In the battle against Pythia at the Spinner farm in Kansas, young Dorothy had already proven her mettle as Doom Patrol material when she came to their aid in the team’s time of need. But soon, Dorothy proved to be an even more essential ally than they could have imagined. After discovering Dorothy’s powers to manifest imaginary creatures from her own subconscious, Dorothy was taken into the Doom Patrol’s care and made a full member of the team.
Dorothy found her first great challenge in the presence of Doctor Destiny’s Materioptikon on the Doom Patrol compound, which psychically manifested the unhandled trauma of her first period. With the help of teammate Joshua Clay, Dorothy was able to confront her fears and gain a new level of acceptance of herself.
One of the greatest battles the Doom Patrol ever faced was their confrontation with The Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E., a strange government organization artificially enforcing normalcy and status quo by stamping out weirdness wherever they found it. By exploiting the muscle mystery of Flex Mentallo, The Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. took control of the “Telephone Avatar,” a powerful entity which stands as a symbol for how the field of telecommunication itself has affected the course of humanity. It was Dorothy who defeated the Telephone Avatar, by conjuring something far worse: an even more powerful, older entity known as The Candlemaker, a psychic manifestation of humanity’s fears of doomsday.
Though The Candlemaker was banished from the world long ago, Dorothy’s powers of manifesting her imagination allowed it to find freedom in the world once more. Through Dorothy, The Candlemaker nearly brought destruction to the entire world, with a Doom Patrol helpless to stop it. It was only Dorothy herself who could defeat The Candlemaker by owning up to her fears and denying its power.
After a battle against the team’s duplicitous leader Niles Caulder, the Doom Patrol was disbanded, and its members went their separate ways. Dorothy, encouraged by her time with the team, felt she was ready to rejoin humanity, and got an apartment of her own. An apartment which, unfortunately, happened to be haunted. Using her powers, Dorothy conjured imaginary duplicates of her Doom Patrol allies to combat the spirits which beckoned her to join them. But when the real Robotman arrived to check in on Dorothy, she soon realized that even the spirits came from her own imagination -- a manifestation of the trauma and insecurity she felt from being bullied by her peers before her time with the team.
After her spirit encounter, the remaining members of the Doom Patrol began to feel concerned that the once emboldened Dorothy was regressing into insecurity. Robotman and Coagula resolved that it might help her to reunite Dorothy with her mother -- a prospect which proved so traumatizing to Dorothy that she released an enormous wave of anguished psychic energy, killing Coagula and placing Dorothy herself in a permanent coma. Though impossible to wake, Dorothy continued to influence the waking world through her powers in dangerous and unpredictable ways. Though it broke his heart to do so, Robotman ultimately made the decision to disconnect his friend Dorothy from life support, finally allowing her spirit to move on to whatever comes next.