- What's the matter, afraid of the light?
- — Doctor Light (to Raven)[src]
Doctor Light is a super villain and enemy of the Teen Titans. Though not truly evil, Light is a powerful and intelligent villain who is able to take on each and every Titan. His weakness was Raven's darkness, however, he manages to overcome it in later episodes.
In his first appearance, Doctor Light attempted to rob a gold transport. He ended up fighting the Teen Titans, where he easily defeated Cyborg, Robin, Starfire, and Beast Boy. Raven, however, became so enraged at him that her dark side manifested; she almost killed him when she attempted to drag him into the darkness under her cloak. Once Robin stopped her before any fatal damage could be inflicted, the event left Doctor Light severely traumatized in deep state of shock.
However, even this trauma did not stop him from continuing his criminal career, although it did seem to reduce his ability to be an effective villain. In his next scheme, he attempted to drain the oil reserves on an abandoned drilling platform to supercharge his suit, overlooking the fact that the platform was in direct line of sight of Titans Tower. The Titans promptly responded, and when Raven chose to confront him again with the appearance of this form ( "Remember me?"), and Doctor Light meekly surrendered ("I'd like to go to jail now, please").
Months later, Light attempted to steal money from the bank vault in the Bank of Perez, but was stopped just in time by the efforts of Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven, Bumblebee, and Aqualad.
Doctor Light later appeared as one of the recruits of the Brotherhood of Evil, but did not participate in any of the Brotherhood's plans, instead deciding to work on his own. He retreated to the Arctic Circle in his next appearance where he build an amplifying device to channel the power of the Northern Lights into his suit. When the Titans destroyed the synthetic diamond serving as the machine's collector, Doctor Light subsequently kidnapped Kole and used her crystal body as a replacement. While the machine did increase his powers to previously unmeasured magnitudes, he was defeated by the combined efforts of Gnarrk, Kole and Starfire, who damaged his suit critically, shedding its power.Doctor Light made another appearance in the episode "Revved Up", where he was one of the villainous competitors in Ding Dong Daddy's race for Robin's most secret possession, but was taken out of the race by the mass crash triggered by Red X.
Just before the Titans' final confrontation with the Brotherhood of Evil, Doctor Light went off on his own again and robbed the Bank of Perez after the Teen Titans have returned from their battle. When he emerged from the bank, all the Titans and Honorary Titans were already waiting for him to take him down on masse.
Teen Titans Go!
Due to what happened to him in Identity Crisis, he did not make an appearance in Teen Titans Go! until Issue #30, where his plan is to steal Cyborg's battery to recharge his own power.
PersonalityDoctor Light is a villain who likes to talk, and he considers himself the most accomplished, clever and mightiest bad guy around. He is always ready to prove his wit by teasing his opponents with idioms or puns relating to light. However, he usually fails to live up to his boasts, mostly because of his inherent overconfidence and a sheer lack of common sense. He is also scared by Raven since "Nevermore" as he quickly surrendered without putting up a fight against her. Doctor Light could somehow be afraid of bats as seen in "Birthmark".
Light appears to be your stereotypical comical mad scientist. His inventions are brilliant, and his technology is great, but he lacks the brightness to create a master plan, making him easy to outsmart. He's powerful enough to take all of the Teen Titans with relative ease, however, his fear of the dark is the only real thing that leads to his defeat.
Powers and abilities
|Doctor Light Powers and abilities|
|Energy Attack (Energy Projection)|
|Doctor Light can release/use energy to attacks of various shapes and/or intensities, either projected, used as a part of melee attacks, etc., from huge rays of pure energy that can knock over or even obliterate dozens of targets, or slightly singe them.|
|Confusion Inducement (Bewilderment Inducement)|
|230px||Doctor Light can cause confusion (temporary interference with the clear working of targets mind) in a person or group of people by using his energy blast. Depending of the power of user and/or attack this can cause momentary or longer lasting inability to focus attention, loss of orientation (ability to place oneself correctly in the world by time, location, and/or personal identity)|
|Force-Field Generation (Barrier Generation)|
|By using the light stored inside his suit Doctor light can create Force-fields for protection from physical attacks and or energy attacks.|
|Bubble Encapsulation (Bubble Imprisonment)|
|Doctor Light can generate or create special bubbles that can imprison anything or anyone inside.|
Doctor Light's supersuit serves as a collecting, focusing, and amplification device for the visible frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum, i.e. light. He is able to project light in various forms and even control it to a certain extend for the following effects:
- Photokinesis: The ability to manipulate the surrounding light to form any possible thing, imaginable.
- Invisibility: The ability to make one self disappear from sight but still be in the area physically.
- Solid light weapons such as blades, whips and shields
He also has Photokinesis and Invisibility. Doctor Light also carries odd technological devices with him, most notably force field generators and flash grenades. However, he is physically very frail and poses little to no threat when his suit gets critically damaged.
- "Fractured" (Cameo)
- "Wavelength" (Cameo)
Teen Titans Go!
- Apparently, he was not recruited by the Brotherhood of Evil, despite being in the line-up in "Homecoming - Part 2". They probably considered him a lesser villain, or perhaps he prefers petty theft over organizations such as the Brotherhood.
- Doctor Light's second suit bears a similar appearance to the suit of the villain Shriek in Batman Beyond.
- Like Doctor Light, Professor Membrane, a character from Invader ZIM, is also voiced by Rodger Bumpass.
- The name "Dr. Light" is shared by one of the main portagonists in the Megaman franchise. Dr. Light was the creator of Megaman, Megaman X, Protoman, Roll, and various other characters in the series.
- Doctor Light appears to be extremely afraid of Raven following his ordeal with her demonic form in "Nevermore", as he swiftly surrenders in "Birthmark" after seeing her.
- Raven likewise seems to enjoy scaring the living daylights out of Doctor Light, as she commented that he would "totally freak out" at seeing almost 30 Titans.