- Yes, I've been watching you children misbehave, and I hate misbehaving children!
- — Mad Mod[src]
Mad Mod is a recurring villain and an enemy of the Teen Titans who has no superhuman powers, but remains a formidable enemy through setting up entire worlds of dangerous false realities for the Titans to survive. He does so through technology and the worlds he sets up purposely mocks known physics, history and human principles, while also making references to 1960's British Mod culture, hence his name.
He was a fashion villain in the original DC comic books the animated cartoon was based on, as he used fashion in order to steal goods for himself. While this was different from his character in the animated cartoon, the Teen Titans Go! comic issue "Naked City" references his DC comic book character when he tries to use fashion to hypnotize the citizens.
Mad Mod's first appearance was in the episode "Mad Mod". The Teen Titans woke up, locked in chairs and confused. Mad Mod introduced himself and claimed that the Titans needed a lesson in respecting hardworking villains, and he needed to teach them one, via "classrooms" with hypnoscreens, and violent traps should they manage to break free. The Titans managed to escape, but they were still trapped in Mad Mod's psychedelic institution. At first, they struggled to keep up because Mad Mod controlled the entire place and the area did not follow any logical laws of nature, instead doing whatever Mad Mod willed it to.Eventually they ended up back where they started, at which point Mad Mod announced they had "failed" their "classes" and would have to start all over, launching a full scale attack to restrain them into their chairs, while the Titans resisted and tried to grab Mad Mod's cane. However, after going through Mad Mod, revealing him to be a hologram, Robin figured out that this whole thing was a trap, and they hit a wall, which tore (it was actually a curtain).. Behind the curtains, Mad Mod's real self (an old man) was controlling the dimension with his controls, but after realizing he had lost sight of Robin, Robin began tearing at the wires used to run the place, causing his illusions and holograms to malfunction.
His next appearance was in "Revolution". It was the Fourth of July, and Mad Mod hypnotized the entire city into believing that he was king, America was still British, and he transformed Jump City into an early 1900s London. The Titans tried to stop him by confronting him on a train in the subway, but Mad Mod captured Robin and stole Robin's youth, rendering Robin old and useless. The other four Titans tried to devise plans, but all four of them had different and clashing opinions, whether they should do a sneak attack, seek out Robin, or a full frontal assault. All three of their plans failed (and everyone decided Beast Boy's plan to use gerbil army wouldn't work), and they ended up in a chase scene.
They managed to escape and hide in a courtroom, but they were all discouraged. However, Starfire took a look at how democracy works and concluded that they were failing because they were trying four separate plans instead of putting them together into one solid plan. They then combined their plans into one where they attack Mad Mod, but are were captured by the robot warriors and subdued except for Beast Boy, which was part of their plan. Beast Boy got hold of Mad Mod's cane and threw it up into the air, and just as Mad Mod was about to catch it, Robin grabbed it, reversed the aging effects and broke it, reverting the city back to normal. After a get together, they saw Mad Mod out of Robin's hold, and they chased after him. It is unknown if they captured him and threw him into jail, or if he escaped.
He appeared as one of the recruits of the Brotherhood of Evil at the end of "Homecoming - Part 2". When the Brain unleashed his plans and sent his pawns to capture Titans and Honorary Titans, Mad Mod was not seen capturing anybody. When Beast Boy led Herald, Más, Pantha and Jericho in an assault to the Brotherhood's base, Mad Mod participated in the first and second phase of the battle, but he wasn't seen getting hurt or attacking anybody. He was later seen as a flash-frozen enemy at the end of the battle.
Mad Mod speaks with a British accent and is utterly anglophilic and a special fan of British popular culture of the '60s and '70s, including the Beatles, A Clockwork Orange and Monty Python. Moddie, as he often calls himself, is bitter about his old age and thus envious of the Titan's youthful vitality, while also believing they should leave criminals alone instead of interfering with their plans. He has an odd habit of calling them "my duckies".In the "Know Your Foes" series, Rob Hoegee mentions that Mad Mod wishes to remake the world in his own image, which is the main motivation for his crimes; in the episode "Mad Mod", he wishes to reshape the Titans minds, while in "Revolution", he wishes to take over a portion of the country and make it his way, with himself as king. Mad Mod creates his false realities how he sees fit, and they usually contain various artworks featuring himself, showing his large ego.
Both as a young man and an old man, he is thin, has small ears, and crooked teeth that tend to jut out.
Young ManAs a young man, Mad Mod has cherry red hair in a mod cut with sideburns, is tall and skinny, and wears blue shades. He, like most mods, is very fashion conscious, and can be seen in the following outfits:
- A Union Jack (British Flag) Mod Jacket with a black shirt underneath, white pants, tan Chelsea Boots, and a white neckerchief
- A black Mod suit with a white shirt, black tie, black pants, and black Chelsea Boots
- Same black Mod suit, but with an Army Parka, 3/4 riding helmet with the mod logo on it, and some riding goggles
- Briefly, a school uniform reminiscent of AC/DC guitarist Angus' Young's favorite outfit.
- A King of England outfit (with a powdered wig in some scenes) that is all red with a crown, knee socks, and black colonial shoes, all accompanied by a royal fur-lined cape.
Old ManAs an old man, Mad Mod's skin is darker, almost greyish in color. His eyes are more yellowed, his hair is grey, and he has a notable bald spot. His shades are replaced by reading glasses, and his outfit is replaced by a more comfortable sweater, loose pants, and some dark grey walker shoes. His eyebrows are thicker, and he is a bit shorter.
Powers and abilities
Mad Mod has no superpowers of his own, but he is a master of technological trickery and employs robots and holographic projectors, which he controls with a ruby-handled cane. In one circumstance, he was able to use such a cane to drain the youth from someone (Robin), making them old and himself young again. He also habitually employs optically induced hypnosis to make his victims submit to his will. Through his hypnosis and holograms, it looked as if he could control both matter and the laws of physics.
- "Mad Mod"
- "Birthmark" (mentioned)
- The Lost Episode (cameo)
Teen Titans Go!
- Naked City
- When Chibis Attack (Cameo)
- The Strangest Sports Story Ever Told
- It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World
- Bad Girls (Mentioned)
Teen Titans Go!
Mad Mod made an appearance in the DC Kids and Cartoon Network comic 'Teen Titans Go!'. In issue 8 (#8), Mad Mod used his fashion designer mentality (which was absent in the animated series) to hypnotize the citizens of Jump City, Beast Boy and Starfire. He deployed robots to attack the banks so as to attract citizens of Jump City when he (disguised as D.D. Ammo, fashion designer) persuade Starfire and Beast Boy to be spokesmodels for his retro clothing. As the citizens of Jump City followed suit, it was revealed that the clothes contained hypnotizing effect. They attacked Raven, Robin and Cyborg but ultimately their clothes was destroyed by Cyborg's special sonic vibration, leaving everyone else naked.
In It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World, Mad Mod tries to make the Titans even more famous by selling their merchandise and making them celebrities, in return he asks to be their manager. However, Robin and Raven suspect an ulterior motive. Everything is eventually revealed to be one of Mad Mod's illusions, designed to keep the Titans busy so that they will leave criminals alone.
- Mad Mod is one of only three (the others being Ding Dong Daddy and Andre Le Blanc) villains from the original Teen Titans series that made the transition to the animated screen in the 2003 to 2006 Teen Titans TV series.
- Mad Mod's name and outfits are a reference to 1960's Mod Subculture.
- He's an unlockable character in the video game.
- The design made for the Teen Titans cartoon was later reused in the Batman The Brave and the Bold comics.
- In appearances after "Revolution", it's never explained how he became young, again in his future cameos, although the Teen Titans Go! comics seem to suggest he may be using a hologram to make himself appear younger.
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