end up hated rivals as Rita, while in the past, grows more empathetic and Laura grows colder. Laura in the future starts off concerned over outside threats though is not afraid to let the Doom Patrol know when they failed.
- Forgot About Her Powers: Enforced due to time travel, as traveling through time results in people becoming amnesiac.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: It soon becomes apparent that Laura tends to ally herself with whatever group gives her power and control over the situations around herself, whether it be the Patrol, the Sisterhood, the Bureau of Normalcy, or the Brotherhood of Evil.
- Mysterious Past: The truth behind her origins and her history with the Sisterhood of Dada form the Driving Question of season 3's storyline.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: She waivers between a Scottish and American accent, with it coming and going.
- Shout-Out: Jane calls Laura "Doctor Who" at one point. Michelle Gomez played Missy on Doctor Who.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Decades of working under the Bureau of Normalcy slowly decays her morality and affection for her Dada friends. She sells them out as weapons for more power.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: After getting fired from the Bureau, she completely abandons her justifications of morality and joins up with the Brotherhood of Evil for the sake of revenge.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She is able to manipulate her form to mimic the physical characteristics of people, objects or animals, as seen when she took on the appearance of Isabel Feathers, an ottoman and a bird in separate occasions.
Steve Dayton / Mento
Played by: Will Kemp (young), David Bielawski (old)
Steve Dayton is the civilian name of the Doom Patrol member Mento. While working on this team in the 50s, Dayton wore a helmet that enhanced his natural psychic abilities.
- Battle Trophy: He has a habit of collecting a piece of their defeated enemies' belongings as trophies.
- Demoted to Extra: He's one of the most prominent members of Doom Patrol in the comics whereas he's relegated to a former (yet still founding) member here.
- It's All About Me: Unlike Rita's, he thinks highly of himself and shows little care for his teammates and Niles when he thinks he destroyed Mister Nobody by himself in their final battle. This may be a side effect of what Mister Nobody did to him that made him mentally unstable.
- MayDecember Romance: He had a brief one with Rita in the old days.
- Mind Rape: He does this to Rita, Jane and Larry to force them to face their worst nightmares and regrets when they get on his bad side.
- Psychic Powers: Mento possessed these naturally and enhanced them with his helmet.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: Played with. He and Rita Farr were never married in this continuity but they did have a brief relationship.
Arani Desai / Celsius
Played by: Jasmine Kaur (young), Madhur Jaffrey (old)
Arani Desai is the civilian name of the Doom Patrol member Celsius. After a psychotic break following a fight with Mr. Nobody in the 50s, she believed she was married to Niles Caulder.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Her romantic feeling towards Caulder were never returned after the final battle with Mister Nobody.
- An Ice Person: One of her main powers is to control ice.
- Playing with Fire: One of her main powers is to control fire.
- Please, Don't Leave Me: That's what she says in her reality created by Steven about Niles leaving her after the final battle against Mister Nobody. She never recovers from her depression and grief over Niles never accepting her feelings for him.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She appears to have only eyes on Nile Caulder and she never moved on with anyone.
- Spared by the Adaptation: While she suffered a psychotic break here, her comic counterpart was outright Killed Off for Real at the end of Paul Kupperberg's run, just prior to Grant Morrison's historic tenure on the series.
Rhea Jones / Lodestone
Played by: Lesa Wilson (young)
Rhea Jones is the civilian name of the Doom Patrol member Lodestone.
- Alternate Self: Has one on post-Crisis Earth-2 as Bobbie Burman.
- Mind over Matter: She has ability to control metal objects with her mind.
- Minor Major Character: Despite being a important former member of Doom Patrol, she doesn't have many aspects or characteristics about her and she only spoke once.
Played by: Alimi Ballard
Joshua "Josh" Clay is a Metahuman physician who looks after the Doom Patrol at their headquarters after they retired. Despite having powers, he refuses to use them.
- Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-666 as Dr. Liam Garrity.
- The Atoner: He took on his current role at the "Academy" to repent for some horrible actions he committed while working for the US Government in the Bureau of Normalcy.
- Broken Pedestal: Averted. He knows a very different Niles than the team does from their time in the Bureau of Normalcy together and is all too aware of the darkness Niles walks in but still has faith in him and encourages the team not to give up on him after they start discovering some of his less pleasant traits.
- The Caretaker: This is his role for Rhea, Arani and Steve. He obviously doesn't enjoy having to keep them in their current state, but knows that they're more of a danger to themselves and others if he doesn't. He also is fairly kind to Jane, trying to keep her at ease and even offers her a drug that would suppress her powers.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A seemingly ordinary man just trying to keep the original Doom Patrol safe. He turns out to be the one responsible for Larry's fusion with the Negative Spirit and likely aided the creation of Rita Farr's condition.
- Ignorance Is Bliss: He admits to Jane in "Ezekiel Patrol" that he knew Niles wanted to put her here with the other Doom Patrol members but kept himself "willfully blind".
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes Mento's illusions are slowly breaking down and he rushes off to make sure the old Doom Patrol members don't hurt anyone.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He's a physician and wears a pair of squared glasses.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, he is shot and killed by the Chief. In the show, he is separate from the team.