|First appearance||Action Comics # 276
|Created by||Jerry Siegel
|Alter ego||Charles Foster Taine|
|Place of origin||Earth (31st century)|
|Team affiliations||Legion of Super-Heroes|
Limited invulnerability (while bouncing)
Resistance to injury
Bouncing Boy is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century. He is Chuck Taine of Earth, and he has the power to inflate like a ball, and bounce.
Fictional character biography
Bounce Boy (Chuck Taine) was born on Earth with no powers. He received his ability to inflate when he accidentally drank a super plastic formula which he thought was soda pop. He first appeared in Action Comics #276 (May 1961).
He married fellow Legionnaire Duo Damsel in Superboy #200 and then left active service as a Legionnaire to become a Legion reservist, appearing only sporadically thereafter until Zero Hour. During his period as a reservist, he and Duo Damsel were also in charge of training recruits to the Legion's Academy.
In the post-Zero Hour continuity, he was Charles Foster Taine ("Chuck" for short) who was recruited as the Legion's resident architect and engineer. He has not received bouncing powers in this continuity and was only an honorary member of the Legion. As a maintenance man, he once built a specialty vehicle called the "Bouncing Boy" which acted as a bouncing juggernaut, smashing anything in its way.
The name Charles Foster Taine is a reference to the classic 1941 feature film, Citizen Kane and its title character, Charles Foster Kane, though in his initial appearance he is simply named Chuck Taine.[original research?]
He has yet to appear in the "Threeboot" version of the Legion, which began in 2004.
The Post-Infinite Crisis version of Bouncing Boy appeared in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds. Missing in action during most of the miniseries, he and his wife, now known as Duplicate Damsel, finally show up in the final issue to help end the battle against the antagonists and then rejoin the Legion.
Bouncing Boy has the ability to expand his body to form that of a sphere, which can then bounce off of surfaces. In his normal form, he is overweight to a medium degree, but when he "inflates," while his mass and height remain the same, his overall dimensions increase to resemble that of a human-sized ball. Whether his body actually inflates—as in, takes in air—or his individual cells expand, decreasing his overall density while increasing his overall dimensions, is not explained. When he utilizes his power, his body's elasticity and resiliency become extremely rubbery allowing him to bounce with great force. Originally thought of as a useless power by his Legionnaire peers, he has adeptly demonstrated many times how he can use his body's shape and rubber-like consistency as an effective ballistic weapon. His "go-to" move is to use surrounding walls to ricochet back and forth, bowling over his opponents. Unlike an inanimate rubber ball, which will slowly lose its kinetic force due to friction, gravity, and bouncing off surrounding objects or walls, Bouncing Boy can use his own muscles to maintain his velocity and power as he bounces about. His power also allows him a limited degree of invulnerability since bouncing off walls and nearby objects have yet to injure him as they would a normal human. He is also invulnerable to electric shock while in his spherical state.
Bouncing Boy lost his powers for a while after accidentally bouncing into a matter-shrinking facility, and activating it. This caused him to lose his ability to expand, and he had to step down from the League of Superheroes. Later, he regained his powers after the formula was recreated for him. He then re-joined the League of Superheroes.
Three years later, he lost his powers again for no apparent reason. He resigned once more, and married Duo Damsel, who also lost her powers. 
In other media
Bouncing Boy is part of the core team in the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series, where he is voiced by Michael Cornacchia. In the series, Bouncing Boy is presented as an accepted member of the team, and the main pilot of the Legion Cruiser. In the episode "Timber Wolf," he and Brainiac Five quarrel over Bouncing Boy's piloting and engineering, but in the end, Bouncing Boy proves his abilities to his teammate.
In the episode "Lightning Storm", Bouncing Boy is seen working with potential Legion applicants, helping them prepare for the upcoming Legion auditions. In the same episode, his quick thinking helps him in the battle against the Lightspeed Vanguard. This led into the following episode, "Substitutes", in which Bouncing Boy gave encouragement to the future Legion of Substitute Heroes, where it was revealed that he himself tried out for the Legion four times before being accepted. In the end, he ends up coining the fledgling group's name.
Ultimately, in the episode "Chain of Command", Bouncing Boy's quick thinking and observation allows him to form a plan that is crucial to the Legion's trying to save the inhabitants of the planet Winath. At the end of the episode, after Lightning Lad challenged Cosmic Boy for leadership of the Legion and prompted an election, an upset occurred – with the Legion instead electing Bouncing Boy to the position. After being elected, Bouncing Boy receives a kiss from Triplicate Girl. In the end, they are seen holding hands. He is seen taking an active leadership role in the 2-part episode "Sundown".
In the second season, his new position as leader is for the most part ignored, as Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy are still arguing about it[episode needed]. No canon explanation is given.
An episode of The Fairly OddParents in which kids were turned into superheroes featured "The Bouncing Boil". His many failed attempts at stopping a Wolverine-based supervillain (since she would just hold out her claws and deflate him) would commonly cause his teammates to state "Man, that's a dumb power."[original research?]
The story arch "The Innocents" from Garth Ennis' comic book series The Boys features a controversial parody of Bouncing Boy called Bobby Badoing who is constantly in an inflated state and is also mentally impaired.[original research?]
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