Red Jack (Doom Patrol enemy)

Red Jack


Doom Patrol #24 is that issue where the Patrol fought God and killed him with a kitchen knife. Honest.

The “The Butterfly Collector” / “The House That Jack Built” arc was the second story arc in Grant Morrison’s extraordinary run on Doom Patrol. So, back in 1989.

Since that was one of my favourite books, I took DC Heroes notes about it early on, a few years after release. Therefore, this entry far precede our modern writeups formats. It’s more about game stats about a character who can’t really be statted up. Bright approach here, smarty pants.


Powers and Abilities

AFAIK, Red Jack was God (no, not Eric Clapton). Or maybe he was Jack the Ripper. Or maybe he just was a powerful fruitcake (no, not an Hostess one). It’s hard to tell.


He was a collector of pain. A being of godlike power who pinned butterflies to his walls by the millions and the feasted on their agony. Every hundred years, the endless orbiting path of his wandering took him to that part of his infinite house which intersected with Earth.

Red Jack thus journeyed in search of humans fit to carve. These would serve as jigsaw pieces to a new form of life. His previous attempt was the Jack the Ripper case, 100 years ago.

Red Jack came across the comatose Rhea Jones. Sensing her power as the future Puppa, he abducted her. Unfortunately for Jack, the Doom Patrol went after him. They explored his house (the house that Jack built, if you will) to prevent Jack from marrying/carving Rhea.

Jack, as usual, thrashed the Patrol but lost the war.

  • Cliff Steele couldn’t experience physical pain, being a robot man.
  • Rebis managed to shut down his nervous system.
  • Crazy Jane freed the million butterflies.
  • Rhea briefly awakened. She knifed Jack in the back with his own carving blade while he was vulnerable.



A red XVIIIth century jack’s coat with red gloves and white jabot, white stockings with buckle shoes.

Jack’s face was a hollow white and blue mask thingee floating over his shoulders, with a gate on it.


Red Jack acts like a bored aristocrat. He constantly cites mid-XXth century cultural references, such as Cole Porter and 40’s and 50’s pop songs.

His conversation (he banters a lot) superficially makes sense. But it’s really quite demented. He complains that by creating the universe, he stained nothingness with gross matter, and “they” imprisoned him.

When pointed out that it didn’t make sense since he created everything (including whoever “they” are), his answer was “oh, don’t try to confuse the issue ! *I* imprisoned myself.”

One nice theme behind Jack is that god is really an insane aristo, and that he feeds on pain. I dunno, makes sense to me…


“I should really introduce myself. Red Jack’s the name. You may, however, be more familiar with my other title… God. Pleased to meet you.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Red Jack

Dex: 13 Str: 22 Bod: 16 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 16 Wil: 22 Min: 19 Occupation: God. Maybe.
Inf: 13 Aur: 19 Spi: 16 Resources {or Wealth}: 30
Init: 042 HP: 050

Sorcery: 30

Occultist: 16

Connoisseur, Expansive H.Q., Iron Nerves.

MIA to sadism, CPI, Loss Vulnerability (all attributes and powers) if there is no pain in his house.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Doom Patrol, baby !

Helper(s): Part of the history section from DC’s loose leaves Who’s Who.