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     Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic) 

Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Sometimes extending as far as Ditzy Genius. Whenever there's a Broke Episode, Reed is usually the culprit.
  • Action Hero: He is actively involved in the battles of his heroic team.
  • Alliterative Name: Reed Richards.
  • Arch-Enemy: Doctor Doom.
  • Anti-Villain: Becomes this in the 'Perfect world' storyline. While he still has good intentions and didn't push the button himself; it doesn't change the fact (as he himself points out) that he helped murder an entire team of superheroes and destroy an inhabited planet.
  • Badass Bookworm: Something that tends to get lost in many adaptations. People like to forget that in his younger days he did some very Indiana Jones-esque missions for the US government and, oh yeah, stole a rocket and tried to fly to the moon.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: The body of Ultimate Marvel's Mr. Fantastic is an infinitely extensible fluid-filled sack containing, in place of an alimentary canal and other organs, just a squishable bolus of microbes that perform all metabolic functions.
  • Chosen Conception Partner: Double Subverted. His college sweetheart, Alyssa Moy turned him down because she believed that she should try and have children with less intelligent men to smarten up the future generation. When this didn't work out, she became interested in Reed again, but by this time, he was Happily Married.
  • Depending on the Writer: Reed's disposition varies from series to series. Sometimes he's nice but a bit unnecessarily gruff, sometimes he's a complete Jerkass, sometimes he's just absent minded.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Reed used to smoke a pipe from time to time, before it became PC not to smoke.
  • Enemy Mine: Happens a lot with major antagonists for Reed such as with Doctor Doom and Galactus.
    • Notable when Reed's daughter Valeria brokered a deal with Doom. Doom will work with the Future Foundation to bring down a group of amoral alternate Reed Richards. In exchange, they would heal his super-intelligence crippling brain damage. Doom upon being restored gathers a summit of the FF's most intelligent enemies to work on strategies to kill the Reeds. At the Foundation's headquarters.
  • Foil: To his brother-in-law Johnny. Reed is law-abiding hero with a sense of duty who plans things ahead for his teammates, while Johnny is a reckless Leeroy Jenkins hero who has little care about laws and want to do what is right. Both Reed and Johnny also took different sides during the Civil War events.
  • Happily Married: To Susan.
  • Jerkass: Can be one at times though it will usually be followed by a Jerk with a Heart of Gold moment.
    • It really depends on the era the book was written and who is writing it. In the 60's he came off as bit offish and the early 70's had him as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Afterwards, he's been consistently portrayed as the Nice Guy, at least until recently.
  • Karma Houdini: For the most part during the Civil War storyline. He did some pretty heinous things without any repercussions.
  • Master of Disguise: Mr. Fantastic has infrequently used his stretching powers to assume a different face.
  • My Greatest Failure: Being responsible for changing Ben into the Thing, as well as his failure in being able to reverse it, gives Reed a lot of grief.
    • To a lesser extent, he feels like he wrecked Sue and Johnny as well, having ruined all three of their chances to live normal lives; it being his idea to steal the starship that led to the events granting them their powers. His formation of the Fantastic Four and turning the team into celebrities is his attempt to make up for it.
  • Nay-Theist: Reed is stated to be a humanist, although he does believe in the existence of God.
    • Fridge Brilliance: Reed and the others have all met God face to face, and He even brought Ben Back from the Dead. What kind of pathetic excuse for a scientist would he have to be to meet God in person and reject the scientific evidence that he exists? It doesn't mean the experience would have to change his philosophy though, which is why Reed still identifies as humanist.
  • Not So Different: With Victor. Although they're on opposite ends of the good vs. evil thing, both Reed and Doom are insanely intelligent, somewhat condescending, and often only care about completing whatever task at hand will best benefit whatever, tossing aside everything else. They both also fall into the same spectrum in the Order Versus Chaos area (being the "lawful" type character).
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Reed is an expert in biochemistry, human and alien biology, chemistry, communications, computers, electronics, energy generation, electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineering, extra-dimensional travel, holography, mutations, all levels of physics, robotics, space travel, spectral analysis, synthetic polymers, time travel, transportation, and more.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't mess with his kids.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Reed can stretch any part of his body — and yes, it has come up in subtext that this is why he and Sue are so Happily Married.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Once Fridge Logic catches up with him, anyway.
    • Also subverted in that he does invent many things that have everyday uses. Most of them are bought by companies with competing products in order to keep them from hitting the streets and putting them out of business.
    • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: In universes when Reed is not bound by Status Quo Is God, he's capable of even more amazing scientific accomplishments than in the main 616 verse.
    • Alternately, consider this: It has been somewhat established that one year of comic book time is 4 years in real time. So despite passing only 10 years in the comic world, (40 years for the readers), they've advanced to a level equal to us if not more (though the validity of this is fluid at times.)
  • Rubber Man: His body can stretch.
  • Science Hero: He uses science in the name of heroism.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: With frequent requests from Ben to dial it down a notch so everyone else can understand.
  • Skunk Stripe: His hair includes grey temples.
  • Small Steps Hero: What originally made Reed different from Doom. While Doom believes Utopia Justifies the Means, Reed will forego scientific progress if it harms too many people. Later stories, however, started to revoke this.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Against Doctor Doom. With no board. Finishing a game started decades before. While setting things in motion to thwart Doom. Who's basically doing the same thing.
  • The Smart Guy: Even by Marvel standards where everyone seems to have a minimum IQ of 240, Reed is recognised as the go to guy for intelligence.
  • Teen Genius: Entered university at age 14, had doctorates by the age of 20.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Often finds himself in this situation, particularly in regards to Doctor Doom's Diplomatic Impunity. Unfortunately, he often ends up siding in the "lawful" in many of these situations as evident with his hesitation trying to break international law to capture Doctor Doom and the events during the Civil War events where he sided with the Pro-Registration superheroes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Reed will usually always pick out the easiest solution, not giving any foresight to matters such as tact, emotions, feelings, practicality, or possible future consequences (such as permanently shrinking an alien race to evacuate them off a doomed planet, or turning Skrulls into cows without considering the ramifications of ingesting alien flesh or the morality of it). When this happens, Sue will usually call him out on it.
    • One of the interesting common threads in alternate-universe Marvel stories is that in the event something terrible happens to Sue, Franklin, and/or Valeria, Reed will immediately go straight off the deep end. He's relying so heavily upon his family to keep him in check that if the unthinkable happens, he rapidly goes through all the stages of grief and right into insanity. This can be seen most clearly in the What If? where Sue died while giving birth to Franklin; Reed ignores the baby in favor of going on a suicide run against Annihilus. In more modern stories, Reed goes instantly nuts in the Marvel Zombies universe when Franklin and Valeria are killed.
    • Made a plot-point in Jonathan Hickman's run. Reed is faced with two choices. One: run off and join an interdimensional Council of Reeds from different universes committed to making creation itself a better place—ahem, by any means necessary, up to and including murdering Beyonders, killing Galactuses and carving up solar systems. The other choice is to stay at home in the 616 with his loving family and be the father to Franklin that Nathaniel never was to Reed. The Council of Reeds is by far the more logical choice—Valeria and even Nathaniel (a little) call him out on it—but Reed stalwartly refuses. Why? One reason: Franklin. The one thing our Reed created that all those other Reeds, with all their science and vast machinery and good intentions never could.

     Susan Storm-Richards (The Invisible Girl/Woman) 

Susan Storm-Richards (The Invisible Girl/Woman)

  • Action Girl: She's generally portrayed as the strongest member of the team these days. Doctor Doom is more afraid of her than he is of The Thing.
  • Action Mom
  • Alliterative Name: Before she got married, anyway. Susan "Sue" Storm
  • Barrier Warrior: She uses forcefields in combat.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: During the Civil War storyline, she confronted Reed about his pro-registration stance and Reed stated that he did it all to protect Sue. Sue then proceeded to send an invisible column above and below all 35 floors of the Baxter building and asked Reed if she looked like she needed protection.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Johnny.
  • Cleavage Window: Her 90s outfit.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Johnny.
  • Custom Uniform: Early on, Sue experimented with a miniskirt variation that didn't last. Then came the Stripperific outfit in the 90s, followed by a more modest variation.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Faux Action Girl: She started off as one of these, but Character Development kicked in.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Her force-fields act as this.
  • Guile Hero: 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 a mountain. 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.
  • Happily Married: To Reed.
  • Heart Is An Awesome Power: Once the writers found out some really creative ways to use her powers...
  • Hello, Nurse!
  • Instant Armor: She's used her forcefields in this way once or twice.
  • Leotard of Power: Her 90s outfit.
  • Love at First Sight: When she was 12-13, she met a 19-year-old uni student and got a Precocious Crush on him. Fortunately, they didn't hook up until she was much older.
  • Mama Bear: DO NOT mess with her children.
  • May-December Romance: Sue met Reed when he was 19 and she was 12, getting a crush on him at first sight (okay, so maybe more of a March/May, but you get the idea). Thankfully, they got together much later in life.
  • Mind over Matter: Her invisible force field basically boil down to such, with the handy trait of Invisibility at her discretion.
  • Most Common Super Power: For a time during the mid-90s, the Invisible Woman wore a skimpy costume with a cut-out "4" on her cleavage. This was before writers and editors realized that they didn't have to dress Sue up in a slinky costume to make her sexy — she was already a MILF.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her regular costume(s) already flatter her, but her sex appeal often gets dialed up in alternate universes, especially ones where her invisibility is tweaked to put her in Naked People Are Funny situations (as seen in 1602).
  • Only Sane Woman: She keeps Reed in check, and in the team's earlier day was usually the only thing keeping Johnny and Ben from each other's throats.
  • Personality Powers: Originally, Sue was very shy and her invisible powers showcase her introverted nature.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Often, when Sue is holding a forcefield against a particularly strong opponent.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her relationship with Reed.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: One of the many possible uses of her force fields. In one X-Men/Fantastic Four miniseries, she has a Mama Bear moment and uses a force sword to slay a Brood queen in close combat, leaving the males of both teams rather shocked.
  • Stripperific: Unusual for a comic series in that the team's main female member only rarely falls under this trope, preferring a modest blue bodysuit identical to the ones Reed and Johnny wear, but it does happen - like when she wore a certain costume for a few years in the 1990s. The change was widely panned by fans and removed.
  • Team Mom: Reed is usually more focussed on his latest project, Ben sulking about his appearance or fighting with Johnny, and Johnny... is Johnny. Sue's usually the one keeping them all together (or in Johnny and Ben's case, apart).
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Suffered from this before getting her force field power.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Hoo boy. She's the page picture for a reason. See her entry on Comic Books for specifically why.
  • Violently Protective Wife: It's a horrible idea to mess with Reed when Susan is around.
  • Xenafication

     Ben Grimm (The Thing) 

Ben Grimm (The Thing)

  • Ace Pilot: The reason Reed wanted him flying the rocket.
  • Action Hero
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Until it became canon. His full name is Benjamin Jacob Grimm.
  • Badass Adorable: The Marvel Universe's best example. No other character has such a perfect balance between being completely lovable and completely awesome.
  • Badass Normal: Ben's regained his humanity on a couple of occasions. Not that it keeps him from contributing to the Four's efforts.
  • Battle Strip: Ben Grimm, in the very first issue, had the habit of ripping off a trenchcoat, pair of pants, sunglasses, and a fedora every time he went into battle.
  • Beauty to Beast
  • The Big Guy
  • Blessed with Suck
  • Blue Eyes: Hence the nickname "The ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing".
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Brooklyn Rage: Even talks with a Brooklyn accent.
  • Can't Stay Normal: Ben has been reverted to human form many times over the years, but for one reason or another (the cure wearing off, or Ben choosing to change back to help his friends), he always returns to being the Thing.
  • Captain Colorbeard: Thanks to a very weird Stable Time Loop, The Thing was the famed pirate Blackbeard. Yes, that one.
  • Catch Phrase: "It's CLOBBERIN' TIME!"
    • Other ones include, "My sweet aunt Petunia" and "Whotta revoltin' development!"
  • Characterisation Marches On: Early Ben was much more temperamental and melancholy, rather than the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing he is these days.
  • Custom Uniform: In the team costumes' first appearance in issue 3, Ben ripped his up until only shorts were left, because according to him he couldn't move in the full bodysuit. Since then he's usually worn just the trunks, but he's alternated with a belted singlet, full pants with no top, pants with a tank top, and yes, even a full bodysuit.
  • Dagwood Sandwich: Ben loves these.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Determinator: The Champion declared him Earth's greatest hero, because even if he's not the most powerful, he will not yield.
  • Elemental Baggage: The Thing's rocky exterior makes him incredibly heavy, to the point where he has to use an elevator by himself to avoid overcoming the max lift weight and everything meant to accommodate him has to be built very large and reinforced.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: One of his nicknames is "The Ever Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing".
  • Genius Bruiser: Although his smarts are usually overshadowed by super-genius Reed. Ben lampshades this as he assembles a cosmic ray device, musing that he's watched Reed long enough to play Mad Scientist himself. There is also the fact that Grimm was a highly qualified test pilot before he became The Thing; no mean feat brain-wise.
    • The idea of The Thing being simultaneously physically strong, ugly, and smart was seen as revolutionary in comics.
  • Gentle Giant: As long as you don't make him mad.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Heroic Spirit
  • Hope Spot: During the early days of the series' run, Ben would periodically revert back to his old human self for a few minutes before turning back into The Thing again. Not only did this give Ben hope that the power of the cosmic rays were weakening on him, but it gave the rest of the four hope it might do the same for their powers.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Ignored Expert: He warned Reed about the threat of cosmic radiation, and refused to fly the ship at first.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On his worse days, he can be self-focused and self-pitying. However, his heart is always in the right place.
  • Large Ham: Especially when he and Johnny are bickering or arguing.
  • Layman's Terms: Ben usually dumbs down the complex explanations Reed Richards comes up with for the people around him. When Reed starts speaking too Star-Trek even for him, it's also Ben who normally snaps at him to "Speak English, Stretcho!"
  • Lightning Bruiser: Another thing that's often overlooked is that he's just as fast and agile as he was as a human. He's studied multiple martial arts and has even tutored other members of the team in them, the only thing that's suffered is his manual dexterity due to his fingers being the size of sausages.
  • Made of Iron: Being transformed into the Thing sucks in a number of ways, but it does come in mighty handy when you end up fighting guys like the Incredible Hulk and he punches you with a blow that would reduce any ordinary human to paste.
    • And he can go for a spacewalk without a suit, needing only a air supply to keep him from suffocating.
  • Monster Modesty: Despite his issues with his appearance, he wears the least of the 4 - his standard "costume" is a pair of pants / shorts. At present, he's upgraded to a Sleeves Are for Wimps version of the "Future Foundation" suit.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Grimm". Averted, however, in that Ben's a sweetie otherwise.
  • The Nicknamer: Some of his nicknames include "Stretcho" for Reed, "Bic-head" and "Matchstick" for Johnny, "Suzie-Q" for Susan, "Jade-Jaws" for Hulk, etc.
  • The One Who Made It Out: And oh, do the Yancy Street Gang resent him for it.
  • Personality Powers: Ben is very solid and stubborn and, appropriately, Ben as The Thing is made of rock and stone.
  • Power Creep: One of the most severe cases in Marvel, actually. Originally Grimm could lift around 5 tons (which was more or less Spider-Man's maximum limit at the time, though Grimm was always tougher), but he got stronger and stronger until he could press about 90 tons. However he often displays feats of superhuman strength way beyond this theoretical limits (hauling skyscrapers, anchoring spaceships taking off from Earth) even though Marvel still swears up and down he can only do 90 tons.
    • A future version of Ben managed to easily overpower him, stating "We keep getting stronger for the rest of our life."
  • Powered Armor: At one point, Ben was turned back into a human and lost his powers as the Thing. Since he still wanted to help the rest of the team out, Reed constructed an Iron Man-like suit of armor for him that resembles his rocky Thing form. The suit allowed Ben to simulate the strength and durability he had when he was the actual Thing, albeit not quite on the same level.
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real: The Thing, as well as several other super strong characters are a part of a superhuman wrestling federation called Unlimited Championship Wrestling.
  • The Rival: To Incredible Hulk, which is an amusing case given that the Hulk is usually portrayed as vastly stronger than the Thing physically.
    • True, but Grimm can hold his own against the Hulk in combat by way of being a far more skilled martial artist.
    • There was one time he defeated the Hulk, and that was the period when Ben mutated even further into a craggy, rocky form even stronger than his previous "smoother" body, and the incarnation he was facing was the grey/"Joe Fixit" Hulk whose base strength is even weaker than any of green versions. Also, their earliest encounters had them roughly even in strength.
  • Rock Monster: The Thing looks like he's made of rocks (even though he isn't) and many who don't know who he is think he's a monster.
  • Running Gag: Ben's never-ending war against the Yancy Street Gang, a group of off-screen Harmless Villain street youths he sometimes obsesses over.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Ben Grimm is much smarter than most folks gives him credit. A college graduate and former marine, he was a test pilot and astronaut (which requires two Master's degrees or a PhD to be even considered for that kind of duty) as well as gifted mechanic before his transformation. He might not be a scientific genius like Reed or Doctor Doom, but he more than makes up for it with the street smarts he earned growing up in a rough lower-class neighborhood. Not only is he a college graduate (a fairly common thing nowadays) but he's a graduate of the same college that Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom (the two smartest people on the planet) went to—probably a pretty good school. It's a trait that comes up several times in the comics when he manages to outsmart several villains who think he's an idiot. Sadly this is something that's lost in many adaptations, the live-action movie kept it in though.
  • Status Quo Is God: 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.
      • In one story arc, Reed tried to remove Ben's mutation and add it to his own elasticity, but Ben refused to let him. "You're you an' I'm me, an' that's the cosmic plan."
    • Cruelly played with in the "Three" storyline, where Ben is given a formula that allows him to become human for one day a year. It just so happens that the day he chose is the day Annihilus tries to invade via the Baxter Building, meaning Ben has to watch as Johnny sacrifices himself to save the Earth.
  • Survivors Guilt: Developed this because of the aforementioned events of the "Three" storyline. It clears up once Johnny comes back.
  • Translator Buddy: For Reed. Ben is usually the first to ask his friend to dumb down for everyone else.
  • The Woobie: In universe, no less.
  • Uncle Wolf: Again, the Richards children, who are his godchildren. Messing with them is a good way to get your face turned into goo by a large, rocky, orange fist.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Johnny.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Ben typically goes without shirts, since they either get ripped or damaged or shredded in the course of a typical adventure. His usual outfit consists of briefs... and nothing else, though this isn't meant to be played for fanservice.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to the Hulk, Ben's a more skilled fighter, generally smarter, and a competent martial artist. This contrasts with Hulk being Unskilled, but Strong.
  • What Have I Become?: In the first few issues of the series back in the 1960s, Ben didn't take being transformed into a living pile of orange rocks too well. He's still not all that happy about it, but he's mostly come to terms with it.
    • As Reed says "He has his good days and his bad days."
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Alicia Masters. Over, and over again.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Briefly, when he was a member of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers simultaneously, plus appearing in FF. Not so much after Avengers Versus X Men.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: To be fair, he's a). Jewish and b). from Lower East Side. Comes with the territory.

     Jonathan "Johnny" Storm (The Human Torch) 

Jonathan "Johnny" Storm (The Human Torch)

  • Action Hero
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Susan.
  • Anyone Can Die: Was killed off in the "Three" storyline, but got better. As it turned out, almost immediately after, too. He just spent the equivalent of several years fighting and dying at the hands of Annihilus, who had the means to bring him back.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • The Casanova
  • Catch Phrase: "Flame On!"
    • In Mexico and Latin America, his catchphrase is translated as ¡LLAMAS A MI! (Roughly translated from Spanish as "(I invoke the) Flames to me!") and it has become a Memetic Mutation there.
  • The Charmer
  • Chivalrous Pervert
  • Custom Uniform: Wore a red-and-gold variation of the team costume in the mid-70s.
  • The Dandy: Sometimes dialed up into Camp Straight, such as in World's Greatest Heroes.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Is Cheap: Got killed by Annihilus's army, came back less than a year later (in real-time, that is).
  • Dimension Lord: Of the Negative Zone.
  • The Ditz: On his worse days. Admittedly, when a regular twenty-something's standing in a room with Reed Richards, they're going to look a little dumb.
  • Elemental Baggage: For Johnny's power source in creating flame. Occasionally justified by him feeling tired or very hungry after using extremely hot flames.
    • And then there's the part about his body and his powers both needing oxygen to function. There have been times when he's been trapped in airtight spaces, causing him to pass out when his flame powers used up all the oxygen.
  • Flight
  • Flying Firepower
  • Foil: To his brother-in-law, Reed. Johnny is a reckless Leeroy Jenkins hero who has little care about laws and want to do what is right, while Reed is law-abiding hero with a sense of duty who plans things ahead for his teammates. Both Reed and Johnny also took different sides during the Civil War events.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Spider-Man. Though at first, it was just that Johnny couldn't stand the guy.
  • Fun Personified
  • Future Badass: A future version of Johnny had the ability to burn white-hot and shut off his younger self's flame.
  • Hidden Depths: Not quite the superficial himbo slacker he seems, this one.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Then he got better.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Frequently petulant, childish, selfish and bone-dead stupid, but his heart is in the right place.
  • Johnny McCoolname
  • Kid-Appeal Character: When the series started, he was the teenager in a cast of adults. Early on in the series, he was extremely popular and was the Breakout Character with his own spinoff within a year after the series started. His popularity was one of the reasons why Marvel created other teen superheroes like Spider-Man and the X-Men.
  • Large Ham
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He's matured a bit, though.
    Mark Waid: The Avengers' battle cry is "Avengers, Assemble!" The Fantastic Four's battle cry is "Johnny, wait!"
  • Legacy Character: The Human Torch is loosely based on the Golden Age Human Torch.
  • Mr. Fanservice: As played by Chris Evans in the live-action films.
    • In the comics as well, Johnny has been portrayed as the Marvel universe's most eligible bachelor.
  • Personality Powers: Johnny is hot-headed and impulsive, which goes along with his power of fire.
  • Playing with Fire: And Wreathed in Flames.
  • Uncle Wolf: Just to round it off; although he doesn't take that much seriously, messing with his nephew and niece is a good way to increase your chances of being reduced to charcoal in the near future.
  • Status Quo Is God: Johnny dying a year before the FF's 50th anniversary. Yeaaaah, that'll stick.
    • All part of the plan - Johnny ends up in the Negative Zone leading a Five-Man Band to overthrow Annihilus and gains control over the Annihilation Wave. Took a Level in Badass indeed.
      • There have been dozens of "Johnny-learns-to-act-more-mature" stories over the decades. Then the next writer comes along and it starts all over again.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ben and Peter Parker.
  • Wreathed in Flames

     Franklin Richards 

Franklin Richards

  • Astral Projection
  • Dead Guy Junior: He's named after Sue and Johnny's late father Franklin Storm, who died saving the lives of the team.
  • Deus ex Machina: Why Franklin is rarely ever shown fully powered.
  • Future Badass A future version of Franklin, who he calls Mister Franklin that taught him to regain some of his powers and defeated Mad Celestials alongside Galactus.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Some Celestials once analysed Franklin, and determined him to be an Omega Level Plus Mutant. Omega is as high as Mutant powers are meant to go.
  • Guardian Entity: His will eventually be Galactus or he will be one for him when he grows older but they will be together long enough to witness the end of the universe with each other.
  • Inter Generational Friendship: With Nate Grey who is, physically at least, at least twice his age, when they meet during the Onslaught crisis. Some time afterwards, Nate hangs out with the Fantastic Four for a while, looking to get a cure for his genetic degradation and became a big brother figure to Franklin, mentoring somewhat in the use of his powers, and when he left, hugged him and promised to come back and fulfil his promise to teach Franklin how to make psionic armour. This never came about, partly because Status Quo Is God and partly because Nate 'died' shortly afterwards.
  • Lamarck Was Right
  • Mind over Matter
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Subverted - Present Franklin and Future Adult Franklin get along great, happily calling each other Kid Franklin and Mister Franklin. Then again, Franklin has the power of being superhumanly well-adjusted, far more than any kid who's been repeatedly kidnapped, has seen every one of his relatives die at least once, sometimes possesses godlike powers, and was once trapped in hell has any right to be.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Reality Warper: He's capable of creating his own universes, and that's not the least of his powers.
  • Seers
  • Shout-Out: His own short series was a pretty clear homage to Calvin and Hobbes.
  • Story-Breaker Power
  • Superpower Lottery: His Reality Warping powers and insane amount of Psychic Powers. He's definitely the most powerful mutant on Earth, and possibly one of the most powerful being in the overall Marvel universe.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Franklin is stuck eternally as a young kid, usually no more than ten. Meanwhile, his alternate universe love interest Rachel Summers, is currently around nineteen. The Power Pack, his best friends, aging in relative real-time makes this even crazier. Fanon often claims it's connected to his reality warping.
  • Telepathy

     Valeria "Val" Richards 

Valeria "Val" Richards

  • Brainy Baby -> Child Prodigy: She's not even four and she's already equalling / exceeding her father.
  • Characterization Marches On: At first, Valeria was just an ordinary two-year old. It was Mark Millar who introduced the idea of her being much smarter than she looked, and Valeria's stayed that way since.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Did this to MacGargan, when he was Venom.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Kid from the Future: She was introduced this way as Valeria Von Doom (A.K.A. Marvel Girl), with Doctor Doom as her father (Sue was still her mother). Then Franklin ended up retconning his mother into suddenly being about nine months pregnant with Valeria (It Makes Sense in Context, or about as much sense as it could be expected to), with her father being Reed. Her current incarnation is named Valeria Richards, yet she still has connections to Doctor Doom, given that he had a hand in her delivery and named her after a girl he loved (and Valeria was even his familiar at one point).
  • Little Miss Snarker: Depending on the writer.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: As Marvel Girl (her costume had elements of the FF uniform and Doctor Doom's).
  • Morality Pet: For Doctor Doom, who is far more moral when around her, and works hard to make her happy. Partly subverted in that he used the knowledge she gave him in order to find ways to conquer additional worlds.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Up until Mark Millar's run, Valeria acted like a normal toddler, until a version of Sue from a Bad Future called her out on it. Valeria had been doing this because she'd calculated revealing her intelligence would've split the family apart.
  • Odd Friendship: About the only person in the world who can call Doctor Doom 'uncle'.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: After the events of "Forever/All Hope lies in Doom" arc(s), both the future adult Valeria and current child version Valeria seem to dislike each for no reason.
  • The Runaway:After the events of the family's cosmic vacation, Valeria upset over being lied to about the family's situation runs away to stay with Uncle Doom.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Well, not really evil, but her brain is definitely much bigger than her heart. If it comes to the emotional decision against the pragmatic one, Valeria will head straight for the pragmatic choice.

Friends and Allies

     Willie Lumpkin 

Willie Lumpkin

     Alicia Masters 

Alicia Masters

Ben Grimm's Love Interest and confidant, Alicia Masters is a blind sculptor capable of creating incredibly lifelike representations of real people by touch and memory alone. Also happens to be the Puppet-Master's daughter.

     Uatu The Watcher 

Uatu the Watcher

     Agatha Harkness 

Agatha Harkness

     H.E.R.B.I.E. 

H.E.R.B.I.E.

     Thundra 

Thundra

     Nathaniel Richards 

Nathaniel Richards

Villains

     Victor Von Doom (Doctor Doom) 

Victor Von Doom (Doctor Doom)

Reed Richards' Rival Turned Evil, and the Fantastic Four's most best-known Arch-Enemy. Now has his own page.

  • Affably Evil: May try to destroy you, but still knows how to treat a guest.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Fantastic Four as a whole, but Reed Richards in particular due to being his Rival Turned Evil.
  • Big Bad: One of Marvel's most iconic. Even though he usually is considered the Fantastic Four's nemesis, he has been fighting many other superheroes, including, amongst others, the Avengers, and is one of the few human villains in the Marvel Universe to be a major threat.
  • Badass: By far one of the most powerful and skilled villains in the Marvel Universe.
  • Breakout Villain: Started out merely as the Fantastic Four's nemesis, but the character became so popular he now one of the major candidates for the role of Big Bad in the entire Marvel Universe.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: One of the major reasons he is so hard to deal with; being the legitimate ruler of Latveria, he cannot be arrested for his crimes without causing a diplomatic incident.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Reed didn't even do what Doom blames him for. This has not stopped Doom from repeatedly trying to kill/destroy/crush/annihilate/insert grandiose adjective here Reed and his entire family in various over-the-top ways on numerous occasions in vengeance.
  • Emperor Scientist
  • Enemy Mine: Is currently a member of the Freedom Foundation.
  • Evil Overlord: A rare present-day version of the trope.
  • Large Ham: TREMBLE WITH FEAR BEFORE DOOM'S TITANIC MONOLOGUES!
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: The accident he blames Richards for was actually caused by the demon Mephisto, who merely gave him a long, thin scar by scratching his face. He's not exaggerating now, though, since when he first put on his armour it was molten hot, because he didn't wait for it to cool, so underneath he's genuinelly covered head to toe in third degree burns.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: Possibly one of the most extreme cases of this trope ever; he is a Sorcerous Overlord Emperor Scientist in a Powered Armor, the legitime ruler of a country in a modern setting, has invented and on several occasions used Time Travel, and has been in possession of almost every form of power in the Marvel Universe at some point.
  • Noble Demon: Depending on the Writer, but he usually is depicted as having redeeming qualities and a sense of honor. Most notably, a lot of stories depict him as a genuinely good ruler, who is benevolent to the inhabitants of Latveria as long as they don't question his authority. And even in versions where he is more of a dictator, he is still way nicer than any ruthless dictator who would steal his throne.
  • No, Mister Bond, I Expect You to Dine: The page image, natch.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Considered something around the third most skilled wizard in the Marvel Universe, Doctor Strange being one of the few to outrank him.
  • The Rival: Reed Richards is #1.
  • Third-Person Person: They know to call him Doom, because that is what he constantly calls himself.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Depending on the Writer, but he usually wants to conquer the world because he genuinely believes that he is better fitted than the current rulers to make it a better place.

     Bentley Wittman (The Wizard) 

Bentley Wittman (The Wizard)

     Peter Petruski (Paste Pot Pete / Trapster) 

Peter Petruski (Paste Pot Pete / Trapster)

  • Abnormal Ammo: Fast-drying glue that quickly solidifies and can hold almost anything. As the Trapster, he added various other chemical substances to his arsenal.
  • Berserk Button: Calling him by his former name- Paste Pot Pete.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Why didn't he just market his glue and become a millionaire?
    • Considering he developed while working as a research chemist for another company, it's possible he thought (or this was actually the case) anything he developed was technically owned by them, hence, he decided to try and be a criminal instead.
  • Epic Fail: Most of his super villain career.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: For a time, combined with Bad Boss: The Wizard 'trapped' Petruski in a time loop to infinitely relive his last moments. Trapster later got out of it offscreen.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite his reputation of a joke, he has proven himself quite dangerous since he started to use his glue in lethal ways. He has successfully framed Spider-Man for his murder once, which forced Spidey to take four temporary secret identities.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant:At first, he was exclusively a foe of the Torch and the Thing. It didn't take him long to include Reed and Sue in his grudge, though. He later became a recurring foe of Spider-Man, but fared no better against the wall-crawler, either.
  • Sticky Situation: A super glue gun.
  • Trap Master

     The Mad Thinker 

The Mad Thinker

     Philip Masters (The Puppet Master) 

Philip Masters (The Puppet Master)

     Annihilus 

Annihilus

An aggressive, paranoid Insectoid Alien who is the ruler of an alternate dimension known as the Negative Zone.

     Kl'rt (Super-Skrull) 

Kl'rt (Super-Skrull)

A Skrull warrior who was artificially augmented to get the combined powers of the Fantastic Four.

     Galactus 

Galactus

"I am inevitable. I am... destiny. I am Galactus, and I hunger."

  • Above Good and Evil: He doesn't see himself as good or evil, just a predator doing what he has to do to survive. In a way, this is true due to him being Inherent in the System. In the end, he is more a cataclysm than an actual villain, and cannot be judged by human moral standards.
  • A God I Am Not: Despite his ego, he doesn't consider himself a god, and in fact considers the human belief that power makes you a god foolish.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: How he was conceived in Kirby's original story, though since then it has been Depending on the Writer.
  • Cool Helmet: His most recognizable feature.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Though as noted below, he probably doesn't really look that humanoid.
  • Inherent in the System: Not only does he serve as a force to fix the natural imbalance between Eternity and Death, but destroying him would result in unleashing a much more dangerous Multiversal Conqueror on the Universe.
  • Large Ham: "I am Galactus— and I hunger!"
  • Last of His Kind: The only survivor from the previous Universe.
  • Planet Eater: Considered by most the Trope Maker.
  • Physical God: Easily one of the most powerful forces in the Marvel Universe. Usually, he can only be defeated by the heroes using Zerg Rush. And that's if they are lucky; quite often, they can't even defeat him with brute force, and have to resort to blackmail, negociation or tricks to get rid of him, usually not even for good.
  • Time Abyss: He is older than the current Universe.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: The giant man with a weird helmet you see? That's only how you mind interprets what you are seeing. Every species in the Universe sees him differently because what he really looks like is beyond our understanding.

     Mole Man 

Mole Man

  • All the Other Reindeer: Became bitter because people used to tease him about his ugly appearance.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: His constituants at least respect him, and willingly follow him in his attacks against the outside world, which they believe he leads for their own benefit.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is a former nuclear engineer, with genius-level intellect and knownledge of technology centuries beyond conventional science. Also happens to be a skilled hand-to-hand fighter when using a staff.
  • Disability Superpower: Toned down; he isn't technically blind, but his sight is still damaged, forcing him to wear a pair of special glasses to stand even normal illumination. As a compensation, all his other senses have heightened to nearly superhuman levels.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Sort of; at some point, he reformed, tried assembling a sanctuary to help those rejected from the Surface World, and later allowed a super-hero team, the Infinity Watch, to use a castle located on his territory as a base. In later years, he started taking a villainous role again, but then his motives made him more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Mole Men: Ironically, he isn't one himself (just a disfigured old man), but his Moloids fit the trope like a glove.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Well, he technically was more or less reformed at that point, but his motives to provide a base for the Infinity Watch weren't entirely selfless; he was hoping their presence would protect him from any meddlers. Considering they indeed ended up doing so several times, including driving away an invasion from the United Nations, and this led to the Avengers recognizing his rulership over Monster Island, it can be said he was right.
  • Servant Race: His moloids.
  • Super Senses

     Ronan The Accuser 

Ronan The Accuser

     Red Ghost (Ivan Kragoff) and his Super Apes 

Red Ghost and his Super Apes