'Doom Patrol': Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man is the weirdest thing to happen to the show, and we are here for it

While 'Doom Patrol' may not be the sanest show on TV, and it totally reflects in the reveal of a new villain at the end of episode 3.


                            'Doom Patrol': Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man is the weirdest thing to happen to the show, and we are here for it

DC's 'Doom Patrol' is one heck of a weird show, but it's their outright weirdness that actually sticks on as the charm of the show. 'Doom Patrol' has taken us through a talking cockroach preaching Evangelical drivel to a flatulent albino donkey who's actually a portal into another bizarre dimension, courtesy of the current villain Mr. Nobody. We wouldn't be surprised if the show hits us with anything even more stranger.

'Doom Patrol' follows the misadventures of five incompetent superheroes in their ongoing journey to save their father figure, Niles Caulder aka The Chief. On their latest adventure in episode 3, we see three of the team members, namely Robotman, Crazy Jane and Negative Man teleport to Paraguay with the help of one of Crazy Jane's personalities, Flit, who didn't bother to take Cyborg and Elasti-Woman along with her.

Dr. Niles Caulder aka the Chief gets kidnapped by Mr. Nobody in 'Doom Patrol, and it's up to the team to find him.
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Dr. Niles Caulder aka the Chief gets kidnapped by Mr. Nobody in 'Doom Patrol, and it's up to the team to find him.
(Source: WBTV)

The trio land in Paraguay amidst a street which was deserted except for a bus stop, where the three meet an overly-enthusiastic man who introduces himself as Steve and who's a little too excited to catch the bus. The reason Steve's excited is because the place they're headed to is the birthplace of Mr. Nobody, Fuchtopia. The reality-altering villain was created with the help of Dr. Victor Von Fuchs in his White Chamber (a chamber which gives humans superpowers, and Steve is super excited to get magnetic feet so he can walk on walls. Little does he know that he may get more than what he asked for.

Crazy Jane, Negative Man, Steve, and Robotman all getting to know each other at Fuchtopia in 'Doom Patrol'. (Source: WBTV)
Crazy Jane, Negative Man, Steve, and Robotman all getting to know each other at Fuchtopia in 'Doom Patrol'. (Source: WBTV)

Steve was in the chamber for the whole episode while our heroes were battling Von Fuchs, who had split his personality into numerous teen children. While the process normally takes a matter of seconds or minutes, like a fresh piece of ham that's been left in the oven too long, Steve emerges at the end of the episode, albeit a little overcooked. He now shares his shoulder with a velociraptor head, with one side of his body turning into broccoli and tree branches and the other covered in scales and minerals. But Steve isn't unhappy about the disturbing transformation, and instead takes delight in his newfound powers with a mouthful of a name, Animal-Mineral-Vegetable Man.

Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man fighting the team in 'Doom Patrol Comics. (Source: DC Universe)
Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man fighting the team in 'Doom Patrol Comics. (Source: DC Universe)

In the comics, Steve's real name is actually Sven Larsen, who was also a former student of Niles Caulder. His character in the show may not be canon to comics, but he's definitely going to be a nemesis to our ragtag band of heroes. His love and admiration of Mr. Nobody will see him working against the team in the future, and he would definitely be a formidable foe, as the range of powers increase the longer a person is in the chamber, and he'd been in there for a while.

'Doom Patrol' is a fun and strange series, and let's hope that DC sticks to its theme of using these quirky supervillains in all their episodes.

'Doom Patrol' will be airing weekly on Friday night at 9, only on www.dcuniverse.com