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Doctor Bedlam is a member of Darkseid's elite, a disembodied being that inhabits artificial bodies called "animates". He is one of Darkseid's chief scientists, he is mainly researching terror-inducing mind manipulation. One of his inventions is the Paranoid Pill.[1]

Doctor Bedlam came to Earth to challenge Mister Miracle repeatedly to his elaborate traps, like escaping from the Chandler Towers where every occupant was affected by the Paranoid Pill[2], and trapping him in a spaceship set to crash on the Moon[3], but Scott managed to beat all of his challenges.

Doctor Bedlam later joined forces with Granny Goodness, commanded by Darkseid, to kidnap Big Barda during her honeymoon with Scott Free. Using his technology and his Animates, they managed to brainwash Barda into attacking Mister Miracle, but this effect was only temporary.[4]

After an embarrassing defeat by the Justice League on Apokolips[5], Granny Goodness commanded Bedlam to attack Scott Free on his new home at Bailey. He kidnapped Scott and used his De-evolution Pills to turn every inhabitant into wild animals. However, Scott escaped and put every animal to sleep using his Mother Box, and then Highfather appeared and turned everyone back to normal.[6]

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  • Possession: In his new form as an energy consciousness Bedlam can possess his own bio-mechanical android animates to resume a physical form. He can control six animates at once.[1]



  • Doctor Bedlam's Animates

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • Although he has once assumed the identity of Baron Bedlam, Doctor Bedlam is not to be confused with the Markovian insurrectionist, Baron Bedlam.



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