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Willoughby Kipling
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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics/Vertigo
First appearanceDoom Patrol #31 (April 1990)
Created byGrant Morrison
Richard Case
In-story information
Team affiliationsKnights Templar
AbilitiesMagic user

Willoughby Kipling is a fictional character in the DC Comics fictional universes. He first appeared in Doom Patrol #31 and was created by Grant Morrison and Richard Case.

Kipling appears in his first live adaptation on the DC Universe and HBO Max series Doom Patrol, played by Mark Sheppard.

Publication history

Kipling appears mostly in the Doom Patrol comic series.[1][2] The character was originally intended to be John Constantine, but at the time DC Comics editorial policy limited Constantine's use outside of his own series to preserve the realism of the character. Kipling was created as a substitute, and was based upon Richard E. Grant's title character from the British cult film Withnail and I. He appeared intermittently, helping the team against various threats, such as the Cult of the Unwritten Book and the Candlemaker. He is a member of the mystic Knights Templar, a coward who practices a bizarre form of black magic and is a self-proclaimed expert on the occult.[3][4][5]

Later, Kipling's voice-over appears in JLA Classified #15 (February 2006).[6] He and several other magic-users use their knowledge to assist Oracle and the Justice League of America defeat a mystic threat.

Powers and abilities

Willoughby Kipling is a known magic user.

In other media

Kipling appears in the DC Universe series Doom Patrol, portrayed by Mark Sheppard.[7] The character first appears in the episode "Cult Patrol" in which he comes looking for the Chief. The Chief is missing, so Kipling enlists the Doom Patrol to help him prevent the end of the world. They fail and the Cult of the Unwritten Book summons the Decreator, an interdimensional entity who begins destroying the world. In "Paw Patrol", the Chief works with his nemesis Mr. Nobody to use one of Crazy Jane's superpowered personalities to initiate the creation of the Recreator, a being who can counter the Decreator. Kipling uses this being (which is embodied by a dog) to summon the Recreator and nullify the threat. In the episode "Fun Size Patrol", Elasti-Girl persuades the Chief to enlist Willoughby Kipling to help restore everyone to their respectful sizes. Kipling does that in exchange for the Chief giving him a talisman that grants its wielder immortality. The Chief later spoke to Kipling about other ways to prolong his life. In the mid-credits scene of "Possibilities Patrol" taking place in the Northern Yukon, Kipling takes the head of the deceased Chief stating that his time isn't over yet. In "Undead Patrol", Darren Jones steals the Chief's head causing Kipling to enlist the Doom Patrol for help.


  1. ^ Doom Patrol (vol. 2) #31-33. DC Comics.
  2. ^ Doom Patrol (vol. 2) #47. DC Comics.
  3. ^ Doom Patrol (vol. 2) #55. DC Comics.
  4. ^ Doom Patrol (vol. 2) #56. DC Comics.
  5. ^ Doom Patrol (vol. 2) #58-62. DC Comics.
  6. ^ JLA Classified #15. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Dominguez, Noah (March 1, 2019). "Supernatural Alum Joins Doom Patrol as John Constantine-esque Character". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved March 2, 2019.