Dr. FateBack to Heroes Main > Dr. Fate
Real Identity: Varies
Affiliation(s): Justice Society of America and Justice League
Appearance(s): Denial, Revelation, Humanity, Misplaced, Agendas, Usual Suspects, Auld Acquaintance, Happy New Year, Salvage, War, Complications, Intervention, and Endgame
Powers/Skills: Magic and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Varies
Kent Nelson was born in 1905. At age 36, Nelson later became the host to Nabu, one of the Lords of Order. By wearing the Helmet of Fate, Nabu would take control of Nelson's body and become Dr. Fate. Together, they fought the never ending battle between Order and Chaos against villains such as Wotan. He soon encountered his future wife, Inza Cramer. The two fell in love and were married. Dr. Fate created the Tower of Fate to serve as their home and headquarters. He went on to become a charter member of the Justice Society of America and later, an ally of the Justice League. Dr. Fate was present when Red Tornado was inducted to the Society. Eventually, Inza convinced Nelson to re-evaluate his life and he gave up wearing the Helmet of Fate. Instead, Nelson fashioned himself a half-helmet that didn't submerge his personality. Using magic studied and gleaned by osmosis during his years as a host of Nabu, he pretended for a time to maintain the Doctor Fate identity. Among the Justice League's files, Fate's is JL File No. 00942. It includes his real name, age, height, biography, and last known location. The League was even given a spare key to the Tower of Fate.
65 years later, on July 27th, 21:57 Central Daylight Time (CDT), the 106 year old Nelson was sighted in New Orleans. He visited the parlor of Madam Xanadu uner the pretense of wanting to speak with his late wife. When Nelson revealed Xanadu as a fraud, he was disappointed and noted she had the perfect aura. Abra Kadabra teleported into the parlor and kidnapped Nelson. 23 days later, on August 19th, Red Tornado grew concerned for the Helmet of Fate and gave the Team the key to the Tower of Fate to safeguard it. They arrived in Salem, where Kent Nelson was still being tortured by Abra Kadabra for access to the Tower. Nelson held onto the hope that his friends would rescue him. He escaped and took Wally West to the Helmet of Fate. Nelson died from the weeks of torture and one final blast from Klarion. However, his soul was absorbed into the Helmet. Rather than ascend and reunite with his wife, Nelson agreed to stay with Nabu in the Helmet if West were released from his role as human host. Nelson's parting advice to West was to find someone who could keep him straight and grounded.
On October 1st, the Team was not faring well against the Injustice League. Aqualad put on the Helmet of Fate and transformed into Dr. Fate. He began to battle Wotan but the Justice League arrived and forced the Injustice League to surrender. Dr. Fate intervened when the Joker released Joker Venom gas from several spores by siphoning it through a portal. After some time, Nelson convinced Nabu to allow Aqualad to regain control of his body and change back to normal. On November 6th, Zatanna took the form of Dr. Fate to battle Klarion. Fate provided enough firepower to help weaken Klarion's field so the Team could take control of the Ambre Jeune Perdu gem and restore Earth to normal. Nabu, however, refused to give up Zatanna as host. Nabu tired of Kent Nelson and his protests and released him to the afterlife. Zatara struck a promise and became the new and permanent host for Dr. Fate. He took the sorcerers summoned by Klarion and vanished.
On November 11th, Captain Marvel and Dr. Fate destroyed the fourth of five Flying Ice Fortresses. On November 25th, Dr. Fate revealed to the Justice League that Zatara's trust in Nabu was limited and desired the League to keep a watch on him. The League voted on whether to include him as a member or not. On December 30th, Dr. Fate was officially inducted into the Justice League and shortly taken over by Starrotech. On December 1st, Team Year Five, Dr. Fate's location was unknown by the Justice League. In Team Year Six, Dr. Fate was present at the Watchtower on February 13th when the Zeta Shield was activated. After February 19th, Dr. Fate was consulted on translating a recording of Bialyan symbols and heiroglyphics. He revealed the glyphs were part of a mystic ceremony the ancients used to cleanse the Scarab of Reach control. Since the ritual used magic of Earth origin, Dr. Fate was unable to participate but taught it to Zatanna.
On May 26th, Dr. Fate cast a spell that redirected the Warworld's Grand Laser Emitter's blast onto itself. With Rocket providing protection, Dr. Fate continued to focus on spells to help protect Earth from Warworld's onslaught. On May 27th, aboard the Warworld, Dr. Fate generated portals for Nightwing to use to board the satellite and one for Blue Beetle and Green Beetle to leave for El Paso. On June 20th, Dr. Fate participated in the assaults on the Magnetic Field Disrupters. He was assigned to Mu Squad with Blue Devil.