is a fictional character from the 1980s G.I. Joe
toyline, comics, and animated series. He is a scientist who works for the fictional terrorist organization Cobra
Dr. Bender was at one time a peace-loving orthodontist. He built a machine to relieve dental pain, using electric brainwave stimulation. Unfortunately he tested it on himself, and when it went haywire, he became hateful, deceitful and vain. Dr. Mindbender abandoned his practice and joined forces with Cobra, devoting all his time to perfecting his digital brain-scrambling. He is a master of mind control
, but his expertise also includes genetics
, and some cybernetics
Doctor Mindbender was first released as an action figure in 1986. The Dr. Mindbender toy was bare chested, and summarily "clothed" in purple pants and leather metal-studded suspenders.
A new version of Doctor Mindbender was released in 1993 as part of the Battle Corps line.
In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
#44 (February 1986), as "Dr. Brain-Wave". Mindbender became Cobra's primary science officer after his predecessor, Dr. Venom
, was killed in action
. He created the Battle Android Troopers (B.A.T.
) and also made several modifications to Venom's prized creation, the Brainwave Scanner
Dr. Mindbender also creates the composite-clone Serpentor
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