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Doom Patrol is a 2019 superhero series on the DC Universe and HBO Max streaming services, based off the classic Doom Patrol comic series.

Each member has suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence — and to protect Earth from what they find. Doom Patrol finds these reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.

Doom Patrol features the likes of Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and Cyborg (Jovian Wade) under the guidance of Dr. Niles Caulder, aka “The Chief” (Timothy Dalton). The team battles strange and bizarre villains, including the sinister Mister Nobody (Alan Tudyk).

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While some members of the Doom Patrol appeared in Episode 4 of Titans with the same actors, to set up this show, there was some Flip-Flop of God as to whether Doom Patrol was actually in the same universe as Titans. The question was supposedly answered in the Arrowverse's Crisis on Infinite Earths, where Titans was set in Earth-9, and Doom Patrol was in Earth-21. Note that both series, in any case, are very much in their own worlds from the Arrowverse, the DC Extended Universe, and other DC properties.

It premiered on February 15, 2019. The second season was streamed simultaneously on DC Universe and HBO Max. A third season has been ordered and will air exclusively on HBO Max.


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Doom Patrol contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: This series is Darker and Edgier similar to Grant Morrison's iconic run on the team for the Vertigo imprint, yet the team itself is mostly based on the classic original roster from the '60s with the sole exception of Crazy Jane in the place of Mento as a main cast member.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Downplayed, as the name has thus far only been used in marketing, but Elasti-Girl is now Elasti-Woman, to avoid confusion with Disney-Pixar's Elastigirl.
    • Heinrich von Fuchs' comic book counterpart is Dr. Bruckner, presumably specifically so they could call his Paraguayan theme park Fuchtopia.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Cyborg joins the Doom Patrol on their first mission as a proper team. He had a previous connection to Niles Caulder through him being a friend of his father. In the comics, Cyborg has never had any such connection to them.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Played With for several characters throughout:
    • Rita is Zig-Zagged. When composed and in control, she is quite attractive like her original character, but when her "abilities" kick in, instead of only shrinking or growing, she visibly blobs-out into a terrifying mess.
    • Mr. Nobody is Downplayed. While still abstract and almost formless, here, he at least keeps part of a human looking face.
    • Averted with Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. In the comics, his dinosaur head is partially fused to his normal head, which is just as freakish as it sounds, but here, both heads are distinct, making him far less uncomfortable to look at.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Although most of their origins are intact, some things are changed:
    • Cliff Steele is still a race car driver, but now he has a wife (whom he was cheating on with the nanny) and a daughter. And the accident that turned him into Robotman happened with them in the car, crashing through a semi-truck, decapitating his wife Kate and damaged Cliff’s body beyond repair, leaving him and his daughter Clara as the only survivors of the crash.
    • Larry Trainor is still a test pilot who merged with the Negative Spirit in the upper atmosphere, but here, he also has a wife and two children...and he was cheating on his wife with another man.
    • Crazy Jane still has 64 different personalities and each personality has their own superpower, but since there was no gene bomb in this universe, her powers instead come from a drug she's injected with by the Bedlam House style mental hospital staff. The cause of her Dissociative Identity Disorder is still the same, however.
    • Rita Farr's origin is almost completely intact, except instead of being able to grow and shrink at will, Rita finds that her body has begun to distort and melt like a blob.
    • 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.
    • Each of their origins also happened in different decades: Rita's in The '50s, Larry's in The '60s, Jane's in The '70s, Cliff's in The '80s, and Cyborg's in the 2010s.
  • Adaptational Diversity:
    • Crazy Jane, who is white in the comics, is played by Latina actress Diane Guerrro.
    • The series makes Larry Traynor a gay man, played by Matt Bomer.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Cliff in the comics was a hot-headed but otherwise Nice Guy Gentle Giant, and while he's still mostly this, he's a lot more prone to swearing and yelling, and his Jerk with a Heart of Gold nature is played up. Notably, he's given a backstory that makes him far more of a Byronic Hero, as he was cheating on his wife with their nanny (and got pissed when he thought she was cheating on him with his best friend), and this adultery is directly what caused the accident (and also lead to his wife's death).
    • Jane is a lot more stand-offish and aggressive than she was in the comics, to the point regular Jane and Hammerhead are sometimes hard to differentiate. Most of her personalities are a lot more prone to violent outbursts, to the point she's almost the Token Evil Teammate.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Niles Caulder is portrayed initially as the beloved fatherly figure of the team, with hints of a more ruthless, pragmatic persona underneath, whereas his comic self was a far colder man who turned out to have been a complete sociopath. When it's revealed he was the cause of everyone's 'accidents', as in the comics, his motivation for doing so is far less selfish (motivated by a desire to protect his metahuman daughter) and he genuinely felt remorse for what he was doing.
    • Silas Stone, similarly, while still an Insufferable Genius (and in fact, is treated as if he's the darker foil to Niles, at least until they find out it's actually the other way around), is far more aware of his son's feelings and tries to encourage and support him, while treating him less like an experiment.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Larry Trainor is now gay and was cheating on his wife with another man.
  • Adaptational Ugliness:
    • Both Kipling and the Beard Hunter are more heavy-set and unkempt than their comics counterparts.
    • Zigzagged with Animal-Mineral-Vegetable Man, who is less buff than usual, but at least his face isn't half-melted into the side of a dinosaur's neck.
  • Adapted Out: Beast Boy, who was a member of the team proper in the comics. Although he was part of the team in their Titans continuity, no reference is made to him in this continuity.
  • The Ageless: This is explicitly a side-effect of Metahuman abilities in this setting; while some of the Doom Patrol have explicit handwaves relating to their powers (Cliff is in a robot body now, and Rita is a shapeshifter), most of them have no other explanation besides it just being a minor secondary ability they all possess. When Niles discovered Slava, a still-alive cavewoman living in the mountains in the 1910s, he realised from tribal drawings that she has been around for centuries, and shortly after discovers she had metahuman powers (low-level Reality Warper able to bring to life 'imaginary' monsters) which likely lead to it. He fathered a child with her that inherited her mother's abilities, and as a result is physically still a young girl, prompting him to start creating Metahumans for 'Project Immortus' in an attempt to gain similar immortality so he could protect her/the world from her. As he's not aged in the last 100 years, it's assumed he succeeded.
    • The only exceptions are Mento and the original Doom Patrol, though it's implied this may be a result of the trauma Mr Nobody inflicted on their psyche causing their bodies to decay, indicating their physical health is linked to their mental state.
  • Age Lift: Due to the fact that Comic-Book Time doesn't exist, all the characters are much older than their comic book counterparts, especially Rita, who was in her twenties during the 1950s.
  • Alternate Continuity: It's a separate continuity from Titans, confirmed via Word of God in this article from February 2019. However, that same article goes on to state possible Canon Welding. It and Titans are both technically part of the Arrowverse as per Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019), but Schrödinger's Canon is in play.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The Chief is someone that is believed to be the Big Good of the setting as well as the beloved mentor for the team. However, the Chief mas made many morally questionable decisions like lying to Cliff about his daughter being dead, allying with Mr. Nobody, and establishing an asylum that kept his former teammates in a Lotus-Eater Machine. Despite this, he usually has a justification for all of his actions.
  • Apocalypse Cult: The Cult of the Unwritten Book seek the unmaking of the world, much like their comics origin.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite the team being made up of a brain in a robot, a woman who melts when distressed, a bandaged man with an energy being living inside of his body, and a woman with dozens of superpowered alternate personalities, the team is very skeptical of Kipling's (well-founded) doomsday assertions. Cyborg, the most normal member of the team, is ironically also the least skeptical of the group, which makes sense since as a 'real' superhero, he's probably at least loosely acquainted with magic heroes too.
  • Argentina Is Nazi-Land: In this case, neighboring Paraguay is where Doctor Fuchs fled to after WW2.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Rita's list of examples for why the world is 'garbage': "People lie, and they hurt each other, and they wear these things on their feet called crocs."
  • Big Fancy House: The Chief's house is huge, old-fashioned and well-furnished.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The albino donkey is actually a door to another dimension controlled by Mr. Nobody.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: While the comic book run it's primarily based off of could get quite gruesome, here the gore is boosted by the fact that Doom Patrol is allowed to take on (and murder) flesh-and-blood opponents.
  • Body Horror: All of the Doom Patrol in various ways: Rita can turn into a blob, Larry is horribly burned, and Cliff is a brain in a jar.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mr. Nobody's narration does this, saying things like "The critics are going to hate this show." Borders on Deadpool territory when he actively trolls the audience in episode 2 after the Chief asks him who he's talking to:
    Mr. Nobody: Grant Morrison fans, Reddit trolls with DC Universe subscriptions, and the three new fans who stuck around after the donkey fart.
  • Broken Pedestal: Part of Mr. Nobody's plan to torment Niles appears to be to lead the Doom Patrol to discover the skeletons in his past to drive a wedge between them.
    • Cliff lost his respect for the Chief when he discovered he was lying about his daughter being dead.
    • Mento adored Rita and was falling in love with her when he read her mind and turned away from her in disgust due to something in her past.
    • Crazy Jane suffers this when she finds out the Chief planned to put her in the asylum with the rest of the original Doom Patrol.
    • Ultimately, the whole Doom Patrol loses faith in Niles when they discover he was behind the accidents that made them who they are now.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Both Cliff and Larry are given wives and children they did not have in the comics. Larry's lover, John Bowers, is also an example.
    • Maura Lee Karupt, the de facto representative of the Dannyzens, is another example.
    • Most significant is the character of Slava, the Chief's neanderthal lover and the mother of Dorothy.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The F-bomb gets used give or take 20 times an episode, not counting other swear words.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Not so much an actual colored example, but Jane undergoes subtle physical changes whenever one of her personas emerge (for example, Hammerhead has a large chest tattoo and a scar on her lip, the Hangman's Daughter has a Frida Kahlo-esque monobrow, and Dr. Harrison gains Creepy Blue Eyes and a grey streak in her hair), which helps clue the audience in as to the identity of that persona.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Season 2's Myth Arc involves Dorothy Spinner's long-delayed exit from adolescence, expressed through neatly (and sometimes blatantly) metaphorical episodes involving changing body shapes, the passage of time, menstrual pain, and sexual awakenings.
  • Concepts Are Cheap: The Bureau of Normalcy seeks to ensure that everything is normal. Exactly why they think that's necessary, and precisely who decides what is and isn't normal, is never made clear.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: An agent from the Bureau of Normalcy tries to torture Jane in the style of the Mr. Blonde scene from Reservoir Dogs but he never gets past the dancing.
  • Cross-Cast Role: The Chief is played by Abigail Shapiro as a young boy. This can be seen as a Casting Gag because Shapiro also portrays Dorothy, the Chief's daughter.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Almost all the main characters are functionally immortal. They don't age, are hard to hurt/kill, and have other powers on top of that, like Super Strength, energy blasts, or stretchy powers. Unfortunately, their powers are also the source of tremendous physical and mental pain. Rita has to constantly hold herself together or be reduced into a gelatinous blob. Larry's negative spirit disfigured him beyond recognition and actively torments him. Cliff's robot body can't feel anything, which means he doesn't even have a physical outlet (which he could escape to before his transformation) for all the emotional turmoil he's undergoing. And while they may have powers, they can barely use them properly, much less fight against the bizarre threats that are thrown their way.
  • Darker and Edgier: Downplayed, Doom Patrol is a very dark series with swearing, sex and other mature themes being prominent throughout. There's brutal death, black comedy, and the cast is a Dysfunction Junction ensemble. It is, however, much weirder and more humorous than Titans, with a strong vein of hilariously bizarre randomness running throughout, particularly when Mr. Nobody is around.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Both played straight and subverted. Each character's backstory includes behavior that was anachronistic and behavior that isn't at all.
    • Rita Farr has a one-armed cameraman fired because his appearance disgusts her, although it's not clear whether it's because he's black, disabled, or both. (She ends up frighteningly disfigured herself shortly afterwards). Her Hollywood backstory includes the casting couch (this show was released during the #MeToo movement, which called attention to how little show business has changed).
    • Larry's Gayngst is considerable and he considers himself a monster akin to a murderer or paedophile. This is not an unbelievable character trait for a military man of the 1960s who has been living in isolation since then but may surprise viewers who grew up in a more accepting time period. At the same time, a large part of Larry thinking he was a monster was the misery his double-life was causing his wife and his lover, which is a common result of infidelity regardless of the genders and orientations of the parties involved.
    • Cliff's brief appearance shows him as a cheating, drunk, self-aggrandizing Manchild. It's all but stated this was lauded behavior in The '80s (though hardly uncommon in any decade).
    • In one of Jane's memories from when Kay Challis was going to school in the 60s, her (apparently Southern) school teacher portrays Abraham Lincoln as an authoritarian trying to take away farmers' rights and the Confederates as a group of heroic rebels uniting for the common good, while being oblivious to the fact she just described them rebelling against the union by forming a union and seemingly considering slavery a 'farmer's right'. It's also apparent Kay was singled out in class by the teacher while her (all-white) classmates were encouraged by the teacher to laugh at her. Tragically, a parent sexually abusing their child while the other parent turns a blind eye is as much of a problem in any time in history.
  • Denser and Wackier: In comparison to Titans and Swamp Thing being entirely Earth-based, it's said their mission will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC Universe. The show proper bears this out, and it might be the single weirdest DC Comics show ever, with talking cockroaches, farting donkeys, and Mr. Nobody constantly Breaking the Fourth Wall to insult the show and the audience with equal abandon. And that's just from the first few episodes!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Each of the characters represents some form of severe mental illness or trauma.
    • Rita needing to constantly focus and control her mind in order to not literally melt into a pile of goo is akin to people suffering from anxiety disorders. Her previous need for constant validation and attention also implies some form of narcissism or deep-seated inferiority complex.
    • Larry and the negative being in his body are pretty much a metaphor for his image as a 'normal' straight man, and his secret, other, true self of being a gay man.
    • Cliff's wild swings from rage to depression to cheerfulness to guilt implies some sort of manic or bipolar disorder.
    • Crazy Jane has dissociative identity disorder, implied to have stemmed from sexual abuse by her father as a child.
    • Victor's relationship with his father implies some sort of mental or emotional abuse.
  • The Dreaded: The Department of Normalcy's is very obviously the Butts. When they escape, one of their generals outright kills himself.
  • Entropy and Chaos Magic: Stated to be Willoughby Kipling's specialty. What appears to be clocks, cigarettes, and rosary beads covered in hot sauce are actually very specific charms, enchantments, and defenses.
  • Epic Fail: The team has actually so far shown that they are incredibly incompetent at just about everything they do as a Running Gag and Dramatic Irony for a superhero show. Victor even tells them bluntly that in an ideal situation they would not be qualified at all to be the ones to rescue Niles.
    • In the first episode, going into town nearly ends with them destroying it.
    • In the second episode, they utterly fail to prevent the town from being sucked into a Pocket Dimension (via donkey).
    • In the third episode, they can't get to Paraguay until Jane just teleports them there and even then she only takes Cliff and Larry.
  • Expy: Willoughby Kipling is one of John Constantine. This stems from his characters creation in the original comic book series as the writers were unable to secure permission to use Constantine and had to create a Suspiciously Similar Substitute.
  • Famed in Story: With the exception of Jane, all the main cast were quite famous before their accidents, or in Cyborg's case, famous after.
    • Rita Farr was a beloved actress of the 50s, who's movies are still looked at quite fondly today.
    • Cliff Steele was a famous racecar driver who brought enough fame and fortune to afford a nice mansion and a high class life for his wife and kids. He was famous enough to get cameos in soaps playing himself.
    • Larry Trainor was a famed, decorated fighter pilot and considered an American hero. He was potentially going to be one of the first men in space.
    • Though Victor Stone wasn't particularly famous before his accident, after becoming Cyborg he's became a solid B-lister among the superhero community, and is regularly recognized and applauded. He's not quite A-list material yet, however, as he's said he's still five years away from joining the Justice League. His comparative modern-day fame is actually a problem for the Department of Normalcy when they capture him, as they're aware of the potential mindfield they step into by targeting a superhero with his name cred.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Invoked with Mr Nobody. He was written off by everyone as “a nobody” which led him to undergo a process to become an insanely powerful supervillain.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Initially, Cliff is the Optimist, Jane is the Cynic, Cyborg is the Realist, Rita is the Apathetic, and Larry is the Conflicted. Of course, given the type of characters they are, expect to see them veer wildly between the other philosophies on a whim.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Doom Patrol features full-on nudity, and makes the sex scenes in Titans look rather tame in comparison.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The episodes are titled "X Patrol".
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Thanks to Flex Mentallo flexing the wrong muscle, everyone on a street has an orgasm. Including the street.
  • Ironic Hell:
  • It Makes Sense in Context: The whole show could count as this, but especially the next episode promos. Pretty much every single one highlights some of the most strange, goofy and seemingly random sequences in the episode that don't feature heavy profanity, gore or sexual content (which is, naturally, about enough to fill a 30 second promo).
  • Lampshade Hanging: When the team are captured by the Bureau of Normalcy, they lampshade the redundancy of having two cyborg characters by declaring that humans being kept alive via machinery is extremely common to the point they don't consider it anything special.
  • Lemony Narrator: Alan Tudyk doesn't pull any punches with Mr. Nobody's narration of the first episode.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine:
    • What Mr. Nobody initially shows Rita and Larry. Its their glory days that only gradually turns into an image of horrifying despair.
    • The school that the original Doom Patrol teaches at is one of these. Only the Doom Patrol and their doctor are present with the school being a rundown ruin. Mento's powers make them think that they are teachers of an X-men like school for gifted youngsters.
  • May–December Romance: Exaggerated by Slava, who is potentially more than 200,000 years old, and the Chief, who is somewhere around middle-aged when they hook up in 1913. Avoids being a Mayfly–December Romance because the relationship itself seems to make the latter incapable of aging as well.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Matt Bomer is still an incredibly handsome man and his flashback sequences illustrate this to audiences. This is a Downplayed Trope example as he usually is portrayed as in a varying degree of tortured given his unhappy pre-superhero life (and post-superhero, well, he's not very pretty anymore).
    • Flex Mentallo wears nothing but trunks to show off his chiseled physique, which is also the source of his powers.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Rita Farr is often shown in a way that highlights her actress' glamorous good looks and fashion sense. As the series has progressed, the camera has also been more willing to show Crazy Jane's legs (often with stockings). Both are Downplayed Trope examples compared to how female comic book heroines often are.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Mr. Nobody never had his first name revealed in the comics (he had previously been known as just "Mr. Morden"); here, his given name is Eric Morden.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The advertisements paint the series as a joyously gonzo adventure by a team of oddball superheroes. In reality, while undeniably strange, it's a pretty bad trip loaded with mental agony and dysfunctional group dynamics.
  • Non-Human Non-Binary: Danny the Street is a sentient, teleporting section of urban geography who uses the pronouns they/them who is on a team of cisgender humans.
  • Older Than They Look: Applies to almost every main cast member. Justified in regards to the main cast, as their accidents were engineered in an attempt to grant immortality.
    • Niles Caulder, while still appearing visibly older, looks to be the same age during Jane's flashbacks to the seventies. It's later confirmed that he actually hasn't aged since some time in 1913. It's later clarified that he does age, albeit very slowly, and is granted increased longevity by a magical necklace.
    • Rita Farr still appears youthful despite being a young woman in the 1950s. Justified with her powers causing her to exist in a nearly formless state; she has to focus to retain her previous form, and since that was the last time she looked "normal," she's intentionally reverting back to her appearance then.
    • Jane still looks just as young as she did in the seventies. Possibly justified since her different personalities frequently show different physical characteristics, meaning each one may only age while in control.
    • Cliff can't exactly "look the part," being in a robotic body and all, but his mental capabilities don't seem to be any worse for the wear despite what his age should be. If one assumes that Cliff was about 40 before his accident, an elder statesman for an active NASCAR driver, he'd be in his 70s or 80s during the show's present day storyline.
    • Larry's burned body has not degraded at all since his accident in the '60s. It's stated that he's 95 during the present day of the first season. The Negative Spirit is most likely preserving him as he is.
    • Mr. Nobody's face (or what's still there of it) is the same age as before the experiment. Of course, since he was literally transformed into a metaphysical (and metafictional) super-being, this is really to be expected.
    • Flex Mentallo looks exactly the same (after a haircut) coming out of the Ant Farm as he did going in. During that time, his youthful wife became an elderly woman.
    • Subverted with Mento and the rest of the original Doom Patrol. After several episodes with the main cast, seeing Mento still looking as young in the present as he did in the past seems to imply that non-aging just comes with the powers. Except he, and the other two, HAVE aged correctly. The youthful versions seen are simply psychic projections he's creating so that none of them have mental breakdowns and cause dangerous outbursts.
  • Odd Friendship: Rita and Larry are closer to each other than they are with the others (though that's not to say they have no connection with the others). This is probably because of the fact that they were the first two that Niles saved. In the final episode of season 1, after the group splits apart upon learning what Niles did, Larry and Rita live together in a new house.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The Cult of the Unwritten Book. They believe that the entirety of creation should not exist, and are actively being about the end of the universe.
  • Previously On…: Each episode begins with a recap of previous events.
  • Race Lift:
    • Crazy Jane is white in the source material but played by Colombian-American actress Diane Guerrero.
    • Kind of done with The Chief. On Titans, he was played by Mexican actor Bruno Bichir, complete with Latino accent, but on this show, he's back to being white and played by the very British Timothy Dalton. Both are in separate continuities.
    • In the comics Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man was Swedish. Here he's played by Flipino-American actor Alec Mapa.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The Doom Patrol's lack of training, teamwork, and control over their powers mean their earliest battles are complete failures.
    • The attempt to save the Morality Pet Elliot from his destiny despite it endangering the world...results in the world nearly being destroyed.
    • Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man's first attempt at a robbery ends with his dinosaur head attacking his normal head. Turns out having an independent raptor brain in a high-stress scenario might cause an outlash.
    • Holding a therapy group between several individuals with deep-seated traumas, all without a trained therapist to mediate, is not going to end well. Made worse because Cliff has a mouse messing around in his head, leading him to act out far more than usual.
    • A much lighter example comes up in Danny Patrol. Larry gives an amazing musical number in his Imagine Spot but when he actually attempts to sing, the lack of training and practice is very apparent.
  • Reality Warper: Flex Mentallo can control reality with his muscles. The limits of this ability are unclear but all appear to be relatively small scale.
    • Slava can create artificial beings from her imagination, primarily using this to create a werewolf/Wendigo-looking creature to ward off intruders. Her daughter, Dorothy Spinner, inherited the same ability.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Apparently, being The Ageless is this for all Metahumans. They need some degree of immortality to survive the accidents and events that grant them their powers in the first place, as well as to survive living with the negative side effects of their powers. This is a plot point, as the Chief's reason for forming the team was to understand how to gain and maintain immortality to protect his daughter, and went so far as to arrange the accidents that would cause their powers to develop in the first place.
  • Refusal of the Call: Rita and Larry. Rita goes back to Doom Manor and waits for the Chief to come back, while Larry tries to skip town as quickly as possible (but the Negative Spirit won't let him).
  • Related in the Adaptation: A major plot point here: Dorothy Spinner is the daughter of Niles Caulder, something that has never been the case in the comics.
  • Resurrection/Death Loop: In the penultimate episode of season one, Mr. Nobody traps the Doom Patrol in a loop where they keep fighting (and losing) the same battle over and over, getting killed every time.
  • Spin-Off: Subverted. Although the Doom Patrol previously appeared on Titans (2018) in a backdoor pilot episode, this show wound up disregarding the Titans continuity in favor of starting from the beginning.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Certain storylines end up being mostly irrelevant. For instance, the search for Doctor Tyme ends with Rita accidentally killing Dr. Tyme by knocking him down, but manages to turn back time which brings him back to life, but also annoys him enough that he ejects her, Cliff and Jane from his realm, with nothing to show for their trip.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Prof. Von Fuchs is capable of giving superpowers to people who can pay for them.
  • Tag Line: What doesn't kill you makes you stranger.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Mr. Nobody appears to Dr. Caulder, Caulder calls him "Mr. Morden." Nobody replies, "I haven't been Mr. Morden since 'Aaah! No! Help me!'"
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Fuchtopia has shades of this, with the way its "staff" acts.
  • Trenchcoat Brigade: Willoughby Kipling, being a deliberate Expy of John Constantine. (He was only created in the comics because Grant Morrison wasn't allowed to use Constantine himself.)
  • Uniqueness Decay: Used for comedy. Apparently the Ant Farm has encountered dozens of human brains kept alive in crude mechanical bodies over the years and so see nothing interesting about Cliff.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The Chief, though one who retains a sympathetic POV. Niles is regarded by many as an upstanding and heroic individual who has helped organize superhero teams, helped people recover from trauma, and his extensive connections with the weirder world make him appear as the Big Good. Very few know that he's personally caused many of the traumas he "helps" with, and the many shady things he has done in the past. The ones who do all regard him as a monster.
  • Void Between the Worlds: Mr. Nobody's domain appears this way. In an interesting case of Leaning on the Fourth Wall, it's because of how comic book panels are separated by white lines; the void is the empty space between story, which can only be visually represented in a comic book-originated story.
  • Wham Line: "Penultimate Patrol" drops a massive one:
    Niles Caulder: The tragedies that befell you were not accidents. I was responsible, for everything that has happened to each of you.

"They really are quite doomed."
 
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