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"I'm the man who's going to save all of humanity."
—Bishop to Sara Lance[src]

Bishop was the founder of AVA Corporation, designer-creator of the AVA clones, and the person responsible for the kidnapping and cloning of Sara Lance.

In an erased timeline, Bishop had a plan to replace humanity, but his plans were prevented by Sara's clone. Soon after, Bishop cloned into a new body thanks to Kayla and recruited John Constantine to find the Fountain of Imperium. Bishop sent an army of Zagurons to fight the Legends in 1925, but the Zagurons were defeated and Bishop ended up being killed by the children of Mick and Kayla. None of this happened to Bishop in the current timeline since Gideon replaced him in the timeline with a robot.

Finally, realizing his errors, Bishop redeems to allow the Legends to escape and is killed by the soldiers, who are revealed to be robot duplicates of the Legends.

Biography

Early life

At one point, Bishop founded AVA Corporation and created and designed the AVA clones, coming into possession of one named Nurse Ava.

After witnessing the destruction of Earth by human greed, Bishop made it his goal to create an alien-human hybrid race that could withstand anything. He hired the Necrian couple Kayla and Gary to abduct aliens for him; so he could collect their DNA for his experiments. Keeping tabs on Earth, he hoped to find the quintessential human to serve as the base for his experiments; finding Sara Lance "unkillable", Bishop had Gary infiltrate the Legends through the Time Bureau.[1]

He also created a system in which he would create a clone of himself to take his place in case something happened. Through this, he was able to become "immortal". He used this opportunity to modify his own body to resist pain and more.[2] Bishop has cloned himself over 200 times.[3]

In order to fulfil his plan, Bishop built a base on an Earth-like planet called Pliny X19 which he planned to terraform.[2]

Young Bishop

Taken out of the timeline

In 2213, Past Bishop finds a copy of Gideon that he downloaded and retrieves his memories. He remembers his future self's death and the Legends from the alien invasion in 1925. He intends to use Gideon against the Legends.[4]


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Revenge on the Legends

Realizing his Faults

Bishop realizes that his Gideon was too evil and decided to join the Legends. He stays behind to allow the Legends to escape and is killed by the soldiers, who are revealed to be robot duplicates of the Legends.


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Erased timeline

None of these events happened to the current version of Bishop since Gideon created a robot version of him and the Bishop robot lived the events instead.[5]

Cloning Sara Lance

"The infamous Sara Lance. I've been waiting a long time for you."
—Bishop to Sara Lance[src]


After Sara and Gary Green fled from a mutated Amelia Earhart, who had bitten Sara, Bishop sent the AVA Clones to capture Sara but they were eaten by Gary. When she entered Bishop's lair, Bishop was surprised to see that the infamous Sara Lance was here and told her that she has been waiting for her for a long time.[6]

However, Sara, having been poisoned by Amelia Earhart, was in critical condition which led to Bishop giving her the antidote before she collapsed.[7] However, in reality, Bishop cloned Sara and put her memory and consciousness in the new cloned body.[2] He also enhanced the clone with alien DNA, wanting the Sara Lance clone to be the first of his new enhanced human race.[8]

As Sara recovered, Bishop explained to her his plan which immediately received his captive's disapproval, chiding that humanity can't be saved by depriving them of everything that makes them human which, to Sara, was precisely what Bishop was trying to accomplish. After asserting that no one can get a grand undertaking such as this perfect the first time, and that he was still under the trial ad error phase of his research, Bishop then tasked Nurse Ava to take care of her. Nonetheless, Sara attempted to escape with Nurse Ava but the latter tricked her and led Bishop to them and the ship. He reveals that, in light of Sara ejecting all the other captured specimens from the ship that she was on, the containment pods they were all placed in were nonetheless able to procure and secure workable genetic material from each and every one of those species, showing the assembled collection before her, which he needed Sara to lead him to, and proceeded to knock her out although she managed to snap his neck.[7]

Believed death

"You're a clone."
Sara Lance to Bishop[src]


Bishop is defeated.

Despite dying, a clone of Bishop took his place[2] and greeted Sara Lance as she woke up.[7] He explained to her how he survived to which she expressed disgust although decided to play along in order to trick him. She explained wanting a fresh start and he agreed, inviting her to dinner. During dinner, she attacked Bishop. Later, Bishop's second clone is killed by Mick Rory and Bishop is apparently killed for good when Gary Green detonates his base.[8]

Infiltrating the Waverider

However, Bishop had helped Kayla, who was stranded on Pliny X19. She docked the Waverider where she downloaded from the cloud and printed a new body for Bishop that was mostly human though partly Sara. However, as Sara had blown up his lair, he had been corrupted and said that this was the final version of himself. [9][3]

Bishop is questioned by Ava.

Shocked, Sara captured him and placed him in his cell. During his imprisonment, Bishop revealed that he cloned himself 200 times to escape from death. Bishop was questioned by Ava Sharpe, whom he revealed to be one of many of his clones. Bishop tried to trick Sara into telling her that he changed and had good intentions, but she didn't trust him.

Bishop forces Mick's pregnancy for his plan.

By setting up Gideon, Bishop managed to escape, but was confronted by Sara. Bishop forced Mick's pregnancy and gained the trust of the Legends. Bishop succeeded in stealing a comm device allowing him to manipulate John Constantine into escaping, offering to find the Fountain of Imperium.[3]

The Fountain of Imperium

Bishop and Constantine look at the Fountain of Imperium.

Finally, Bishop and Constantine find the Fountain of Imperium. But Bishop betrayed Constantine and poisoned him, revealing that the Fountain is not a magic artifact but an alien gift that would safeguard Earth from invasions. He killed him and fled, leaving Constantine to die.[10]

Death


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With the Fountain effectively deceased, Bishop then stole Kayla's ship, leaving behind a video message on the Waverider, stating that he could save the Fountain but won't and with the impending Zaguron invasion, he predicted that only he and Sara would be the only humans remaining to start anew.

Bishop later decided to interfere in Sara and Ava's impromptu wedding by covering the skies with dark clouds, giving the impression of nightfall. As the Zagurons started to emerge from their pods, Bishop took note that the Legends recruited his past self to create an antidote to his poison. The Zagurons then swarmed the Legend, forcing them to hole up in the Cruz residence. However, Bishop's master plan ultimately failed; as Sara and Ava sealed their marriage with a kiss, this convinced restored the Fountain of Imperium that humanity was still worthy of its protevction and eradicated the Zagurons. Enraged, Bishop landed to to kill all the Legends in person. At this moment, Mick and Kayla's 48 eggs hatched and devoured Bishop, killing him once-and-for all.[11]

Personality

"No one gets it right out of the gate, okay?!"
—Bishop to Sara Lance[src]


Bishop was seen as having a god complex, thinking of himself as the savior of humanity despite his means achieving that goal being outlined by science and more than likely render recipients less-than-human. He was also quite an eccentric, as he was prone to singing his sentences and going into unusual tangents. Bishop also had no patience for healing naturally; if he gets moderately "broken", he sets up a mind transfer into a clone and kills his old body.

Bishop had a poor understanding of emotional connections and free will (or just ignores it) he had no idea his AVAs secretly hate him, and assumed his Sara clone would obey him. He tried to get Sara to abandon her life on Earth, and keep the original's engagement ring from her stating it was "[Sara's] past. [She didn't] need it anymore." When Sara refused to comply, Bishop simply decided to kill her and keep tinkering with cloning Sara; until one obeyed him. It was hinted that his repetitious resurrection by cloning have waned his personal sense of morality somewhat, since his progenitor genetic and template, the first Bishop, was shown to be a meek scientist but otherwise far from amoral.

One defining aspect of Bishop is that he considers himself unique to the point that the very idea of his very being getting cloned or copied by anyone other than himself abhors him; and even though he is not above and chiefly bypasses mortality through cloning technology, Bishop reacts vehemently with the thought of having more than one of himself at a time.

Abilities

  • Genius-level intellect: Bishop was well experienced in science, having designed and created the AVA Clones showing that he has expertise in genetic replication. He considers himself a pioneer in bio-engineering.[7] He was even patient enough to guess Gideon's override code by spurting off random gibberish until he got a hit.[3] His skill at modifying and understanding genetics was such that he even seemed able to affect or alter attributes that defy physics (i.e. magic) along with replication of skills from one clone to the next.
    • Skilled chemist: Bishop primarily using this skill to splice DNA together for his hybridizations and cloning.
    • Skilled biologist: Bishop was able to induce labor in Mick Rory to make him "sneeze" out Kayla's eggs.
    • Skilled engineer: Bishop succeeded in rigging a simple but effective communication array from basic components in his own Waverider's lab; it was seen to be powerful enough to establish technological contact between the Temporal Zone and 2214.
  • Musical talent: Bishop had some musical talent such as singing and dancing.[2]
  • Skilled hand-to-hand combatant: Bishop was skilled hand-to-hand combatant, capable of taking Sara Lance; although he was quickly overwhelmed.[2]

Appearances

DC's Legends of Tomorrow


Trivia

  • In his last body, courtesy of Sara destroying his facility, Bishop also has access to all her assassin skills because her DNA was in his data cloud when his body got "3D printed".
  • Bishop is indirectly responsible for the events of season 6; since he hired Kayla to abduct aliens, which only got released into the temporal zone when Sara Lance attempted to escape.
  • Bishop revealed he has transferred his consciousness from clone to clone over 200 times, meaning he may have lived for centuries. Ironically, the first main antagonist of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Vandal Savage, was a similarly long-lived and manipulative villain who believed his methods would save humanity, and also had long hair and a beard.
  • Since Bishop was replaced with a robot in the timeline, it means the robot version of himself did the events of Season 6 instead of him, erasing them from his timeline.
    • Although, given Bishop's claim that he has transferred his consciousness from clone to clone many times, it is possible that the robot did eventually create the aforementioned cloning cycle using DNA originally collected from the biological Bishop, eventually giving rise to the events of Season 6.

Behind the scenes

  • Bishop served as the main antagonist of Season 6 of DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
  • Bishop has some similarities to Eva McCulloch:
    • Both served as a big bad of the sixth season of their respective shows.
    • Both kidnapped a female lead and replaced them with a clone of some sort.
    • Both created various clones.
    • Both resurfaced in the seventh season of the shows they were the big bad in.
    • Both redeem to help the Heroes. The difference is that Eva is still alive and Bishop dies to allow the Legends to escape.

References

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