Disruptor (character)

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The Disruptor is the name of three supervillains in DC Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The Mr. Epo version of Disruptor first appeared in World's Finest #251 and was created by Steve Ditko.

The Michael Beldon version of Disruptor first appeared in New Teen Titans #20 (June 1982) and was created by Marv Wolfman, George Pérez, and Romeo Tanghal.

The Angelica Smith version of Disruptor first appeared in Teen Titans Vol. 3 #56 and was created by Sean McKeever and Eddy Barrows.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Mr. Epo[edit]

Mr. Epo is a murderer and extortionist operating under the name Disruptor who had plans to make Cosmic Broadcasting in Gotham City pay him protection money and making them suffer accidents if they don't pay him. His plot drew the attention of Creeper who managed to defeat Disruptor.[1]

Michael Beldon[edit]

The Disruptor
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceNew Teen Titans #20 (June 1982)
Created byMarv Wolfman (script)
George Pérez (breakdowns), Romeo Tanghal (pencils)
In-story information
Alter egoMichael Beldon
Team affiliationsH.I.V.E.
AbilitiesSpecial suit gives the ability to disrupt energy and other natural forces

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Michael Beldon is the son of "Brains" Beldon, a criminal genius that had tangled with Batman. "Brains" wanted a seat in the criminal organization known as the H.I.V.E. and to prove himself, he created a high-tech costume that could disrupt the natural flow/order of things. Michael constantly sought his father's approval and, in a bid to earn the respect of his father, wore the costume and called himself the Disruptor.

At the H.I.V.E.'s request, the Disruptor hunted down the members of the Teen Titans. If The Disruptor could kill them, the seat in the H.I.V.E. would be given to "Brains" Beldon. Disruptor was effective in combat, almost killing Cyborg, Changeling and Wonder Girl with his disruption powers. Kid Flash himself was captured by the Disruptor and his father, "Brains" Beldon. The Titans counter-attacked, only to have the Disruptor turn their own powers against them, until he was defeated by Raven's soul-self.

Upon his defeat, the H.I.V.E. rescinded their offer to "Brains" Beldon. Michael went to jail, taking the rap for his father. Nonetheless, his father rebuffed him, leaving Michael devastated.

Some time later, Wildebeest sprang Black Trident, Gizmo, Puppeteer, and Disruptor from jail. These villains were eventually recaptured by the Titans (New Teen Titans, vol. 2, #41-42 (1988)). The Disruptor resurfaced later to battle Arsenal's team of Titans; he was defeated once again.[2]

Angelica Smith[edit]

A new Disruptor appeared in Teen Titans #56 as a part of the Terror Titans. Her civilian name is Angelica Smith, and her suit was given to her by Clock King, who brought her in from a dilapidated group home, and with whom she is having a sexual relationship.[3]

Angelica believes that she is the daughter of the original Disruptor (this is later revealed as a lie told to her by Clock King).[4]

She was found in a trash can as a baby, and growing up had a violently irrational hatred for other females. She was once taken in by adoptive parents, but later killed her adoptive mother, feeling that she was competition for the adoptive father's affections. She was put into prison soon afterward.[5]

Angelica has gained a particular hatred for Ravager, amplified by Clock King's fascination for the former Teen Titan and his growing disdain for Angela herself. Subsequently, Angelica has tried to have Ravager killed several times, but failed each time. When Clock King puts his plan for destroying Los Angeles in motion, Ravager attempts to stop him, leading Angelica and the Terror Titans to attack her.[6]

Ravager manages to turn the tables and use Angelica as a hostage, at the same time Miss Martian freed Clock King's army of brainwashed metahumans, forcing the Terror Titans to retreat. Clock King punished Angelica for her failure by killing her, using her own suit to incinerate her body.[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

While wearing his high-tech suit, the Disruptor has the ability to "disrupt" the natural flow of things. This includes stopping electrical power and other forms of energy, as well as disrupting super-powers. The Disruptor has no natural super powers.

References[edit]

  1. World's Finest #251. DC Comics.
  2. Titans Secret Files #1 (1999). DC Comics.
  3. Teen Titans #58. DC Comics.
  4. Terror Titans #1. DC Comics.
  5. Terror Titans #5. DC Comics.
  6. Terror Titans #5. DC Comics.
  7. Terror Titans #6. DC Comics.

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