|Professor Perhap is a net.villain created by Mark Friedman to explain a typo by wReam.|
|Alter Ego:||Dr. Percival Happenstance|
|Aliases:||Prof. Peter "Perhap" Paulenmerry (pre-Cry.Sig)|
|Status:||Cosmic wiseguy, currently unaffiliated|
Professor Happenstance was an assistant professor of biophysics at Net.ropolis University who, having been refused tenure once too often, vowed that he wouldn't be turned down ever again. Following his unpublished research, Professor Happenstance electrically stimulated the portion of the human brain that he had identified as being responsible for its ability to understand the concepts of past and future. The process had the effect of heightening his ability to influence future events based on his knowledge of current conditions. It also, unfortunately, drove him quite mad, a condition that led ultimately to his dismissal.
Angry at the world, Professor Perhap joined Table's Brotherhood of Net.Villains. As a member of the Brotherhood, Professor Perhap was responsible for setting wild dogs against the LNHer Spelling Boy; Spelling Boy eventually survived but was never quite the same. Professor Perhap soon found that his abilities included being able to influence reality by the power of his mind, making hypothetical situations happen, no matter how unlikely they might seem.
Professor Perhap went on to join the new Brotherhood following the collapse of the old one. Transferring his anger at the world on the LNH in particular, Professor Perhap was dismayed when Mister Homage respectfully asked this new Brotherhood not to attack the Legion, and decided to plot revenge despite Mister Homage's wishes. When Mister Homage told the Brotherhood membership to be a bit more creative, Professor Perhap saw it as an opportunity to destroy the Legion, and convinced Grim and Gritty to go attack Bizarre Boy. When that attack went badly, Grim took out his frustrations on Professor Perhap.
Having been severely beaten, Professor Perhap realized that all he had to do was believe he could survive and he would. When agents of S.C.O.R.E. raided Brotherhood Base, they found the unconscious Professor Perhap and flew him over to LNHQ for treatment. When he awoke, Professor Perhap imagined the unlikely scenario of being able to escape, get in touch with the members of the Brotherhood still at large, and manage to regain their respect as a worthy ally. This scenario has, apparently, come true, though the readers did not get to see the results...
Professor Perhap's return to net.villainy was cut short by his death at the hands of a new, Lagneto-lead brotherhood. With his last thoughts, he began to imagine what it would be like to attain awareness of all the worlds of the Omnilooniverse—which meant, of course, he did.
Professor Perhap eventually returned in a creepy cosmic manner, warning Easily-Discovered Man Lite about the Apocryphal Man and his plans. He seemed more concerned with universal stability than revenge, at least for the moment. Later, he joined up with with the West Coast Brotherhood of Net.Villains, bringing his ascendant perspective to the Crime Empress's regime. After Hungry, Hungry Sabertooths! he turned down Mistake's offer to join her new unified incarnation:
- I'm done with Brotherhoods. You see, I've simply been keeping the cosmic order, in my own inimitable, criminal way.
- –System Corruptors #37
Professor Perhap has a sense of superiority that comes from having a keen understanding of what is going to happen. His perspective seems to have broadened since his early days, and he's frankly kinda spooky now.
Powers and Abilities
Ability to make hypothetical situations come true. How far-ranging of an ability this is is yet to be determined. Post-resurrection, possesses creepily cryptic cosmic awareness.
An older man with papery, liver-spotted skin, Professor Perhap often wears an oversized lab coat while doing research.
After going cosmic, he looks much the same, except for his eyes occasionally fading into a dizzying, shifting, shimmering spectrum of color.