Madame Rouge
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Madame Rouge.
Art by John Byrne.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDoom Patrol #86 (March 1964)
Created byArnold Drake
In-story information
Alter egoLaura De Mille
SpeciesMetahuman
Team affiliationsBrotherhood of Evil
Black Lantern Corps
Abilities

Madame Rouge is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, first appearing in Doom Patrol #86 (March 1964).[1] The character was created by Arnold Drake.[2]

Michelle Gomez portrays the live-action version of the character starting in the third season of the HBO Max series Doom Patrol.

Fictional character biography

Laura De Mille was originally a French stage actress. After an automobile accident, she developed a dual good/evil split personality. At this point, she attracted the notice of The Brain and his associate Monsieur Mallah. With Mallah's help, the Brain performed surgery on De Mille that was, from his perspective, successful, sublimating her good personality and allowing her evil personality to remain dominant. As Madame Rouge, De Mille became the only female member of the Brotherhood of Evil, and assisted the Brotherhood in its continuing conflicts against the Doom Patrol. At first, Madame Rouge was simply a master of disguise; subsequent surgery by the Brain eventually gave her the ability to alter her appearance and stretch her limbs.

Later, Rouge's split personality manifested again, with her good personality occasionally appearing. Rouge was romantically linked to the Doom Patrol's leader, Niles Caulder ("The Chief"), who was able to help Rouge overcome her evil side and ally with the Doom Patrol.

Ultimately, Rouge's mind reverted to its evil state, causing her to seek vengeance against both the Brotherhood of Evil and the Doom Patrol for their previous interference. She was apparently successful in murdering both groups.[3] Years later, Robotman and the Teen Titans tracked down Rouge and her ally, General Zahl. Beast Boy (then Changeling) killed Rouge, although at the moment of her death, her good side apparently manifested; she forgave Changeling and called to Niles, her apparent true love.

Madame Rouge's daughter, Gemini, also a shapeshifter, appeared years later to seek revenge against Beast Boy.[4]

In 2004, DC writer John Byrne restarted the Doom Patrol series and declared that the previous history had never happened. In spite of this, Madame Rouge was a zombie summoned by Brother Blood to keep the Titans from freeing Kid Eternity in Teen Titans (vol. 3) #31 (2006). Since then, Byrne's reboot of the Doom Patrol franchise was overturned as a continuity glitch created by Superboy-Prime. As such, Madame Rouge is still dead and her history has been left intact. However, her daughter Gemini has taken up wearing her mother's costume and is a member of the new Brotherhood of Evil.

In Blackest Night, Madame Rouge has been identified as one of the deceased entombed below the Hall of Justice.[5] Madame Rouge's corpse is revived as a Black Lantern during the event.[6]

Powers and abilities

Originally, Madame Rouge was a master of disguise.[7] Later, the Brain gave her ability to stretch any part of her body to incredible lengths, and to alter her facial features to disguise herself as any person.[8]

In other media

Television

Miscellaneous

References

  1. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. pp. 197–198. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  2. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 189. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  3. ^ Beatty, Scott (2008). "Doom Patrol". In Dougall, Alastair (ed.). The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-7566-4119-1. OCLC 213309017.
  4. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Manning, Matthew K.; McAvennie, Michael; Wallace, Daniel (2019). DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. DK Publishing. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-4654-8578-6.
  5. ^ Blackest Night #1. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Blackest Night #3. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Doom Patrol #86. DC Comics.
  8. ^ Doom Patrol #90. DC Comics.
  9. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (September 1, 2021). "'Doom Patrol': Michelle Gomez's Madame Rouge Makes Her Time Travel Grand Entrance In Season 3 Trailer". Deadline. Retrieved September 2, 2021.