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The Doom Patrol
DOOM PATROL
Official Name
Doom Patrol
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Assembled by Niles Caulder
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The Doom Patrol[1] was a team of superheroes led by a wheelchair-bound man known as The Chief. Beast Boy was a member of this team before he became Changeling of the Teen Titans.

History

Doom Patrol (Logo)

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An aging wheelchair bound mad scientist known as the Chief (Niles Caulder), created a super powered team of outcasts by arranging “accidents” on people with fantastic lives and ruining them by making them power-housed freaks, all so they’d have nothing to lose and go on suicide missions to prematurely save the world. Caulder’s first plan was to recreate the Robotman like the Mystery man from the 1940s via implanting a human brain in to a robot body, so he first caused a lab explosion destroying the body of a colleague and planning to put his brain in the robot but the colleague's brain was saved by his pet gorilla. Caulder refined his plan and struck three people...

  • Cliff Steele, an international sportsman and daredevil who Caulder had burned to a cinder by causing Cliff’s race car to crash. Chief used his scientific genius to transfer Steele’s brain into the robot body.
  • Rita Farr was a Hollywood starlet, and Olympic level swimmer. During filming of one of her movies Caulder exposed Rita to strange vapors that granted her the ability to alter her size at will. Her career in ruins, due to her mutation, she then fought alongside the Doom Patrol as Elasti-Girl.
  • Larry Trainor was once a U.S. Air Force test pilot – Caulder caused his jet's guidance systems to break down so he would fly an experimental suborbital aircraft into a stratospheric belt of radiation. Now existing as a living mummy, forced to wear special bandages to contain the radiation that has disfigured his body. As a side effect of the incident Trainor can become a being of pure energy by leaving his body as a black electrical-like silhouette and return to his lifeless body and he calls this form the Negative Man.

The Chief motivated this Doom Patrol (them unaware that he caused their accidents). Bitter from being isolated from the world they use their powers for the greater good.

Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol of Earth-508.

Headquarters

The Doom Patrol's headquarters was located in Midway City.

The Doom Patrol also used the Secret Sanctuary, and renovated it, using it as their headquarters for a time after the JLA left so that they could get a new spacebase.


Members

The Chief

The Cheif The Chief, who was also known as Niles Caulder, was the leader of the team. He was a paraplegic who was a scientist and a genius. He was the one who brought the team together.

Elasti-Girl

Elasti-Girl Elasti-Girl, who is also known as Rita Farr, is the wife of Mento and she has the ability to stretch and increase her size.

Robotman

Robotman Robotman, who was also known as Cliff Steele, was a cyborg. He had super strength and near invulnerability.

Negative Man

Negative Man Negative Man, who was also known as Larry Trainor, was a test pilot for the U.S. Air Force, and he was a friend and colleague of Hal Jordan. Due to exposure to radiation, he had the ability to generate a "negative spirit", a radiation soul-like entity from his own body, which carried his consciousness in him while leaving his body as a husk. It could only be gone for sixty seconds. He could also project Heat Waves. He could fly and was intangible, so he could phase through solid objects.

Mento

Mental Helmet Mento was the husband of Rita Farr, a fellow member of the team. He was also the adopted father of Beast Boy. He possessed a Mental Helmet which gave him incredible Mental Powers.

Beast Boy

Beast Boy Beast Boy was the youngest member of the team. He was the adopted son of Mento and Elasti-Girl. He eventually left the team, joining Titans West and later the New Teen Titans. When he joined the latter, he changed his superhero name to Changeling.

Tempest

Tempest Tempest was in reality Joshua Clay, who had the ability to project energy from his hands.


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References

  1. The above image is taken from DC Super Friends # 22.
  2. As seen on the back cover of the DC Heroes RPG sourcebook: Moonshot (1988).