Ranked Number 23 among the Top One Hundred Comic Book Villains
, this android is the Arch-Enemy
to The Avengers
as a whole. First created (in the In-Universe
meaning) by Hank Pym as a test in order to create the first true AI, the first thing the initially barrel-like robot ever did was attacking Pym
, and not in the "but I just want to play with dad
" sense: Ultron-1 already admitted to have "greater plans", wiped Pym's memory of what happened and then escaped; shortly afterwards, Ultron started updating his body and creating other copies of himself.
During Kurt Busiek
's critically acclaimed run on The Avengers
, Ultron crossed the Moral Event Horizon
by committing, essentially, genocide in the "Ultron Unlimited" storyline. He wiped out the population of a ruritanian Throwaway Country
only to turn said population's corpses into zombie-like cyborgs.
All of this accompanied by an army of Ultrons themselves. Yeah.
More recently, Ultron has gone on to his most heinous act yet
: a Take Over the World
scheme that actually worked.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The original Ultron was not built to be a homicidal robot. His own "children" have been similarly rebellious.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He regards Hank Pym as his father, and seeks the destruction of him, The Avengers, and the human race as a whole.
- Archenemy: Even though sometimes he focuses more in his "father" Henry Pym, he mostly is the archenemy of the Avengers as a whole.
- Archnemesis Dad: Towards the Vision and the Runaways Victor Mancha, both of whom he created, and whose relationship with him paralells his with Hank Pym.
- Back from the Dead: All the time. Ultron keeps backups of his programming all over the place, and is essentially unkillable in the grand scheme of things.
- Badass: If you can take on the entire avengers team at once and WIN in a story arc, you better believe you're this.
- Frickin' Laser Beams
- Heel-Face Turn: Mark 12, as he called himself, was the only version of Ultron who grew past his Oedipus Complex, gave up being a villain, and actually tried to get closer to Hank. Unfortunately, a surviving earlier version of Ultron found him and killed him, while also destroying the programming that allowed Mark 12 to not be a homicidal robot.
- Hero Killer: He's killed a number of heroes as part of his plans.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of Age of Ultron where he was shut down by Hank Pym for good.
- Killer Robot
- Kill All Humans
- Nigh Invulnerable: His body is usually made of adamantium and his mind can be easily transferred to other machines that can hold it, making it very hard to get rid of him.
- Turned Against Their Masters: which is the very first thing he does in his origin story.
- Oedipus Complex: An all-out theme for him. He wants to murder his "father," Hank Pym, and has attempted to transform Hank's wife Jan into a robot (named "Jocasta").
- Omnicidal Maniac: Especially blatant in The Avengers' Ultron Unlimited Story Arc, where he wipes out an entire nation's population and replaces the corpses with cyborgs.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: At times.
- Robotic Psychopath
- Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: Level 4
- Tangled Family Tree: He's created by Hank Pym but considering the number of children created by Ultron, it's hard to know who's relatives with who.
- You Monster!: He's frequently addressed in canon as such, and justified as he's not human.
Whirlwind (David Cannon)