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13th Feb '14 8:26:30 AM LadyMomus
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Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Morbius has fought [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]] ever since his first appearance in ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #101 (October 1971), occasionally working together or fighting against several other [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] characters, perhaps most commonly with ComicBook/{{Blade}}. He was also seen as a character in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Spider-ManTheAnimatedSeries}} Spider-Man: The Animated Series]]''.

Michael Morbius, also known as "The Living Vampire", was a Nobel Prize-winning scientist suffering from a fatal blood disease. In hopes of curing this illness he treated himself with fluids distilled from vampire bats and, as a last chance, tried shock-treatment as a way to electrically create blood cells. This "cured" him by transforming him into a vampiric being that lusts after blood as a way to counter the disease. He also gained several other vampiric attributes, such as white skin, fangs, [[WeakenedByTheLight an allergy to sunlight]] (since he isn't undead, sunlight won't kill him outright, but his lack of melanin leads to quick burns), SuperStrength, a HealingFactor, and hollow bones which give him the capability of flight. Later he gains more supernatural abilities like hypnosis.

Because of his need to drink blood from living victims (stored blood contains too much anticoagulants for his body to handle, or the need to kill stays even after the physical need is satisfied) Morbius wallows in guilt and tries to find both an alternative substance to blood and a way to cure himself -- without much success. At best he has been able to change back into a human for some periods of time, but either has soon reverted back or retained the need to drink blood.

Despite all this, he's generally willing to help or at least unwilling to harm people he sees as innocent or has a closer relationship with.

He had a new series in January 2013 as part of MarvelNOW! that lasted nine issues.

If you were looking for the unconnected ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Brain Of Morbius", go [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius}} here]].
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Tropes seen in this series include:
* AbortedArc: The ''Strange Tales'' story where Morbius goes to New Orleans to help Martine's niece. It is left on a {{cliffhanger}} too.
* AlliterativeName
* AntiHero / AntiVillain: In his original 70's series, later got turned more into a NinetiesAntiHero.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Some of this in the earlier comics, both Martine and Amanda. He's also responsible for She-Hulk's current condition, it being the side effect of a potential cure he was going to use on himself.
* BadAssLongCoat: Michael 'borrows' one from a man on the subway during his fight with Noah, and is seen wearing it later on.
* BadDreams
* BlessedWithSuck
* CurbStompBattle: His (and Doc Ock!Spider-Man)'s battle between Nikoleta is easily this, with both of them being taken out twice and Nikoleta managing to beat the hell out of Michael and leave him in a burning building before disappearing.
* DeathByOriginStory: Nikos
* DeadpanSnarker: Shades of this in a few of his appearances, especially in the Marvel NOW! Series.
* DontLookAtMe: In ''Morbius'' #1 Michael says this while trying to hide his face when he is confronted by his ex-fiancée Martine.
* DrGenericius
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EnfantTerrible: Tara
* EvilAlbino: Vic Slaughter
* EvilCounterpart: Vic Slaughter
* EvilVersusEvil: When he first showed up, he fought the Lizard as well as Spider-Man.
* FanService: Unless there was another reason for [[http://media.tumblr.com/a77845eba3b82d26f58eb5334d736507/tumblr_inline_mkghdpNkRB1qz4rgp.jpg this page.]]
* GameFace: In his first appearance when attacking.
* GeniusCripple: Before being 'cured' and turned into a vampire at least. He won a Nobel prize but didn't attend the ceremony, because even lifting a tea cup caused the bones in his fingers to break.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfWoman: Applied to Amanda in ''Vampire Tales'' #7 though she suspects it was more because she insulted Morbius by calling him a vampire.
* GoneHorriblyWrong
* HorrorHunger
* IAmAMonster
* InSeriesNickName: Becky refers to Michael as 'Mike' when introducing him to members of Brownsville, and seems content to stick with that much to his chagrin. Him constantly correcting her has become a bit of a RunningGag.
* LimitedWardrobe
* MuggingTheMonster:
** Subverted in the NinetiesAntiHero comic as this happens soon after Morbius has found a way to make himself human again, and thus is unable to defend himself against several robbers (but gets revenge later).
** Played straight in other comics where people have tried to steal from a "corpse" or robbers have mistaken him as a harmless hobo.
** Members of the [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Friends of Humanity]] attack him because they think him to be a mutant. He would likely have killed them if Spider-Man hadn't stopped him. (Then again, this is [[TooDumbToLive far from the first time]] the Friends of Humanity have made this mistake.)
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Blood-Tide, Death-Flame, Vic Slaughter...
* NotQuiteFlight: His hollow bones give him rather incredible gliding powers.
* OneManArmy: Manages to take out all of Noah St. Germaine's thugs as well as the people working for the Rose single-handedly.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** Besides himself being different (notice the "living vampire" moniker), he also inadvertently created another different vampire called Blade.
** The [[SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries 90s cartoon depiction]] makes him even weirder by giving him myriad small, leech-like mouths in each hand, causing him to feed by grabbing hold of victims and sucking out the blood through them, instead of biting necks. It was supposed to make him more "kid friendly". Most would say it had quite the opposite effect. He spent a brief period of time as a hulking anthropomorphic bat version of himself as well.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: To his defence he was running out of time and had tested at least ''some'' parts.
* ReligionOfEvil: Has battled against these more than once, which is ironic, seeing how he likes to remind people that he's a rational scientist.
* ResistTheBeast
* ShirtlessScene: Both the 90's series and the Marvel NOW! run have quite a few of these.
* TheSouthpaw: If [[http://fyeahmichaelmorbius.tumblr.com/image/73305099509 this image]] is anything to go by.
* TheHunter
* ThirdPersonPerson: Morbius himself at times, though it's not very consistent from one appearance to the next.
* TranshumanTreachery
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: Morbius didn't think highly of his appearance even as a human, and turning into a vampire didn't help at all. In contrast, quite a few of the higher members of the Hell-Fire cult are handsome and beautiful.
* UndeathAlwaysEnds
* VampireBitesSuck
* VampireVords: His accent in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Jack Russell aka ComicBook/WerewolfByNight.
* WhatHaveIBecome
* WhoWritesThisCrap / SelfDeprecation: In ''Marvel Zombies'' Comicbook/WerewolfByNight takes a jab at Morbius: "Ha! You're such a cliché. So emo all the time about the tragedy of bloodlust like some bad ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic."
* WigDressAccent: In ''Strange Tales: Blade'', Morbius disguises himself as human to meet with Martine's relatives, which stretches quite a bit to PaperThinDisguise. Though he does wear reasonably normal clothes as opposed to his leather wear, he does nothing to his white skin, fangs, pointy ears or claws, making everyone creeped out by him. While he's not recognized as Michael Morbius, one of the family soon starts to suspect him to be a vampire and goes straight to ComicBook/{{Blade}} for help. Truly a Nobel-price winning scientist at work.
* WouldntHurtAChild: The only type of prey Morbius is rarely seen to attack.
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Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Morbius has fought [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]] ever since his first appearance in ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #101 (October 1971), occasionally working together or fighting against several other [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] characters, perhaps most commonly with ComicBook/{{Blade}}. He was also seen as a character in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Spider-ManTheAnimatedSeries}} Spider-Man: The Animated Series]]''.

Michael Morbius, also known as "The Living Vampire", was a Nobel Prize-winning scientist suffering from a fatal blood disease. In hopes of curing this illness he treated himself with fluids distilled from vampire bats and, as a last chance, tried shock-treatment as a way to electrically create blood cells. This "cured" him by transforming him into a vampiric being that lusts after blood as a way to counter the disease. He also gained several other vampiric attributes, such as white skin, fangs, [[WeakenedByTheLight an allergy to sunlight]] (since he isn't undead, sunlight won't kill him outright, but his lack of melanin leads to quick burns), SuperStrength, a HealingFactor, and hollow bones which give him the capability of flight. Later he gains more supernatural abilities like hypnosis.

Because of his need to drink blood from living victims (stored blood contains too much anticoagulants for his body to handle, or the need to kill stays even after the physical need is satisfied) Morbius wallows in guilt and tries to find both an alternative substance to blood and a way to cure himself -- without much success. At best he has been able to change back into a human for some periods of time, but either has soon reverted back or retained the need to drink blood.

Despite all this, he's generally willing to help or at least unwilling to harm people he sees as innocent or has a closer relationship with.

He had a new series in January 2013 as part of MarvelNOW! that lasted nine issues.

If you were looking for the unconnected ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Brain Of Morbius", go [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius}} here]].
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Tropes seen in this series include:
* AbortedArc: The ''Strange Tales'' story where Morbius goes to New Orleans to help Martine's niece. It is left on a {{cliffhanger}} too.
* AlliterativeName
* AntiHero / AntiVillain: In his original 70's series, later got turned more into a NinetiesAntiHero.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Some of this in the earlier comics, both Martine and Amanda. He's also responsible for She-Hulk's current condition, it being the side effect of a potential cure he was going to use on himself.
* BadAssLongCoat: Michael 'borrows' one from a man on the subway during his fight with Noah, and is seen wearing it later on.
* BadDreams
* BlessedWithSuck
* CurbStompBattle: His (and Doc Ock!Spider-Man)'s battle between Nikoleta is easily this, with both of them being taken out twice and Nikoleta managing to beat the hell out of Michael and leave him in a burning building before disappearing.
* DeathByOriginStory: Nikos
* DeadpanSnarker: Shades of this in a few of his appearances, especially in the Marvel NOW! Series.
* DontLookAtMe: In ''Morbius'' #1 Michael says this while trying to hide his face when he is confronted by his ex-fiancée Martine.
* DrGenericius
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EnfantTerrible: Tara
* EvilAlbino: Vic Slaughter
* EvilCounterpart: Vic Slaughter
* EvilVersusEvil: When he first showed up, he fought the Lizard as well as Spider-Man.
* FanService: Unless there was another reason for [[http://media.tumblr.com/a77845eba3b82d26f58eb5334d736507/tumblr_inline_mkghdpNkRB1qz4rgp.jpg this page.]]
* GameFace: In his first appearance when attacking.
* GeniusCripple: Before being 'cured' and turned into a vampire at least. He won a Nobel prize but didn't attend the ceremony, because even lifting a tea cup caused the bones in his fingers to break.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfWoman: Applied to Amanda in ''Vampire Tales'' #7 though she suspects it was more because she insulted Morbius by calling him a vampire.
* GoneHorriblyWrong
* HorrorHunger
* IAmAMonster
* InSeriesNickName: Becky refers to Michael as 'Mike' when introducing him to members of Brownsville, and seems content to stick with that much to his chagrin. Him constantly correcting her has become a bit of a RunningGag.
* LimitedWardrobe
* MuggingTheMonster:
** Subverted in the NinetiesAntiHero comic as this happens soon after Morbius has found a way to make himself human again, and thus is unable to defend himself against several robbers (but gets revenge later).
** Played straight in other comics where people have tried to steal from a "corpse" or robbers have mistaken him as a harmless hobo.
** Members of the [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Friends of Humanity]] attack him because they think him to be a mutant. He would likely have killed them if Spider-Man hadn't stopped him. (Then again, this is [[TooDumbToLive far from the first time]] the Friends of Humanity have made this mistake.)
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Blood-Tide, Death-Flame, Vic Slaughter...
* NotQuiteFlight: His hollow bones give him rather incredible gliding powers.
* OneManArmy: Manages to take out all of Noah St. Germaine's thugs as well as the people working for the Rose single-handedly.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** Besides himself being different (notice the "living vampire" moniker), he also inadvertently created another different vampire called Blade.
** The [[SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries 90s cartoon depiction]] makes him even weirder by giving him myriad small, leech-like mouths in each hand, causing him to feed by grabbing hold of victims and sucking out the blood through them, instead of biting necks. It was supposed to make him more "kid friendly". Most would say it had quite the opposite effect. He spent a brief period of time as a hulking anthropomorphic bat version of himself as well.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: To his defence he was running out of time and had tested at least ''some'' parts.
* ReligionOfEvil: Has battled against these more than once, which is ironic, seeing how he likes to remind people that he's a rational scientist.
* ResistTheBeast
* ShirtlessScene: Both the 90's series and the Marvel NOW! run have quite a few of these.
* TheSouthpaw: If [[http://fyeahmichaelmorbius.tumblr.com/image/73305099509 this image]] is anything to go by.
* TheHunter
* ThirdPersonPerson: Morbius himself at times, though it's not very consistent from one appearance to the next.
* TranshumanTreachery
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: Morbius didn't think highly of his appearance even as a human, and turning into a vampire didn't help at all. In contrast, quite a few of the higher members of the Hell-Fire cult are handsome and beautiful.
* UndeathAlwaysEnds
* VampireBitesSuck
* VampireVords: His accent in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Jack Russell aka ComicBook/WerewolfByNight.
* WhatHaveIBecome
* WhoWritesThisCrap / SelfDeprecation: In ''Marvel Zombies'' Comicbook/WerewolfByNight takes a jab at Morbius: "Ha! You're such a cliché. So emo all the time about the tragedy of bloodlust like some bad ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic."
* WigDressAccent: In ''Strange Tales: Blade'', Morbius disguises himself as human to meet with Martine's relatives, which stretches quite a bit to PaperThinDisguise. Though he does wear reasonably normal clothes as opposed to his leather wear, he does nothing to his white skin, fangs, pointy ears or claws, making everyone creeped out by him. While he's not recognized as Michael Morbius, one of the family soon starts to suspect him to be a vampire and goes straight to ComicBook/{{Blade}} for help. Truly a Nobel-price winning scientist at work.
* WouldntHurtAChild: The only type of prey Morbius is rarely seen to attack.
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5th Feb '14 8:39:25 AM fq
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* AbortedArc:
** The ''Strange Tales'' story where Morbius goes to New Orleans to help Martine's niece. It is left on a {{cliffhanger}} too.
** His appearance in [[spoiler:''Amazing {{Spider-Man}}'']] pretty much makes his Legion of Monsters appearance accepting his vampirism and running Monster City this.

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* AbortedArc:
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AbortedArc: The ''Strange Tales'' story where Morbius goes to New Orleans to help Martine's niece. It is left on a {{cliffhanger}} too. \n** His appearance in [[spoiler:''Amazing {{Spider-Man}}'']] pretty much makes his Legion of Monsters appearance accepting his vampirism and running Monster City this.
29th Jan '14 3:08:34 PM fq
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* WhoWritesThisCrap?! / SelfDeprecation: In M''arvel Zombies'' Comicbook/WerewolfByNight takes a jab at Morbius: "Ha! You're such a cliché. So emo all the time about the tragedy of bloodlust like some bad ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic."

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* WhoWritesThisCrap?! WhoWritesThisCrap / SelfDeprecation: In M''arvel ''Marvel Zombies'' Comicbook/WerewolfByNight takes a jab at Morbius: "Ha! You're such a cliché. So emo all the time about the tragedy of bloodlust like some bad ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic."
25th Jan '14 11:37:49 AM fq
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* ShirtlessScene: Both the 90's series and the Marvel NOW! run have quite a few of these.

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* ShirtlessScene: Both the 90's series and the Marvel NOW! run have quite a few of these.these.
* TheSouthpaw: If [[http://fyeahmichaelmorbius.tumblr.com/image/73305099509 this image]] is anything to go by.
15th Nov '13 7:20:15 AM erforce
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* VampireVords: His accent in ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.

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* VampireVords: His accent in ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.



* WhoWritesThisCrap?! / SelfDeprecation: In Marvel Zombies WerewolfByNight takes a jab at Morbius: "Ha! You're such a cliché. So emo all the time about the tragedy of bloodlust like some bad ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic."

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* WhoWritesThisCrap?! / SelfDeprecation: In Marvel Zombies WerewolfByNight M''arvel Zombies'' Comicbook/WerewolfByNight takes a jab at Morbius: "Ha! You're such a cliché. So emo all the time about the tragedy of bloodlust like some bad ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic."
14th Oct '13 4:21:02 PM GlitchintheSystem
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10th Sep '13 3:09:25 PM NoirSonRX
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As of January 2013 he stars in an ongoing series that is part of MarvelNOW.

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As of He had a new series in January 2013 he stars in an ongoing series that is as part of MarvelNOW.
MarvelNOW! that lasted nine issues.
29th Aug '13 4:20:06 PM LT
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* FanService: Unless there was another reason for [[http://http://media.tumblr.com/a77845eba3b82d26f58eb5334d736507/tumblr_inline_mkghdpNkRB1qz4rgp.jpg this page.]]

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* FanService: Unless there was another reason for [[http://http://media.[[http://media.tumblr.com/a77845eba3b82d26f58eb5334d736507/tumblr_inline_mkghdpNkRB1qz4rgp.jpg this page.]]
29th Aug '13 4:19:03 PM LT
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* Fanservice: Unless there was another reason for [[http://http://media.tumblr.com/a77845eba3b82d26f58eb5334d736507/tumblr_inline_mkghdpNkRB1qz4rgp.jpg this page.]]

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* Fanservice: FanService: Unless there was another reason for [[http://http://media.tumblr.com/a77845eba3b82d26f58eb5334d736507/tumblr_inline_mkghdpNkRB1qz4rgp.jpg this page.]]
29th Aug '13 4:18:44 PM LT
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* Fanservice: Unless there was another reason for [[http://http://media.tumblr.com/a77845eba3b82d26f58eb5334d736507/tumblr_inline_mkghdpNkRB1qz4rgp.jpg this page.]]
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