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The Doom Patrol Character You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign

The Doom Patrol Character You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign

HBO Max’s “Doom Patrol” is one of the weirder, wackier programs on any streaming platform. It is the show’s oddness, however, that has made it a hit with critics and audiences alike. Based on the DC comic book series of the same name, “Doom Patrol” follows the lives of misfit superheroes that can barely be described as heroic due to the eccentric, eclectic nature of the team, the fact that most of them would gladly abandon their powers if given a choice, and the existential, often nonsensical villains with which they have to contend.

While the quirkiness of the show is certainly part of its charm, it’s really the characters that make it stand out, if not above, other superhero series. Broken and flawed, each member of the Patrol has a set of bizarre abilities that they consider to be more akin to disabilities, many hold a deep hostility towards their manipulative leader The Chief (Timothy Dalton), and each has significant emotional baggage to carry with real-world origins including homophobia, substance abuse, abandonment and sexual trauma. Seeing these misfits not only take on outré villains — but often their own inner demons — makes the show a unique gem of the genre.

Because the characters of “Doom Patrol” represent such a wide swath of distinctive personality traits, they correspond well with the signs of the zodiac.  Take a look under your birth sign below, and see which characteristics you share with robot men, blob ladies or beard eaters. 

Aries (March 21 – April 19): Cliff Steele (“Robotman”)

Cliff was once a famous race car driver who let his talent and fame go to his head; he lived a wild life of drugs, booze and extra-marital affairs, and it left him without his wife, daughter and pretty much, his life.

After a horrible accident destroyed his body, Dr. Niles Caulder (aka The Chief) took his brain and placed it into a crude, metallic proxy. While Cliff’s new metallic form may have forced him to confront past mistakes and focus on becoming a better man (um, robot), he still retains a fair amount of his impulsive behavior, always ready to jump into battle and crush skulls at a moment’s notice. There may never have been a more foul-mouthed character on television, broadcast or streaming — but hey, life isn’t easy when rather than listening to heavy metal, you are heavy metal.

As an Aries, you’re probably an “act now, think later” sort of person like Cliff, and that’s not a bad thing since it makes you a fun person to be around. No matter how difficult or unpredictable life gets, you’ll always be there to charge into trouble and come out the other side with a great story — peppered, perhaps, by a few choice four-letter words.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Eric Morden (“Mr. Nobody”)

A supervillain reborn, Eric Morden was once a member of the Brotherhood of Evil before getting fired. After being dumped by his girlfriend — who presciently told him that he would always be a “nobody” — Eric was so desperate to become a somebody that he turned to Nazi scientist Heinrich Von Fuchs, infamous for his “theoretical experimentation” on human subjects. Heinrich exposed Eric to an unknown energy source as part of one of these experiments, turning him into an omnipresent being with the ability to travel across dimensions and alter the fabric of reality.

As Mr. Nobody, Eric finally had the freedom and capability to let his ideas run wild, becoming one of the more whimsical, erratic threats the Doom Patrol face. He has a longstanding grudge against The Chief, but because of his fondness for compelling stories and personal conflicts, Mr. Nobody used his nearly-godlike powers to alter the events of the TV series itself to torment Caulder and the Doom Patrol, simply for his own enjoyment.

Tauruses are motivated by pleasure and patience; they seek out new pleasures to be had, and have long memories useful for carrying out ambitious plans. Mr. Nobody perfectly embodies these traits, not only deriving great pleasure from the torture of his enemies, but also willing to hold a grudge for decades just to experience the satisfaction of seeing revenge realized.

Gemini (May 22 – June 21): Silas Stone

Silas Stone is a brilliant scientist, as well as the stern and domineering father of Vic Stone, whose body was mostly destroyed by an accidental explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs. Silas managed to replace much of Vic’s body parts with cybernetic appendages, and even enhanced him with high-tech weapons and gadgets. Right off the bat you know that Silas isn’t your typical father; most dads push their sons to join little league, while Silas pushes his son to join the Justice League.

In his determination to turn Vic into someone he could be proud of, such ambitious plans strained their father-son relationship. In fact, the determination of Silas to get his son Justice League-ready was so strong that he became overly manipulative, ultimately pushing Vic away and towards Dr. Niles Caulder, who was much more encouraging and open towards him.

One of the most defining traits of Geminis is their intense curiosity, as they are always on the search for knowledge and opportunities to try out their ideas. However, like Silas Stone, Geminis can often let their inquisitiveness get in the way of their humanity, and so must always ensure that their intellectual quests don’t ruin their relationships.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Larry Trainor (“Negative Man”)

Larry Trainor is a former U.S. Air Force pilot whose body became host for a negative energy entity after a plane crash that ruined it (there’s a lot of body disfigurement in “Doom Patrol,” as you can see). Even though Larry must now wear special bandages around his entire body to hold back the radioactivity that emanates from him, he does have numerous superpowers, including flight, dimensional warping, the ability to phase through solid matter, and more.

A big part of Larry’s character is his quest towards self-acceptance. For much of his life, Larry felt compelled to hide his homosexuality, something he didn’t fully confront and embrace until his hand was forced following a defeat by the Sisterhood of Dada. Another harsh truth Larry had to face about himself was his failure as a family man before his transformation, something that he wrestled with until finally accepting that he had to let his family live without him.

Sensitive, intuitive, and prone to inner journeys, there’s no other “Doom Patrol” character who better embodies the traits of the Cancer more than Larry Trainor. While he’s had much personal conflict to deal with, that never kept him from caring about those around him. Cancers have a tendency to give their inner selves much attention, but they give just as much attention to their loved ones.

Leo (July 23 – August 22): Rita Farr (“Elasti-Woman”)

Gertrude Cramp adopted “Rita Farr” as her stage name in the 1950s as part of her career as a Hollywood actress. On the set of one of her films, “Forbidden Congo,” Rita fell through a gangway and into the water below, where she was exposed to an unknown gas. When she emerged from the water, she was shocked to see pockmarks on her face and body. The gas had altered her cellular structure, causing her body to stretch and deform. Embarrassed by this new condition, Rita went into hiding, eventually going to live with Dr. Niles Caulder (who, unbeknownst to her, was the creator of the gas).

Prone to fits of narcissism, and always prim and proper, Rita has no problem with attracting attention for her classic starlet beauty. She has spent nearly seven decades obsessing over her glory days as an actress, and is repulsed by the deformity of others, as well as that of herself.

Because of her past as an actress, Rita best falls into the Leo archetype. Leos love the spotlight and have a flair for the dramatic, which describes Rita quite accurately. However, like most Leos, Rita isn’t only typified by a grandiose vision of herself; she also has a caring, loyal side that frequently pokes through her haughty demeanor, and has fueled genuine friendships with several members of the Doom Patrol.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Flex Mentallo

Flex Mentallo is a superhero with the power of “Muscle Mystery,” which allows him to alter reality in a variety of ways simply by flexing one of his muscles. Throughout the 1960s, Flex used his abilities to fight crime and protect the innocent. However, his career as a hero was cut short when he was tricked and imprisoned by the Bureau of Normalcy. Decades later, he was freed with help from the Doom Patrol, who he would go on to assist in several missions.

Despite his hunky good looks and vast array of superpowers, Flex has always had a kind, laid-back, righteous nature. Fitting better into the classic mold of the superheroes of yore, he differs quite a bit from the members of the Doom Patrol in that he’s not nearly as broken or conflicted as them.

Typical Virgo behavior is to go out of one’s way to help those around them, using their resourcefulness to get the job done. Flex — armed with such abilities as flight, dimensional travel, and telekinesis — is more than equipped to accomplish his goal of being in service to others. Even a task as small as helping a kitten out of a tree is enough to spur Flex into action.

Libra (September 23 – October 22): Vic Stone (“Cyborg”)

When Vic Stone was a high school football star, he got into an argument with his mother at S.T.A.R. Labs. In a burst of anger, Vic threw some chemicals, leading to an explosion that killed his mother and destroyed much of his body. However, with the help of his father Silas, he was revived with cybernetic enhancements and weapons, and soon began life as a crimefighter dubbed “Cyborg.”

After learning that The Chief had gone missing, Vic took it upon himself to lead the Doom Patrol. In addition to planning their missions, Vic was often the straight man to the team, and, despite their quirks and flaws, began to grow closer to them and form unique bonds with each member.

There’s no denying Vic Stone’s Libra-like characteristics; leadership and teamwork come naturally to him, even if he can be a bit too self-serious at times. It’s deeply important to Libras that those around them are all on the same page, and are willing to sacrifice their own comfort to keep the peace. Libras are also known for their levelheadedness, a trait Vic has displayed in spades, especially considering Doom Patrol’s habit of constantly having to deal with the most ludicrous situations imaginable.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Dr. Niles Caulder (“The Chief”)

Caulder is the founder of the Doom Patrol, as well as a brilliant doctor who has dedicated his life to experimental medical science. He’s also the father of Dorothy Spinner, who he didn’t even know existed until he tracked her down at a circus where she was being humiliated and mistreated. Niles adopted her and placed her in the care of Danny the Street, regularly visiting and bringing her gifts from his travels.

While Dr. Niles Caulder may initially seem like a decent person, he’s not without plenty of skeletons in his closet. One of his biggest sins was letting his scientific pursuits cause the events that ruined the lives of various people in order to experiment on them under the guise of trying to help them. It should be noted that those people would comprise the members of the Doom Patrol, who were none too pleased with finding out that their founder was the orchestrator of their pain.

Caulder perfectly embodies the best and worst elements of the Scorpio: he’s extremely curious and passionate about his work, but he’s also drawn to dangerous ideas and has a history of manipulating those around him. However, Scorpios can also be very compassionate and empathic, reflecting Niles’ attempts to make amends for the lives he has ruined.

Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21): Willoughby Kipling

An old friend of Caulder and a veteran practitioner of chaos magic, Willoughby Kipling is an eccentric character, even by the standards of this show. Having been born in the 1500s, he’s a member of the Knights Templar, an organization of wizards whose mission is to protect the world from existential threats. Because of his considerable — very considerable — experience dealing with the weird, Willoughby sometimes assists the Doom Patrol in their adventures into insanity.

While Willoughby is ultimately heroic in his actions, he has a deeply cynical, disrespectful attitude, and isn’t afraid to employ questionable means to achieve positive ends. Willoughby doesn’t operate within the clear-cut, black-and-white morality that characterizes most superheroes, instead choosing to work in a morally-gray area that doesn’t often sit well with his peers. 

Sagittarians are defined by their preoccupation with religion and philosophy, and are driven by an adventurous impulse. If Willoughby’s lifelong career in the metaphysical doesn’t make him a perfect Sagittarius, his devil-may-care attitude surely does, even if it means putting others at risk to achieve his goal. Because of their inherently bold natures, Sagittarians are sometimes known to come off as condescending which, again, is very much in line with Willoughby’s disposition.

Capricorn (December 21 – January 20): Ernest Franklin (“The Beard Hunter”)

Ernest Franklin is a freelance mercenary with the odd ability to track down any person by eating a single strand of their beard hair, hence his nickname, “The Beard Hunter.” But because this is “Doom Patrol,” his weirdness doesn’t stop there; no, he also derives sexual pleasure from eating others’ chin hair, and ironically enough is incapable of growing a beard himself.

Despite Ernest’s bizarre, um, “superpower,” he is extremely-mission driven and is able to put his gifts to surprisingly good use. For example, while imprisoned at the Doom Manor, Ernest swallows some hair from Vic’s chin and gets access to his mind, allowing him to take control of his cybernetic body to create a distraction that allows him to escape.

Capricorns may not be renowned for their obsession with facial hair, but they are known for their fierce determination and resourcefulness. The sign of a true Capricorn is the dedication to a goal, and there’s no denying Ernest’s dedication to catching his prey. At least when he’s had a taste of their beard, that is. “Stubborn” and “relentless” can easily describe many Capricorns, and when Ernest has a taste of someone’s chin follicles, there’s not much that can stop his hunt.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18): Dorothy Spinner

One of the kindest, most pure members of the Doom Patrol, Dorothy is also one of the most powerful and dangerous. She’s the daughter of Dr. Niles Caulder, who rescued her from a circus that kept her in a cage as part of their freak show, calling her the “Ape Faced Girl.” Among Dorothy’s powers are longevity (she’s more than a century old despite having the appearance and personality of a child) and the ability to alter reality and manifest imaginary monsters into real life.

Because she didn’t have a normal childhood in any conceivable sense, Dorothy’s perception of right and wrong is a little off. However, her naivete is one of her most endearing qualities, as she manages to befriend nearly everyone she meets, both real and imaginary. Her idealism has come in handy, like when she convinced the Candlemaker, one of the Doom Patrol’s most dangerous foes, to give up his evil ways and resume their friendship.

Aquarians are compassionate, utopian, and empathic with the ability to see the good in others and the desire to make the world a better place. Is there anyone else in the Doom Patrol who’s more emblematic of the Aquarius archetype than Dorothy Spinner? Because of their tendency towards improving the status quo, Aquarians are thought of as “reformers,” a description that suits Dorothy quite well.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Kay Challis (“Crazy Jane”)

Of the 64 different personas (called “alters”) inhabiting the body of Kay Challis, Jane is the dominant one, predominantly responsible for maintaining equilibrium in the “Underground,” where Kay’s other alters live. Kay’s backstory is a dark one: after suffering considerable abuse at the hands of her father, her mind fractured and she developed multiple other personalities as a coping mechanism. While she was institutionalized, The Chief had her injected with various chemicals in an experiment to discover the secret to an extended life. While the experiment worked in that regard, it granted each of Kay’s alters with its own distinctive superpower.

Jane’s personality is impudent and unruly with a strong anti-establishment streak. She generally does whatever the hell she wants and, despite having many other personas to interact with, she’s anything but a people person. Of the Doom Patrol, Jane is easily the most closed-off one, as well as the one with the most trust issues.

Pisceans contain elements of all the other zodiac signs that came before them, which means Kay Challis should be a Pisces mascot. Kay’s 64 personalities and their accompanying abilities mean she is highly dynamic and can adapt to almost any situation — even if she isn’t always quite clear on which personality is in charge at any given moment.

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