- You see, I'm older than you. So I'm bigger, badder ... and better.
- — Mad Mod[src]
|Real name||Neil Richards|
|Aliases||Moddie, King Moddie I|
|Place of Origin||England|
|Affiliations||Brotherhood of Evil|
|Powers & Abilities||Advanced technological skills, specializing in hypnosis and holographics|
|Weapon||Cane, His private robot army|
|Goal||To teach the Teen Titans a lesson, and to turn Jump City to his jolly old England|
|Voiced by||Malcolm McDowell|
|First Appearance||Mad Mod|
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, 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 (episode). The Teen Titans woke up, tied up on chairs and confused. They were confronted by Mad Mod, who claimed that the Titans needed a lesson, and he needed to teach them one. However, the Titans managed to escape, but they were still trapped in Mad Mod's doozy dimension. At first, they struggled to keep up because Mad Mod controlled the entire place and he would do things that none of the Titans would have guessed he could do. However, the Titans figured out that this whole thing was a trap, and they hit a wall, which crumbled (it was actually a curtain). Behind the curtains, Mad Mod's real self (an old man) was controlling the dimension with his controls, however, the Titans managed to break his controls and capture him.
His next appearance was in Revolution. It was the Fourth of July, and the Titans were ready to have some relaxation while watching the fireworks show. However, Mad Mod had other plans. He hypnotised the entire city into believing that he was king, and he transformed Jump City into an old-fashioned England looking place. The Titans, of course tried to stop him, but everywhere, he had giant robot warriors that proved to be tough enemies. Mad Mod captured Robin and turned him old, whereas Mad Mod himself turned young. Because of Robin's old age, he could barely walk and so, he couldn't do anything. 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 or a full frontal assault. All four of their plans failed, and they were defeated time after time. They managed to escape and hide in a courtroom, but they were all discouraged. However, Starfire concluded that they were failing because they don't know much about the history, so they studied up a bit and finally came up with a working plan. They were captured by the robot warriors and subdued, but this 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 first and snapped it in half. This caused Mad Mod to turn old again, the city to turn back into Jump City, the citizens to stop being hypnotised, and Robin to regain his youth. After a heartwarming reunion, they found out that Mad Mod was gone from Robin's clutch, and they chased after him. It is unknown if they captured him and threw him into jail, or if he escaped.
Mad Mod eventually resurfaced as a member of the Brotherhood of Evil. He appeared as one of the recruits at the end of Homecoming - Part 2. When the Brain unleashed his plans and sent his pawns to capture Titans and Honarary Titans, Mad Mod was not seen capturing anybody. When Beast Boy led Herald, Mas, 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. Because he barely appeared in the battle at all, it is unknown if he was frozen or if he escaped. It is worth noting that in the final battle, he was young again.
Character profile Edit
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 and Monty Python. Moddie, as he often calls himself, is bitter about his old age and thus envious of the Titan's youthful vitality.
Powers and abilities Edit
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 submit his victims to his will. Through his hypnosis and holograms, it looked as if he could control both matter and the laws of physics.
Teen Titans Go!Edit
Mad Mod made an appearance in the DC Kids and Cartoon Network comic 'Teen Titans Go!'. In one issue, Mad Mod uses his fashion designer mentality (which was absent in the animated series) to hypnotise the citizens of Jump City.
Mad Mod's hairstyle bears a resemblance to Austin Powers'. He is also a playable unlocked character in the video game.