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"And now that I'm a doctor, I think I'll perform some surgery."[2]

Doctor Destiny is the alter ego of John Dee, a low life convict who acquired the ability of ESP.


John Dee

John Dee.

John Dee was a low-level LexCorp employee who was found guarding smuggled weapons in a company's warehouse after a sweep by the Justice League. He was arrested and sent to Stryker's Island, where he volunteered as a test subject for an experimental ESP machine dubbed the Materioptikon.

Though he was outwardly a model prisoner, on good terms with the warden and guards, Dee harbored an inferiority complex and developed a strong desire to become powerful enough to defeat the Justice League and win the admiration of every super-villain. When his parole was denied and his wife Penny announced she had found someone else, Dee was pushed over the edge. During a prison mutiny, Dee sneaked into the doctor's lab and exposed himself to the full power of the ESP machine. At first, it drove him into a catatonic state, but when he woke up, it gave him full extra-sensory power. Then, he escaped the prison and went after Penny. He got inside her dreams and dubbed himself Doctor Destiny, right before mentally torturing her into insanity (which ended up killing her).[2]

Destiny fight

Doctor Destiny fighting the League in the dream realm.

Then, Doctor Destiny infiltrated the dreams of Flash, Superman, John Stewart and Hawkgirl. He trapped each once of them in their dreams, playing out their deepest fears. J'onn J'onzz telepathically rescued his teammates one by one (except for Hawkgirl, due to a strong mental barrier), and together they sparred Doctor Destiny in their dreamscapes. Meanwhile, John Dee was tracked down by Batman in the same LexCorp warehouse where he had been caught before. When he found himself unable to enter Batman's mind, Dee attempted to inject him with a powerful sedative. Instead, he accidentally injected himself with an overdose while fighting Batman and was trapped in his own dreams barely saving Hawkgirl.[1]

Doctor Destiny later seemingly recovered from his spar with the League, as he became a member of the Legion of Doom.[3] He sided with Lex Luthor's faction when the Legion split, and survived the fight, but he was killed in the blast when Darkseid blew up the ship.[4]

Powers and Abilities[]


  • ESP
    • Dream Manipulation: Destiny could manipulate the dreams of anyone, including powerful telepaths like Martian Manhunter.
    • Size Alteration: Destiny grew to a large size to fight the Justice League.
    • Reality Manipulation: He could warp reality with his powers, such as altering a person's appearance, creating living objects, and changing people's personalities.
    • Shapeshifting: Destiny could alter his appearance.
    • Telepathy: Destiny could communicate with people mentally, leave people in catatonic states, and telepathically torture them.
    • Illusion Manipulation: Destiny could create illusions via dreams, easily fooling each member of the Justice League.

Background information[]

Doctor Destiny first appeared in Justice League of America #5 (June 1961) and was created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. John Dee was a criminal scientist who created an anti-gravity device to infiltrate the Justice League of America. However, his plan was thwarted by the Leaguers, and he was sent to prison. There, he created the Materioptikon, a device (powered by the Sandman's Dreamstone) that manipulated dreams and turned them into reality, becoming Doctor Destiny. In order to fight Destiny's great mental powers, the JLA was compelled to remove his ability to dream through hypnotic suggestion, destroying the machine in the process. This drove Doctor Destiny insane, and as a result, he gradually gained a gaunt figure, but he was not deprived of his mental abilities. Doctor Destiny clashed with the League numerous times, and despite his mental powers, he was always defeated.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Berkowitz, Stan (writer) & Lukic, Butch (director) (October 11, 2003). "Only A Dream, Part II". Justice League. Season 2. Episode 6 (airdate). Episode 28 (production). Cartoon Network.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Berkowitz, Stan (writer) & Lukic, Butch (director) (October 11, 2003). "Only A Dream, Part I". Justice League. Season 2. Episode 5 (airdate). Episode 27 (production). Cartoon Network.
  3. McDuffie, Dwayne (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (September 17, 2005). "I Am Legion". Justice League Unlimited. Season 2. Episode 1 (airdate). Episode 27 (production). Cartoon Network.
  4. Wayne, Matt (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (May 6, 2006). "Alive!". Justice League Unlimited. Season 2. Episode 12 (airdate). Episode 38 (production). Cartoon Network.