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     Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic) 

Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Atoner: At the start of Mark Waid's run, Reed revealed to his infant daughter Valeria that he still felt guilty for the circumstances that led to the creation of the Fantastic Four, and that he made them celebrities in part to make up for robbing them of their normal lives.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholy. However, he was also very Choleric early on.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Mister Fantastic's skin is virtually impervious to laceration or punctures unless he willfully relaxes his reflexive control over small areas of his body. In that case, scalpels and ordinary needles can penetrate his skin.
    • Due to the great malleability and elasticity of his molecular structure, Mister Fantastic is able to absorb the impact of any type of man-made ballistic projectile by deforming his body along the path of the projectile's trajectory at the point of initial impact. He can also contain explosions by enveloping them and allowing their force to expand him.
  • 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.
    • This was also lampshaded in the mini-series Fantastic Four: True Story, where Reed said at one point; "This will require me to create an entirely new field of scientific study. Give me a couple of days."
    • Middle-lampshaded when Reed told Hank Pym he's the best biochemist in the world, so he would need weeks to be as good as him. Pym comments it's no wonder that people hate Reed.
  • 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: He possesses the ability to convert the mass of his entire body into a highly malleable state at will. How his body's respiration and circulatory systems function at these distorted extremes is as yet unknown. He can alter his form in a matter of seconds, often much less (depending on the complexity of the shape), and revert to his normal humanoid shape within a similar time. The greater the distance he stretches or the more extended the size of the object he becomes, the weaker his overall strength becomes.
  • Science Hero: He uses science in the name of heroism and has always considered his mind to be his true super-power.
  • 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. He is one of the most intelligent beings on the planet.
  • 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)

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  • 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: She is a mother of two, and still the strongest member of the four. Do not hurt her children if you know what's good for you.
  • Alliterative Name: Before she got married, anyway. Susan "Sue" Storm
  • Barrier Warrior: As a veteran superhero, she's gotten quite good at using her forcefields offensively, such as threatening to use them to create a brain embolism/aneurysm at one point.
  • 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: She had one, shaped like the figure 4, in her Stripperific 1990s outfit. On more than one occasion has it been pointed out the physical improbability of maintaining the appearance of a number 4 in such a manner.
  • 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: She started off very Phlegmatic, but turned more Leukine later on.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Her force-fields act as this. Basically, she's become an Invisible Lantern over the years, being able to shape her invisible forcefields into any sort of constructs she wants but with the added advantage that her enemies can't see them.
  • 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...
  • 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. Biological or adopted. At one point in the comics the government bars Reed and Sue from their home and their children. They call in the Avengers to do so. Ten of them, in fact, which might look like overkill at first. And then Sue loses her temper, and one panel later anyone not named Thor or Hulk is knocked flat. The original Torch intervenes before she seriously injures anyone.
  • 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.
  • 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 because her only power was Invisibility, so the team was put into situations where stealth was required so her power could come off as being useful.
  • 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: She was originally The Chick of the team with a near useless power of invisibility. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby took partial steps to fix that early on giving her force field projecting powers. However, it was John Byrne who really powered her up by having her nifty new ways of using her powers and learning to get aggressive enough to really use them well. Today, she is now considered one of the most powerful superheroes of the Marvel Universe and even the character of Doctor Doom underestimates her at his peril.

     Ben Grimm (The Thing) 

Ben Grimm (The Thing)

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  • 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.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: He can go for a spacewalk without a suit, needing only a air supply to keep him from suffocating
  • 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.
    • This has continued right down to the present day, off and on. In his current role as one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Ben seems to wear jackets and flight suits specifically so he has something to tear off when Clobberin' Time rolls around.
  • Beauty to Beast
  • The Big Guy
  • Blessed with Suck: While most of the Fantastic Four embraces their powers, the Thing genuinely believes that his superpower is a curse, and who can blame him? Even though he possesses super strength and near invulnerability, it doesn't change the fact that he's been turned into a hideous rock monster that scares the shit out of anybody who sees him, and destroys his chances of living a normal life. He was also forced to quit his job as a test pilot because he was too big and heavy to fit in a plane. Oh yeah, and did we mention that he was turned into a hideous rock monster?
    • As Reed said once, "He has his good days and his bad." Ben will never really be at peace with his monstrous form. For every writer who gives him a break from the angst, there's one who brings it back because it's so central to his character. Mark Waid's recent run is a good example of the latter.
  • Blue Eyes: Hence the nickname "The ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing".
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He used to play this trope in earlier comics and traces of it still show up now and again.
  • 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.
    • And, if you take the Ultimate Universe into consideration, his toilet arrangements apparently requires a rock grinder.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: One of his nicknames is "The Ever Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing".
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • 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
  • Honorary Uncle: Isn't related to either Reed or Sue, but both the Richard kids call him their uncle. He's lived with them since before they were born and took part in raising them, so he might as well be a blood relative at this point.
    Franklin: My middle name's Benjamin.... Does that mean we're related, Unca Ben?
    Ben: .... Works fer me, kid. Works fer me.
  • 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: He is the poster boy for this trope. Despite his complaints about being an orange rock monster, every time he's been "cured", he finds a reason to become The Thing again. He actually enjoys being the FF's strong man and "The Idol of Millions", but just wishes he could walk down the street without being stared at.
    • Which by this point is probably more because of the whole "Idol of Millions" thing than because of his appearance, so he's got nothing to complain about. Apart from having non-reinforced floors give way under him, that is.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The only thing that remains of his original human body, hence the nickname "The Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing".
  • 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.
  • Kavorka Man: Though not to the extent of Wolverine, Ben has had women find him very attractive, not because of his looks, but because of his personality and the fact that he's quite a gentleman.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • However, while he is vastly respected by practically all the heroes in the Marvel Universe, most if not all of the villains regard him as someone who is simply not be be trifled with, and best steered clear of. One scene had a large number of the villains in Spider-Man's rogues gallery at a bar drinking beer. The subject of the Fantastic Four came up, and no one argued when one bad guy observed that Grimm was a powerhouse to be avoided.
  • 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.
  • Survivor's 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.
  • 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 vs. 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)

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     Franklin Richards 

Franklin Richards

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  • 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.
    • He also gets along very well with Jarvis and (to Johnny's annoyance) with Spider-Man.
  • 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.
  • Power Limiter: Psychic blocks keep him from being as all-powerful as his full potential. Whatever his power set at any given time is what leaks through. Naturally, using his full power tends to make any of it unusable for some time. These days, he has no powers and feels like the odd one out with the Fantastic Four as his family and a beyond-Reed-class genius as his little sister.
  • 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
  • Vague Age: As mentioned under Timey-Wimey Ball, Franklin's exact age is rather nebulous, usually floating somewhere between six and ten. Writers will occasionally give an exact number but they generally won't stick to it for long.

     Valeria "Val" Richards 

Valeria "Val" Richards

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  • 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.
  • 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'.
    • Doom has also declared, among other things, that Valeria has unlimited access to him (she never needs an appointment), and that she is under his personal protection at all times. Everyone in the Marvel Universe knows that this means he will fucking kill anyone who so much as gives her a dirty look...
  • 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

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     Alicia Masters 

Alicia Masters

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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.

  • Blind and the Beast: This is how she and the Thing started their relationship in the series. There were many times, though, that he worried that the only reason she was with him was because she couldn't see how ugly he was (never mind that she has felt his face, knows it's rocky, and she is also a sculptor who has seen fit to use him as a subject a number of times.)
    • Interestingly Ben's concerns were once inverted when Reed speculated that he was subconsciously resisting attempts to return to his human form because he feared that Alicia would only embrace his rock-like form.
  • Deaf Composer: Alicia Masters is a blind sculptress. More impressive because she makes lifelike statues based purely on description.
  • Love Interest: To the Thing.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Step-Daughter: Her stepfather is the supervillain known as the Puppet Master. Alicia turns on her stepfather when she realizes that he is mad and power-hungry.
  • Missing Mom
  • Nice Girl: Tender, caring, and was the one who explained human emotions to the Silver Surfer.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She initially aids his father out of obedience in his first scheme against the Fantastic Four, though she immediately senses the "gentle" and "sensitive" spirit of the Thing when she first feels his palpably monstrous face.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Her and The Thing.

     Uatu The Watcher 

Uatu the Watcher

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Uatu is a member of the Watchers, an extraterrestrial species who in the distant past stationed themselves across space to monitor the activities of other species. Uatu is the Watcher assigned to observe Earth and its solar system

  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: He's supposed to watch, and not get involved. And he did, up until Galactus appeared.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: Subverted in that Uatu, despite his constant claims otherwise, breaks his non-interference rule all the damn time. In fact, this happened so much that the other Watchers eventually put him on trial for numerous violations of their ethics code. Though ultimately they didn't do much other than making him promise to stop.
  • Catch Phrase: He will tell you he is the Watcher, and that he is sworn never to interfere.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the beginning of Original Sin.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": His showing up anywhere will cause this.
  • My Brain Is Big: In his first appearance, his head was only slightly out of proportion with the rest of his body, but his design evolved until he was a tall skinny man whose head made up half his body mass.note 
  • Seen It All
  • The Watcher: The Trope Namer. He lives on the moon, watches everything in every comic, and occasionally pontificates to the readership about it. He always loudly proclaimed "Yes, it is I the Watcher, who is always watching, but must not interfere", roughly every other sentence as if people were going to forget it. Which to be fair is probably a valid concern because quite notably, in spite of this expression, he almost always ended up interfering anyway. A hilarious example of him actually not interfering comes when the Red Hulk, who punched Uatu while on his Villain Sue trip, appears about to die. Uatu shows up and tells him "Sadly I am forbidden to intervene" and stands there so he can watch him get sucked into a black hole.
    • As Uatu is no doubt well aware, his mere presence is a degree of interference. Earth's heroes long ago learned that Uatu only shows up in person when something really big is about to happen, so just by allowing himself to be seen he gives them a passive warning without technically breaking the rules.
    • In Original Sin #0, new Nova Sam Alexander asks Iron Man and Captain America why Uatu watches everything. After a beat, Cap admits that they have no idea. Nova later learns that Uatu is looking for a world where his father (who was the cause of the Watcher's "no-interference" policy) was right.

     Agatha Harkness 

Agatha Harkness

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An old witch from the Salem Witch Trials, she became a significant figure in Marvel continuity, protecting Franklin Richards as his nanny and notably mentoring Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch) in real magic. She was eventually killed by Wanda, who went insane. She also had a familiar named Ebony, a weird cat-like creature that could sense the presence of mystical beings.

     H.E.R.B.I.E. 

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

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     The Impossible Man 

The Impossible Man

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A shape-shifting alien from the planet Poppup, The being who would be dubbed "The Impossible Man" searched the cosmos for beings he could play with. This eventually leads him to Earth and an encounter with The Fantastic Four. That said, he's not really a bad guy, and in fact, later befriended the four, becoming something of an ally.

  • Adaptive Ability: The Impossible Man's shape-shifting ability really boils down to this. It's a natural ability of his race, and it's explained that his planet had many dangerous lifeforms that the Poppupians evolved to consciously adapt to pretty much anything.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: To Mister Mxyzptlk. The two have met, and after his initial excitement of meeting a fellow cosmic prankster, he later discovered that he disliked him, due to Mxy's genuinely malicious pranks as opposed to his (relatively) harmless pranks, and that Mxy lied to him.
  • Amusing Alien
  • Anti-Villain: He antagonized the Fantastic Four, until Mr. Fantastic figured out his pranks only continue when he receives their attention. So he has the Fantastic Four ignore him, and he shortly leaves Earth in a puff. He returns, and he later befriends the team, and becomes a one-time member.
  • Appropriated Appellation: The Thing witnessing his abilities called him impossible. So the name "Impossible Man" basically took from there.
  • Attention Whore
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He may have originally been considered a menace, but his motivations are primarily amusement. If he gets bored, he'll simply leave for another part of the universe.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: He fairly regularly interacts with creators Stan Lee, and other Marvel writers and editors around the era his stories are in.
  • Fish out of Water
  • Great Gazoo
  • Hive Mind: The Poppupians are practically this. It's also why he doesn't have a real name: All individual Poppupians are, if you go deep enough, one in the same. So what use would he have with a name?
  • Me's a Crowd: His shapeshifting ability allows him to do this.
  • Morphic Resonance: Usually the things he changes into have the same green-and-purple color scheme as his normal form.
  • No Name Given: See Hive Mind. He actually scoffed at the notion of a name when asked for one in his first appearance.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: He's a green man with a pointy head and ears. What more could you say?
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: The common explanation for some of the things he does.
  • Superpower Lottery: He may seem ridiculous, but often people come to find that his shape-shifting ability is not a joke: He can change into anything from a bucket of waternote , to freaking Galactus. That said, when he transforms into an object of a superhero with unique properties (eg. Thor's hammer Mjolnir, Captain America's shield, etc.) he can't mimic the properties. that make them special.
  • Teleportation
  • Troll
  • Truly Single Parent: Seeking companionship, he once gave 'birth' to a female Poppupian dubbed the Impossible Woman, who he took as his mate. Later he produces children (a notable one being Adolf Impossible), and even his own pet dog.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: A really powerful one. To the point that he resembles a Reality Warper, and can travel through space unaided.

     Thundra 

Thundra

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Thundra is a semi-minor Fantastic Four character ; she’s been around for decades. Immensely strong and amazingly fast, she comes from a dystopic future of gender wars where she’s the women’s Empress.

     Nathaniel Richards 

Nathaniel Richards

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Villains

     Victor Von Doom (Doctor Doom) 

Victor Von Doom (Doctor Doom)

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Reed Richards' Rival Turned Evil, and the Fantastic Four's most best-known Arch-Enemy. Doom was introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in The Fantastic Four #5 (July, 1962) as the Arch-Enemy of the Fantastic Four. Doom was born in the Fictional Country of Latveria, the son of Romani witch Cynthia Von Doom. When Cynthia was killed by the demons she had summoned to fight Latverian soldiers, Doom swore revenge. The death of his father, medicine man Werner, caused by the dictator of Latveria only known as the Baron, only added fuel to Doom's desire for revenge.

After discovering his mother's occult instruments, Doom began to master both magic and technology to seek that revenge, amusing himself by leading the Latverian government on a merry chase while thwarting their attempts to stop him. When word of his exploits inevitably reached the United States, Doom gained the opportunity to study in America. There, Doom had a fateful meeting with Reed Richards, one of the few men on the planet whose intelligence could even approach Doom's, to whom he grew an immediate dislike. Wishing to resurrect his dead mother, Doom constructed a portal to Hell intended to communicate with the dead; however, Richards saw his calculations were slightly off and tried to warn him about the flaw in the machine, but Doom continued on with disastrous results: The device exploded and damaged his face.

Expelled from the university after the accident, Doom traveled the world until he collapsed on a Tibetan mountainside. Rescued by monks from a mysterious order, Victor quickly mastered the monks' secret disciplines, as well as metallurgy. Doom then forged himself a suit of Powered Armor, complete with a scowling mask, which he has used (with some modifications) since that day, and took the name Doctor Doom. He succeeded in taking over Latveria, and has since ruled it with an iron fist. Doom's path was soon to once again cross that of Richards, this time along with Richards' family, who became his sworn enemies, but he has also come into conflict with The Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Luke Cage, and more.

Now has his own page.

     Bentley Wittman (The Wizard) 

Bentley Wittman (The Wizard)

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Originally a renowned inventor of great intellect, Bentley Wittman grew jealous of the attention the Fantastic Four, and in particular the Human Torch, received. Turning his stage persona into a supervillain identity, the Wizard vowed to prove himself superior to the Torch. He would later co-found the Frightful Four alongside Paste-Pot Pete, the Sandman, and an amnesiac Medusa (though after she got her memory back, numerous other villains were rotated in the fourth slot).

  • Cloning Blues: Bentley-13, a young clone of him, is a ward of the Future Foundation. The younger version worships the elder.
  • Driven by Envy: His overwhelming ambition in life has become to outdo Reed Richard and prove himself a better scientist.
    • Originally though it was to upstage the Human Torch.
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Gravity Master: He often billed himself as the Wingless Wizard in his early days.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: When his wife refused to get pregnant, he confined her and used artificial insemination to impregnate her, all in the hopes of getting a super-powered offspring.
  • Parental Abandonment: When his Mandatory Motherhood scheme above didn't turn out quite the way he thought it would, he left his wife and newborn daughter, only to come back and use them against the Fantastic Four years later, when his daughter Cole was grown up.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: He first picked a fight with Johnny for no better reason than intellectual boredom.
  • Power Incontinence: One of his defeats sent him flying into the stratosphere with no way to stop. He would have suffocated if not for a timely rescue by the Sandman and Paste-Pot Pete.
  • The Psycho Rangers: The Frightful Four are this to the Fantastic Four, with the Wizard being the evil counterpart to Mr. Fantastic. Who the others are matched up against vary due to its ever-changing roster.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Although the Torch was his first enemy, he had no problem extending his grudge to the rest of the Four.
  • Smug Snake
  • Techno Wizard

     Peter Petruski (Paste Pot Pete / Trapster) 

Peter Petruski (Paste Pot Pete / Trapster)

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  • 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: He is unfortunate enough to have started out with one of the most ridiculous supervillain name ever, and suffered from an in-universe case of Never Live It Down about it. Spider-Man, in particular, just can't take him seriously because of it.
  • 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: his original supranym is a reference to the character "Pisspot Pete" in the bawdy poem Lil the Whore, a man with his own unique superpower.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe; he eventually got sick of being mocked for his ridiculous alias and changed it to "Trapster", but people around him just won't let him forget how he used to call himself.
  • 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.
    • And then there was the time he fought fellow C-list villain Whirlwind. When the Trapster managed to glue his feet to the ground, Whirlwind's trying to spin broke multiple bones, including his spine. Ouch.
  • 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

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An enigmatic genius inventor who is obsessed with statistical probabilities, who originally supplied his inventions to criminal gangs before coming to the conclusion that he was more suited to Take Over the World.

  • Berserk Button: Don't call him "The Mad Thinker" to his face; it just "The Thinker", thank you very much.
  • Clock King: His whole shtick. And he is quite good at it.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Amongst other things, he was the one who created the Awesome Android.
  • Mad Mathematician: His other hat. He once managed to calculate how long it would take the Fantastic Four to invade an enemy fortress, take out the enemies, and escape, and had planted a bomb to go off exactly as they had left the building blowing up their mutual enemy but not the Four. How on Earth did he do that? 10 minutes to go in, factoring in the Human Torch's average temperature of 2000 celcius... carry the 2... divide by 5... leave 2 minutes for electric signals...
  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: He spent several years of real time in an ordinary prison cell, but but his brain implant enabled him to project his mind into android duplicates, enabling him to enjoy life and go on the occasional crime spree.
  • Robot Master
  • Spanner in the Works: Most of his plans are short-circuited by these. Once, his whole scheme was foiled because he failed to take in account the Fantastic Four's mailman.
  • The Spook: To this day, no-one is clear who exactly he was before he became a super-villain, or what his origins are. We have only his word on it, but apparently he used to work in a high-functioning job in the private sector.
  • Warrior Therapist: At times. Depending on the Writer.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: During a team-up with the Wizard, the Mad Thinker found out after they'd kidnapped Franklin Richards that the Wizard planned to kill and autopsy the boy to learn the secret of his powers. Completely disgusted, he immediately abandoned the Wizard and found Ben Grimm, leading him to where the Wizard had the boy hidden.

     Philip Masters (The Puppet Master) 

Philip Masters (The Puppet Master)

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Born in Transia and once childhood friends with Jessica Drew, Phillip Masters became obsessed with making dolls of the clay he found near the base of Wundagore Mountain. Emigrating to America at a young age and subsequently placed in an orphanage, his obsession with his special (and radioactive) clay grew. An attempt to develop it for market backfired due to Phillip's jealousy toward his business partner, who would die in a lab explosion. Masters would then marry his partner's widow and adopt their daughter Alicia, who had been blinded by the same explosion. But the death of his wife proved to be the final straw for his sanity, and after securing more clay from his homeland he began his life of crime as the Puppet Master.

     Annihilus 

Annihilus

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An aggressive, paranoid Insectoid Alien who is the ruler of an alternate dimension known as the Negative Zone. Annihilus is convinced that every other living thing is a potential threat to his life, and that the only way for him to be safe is by being the only creature left alive.

  • The Ageless: Continuous exposure to the energies of his Cosmic Rod has retarded his aging, making him virtually immortal.
  • Ax-Crazy: Extremely unstable, paranoid and aggressive, values his survival above everything else, and is unfortunately convinced everything alive is a danger to him.
  • Bad Boss: Most infamously in Anihilation, where he slaughtered an entire part of his fleet because it took them too much time to conquer a planet.
  • Big Bad: He's usually this when the story is set in the Negative Zone.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: He often leads an army of these— and is an insectoid himself.
  • Enemy Mine: With the Avengers and the Galactic Council during Infinity.
  • Evil Overlord: Of the Negative Zone.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards mammals.
  • Galactic Conqueror: In Anihilation, he decides he is done ruling on the Negative Zone only, and starts an invasion of the Universe.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He looks vaguely humanoid, but is in fact an insectoid alien from the Negative Zone who has been made immortal by the powerful rod he is using as a weapon.
  • Insectoid Aliens: What he really is.
  • It's All About Me: The very reason he is dangerous; Annihilus values his own survival above everything else, and his paranoia causes him to believe pretty much everything is a potential danger to his life.
  • Large Ham
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Out of paranoid fear that every other living thing is a danger to his life. In Anihilation, his goal is to wipe out the entire universe and rule on the void that will remain.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Would you seriously like to stay in presence of a guy whose name is derived from the word annihilation?
  • Power Glows: With the Cosmic Control Rod.
  • Spikes of Villainy
  • Winged Humanoid

     Kl'rt (Super-Skrull) 

Kl'rt (Super-Skrull)

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

  • All Your Powers Combined: He has all of the F4's powers, plus his natural Skull biology.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While he can fly into a rage, he's overall pretty stoic and tends to take whatever is thrown at him unflinchingly. During the Annihilation storyline, he teleported into Reed Richard's lab to ask for assistance. Reed flips out the moment he sees him, locks the lab down, hits all the emergency alarms, and points an extremely lethal looking cannon at Kl'rt. Kl'rt doesn't react to any of this.
    Kl'rt: (Looking at the cannon) You can destroy a moon with that. I'm flattered.
  • Enemy Mine: With Nova, Ronan and Silver Surfer during Annihilation.
  • Elite Mook: To the Skrull Empire.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrificed himself during the Anihilation War by destroying an enormous organic warship. Comics being what they are, he came back.
  • Pride
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens
  • Shape Shifter: Like all Skrulls.
  • Super Soldier: The Skrull equivalent of this trope.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During Annihilation.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: By virtue of being a Skrull, a species where this is a natural ability.

     Galactus 

Galactus

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"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.
    • Reed even gave this a great deal of thought during the first Secret War storyline, musing about how odd it was that the Beyonder considered Galactus "evil" and grouped him in with all the other villains. Reed knew that Galactus was so far beyond good or evil that the concepts simply didn't apply. He regarded Galactus as a force of nature, comparable to an earthquake or a hurricane, which also cannot be judged as good or evil.
  • 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 your mind interprets what you are seeing. Every species in the Universe sees him differently because what he really looks like is beyond our understanding.

     Harvey Elder (Mole Man) 

Harvey Elder (Mole Man)

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The very first supervillain that the Fantastic Four fought upon gaining their powers. Born a surface-dweller, Harvey Elder became obsessed with discovering a subterranean society. He found one in the Moloids, a slave race genetically engineered by the Deviants, the offshoot race of Eternals, and found the means to control many of the monstrous Deviant Mutates that also lived underground. But finding acceptance as the Moloids' leader was not enough for him, and he soon sought revenge against the surface world that shunned him.

  • 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 knowledge 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.
  • The Emperor: Evoked this during Rings of The Mandarin, when he began wearing a crown and wielding a scepter.
  • Gravity Master: Had this power when he wielded the Mandarin's Daimonic ring.
  • 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During his time as leader of the Ten Rings (supervillains who wielded the Mandarin's newly sentient Makulan Power Rings), after watching his fellow Ringbearers fall in battle, he is told that he is now the primary heir to the Mandarin's legacy. He immediately ditches the ring and flees while Iron Man recovers it.
  • Servant Race: His moloids.
  • Super Senses
  • You Are Number 6: His Ten Rings designation is Mandarin Six.

     Ronan The Accuser 

Ronan The Accuser

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The Supreme Accuser of the Kree Empire, head of the Public Accuser Corps (the Empire's main law-enforcement body) and one of the highest ranking officials in the Empire, second only to the Supreme Intelligence and the Imperial Minister. The Fantastic Four first caught his attention when they defeated Kree Sentry #459. He is a veteran of many conflicts, including the Kree/Skrull and Kree/Shi'Ar Wars, and was a recurring foe of Captain Mar-Vell due to the latter defecting from the Kree to fight for Earth. He would eventually marry Crystal, a former fill-in member of the Fantastic Four.

     Red Ghost (Ivan Kragoff) and his Super Apes 

Red Ghost and his Super Apes

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A Russian scientist who sought to duplicate the conditions that gave the Fantastic Four their powers, Ivan Kragoff deliberately exposed himself and three apes to high levels of cosmic rays and succeeded. His first fight with the FF, which took place on the Moon, led to the introduction of Uatu The Watcher.

  • Dirty Communists Red Ghost was one of the original communist villains from the Silver Age.
  • Evil Counterpart: Red Ghost deliberately exposed himself and his Super Apes to cosmic rays to give them powers to rival the Fantastic Four.
  • Intangibility: Red Ghost's super power. Through concentration, he can achieve different degrees of intangibility and can even become like a diffuse mist. He can become transparent or invisible when in intangible form, to the extent that sensitive equipment of Reed Richards was unable to detect him hiding over several days. The Red Ghost can alter the tangibility of parts of his body independently of each other. Thus he can hold a weapon in his hand while the rest of his body is intangible. While he is intangible, his body metabolism enables him to go without eating or without breathing for extended periods of time.
  • Maniac Monkeys: The Super Apes
  • Mad Scientist : Ivan Kragoff is considered to be one of the smartest people on the planet. He is a brilliant scientist skilled in the fields of rocketry, engineering and physics. He is also skilled in training simians.
  • Selective Magnetism: Peotr the Orangutan's power. He possesses the ability to project magnetic forces, enabling him to attract or repel objects containing iron or steel. Using his magnetic powers, he may be able to suspend weights above his head that are roughly equal to the amounts that Miklho can lift (press) through physical strength.
  • Shapeshifting: Igor the Baboon's ability. He is limited to shapes roughly equal to his normal size. However, he can only make baboon sounds if he attempts to resemble a human or humanoid.
  • Soviet Super Science: Red Ghost's stock and trade, at least while the USSR was still around.
  • Super Strength: Mikhlo the Gorilla's ability that makes him roughly the equal of the Thing.

     Diablo (Esteban Corazón de Ablo) 

Diablo

A brilliant and ancient alchemist who was accidentally awoken by the Fantastic Four in their early days and has remained a nuisance ever since.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: He'd decided he'd had enough of supervillainy when his old flame and fellow alchemist Gilded Lily recruited him to take revenge on Alpha Flight. He was only motivated to help her when she revealed she wanted to take over Aurora's body.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Sort of. His alchemy, which can transmute elements through means unknown to modern science, enables him to control his own physical body, the bodies of others, or inorganic matter.
  • Bad Boss
  • Biblical Bad Guy: Technically named after the devil, though his actual demonic connotations beyond that are very few.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Actually addressed in his first appearance: part of his plan involves making a fortune by selling his chemicals to the world. It works, and he becomes very wealthy; however, all of his alchemical compounds break down over time, either reverting their effects or causing something more disastrous to happen. As such, this trope can be considered justified in Diablo's case.
    • At one time he took over a Central American country by making vibranium for them, planning to cash in on its export. This actually drew the attention of the United Nations, who were willing to deal, but Canada dissented, and sent in Alpha Flight to stop Diablo and expose his scheme, which they did.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Underplayed compared to other FF villains, but he is quite the clever schemer, often working through manipulated proxies when he can.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He was born in 9th century Spain, and has used his alchemical skills to prolong his life.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Diablo wears green-and-purple. He animated and commanded a synthetic lifeform called Dragon Man who is sometimes depicted gray with purple pants, and sometimes purple with brown pants.
  • This Cannot Be!: Almost every time he's defeated, he reacts with sheer disbelief.


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