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    Ray Palmer (Earth-1: Pre-Crisis)

    For other uses of Atom, see Atom (Disambiguation).
    For other uses of Captain Cold, see Captain Cold (Disambiguation).




    I died once. At least, the world thought I did. You know what happened? Nothing. All the money, all the buildings, all the inventions, the world didn't care. My life, ultimately, didn't matter. Rip is giving me the chance to help save the world. I have to take it.
    — Ray Palmer to Oliver Queen[src]

    Dr. Raymond Carson "Ray" Palmer,[14] knighted Sir Raymond of the Palms by Queen Guinevere of Camelot, is a scientist, an expert in the field of nanotechnology, and the CEO of Palmer Technologies.

    Using a suit of armor, the ATOM Exosuit, Palmer became a vigilante in Star City known as Atom. He later joined the Legends of Tomorrow as one of Rip Hunter's eight recruits.

    As a Legend, Palmer served as the Waverider and the team's resident scientist/engineer, creating countless gadgets for the team. He also met Nora Darhk, whom he married after 2 years of a romantic friend-foe relationship. As a result, Palmer left the Legends and lived a normal life with Darhk.

    Biography[edit | hide | hide all]

    Early Life[edit | hide]

    Raymond "Ray" Palmer lived the majority of his life in Starling City, where he became an expert in nanotechnology and eventually the CEO of Palmer Technologies.[15]

    Gumball[edit | hide]

    In his childhood, Palmer encountered an infant Dominator whom he named Gumball. The young Palmer kept Gumball as a pet and watched musicals with him before hie older self returned the Dominator back to his original place in the timeline.[15]

    University Years[edit | hide]

    Taking Over Queen Consolidated[edit | hide]

    Becoming Atom[edit | hide]

    At some point, Palmer created the ATOM Exosuit and became Atom, fighting alongside Oliver Queen's Team Arrow.[16]

    Joining Team Arrow[edit | hide]

    Captured by HIVE[edit | hide]

    Recruited by Rip Hunter[edit | hide]

    We made history.
    — Ray Palmer to Sara Lance on them joining the Legends[src]

    In 2015, Palmer, alongside Sara Lance, Mick Rory, Martin Stein, Jefferson Jackson, Kendra Saunders, Carter Hall and Leonard Snart were recruited by Rip Hunter. They were then the founding members of the team known as the Legends of Tomorrow and defended the timeline.[16][17][18]

    After their first mission, Palmer made breakfast as it was stolen by Snart. Palmer attempted to take the breakfast back before Carter Hall smashed the plate on with his mace. This woke Lance from her sleep, and Palmer approached her to clean the stain from her suit. Lance threatened to break his arm, while Snart defended Palmer and placed the blame on Hall. The four soon began to hold up their weapons at each other. Gideon ordered them to stop and intimidated them by promising to open the airlock to eject them to the Temporal Zone.[15]

    Palmer's first night on the Waverider

    After the first night on the Waverider, Palmer struggled with his allergies after his sleep and sowed the seeds to an argument within the team. The Legends soon argued about only having one bathroom on the vehicle. After Snart misfired a blast from his Cold Gun at Lance, the team began fighting each other violently. The fight was eventually broken up by Rip Hunter.[15]

    As a Legend[edit | hide]

    In late 2017, Stein was excited about his grandson and asked Gideon to fabricate a unitard. He then sang Good Morning on his way to the bridge and confused Jackson, who refused to accompany him. Stein turned to Palmer, who was saddened by the song as it reminded him of his childhood friend Gumball. Eventually, Gideon accompanied Stein as he returned to his quarters.[15]

    Over the years as a Legend, Palmer fought against The Leviathan, Vandal Savage, the Legion of Doom, Mallus and even possessed by the demon Neron. The Legends of Tomorrow also fought alongside other heroes of Earth against dangerous threats, including the Dominators and Nazi Clones.[15][16]

    Since 2019, Palmer worked extensively to clear his name after Neron tried to unleash Hell on Earth. With the Legends, Palmer attended countless activities and was interviewed by a variety of news media, promoting the team's success following the Battle of Heyworld.[19]

    Time Scattered[edit | hide]

    Fighting the Legion of Doom[edit | hide]

    Doomworld[edit | hide]

    Legends Disbanded[edit | hide]

    Returning to Action[edit | hide]

    Fixing Anachronisms[edit | hide]

    Magical Fugitives[edit | hide]

    Meeting Charlie[edit | hide]

    John Constantine's Alternate Timelines[edit | hide]

    Crisis on Infinite Earths[edit | hide]

    Death[edit | hide]

    Possible Futures[edit | hide]

    Encores[edit | hide]

    Meet the Legends[edit | hide]

    Officer Palmer[edit | hide]

    Prom, 1989[edit | hide]

    Let Them Eat Cake[edit | hide]

    Scooter Chase in Hong Kong[edit | hide]

    Mr. Parker's Cul De Sac[edit | hide]

    Bachelor Party[edit | hide]

    Departure[edit | hide]

    Settling Down[edit | hide]

    Endings are necessary for growth, no matter how painful they may be.
    — Ray Palmer[src]

    Finding a Balance[edit | hide]

    In 2021, Palmer traveled to Central City to attend the tech convention, where he was invited as a legacy honoree. Later, he started a foundation for aspiring scientists like Runk, naming it after Runk's deceased father.[20]

    At some point, Palmer and Nora began living in a penthouse in Star City, and preparing for their upcoming child,[21]

    Ex-Legends Reunion[edit | hide]

    The ex-Legends pursuits the Necrians

    Soon afterward, Palmer became suspicious that Heywood and the Legends did not contact him for an abnormally long period of time. With the help of Jefferson Jackson, Palmer reassembled former members of the team and began a search for their teammates. They later approached Mick Rory, who was in possession of a Time Courier. However, they were surprised by the chaos in Rory's residence and the disappearance of his children. Palmer led the ex-Legends across time in pursuit of the Necrian spacecraft leaving the residence using Palmer's advanced tracker, attempting to rescue Rory's children.[21]

    Their pursuit resulted in a confrontation on Necria, where Kayla faced her parents and found her children. With the situation revealed to be a misunderstanding between Kayla's family, the ex-Legends returned to Earth. Palmer was approached by her ex-fiancée, Kendra Saunders, during the return trip, with her comforting him about his upcoming child.[21]

    Upon arriving on Earth, Palmer received a phone call from Heywood, who explained that the Legends' disappearance was the result of a conflict with a replica Gideon.[21][22]

    Aiding Team Flash[edit | hide]

    Palmer calls Team Flash

    Months later, Palmer was contacted by Chester P. Runk regarding the return of Eobard Thawne. Through Heywood, Palmer was told that Thawne was brought back by Time Wraiths and subsequently employed by the Time Police as a "fixer" of the 1914 Fixed Point. Palmer informed Team Flash that Thawne was also killed in that encounter, and claimed that he died a hero. Unfortunately, before he could elaborate on the situation, he was troubled by loose serpent creatures from Morlaidh Dimension.[23]

    Alternate Versions[edit | hide]

    Possible Future[edit | hide]

    In a possible future, Palmer fully retired from vigilantism and donated his ATOM Exosuit to the Flash Museum in 2049, where it was displayed next to the suit of Jesse Wells and Firestorm.[24]

    Magog[edit | hide]

    In 2049, during a reunion with the Legends, Palmer was abducted and was brought back afterward by the Spectre to fight alongside other abducted heroes against Magog. After the battle, Palmer went to the Hall of Justice and witnessed the return of Oliver Queen, who announced that the next generation of heroes must be ready for what comes next.[21][25]

    Erased Timeline[edit | hide]

    Superhero Team Up[edit | hide]

    In 2021, Palmer traveled to Central City to attend the tech convention, where he was invited as a legacy honoree. He interrupted a romantic night of Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen, soon moving to the guest room and spending his night at their loft. On the next day, Palmer made breakfast for the West-Allens and told them that he now rarely receives any messages from the Legends of Tomorrow, not knowing that they were stranded in 1925. As the West-Allens found an excuse to leave Palmer, Chester P. Runk revealed that he was Palmer's liaison and brought him to meet a group of aspiring inventors.[26]

    Atom and The Flash

    When Palmer saw the inventors, he was surprised and apologized as he did not intend to start a new technology business, disappointing the inventors and claiming his priority now is to live a normal life with his wife. Later, Palmer was interviewed by West-Allen at the convention as Despero attacked the event in pursuit of The Flash. Despite his initial priorities, Palmer decided to wear the ATOM Exosuit once more to assist Flash. While Flash distracted Despero, Palmer shrunk inside his belt and teleported him away to an unknown location, temporarily stopping his attacks.[26]

    After the battle, Palmer returned to S.T.A.R. Labs with Team Flash and told Runk that he changed his mind about starting a technology business. Palmer then started a foundation for aspiring scientists like Runk, naming it after Runk's deceased father.[26]

    Reverse Flashpoint[edit | hide]

    In the Reverse Flashpoint created by Eobard Thawne, Palmer was killed in action when the Legends of Tomorrow fought against Damien Darhk. However, due to a technicality, Darhk was released from prison six months later and was not punisher for his crimes.[27]

    Powers and Abilities[edit | hide]

    Powers[edit | hide]

    • ATOM Exosuit Capabilities: Palmer was extremely skilled in the use of the ATOM Exosuit, an advanced suit of armor created by himself to fight as a vigilante.[1]
      • Electricity Absorption: The exosuit was capable of absorbing a limited amount of electricity to prevent its user from being directly hit.[1]
      • Energy Blasters/Photon Cannons: The primary offensive function of the exosuit was creating blasts of compressed light beams from the forearm. The beams build up from the forearm and are manually targeted by Palmer. The beams are also powerful enough to propel opponents physically and damage solid structures.[1]
      • Flight: The exosuit contained a series of propulsion jets on the back, shoulders, arms and legs. This allowed Palmer to fly at high altitudes and maneuver obstacles in his reduced size.[1]
      • Ionic Energy Manipulation: By repurposing ionic energy within the exosuit, Palmer was able to generate a glowing sword through the gloves of the suit, allowing him to have a more effective combat weapon.[6]
      • Self-Contained Life-Support System: The exosuit supplied Palmer with oxygen when he travelled to a high altitude, allowing him to retain his consciousness despite the lack of oxygen. The helmet of the exosuit could also provide an extra piece of protective glass over Palmer's nose and mouth, protecting him from the vacuum of space.[28][29]
      • Size Alteration: By pushing a button on the chest, the exosuit was able to alter both Palmer and itself's size, from small enough to enter one's veins and large enough to cover one's entire body.[30][31]
        • Size Changing Beam: The exosuit was able to create a condensed red beam of size alteration ray, reducing the size of certain objects and restoring its size.[32]
      • Superhuman Strength: Despite the presence of photon cannons, it required a short period of time to recharge and creates a gap for Palmer to be attacked. As a result, Palmer mostly used the superhuman strength function of the suit to fight his opponents through hand-to-hand combats.[3]
      • Armor System: The exosuit contained an A.I. system in order to operate multiple functions of the suit. The system is also voice-responsive, operating under Palmer's commands and activates the suits, and can remotely adjust the strength and target of the photon cannons.[33]

    Former Powers[edit | hide]

    Abilities[edit | hide]

    • Genius-level Intellect: Palmer was extremely intelligent, as shown when he understood complex concepts and repaired the Waverider, which was created from more than a century after his time period.[5]
      • Engineering: Palmer was a talented engineer, specifically robotics, and single-handedly repurposed an outdated blueprint into an advanced physical enhancing exosuit.[1]
      • Physics: Palmer was able to understand complex physics concepts.[1]
    • Hand-to-Hand Combat: Palmer had shown his boxing skills while operating as a vigilante, using his exosuit's superhuman strength to increase the damage of his attacks.[3]

    Weaknesses[edit | hide]

    • Allergy: After his first night on the Waverider, Palmer continuously sneezed and suffered from his allergies.[15]

    Equipment[edit | hide]

    Current Equipment[edit | hide]

    • ATOM Exosuit: A creation of his own, the ATOM Exosuits are a series of advanced and innovative protective armors used by Palmer when he operated as the vigilante, the Atom.[1]

    Former Equipment[edit | hide]

    • Captain Cold Goggles: As Colonel Cold, Palmer wore Leonard Snart's goggles to protect his eyes from the flares given off of the Cold Gun blasts.[2]
    • Cold Gun: After the ATOM Exosuit was damaged to defeat Tokugawa Iemitsu, Rory lent Snart's Cold Gun to allow Palmer to work alongside the team in the field. The gun was later dismantled to disarm an explosive, while the ATOM Exosuit was repaired shortly afterward.[2]
    • Water Totem: Palmer briefly wielded the Water Totem against Mallus, albeit unsuccessfully. The totem was later given to Wally West when Palmer went back in time with Damien Darhk to save the latter's daughter from her fate.[35]
    • Nanites: Palmer was the creator of a series of anti-speedster nanites, allowing his allies to use it against rogue speedsters, such as "Godspeed".[36]

    List of Works[edit | hide]

    Reverse Flashpoint[edit | hide]

    Filmography[edit | hide]

    Appearances[edit | hide]

    Appearances
    The Calm Appears
    Sara Appears
    Corto Maltese Appears
    The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak Appears
    Draw Back Your Bow Appears
    The Climb Appears
    Left Behind Appears
    Midnight City Appears
    Nanda Parbat Appears
    The Offer Appears
    Suicidal Tendencies Appears
    Public Enemy Appears
    All-Star Team Up Appears
    Broken Arrow Appears
    The Trap Name Seen
    The Fallen Appears
    Grodd Lives Name Seen
    This Is Your Sword Appears
    Rogue Air Mentioned
    My Name Is Oliver Queen Appears
    Fast Enough Vision
    Episode 4 Appears
    Episode 5 Appears
    Episode 6 Appears
    Green Arrow Pictured
    The Candidate Mentioned
    Restoration Pictured
    Beyond Redemption Voice
    Haunted Voice
    Lost Souls Appears
    Brotherhood Appears
    Pilot, Part 1 Appears
    A.W.O.L. Mentioned
    Pilot, Part 2 Appears
    Unchained Mentioned
    Blood Ties Appears
    White Knights Appears
    Fail-Safe Appears
    Star City 2046 Appears
    Marooned Appears
    Night of the Hawk Appears
    Worlds Finest Mentioned
    Beacon of Hope Mentioned
    Left Behind Appears
    Progeny Appears
    The Magnificent Eight Appears
    Last Refuge Appears
    Back to Normal Mentioned
    Canary Cry Mentioned
    Leviathan Appears
    River of Time Appears
    Destiny Appears
    Legendary Appears
    Out of Time Appears
    The Justice Society of America Appears
    Shogun Appears
    Abominations Appears
    Compromised Appears
    Outlaw Country Appears
    Invasion! Appears
    Invasion! Appears
    Invasion! Appears
    The Chicago Way Appears
    Raiders of the Lost Art Appears
    The Legion of Doom Appears
    Turncoat Appears
    Camelot/3000 Appears
    Land of the Lost Appears
    Moonshot Appears
    Fellowship of the Spear Appears
    Doomworld Appears
    Aruba Appears
    Aruba-Con Appears
    Freakshow Appears
    Zari Appears
    Phone Home Appears
    Return of the Mack Appears
    Helen Hunt Appears
    Welcome to the Jungle Appears
    Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4 Appears
    Beebo the God of War Appears
    Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash Mentioned
    Daddy Darhkest Appears
    Here I Go Again Appears
    The Curse of the Earth Totem Appears
    No Country for Old Dads Appears
    Amazing Grace Appears
    Necromancing the Stone Appears
    I, Ava Appears
    Guest Starring John Noble Appears
    The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly Appears
    Nora Mentioned
    The Virgin Gary Appears
    Witch Hunt Appears
    Dancing Queen Appears
    Wet Hot American Bummer Appears
    Tagumo Attacks!!! Appears
    Tender Is the Nate Appears
    Hell No, Dolly! Appears
    Elseworlds, Part 1 Appears
    Legends of To-Meow-Meow Appears
    Lucha de Apuestas Appears
    The Getaway Appears
    The Flash: Green Arrow's Perfect Shot Appears
    Séance and Sensibility Appears
    The Eggplant, The Witch & The Wardrobe Appears
    Egg MacGuffin Appears
    Gone Rogue Mentioned
    Nip/Stuck Body
    Terms of Service Appears
    Hey, World! Appears
    A Flash of the Lightning Mentioned
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four In the Speed Force
    Paragons Rising Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five Appears
    Meet the Legends Appears
    Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me Appears
    Slay Anything Appears
    A Head of Her Time Appears
    Mortal Khanbat Appears
    Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac Appears
    Romeo v Juliet: Dawn of Justness Appears
    Zari, Not Zari Mentioned
    Ship Broken Mentioned
    Swan Thong Mentioned
    The Ex-Factor Mentioned
    P.O.W. Mentioned
    This Is Gus Pictured
    The Need for Speed Mentioned
    wvrdr_error_100 not found Memory
    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist Mentioned
    Armageddon, Part 1 Appears
    Armageddon, Part 4 Mentioned
    Paranoid Android Pictured
    Too Legit to Quit Mentioned
    Knocked Down, Knocked Up Indirectly Mentioned
    Impulsive Excessive Disorder Name Seen
    Phantoms Mentioned
    The (Ex) Legends of Tomorrow Appears
    Road Trip Vision
    The Man in the Yellow Tie Appears
    Savior Complex Appears
    Phantom Punch Mentioned
    A New World, Part 3: Changes Name Seen

    Notes[edit | hide]

    • During his conversation with his doppelgänger, it was indicated that Palmer has gluten sensitivity. However, his doppelgänger does not, at least not that he knows of.[9]

    Gallery[edit | hide]

    Promotional Images[edit | hide]

    References[edit | hide]


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