Theodore "Ted" Bruder, alias Fast Forward, is a member of the Doom Patrol, Ted was picked randomly by Thayer Jost, CEO of Jost Enterprises, due to his ability to see 60 seconds into the future. He has a surly and mean attitude, which led to him being called Negative Man by his teammates.
He went insane, and started taking medication that made him lose his meta-human abilities. He found a job in a supermarket and the drug stopped working, and after his madness and abilities returned he was fired, he lost his girlfriend Ava and became homeless. He found that his powers were amplified; he could see far into numerous alternate timelines, and could travel to any number of them. He kept getting trapped in dystopian futures where versions of the Doom Patrol all to kill them as villains.
He was forced to defend his life, killed his attackers, which frightened him. His abilities went out of control, and he started bringing people from alternate timelines. On one jaunt he brought back a version of Elasti-Woman who was a cannibal, and a Nazi Negative Man, who teamed up to destroy Delta City. The Doom Patrol arrived and defeated their counterparts. Ted begged for help, and Robotman took him to Oolong Island, where the Science Squad induced a coma so he would stop dimension hopping, and they would get a chance to study him in hopes of curing him.