Psimon, by Tom Raney
|First appearance||New Teen Titans #3 (January 1981)|
|Created by||Marv Wolfman
|Alter ego||Dr. Simon Jones|
|Team affiliations||Injustice League
Secret Society of Super Villains
Psimon is a fictional comic book supervillain from DC Comics created by George Pérez and Marv Wolfman. He first appeared in New Teen Titans #3 (January 1981) as one of the founding members of the Fearsome Five, which became a frequent enemy of the Teen Titans, Superman, and the Outsiders.
Fictional character biography
Physicist Dr. Simon Jones was working on experiments in contacting other dimensions when he was contacted in turn by the demon Trigon the Terrible, the father of the superhero Teen Titan known as Raven. Trigon used his abilities to transform Jones into a powerful psychic with telepathic and telekinetic powers, and gave him the mission to destroy the Earth. Finding an ad by the psychopathic supervillain Doctor Light in the Underworld Star, a criminal underground paper, Jones, now calling himself Psimon, joined Light’s new group, the Fearsome Five. Psimon usurped Light’s role as the team’s leader during their first battle against the Teen Titans, in which he telepathically planted the suggestion in their minds to kill the Justice League. The plan failed, however, and the Five were defeated.
In New Teen Titans #5 (March 1981), Trigon, growing impatient with Psimon’s lack of progress, banished his psychic minion to another dimension. In New Teen Titans #7 (May 1981) the remaining members of the Five attacked the Titans at their new headquarters, Titans Tower, and used their dimensional transmitter to return their teammate to them, but they were subsequently imprisoned.
Psimon’s teammate Gizmo eventually broke the team out of prison, and Psimon, now acting as team leader, led the Five in kidnapping Dr. Helga Jace in order to force her to make them an army of "Mud Men" to aid them in their battles. However, they were again defeated, this time by the combined forces of Batman, the Outsiders, and the Teen Titans.
Psimon later allied himself with the immortal dimensional traveler known as the Monitor during the seminal 1985 event known as Crisis on Infinite Earths. During this, the rest of the Five, feeling betrayed by Psimon, turned on him, apparently killing him. In Pre-Crisis continuity, Brainiac and the Earth-1 Lex Luthor saved Psimon from the Anti-Monitor's Shadow Demons and recruited him for their Villain Army, taking over Earths 4, S, and X. He became suspicious of the two villains' plans and, learning that they were going to take over the worlds by themselves once the heroes and villains were wiped out, attacked the two. He apparently destroyed Brainiac and went to finish off Luthor, only to have his brain blasted away by a recreated Brainiac in one of the more brutal surprise deaths of the storyline.
He later turned up alive, cutting a swath of destruction through another star system far from Earth, devastating the planets of Kallas and Talyn (home of Jarras Minion). He returned to Earth to seek revenge on those who had wronged him. Finding his former teammates Mammoth and Shimmer at a Tibetan monastery, having renounced a life of crime, he attacked them, driving a spear through Mammoth’s head and turning Shimmer into glass and then shattering her. When he found Gizmo, he shrunk the diminutive inventor down to subatomic size. He then attacked and psychically tortured the Teen Titans, but was defeated and placed in the custody of the interstellar police force known as the Darkstars, and later imprisoned in the metahuman prison known as the Slab.
Psimon was present during the "Last Laugh" riots initiated by the Joker in the 2001-2002 crossover storyline Joker: Last Laugh. In Outsiders Vol. 3 #6 (January 2004), he managed to engineer a massive prison breakout and escape when the cult leader Brother Blood had taken over the prison in an attempt to activate a global satellite system.
Psimon later joined up with frequent Captain Marvel archenemy Dr. Sivana, who, in a storyline in Outsiders #12 -15 (July–October 2004), freed Psimon’s former teammates Mammoth, Gizmo, and Jinx from prison, and was able to successfully restore Shimmer’s shattered form, returning her to life. Despite lingering animosity between Psimon and Mammoth, Sivana put the team to work for him in a scheme to short sell Lexcorp stock by having them steal its accounts from its corporate building in Metropolis, and then driving down the stock by killing all the people in the building, and destroying two other Lexcorp properties. At the latter of the two, a microchip processor factory of Lexcorp's subsidiary, Kellacor, the Five were confronted by the Outsiders. After escaping, the criminally unsophisticated Five urged Sivana to take Lexcorp's nuclear missile facility near Joshua Tree, California. When Sivana refused, Psimon asserted that they would take it anyway, and in response, Sivana killed Gizmo with a laser blast to the head, and severed relations with the remaining four, warning them that he would kill them if they ever crossed his path again. The Five decided to initiate the plan themselves, but were defeated in their plan to take the facility and fire a nuclear missile at Canada. Mammoth was returned to the metahuman prison on Alcatraz Island, but Psimon and the others remained at large.
Most recently, Psimon was seen among the new Injustice League and was one of the villains featured in Salvation Run. Exiled to a savage new world, he attempted to convince his fellow super-villains that escape was impossible, and then proceeded to lay down plans for beginning a new civilization. He was interrupted by the Joker, who murdered him by breaking the dome which houses his brain and repeatedly smashing it with a rock.
A boy with the ability to kill people with his mind appears in Teen Titans #16. On his first appearance, he kills everyone in a coffee shop from mere frustration. Later, he is spotted in the middle of a street, killing a car driver who has yelled at him, when Trigon materializes in the middle of the sky. In the following battle between Trigon and the Teen Titans, Trigon comments on the boy's powers. When police reinforcements appear and shoot towards the battle scene, he kills the entire troop. Seeing this, Beast Boy squeezes him, resulting the both of them to cancel out each other's powers and rendering them unconscious. He is later seen in "Teen Titans" #11 as a prisoner in the Metropolis Armory Ward (M.A.W.) talking to Dr. Psycho.
Personality and abilities
An arrogant, power-hungry sadist, Psimon does not always kill his victims, but prefers to instill his opponents with fear. He once attempted, for example, to fire a nuclear missile at Canada, simply because he thought it would terrify the world.
Psimon possesses powerful telepathic and telekinetic abilities. With his telepathy, he can read minds, take over other people’s minds to force them to do his bidding, cast telepathic illusions so that he or others may appear to be someone else. His telekinesis allows him to move objects, and can even affect large objects in his presence but outside his line of sight, as when he caused a ceiling to collapse onto Outsider Nightwing. Devices known as psychic dampeners can be used to prohibit him from using his powers, either by having him wear one, as had been done when he was incarcerated in the Slab, or by being worn by a potential victim, though Psimon can override the dampener’s effectiveness by coming into physical contact with the victim, specifically by placing his hands on the victim’s head.
Smallville season 11
In Smallville season 11, the comic-follow up to Smallville, Dr. Simon Jones/Psimon makes an appearance as a past experiment of LuthorCorp's conducted by Lex Luthor for his super-soldier program: Project ARES. Psimon goes on a rampage in Metropolis until he is stopped by Superman and Impulse, and imprisoned in Stryker's.
In other media
- In the Teen Titans animated series, Psimon appears in Season 5 as one of the recruits of the Brotherhood of Evil. He was chosen to attack Raven and trap her in another dimension for the Brotherhood of Evil. He succeeds due to the interference of Kyd Wykkyd (who, while Raven was locked in a stalemate with Psimon, sneaked up behind Raven and trapped her, kicking her into the portal Psimon subsequently created). But apparently, Raven escapes as she shows up to rescue Beast Boy. He is defeated by the Herald and Raven in the final battle and flash-frozen by Más y Menos. Note: Even though no one has written down for voicing him, he has grunted twice: after Raven pounded him to the ground and when Herald kicked him at the start of the final battle.
- Psimon appears in the Young Justice episode "Bereft", voiced by Alan Tudyk. Often when giving mental commands he will say "Psimon says...." to whomever he is trying to control. He was in collaboration with the Bialyan government in studying an extraterrestrial sphere that was sent from another world. Psimon was responsible for wiping the memories of the team when they were on a mission to Bialya. When Psimon tried to erase Miss Martian's mind again, they both end up in a mental battle. With help from Superboy after restoring his memories, Miss Martian manages to defeat Psimon and send him flying. Psimon later reports to the Light (Project Cadmus' Board of Directors) on his failure with the sphere and recapturing Superboy. L-4 of the Light reveals however that the operation can be considered a success given that the Light's newest partner has an operational delivery system that sent them the extraterrestrial sphere. In "Image," Psimon works with Queen Bee into brainwashing Rumaan Harjavti into giving up Qurac to Queen Bee. Miss Martian catches up to Psimon who uses his mind attacks to cause Miss Martian to turn into her true form being a White Martians. When Robin, Kid Flash, and Superboy catch up, Psimon makes Miss Martian's White Martian form give a brain blast before she ends up in another mental battle as Psimon digs deeper into Miss Martian's mind to see that her biggest fear would be the Justice League and the team finding out that Miss Martian is actually a White Martian (specifically Superboy, who says "Love you? I can't even look at you!") and being expelled back to Mars. Miss Martian then turns the tides on Psimon in anger and defeats him, leaving him drooling on the floor. Even though Psimon was defeated, the info Psimon learned from Miss Martian was somehow given to Queen Bee. In "Beneath," Psimon comes out of his catatonic state and assists Mammoth, Shimmer, Icicle Jr., and Devastation into guarding a shipment of runaway children who are to be delivered to The Light's Partner. Psimon knows that Batman is off of the planet at the time. When Batgirl does her infiltration, Psimon knocks her out with a psychic attack enabling the other villains to capture Batgirl. When Miss Martian infiltrates the ship disguised as Shimmer, Psimon easily identifies her and notifies the other villains. Miss Martian and Psimon end up in a psychic fight. With help from Bumblebee, Miss Martian manages to defeat Psimon. In "True Colors," Vandal Savage borrows Psimon in order to help Black Manta get Aqualad's mind back to normal. In "Fix," Psimon tries to work on Aqualad until it turned out that Tigress has drugged him with a formula made by Sportsmaster. Psimon attacks her until he collapses upon Black Manta's arrival.
- Psimon appears as a boss in the video game Young Justice: Legacy, voiced by Jeff Bennett. He appears during a mission in Gotham City. Despite being a vegetative state due to the events of season one, Riddler uses a device to control Psimon's mind and trap the minds of Nightwing and other heroes while investigating Haly's Circus. The heroes confront Psimon in his mental world, defeating him in order to break free out of his control. Nightwing finds both his body and the kidnapped scientist Helena Sandsmark, discovering Riddler's machinations at hand.
- Psimon appears in DC Universe Online as part of the "Sons of Trigon" downloadable content.
- Psimon appears in the Web Series DC Super Hero Girls, as one of the background students.
- http://www.dcuguide.com/who.php?name=psimon Psimon at DCU Guide