Wildebeest is the name of different characters from DC Comics.
The original Wildebeest was an unrevealed supervillain who set up the Wildebeest Society, a criminal cartel who conducted various underhanded affairs for financial gain. Although the Society was made up of many members (some of them having previously worked for the H.I.V.E.), only one Wildebeest ever operated publicly, giving the illusion that all of their crimes were being committed by a single individual. The thinking behind this was that there would appear to be one villain, but his M.O. would seem to change with each crime making his moves impossible to predict.
In his first encounter with the Teen Titans, Wildebeest first appeared where he had framed Starfire for murder. He used a robot likeness to antagonize Starfire and then swapped it out with a suit containing a dead man. Nightwing found the evidence to prove Starfire's innocence.
Wildebeest's second attempt to destroy the Teen Titans involved him breaking into S.T.A.R. Labs and capturing the pregnant Mother Mayhem whose baby would become the new Brother Blood. Wildebeest later set up a group of second-second string villains (consisting of Gizmo, Disruptor, Puppeteer, and Trident) and caused the people to think that a new supervillain group was formed. While Mother Mayhem gave birth to her child, the villains were defeated while Wildebeest escapes.
In time, the Wildebeest Society fell under the sway of the former New Titan Jericho (who himself had been possessed by all of the disparate souls of Azarath). The corrupted Jericho took control of the Wildebeest Society. Under the leadership of Jericho, the Wildebeest Society began conducting a series of genetic chemical-organic experiments to create the perfect host bodies for the evil spirits to possess. They began their genetic alterations on humans and animals. All of their experiments failed except for the human/panther hybrid labeled X-24 (who later became Pantha) which escaped and vowed vengeance on the Wildebeest Society. Jericho then staged an elaborate "Titans Hunt" to capture current and former members of the Teen Titans in order to acquire host bodies to contain the souls of Azarath when their experiments were failing to yield results. The Titans were rescued by Pantha, Arella, Phantasm, Red Star, and Jericho's father Deathstroke. At the conclusion of this affair, the Wildebeest Society was destroyed and Jericho was killed at the hands of Deathstroke when Jericho broke free from the possession and begged his father to kill him. The final experiment by the Wildebeest Society called Baby Wildebeest fell into the Teen Titans' custody.
At the time when the Titans were affected by Klarion the Witch Boy's aging spell, the demonic supervillain Goth took advantage of this and allied with Contessa Erica Alexandra de Portanza. They created upgraded versions of the Wildebeests. These Wildebeests looked like their predecessors, but were actual wildebeest-like man-monsters when they were unmasked. Goth commanded these Wildebeests to JFK International Airport and Grand Central Station. The Titans eventually contained these Wildebeests. Another set of these Wildebeests are encountered in Brooklyn by Beast Boy and Flamebird where they assumed that these Wildebeests were a threat. They soon discover that these Wildebeests had been tamed and domesticated by an elderly gentleman in order to keep the neighborhood safe.
When Starfire and Tim Drake were abducted from Titans Tower, the Teen Titans worked with the Outsiders to find them. Nightwing was able to track them to the abandoned basement of the New York Titans Tower where their captor was a cybernetic-enhanced Wildebeest. The Teen Titans and the Outsiders were able to defeat the Cybernetic Wildebeest and ship it to S.T.A.R. Labs. The transport containing the Cybernetic Wildebeest was intercepted by a mysterious man who was responsible for creating the Cybernetic Wildebeest.
It was revealed that the Cybernetic Wildebeests were the works of Project M (an experimental super-soldier program which was led by the mysterious Mr. Elias Orr) where the cybernetic parts of the Cybernetic Wildebeest derived from the technology that is based on Cyborg's technology.
In Other Media
- Wildebeest appears in the Teen Titans. His vocal effects are provided by Jim Cummings in the first appearance and by Dee Bradley Baker in later appearances. In "Winner Take All," Wildebeest was called upon by the Master of Games to participate in the Tournament of Champions. Wildebeest beat Beast Boy in the first round but lost to Speedy and Robin in the second. After Robin defeated the Master of Games, Wildebeest was rescued and considered an honorary Titan. In "Trust," Wildebeest was pursued and captured by Madame Rouge. In "Calling All Titans," Wildebeest was shown to have been flash-frozen by the Brotherhood of Evil alongside Hot Spot. In "Titans Together," Wildebeest is among the young superheroes that were freed from their frozen prison. He and Hot Spot engage Madame Rouge in battle. They throw her onto a conveyor belt after Jinx makes "bad luck" for her by sinking her feet in the ground, preventing her from getting away.
- Wildebeest is a very minor character in Teen Titans Go! who makes his debut as a cameo in Cyborg's story in "Campfire Stories".
- In Teen Titans Go! #16 titled "Beauty & the Wildebeest", it was revealed that Wildebeest was actually a human toddler eventually causing Cyborg to laugh at Beast Boy for losing to a kid in the Tournament of Heroes. However, it would seem that he usually only assumes "Wildebeest" form when agitated.
Powers and Abilities
The members of the Wildebeest Society were all master tacticians and wore exoskeletons that boosted their strength, resembling a monstrous, humanoid version of the animal of that name.
The New Wildebeests are fierce and feral. They can be properly trained by whoever can successfully tame them.
The Cybernetic Wildebeests are fierce and are enhanced by their cybernetic parts.
- Action Comics #483
- New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #36
- New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #37
- New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #41
- New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #42
- New Titans #57-59
- New Titans #71-84
- Titans #35
- Titans #36
- Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files 2005
- DC Special: Cyborg #3