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Legion of Doom Team Member

Cheetah
Cheetah
Information
Real name: Priscilla Rich[1]
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Hair: blond
Eyes: green
Relatives: Deborah Domaine (niece)
Apprentice: Kitten
Base: Hall of Doom
Affiliations: League of Evil
Legion of Doom
Super Foes
Rogue of: Wonder Woman
Weaponry: Sharp claws
Voiced/Played: Marlene Aragon[2]
Blaze Berdahl[3]
Clare Grant[4]
Cheetah Gallery
Pricilla Rich

Priscilla Rich

Cheetah is a supervillain who wears a cheetah costume, and utilizes claws as weapons. She is a member of the Legion of Doom and Wonder Woman's arch-nemesis.


Background Information

Earth-1A

Priscilla Rich (as revealed by E. Nelson Bridwell in the Super Fans section of the second issue of the SuperFriends Comic Book) is sort of a jekyll-hyde character. A wealthy and beautiful socialite, she was jealous of anyone more famous than herself. Her evil nature prevailed when she saw people paying more attention to Wonder Woman - so she turned a cheetah-skin rug into a costume and launched her criminal career as 'The Cheetah'. Blonde-haired and green-eyed, she sometimes seems almost like a human cat.[5]

Golden Age / Silver Age

The Golden Age / Silver Age of Priscilla Rich was a blonde Washington, D.C. debutante of aristocratic upbringing. Priscilla's life of privilege had bred an overwhelming inferiority complex. She eventually suffered a psychotic break after being eclipsed by Wonder Woman at a charity event. Priscilla retreated to her room and collapsed before her makeup mirror. There she saw an image of a woman dressed like a cheetah. "Horrors!" she cried, as she gazed at her evil inner self for the first time. "Don't you know me?" replied the reflection. "I am the REAL you — the Cheetah — a treacherous, relentless huntress!" The image commanded her to fashion a Cheetah costume from cheetah-skin rug. The refection went on to tell her that "From now on, when I command you, you shall go forth dressed like your TRUE self and do as I command you..." This second personality, unlike her more reserved self, was strong and violent. It poisoned Priscilla's mind, eventually turning her into a twisted, malevolent being.

She hates Wonder Woman so much, she impersonates an American military official Kay Carlton, at an athletic competition between female athletes from America and a group of women trained on Paradise Island. Priscilla manages to kidnap Queen Hippolyta and steal her magical girdle. With Hippolyta as her hostage and her own abilities boosted by the girdle, Cheetah battles Wonder Woman for control of Paradise Island. She is defeated when the Amazon manages to pull the girdle off her. Temporarily freed from the Cheetah's influence, Priscilla asks to remain on Paradise Island until she can learn to control her split personality.[6]


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Abilities

  • Master Combatant
  • Sharp Claws: Can pierce through metal
  • Acrobatics: Skilled Gymnast
  • Stealth
  • Dancing: The Cheetah was a masterful dancer and once impressed Wonder Woman, Etta Candy and her slave girls with the "Dance of the Cheetah". Wonder Woman, in a vain act to appeal to the Cheetah's better nature, applauded her ability, citing that her skill could attract millions of admirers.[7]


Legion of Doom Team Members

Members:

Lex LuthorBrainiacBlack MantaCheetahSinestroGorilla GroddCaptain ColdScarecrowToymanSolomon Grundy • The RiddlerGigantaBizarro

Expanded Team:
Doctor Natas



Appearances

Super Friends (comic book):

  1. The Fury of the Super Foes (issue #1)
  2. Trapped By the Super Foes (issue #2)

SuperFriends Episodes:

  1. Wanted: The SuperFriends
  2. Invasion of the Fearians
  3. The World's Deadliest Game
  4. The Time Trap
  5. Trial of the SuperFriends
  6. Monolith of Evil
  7. The Giants of Doom
  8. Secret Origins of the SuperFriends
  9. Revenge on Gorilla City
  10. Swamp of the Living Dead
  11. Conquerors of the Future
  12. The Final Challenge
  13. Fairy Tale of Doom
  14. Doomsday
  15. SuperFriends: Rest In Peace
  16. History of Doom
  17. Revenge of Doom


Notes

  • Unlike her counterpart in the comic books, the Cheetah in the Superfriends episodes seems to be something other than an ordinary woman. In "Wanted: the Superfriends" Luthor creates multiple copies of Bizarro and Cheetah from ordinary people with his Mutation Device (implying that she is a mutant (as DC would put it, a "metahuman"). However, compare this to "Secret Origins of the Superfriends" where she needs the Legion's "radar-controlled bracelets" to overcome Diana. (Note that the latter episode refers to Cheetah's "cat-like skills" while showing her winning a contest on the parallel bars.)
  • The Pricilla Rich version of 'Cheetah' first appeared in Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 #6 (Fall, 1943).[8]
  • Cheetah was created by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter.
  • There have been four different Cheetahs since the character's premiere:
  • Priscilla Rich (the Golden Age Cheetah) - 1943
  • Deborah Domaine (the Bronze Age Cheetah) - 1980
  • Barbara Ann Minerva (the Modern Age and current Cheetah) - 1987[?]
  • Sebastian Ballesteros (a male usurper who briefly assumed the role in 2001)


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References

  1. Her real name was not mentioned in the series. Her Earth-One counterpart was succeeded by her niece, Deborah Domaine.
  2. Marlene Aragon provided the voice of Cheetah throughout the entire Super Friends series.
  3. Blaze Berdahl provided the voice of the Earth-508 version of Cheetah.
  4. Clare Grant provided the voice of a parody version of Cheetah in Robot Chicken.
  5. See Super Friends (comic book): Super Friends, Vol. 1 #2 (December 1, 1976).
  6. As revealed in Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 #6 (Fall, 1943).
  7. As revealed in Sensation Comics, Vol. 1 #22 (October, 1943), which can be found at the DC Database.
  8. Go to DC Database for more on Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 #6 published in Fall, 1943.

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