Brotherhood of Evil

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Brotherhood of Evil
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Doom Patrol #86 (March 1964)
Created by Arnold Drake
Bruno Premiani
In-story information
Member(s) The Brain (leader)
Monsieur Mallah
Gemini
Warp
Plasmus
Houngan
Phobia
Trinity
Elephant Man
Goldilocks
General Immortus
Madame Rouge
Garguax

The Brotherhood of Evil is a group of DC Comics supervillains, archenemies of the original Doom Patrol and the Teen Titans.

Fictional history[edit]

Origins[edit]

The Brotherhood of Evil was founded by the engimatic villain the Brain. In the beginning, the group's motivation was world domination. It has recently been revealed that Brain's true purpose for the Brotherhood was to destroy Niles Caulder and his "colleagues". Caulder murdered Brain so he could turn the scientist into Robotman without his consent, but his plans were foiled by the Brain's creation, the super-intelligent Monsieur Mallah. Brain swore revenge against Caulder and his "pets", the Doom Patrol, who like Brain were often victims of experimentation in order to create an army of super-heroes through the ruining of innocent lives (several members were experiments of the nazi war criminal known as General Zahl).

The original line-up consisted of the Brain, his chief henchman Monsieur Mallah, and their first recruit, the shapeshifter Madame Rouge. They fought the Doom Patrol on a regular basis and were later briefly joined by fellow Doom Patrol villains General Immortus and the alien Garguax. The group also was aided by the clumsy henchman Mr. Morden, who often operated robotic devices for the Brain including a robot called Rog (who was originally built by Niles Caulder).

The group's constant failure to defeat Doom Patrol combined with the growing romantic attraction between Madame Rouge and Doom Patrol leader Niles Caulder, led to Madame Rouge breaking free of the mental conditioning the Brain used to forcibly recruit her. Rouge quit the Brotherhood to join Doom Patrol but the Brain quickly recaptured Madame Rouge and rebrainwashed her to make her evil personality dominant. The result backfired horribly on the Brain, as Madame Rogue turned against her evil teammates and launched a missile to destroy the Brain and Mallah.

Now aided by escaped Nazi war criminal Captain Zahl, Madame Rouge captured the members of Doom Patrol and forced them to choose the horrible death of dying in a nuclear explosion in order to save a small Maine fishing village. The Doom Patrol reluctantly chose death and were apparently killed in the explosion.

Return[edit]

Madame Rouge and Zahl (now calling himself "General" Zahl) stayed in hiding for many years, gathering an army of minions for their next big plan, the invasion and conquest of the country of Zandia. Meanwhile, the Doom Patrol had reformed with Robotman as the only surviving original member. Along with Doom Patrol hanger-on Steve Dayton (AKA Mento), the two avoided going after Madame Rouge for the murders of Doom Patrol as they did not want to involve young Doom Patrol member Beast Boy in their vendetta. However, when Beast Boy (now calling himself "Changeling") joined the "New Teen Titans", the two adult Doom Patrol members went after Rouge. Both were defeated: Mento was tortured until he mentally broke down while Robotman was left deactivated and hung as a warning to trespassers outside their headquarters.

The New Teen Titans went looking for Robotman and Mento when Beast Boy had not heard back from them, which ultimately led to conflict with Rouge and Zahl. Surprisingly though, the heroes were aided by the Brain and Mallah and their new version of the Brotherhood of Evil. Brain and Mallah had predicted Rouge's betrayal and went into hiding, leaving decoys that Rouge ultimately destroyed. Rouge and Zahl both died while fighting Beast Boy and Robotman respectively. The Brain's new Brotherhood left the Titans, knowing that they would soon come into conflict.

The Brain and the new Brotherhood of Evil came into conflict with Brother Blood, whose life-restoring blood pits Brain sought to use to prolong his own life. To deal with Brother Blood's inhuman powers, the group repeatedly attacked the Titans in order to kidnap Raven and force her to aid them in defeating Brother Blood. They ultimately succeeded in kidnapping Raven with the Brain's influence and the fear manipulating power of Phobia, briefly turning Raven to the Brotherhood's side. Unfortunately, in doing so, Raven's demonic father Trigon was able to gain control over Raven's body and nearly killed both the Titans and the Brotherhood, if not for the intervention of Donna Troy (who had been teleported outside the battlefield by Warp at the start of the fight).

The Brotherhood resurfaced again in Zandia, months later as the New Teen Titans were in a bitter battle to rescue Raven and team leader Nightwing (who was mind-controlled by Brother Blood while working undercover as Dick Grayson) from Brother Blood's cult. During the battle, Brain and Mallah finally got access to the blood pits of Brother Blood while the Brotherhood captured Jericho and tied him to a lightning rod to force a final showdown with the Titans, which they lost. Meanwhile a cave-in trapped Mallah and Brain underground, separating them from their team.

Meanwhile, Mr. Morden, now transformed into Mr. Nobody, attempted to reform the Brotherhood in Paris, but eventually decided (having gone basically insane) that the name and focus of the group be changed to reflect the fact that "the universe is a drooling idiot with no fashion sense" - the Brotherhood of Dada was born. The Brotherhood of Dada would fight the Doom Patrol on two separate occasions before being permanently defeated.

Meanwhile Brain and Mallah made their way to America, without the help of the Brotherhood of Evil. The two broke into the lair of the latest incarnation of Doom Patrol, in order to steal one of Robotman's spare bodies for the Brain. Now with a body, Brain declared his undying love for Mallah just as the spare body exploded (the robot body had gained sentience, a fact the two were unaware of, and had vowed to destroy itself rather than have a human brain inserted into it again).

The rest of the Brotherhood meanwhile rechristened themselves the "Society of Sin" and recruited a new female member named Trinity. This incarnation of the Brotherhood would only exist for one battle with the Titans before the group returned to their existing name and dropped Trinity from its roster.

In New Titans #97-99, Brain and Mallah apparently returned to the Brotherhood with a shocking new member: Rita Farr, the sole member of the original Doom Patrol who had not came back to life at the time. The return was bittersweet though, as Brain was suffering from severe mental deterioration and Mallah proclaimed that only Mento's new Mento helmet could save the Brain. The group forced Changeling to steal the helmet for them in exchange for Brain helping restore Cyborg's mental capacities (Cyborg had become a brain dead automaton at this point in time). Changeling stole the helmet but quickly changed his mind about giving it to Brain, leading to "Rita Farr" to make her presence known and attack her son from behind while "Mallah" distracted Changeling with energy blast powers that the ape never possessed beforehand. This caused the Brotherhood to realize that the three were not who they claimed to be, leading to Warp escaping and bringing the Titans in to save Changeling and his teammates from the fake Elasti-Girl, Brain, and Mallah. Several weeks later, the three imposters attacked the Titans again and this time, they brought in an army of Titan villains with them, including a doppelganger of Plasma. This time the identities of the villains were revealed: they were energy beings who served a sentient alien computer called Technis which needed to assimilate Cyborg in order to survive.

Brotherhood lives again[edit]

The Brotherhood of Evil were not seen during the second half of the 1990s and would not return until 2005, in JSA Classified #1-3. Brain and Mallah themselves were magically resurrected a year prior to this during a Flash tie-in for Identity Crisis, having been revealed to be in jail for quite some time. The two were interrogated by the fifth incarnation of the Teen Titans over the location of Plasmus and Warp, as the two were suspects in the murder of Sue Dibny. It has been implied that the two were resurrected as a result of the same reality altering wave that erased the existence of Doom Patrol from the timeline, resulting the team only recently being formed by Caulder.

With Madame Rouge's daughter Gemini now a member, the group reunited with Phobia, Mallah, and Brain and joined the Secret Society of Super Villains, under the command of inner circle member Deathstroke. Deathstroke had the group acquire the mass murdering chemical monster Chemo for the Society and in Infinite Crisis #4, dropped the monster onto the city of Blüdhaven. Murdering several million people, the Brotherhood became the most wanted villains in the DC Universe for their act of mass murder. Furthermore, Warp was recruited by the villainous Doctor Psycho to free the murderous Doomsday for the Society as part of the group's final endgame against Earth's heroes.

After the one-year gap, between the end of Infinite Crisis and Teen Titans #34 (the first issue of Teen Titans after the "One Year Gap") the Brotherhood has gained two additional members "Elephant Man" and "Goldilocks" while losing Phobia, who opted to stay a freelance villain but still kept ties with the Brotherhood.

Currently the Brotherhood have returned to their independent roots and launched a massive crime waves independent of the remains of the Secret Society of Super-Villains. Their goals now include cloning a new body for the Brain as well as creating unstable clones of existing super-heroes to sell to third world dictatorships in Africa, putting the team in conflict with the Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, and the Outsiders.

The Brain, Monsieur Mallah, General Immortus, Phobia, Plasmus and Warp were later seen in Salvation Run. In Salvation Run #4, the Brain and Mallah are killed by Gorilla Grodd. In the final issue of the miniseries, General Immortus is killed during a battle with Parademons but turned up alive in "Final Crisis Aftermath: Run." Plasmus and Warp are used by Lex Luthor as a power source for a teleportation device, and are seemingly killed when it self-destructs.

The New 52[edit]

In The New 52 (a reboot of the DC Comics universe), the Brotherhood of Evil is featured as its members Phobia, Plasmus, and Warp are competing against La Dama's agents to obtain the scarab. It ends up in the possession of Jaime Reyes who becomes Blue Beetle.[1] Blue Beetle manages to fight off both villain groups.[2] To ensure that Phobia, Plasmus, and Warp succeed in reclaiming the scarab, a robotic gorilla called Silverback is sent to meet up with them. Silverback warns the three villains that if they fail again, he will be the one who will "clean up the mess."[3]

Membership[edit]

The Brotherhood of Evil at its original Doom Patrol series peak:
Madame Rouge, General Immortus, Garguax, The Brain and Monsieur Mallah.

Here is a list of the Brotherhood of Evil members:

Brotherhood of Evil[edit]

Second Brotherhood of Evil/Society of Sin[edit]

Third Brotherhood of Evil[edit]

Fourth Brotherhood of Evil[edit]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

The Brotherhood of Evil in the Teen Titans Animated Series.
  • In the Teen Titans animated series, the Brotherhood of Evil is the main antagonist of the final season. Its members consist of Brain, Monsieur Mallah, Madame Rouge and General Immortus (Garguax didn't appear). They were supported by various android soldiers. Like they were in the comics, this Brotherhood of Evil are a villainous organization out to take over the world. In the television series, the Brotherhood is a Third Reich-like army with arm band sporting soldiers and flags. They make their first appearance in a flashback, during which they attempt to unleash a black hole generator on the Doom Patrol. Years later, they would re-emerge, having captured the Doom Patrol, upon which they were rescued by the Teen Titans. After attempting to take them on alone a 2nd time, the Doom Patrol again defeated the Brotherhood with the Titans' help and destroyed their second black hole generator. In retaliation, the Brotherhood assembled nearly every Titans' villain with the intention of wiping out the "new generation of Heroes." The villain allies of the Brotherhood (from left to right in the picture) are Billy Numerous and his clones, Doctor Light, Mammoth, Gizmo, Jinx, Psimon, Cinderblock, Red X (who went solo again after "Revved Up"), Adonis, Trident, Puppet King, Johnny Rancid, Mumbo, Professor Chang, Plasmus, Kyd Wykkyd (H.I.V.E. student), Angel (H.I.V.E. student), Warp, Phobia, Punk Rocket, Killer Moth, Kardiak, XL Terrestrial (H.I.V.E. student), Katarou, Atlas, André LeBlanc, Control Freak, Wintergreen (Slade's butler), The I.N.S.T.I.G.A.T.O.R. (H.I.V.E. student), H.I.V.E. Headmistress, Wrestling Star (H.I.V.E. student), Kitten, Fang, Mad Mod, The Witch from "Cyborg the Barbarian," Steamroller, Malchior, Mother Mae-Eye, Master of Games, Ding Dong Daddy, Newfu and Bob (or another of their species), Overload, See-More, Private H.I.V.E., and Cheshire. With their villain allies, the Brotherhood of Evil promptly started with the capture of Hot Spot and Wildebeest at the hands of Madame Rouge, escalating the vendetta into a global war that rages throughout the majority of the fifth season. In "Calling All Titans," the Brotherhood of Evil send their villainous allies to battle and capture the Teen Titans and their allies. As of the final battle, the Brotherhood of Evil and most of their villain allies are frozen in the freeze trap that they used on the captive Teen Titan members, Doctor Light went solo, Jinx defected to the Teen Titans' side as she was seen in Kid Flash's company, Kitten, Newfu, Bob (or the other ones of their species) and the Witch weren't seen in the final battle, Malchior and Punk Rocket were sent to another dimension, Mother Mae-Eye teleported away nearing the end of the final battle, and Cheshire left the battle sometime near the end.

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • The Brotherhood of Evil appeared in Teen Titans Go! where their appearance in the comics takes place after "Titans Together" where they have gotten out of their freeze trap. In issue #48, there is an alternate version of the Brotherhood of Evil called the Brotherhood of Justice. It consists of Doctor Light, Mammoth, Madame Rouge, and Psimon (sporting a cybernetic faceguard resembling that of Brainiac).

Bibliography[edit]

  • Brave and the Bold Vol. 1 $65
  • Doom Patrol Vol. 1 #86-87, 90, 93, 96-97, 104, 111-112, 121
  • Doom Patrol Vol. 4 #14
  • New Teen Titans Vol. 1 #14-15, 28-21
  • New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #43
  • New Titans #97-99
  • Secret Origins Annual Vol. 2 #1
  • Teen Titans Vol. 2 #15
  • Teen Titans Vol. 3 #35-37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blue Beetle Vol. 8 #1
  2. ^ Blue Beetle Vol. 8 #2
  3. ^ Blue Beetle Vol. 8 #3