Murdoc played in a number of bands before Gorillaz, though they never went anywhere. The names and instruments of the other members appear in the Gorillaz 2005 promotional booklet and are given as follows: Billy Boy (who is based on a character in A Clockwork Banana) and Tiny on guitars, Crunch on drums, Rocky on keyboards, and Munch, who appears to be listed as "Band Artist." Not much else is known about these characters including their personalities or current whereabouts, although they appear on a few pieces of official Gorillaz artwork, most notably in the previously mentioned booklet as well as in Kong Studios, where an image of Crunch, Billy Boy and Tiny can be seen on the wall in the instrument room.
In August of 1997, Murdoc and a gang of criminals were on a crimespree in a stolen Vauxhall Astra. Their next target was Uncle Norm's Organ Emporium where Stuart Pot (AKA 2-D) was working. Murdoc launched the car through the shop window, crashing directly into Stuart's face, putting him into a coma and giving him 8-ball fractures. After the incident, Murdoc was arrested and was sentenced to 30,000 hours of community service and spending 10 hours a week caring for Stuart.
One day while skidding his car around a carpark in Nottingham, Murdoc accidently sent Stuart flying through the windshield into a curb, waking him up from his coma. Impressed by Stuart's appearance, Murdoc recruited him as the lead singer and keyboardist for his band, and gave him the nickname 2-D.
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Name: Murdoc Niccals
Speed: Superhuman with Subsonic reactions (Dodged pool balls traveling fast enough to create several afterimages, can control a car fast enough to drive upside-down, and can keep up with Noodle who can react to long-range gunfire)
Lifting Strength: Unknown
Striking Strength: Wall Class
Durability: Wall level (Survived five punches from Russel, attacks from gorillas, and a small missile explosion that destroyed his car)
Range: Standard melee range
Standard Equipment: None
Weaknesses: None notable