Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard

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Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #2 (October 2006)
Created by Jimmy Palmiotti
Justin Gray
Daniel Acuña.
In-story information
Alter ego Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard
Notable aliases Henry Knight
Abilities Shape-shifting

Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard is a fictional character, a robot supervillain in the DC Universe. The character first appears in The Battle For Blüdhaven #1 (May 2006), and becomes the main villain of the Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters limited series (October 2006). It was created by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Daniel Acuña.

Mr. Gray has asserted that the character concept for Gonzo was derived from a character proposal by Grant Morrison, which was to have been an update of Bozo the Iron Man, but the final concept became very different from the inspiration. [1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard was created by the Mathemagicians of the Anti-Life Equation to spread chaos throughout Earth. In the aftermath of the chaos caused by Chemo being dropped onto the city of Blüdhaven, Gonzo managed to slip through a dimensional crack between this universe and the anti-matter universe. Father Time, the commanding officer of S.H.A.D.E., discovered him and started educating him, exposing to every piece of information known to man.

Under Time's orders, he becomes an exact duplicate of Senator Henry Knight, and kills the original, taking his place as President of the United States.[2]

Gonzo betrays Father Time, forcing him to team up with Uncle Sam, providing the Freedom Fighters with the footage they need to unmask him.[3]

Father Time turns Gonzo into data (using Atomic Knight technology) and traps him in an "orphan box" in the shape of a pair of glasses, hoping to use him against his creators, the Shadow Demons.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Gonzo is a cyborg, part-machine and part-organic, possessed of superhuman strength.[2] His capacity to scan and absorb knowledge is nearly unlimited. He also possesses the ability to become a physical doppelganger of any human.


  1. ^ "Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters Sketchbook". Newsarama. August 8, 2007. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved August 7, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Uncle Sam And The Freedom Fighters #1 (September 2006)
  3. ^ Uncle Sam and The Freedom Fighters #7 (March 2007)
  4. ^ Uncle Sam and The Freedom Fighters #8 (April 2007)