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Quote1 I have to admit, my life didn't pan out quite the way young Gertrude Cramp dreamed. But because of all of you, I have done things that little Gertrude never could have imagined. Dying has a way... of clarifying things. I've realized now what my life's purpose was. It was to lead you to the first step of the rest of your lives. Quote2
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Rita Farr (born Gertrude Cramp) was the flamboyant, regal, and brave leader of the Doom Patrol, and a physically unstable metahuman with elastic stretching and size-altering powers under the codename Elasti-Woman.

Early Life

Gertrude Cramp was born in 1929 to Vance and Addie Cramp. Gertrude was pushed by Addie into becoming an actress like her, and adopted the stage name "Rita Farr". In order to ensure her daughter's success, her mother had sex with producers and directors to ensure Rita's roles instead of just auditioning her. This caused a serious sense of inadequacy to develop in Rita, as well as a need to prove that she could act and didn't need her mother's help. Over the course of the next few decades, she perfected her acting skills and rose to stardom, gaining many prominent roles in big pictures, and was even nominated for a Golden Globe.[5][6]

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The end of an actress

Eventually, in the 1950s, Rita struck up a deal with a film producer who gave her roles in his films for her finding him actresses to sexually exploit. Rita justified her actions by reminding herself that the exploited women also went on to become successful, but her actions caught up to her when one of the women became pregnant and was placed in her care in 1955. She rejected the woman, who killed herself, leaving her baby orphaned, and instead of adopting the child, but instead decided to take the leading role in Gene's new picture, "Forbidden Congo". Around this time, Rita was selected as a candidate for experiments in immortality by scientist Niles Caulder. While in Africa to film Forbidden Congo, she was exposed to a a mysterious green substance that made her body highly elastic and molecularly unstable. Unable to control her body from grossly contorting, Rita's film career floundered, and so she accepted the invitation of help from Caulder himself, who she would come to call "the Chief", unaware he had caused her "accident".[7][8][9]

New Life at Doom Manor

Rita moved into Caulder's home, a manor house just outside Cloverton, Ohio, to attempt to control her unstable, gelatinous form, enlisting the help of powerful psychic Steve Dayton, a founding member of Caulder's superhero team, the Doom Patrol. He used his powers to help Rita stabilize herself and maintain her appearance, and the two had a brief romantic fling. However, he broke off their relationship when he read her mind and discovered in horror what she'd done for her role in Forbidden Congo.[6]

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Life as a patient

Over the years, other test subjects of the Chief would come to live in his house. Of all of them, she formed the closest friendship with Larry Trainor, a quiet and remorseful Air Force test pilot fused to a radioactive Negative Spirit. These tenants also included Crazy Jane, a woman with sixty-four separate superpowered personalities, the primary of which was an aggressive loner, and Cliff Steele, a loud-mouthed and angry but well-meaning racecar driver whose brain was placed in a powerful but unfeeling robot body. None of the tenants knew of Caulder's involvement in their "accidents".[10][8]

Search for the Chief

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A new team

In 2019, soon after the Chief left on one of his regular expeditions, Jane convinced Rita, Larry, and Cliff to go into downtown Cloverton for a day. The trip was a disaster thanks to Rita losing control and turning into a giant blob mass that had to be calmed down by Cliff. The group returned to the manor, but their antics had caught the attention of Mister Nobody, the Chief's nemesis, who had been searching for him for years. When Caulder returned, he bade them leave, but Cliff convinced the others to stay and protect the town. They made their way downtown where they spotted an albino donkey, and watched a giant vortex open up in the ground, devouring the entire town, and sucking in all its residents, including Jane and the Chief.[8][11]

Returning to the manor, Rita and Larry met Vic Stone, also known as Cyborg, a young hero from Detroit who came to help find Niles. Rita, Larry, and Vic entered the donkey and were sent to White Space, Mister Nobody's lair. Nobody tortured them a bit and finally warned them to stop looking for Caulder if they wanted to live. He then freed them and the village, simply making them more determined than ever to find the Chief. Rita led Vic into the guest room.[11]

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A new friend

The mission led them to various clues until they met Willoughby Kipling, a master sorcerer and former friend of Niles, who asked them for help in defeating the Cult of the Unwritten Book. Rita began a friendship with Elliot Patterson and when Elliot died for the Decreator, Rita helped the others to end the cult.[12][13][14]

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Solving her problems

Rita, Jane, and Larry visited the Doom Patrol and Rita was reunited with Steve. She and Steve became friends while looking at some trophies from the Doom Patrol victories. Rita was tormented by Steve with traumas from her past until they managed to break free and found out from Joshua Clay, the caretaker of the Doom Patrol, that they were defeated by Mister Nobody, causing Niles to disintegrate the team. Back in the manor, Rita was trying to control her powers and participated in group therapy that went wrong. Rita and Cliff searched for Jane, who became Karen, a romantic personality. She was hypnotized with Karen until Cliff managed to free Rita from the spell.[6][15][16]

While Cliff was on Jane's mind, Rita and Vic were visited by Ernest Franklin, also known as Beard Hunter, a metahuman who can know people's history by eating their facial hair and came looking for Niles. Rita and Vic wanted to use Ernest to find Niles, but he had escaped. Rita managed to put a tracker on the Beard Hunter so they could find him. Later, Rita tried to help Cliff reconcile with his daughter. Rita, Larry, Cliff, Jane, and Vic's father, Silas Stone, infiltrated the Bureau of Normalcy to rescue Vic.[17][18][19]

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A shocking revelation

Rita learned to overcome her past and went to the manor to finally find Niles and defeat Mister Nobody. The team successfully entered the White Space with the help of Flex Mentallo and managed to rescue Niles. The team discovered that the Vic who went with them was Mister Nobody and the real Vic had shown up. Rita and the team were returned to White Space, where they asked Niles to tell the truth to be free, but were deeply devastated to discover that Niles was responsible for their accidents. Feeling betrayed, hurt, and furious at Caulder, the team went their separate ways as soon as the now-satisfied Mister Nobody transported them out of the White Space, and back to the real world.[7][9][20]

A New Beginning

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The team goes to the rescue

Eventually, the team was lured back to Doom Manor by Mister Nobody for a second revenge scheme, having kidnapped Danny and the Chief's daughter, Dorothy Spinner, a naive but powerful girl able to bring her imaginary friends to life, including a dangerous, potentially world-ending one called the Candlemaker. Dorothy had been the reason for Caulder's immortality experiments, wanting to outlive her to protect the world from the Candlemaker. For the sake of the girl, the team went to rescue her and Danny. Rita and the team managed to save Dorothy and Danny from a giant cockroach and a giant rat, but everyone except for Larry was reduced to inches. Rita began training with Vic to become a superhero. Eventually, they were restored the normal size by Willoughby Kipling, in exchange for Caulder's longevity talisman, leading him to finally begin to die.[20][21]

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A new role

As Niles began to die, Rita, Cliff, and Jane tried to help him get the Continuinium from Doctor Tyme's hands, but they failed and he got upset with Niles for sending them on a hitman mission. Soon after, Rita and Dorothy became friends and she went with Niles to Red Jack's palace to save Larry. Rita managed to save her friend from Jack's torture and the trio made it out alive. Rita tried to control her powers with the help of Flex, but this caused an orgasm that caught the attention of Shadowy Mister Evans, a sexual ghost capable of destroying the world until Rita was saved by the Sex Men and their friends. To start over, Rita went to Cloverton to get the role in a new play.[5][10][22][2]

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The Beekeeper

Rita discovered that the theater play was about the events of what happened when she, Cliff, Larry, and Jane traveled to town including the donkey disaster. Rita had a new rival, Isabel Feathers. Rita's role was that of the "beekeeper." Rita wanted to do something great with that role, so she decided to use the disguise to become a vigilante.[23][24]

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A tragic loss

Rita and Vic investigated a murder as their first mission, but discovered that Roni Evers, Vic's girlfriend, had been responsible. The team were forced to do battle with the released Candlemaker, and stop it from turning the world into wax. After a long battle, Dorothy finally rested control of the deity, but during their fight, Caulder succumbed to the ailments of his age, and his death was both celebrated and mourned by his test subjects. Rita prepared for her stage play, but revealed herself as the Blob Lady, causing her to be fired and into a depressed stat.[25][26][27]

Crossroads of Revenge

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Deserved vacation

Rita received a message from Caulder with a key and an alarm saying that something dangerous was coming, but she didn't care. To rest from Niles' death, Rita, Cliff, Jane, and Vic traveled to Codsville, but encountered Garguax, an alien and former enemy of Niles. The group was separated by their differences until they managed to fix their friendship, but they were killed by Samuelson and before dying, Rita met another Rita. In the afterlife, Rita managed to survive and was helped by a mysterious person. The team was brought back to life thanks to Larry and the Dead Boy Detective Agency. The team received a visit from a time traveler who did not remember her name, but Rita seemed very familiar to her. Soon, the team turned into zombies and they helped Kipling stop his old enemy, Darren Jones and the dangerous Butts, and they returned to normal.[27][28][29][30]

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"Piffle-Paffle."

While the team pursued the Sisterhood of Dada, Rita attempted to help Laura regain her memory. Rita stole the time machine to go to 1917 and fulfill her destiny, but she lost her memory. Upon arrival, Rita joined the Bureau of Normalcy, where she met Laura from the past and the Sisterhood of Dada. Rita began an affair with Malcolm DuPont and a friendship with Laura. Years later, Rita and the Sisterhood were betrayed by De Mille, but Rita managed to escape. When Laura joined the team of villains, the Brotherhood of Evil, Rita had a fight with her before she traveled back in time. To take revenge, Rita traveled in time managing to recover her memory and did everything she saw in her future life.[31][3][32][33]

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The revenge continues

Upon returning to the Sisterhood, Rita and her new team began the Eternal Flagellation. Rita joined the subconscious of her friends to help her get revenge on Laura, now known as Madame Rouge, but they did not want to help. Rita managed to confront Laura to destroy her, but she escaped. Rita returned to the manor to recruit Vic, Cliff, Jane, and Larry to stop the Brotherhood of Evil, but they were all busy. When Cliff was kidnapped, the group agreed to go save him. During the trip, Rita revealed that she only wanted to get revenge on Laura, which made everyone argue about the time travel and because of Jane's sonic scream, the bus was damaged.[32][33][34]

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Rita saves the day

After the bus crash, Rita was angry at the team for not advancing to Florida until Shelley Byron showed up to talk to Rita and convince her to give up her revenge on Rouge, but she refused. Rita arrived in Florida, where she found The Brain, the leader of the Brotherhood, whom she murdered. Rita arrived at the manor to finally exact her revenge, but Rouge tried to show that she was reforming. When Cliff lost control of his new body, Rita became a giant to prevent the destruction of the city. The team agreed to become a team of superheroes, the new Doom Patrol, to decide who they really are, with Rita as the team leader. As their first mission, Rita led the team to ride Shipley against a testicle monster.[35]

Leadership Issues

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Leading the Doom Patrol

After several months, Rita began to be a strict leader, especially with Laura, giving several code names to her friends and Rita's was: Elasti-Woman. Rita obtained her own uniform, used jellyfish to prevent the Doom Patrol from losing their memories during their time travels while honing her elastic abilities, and battled various villains such as the disgusting criminal Codpiece. For their winning records, Rita named everyone with a gold star. When Cliff's sense of touch returned, Rita agreed to go with the team to Florida to celebrate their recent celebration, glad that Laura would be leaving too, but when they traveled back in time, the team accidentally ran into Isabel Feathers, an encounter that caused to travel to 2042, 20 years in the future.[1][36]

The team met with a future Vic, discovering that the world was destroyed by the Buttpocalypse, a future ravaged by the Zombie Butts. Rita met her future self, learning that it was her leadership that led the team to their defeat. Escaping to 2022, the Doom Patrol began making a plan to stop the Buttpocalypse, with Rita making a plan to go after Darren Jones, the last zombie Butt, in a mission led by her, something the team denied, choosing Laura as a new leader to change the future grim. Betrayed, Rita quarreled with Larry for concentrating more on her alien son, Keeg, than her, causing the friends to argue about their strained relationship after Rita's return to the future.[1][36]

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Stuck in her old films

Rita entered a sad depression for being expelled as leader until receiving an invitation for a memorial to her filmography, however, it would be a trap created by the dangerous Doctor Janus, who sent Rita to revive her old films, which were: Secret Rendezvous, The Haunting of White Manor and Spartacus 452; where Rita met Larry, Jane, Cliff and Mister 104, a man with the power of the elements. Knowing that Janus and Mister 104 supposedly wanted her feelings, Rita decided to sacrifice herself to save her friends, crossing a burning bridge, accepting them as her family, causing the necklace to be complete and Janus to leave with it, before the Doom Patrol was saved by Keeg, who sent them back to real life, with Rita passed out.[4]

Days after waking up, Rita realized that she was starting to age because she lost her longevity, she accidentally used a youth spell to heal herself, however, the Doom Patrol and Kipling ended up turning into teenagers and they searched for a way to heal, though Rita broke up with the team for his fights with Laura. Rita ended up turned into a girl along with Laura, whom she slowly began to forgive after hearing her sincere apology for her betrayal of the Sisterhood. To their misfortune, Rita and Laura ended up turning into babies, though Kipling managed to reverse the spell, returning the team back to their adult ages.[37][38]

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Frenemies United

Rita kept getting older by losing her longevity until she heard Laura's suggestion that they infiltrate the Ant Farm together to discover the truth of the Immortus Project and thus regain her longevity from the inter-dimensional deity, Immortus, regaining the position as leader. During her infiltration, Rita made amends with Laura, with whom she found Wally Sage, a former bureau member and Malcolm's actual killer, disturbing Rita, causing her to kill "Wally", before escaping with Laura, who bravely convinced her to save the team in the magic kingdom created by Wally, Orqwith, where both reformed friends watched as Immortus arrived in the real world, possessing Isabel Feathers. The Doom Patrol, with its majority without longevity, debated whether Isabel was a threat or not due to the lack of control of her powers, although Rita wanted to prove otherwise, distracting herself with a parade in honor of the team[38][39][40]

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An emotional moment with her family

However, Isabel sent the Doom Patrol to a holiday reality called Immortimas in which they praised her, before Rita and the others regained consciousness thanks to Laura. During a dinner, Rita was able to humiliate Isabel, showing that she managed to leave her egocentrism behind, unlike Isabel, who returned everyone to normal reality, warning that they were doomed. The Doom Patrol resigned themselves to fighting Isabel due to her old age, with Rita wanting to spend some family time with Larry, Jane and Cliff, reconciling with her friends while reminiscing about their past adventures. With Rita on the brink of death from her old age, the Doom Patrol decided to finally regain their longevity, teaming up with Laura to confront Isabel.[41][42]

Rita's aging continued to grow to the point of becoming a total old woman and she remained asleep in her room before Laura went to look for her to ask for her advice after leaving the Doom Patrol fighting Immortus, so Rita decided to accompany Laura in Niles' wheelchair to the playhouse to help the team, however, the duo realized that the Doom Patrol managed to leave the playhouse unharmed, while Immortus and the rogue Butts disappeared into a time portal. The Doom Patrol celebrated their triumph against the two apocalypses and listening to Larry's negativity when he mentioned that the team indirectly created their own threats, but at the same time created their salvation.[43]

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Happy for Eternity

Before she could consume a toenail from Immortus to restore her longevity, Rita passed away from old age, causing the Doom Patrol to search for a way to go to the afterlife again and save her. However, Rita's ghost manifested in the manor, saying goodbye to Larry and orchestrating a last meeting with the Doom Patrol, ordering the separation of the team so that each one could improve to be better people, but before separating, she asked that his body be cremated. During the funeral, the Doom Patrol cremated Rita's body, which comically swelled while they cried, relaxing Rita as she was in one last happy moment with her friends and was able to ascend to Heaven. In her personal afterlife, Rita met Malcolm's yellow canary, with whom she shared a passionate hug and kiss to spend eternity happily together.[43]

Powers

  • Unique Physiology: Rita Farr was once a Hollywood actress who was exposed to unusual volcanic gases while shooting a film in Africa. When Farr recovered, she discovered that her body become droopy and deformed when she is nervous or stressed. When she gained control of her powers, she became able to return to her normal size or enlarge one limb at a time.

Abilities

Weaknesses

  • Power Instability: If Rita loses control of her emotions, she has trouble maintaining her form, resulting in her body parts drooping and, more extremely, turning her into a blob.

Other Characteristics

Equipment

  • The Beekeeper Suit (Formerly)
  • Elasti-Woman Uniform (Formerly)

Transportation

  • Doom Patrol Bus (Formerly)
  • Shipley (Formerly)
  • Cliff's Second Body (Formerly): When Cliff inhabited a giant robot body, Rita traveled with the Doom Patrol inside of it to pilot Shipley.
  • Cliff Steele's Car (Formerly)


  • Rita was nominated for a Golden Globe award.[11]
  • Rita claims she was roommates with Marilyn Monroe's mother.[18]

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Doom Patrol: "Doom Patrol"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Doom Patrol: "Finger Patrol"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Doom Patrol: "1917 Patrol"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Doom Patrol: "Nostalgia Patrol"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Doom Patrol: "Tyme Patrol"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Doom Patrol: "Doom Patrol Patrol"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Doom Patrol: "Flex Patrol"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Doom Patrol: "Pilot"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Doom Patrol: "Penultimate Patrol"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Doom Patrol: "Pain Patrol"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Doom Patrol: "Donkey Patrol"
  12. Doom Patrol: "Puppet Patrol"
  13. Doom Patrol: "Cult Patrol"
  14. Doom Patrol: "Paw Patrol"
  15. Doom Patrol: "Therapy Patrol"
  16. Doom Patrol: "Danny Patrol"
  17. Doom Patrol: "Hair Patrol"
  18. 18.0 18.1 Doom Patrol: "Frances Patrol"
  19. Doom Patrol: "Cyborg Patrol"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Doom Patrol: "Ezekiel Patrol"
  21. Doom Patrol: "Fun Size Patrol"
  22. Doom Patrol: "Sex Patrol"
  23. Doom Patrol: "Space Patrol"
  24. Doom Patrol: "Dumb Patrol"
  25. Doom Patrol: "Dad Patrol"
  26. Doom Patrol: "Wax Patrol"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Doom Patrol: "Possibilities Patrol"
  28. Doom Patrol: "Vacay Patrol"
  29. Doom Patrol: "Dead Patrol"
  30. Doom Patrol: "Undead Patrol"
  31. Doom Patrol: "Dada Patrol"
  32. 32.0 32.1 Doom Patrol: "Bird Patrol"
  33. 33.0 33.1 Doom Patrol: "Subconscious Patrol"
  34. Doom Patrol: "Evil Patrol"
  35. Doom Patrol: "Amends Patrol"
  36. 36.0 36.1 Doom Patrol: "Butt Patrol"
  37. Doom Patrol: "Youth Patrol"
  38. 38.0 38.1 Doom Patrol: "Hope Patrol"
  39. Doom Patrol: "Orqwith Patrol"
  40. Doom Patrol: "Fame Patrol"
  41. 41.0 41.1 Doom Patrol: "Immortimas Patrol"
  42. Doom Patrol: "Tomb Patrol"
  43. 43.0 43.1 Doom Patrol: "Done Patrol"
  44. 44.0 44.1 DCDoomPatrol Twitter #WeirdIsSuper Fact


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