Meeting Madame Rouge
Madame Rouge first appeared in 1964’s
Her Impact on the Doom Patrol
Madame Rouge appeared soon after as a spy for the Brotherhood of Evil. Her skill as a master of disguise was transformed into shape-shifting powers after a surgery that “sublimated” any goodness within her, making her a villain at the beck and call of the Brain. It was an interesting inversion of Rita Farr’s own powers and in
Rouge wasn’t always a straight antagonist, though. Like anyone who gets involved with the Doom Patrol, she’s far more complex. Since her debut in 1964, she’s been a recurring presence for the heroes and even had a romantic entanglement with the Chief. The duality of her personality after the Brain’s surgery meant that Madame found herself split between her evil side and her good one. As her “good” self, she wanted to aid the Doom Patrol and help them in their quests. But her “bad” side often fought back. It seems like this will likely play a large part in her arc going forward in
Like many of our favorite comic book characters, her journey has been a weird one. There’s some particularly interesting stuff in the 2008
What Her Arrival Means for Our Favorite Freaks
From her comics history we know that Madame Rouge is a member of the Brotherhood of Evil. But she has been on both sides of the Doom Patrol as both antagonist and ally. If we’re going by her comic book past then it’s likely she’s been sent to infiltrate the group. We know that just like her comics debut she’s been pretending to be Rita. And when she was disguised as Rita in episode two, she trapped the real Rita in the ballroom and left her to die. That definitely seems like something a spy for the Brotherhood would do. There’s also the fact that we know Niles left Rita with his “secret,” so that could be what Madame Rouge is searching for.
At the end of episode three when the crew meet her, it’s revealed she doesn’t remember who she actually is. And perhaps, more importantly, what her mission is. Could it be that The Brain did the same surgery on this Madame Rouge as in the comics? Perhaps her sublimated personalities have caused her to have amnesia. Or there’s a chance that she’s a figure from the Chief’s past who came to warn the Patrol of the Brotherhood’s plans. We’ve already seen a version of the Brotherhood in episode two, so there’s also the possibility that she traveled from the past to infiltrate and destroy the Doom Patrol in the future?
No matter what, the arrival of Madame Rouge spells trouble for our heroic weirdos! And we can’t wait to see what Michelle Gomez does with this dynamic and dreadful new character.