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The Brain
Debut Doom Patrol #86 (May 1964)
Created by Arnold Drake, Bruno Premiani
Affiliations Injustice League, Brotherhood of Evil
Abilities genius-level intellect, enhanced durability
Played by Glenn Shadix (voice)

The Brain is a supervillain and frequent enemy of the Doom Patrol. He is a French mastermind and criminal genius.


As a scientist, the man who would one day become known as the Brain performed experiments on animals to raise their intelligence. One of these was on a captured gorilla, raising its I.Q. to the genius-level of 178. He named the gorilla "Monsieur Mallah" and educated him for almost a decade before making him his personal assistant.

The scientist was then caught in an explosion, which destroyed the his body. Only the brain survived, and Niles Caulder planned on putting his brain in a robot body. Mallah rescued the scientist, taking his brain and transferring it to a computer network that kept it functioning.

Now known simply as the Brain, the scientist and Mallah gathered together the criminal organization known as the Brotherhood of Evil in hopes of conquering the world and getting revenge on Niles Caulder, who had arranged the fateful explosion. Caulder, now known as the "Chief", through a series of other accidents that he was later shown to have manipulated, would form the superhero group known as the Doom Patrol. Setting out to destroy the Chief's 'pets', the Brain, Mallah, and their Brotherhood became enemies of the Patrol. Their criminal activities would also pit them against the Teen Titans and the Justice League. Brain was later among the villains called back by Lex Luthor to form the Injustice League.

Powers and Abilities

The Brain has a genius level IQ and occasionally uses a robot body to give him mobility.

In Other Media

  • The Brain appears as a villain in the Teen Titans animated series.
  • He also appears in the animated series Young Justice.

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