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Last Time on Doom Patrol…Our team of heroic do-gooders battled forces with the violent, vindictive villain known as the Black Vulture, who was attempting to get revenge on Niles Caulder.
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The Greatest Puzzle Ever Solved! Created by u/DarkLordJurasus Produced by u/ericthepilot2000 and u/MajorParadox
Doom Manor, a mansion just off of Violet Valley, may seem unsuspecting to the uneducated tourist, but it holds great importance to the members of the city it overlooks. At first glance, one would consider it merely a vanity project of the rich billionaire, Steven Dayton, an expensive house of white marble made to show off his immense wealth. This does not take into account that Steven is not just a billionaire, but also the superhero named Mento, a member of the greatest superhero team in the world, The Doom Patrol.
The Doom Patrol is the pet project of one Niles Caulder, a mad scientist with a vision. Ten years ago he realized that superhumans were popping up throughout the world, and many of them were choosing the path of villainy. To combat these monumental new threats to public safety, Niles Caulder put out a call, searching for superhumans who would stand up to face the worst of the worst.
The team started with Niles’ own robot assistant which he named Robotman, a name that even Niles admits was a little too on the nose, and the living nuclear reactor, Negativeman. Larry Trainer is so radioactive that he must wear special bandages that allow for him to control his powers. After a run-in with the dangerous Mr. 104, a man able to use all one hundred and four elements on the periodic table, a new member, Rita Farr, joined the team. The wife of the greatest mind of the twentieth century became Elastigirl, a superhuman with the ability to shapeshift and alter her body’s mass. Wanting to always be able to protect his wonderful wife in battle, Steven Dayton created a special helmet that gives him the power of telepathy and telekinesis, becoming the last member of the team, Mento.
So, while to an outsider, the Doom Manor seems to simply be a vanity project of Steven’s, to the citizens of Violet Valley, it is so much more, it is the home of the Doom Patrol.
Inside Doom Manor, Larry and Robotman are lazing around, enjoying a Saturday free of supervillainy or work. In the other room, Rita is hard at work preparing dinner for the team’s weekly family night.
At a chess board, Larry holds a knight in his hand, staring at the board intently. Seconds go by with the bandaged man still sitting there, piece in his hand.
“It’s your move.” Robotman says, his voice a gurgled mess of human speech patterns translated through an NEAC 2203 computer.
Larry rubs his temple with his other hand, still staring down at the board, “I know, I know. I’m thinking. We don’t all have brains that work on advanced operating systems, some of us need time to make a decision.”
Larry puts down his knight and winces. He doesn’t know how, but he can tell that he screwed up the move. Robotman does not say a word as he pushes his bishop over to the knight, immediately taking it. Turning up to look at Larry, Robotman says, “Checkmate.”
Larry’s eyes widen, the movement barely visible through the large, tinted goggles Larry uses to see while wearing his bandages. Looking at the board, Larry quickly begins to play moves out in his head, trying to see if Robotman possibly got it wrong, and it was merely check. Seeing no options available, Larry sighs and holds out his hand, “Good game.”
Robotman slowly lifts his arm and grabs a hold of Larry’s. Even through the bandages, Larry can feel the coldness seeping off of Robotman’s gold, metallic skin. The two shake and Robotman immediately goes to begin cleaning up the board while asking Larry, “Want to play again?”
Larry shakes his head, “Listen, we both know I’m not a chess grandmaster. I have no chance against a normal computer, much less something as advanced as you.
Robotman does the closest thing his metallic body can to a shrug, his head being propelled forward slightly by his neck before going back to normal, “Then what do you want to do?”
Larry looks around the living area, trying to find an activity to do to pass the time. Eyeing the ping pong table that Steven and he often had long games on, Larry asks, “Want to play?”
Following Larry’s eyes, Robotman views the table himself, two red paddles and a ping pong ball laying on the blue surface. “Sure, I’ll give it a try.”
The two heroes finish cleaning up, placing the pieces on the mahogany game board, before getting up to play ping pong. Larry gets there first, Robotman’s less nimble, robotic body, slowly making each step with a thump on the ground. Larry throws a paddle at Robotman, who catches it with a hand over his head as he walks to his side of the table.
Larry grabs the pink ping pong ball and holds it in front of him. “Okay.” he says, “I know you haven’t played this before, so let me just go over the rules. For each hit of the ball by a player, the ball must bounce once off the table on that player’s side before coming over.--”
Larry trails off from continuing, looking at Robotman’s face. While the metallic body of Robotman does not give him much in the way of facial expressions, he had since learned how to mimic specific body language in humans despite his lacking body. In this particular moment, there is no doubt that the robotic, red pupils of Robotman’s eyes would be rolling if that was possible.
Larry narrows his eyes, “Are you really going to act annoyed right now? I let you beat me in chess for hours on end, and you can’t even give me the time needed to explain how to play ping pong.”
“Sorry.” Cliff says, “It’s just… I’m a computer with the whole wide web at my disposal. I’m currently watching the televised match between Rong Guaton and Ferenc Sidó. Compared to that, your explanation is quite simplistic.”
Larry lets out a huff, a mixture of playfulness and annoyance entering his mind, “Fine then hotshot. Let’s start out with an easy serve.”
Larry bounces the pink ping pong ball against the table and then catches it mid bounce. He does so again. Giving a slight nod to himself, Larry serves the ball over the net.
Robotman’s eyes follow the ball as it begins to fly towards him. Gears begin to turn as the man-made person winds up his swing and… Boom!
There is barely enough time for Larry to drop to the floor as the ping pong ball comes flying at him. The pink ball rockets through the air, striking the marble wall of the building. The ball, now deflated, drops like a heavy rock, revealing a circular indent in the wall.
Hearing the noise from the next room over, Rita comes in yelling, “Oh my god, what happened? Is everyone okay?”
Larry rises from his bent position, as he says, “Yea, we are fine. We were just trying to play ping pong, and Mr. Bigshot thought it would be fun to put his whole strength behind a hit.”
Robotman puts his hand onto the back of his neck, thankful that his metal skin does not blush, “Yea…Sorry about that. I miscalculated the strength needed.”
Spotting the indent in the wall, Rita glares at Robotman, “You think?”
Rita shakes her head, wondering how she got stuck being the den mom to a group of essentially frat boys. “Niles made Robotman,” she thinks to herself, “why can’t he deal with his metal kid’s nonsense?”
Before the conversation can continue, Steven walks into the house and stares at the three of them. Not missing a beat, Steven asks, “Rita, what the hell did those two do this time?”
Larry puts up his hands defensively, “Why do you think we did anything?”
Steven takes off his tie and his charcoal black suit jacket, “Well, considering Rita is the one most insistent on these weekly team dinners and she left her roast cooking without anyone in the kitchen, I can only assume one or both of you did something wrong.”
Robotman opens his metal jaw, but before he can get a word out, Steven interrupts him, “On second thought, I don’t think I want to know. I had a bad day at work today, and I really don’t think hearing how you guys almost broke my house will make me feel better.”
Rita walks over to her husband and kisses him, “Are you okay dear? We can cancel team dinner tonight if your head hurts.”
Steven shakes his head and kisses Rita on the head, “No, no, my love, it will be fine. The Accounting Department just had a huge mistake in their numbers that I spent all day fixing.”
Rita nods, “Well then, just have some time to relax, you know where the Tylenol is if you need it, and I’ll put these two to work in the kitchen.”
“Woah, woah, woah.” Larry cries out, “I did not agree to that. I still need to shower and change my bandages before we ea–”
Rita cuts Larry off with a glare, “It’s either helping me or you go down to the basement and help Niles prepare for his new science presentation. I’m sure he’d be more than happy to test out his new chemistry puns on you.”
Larry quickly changes his tune, “To the kitchen it is.”
The trio of heroes leave the room, leaving a chuckling Steven behind. Taking off his dress shoes, Steven lays his neck on the couch, the TV remote in his hand. Steven winces from the noise as he turns the TV on, his thumb quickly pressing the volume down button on the remote. Finding a volume that is audible but not making his head pound, Steven closes his eyes, relaxing for the first time today.
That’s how the mansion remains for about an hour, Steven relaxing after his day in the office, Niles writing up his new science presentation arguing in favor of Einstein’s newest theory on the existence of black holes, and Larry and Robotman creating side dishes under the watchful eye of Rita who is as much trying to make dinner as she is trying to get back at the two for all the chaos they have caused in the past week.
Suddenly, an elevator dings as the wheelchair bound Niles rushes into the Living Area. Calling for the other, he tells Steven to turn on the news.
Steven flicks the channel, as the rest of the team runs in, Larry holding a bowl of salad with a tong in it. They all gaze intently at the screen, watching the scene in front of them.
A woman in a suit jacket is on the Television, a Hasbro toy factory taking up the entire background. “Continuing our coverage on the ongoing situation in Violet Valley, the perplexing villain only known as the Puzzler has taken control of this very factory. About ten minutes ago, police went in to capture the supervillain, but have not come out since. Continue watching as we give live updates of this situation.”
Niles smiles, “Well, I think it is high time for this Puzzler to come face to face with the Doom Patrol. Larry, Robotman, Steven, Rita, it’s time to get suited up.”
Robotman and Steven immediately get moving over to their bedroom to get on their suits, while Larry first stops by the kitchen to put down the salad in his hands. Instead of getting ready, Rita merely walks back into the kitchen, Niles rolling right behind her.
“Rita,” Niles says softly, “Why aren’t you getting your suit on?”
Rita begins to chop an onion, not looking at Niles as she works, “Dinner still has to be made for tonight. I doubt those three need my help taking down a villain with a name like the Puzzler. I would be more helpful making sure there is food, before dinner battles are always the worst and use up the last of our energy.”
Niles shakes his head lightfully at Rita, “I’m sure no one will get upset if we get takeout. You know how much Larry loves Lo Mein.”
Rita turns and glares at Niles. Her voice full of venom, she growls out, “No takeout.”
Recomposing herself, Rita says in a sickly sweet voice, “What I was trying to say is that this roast took a long time to prep, I’d rather not just let it go to waste.”
Niles nods, “I understand.”
Niles thinks for a moment. Sure, he still has more work to do on his presentation, but it would probably be better to leave and return with a fresh set of eyes anyways. Making a decision, Niles tells Rita, “I’ll finish making dinner while you go out. The town needs Elastigirl right now, the science community can wait a few hours for Niles Caulder to return.”
Rita bursts out laughing but stops as she sees the seriousness in Niles’ eyes. “Wait,” she says, “You are being serious? You do realize we need to replace your lab like once a week because you blew it up.”
Niles rolls his eyes, “I did have a life before the team. I wouldn’t have gotten by without knowing how to put something in the oven.”
Rita thinks for a minute, hearing one of the other members of the team walking down a set of stairs. “Fine. If the roast is even a drop over medium, I’m blaming you.”
Using the Doommobile, the Doom Patrol are able to arrive at the Hasbro toy factory in mere minutes, their car breaking multiple speed limits in the process. As Robotman parks the car, the team begins to shuffle out.
First to leave the car is Steven Dayton dressed as the hero named Mento. He is wearing a black shirt with a lightning bolt on it. On his head is a red, metal helmet with two pulsing blue cylinders coming out of it at 45 degree angles.
Next out is Larry Trainer, the Negativeman. He is wearing a new set of bandages and his signature camo green jacket.
The third one out is Rita Farr, Elastigirl. Her suit is the most costume looking of the four, it being mainly bright red with a triangle of white beginning at her neck and going all the way down to a purple belt. Her hands are covered by purple gloves with a purple headband holding her hair from covering her eyes.
The final member out of the Doommobile is Robotman. He is wearing nothing on top of his golden skin, except for two red straps attached to a special battery Niles Caulder created just in case of an EMP attack.
Closing his door, Robotman locks the Doommobile and begins to walk side by side with the other members of the Doom Patrol. As they walk, the police around the area move to the side allowing the team to get to the door. Larry charges energy into his hand as Rita enlarges her fist. Checking to see the rest of the team is ready, Steven opens the door to the factory.
Inside the factory stands the Puzzler in a gray suit, black cane in his hand, a giant red flower adorning the suit jacket. Seeing the Doom Patrol, the Puzzler tilts his purple hat, “Welcome Doom Patrol and welcome to the greatest puzzle of your short lives.”
The Doom Patrol walks into the factory, glaring at the Puzzler, Steven asks, “Why are you doing this?”
Puzzler merely laughs, “As Richard the Third said in the great Shakespearean play, ‘since I cannot prove a lover, to entertain these fair well-spoken days. I am determined to prove a villain.”
Rita begins to stretch her arm, ready to punch the supervillain. As the fist makes it over to Puzzler, the villain shakes his head, “You do not want to do that. You see, if I am knocked out, then there is no way to save these poor men.”
As the Puzzler finishes his statement, light begins to shine on a giant version of the cage from the game Mousetrap. Inside the cage are two police officers, tirelessly pushing against the cage, attempting to escape.
“You see,” Puzzler continues, “In five minutes from now, a giant marble will crush these two officers. The only way to save them is by solving the puzzle cube of my own creation placed right next to the cage. Problem is, you can’t stop me and save the officers, you must choose one.”
Steven quickly calls out, “Robotman, solve the puzzle cube.”
Robotman nods and begins to rush over to the giant yellow cage. “It’s still over Puzzler.”
Puzzler quirks his head a drop, “Oh, it may seem as if I am outnumbered, but I am quite sure you miscounted. Isn’t that right?”
Out from behind the Puzzler, three people appear, the villain’s henchman. “I think they should redo their math boss.” says one of the henchmen, a slightly overweight man called Blimpy.
Larry fires a blast of electricity at one of the henchmen, a woman named Rocket O’Rourke. The bolt hits her straight in the chest, but the electricity dissipates on contact.
The Puzzler smiles, “You think we would not have planned for your powers Negativeman? All three of my henchmen are wearing negatively charged breast plates.”
The three henchmen begin to rush the three heroes with Puzzler grabbing a bag of toys before running off.
Larry flies up to avoid a swipe by Rocket. “Come back down here.” she yells, frustration clear in her voice.
“If you insist.” Larry responds, a grin covering his face behind the bandages.
Larry quickly descends down to earth, slamming his fists into the henchwoman’s head with a loud Bam
, knocking her unconscious.
Steven does not have as much luck in his fight at first, the henchman known as Glider getting a lucky punch in, sending the hero into a box of Monopoly game boxes. Steven groans and sits up, seeing Glider slowly walking towards him. Placing a finger to his head, Steven uses telepathy to send a Monopoly game box at Glider. The box goes flying, hitting Glider in the face with an audible, Pow.
Before Glider can recover, Steven forces him to the floor with his telepathy.
Rita throws an elongated punch at Blimpy, who blocks it as he continues rushing towards the heroine. Dodging a cross from the man, Rita elongates her leg, tripping him, his body landing on the ground with a large SMACK
With Robotman, he stands there, puzzle cube in his hand. Looking it over, he begins to understand how it works. There are six sides, each with a color square in the center. Robotman is able to rotate the side squares horizontally and vertically. Realizing that the goal is to have all of one color on one side, Robotman gets to work.
The police officers, while scared, are amazed to see Robotman work. He began to work on the cube after looking it over twice, and is moving his hands at a speed that the officers can’t keep up. One officer wonders to himself how it is possible for Robotman’s giant, metallic fingers to be so nimble.
Turning the cube for the last time, Robotman hears a clicking sound as the cage door opens. The officers run out, relief clear on their faces. “Thank you Robotman,” one officer says, “We were sure we were goners.”
“No issue.” Robotman responds, “It’s all in a day’s work.”
Robotman and the two officers walk over to the rest of the Doom Patrol, Rita using her arm as a rope to contain the three henchmen.
Nodding to the heroes, the officer who thanked Robotman says, “Okay, we got it from here. We’ll process these grunts at the police station, you guys go after Puzzler.”
Steven nods back, “Okay team, he couldn’t have gotten fa–”
Before Steven can finish his sentence, the lights of the factory begin to flicker on and off. Robotman’s body goes slump, his main power source going dead, before returning online due to the external source.
Larry begins to glow blue, the light visible through his bandages, before a random bolt of electricity leaves him, striking the wall in front of him. Everyone inside begins to look around, searching for the source of this chaos. Suddenly, the lights return to normal, as a humanoid figure falls through the factory’s ceiling, slamming into the ground.
—--------------------- Who is this mysterious figure? Why did the electricity in the building go haywire right before he appeared? Will Niles cook the roast correctly? Find out next time, same doomed time, same doomed channel. —-------------------
Doom Patrol #1- HBOMax Original: DC Presents: Doom Patrol The Major Fanfiction Series Author: u/DarkLordJurasus Book: Doom Patrol Arc:
Another Superhero Story? Set: 81 A Retconn Production
This whole post is summarized by the title if you don’t feel like reading but there’s a TLDR at the end anyway bc I talk too much
I’ve seen a lot of screenshots/clips on Instagram of Ben 10 (UAF and reboot from the examples I’m thinking of so I’m sure it applies to the other series) in Turkish specifically. It being my target language and Ben 10 being a very easily rewatchable show to me I was like “oh perfect!” and go straight to HBOmax to check the language options... only to be immediately disappointed lol. The only options are to watch with captions or without and no language other than English is available. This surprised me because I know for a fact other dubs exist, there’s a whole page on the fandom wiki listing them, but it seemed weird they didn’t even have more commonly spoken languages such as Spanish yk? My first theory was maybe it’s because of my location so it simply defaults to English? Or perhaps HBO simply didn’t have access to other recordings for whatever reason.
SO- (tldr:) all that unnecessary rambling aside, if anyone has watched the show in a language other than English could you to tell me where/how?