History Comicbook / FantasticFour

13th Jan '17 8:07:43 AM Kirayoshi
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** Issue #606, the team shrunk down to microscopic size to remove an inoperable brain tumor brain tumor from their postman and very good friend Willie Lumpkin.
8th Jan '17 3:40:23 PM nombretomado
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Also see ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', an (obviously) UltimateUniverse version where the main difference is that the Four are younger and a little less mature. The book lasted until the ''{{Ultimatum}}'' event, after which Johnny moved to ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' and then ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen''.

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Also see ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', an (obviously) UltimateUniverse version where the main difference is that the Four are younger and a little less mature. The book lasted until the ''{{Ultimatum}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' event, after which Johnny moved to ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' and then ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen''.
28th Oct '16 10:41:37 PM NESBoy
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The series was relaunched again with All-New Marvel NOW! and ended with issue #645. However some characters are going to appear in other titles separately. Valeria was [[BigBad a main character]] in a ComicBook/{{Runaways}} ComicBook/SecretWars2015 tie-in, and now Johnny Storm is appearing in ''Uncanny Inhumans'' and ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'' and the Thing has joined the Guardians of the Galaxy.

There have been several TV adaptations of the family, all [[AnimatedAdaptation animated]]; ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967'', a 1967 Creator/HannaBarbera series with many episode plots taken straight from the comics, ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'', the 1978 series with H.E.R.B.I.E the Robot in place of the Human Torch, ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'', a 1990s series that aired along with ''Iron Man'' as part of the "Marvel Action Hour/Marvel Action Universe", and ''[[WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes]]'', a 2006 Main/{{animesque}} [[Main/InternationalCoproduction French co-production]]. Ben also appeared in his own show in the late 1970s as part of ''Main/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing''; on that show he was reimagined as a mild-mannered teenager, who had the power to turn back and forth from the comic-book alter ego with the help of a magic ring. ("Thing Ring, do your thing!") ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' features the four as allies to the eponymous team.

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The series was relaunched again with All-New Marvel NOW! and ended with issue #645. However some characters are going to appear in other titles separately. Valeria was [[BigBad a main character]] in a ComicBook/{{Runaways}} ComicBook/SecretWars2015 tie-in, and now Johnny Storm is appearing in ''Uncanny Inhumans'' and ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'' and the Thing has joined the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Galaxy. As for Reed and Sue Richards, they currently have their hands full rebuilding TheMultiverse, which was destroyed in the lead-up to ''Secret Wars''.

There have been several TV adaptations of the family, all [[AnimatedAdaptation animated]]; ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967'', a 1967 Creator/HannaBarbera series with many episode plots taken straight from the comics, ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'', the 1978 series with H.E.R.B.I.E the Robot in place of the Human Torch, ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'', a 1990s series that aired along with ''Iron Man'' as part of the "Marvel Action Hour/Marvel Action Universe", and ''[[WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes]]'', a 2006 Main/{{animesque}} [[Main/InternationalCoproduction French co-production]]. Ben also appeared in his own show in the late 1970s as part of ''Main/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing''; on that show he was reimagined as a mild-mannered teenager, who had the power to turn back and forth from the comic-book alter ego with the help of a magic ring. ("Thing Ring, do your thing!") Oh, [[NeverTrustATitle and he never actually meets]] [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred and Barney]]. ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' features the four as allies to the eponymous team.
23rd Oct '16 2:17:55 AM Kirayoshi
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** ComicBook/SpiderMan sometimes takes this role for Franklin. Notably when he consoled Franklin after Johnny Storm's death. In a VideoWill he left behind, one of Johnny's reasons for asking Spider-Man to take his place in the team line-up was because he knew Franklin would be thrilled.
17th Oct '16 2:17:03 PM MegaJ
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The World's Greatest Team. The Dysfunctional TrueCompanions. Creator/MarvelComics' First Family.

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The World's Greatest Team. The Dysfunctional TrueCompanions. Creator/MarvelComics' First Family.
3rd Sep '16 12:03:52 PM nighttrainfm
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* MundaneUtility: Given the domestic feel of their comics, this also happens a lot - most obviously, Reed using his stretching powers to use multiple workstations at once.
3rd Aug '16 3:11:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* CasualHighDrop: During Creator/JohnByrne's tenure, he had She-Hulk substitute for Ben Grimm. While fighting against the mask of Doctor Doom (who'd presumably died), she fell from a top-story window of the Baxter Building, and plummeted many stories to the street below. Of course, this won't hurt She-Hulk much; she instead aimed to miss the people and cars to minimize the collateral damage. How thoughtful.
31st Jul '16 10:34:40 AM nombretomado
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* FollowTheLeader: By Stan Lee's [[WordOfGod own account]], the Fantastic Four were conceived as a way to cash in on the success of [[DCComics DC]]'s ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' series.

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* FollowTheLeader: By Stan Lee's [[WordOfGod own account]], the Fantastic Four were conceived as a way to cash in on the success of [[DCComics [[Creator/DCComics DC]]'s ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' series.
25th Jul '16 2:38:06 PM LentilSandEater
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** [{Justified|Trope}} via Retcon when it's revealed that [[spoiler:their powers were, in fact, based on their personalities, as Reed gave them their powers during a TimeyWimeyBall]].

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** [{Justified|Trope}} JustifiedTrope via Retcon when it's revealed that [[spoiler:their powers were, in fact, based on their personalities, as Reed gave them their powers during a TimeyWimeyBall]].



* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Susan used to have only invisibility in the early stories until Lee and Kirby realized that it was next to useless compared to the male members' powers. As a result, they gave Susan her force field powers, but it was only later under John Byrne's period that she learned to really make it a kick ass power set, using it with a new aggressiveness in battle. Since then, different writers have her being considered not only the most powerful member of the team, but one of the most powerful heroes, period.
** To give an example, she's used those forcefields to ''knock out the [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]''.
** It's further implied that if Sue didn't adhere to the rule of [[ThouShaltNotKill heroes not killing their enemies]] she could easily defeat most of her opponents by simply generating force field bubbles in their bodies and/or vital organs and making said force fields expand.
*** In ''Enemy Of The State'', Wolverine admits she's the only one of the four that scares him. Sue actually demonstrates how [[CombatPragmatist dirty she can fight]] if she wants to, by turning his retinas invisible, thus blinding him, then wrapping force fields around his lungs and threatening to crush them. That Wolvie was under HYDRA's mind-control at the time didn't stop her from subverting the IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight to hell and back, and she even lampshades this with something along the lines of: "I don't care who's controlling you, you come into my home, threaten my children, did you think I'd go '''easy''' on you?"

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* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Susan used to have only invisibility in the early stories until Lee and Kirby realized that it was next to useless compared to the male members' powers. As a result, they gave Susan her force field powers, but it was only later under John Byrne's period that she learned to really make it a kick ass power set, using it with a new aggressiveness in battle. Since then, different writers have her being considered not only the most powerful member of the team, but one of the most powerful heroes, period.
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period. To give an example, she's used those forcefields to ''knock out the [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]''.
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Hulk]]''. It's further implied that if Sue didn't adhere to the rule of [[ThouShaltNotKill heroes not killing their enemies]] she could easily defeat most of her opponents by simply generating force field bubbles in their bodies and/or vital organs and making said force fields expand.
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In ''Enemy Of The State'', Wolverine admits she's the only one of the four that scares him. Sue actually demonstrates how [[CombatPragmatist dirty she can fight]] if she wants to, by turning his retinas invisible, thus blinding him, then wrapping force fields around his lungs and threatening to crush them. That Wolvie was under HYDRA's mind-control at the time didn't stop her from subverting the IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight to hell and back, and she even lampshades hammers this in with something along the lines of: "I don't care who's controlling you, you come into my home, threaten my children, did you think I'd go '''easy''' on you?"
25th Jul '16 2:35:17 PM LentilSandEater
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* GuileHero: Invisible Woman should be portrayed as this. She shamed Ben Grimm into piloting the ship during the first issue. She was also told to distract many of the Silver Age male supervillains. After Psycho Man temporarily turned her into Malice she used her knowledge of Reed and Psycho Man's personalities to track him down and take revenge on him. When Dr. Doom stole the power cosmic from the Silver Surfer, she tricked him into flying into outer space when he couldn't. During the Civil War, she spied on Reed. As any real chessmaster/manipulative bastard/guile hero would tell you, the greatest achievements in theses tropes is to make certain that your opponents don't realize you are a social expert.

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* GuileHero: GuileHero:
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Invisible Woman should be portrayed as this. She shamed Ben Grimm into piloting the ship during the first issue. She was also told to distract many of the Silver Age male supervillains. After Psycho Man temporarily turned her into Malice she used her knowledge of Reed and Psycho Man's personalities to track him down and take revenge on him. When Dr. Doom stole the power cosmic from the Silver Surfer, she tricked him into flying into outer space when he couldn't. During the Civil War, she spied on Reed. As any real chessmaster/manipulative bastard/guile hero would tell you, the greatest achievements in theses tropes is to make certain that your opponents don't realize you are a social expert.



* HiddenDepths: Johnny generally acts like a teenager on hormonal overdrive, but he's generally portrayed as a skilled mechanic at the very least, and a competent planner at his best.

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* HiddenDepths: HiddenDepths:
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Johnny generally acts like a teenager on hormonal overdrive, but he's generally portrayed as a skilled mechanic at the very least, and a competent planner at his best.



* HonoraryUncle: Ben Grimm, to Franklin and Val. Much more than honorary as Ben is also Franklin's godfather and the closest thing Reed has to family (before Sue and Johnny came into his life). And Ben always refers to Franklin and Valeria as "nephew" and "niece"; it's likely [[TrueCompanions all four have forgotten they're not related by blood]].

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* HonoraryUncle: HonoraryUncle:
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Ben Grimm, to Franklin and Val. Much more than honorary as Ben is also Franklin's godfather and the closest thing Reed has to family (before Sue and Johnny came into his life). And Ben always refers to Franklin and Valeria as "nephew" and "niece"; it's likely [[TrueCompanions all four have forgotten they're not related by blood]].



** Then again, it's (maybe) possible Victor'd already had at least one doctorate under his belt and was pursuing another one at the time of the accident that scarred him.
*** Or, perhaps when he took over Latveria he had one of its universities give him an honorary degree.
** Or it doesn't matter. Even most doctors aren't smart enough to steal powers from cosmic beings.



* PersonalityPowers: Especially noticeable with the hot-headed Human Torch and the solid and stubborn Thing.

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* PersonalityPowers: PersonalityPowers:
** [{Justified|Trope}} via Retcon when it's revealed that [[spoiler:their powers were, in fact, based on their personalities, as Reed gave them their powers during a TimeyWimeyBall]].
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Especially noticeable with the hot-headed Human Torch and the solid and stubborn Thing.



** {{Justified|Trope}} via Retcon when it's revealed that [[spoiler:their powers were, in fact, based on their personalities, as Reed gave them their powers during a TimeyWimeyBall]].



* StatusQuoIsGod: The Thing gets turned into a human about once every few years, but always gets turned back, usually because he needs to help someone out.
** It's something of a running gag. Sometimes when it happens he actively tries to regain his powers as he feels useless and naked without them.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: StatusQuoIsGod:
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The Thing gets turned into a human about once every few years, but always gets turned back, usually because he needs to help someone out.
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out. It's something of a running gag. Sometimes when it happens he actively tries to regain his powers as he feels useless and naked without them.



** [[spoiler:Johnny dying a year before the FF's 50th anniversary.]] Yeaaaah, ''that'll'' stick.
*** [[spoiler:All part of the plan - Johnny ends up in the Negative Zone leading a FiveManBand to overthrow Annihilus and gains control over the Annihilation Wave.]] TookALevelInBadass indeed.

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** [[spoiler:Johnny dying a year before the FF's 50th anniversary.]] Yeaaaah, ''that'll'' stick.
*** [[spoiler:All part
stick. Then becomes a subversion when instead of the plan - Johnny simply coming back to life he [[spoiler: ends up in the Negative Zone leading a FiveManBand to overthrow Annihilus and gains control over the Annihilation Wave.]] TookALevelInBadass indeed.
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