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

Initially horrified by his new appearance, Victor would find a home and family with the newly-reformed Teen Titans, and remained with the team for a number of years as a charter member. As an adult, Cyborg eventually "graduated" from the team and briefly joined the Justice League of America alongside his former teammates Starfire and Donna Troy. As of the New 52 Continuity Reboot, Cyborg is now a founding member of the Justice League. After 35 years of being a character, Cyborg finally got his very first ongoing comic book, titled Cyborg, in July 2015.

Outside of comics, Cyborg has appeared in a number of adapted works, most notably as one of the main characters of the popular Teen Titans animated series. Actor Ray Fisher plays him in the DC Extended Universe, he appears as a footage cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and is featured prominently in Justice League. A Cyborg-centric movie was in development at one point, but nothing has really come from it.




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Tropes associated with Cyborg include:

  • The Aesthetics of Technology: Vic is repeatedly saddled with thick, bulky robotics that tend to emphasize his monstrous self-image, even though a character who's nature is associated by default with cutting-edge technology would nowadays quite reasonably be expected to be slim, streamlined and emulating a natural appearance. Granted that he's outfitted with fictional superhuman bionics which are going to look like whatever the artists say such a thing needs to look like, but it's also true that the DCU has other bionic characters who look more human, so In-Universe, there's really no reason for him to constantly look so inhuman. There have been several instances where he gained a more streamlined or normal-looking appearance, only for Status Quo Is God to force him back to something closer to his classic look. In later versions where his cybernetics are connected with Black Box alien technology, this becomes less of an issue because no one really knows what he is.
  • Angry Black Man: In his early years before his injuries, Victor was a surly troublemaker who resented his parents' manipulation of his life. However, it never extended to supporting a friend's grandiose plans for racially motivated terrorism and Victor eventually had to stop him by force as Cyborg.
  • Ascended Extra: Thanks to Geoff Johns, Cyborg went from being a brief member of the JLA to one of the team's founders in the New 52. And, thanks to this, his appearances outside the comics have become more and more frequent. In Flashpoint he was depicted as Earth's greatest superhero without Superman around (of course, Aquaman and Wonder Woman had done a Face–Heel Turn).
  • Arm Cannon: Cyborg's trademark weapon is a sonic cannon built into his arm.
  • Artifact Title: He was still called Cyborg in Devin Grayon's Titans run, even though technically, he wasn't a cyborg at all, just a human mind inside of a shapeshifting alien robot.
  • Artificial Limbs
  • The Big Guy: Especially in the Teen Titans cartoon.
  • Black and Nerdy: Cyborg is often the Titans' go-to tech guy.
  • Body Horror: Initially he was a straightforward cyborg, hand crafted by his father and would replace parts as they are damaged or worn out the same way someone would fix a car. Later versions have him blended with alien nano-tech that is constantly evolving, threatening to absorb or even discard the remaining organic components.
  • Breakout Character: He started as part of the ensemble of the Teen Titans, but as time went on he steadily was pushed further and further into the spotlight until he became one of the founding members of the Justice League in the New 52 and DC Extended Universe.
  • Catchphrase: Due to Teen Titans, and many subsequent works continuing to cast Khary Payton as him, he's starting to pick up a habit of saying "Booyah!". Even when he's not played by Payton.
  • Chrome Champion: During the period where his soul was inside the Omegadrome, Cyborg looked like a human with shiny gold skin and red eyes.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Cyborg has feared this from time to time, especially in his early years with his prosthetics.
    • This actually was his fate during the period from "Titans Hunt" through his "Cyberion" phase, until JLA/Titans actually DID return his soul to him literally. Why, yes, that period WAS during the 90s, how did you guess..?
  • Cyborg: Well, duh.
  • Death by Origin Story: The accident that injured him also killed his mother.
  • Era-Specific Personality: Teen Titans is what propelled him to be a more renowned character in the DC universe, but it catches some fans off guard in the original comics and other adaptations that he isn't a Boisterous Bruiser Fun Personified as he was in the show. At his best he could be disarmingly friendly and casual but much of the time he is more pensive, concerned with Cybernetics Eat Your Soul.
  • Evil Counterpart: The end of Trinity War introduces Grid; a supercomputer virus in control of a robot body. Grid took over Cyborg's cybernetic body and tore it from Cyborg's human remains to make its body.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's a cyborg... named Cyborg.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: This even evolves to the ability to take himself apart and put himself back together by the time of volume 3.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has an IQ of 170.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Beast Boy. Later gets this with Shazam in the New 52.
  • Instant Armor: For a time, Victor possessed the ability to instantly transform from a normal human appearance to his trademark Cyborg look. He lost this power shortly before to the 2003 Teen Titans relaunch. At the end of the first story arc from his New 52 solo series, he gets this ability again.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When he was first introduced, Cyborg was the typical Angry Black Man. He was a complete jerk, always shouting, always angry, always mad at everyone, with or without reason... and, as time goes by, his true personality begins to shine through. No, he was not the Angry Black Man after all, it was a slow subversion.
  • Make Some Noise: His signature weapon in his sonic cannon, which fires a beam of concussive sound waves.
  • Meaningful Name: "Victor Stone" is a Shout-Out to Victor Frankenstein (in German, "Frankenstein" means "Stone of the Franks").
  • The Nicknamer: Has a nickname for just about everyone (such as "Goldie" for Starfire and "Witch" for Raven).
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In Teen Titans: Earth One, he and Tara Markov (a.k.a Terra) are portrayed as a high-school couple, despite never having been shown to have any interest in each other in other continuities.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: It was often lampshaded in the Titans run how Cyborg merged with the alien knowledge-cataloging organism known as Technis to become Cyberion during the JLA/Titans: The Technis Imperative arc which ended in him becoming Planet Cyberion, assimilating and collect everything in his way until he became as large as the Earth's Moon, consumed the Earth's moon which nearly destroyed the Earth by causing massive natural disasters and planet-wide technological shutdowns, and had to be stopped by a joint effort consisting of the Justice League, Young Justice, JLA Reserves, Titans and Teen Titans.
  • The Smart Guy: Though often in the role of The Big Guy while working with the Titans, he's also generally the most technologically savvy of the team- meanwhile, his strength and durability pale in comparison to several Flying Brick members of the Justice League, so his role as tech-savvy engineer has increased a good deal as well.
  • Super Strength: His cybernetic parts grant him some degree of enhanced-strength,but it's usually downplayed in favor of his other abilities. In the new 52 however, he has been shown to be strong enough to draw blood from Shazam/Captain Marvel, who has Superman-level of durability.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He serves as one for the John Stewart Green Lantern, and also Static Shock to some extent. In the Justice League cartoons John Stewart was used as the main Green Lantern to diversify what would have been a very white League, and the success and popularity of the cartoons obscured Hal Jordan who Geoff Johns had been reviving, and who he wanted to restore as the Green Lantern, and to still maintain diversity, Cyborg was brought in to the League, while having him serve alongside the Hal Jordan Green Lantern.
  • Status Quo Is God: Poor Vic has managed to regain his human form (or at least a less-monstrous appearance) several times, but events always conspire to turn him right back into a bulky, armored freak.
  • Token Minority: Cyborg was both this in the New Teen Titans and the first few arcs of the New 52 Justice League.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting : At the end of the first story arc from his New 52 solo series, he gets the ability to freely shift from his armored form to his "normal" looking human form.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: In both the original and New 52 continuities, the major impetus behind giving Victor robotic body parts was to save his life. And he hated his dad because of this.
    • He was further rebuilt by Russian scientists when he wound up comatose from an accident in New Titans, but this attempt went horribly wrong. He became a silent automaton and Living Prop for the majority of the run until the Technis restored his mind—at the cost of him being turned into an emotionless techno-organic alien being, and then evolving into a robotic planetoid before the Titans restored him to a more humanoid form.
  • The Worf Effect: Since he's quite hard to kill (as he can just be rebuilt), Cyborg is usually the first one to be taken out in order to demonstrate how powerful a new foe is.


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