[[folder:The comics]]
!!YMMV for [[Comicbook/FantasticFour The Comics]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Sure, Reed is normally portrayed as brilliant and somewhat arrogant (more so after ''Civil War''), but read [[http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/9093/1254471298216.jpg these]] [[http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/1604/1254471358579.jpg pages]] to see the HiddenDepths to the character. Doubles as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} and TearJerker.
*** In brief: Reed is just a humble scientist who couldn't care less about being famous or admired. His quest to turn his best friends into revered superheroes was all just penance for robbing them of the chance to live normal lives, because he knew they would have been exploited and used as lab experiments if they didn't have the public's love on their side.
** Alternatively, Reed is a VillainWithGoodPublicity and the only reason he has yet to TakeOverTheWorld it is because SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom keeps distracting him.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Dr. Doom is an incredibly popular villain, which can lead to [[JerkassDissonance dissonance]] between exactly how evil and villainous he is and exactly how evil and villainous his fans ''think'' he is.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Darla Deering, one of Jonny's love interest, due to being a GenkiGirl with pink hair.
** Valeria has become incredibly popular for the sheer adorable factor her TokenEvilTeammate acts, along with her JerkWithAHeartOfGold tendencies.
* FashionVictimVillain:
** Some people think Wizard looks somewhat silly with his odd shaped helmet and pink spandex costume.
** Trapster when he was called Paste Pot Pete seemed to fit the bill, back then he looked like a rather sloppy MadArtist (with a beret, giant bow tie and goofy mustache) rather then a fearsome super villain. Some of his later costumes were an improvement.
* HoYay:
** There's an alternate universe where Reed married ''Johnny''. Nuff said.
** Johnny and Spider-Man have some epic bromance moments, including (but not limited to) Peter joking that Johnny got him [[MisterSeahorse pregnant]].
** To say nothing of Doom's obsession with Reed (there are LOTS of disturbing fanfics about the two) and Ben's sometimes heartwarmingly (and awkwardly) close relationships with both Reed and Johnny.
* JerkassWoobie: Thing started out as one, constantly lamenting about his appearance and picking fights with Johnny at every given opportunity, going so far as to threaten [[CarFu throwing a car at him]]. This tension reached the ultimate breaking point when, Johnny, after a massive argument with Ben, temporarily quit the FF, of which Ben couldn't have been more happy. Even when his relationship with Alicia began, it was constantly riddled with {{Wangst}} over the fact that Alicia preferred The Thing over Ben.
* MagnificentBastard: SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom is a perfect example in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Through a lethal combination of magic, technological prowess, and manipulative brilliance he's been their definitive supervillain (and '''THE''' definitive supervillain), and the BigBad of more crisis crossovers than can conveniently be counted. When a Norse God and the Devil both consider you a WorthyOpponent you qualify in a major way.
* MarySuetopia: Latveria, DependingOnTheWriter, in which case Dr. Doom's reign is depicted to be unrealistically benevolent.
* MemeticMutation:
** "It's clobberin' time!"
** Dr. Doom's habit of [[SayMyName shouting Reed Richards' last name]].
** [[ActuallyADoombot It was a Doombot.]]
** "FLAME ON!"
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Creator/MarkWaid hated the NobleDemon characterization of Doom, so when he came aboard the book he did an arc where Doom {{flay|edAlive}}s his [[childhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] alive and [[{{Squick}} makes her skin into a new suit of armor]]. Unsurprisingly, this didn't take, and Doom has since returned to his AntiVillain characterization. That said, the general consensus is that it is a very good story and many fans give Doom props for not crossing the MoralEventHorizon so much as [[CrossesTheLineTwice blasting through it with a rocket launcher]]. His actions in the story are still very much canon, as well.
** Many fans also believe that Reed himself crossed during ''Comicbook/CivilWar'', in which he constructed a HellholePrison in a dimension that literally sucks the life out of you, then shipped several of his friends there without trial in the name of "national security." Even post-''Comicbook/DarkReign'', [[KarmaHoudini he has paid for none of this]].
* NamesTheSame: Nathanial Richards shares a name with Kang the Conqueror. They're different characters, though it's strongly implied the man who would become Kang was not only his direct descendant, but was inspired by the time-traveling ventures of his namesake who created the very utopia he grew disenchanted with, making him something of a LegacyCharacter.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Has any writer ever let [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] forget he used to have a crush on Sue?
*** Namor ''still'' [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/4715404.html#cutid1 has a crush on Sue]]. Sue will never live down the fact that she used to crush on him, too.
** A lot Reed's [[FairForItsDay early]] {{characterization|MarchesOn}} was [[http://media.tumblr.com/fd54e518afbfb9a9cae9f462fc7c2ae2/tumblr_inline_moibh4dsDa1qz4rgp.jpg quite sexist]]. Add that with the panel of [[http://media.tumblr.com/18b4c8045796b5c9c4c58355f69e4247/tumblr_inline_mv8lky6Dyg1soo5ac.jpg Richard slapping Sue]]. ItMakesSenseInContext [[note]]Richard was attempting a GetAHoldOfYourselfMan[[/note]], but it along with the aforementioned Namor having a crush on Sue, is often joking used as proof the Namor would make a better husband.
** Trapster was originally named Paste Pot Pete before he changed his name to Trapster, a fact that many heroes and villains have mocked him for.
* NightmareFuel: The Puppet Master is a creepy enough villain to start with by his powers alone, but he's even more nightmarish when he was drawn by Jack Kirby. Kirby draws him looking like a sentient ventriloquist dummy, bearing a smile that makes TheJoker look tame.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's hard to believe how much this comic actually played with Superhero tropes at the time it originally debuted, and in the 1990s, it makes the Fantastic Four look flat out tame in comparison. For starters, we had a superhero with a somewhat monstrous appearance (The Thing), the fact that the team actually spent a lot of their time fighting with each other, and that they didn't even use secret identities. Now after seeing ''way'' more Team angst and more deformed superheroes, the Fantatsic Four looks almost safe in comparison.
* {{Squick}}: Reed and Sue's first meeting being LoveAtFirstSight... when she was ''twelve''. Matt Fraction has since {{retcon}}ned this version of their first meeting out of existence. It was actually one-sided on Sue's part making it more of a PrecociousCrush to the college-age Reed. It's only when Sue [[ShesAllGrownUp matured]] by the time they met again for the fateful rocketship journey that Reed took an interest.
* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler:The Last Stand of Johnny Storm.]]
** Ben [[spoiler: grieving for him afterward]]. Never has a fight between Thing and Hulk been more heartbreaking.
* ToyShip: Val and Bentley are a popular pairing, particular because they both act as {{Token Evil Teammate}}s. Hell, it's not as if it's not essentially encouraged (Val actually says she'll kiss Bently when she's old enough, and Bentley actually says [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments "I think I love you"]]).
* VillainSue: Creator/MarkMillar's controversial character "the Marquis of Death" may be a straight example or a subversion, depending on how you look at it. He was a DiabolusExNihilo more powerful than ''Galactus'' who claimed to be [[TheManBehindTheMan the man behind Dr. Doom]], at whom he got pissed for becoming a NobleDemon rather than the CardCarryingVillain he wanted him to be. He effortlessly {{Mind Rape}}s and kills Doom, then declares himself Doom's successor. The subversion comes a few issues later when [[spoiler:Doom comes back, reveals the Marquis didn't kill him properly, and blows him to Hell]]. Even with that considered, it's still generally thought of as a terrible story.
* TheWoobie: Ben Grimm, mutated into the monstrous-looking Thing, but also one of the most respected and beloved superheroes in the Marvel universe. WordOfGod has stated that The Thing is the most beloved superhero in the entire Marvel Universe. This makes him analogous to {{Nightwing}} of DCComics.

[[folder:The Animated Series]]
!!YMMV for [[WesternAnimation/FantasticFour The Animated Series]]
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: The ''Frankenstein'' spoof in "The Silver Surfer and the Coming of Galactus" doesn't have much to do with the plot, but it's funny.
** [[CovertPervert Reed]]'s... pleased reaction to Susan still wearing her ''[[EvilIsSexy very]]'' sexy [[EvilCostumeSwitch Malice]] costume at the end.
*** More than one HappilyMarried moment between Sue and Reed [[SickeninglySweethearts crosses into this]]. The Latin-American Spanish version makes it even funnier thanks to how the VA delivers Reed's lines ''almost completely seriously''.
** The huge lampshade to Johnny and Crystal's StrangledbyTheRedString situation. [[spoiler: In one episode, Crystal sends out [[BigFriendlyDog Lockjaw]] so he can guide Johnny to a prospect meeting spot. [[RunningGag They never find it.]]]]
* GrowingTheBeard: Season two.
* RecycledScript: Both seasons end with Doctor Doom claiming the power of the Silver Surfer. The second season production team actually did this on purpose. They felt that the first season's take on the classic comic story was poorly handled and deserved a better adaptation.
* SoBadItsGood: Johnny's Human Torch rap and Ben/The Thing's "Clobberin' Time" rap.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The Thing's DisneyDeath after being beaten senseless by The Hulk in "Nightmare In Green". The Hulk feels guilty for making Alicia cry.]]
** In "And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them," the four lose their powers in a nuclear explosion and Ben is overjoyed to be normal again. [[spoiler:However, he is forced to reclaim his powers to save the team and Daredevil from Doctor Doom - ruining his plans for a normal life with Alicia. Poor guy even crushes the ring he was going to propose with.]]
** Sue and Johnny are reunited with their fugitive father, however it is cut-short [[spoiler:when he is killed in a Skrull plot]]. The team head off to the Skrull homeworld for revenge, and discover the one responsible, Morrat, not only set up a trap for them by having them lose their powers, but wanted to usurp the Skrull Emperor, with his fiancee (and the Emperor's daughter) at his side. It eventually ends with them getting their powers back, [[spoiler:and Morrat's treachery exposed. The Emperor's orders Morrat's execution, and his daughter almost [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] for him, but Sue's force field protects her, deflecting the beam to Morrat. The Emperor's daughter grieves over Morrat's dead body, The Emperor decides to end any hostilities with the team for saving his daughter's life, and confirms Morrat killed Sue and Johnny's father. The four realize although they get their revenge, it doesn't make them feel any better]].