Legion of Doom Team Member
|Real name:||Priscilla Rich|
|Relatives:||Deborah Domaine (niece)|
|Base:||Hall of Doom|
|Affiliations:|| League of Evil|
Legion of Doom
|Rogue of:||Wonder Woman|
|Voiced/Played:|| Marlene Aragon|
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.
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.
- Master Combatant
- Sharp Claws: Can pierce through metal
- Acrobatics: Skilled Gymnast
- 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.
Legion of Doom Team Members
- Wanted: The SuperFriends
- Invasion of the Fearians
- The World's Deadliest Game
- The Time Trap
- Trial of the SuperFriends
- Monolith of Evil
- The Giants of Doom
- Secret Origins of the SuperFriends
- Revenge on Gorilla City
- Swamp of the Living Dead
- Conquerors of the Future
- The Final Challenge
- Fairy Tale of Doom
- SuperFriends: Rest In Peace
- History of Doom
- Revenge of Doom
- 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).
- 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:
- ↑ Her real name was not mentioned in the series. Her Earth-One counterpart was succeeded by her niece, Deborah Domaine.
- ↑ Marlene Aragon provided the voice of Cheetah throughout the entire Super Friends series.
- ↑ Blaze Berdahl provided the voice of the Earth-508 version of Cheetah.
- ↑ Clare Grant provided the voice of a parody version of Cheetah in Robot Chicken.
- ↑ See Super Friends (comic book): Super Friends, Vol. 1 #2 (December 1, 1976).
- ↑ As revealed in Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 #6 (Fall, 1943).
- ↑ As revealed in Sensation Comics, Vol. 1 #22 (October, 1943), which can be found at the DC Database.
- ↑ Go to DC Database for more on Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 #6 published in Fall, 1943.