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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: All of the Doom Patrol's members are complicated and interesting characters.
    • The Chief, much like the comics, is Ambiguously Evil at varying points in the first episodes. While warmer than his illustrated counterpart, he's also someone who is shown to be willing to lie and Shoot the Dog when circumstances permit. The Titans episode also showed him willing to operate on subjects without their consent. On the other hand, circumstances seem to indicate his actions always have a justification to them or are the Lesser Evil.
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    • Silas Stone is similar to the Chief in that we can't necessarily trust his motivations. He is much more supportive of Victor than his comics counterpart, being a Stage Dad who wants Victor to join the Justice League at all costs. He's also prone to spying on his son without his awareness. Maybe even tampered with his memories. On the other hand, he seems to genuinely love Victor and relents in his membership in the Doom Patrol.
      • Horribly, HORRIBLY subverted. We finally learned that Silas Stone DOES love his son... when Mr. Nobody manipulates Vic's misplaced suspicions of him to get him to (nearly) BEAT HIS FATHER TO DEATH, only to then gloat about it to the now horrified and bereaved Cyborg.
  • Anvilicious: Having a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits represent and stand up for the people who are by choice or necessity atypical is cool and all. So is having them be opposed by a soulless organisation that seeks to stamp out everything that isn't perfect cookie-cutter health and conformity. Having that organisation actually be called "the Bureau of Normalcy" can feel a bit on the nose, though.
  • Awesome Music: Negative Man singing a karaoke version of "People Like Us" at the club in "Danny Patrol."
    • Danny using "Tubthumping" on endless repeat as an SOS call in "Penultimate Patrol" may have been a Most Annoying Sound in-universe, but the song itself is still pretty awesome.
    • "When the Shit Goes Down", played under the credits of "Ezekiel Patrol."
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Being a spin-off to the controversial Titans (2018) and being based on a comic book team not that well known in the mainstream outside of being connected to Beast Boy, it was easy to assume Doom Patrol was not going to be successful. Instead, it ended up being more well-liked for its casting, characters and tone.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Ezekiel the Cockroach. To wit: as the town of Cloverton is being sucked into a hole in the ground, a cockroach perched on a trashcan begins yelling, "Yes, Father! Now comes the Reckoning!" And then he, too, is sucked into the hole. How and why there is a talking doom prophet cockroach is never explained, but then again, this fits perfectly in with the rest of Doom Patrol.
    • While brief comments foreshadow their arrival and the audience certainly expects to see strange things in the Bureau of Normalcy, the "butts are loose!" scene comes out of nowhere in "Cyborg Patrol."
  • Complete Monster: Kay Challis's father raped her repeatedly as a child, which traumatized her so severely as to break her mind into multiple personalities to defend herself, as revealed in "Therapy Patrol". He later returns as "Daddy", a character in the Underground, urging Jane to commit suicide and even attacking her friend Cliff, tearing his legs while gleefully enjoying the sheer terror she feels for him. In the end, none of the actual supervillains match this otherwise normal person in terms of sheer cruelty.
  • Crazy Awesome: The entire show, really, provides as much delightfully nonsensical weirdness as a DC fan could ever hope for. At one point Mr. Nobody stages a plot to destroy a town by sucking it into a portal caused by the farts of a magical donkey. This is in the first episode.
    • He may be evil but Mr. Nobody is a villain with a hilarious sense of horrifying humor.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The show is a master of this.
    • Having to shove Rita down the mouth of a donkey using a funnel.
    • The Nazi puppet show extolling the virtues of a master race via super-science.
    • Rita accidentally suffocating a producer under herself during a Casting Couch situation.
    • The entirety of Mr. Nobody's terrorist attack from the 50s. First is the giant balloon shaped like buttocks with a jukebox set to play "Hot Diggity" on a loop. And then there's the laser that turns cops into pinatas for the locals to eat.
    • The employees of the Bureau of Normalcy being attacked monster-movie style by the horde of carnivorous butts.
    • Flex Mentallo accidentally making everyone on Danny the Street orgasm. Including Danny.
    • Ezekiel the Cockroach and Admiral Whiskers passionately making out while giant-sized.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Of all people, Flex Mentallo was a huge hit with audiences, thanks to his portrayal capturing all the surreal wackiness of his origin but also his supremely wholesome charm. Many fans commented that they never in a million years thought they would see Flex Mentallo adapted faithfully to the screen at all, let alone make them so emotional.
  • Evil Is Cool: An omnipotent fourth-wall breaking Deadpan Snarker played by Alan Tudyk? Mr. Nobody certainly qualifies.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Just like Titans, there is one with fans of the DC Extended Universe. Not only does the show have superior reviews compared to darker DCEU entries, but Cyborg became a regular supporting character on the show while his DCEU counterpart has been largely MIA with no solo movie or further appearances slated for the immediate future. Furthermore, Joivan Wade's depiction of Cyborg has been praised by critics and fans for being warmer and livelier than his more morose DCEU counterpart.
    • Also a minor one with fans of The Umbrella Academy, given that both shows premiered on the same day, are built around many elements of black comedy and bizarre plotlines, and focus on misfits with superpowers who share a family-esque relationship, bicker incessantly, have a mysterious, manipulative mentor with a dark past, and must overcome their issues to save the world. Their source materials even share an author, Gerard Way, who created the Umbrella Academy comic before taking on writing duties on Doom Patrol in 2016.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Fans of this show get along famously with Legends of Tomorrow fans, since both are team-based DC ensemble shows that have fairly diverse casts of dysfunctional misfits and tap into similarly absurd "go for broke, pull out all the stops, no plotline is too insane" veins of unhinged comedic madness for most of their storytelling.
  • Moment of Awesome: Crazy Jane and Robot Man's respective fight scenes as they tear through Von Fuchs' Mooks.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mr. Nobody did plenty of messed up things beforehand, but him manipulating Cyborg's paranoia and mistrust of his father to the point that Vic almost BEAT SILAS TO DEATH, only to reveal the deception and gloat as a bereaved Cyborg holds his unconscious dad in tears truly reveals how much of a monster he is.
  • Narm Charm: Mr. Nobody's hipper-than-thou narration about how superhero shows all suck is saved by Alan Tudyk's full commitment to the bit, plus coming from the bad guy so of course he'd feel this way. Then it turns out to be fully integrated into the story itself.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Edward Asner as a hospital patient who helps Rita through her greatest issue, and is actually a disguised Mr. Nobody.
  • Playing Against Type: A mild example, with the casting of Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele. Whilst Fraser is well-known for playing goofy, shouty, socially-awkward characters (which puts Cliff in his general wheelhouse), it can be a little jarring for his fans to find out that he's also easily the most foul-mouthed character in the show (apart from Jane, that is). Likewise, the flashbacks revealing Cliff's spiral of sex, drugs and alcohol can be a little surprising for those used to Fraser's usual "nice guy" image.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Mento makes his introduction in "Doom Patrol Patrol" as a superhero from the 1950s onward. It is then discovered that he's an old man, was driven hopelessly insane by Mr. Nobody, and confined to a wheelchair.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Let's be honest, how many people expected a freaking Doom Patrol show to get made in the first place? While they have a following, they're not nearly as widespread as much of the DCU.
    • Crazy Jane isn't as widespread even among the members of the Doom Patrol, making her inclusion here rather surprising. She's also the only member who wasn't on the original team, having been created for the 1989 roster, whereas the others are series staples.
    • Once the initial shock of the Doom Patrol announcement was over, an even bigger surprise came in the form of Cyborg having an Adaptation Origin Connection to the team. He's had no such relation to them in the comics, and like Batman it was thought he'd be off-limits because of the DC Extended Universe. Not to mention that him getting Adapted Out from Titans also made the general audience assume we would never see him. Later reports clarified that Cyborg is planned to join the Titans cast once this show is underway.
    • Danny the Street is extremely obscure, and may seem a little hard to properly adapt as a literal sentient street. But sure enough, they appear in the show.
    • At the end of episode three, we get a look at a character nobody was expecting to get in a live action show: Animal Vegetable Mineral Man, due to being made up of plants, minerals, and a secondary dinosaur head.
    • Seriously, who in all the world thought we would get a faithfully adapted version of Flex Mentallo?
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Robotman looks exactly like his comics counterpart come to life.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • After the very heated fan response to material released from Titans (2018) so far note , internet reactions to this show have been much more positive. Among other reasons, fans are excited because Doom Patrol's never had a proper adaptation of its own before, and because unlike Titans, the Patrol's adventures have always been weird and creepy, so its usual tone seems like a much more natural fit for DC's streaming network.
    • Even people who've never heard of the titular team (or are even DC comics fans at all) were delighted when the fan-favorite Robotman was announced to be played by equally beloved internet "man who deserves a hug" Brendan Fraser.
    • Few DP fans would ever have dreamed that an actor as esteemed as Timothy Dalton would end up being cast as the Chief.
    • Many fans are also very excited to see the always great Alan Tudyk playing Mr Nobody.
    • The first set photos of Negative Man and Robotman have had a much warmer reception than those of Starfire from Titans, since they pretty much look spot-on unlike the latter.
    • The casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man has also been very well-received.
    • Many fans were delighted to learn that iconic Doom Patrol character Danny the Street would be appearing in the show.


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