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Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance The New Teen Titans #14 (December 1981)
In-story information
Alter ego Jean-Louis Droo
Team affiliations Brotherhood of Evil
Abilities Master of voodoo
Skilled technologist

Houngan is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain.

Fictional character biography

Jean-Louis Droo, Haïtian-born but schooled in America, worked as a computer scientist for a large Silicon Valley computer company until the news of his father's impending death brought the young scientist back to the land of his birth. Once home, Droo found modern medicine was unable to aid his father and that the only hope was a local "houngan"-a voodoo master.

Droo watched in fascination as the houngan completely cured his father's illness. Soon Droo became a virtual voodoo fanatic, devoting every waking hour to learning all there was to know about this most ancient art.

Within two years Droo became a voodoo master, but unlike his teachers, Droo merged the ancient voodoo rituals with modern computer science. Today Droo, who now calls himself Houngan, uses an electronic needle-stylus and a computerized voodoo doll to create terrors the old voodoo houngans could never have imagined.

Since then, Houngan and the Brotherhood of Evil have opposed the New Teen Titans on numerous occasions. Houngan later resurfaced back with the Brotherhood, now calling themselves the Society of Sin. Houngan is a proud man who loyally follows the Brain because he respects the Brain's leadership abilities.

In Infinite Crisis, Houngan became a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains. He is one of the many villains who drops the villain Chemo on the city of Blüdhaven. This results in the deaths of millions of people. During the One Year Later crossover, Houngan rejoins the Brotherhood of Evil.

Houngan appear in Justice League of America #17, as part of a group of villains seeking to avoid being sent to the prison planet.

Powers and abilities

Once Houngan's computerized voodoo doll analyses a victim's cell structure, from a sample of blood, skin, or hair, the doll's micro-circuitry creates a bionic link between itself and the Intended victim. When the electronic stylus Interfaces anywhere on the doll's surface, Incredibly delicate micro-sensors relay the Information to the computer's central system, which then focuses the pain into the same area on the intended victim. Distance for effective use of the doll and stylus has never been completely tested, but a range of slightly less than 1,000 feet has been recorded to date.

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