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Avery Twombey (New Earth)

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Avery Twombey, a.k.a Cypher, was a musical engineer. He targeted the CEOs of the companies involved in a new technology project in order to sabotage the project. Cypher used his hypnotic voice commands via musical sounds and hypnotized the people, forcing them to commit suicide.[1] The last CEO was Lucius Fox, who was saved by the timely arrival of Batman, Robin and Azrael. Cypher was sent to Blackgate Penitentiary.[2]

Eventually, Cypher partnered with Cluemaster, the Electrocutioner and the Baffler in an attempt to escape the prison.[3] During the escape, Cypher attempted to betray the other prisoners in order to increase his own chances of escape. However, Cluemaster anticipated such a betrayal, which is why he wore earplugs in order to evade Cypher's hypnosis. Cluemaster shot and killed Cypher in retaliation.[4]


  • Hypnosis: Cypher has the ability to send subliminal hypnotizing commands with his voice mixed with musical sounds.
  • Mechanical Aptitude: Cypher can create radio devices and tamper with the regular settings of common radios.


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