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Real Identity: Kent Nelson
Affiliation(s): Justice League Unlimited
Appearances (STAS): Hand of Fate
Appearances (JL/U): Terror Beyond Part One, Part Two, Hereafter Part One, Initiation, The Return, Dark Heart, Wake the Dead, The Balance, Divided We Fall, To Another Shore, the Great Brain Robbery, Alive! and Destroyer
Appearances (JLI Comics): The Mirror Crack'd Part Two and The Mirror Crack'd Part Seven
Powers: Master of mysticism
Family: Inza (wife)
Voiced By: George Del Hoyo and Oded Fehr
Kent Nelson was born to Celestine Babcock Nelson, a spiritual and Sven Nelson, a archaeologist. Kent's mother died sometime after his birth under unknown circumstances. Kent's destiny was already written and at the age of 12, his sheltered life would soon change Sven Nelson had decided to take his son Kent on a dig to the Valley of Ur in Mesopotamia to an archaeological site. The natives were too scared to enter the temple, fearing curses and the wrath of God which did not disturb Sven Nelson. Sven and Kent ventured into the temple of Nabu the Wise that would forever change their lives. Kent wandered around the temple and stumbled upon an ancient sarcophagus containing the giant body of Nabu the Wise, an ancient Egyptian sorcerer. Kent felt that he had to pull the lever that was keeping Nabu asleep after a hundreds of centuries. After pulling the lever that kept Nabu in suspended animation, a poisonous gas swept through the temple and killed Sven Nelson but left Kent unharmed.
As gratitude for his release from suspended animation, Nabu offered to teach the boy unlimited power. Kent did not want this power but only to have his father back. With a wave of his hand, Nabu had removed all knowledge of Sven's death from the boy. Within that week, Nabu had transformed Kent into a full grown man and taught him the ways of mysticism. Nabu's last wish was for Kent to release all his power on his master. Kent could not kill his master, as he had grown attached to Nabu the Wise. Nabu made a gesture of his hand and Kent remembered that the gas that freed Nabu had killed his father. In a fit of rage, Kent summoned all his power to destroy Nabu. Nabu's true origin was revealed to Kent, Nabu was an energy being part of a race called the Lords of Order. As a final gift, Nabu bestowed a golden helmet and an amulet to Kent. With these items, Kent would be able to fight the never ending battle between Order and Chaos.
Kent Nelson took the name Dr. Fate and soon encountered his future wife, Inza. Together, they live in a tower in Salem Massachusetts. Dr. Fate served a lifetime of combat against mystical threats such as Karkull, a Lord of the Pit, over a century ago. The never ending battle began to wear on Fate. He quit being a hero. Disillusioned, Fate delegated himself to meditation in a metaphysical realm.
When Karkull was freed from imprisonment, it cast a spell to use the Daily Planet as a gateway. Superman went to Dr. Fate for help. He refused to do anything, despite Superman's pleas. However, Inza offered a talisman to Superman. It would ultimately do no harm. Dr. Fate was inspired again to fight. He arrived in Metropolis and summoned the artifact of Lorta to defeat Karkull.
The Old Ones, extradimensional beings composed of evil energies, discovered a breach between dimensions. They soon began to pour onto Earth. Dr. Fate and Aquaman allied with each other to reseal the portal. To complete the spell, a deadman was needed to be present. Fate selected Solomon Grundy. A spell of revelation showed that Grundy would suffice. Superman, Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman arrived at Salem to investigate Grundy's disappearance. Fate revealed his reporte of spells, including one of Thanagarian origin. After confronting each other, it was decided that they would go into the Old Ones' realm and defeat their master, Icthultu for good.
After the Thanagarian invasion, Dr. Fate offered his home to Shayera Hol as sanctuary. Hol would be free to meditate and decide on her future. He hid her magic repelling mace in a pocket dimension so it wouldn't interfere with the natural flow of magic in his tower. A failed summoning spell was redirected to Solomon Grundy's grave. Grundy was resurrected with Chaos magic, making him an empty vessel of rage. Dr. Fate realized none of his magic nor any of AMAZO's technology had an offensive advantage against Grundy. Only Shayera Hol's mace stopped him.
Years later, the JLU failed to find any solid leads on the Legion of Doom. In an effort to expedite their investigation, Flash was volunteered to undergo a locator spell cast by Dr. Fate. Grodd's residual prints would still be left in the Flash's mind from when he was under Grodd's mind control. However, the spell was cast at the same time as Lex Luthor attempted to extract information from Grodd's mind. As a result, Luthor and Flash switched minds. While Green Lantern and Red Tornado tried to stop Luthor, Dr. Fate devised a reversal spell. After Mr. Terrific outsmarted Luthor and knocked him out, Dr. Fate successfully restored balance.