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|row1=Patrick O'Brian
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|being=Human
|row9=[[Dana Snyder]]
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|affiliation=[[Justice League]]
|row5 = Black|row6 = Unknown}}
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|voice=[[Dana Snyder]]
{{quote|For future reference, the bathroom is definitely not down the hall to the left.|Plastic man in [[Abate And Switch]]}}
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Plastic Man is a superhero who can stretch his body into any form. He is voiced by Dana Snyder.
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A superhero, and member of the [[Justice League]].
   
== Background ==
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==Description==
In the 1940s a crook named '''Patrick "Eel" O'Brian''' was shot by a security guard at the Crawford Chemical Works<sup>[1]</sup> and struck by a falling drum full of an unidentified acid, some of which entered Eel's wound. He was saved in Rest Haven by a mysterious order of monks whose example cured his penchant for crime. The acid bath gave him the ability to change his shape. He wore dark glasses and a red and yellow costume as flexible as his body. Whatever shape he took, the colors remained the same, so there would be a red-and-yellow chandelier over a table full of plotting gangsters, or a red-and-yellow abstract painting hanging on the wall, but the villains never caught on until it was too late.
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[[Plastic Man]] is the main comedy character of the show and is shown as slim and of medium height with a mass of dark wavy hair on his head. His red outfit is in the style of a leotard or swimming costume with sleeves. There is a belt of black and yellow bands at the waist, and he has dark goggles tied around his head. In character, he is talkative and eccentric, always trying to make a joke of everything which makes it difficult for his colleagues to take him seriously. Within the Justice League he is not always held in high regard and is told that he is outranked by the [[Watchtower]]'s computer and by [[Krypto]].
   
== Powers ==
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His power is his ability to distort the size or shape of his body in different ways and extents. One is to stretch his torso or limbs (or even his ears) to great length to grip or ensnare a foe or to reach up to a great height.
'''Malleable Physiology''': Plastic Man's powers are derived from an accident in which his body was bathed in an unknown industrial chemical mixture that also entered into his bloodstream through a gunshot wound. This caused a body-wide mutagenic process that transformed his physiology. Eel exists in a fluid state, neither entirely liquid or solid. Plastic Man has complete control over his entire molecular structure.
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* '''Malleability'''
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** '''Elasticity/Plasticity''': He can stretch his limbs and body to superhuman lengths and sizes. There is no known limit to how far he can stretch his body.
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** '''Size Alteration''': He can shrink himself down to a few inches tall (posed as one of Batman's utility belt pockets) or become a titan (the size of skyscrapers).
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He can also use this to punch or kick with great force, and he often extends his neck in ordinary conversation. His body and limbs can be coiled into springs to allow him to bounce along the street or to propel himself high into the air, and he can stretch back like a catapult to be hurled at an opponent. Another type of distortion is where Plastic Man blows up like a balloon to be able to hold a prisoner, to contain the force of an explosion internally, or just float in the air.
** '''Shape-Shifting''': He can contort his body into various positions and sizes impossible for ordinary humans, such as being entirely flat so that he can slip under a door or using his fingers to pick conventional locks. He can also use it for disguise by changing the shape of his face and body. In addition, he can alter his bodily mass and physical constitution at will, there is virtually no limit to the sizes and shapes he can contort himself into.
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** '''Superhuman Agility''': These stretching powers grant Plastic Man heightened agility enabling him flexibility and coordination that is extraordinarily beyond the natural limits of the human body.
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[[File:PlasticMan02.jpg|128px]]
** '''Superhuman Strength''': He can alter his strength by growing or adding more muscle.
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** '''Color Change''': The only limitation he has relates to color, which he cannot change without intense concentration. He generally does not use this ability and sticks to his red and yellow colored uniform.
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When passing inside a device like a robot or gun, he can burst it open by expanding himself.
* '''Invulnerability''': Plastic Man's powers extraordinarily augment his durability. He is able to withstand corrosives, punctures and concussions without sustaining any injury (although he can be momentarily stunned). He is resistant to high velocity impacts that would kill an ordinary person, resistant to blasts from energy weapons, and is completely bullet proof. His bodily mass can be dispersed, but for all intents and purposes it is invulnerable.
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* '''Regeneration''': He is able to regenerate and/or assimilate lost or damaged tissue, though it does take a long time, its far faster than an ordinary human.
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A major ability of his is to change shape to represent any object. Examples are: types of people (golfer, matador), animals (duck, rat, giraffe), inanimate objects (boxing glove, cat litter tray, snow sled, fire hydrant, pizza in a box), [[Deadshot]]'s gun, and [[Wonder Woman]]'s lasso. On almost all occasions when he does this, the object still has the same color scheme as his costume.
* '''Telepathic Immunity''': As stated by Batman (in JLA #88), "Plastic Man's mind is no longer organic. It's untouchable by telepathy." (Mostly immune to mind control. It's unknown if Batman meant that Plas is immune to just mind control or to telepathy altogether from that point on...considering Plas's history with mind scans, mind wipes, and the use of J'onn's telepathic link.)
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* '''Immortality''': Plastic Man does not appear to age; if he does, it is at a rate far slower than that of normal human beings. In the aftermath of the JLA story Arc "Obsidian Age", Plastic Man was discovered to have survived for 3000 years as little more than crumbs on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. He is now over 3000 years old and is still active as a superhero.
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* '''Ultrasonic Detection''': His body will start to "ripple" when an ultrasonic frequency is triggered.
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* '''Rubber Organs''': Plastic Man's organs are rubber as he is; he also shifts them around in his body to prevent harm. He doesn't keep his brain in his head, which has allowed him to survive decapitation.
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However, a few times he completely mimics the look of a person ([[Superman]], [[Two-Face]]), particularly after he says he has recently "learned to do colors". He tells us that the color scheme is just a pattern on his body and so implies that he is not actually wearing clothes.
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Plastic Man appears to have general vulnerability as he always dodges shots either by stretching out of the way or by opening holes in himself to let them pass through.
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[[File:PlasticMan04.jpg|128px]]
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However, on one occasion he swallows an RPG round and absorbs the explosion.
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His body sometimes has a more liquid consistency so that he can ooze through a grille and then reform himself.
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[[File:PlasticMan05.jpg|128px]]
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When he gets hit by a [[Red Lantern Corps|Red Lantern]]'s power blast he helplessly dissolves into a puddle.
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After Plastic Man foils [[Brainiac]]'s plan to shrink [[Metropolis]], Batman and Superman have to admit that they have misjudged him and now recognise him as an effective superhero. Even the analytical Brainiac is forced to assess him as a major threat.
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==Appearances==
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: 4. [[Abate and Switch]]
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: 17. [[Plastic Man Saves the World]]
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: 23. [[Double Cross]]
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: 29. [[Mxy's Mix-Up]] (cameo)
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: 37. [[The Ringer]] (cameo)
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: 46. [[Party Animal]]
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: 51. [[Unleashed]]
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: Short 6. [[Lasso of Lies]]
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: Short 10. [[Justice 1, 2, 3, Go!]]
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: Short 11. [[Toymano a Mano]]
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: Short 15. [[Plastic Man of Steel]]
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: Short 16. [[Something in the Hair]]
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: Short 17. [[Super Stakeout]]
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==Links==
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* [[wikipedia:Plastic_Man|Plastic Man]] at Wikipedia.
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==Notes==
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* This version can change his colors to impersonate someone.
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* Dana Snyder first voiced Plastic Man at MAD.
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==Gallery==
   
== Appearances ==
 
'''Episodes'''
 
* [[Abate and Switch]]
 
* [[Plastic Man Save the World]]
 
* [[Double Cross]]
 
* [[Mxy's Mix-Up]] (non-speaking appearance)
 
* [[Party Animal]]
 
* [[Unleashed]]
 
'''Shorts'''
 
* [[Lasso of Lies]]
 
* [[Justice 1, 2, 3, Go!]]
 
* [[Toymano a Mano]]
 
* [[Plastic Man of Steel]]
 
 
[[Category:Characters]]
 
[[Category:Characters]]
 
[[Category:Heroes]]
 
[[Category:Heroes]]
 
[[Category:Males]]
 
[[Category:Males]]
[[Category:Justice League]]
 

Latest revision as of 17:33, September 9, 2020


A superhero, and member of the Justice League.

DescriptionEdit

Plastic Man is the main comedy character of the show and is shown as slim and of medium height with a mass of dark wavy hair on his head. His red outfit is in the style of a leotard or swimming costume with sleeves. There is a belt of black and yellow bands at the waist, and he has dark goggles tied around his head. In character, he is talkative and eccentric, always trying to make a joke of everything which makes it difficult for his colleagues to take him seriously. Within the Justice League he is not always held in high regard and is told that he is outranked by the Watchtower's computer and by Krypto.

His power is his ability to distort the size or shape of his body in different ways and extents. One is to stretch his torso or limbs (or even his ears) to great length to grip or ensnare a foe or to reach up to a great height.

PlasticMan01

He can also use this to punch or kick with great force, and he often extends his neck in ordinary conversation. His body and limbs can be coiled into springs to allow him to bounce along the street or to propel himself high into the air, and he can stretch back like a catapult to be hurled at an opponent. Another type of distortion is where Plastic Man blows up like a balloon to be able to hold a prisoner, to contain the force of an explosion internally, or just float in the air.

PlasticMan02

When passing inside a device like a robot or gun, he can burst it open by expanding himself.

A major ability of his is to change shape to represent any object. Examples are: types of people (golfer, matador), animals (duck, rat, giraffe), inanimate objects (boxing glove, cat litter tray, snow sled, fire hydrant, pizza in a box), Deadshot's gun, and Wonder Woman's lasso. On almost all occasions when he does this, the object still has the same color scheme as his costume.

PlasticMan03

However, a few times he completely mimics the look of a person (Superman, Two-Face), particularly after he says he has recently "learned to do colors". He tells us that the color scheme is just a pattern on his body and so implies that he is not actually wearing clothes.

Plastic Man appears to have general vulnerability as he always dodges shots either by stretching out of the way or by opening holes in himself to let them pass through.

PlasticMan04

However, on one occasion he swallows an RPG round and absorbs the explosion.

His body sometimes has a more liquid consistency so that he can ooze through a grille and then reform himself.

PlasticMan05

When he gets hit by a Red Lantern's power blast he helplessly dissolves into a puddle.

After Plastic Man foils Brainiac's plan to shrink Metropolis, Batman and Superman have to admit that they have misjudged him and now recognise him as an effective superhero. Even the analytical Brainiac is forced to assess him as a major threat.

AppearancesEdit

4. Abate and Switch
17. Plastic Man Saves the World
23. Double Cross
29. Mxy's Mix-Up (cameo)
37. The Ringer (cameo)
46. Party Animal
51. Unleashed
Short 6. Lasso of Lies
Short 10. Justice 1, 2, 3, Go!
Short 11. Toymano a Mano
Short 15. Plastic Man of Steel
Short 16. Something in the Hair
Short 17. Super Stakeout

LinksEdit

NotesEdit

  • This version can change his colors to impersonate someone.
  • Dana Snyder first voiced Plastic Man at MAD.

GalleryEdit

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