In HBO Max’s “Doom Patrol” and the comics the show’s based on, Mr. Nobody’s true identity — or at least his original one — is Mr. Morden. He’s a former small-time supervillain wannabe who had an antagonistic relationship with Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton), and who became a legitimately dangerous, angular living shadow after subjecting himself to the strange experiments of a mad scientist.
Before season 1 of “Doom Patrol” introduced him to a wider audience, Mr. Nobody was mostly known for his stint as arguably the most memorable antagonist in Grant Morrison’s legendary run on “Doom Patrol” — which itself is saying something, considering the sheer amount of strangeness Morrison brought in the mix. Even after his highly entertaining tenure as the show’s primary villain, the absurdist Nobody can hardly challenge the likes of the Joker and Lex Luthor when it comes to name recognition. This is a little bit unfair, because apart from his utter unpredictability, the character is actually one of the more enticing evil-ish characters in the DC universe, and even the people who have watched the show and read the classic comic book issues might not know all there is to his multi-faceted (in the show) or two-dimensional (in the comics) nature. As such, it’s high time we take a look at the untold truth of Mr. Nobody.