Doctor Psycho is a major character on the T.V. series . He started out as a protagonist and part of Harley Quinn's crew in the first season but went on to betray her in the latter half of the second season, becoming one of the main antagonists.
Doctor Psycho is a middle-aged man who is vertically challenged. He has a deformed skull on account of his telepathic powers, with an inordinately large skull on the left side of his head, an enlarged left eye, and an asymmetrically normal right side of his head. He has spiky black hair, a black mustache, thick black eyebrows, and a craggy face with a crooked nose. He typically wears black tuxedoes, and other dress outfits, usually with a bow tie and a red rose over his heart.
When Edgar Cizko was a little boy, his mother brought him to the county fair, where there was a big ferries wheel for which you had to be a certain height to ride. He was too short to ride it, but his mother always told him, "Patience, Eddie. I'm sure next year you're gonna be big enough". However, as years came and went, he never grew any taller. He tried everything to make himself grow to ride the Ferris wheel, including hanging upside-down from his ankles for hours and taking growth hormones but to no avail. But one day, he watched from afar as the wheel collapsed, killing everybody riding on it, putting a smile on Edgar's face. He thought it was so satisfying to watch all those people die and, according to him, somehow that's when he decided to hate women.
As he grew older he came to be known as the villain Doctor Psycho, an esteemed member of the Legion of Doom for his telekinetic powers, and an enemy of and even match to Wonder Woman. This is notable as he has no crew and works alone, yet is singlehandedly able to stand up to a member of the Justice League. Due to his giantess fetish, he married Giganta and had a son named Herman Cizko, using his telepathic powers to make Giganta fall in love and to hold the relationship together. He also deliberately mistreated his son Herman in the hopes of depriving him of a happy home to ensure that he would be driven toward villainy, to become like himself. Outside his family life, Doctor Psycho was frequently beset by interpersonal difficulties due to his bigotry, such as when he was attacked by fellow Legion member Black Manta for racially inflammatory comments. Such comments ended up becoming a serious detriment to his career later on.
"So You Need a Crew?"
Doctor Psycho is first seen once again fighting off Wonder Woman with absolutely no assistance. He tossed car after car at her, constantly keeping her on the defensive until she taunted him to attack her with his own hands. Bemused, Doctor Psycho obliged her by conjuring two spectral, telekinetic hands from his head which immediately overpowered Wonder Woman and strangled her. He continued to effortlessly hold her at bay while simultaneously mocking her choking, laughing at her in glee until she released a pulse that blasted away the spectral hands and sent him flying into a pole. Even this didn't really daunt him, but he did scream out that it "really hurt you cunt!"
Immediately everyone stopped and stared at him, a simple word causing more offense than all the property damage and violence and murders he had committed, which everyone was now totally unconcerned with. He then left the battlefield in shame and went to Underworld Talent Inc. for PR assistance, who assured him that they could make the whole scandal blow over. Afterward, he went to a local bar, Noonan's, where he met Harley Quinn. He preemptively ran off Harley asking him to join her crew, saying that "before you open your female trap, no way in hell I'm working for you". When Clayface introduced himself as an actor, Doctor Psycho wondered if he was playing the role of "literal piece of shit", at which point Clayface morphed into Doctor Psycho himself, saying that "now I'm a literal piece of shit". This enraged Doctor Psycho and prompted him to attack him from across the bar, getting into a fight.
Later on, Doctor Psycho appeared on Tawny Young's show with his wife and son, to apologize for using "the c-word". He laughed at someone who called him a woman-hater, asserting that he cherished women. However, when Tawny asked his wife for her opinion, Doctor Psycho spoke on her behalf, claiming to be a telepath who could read her mind anyway. Giganta then spoke up and claimed to be an "individual person who exists outside of you", a person who "for years you mind-controlled into thinking they loved you!" As Giganta's tirade continued, Doctor Psycho became more and more enraged, quietly saying "don't do this" repeatedly. When she finally declared she was leaving him, he finally lost his grip on his rage and screamed for her to "get back here you miserable cunt!"
- ❝ We cannot condone Dr. Psycho's use of the C Word, as it does not represent our brand of evil. We hereby banish him from the Legion of Doom, Legion of Doom Europe, and The Junior Doomers of America. ❞
- — Lex Luthor
Infamous yet again, Doctor Psycho was approached by Harley Quinn to join her crew. He initially rejected her, as he was a member of the Legion of Doom, until Lex Luthor publicly banished him from the Legion, considering his use of the "c-word" to be worse than the myriad crimes they commit on a daily basis. Turning on a dime, Doctor Psycho decided to accept Harley's offer, although he asserted that it wasn't because he was trying to clear his name by working for a female. His first heist working for Harley was to steal Maxie Zeus' medals from his manor, which he helped accomplish by walking through a vent to unlock the door from the inside - purely because he was the only one small enough to fit, which humiliated him.
They managed to secure Maxie Zeus' gold medals and were on the way out when suddenly Maxie Zeus began to attack Clayface, seeing through his disguise. He nearly killed Clayface, so Doctor Psycho shifted him a few feet away to miss the killing blow. Harley Quinn demanded that Maxie Zeus tell the world that "Harley Quinn's crew ain't nothin' to fuck with", and when he refused, she finally let Doctor Psycho use his powers in full. With ease, he flung a volley of statues after Maxie Zeus, and when he dodged, Doctor Psycho held him still with two statues and crushed him with another statue from above, pounding him into submission.
"Finding Mr. Right"
- ❝ Credit union? That's just a poor person bank. We robbed a real one with a vault, and money, and predatory lending practices! ❞
- — Doctor Psycho
Harley, Clayface, and Doctor Psycho went on a spree of successful heists, culminating in a lucrative bank robbery. However, Harley was displeased because they didn't have a nemesis, saying that Lex Luthor has Superman, Sinestro has Green Lantern, and "Psycho has his own inability to refrain from using the c-word". Doctor Psycho piped up at this point and said "my nemesis is Wonder Woman, that cu-- Okay, I see what you're saying." Doctor Psycho then stuck around Poison Ivy's apartment to help Harley find a nemesis (and mind-controlled a microwave into dysfunction when he was drunk the night before), but became dubious at Harley's idea to get Batman as her nemesis.
Despite his skepticism, Harley did manage to successfully steal the Batmobile. He began to get optimistic until Robin arrived, at which point he bemoaned how far he had fallen from being in the Legion of Doom. He and the rest of Harley's crew then kidnapped Lois Lane to improve their damaged image, and although Superman did briefly arrive, he simply let Robin handle everything. Disgusted, he asked King Shark to "untag" him from the live stream they were doing of Lois' kidnapping. Afterward, he instructed King Shark to get in a tank of water and to swim around to scare Robin into admitting his lie about being Harley Quinn's nemesis, assuring King Shark that there would be no blood.
When Robin ended up nose bleeding into the tank, and King Shark went into a frenzy, Doctor Psycho was surprised, as he thought King Shark referred to just getting a little fainty. After Batman arrived and subdued King Shark, Doctor Psycho helped Clayface get him moved into a seat, watching the battle unfold with a bag of popcorn without getting involved. Afterward, he used his telekinesis to help Clayface clean up Poison Ivy's apartment.
"Being Harley Quinn"
Doctor Psycho tried to dodge helping Clayface with his acting, arriving just in time for King Shark to shove a Suicide Squad t-shirt onto him. After finally wrestling the shirt into place he noticed that Harley was frozen in place, and indicated that she was probably experiencing a "level-four brain freeze". Poison Ivy asked for his help to resolve it, which he agreed to do after insisting that Ivy refers to him as "Doctor Psycho". However, Ivy insisted on entering Harley's mind with him as he was a "perv", so he had everyone hold hands before launching them all into Harley's mind.
In Harley's mind, Doctor Psycho landed inside of Clayface, with Clayface commenting on "what an ugly baby I have birthed" when he got out. He welcomed everyone to Harley's "Museum of Memories" and looked through her memories until Ivy found Harley herself in the museum. Doctor Psycho insisted that everyone refrains from touching anything, lest they trigger a brain lockdown, at which point he left to give Harley a "hard reboot". He then arrived at a Brain Manual Override switch but was too short to reach it. Just before he could stretch to grab it, it suddenly vanished after Harley touched one of her own memories and triggered a brain lockdown.
- ❝ No one listens to me! Who touched something? Who did it? Was I not clear about the stripper rule?! ❞
- — Doctor Psycho
Doctor Psycho angrily berated everyone, although Harley protested that she was just trying to touch herself. Even so, the brain lockdown sealed the exit and prevented them from leaving, which caused Ivy to panic. She rounded on Doctor Psycho, who fired back by mocking her concerns about him "mind molest(ing)" Harley since he could have fixed the problem by himself without issue if no one came with him, and mocked them as the real "mind molesters" for touching things despite his warnings. His tirade was interrupted when a Harley Gremlin viciously attacked King Shark, which he identified as an agent of Harley's mind trying to defend itself from them. After saying that they would die in real life if they died in Harley's mind, an entire swarm of Harley Gremlins arrived, and everyone was forced to flee.
King Shark, Harley, and Doctor Psycho held the Gremlins at bay as they fled, with King Shark biting one in half and Doctor Psycho manipulating Harley's mind to morph two Gremlins into a single, impaired creature. He then had everyone follow him to an elevator so that they could reach Harley's subconscious, where an emergency exit was located. However, he was once again too short to hit the button, and King Shark's "stupid fin" ended up hitting the wrong button when a Harley Gremlin bit him. They ended up at Harley's optic nerve, where they discovered Sy Borgman and Golda preparing to cremate their bodies. Doctor Psycho was the only person properly alarmed by this, prompting Harley to pick him up so that he could hit the proper button - to Harley's subconscious.
Doctor Psycho suggested everyone spread out to search for the exit, but they were swarmed by a horde of Harley Gremlins before they could do so. Luckily, a hallucination of Frankie Muniz helped them reach the emergency exit, which Doctor Psycho identified as having been sent by a "small, sane part of [Harley's] brain", and Frankie confirmed this. Before they could leave, however, Harley saw Repressed Memory Island, so she and Ivy insisted on going anyway in spite of his warning and in spite of the fact that they'd be burned any moment now. Harley decided to simply go alone, so Doctor Psycho nonchalantly accepted this is prepared to leave, mocking Poison Ivy for staying as Harley was "she's your only friend", but Ivy managed to guilt-trip him into staying by mentioning that Harley was the only one to take him in after getting kicked out of the Legion of Doom.
Catching up with Harley, now surrounded by Gremlins, they decided to throw Doctor Psycho through the Gremlins like a bowling ball to knock them aside and save her. Clayface then stayed behind (disguised as Frankie Muniz) to draw off the Gremlins, so Doctor Psycho and company rode on King Shark's back to Repressed Memory Island, where Doctor Psycho began to sweat due to his proximity to the furnace in real life. While touring the island Doctor Psycho explained that it appeared like the Arkham Asylum because Harley's brain was trying to keep certain memories locked down, but became fed up and said "why do I even try?" when they ignored his admonishment to not look at any of the memories.
Harley eventually found her own origin story memory and replaced it with a delusion, which warped everyone back to Harley's museum of memories and deactivated the brain lockdown. Doctor Psycho assumed that Clayface had died, but it turns out he had simply taken on the form of a Harley Gremlin in order to blend in. When Clayface noted that his leg was hardening, King Shark realized he was in the furnace and Doctor Psycho screamed to take the exit immediately. After they did, Doctor Psycho was returned to his own body, and Harley proclaimed that the Gotham Mall would be their new lair (again, despite Doctor Psycho's objections).
"You're a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon"
Doctor Psycho helped Harley's crew successfully steal King Tut's body by fending off security with a T-Rex skeleton he had animated, although he complained when Harley took full credit for all their heists. Their next heist was to steal an invisible motorcycle from WayneTech, so Poison Ivy lifted him and Harley Quinn to the 26th floor of the building. On that floor, Ivy promptly tossed him through the glass into the building while gently letting Harley down, saying it was because Harley wasn't a "misogynist troll that should be living in a well". Despite being unnecessarily battered, Harley berated him for not focusing as a guard approached them, so he immobilized the guard with telekinesis and floated him over to a retinal scanner to gain access to the invisible motorcycle.
Harley jumped through the laser beams to land on the motorcycle but abandoned it for an "even more restricted" room, prompting Doctor Psycho to mock her lack of focus. While Harley did that and escaped, he decided to secure the motorcycle himself, sticking to the original plan to "Fast and Furious 7 it" by jumping it from one skyscraper to another, screaming "I am a golden god" before crashing it into the other skyscraper. He ended up plummeting to the ground below, only for Ivy to catch him with some vines. She then flung him into their escape vehicle.
Back at the Gotham Mall, Doctor Psycho complained because Harley "screwed up the plan", but Harley was only interested in the Cowled Critic's review of their heist. The Cowled Critic not only mocked her ineptitude for letting The Arm get captured by Gotham Police but also took an out of context photo of Poison Ivy holding Doctor Psycho to declare that they were in a relationship. Doctor Psycho then asked to be fired so that he could get unemployment benefits, and when she said no, he instead asked for leave to get revenge on the Cowled Critic for slandering him, with Poison Ivy offering to help.
Poison Ivy found the Cowled Critic's house, which turned out to be Giganta's boyfriend's house. Doctor Psycho accused his ex-wife Giganta of being the Cowled Critic, but she claimed to be too busy "getting cunnilingus from my new boyfriend, Brad". Bemused, Doctor Psycho said "only weak men do that" until he saw Brad reshape his ice cream into a sculpture with just his tongue, shocking Doctor Psycho. Poison Ivy asked who wrote the review if Giganta didn't, at which point Doctor Psycho's son Herman Cizko arrived.
Doctor Psycho was surprised that his own son would slander him, but Herman shot back that Doctor Psycho made his life a "living hell". He accused Doctor Psycho of locking him in a basement for days, killing anyone who even remotely seemed to like him, never buying him a WayneStation4, and of deliberately naming him "Herman" for insult, all of which Doctor Psycho didn't deny. Doctor Psycho calmed his son and said that he made his life hell because he cares for him, saying that supervillains don't grow up in happy homes. Doctor Psycho wanted to foster his "evil potential", and Herman admitted that he only wanted to impress Doctor Psycho, to which he said, "I couldn't be more proud of you, my terrible son". They then hugged each other in mutual hate.
The situation with the Cowled Critic now resolved, Poison Ivy and Doctor Psycho then went to the Gotham City Police Department, where Doctor Psycho easily disarmed the police who had surrounded Harley Quinn and Clayface. He then used their own guns against them, forcing them to flee, and he called Commissioner Gordon a "pussy" for refusing to shoot Clayface as they fled. The next day, the Cowled Critic then retracted his previous review in favor of glowing praise for Doctor Psycho and the rest of Harley's crew, even admitting that Poison Ivy and Doctor Psycho were not actually a couple.
Doctor Psycho helped plan two heists in order to acquire Kord Industries' famous Weather Machine, although he complained at Clayface's insistence on making a backstory for every character he ever transforms into for a mission. Afterward, he noted that the first heist, to steal S.T.A.R. Laboratories' personal force field in order to make stealing the weather machine possible, could not be completed unless they had a way to get into the room through a four-inch-wide air duct. Eventually, Harley Quinn freed Queen of Fables from prison so that she could summon a creature small enough to do the job, although Doctor Psycho didn't care for her jokes, and became alarmed when she savagely murdered Humpty Dumpty to make an omelet.
He later helped Harley to steal the personal force field with the assistance of a mouse that Queen of Fables summons, but as he left the facility he saw that Queen of Fables had massacred the entire Praxis Family Reunion. She claimed that she had to "end the bloodline" to prevent any "revenge killings", citing it as "Evil 101". However, Doctor Psycho actually taught Evil 101 in Boston College and claimed that they never covered anything "this fucked up". Harley later insisted that Queen of Fables leave, resulting in a standoff that unnerved Doctor Psycho, but she left without incident and so Doctor Psycho went with everyone to steal the Weather Machine. Doctor Psycho initially thought there were no lasers protecting it until Queen of Fables' mouse went ahead to steal the Weather Machine and was sliced into pieces by them. Harley succeeded where the mouse failed, so Doctor Psycho and everyone else returned to the Gotham Mall.
At the Mall, Queen of Fables tried to take the Weather Machine, only for Jason Praxis to arrive and blast everyone aside with a bolt of electricity. Doctor Psycho thought Queen of Fables summoned him, presuming him to be from "one of those Danish [fairy tales] that's super racist". He was actually a survivor of the Praxis massacre seeking revenge, so Doctor Psycho agreed with Queen of Fables' practice of "ending the bloodline" given the circumstances. Harley attempted to talk Jason down but failed, forcing Doctor Psycho to erect a force field to block Jason's next electrical assault, saving them all.
Harley then brokered a deal to give Jason the Queen of Fables in exchange for letting Doctor Psycho and everyone else live. Before killing her, Jason said he would "send your ass to the happily never after, Fables," which Clayface enjoyed and Doctor Psycho mocked. He then left to get some cough syrup to deal with a "post-nasal thing", and when he came back, he saw that Queen of Fables had killed Jason with her spear. Later, everyone tried to guess the password to the Weather Machine, with Doctor Psycho mocking Clayface's guess until they eventually made too many failed login attempts and caused the Weather Machine to self-destruct.
Doctor Psycho tended a getaway boat while the rest of Harley's crew robbed the Atlantis Museum of Art, driving the boat away once they resurfaced and defeated Aquaman. Harley Quinn was then invited to the Legion of Doom, so Doctor Psycho was hopeful that they could move out of "this shithole". At that moment a titanic rumbling reverberated throughout the mall, which he complained about to Sy Borgman. Before Harley left he also asked her to help get him back into the Legion of Doom, since he couldn't come due to his lifetime banishment. Afterward, Doctor Psycho was once again awoken by the titanic rumbling coming from beneath the mall, prompting him to complain again.
Sy tried to deny he even heard it, but when it continued he then tried to assert that it was "just the pipes", at which point a pink, fleshy tentacle erupted from the ground, grabbed Doctor Psycho, and smashed him against the ground and ceiling repeatedly. Doctor Psycho then dusted himself off and nonchalantly asked for an explanation, so Sy finally admitted that there "may be a giant tentacle monster in the basement". Doctor Psycho wanted to kill "that noise-making abomination" immediately, even arming himself with a harpoon, but Sy insisted that it wasn't an abomination and was in fact his own sister.
Finally telling the truth, Sy explained to Doctor Psycho that he and his sister were both CIA, his sister Mirielle being a hybridization scientist, and himself being a "cleaner" who disposed of dead bodies. He once asked Mirielle to make him a monkey-octopus hybrid to help his missions, but the experiment went wrong and Mirielle herself ended up fusing with the octopus, creating the giant tentacle monster in the basement. He then revealed the monster to Doctor Psycho, who then had to restrain the monster until Harley Quinn fell through the floor and landed behind him.
Oh, I can't even imagine what it must be like to go through life a giant, deformed thing.
- Doctor Psycho
You can't, you can't imagine that?— Doctor Psycho bantering
Doctor Psycho filled Harley in as Sy continued to sob with guilt, and King Shark suggested that Sy should talk to Mirielle. Doctor Psycho agreed to be Sy's "Whoopi" (from Doctor Psycho's beloved movie Ghost), essentially using his telepathic powers to translate for Sy. He began to float in the air as he made a mental connection with Mirielle, calming her, and Sy then began to speak to Mirielle. Doctor Psycho kept up a running translation of her responses directly from her own mind, eventually starting to cry as he felt the depths of Mirielle's emotion. Mirielle then hugged Sy, so Doctor Psycho's translations were no longer needed. He then watched in horror as Sy released her and she began killing random people in Gotham.
Afterward, Doctor Psycho nervously entered the Legion of Doom with his new ID card but became ecstatic when it actually granted him access without an issue. He proclaimed to Harley that "whatever weird sex thing you had to do to get me back into the Legion of Doom, I thank you". However, he was barred from going on any capers where a female superhero might be present, which he found fair.
"A Seat at the Table"
While watching an introductory video to the Legion of Doom, Clayface saw Doctor Psycho get thrown against a wall by Black Manta in the background of the recording. He asked Doctor Psycho what he said to Black Manta, but Doctor Psycho claimed it was "nothing racist". Later, when the Joker began to compliment Harley Quinn, Doctor Psycho pointed out that the Joker tried to kill her "multiple times", a sentiment shared by the rest of Harley's crew. They were then brought to Harley's new office, where Doctor Psycho mocked Clayface as a "dry turd" when he became fixated on a tarp (rather than what was underneath it).
After that, he was taken with the rest of Harley's crew to their new offices, and although Doctor Psycho wanted his old office, it had apparently been filled. Doctor Psycho began to become alarmed when their escort hit "down" on the elevator, taking them to the drab offices for goons and henchmen. He angrily insisted that they were not goons because they all had powers, such as his telepathy and Clayface's shapeshifting, but his escort simply told him to "calm down, Dr. Cunt Guy" before leaving. In his place came Bane, who insisted on enlisting their help to assassinate a smoothie shop worker, despite Doctor Psycho's objections that they only work for Harley Quinn.
Doctor Psycho and his teammates then complained to Harley about the situation, who assured them that she'd resolve the issue. Hours later, however, Bane arrived to collect them as he said, having even received clearance from HR. Left with no other choice, Doctor Psycho and his teammates went along with him on his assassination mission. Bane had King Shark plant a bomb inside the smoothie shop, although Doctor Psycho responded sarcastically to Bane's question about why it was taking so long. Bane eventually got frustrated and activated the bomb prematurely, blasting King Shark out of the shop with his fin blown off. Doctor Psycho then helped him to the emergency room but was sorely tempted when a Japanese chef offered a considerable amount of money for the fin.
At the ER, Clayface acted as if King Shark was dead, and when Doctor Psycho called him out, he claimed to be auditioning for a "margarine commercial". When Doctor Psycho learned that Harley had abandoned them to Bane so that she could be with the Joker, he became enraged and shook his head when Harley continued her lie about being held up in a Legion of Doom board meeting. He disbelieved her excuse about trying to use the Joker to pull strings to get them off the hook, and after King Shark told a morphine-induced tale about "the boy who cried Orca", he declared that he was leaving Harley's crew.
"Harley Quinn Highway"
Doctor Psycho became a fortune teller, reading people's minds and even revealing uncomfortable truths to them, such as when he revealed to Cheryl that her husband Daniel was having an affair with his assistant. Harley Quinn found him and tried to convince him to rejoin her crew, saying that they were like family, but Doctor Psycho rejected the notion and refused to rejoin. However, he agreed to help for the sole purpose of saving Poison Ivy when Frank the Plant pointed out that she had been kidnapped. He only noted that he never wanted to see Harley again afterward.
They arrived at the PlanetWide Pavers factory where Ivy was held prisoner and discovered Ivy in the grips of Scarecrow's fear toxin. Doctor Psycho discovered that it was doing permanent damage to Ivy's brain, which prompted Harley to knock Ivy out cold so that Doctor Psycho could take them into her mind to resolve the damage. However, Doctor Psycho pointed out that she didn't need to be knocked out like Harley was in "Being Harley Quinn", and so "really, all you've done is punch your friend in the face, you idiot". Doctor Psycho then brought himself, Harley, Clayface, and King Shark into Ivy's mind.
Once there, Doctor Psycho found Ivy's mind beleaguered by all her biggest fears. The first they encountered was a murderous wood chipper that tried to kill them all, so Doctor Psycho telekinetically tossed Clayface into the wood chipper to clog up its gears and destroy it, not even realizing that Clayface would survive the process. A facsimile of Frank the Plant then arrived and told them that Ivy's greatest fear would have to be eliminated in order for her mind to reject the fear toxin, so they went to Ivy's memory of her childhood. There, they encountered a demonic version of Ivy's father, forcing Doctor Psycho to hold on to the floor to prevent himself from falling sideways into its massive mouth. King Shark managed to bite the father's tongue, at which point it spat out Doctor Psycho and everyone else.
- ❝ Okay, he's burning rocks. I'm out. ❞
- — Doctor Psycho
Eventually, Ivy's true biggest fear arrived, an image of Death himself, which didn't particularly surprise Doctor Psycho, whose response was "eh, let's just kill 'em". However, Death began to lob balls of fire at everyone, and although Doctor Psycho tried to launch a boulder at Death, Death's fireball burned clean through it. Doctor Psycho then fled and allowed Harley to bludgeon Death to death, which turned out to be Harley herself wearing a black cloak; Ivy's biggest fear. With it now defeated, Ivy's mind abruptly corrected itself and ejected everyone back to their bodies, at which point Doctor Psycho awoke surrounded by gore and corpses from when Sy Borgman killed numerous guards defending their bodies. Just as they prepared to leave, Doctor Psycho pointed out that the entire facility was a Legion of Doom project - they were at fault for Ivy's kidnapping.
Sy Borgman then transformed into a car and everyone piled in to chase after Scarecrow, with Doctor Psycho sitting in the back and vomiting as they raced along Harley Quinn Highway and slowly picked off Scarecrow's trucks one by one. When it became clear that Scarecrow and his final truck were going to escape, Harley had Sy drive over a weapons cache, which dropped a rocket launcher for Doctor Psycho to catch. He was astounded that the government actually paid to build the road until Harley took the rocket launcher from him and used it to destroy her own statue, whose head fell and blocked Scarecrow's escape. Doctor Psycho then watched as Scarecrow drove off the track into the Gotham Reservoir below and transformed Gotham City Park trees into monsters.
Doctor Psycho was the first to realize that Poison Ivy couldn't control the new plant monsters, and he fled with everyone else as they approached. Although he stopped when it appeared that Clayface might have died, he complained that "that deserves a suicide" when it turned out that Clayface was simply acting again, leaving them surrounded by tree monsters. He tried to fight one-off but ended up smacked aside by a branch, forcing King Shark and Clayface to defend him. When all seemed lost, the Justice League arrived and killed droves of the monsters; however, they also tried to send everyone to the Phantom Zone, forcing Ivy to wrap the Lasso of Truth around herself to convince them of their innocence, at which point Superman closed the portal and spared Doctor Psycho and his compatriots.
- Doctor Psycho
Hey-hey, I'm already bored up here. Do your stupid plant thing and get us the hell down. Okay?
- Poison Ivy
You know I can't control fairy tale plants, you balding gremlin.
- Doctor Psycho
How would I have known that? When would that have come up?— Doctor Psycho and Poison Ivy
Queen of Fables then arrived, trapped the Justice League in her storybook, and tossed a bean at everyone else's feet, sending them soaring into the clouds from Jack and the Beanstalk. Doctor Psycho asked Ivy to take them back down, but she couldn't, and soon the giant from the fairy tale arrived to eat them all. Harley tried to scale the giant but was knocked aside and Doctor Psycho was forced to catch her with his mind. Doctor Psycho continued to run while Harley and Iv argued about Kite Man, so he eventually decided to mock Harley by having everyone who knew about Ivy and Kite Man's relationship raise their hands, saying "bingo" when literally everyone did.
The giant finally managed to catch them all in his hands, but Kite Man arrived just in time to toss a hot sauce packet into its one eye, much to Doctor Psycho's delight. However, this caused it to fall over and toss everyone out into open space, although Doctor Psycho ended up landing safely on top of Kite Man's kite. Clayface then landed on top of him, but before long he launched himself to the ground and reformed into a ramp, allowing Doctor Psycho to have a rough but survivable landing. When he came to, he saw Poison Ivy and Kite Man kissing passionately, which disgusted him.
Ivy later decided to draw away the plant monsters from the Joker's new tower so that Harley and company could assault it, with Kite Man saying "let's go mow that lawn". Bemused, Doctor Psycho asked Ivy if he "really does it for you", but she had no answer and simply left to draw the trees away. At the tower, they came face to face with Queen of Fables again, so Doctor Psycho had to flee with everyone else as the Big Bad Wolf chased after them. After Clayface's failed attempt to distract the wolf, Doctor Psycho managed to save him by knocking the wolf aside with a telekinetically thrown bench, although it took King Shark to fully defeat the wolf.
Ivy soon returned after Harley killed Queen of Fables, and Doctor Psycho was overjoyed because she had turned into a giantess, his fetish. When everyone stared at him for wanting Ivy to put him in her pocket, he defended himself, saying, "what? I got a type! You knew this." However, Ivy soon left to chase after a tree that had kidnapped Harley, and she ended up mortally wounded by a harpoon shot from the Joker's tower shortly after that. Alarmed, Doctor Psycho rushed to Ivy's side, but she died in Harley's arms after shrinking back down to normal size.
"The Final Joke"
- ❝ Would you look at this dumbass son of a bitch. DON'T SING! ❞
- — Doctor Psycho to Clayface
During Ivy's funeral, Doctor Psycho commented that Clayface's eulogy actually "wasn't awful", until Clayface noted that he stole it from Star Trek. Doctor Psycho then personally laid Ivy to rest with his telekinesis and buried her the same way. At Frank the Plant's request, he also chiseled a modification to her gravestone. In her grief, Harley then became enraged and tried to go kill the Joker immediately, but Doctor Psycho stopped her until she came up with a plan, fearing that she'd run recklessly to her death. Harley did eventually come up with a plan to present Clayface (disguised as Batman) to the Joker while the real Batman attacked the Joker from ambush, so Doctor Psycho came along to present Clayface at the base of the Joker's tower. However, the Joker asked for Harley to sing "Happy Birthday" to him, and although Doctor Psycho tried to stop Clayface from singing along, Clayface eventually gave in and sang.
The Joker then realized the deception, and after dodging both a rocket from Harley and the real Batman's surprise attack, he took command of his tower's defenses and used them to capture all of Harley's crew except for Harley herself, Doctor Psycho included. In captivity, the Joker used tools to keep Doctor Psycho's eyes open and forced him to watch feminist rallies for hours on end, driving Doctor Psycho insane with hate. He was so traumatized by this experience that he was the only member of Harley's crew that actually begged her to agree to the Joker's demands in exchange for his freedom, while everyone else urged her not to give in for their sakes.
Harley did eventually agree, and in exchange, the Joker released Doctor Psycho along with everyone else. He bowed his head for her sacrifice, but when she later defeated the Joker, after all, he returned to her side and charmingly claimed that he never doubted Harley for a moment.
When Harley Quinn arrived back at the Gotham Mall after three weeks of celebrations, Doctor Psycho complained about being forced to eat people before realizing that Harley had kidnapped someone to cook for them, not to be eaten. Later, Harley returned with ginger for the chef and Doctor Psycho complained again about it taking so long, and also commented that Wonder Woman was very litigious.
Harley then gets captured by the Injustice League, and after two months of failed attempts to save her, Harley's crew finally manages to implement a successful rescue plan, with Doctor Psycho and King Shark disguised as a bartender at Iceberg Lounge & Casino. Doctor Psycho had to sit on top of King Shark to do so, but it was convincing enough until Sy Borgman created a diversion with smoke that allowed them all to steal away Harley's block of ice. However, they have to flee too quickly due to The Penguin noticing them, so Doctor Psycho accidentally smashes Harley's block of ice into a goon, killing him and freeing Harley's head from the ice.
They continue battling their way through the goons to the exit, but near the end, they are blocked by a trio of goons. In response, Doctor Psycho uses his telekinesis to launch Harley's block of ice at them, smashing them to the ground and clearing the way. However, just before they can reach up with the block of ice, The Penguin's goons seal the door and separate him from Harley. Eventually, they managed to break through the door, only to find Harley covered in blood as she finished off The Penguin. They then went to Noonan's Bar, where Doctor Psycho mentioned: "putting aside a lot of personal projects" trying to get Harley out.
Doctor Psycho spends time making candles out of zebra fat until he is sent to fetch a water filter with King Shark. They run afoul of the Riddler's goons, and are forced to retreat with the water filter. King Shark modifies and armors a car which they use to escape, with Doctor Psycho driving. They make it out of Two-Face's territory into Baneton, where Bane's goons are fewer in number but far more powerful, quickly disabling their death car and preparing to kill them. They manage to defeat the goons and make it back to the Gotham Mall, where the purifier isn't even needed as it cleared out when the power was restored by the Riddler.
While Harley was out on mission, Doctor Psycho stayed behind to keep the Riddler in captivity, but when the Riddler continued to mock him (especially since Doctor Psycho couldn't mind control him), Doctor Psycho tossed a myriad of body lotions and cleaning products at the Riddler with his mind which only seemed to amuse him. The Riddler later used these to slip out of his restraints and flee, so Doctor Psycho organized a hunt for the Riddler, but ended up accidentally tranquilized by Sy Borgman and then put on the wheel by the Riddler himself. He remained there until the Riddler gave up and resumed his place there, willingly.
Doctor Psycho complained about Harley wasting the powerful fuel in Firefly's flamethrower just to create a vagina-shaped hole in Mister Freeze's realm. When the crew discussed that Ivy finally agreed to marry Kite Man, Doctor Psycho remarked that "he could do better"; a remarkably prescient sentiment. Doctor Psycho suggested Harley bring a date to the wedding, although Harley disagreed. Harley ordered Doctor Psycho to attack Mister Freeze when he emerged from his manor, but Doctor Psycho was too cold to utilize his powers properly, and was soon frozen and captured.
- Harley Quinn
Wait! I know how we can save your wife!
- Mister Freeze
You're only saying you'll save her life to save your own.
- Harley Quinn
So what, you don't want me savin' your wife's life? Okay, I won't.
- Mister Freeze
Hey, relax, relax. Let's not jump to conclusions. This is a negotiation. How do you propose to perform this miracle?
- Harley Quinn
My friend's a doctor and the smartest person I know.
- Doctor Psycho
Wow! That's the nicest thing you've ever said about me.
- Harley Quinn
Not you, idiot. Ivy.
- Doctor Psycho
Yeah, that makes sense.— Harley negotiates with Mister Freeze
In the cell, Doctor Psycho could do little until Harley struck a bargain with Mister Freeze, at which point they all became his guests (and be served lunch, which Doctor Psycho looked forward to). Harley came up with a plan to kidnap Mister Freeze's wife, which Doctor Psycho mocked after they were frozen to chairs as a precaution during their lunch. While eating, Doctor Psycho became unnerved by Mister Freeze's staring, and asked why. Mister Freeze claimed to not be able to eat meat without raising his body temperature and killing him, and so asked Doctor Psycho to describe the steak. When he described it as "butter-like" and Mister Freeze reacted strangely, Doctor Psycho compared their predicament to some "weird Silence of the Lambs shit".
Doctor Psycho mocked Harley's hatred of love with the rest of her crew, enjoying the turmeric in the food served. He became angry at Harley for angering Mister Freeze and potentially losing them spinach puffs, mocked Clayface's idiocy for not immediately realizing that he could grab Mister Freeze's freeze ray while simultaneously asking to be unfrozen first. However, Clayface accidentally froze his upper body rather than unfreezing his lower body, silencing him until he managed to unfreeze him.
- ❝ This is bullshit ❞
- — Doctor Psycho realizing that he's one of the only pure humans who could donate blood
Later, when Poison Ivy proposed having someone's blood type changed for a blood transfusion (which would kill them in the process), Doctor Psycho was fearful that Mister Freeze would force one of them to do it. However, as he was the only pure human, he'd be the only real candidate. Luckily for him, however, Mister Freeze elected to do so himself. When Doctor Psycho witnessed his selfless act and his wife's anguish at losing him, he was moved to emotion and cried that he was "feeling feelings".
"All the Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues"
- Poison Ivy
I guess the acid really did change him.
- Doctor Psycho
Which is why I just smoke joints.
- [Laughs alone]
- Doctor Psycho
Fuck you that was good one.— Doctor Psycho bantering
Doctor Psycho was brought in to examine the now seemingly "normal" Joker to determine if he really had changed/lost all his memories. Doctor Psycho used his powers to look inside his mind and confirmed this to be true.
"Inner (Para) Demons"
While walking through the Gotham Mall, Harley Quinn randomly kissed Doctor Psycho, which disgusted him and made him shove Harley away in revulsion. Later, when Harley decided she wanted to become a more feared supervillain, his respect for her soared, and he loyally began to suggest ideas and offer his service to help her achieve her goal.
- Doctor Psycho
Wait, who are you?
Um, Batgirl. Anyway…
- Doctor Psycho
All right. You know what? As a community, we should really get together and start coming up with more creative names. This is bullshit.— Doctor Psycho calls for originality
When Batgirl arrived to bother Harley with ideas about her being a hero, Doctor Psycho obsequiously offered to "melt her mind" for Harley, given his good mood and appreciation for Harley's more evil turn. After escorting Batgirl out, Harley returned and asked for ideas on how to get an evil army, which Doctor Psycho knew right off - although he began to tire of her insistence of kissing random people. Explaining how to get an army, he laid out the need for a Mother Box in order to create a Boom Tube to Apokolips for one of Darkseid's armies. They went to Mister Miracle's show at the Iceberg Lounge & Casino where Doctor Psycho had an entire elaborate plan to get the box from him, but before he was even halfway finished, Harley had already retrieved it.
At Apokolips, Doctor Psycho revealed that he came to Darkseid for an army once before, but left in fear of Granny Goodness. Harley Quinn went forth to fight Granny Goodness and was quickly defeated, but this was what Doctor Psycho was waiting for. As soon as Granny Goodness turned from Harley, Doctor Psycho used his telekinesis to fly Harley through the air with a boulder, which he made Harley smash down onto Granny Goodness, cracking her skull and defeating her. Having appeared to have defeated Granny Goodness herself, Harley Quinn was granted control of the Parademon army. Doctor Psycho was smug at his own skill, but annoyed at Clayface and King Shark who didn't realize what had happened.
As Harley summoned forth her army, Doctor Psycho looked in glee at what he had wrought, how he had faithfully carried Harley Quinn to supremacy. At her command, he dutifully recreated the Boom Tube for them all to return to earth. He flew a Parademon through the Boom Tube, riding it through the absolute chaos he had helped bring about. He was overjoyed until he saw Harley suddenly lift the scepter; in alarm, he screamed in disbelief as she shattered the scepter over her knee, screaming as the Parademons were released from control.
Enraged, Doctor Psycho berated her for throwing away her chance to conquer the world, just before his Parademon mount rebelled against him and tossed him to earth. Landing roughly, Doctor Psycho rose in a fury, saying "you got no balls, Quinn" before quitting her crew.
After leaving Harley's crew, Doctor Psycho collected his things from the Gotham Mall, insulting Sy Borgman and the Riddler in the process of leaving. He left with instructions for feeding the Riddler, claiming to have reinforced his shackles, when in actuality he intended to break the Riddler out so they could team up. He then sent a text to his former crew to assemble at Wayne Tower, claiming to be Harley, so that he could ambush them.
He came before his former crew and revealed his actions and new partnership with Riddler, and although Clayface mistook him and Riddler for a couple and Harley Quinn just called him a misogynist while belittling his "tinfoil hat", Doctor Psycho had enough abuse and immediately struck out. He used the helmet the Riddler gave him to assume command of not only her crew mates, turning them against her, but also the entire Parademon army that Harley tossed aside. After getting the upper-hand, almost defeating Harley, Gordon, and Sy Borgman, he continued mocking Harley and toying with her until a blast from the Batplane knocked him temporarily out of the fight. When he came to, Sy Borgman mocked him and flew into his shield, destroying it and allowing Harley and company to escape.
"A Fight Worth Fighting For"
- Doctor Psycho
All right. I'm gonna make this quick. When I was a little boy, my mother brought me to the county fair. There was a Ferris Wheel. A big, beautiful thing, and you had to be a certain height to ride it. And, of course, I was too short. But, my mother would always say, 'Patience, Eddie. I'm sure next year you're gonna be big enough.' Let me tell you right now. The next year rolled around, and I hadn't gotten any taller. Years went by. I hung upside down from my ankles for hours. I took growth hormones. Anything to ride that big wheel in the sky. I never did get there. But, then, one day, somethin' very unexpected happened. All those people fell to their death! And it was a rush! I thought it was so satisfying to watch all those people die! And, that's when I decided to hate women.
I'm not sure that tracks.— Doctor Psycho's backstory
Doctor Psycho sicced his Parademons on Gotham and then called Darkseid, explaining his backstory to Darkseid as proof of his lust for domination. When this fails, the Riddler suggests using revenge to seal the deal, so Doctor Psycho offers Darkseid Harley Quinn's head in exchange for the earth - Darkseid agrees. Later, Ivy arrived to attack him damanding he seized his Parademons as they were ruining her wedding, but he is supremely unconcerned, and simply takes over her mind to send her after Harley.
While torturing King Shark, Darkseid came before Doctor Psycho to inquire about his mission, and although Doctor Psycho was initially confident, when he realized that the Justice League had destroyed all the Parademons he became alarmed. Darkseid picked up on this, and although Doctor Psycho tried to deny it, Darkseid declared that he would arrive at nightfall to collect somebody's head, whose head that would be is up to Doctor Psycho. Galvanized, Doctor Psycho redeployed Poison Ivy, Clayface, and King Shark to face off against the Justice League.
Doctor Psycho singlehandedly held off the Justice League with the use of his three puppets, and deliberately lured them after Poison Ivy to the top of Wayne Tower, where he used her to release her pheromones onto the Justice League, making them fall madly in love with each other and unable to do anything else. With them defeated, he had Poison Ivy bring Harley to him in the Gotham Mall. He and the Riddler then began to celebrate until Darkseid spawned into the room and grabbed him, demanding Harley Quinn's head.
Doctor Psycho had Darkseid wait for Ivy's arrival, and when she did arrive, Darkseid assured him that the armies of Apokolips would come to enslave the planet as soon as Harley was dead. However, Doctor Psycho wanted more (at this point he had Poison Ivy knock out Kite Man), and explained that Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn were secret lovers - lovers he could force to kill each other, in exchange for becoming Darkseid's right hand man. Harley was shocked that he knew, but he had lifted the knowledge from Ivy's mind.
- Doctor Psycho
Okay! Mr. Johnson's up! Girl on girl. So hot.
- The Riddler
What are you, 13?— Doctor Psycho is having the time of his life
Intrigued, Darkseid watched intently as Doctor Psycho began the battle. He watched the fight, commenting to Darkseid until Harley, as a last resort to get through to Ivy, reached up and kissed her, which aroused Doctor Psycho and distracted him from the fact that Ivy was no longer under his control. The Riddler managed to get him to focus, and he attempted to get back control of Ivy, but at this point, Harley had stuck a device in her ear, making her immune to his powers, so he began drawing items to himself to use in telekinesis, but Poison Ivy defeats him with ease, allowing Harley to smash his helmet and defeat him.
Never to be outdone, when Kite Man stumbles in wondering what happened, Doctor Psycho exacts his revenge by projecting Ivy's infidelity with Harley onto the sky, revealing it to all of Gotham City - including Kite Man. Afterward, he slumps down in utter contentment, wishing only that he had a cigarette.
"Something Borrowed, Something Green"
Doctor Psycho was sent to the Arkham Asylum, where he contentedly continues his hobby of guided meditation.
Doctor Psycho is a sarcastic and impatient man fully aware of his own competence and skill. He has no qualms with saying racist terms or more extreme curse words such as "the c-word", and sees nothing morally wrong with using his telepathy to gain himself a wife or with abusing his son in order to make him into a better villain. He often prioritizes himself over others, such as in "Being Harley Quinn" when he was perfectly willing to abandon Harley in order to keep himself from being burned alive, or when he was the only one in "The Final Joke" who suggested that Harley agree to the Joker's demands in order to save himself.
- ❝ I DON'T HATE WOMEN! ❞
- — Doctor Psycho
Despite these myriad faults, he is an undeniable asset due to his Legion of Doom-tier superpowers and willingness to use them for others. He proves valuable time and time again, saving both Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy from mental afflictions, and constantly using his telekinetic powers to defeat a variety of obstacles. Even beyond his skills, he is not without compassion, as he personally laid Poison Ivy into her grave with care, buried her, and chiseled her gravestone. Additionally, despite his mistreatment of his son, he does truly love him and only abused him because he genuinely thought it for his own good. He comes to like Poison Ivy and Harley as well, bowing his head for Ivy after her death and for Harley after she sacrificed herself for him, and is a team player for Harley's Crew.
Powers and Abilities
- Telekinesis: Doctor Psycho's primary mental power is telekinesis, which he uses constantly throughout Harley Quinn. He is so skilled in this area that he has been able to go toe to toe with Wonder Woman singlehandedly, throwing cars and other debris at her or directly strangling her with a spectral hand.
- Levitation: His telekinesis allows him to levitate, allowing him to move faster.
- Telepathy: His secondary mental power is telepathy, allowing him to read people's minds or even enter them, alone or with others.
- Pedagogy: Doctor Psycho is a genuine doctor and has taught as a professor, particularly the "Evil 101" class at Boston College.
- Anger Issues
- Misogyny: Doctor Psycho's hatred for women alienates him from others as his derogatory language against Wonder Woman and Giganta is what got him kicked out of the Legion of Doom.
- Vulnerability to Cold: Under sub-zero temperatures, Psycho gets "brain-freeze" and cannot access his powers as seen in "Thawing Hearts".
- Anti-Mind Control Device: Doctor Psycho was unable to mind control Sy Borgman to a device created by the CIA to protect him from being controlled by the commies. Sy later re-created the device in the form of earpieces which protected Harley and Ivy from his powers.
- "So You Need a Crew?"
- "Finding Mr. Right"
- "Being Harley Quinn"
- "You're a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon"
- "The Line"
- "A Seat at the Table"
- "Bensonhurst" (cameo)
- "Harley Quinn Highway"
- "Devil's Snare"
- "The Final Joke"
- "New Gotham"
- "Riddler U"
- "Thawing Hearts"
- "Batman's Back Man" (cameo; pictured in cold opening)
- "All the Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues"
- "Inner (Para) Demons"
- "Dye Hard"
- "A Fight Worth Fighting For"
- "Lovers' Quarrel"
- "Something Borrowed, Something Green" (cameo)
The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour
- "Journey to Love" (cameo; pictured)
- According to the character description, he is "an angry misogynist dwarf with telekinesis".
- A demonic theme song plays whenever Doctor Psycho exercises his powers.
- Doctor Psycho has a confirmed preference for giant women. He brainwashed Giganta into marrying him, and despite normally having a mutually-chilly relationship with Poison Ivy, when she supersizes herself in "Devil's Snare," he's instantly turned on and tries to pay her to put him in her pocket. Psycho even outright admits to the crew that he has a type.
|Harley Quinn - Poison Ivy - Doctor Psycho - Clayface - King Shark - Frank the Plant - Sy Borgman|