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Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic
Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards)
The certified Super Genius of the 4, and Team Dad with his ability to think his way out of the many problems they face. Reed grew up an extremely intelligent man. In fact, it was his idea to take the shuttle flight to study cosmic rays that day. After that fateful encounter, he gained the ability to stretch and mold his body however he could want. Whether that's sliding through a rivet hole or turning his body into a ball. Regardless, his brain will always be his best weapon to fight supervillains. Of course, that same brain can sometime infuriate the family, as it can lead him to alienating the others when he gets too caught up in an experiment or not listening to others.
- 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.
- 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. Gets deconstructed in Hickman's run, where every other Reed Richards is awesome because they've either morally corrupt arseholes, or they abandoned their families in the name of the Greater Good.
- 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.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After the combined forces of the Fantastic Four, The Avengers and Doctor Strange prevent a starving Galactus from destroying the Earth, Reed Richards shows the Devourer of Worlds mercy. In exchange, Galactus calls Richards "friend" before vowing that Earth need no longer fear his hunger.
- 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 the dangers of smoking became well-known.
- 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.
- 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: The Trope Namer. A certified super-genius and one of the smartest people in the whole universe, he regularly invents mind-bending devices that tell physics where to shove it, but almost never devotes his considerable talents to anything other than superheroics. While Marvel has attempted to justify his lack of world-changiness in various ways, including that his inventions are too expensive and that nobody else can understand them, the real reason is that allowing him to make a real difference would make the world far too different to reality. The justification being used in Jonathan Hickman's run on Fantastic Four and F.F. and by Bendis in the Ultimate Marvel universe, is that it's his family which prevents Reed from putting all his efforts into changing the world. He has to choose between being a loving father and husband and devoting himself to advancing humanity (although why Reed can't take a middle ground has yet to be explained). It's implied that the world is lucky when Reed takes the first option since, if he doesn't or if things don't work out between him and Sue, he becomes a Knight Templar (Hickman's books) or full on villain (the Ultimate 'verse).
- Other justifications given (making this both the Trope Namer and the Unbuilt Trope) is that while a lot of Reed's stuff does get patented, he avoids a lot of dangerous superhero stuff like the death rays and portals to hell that can't be trusted to the general public. Also, many companies pay him explicitly not to patent his stuff because they know they can't keep up with his inventions, which would put millions of people out of work.
- 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.
- 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.
- Super Intelligence: Often held as the standard for Super Intelligence in the Marvel Universe. It's generally accepted that Reed is the smartest man on Earth.
- 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 "Sue" Storm-Richards / The Invisible Girl/Woman
The Invisible Woman (Susan "Sue" Storm-Richards)
The Team Mom of the 4, "Sue" was originally just Reed's girl. In fact she first fell for him before finishing puberty, and slowly grew into his life. Her initial powers seemed to just be invisibility, but after some much needed growth and practice, that was upgrated into "projecting" that invisibility into force fields.Sue is fiercely devoted to the family around her, but that often can rub shoulders with Ben on his grumpier days, and she's more often annoyed at her brother Johnny's antics sometimes as well. And don't get her started on the frustrations she can have with her now husband over spending quality time with the family. Despite the rough patches though, Sue will do whatever it takes to ensure the world and her home is kept safe.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Precocious Crush: Sue met Reed when he was 19 and she was 12, getting a crush on him at first sight. Thankfully, they got together much later in life.
- 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 focused 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
The Thing (Ben Grimm)
Perhaps the most iconic of the 4, simply because of his visual distinctiveness.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Other than possibly Captain America, Ben is the most beloved hero in the entire Marvel superhero community. He may be scary to look at, but every civilian in the Marvel U still loves and respect Ben for his incorruptible heroism, and every single superhero worthy of the name loves, respects and supports Ben. He may not see himself as a leader, but if Ben ever needed help fighting a threat, he has Avengers Mansion, Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and many a powerful superhero's number on speed dial, and all of them would respond IMMEDIATELY.
- 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.
- Author Avatar: Jack Kirby suggested that Grimm was something of an alter-ego for himself, and the two seem to have a lot in common - grumpy, blue-collar, kindhearted, cigar-smoking, Jewish, and from the Lower East Side.
- Badass Adorable: The Marvel Universe's best example. No other character has such a perfect balance between being completely lovable and completely awesome.
- 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: In every version of the team.
- 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.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He used to play this trope in earlier comics and traces of it still show up now and again.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: He's taken a fair number of such lessons, making him an experienced boxer and wrestler. In fact, this is what let him go three rounds with the Champion of the Universe; everyone else was too weak (Colossus, Sasquatch), too unskilled (Doc Samson, Wonder Man), or unable to abide by the rules (Namor, Hulk, Thor).
- Breakout Character: Even though Johnny was the first one to get a series (likely catapulting off his Golden Age counterpart), Ben is both the most popular member and the one who shows up most consistently in other books, including multiple stints on the Avengers, several solo series, and Marvel Two-In-One, a series that was essentially 100 issues of other heroes getting to team up with him.
- Brooklyn Rage: Even talks with a Brooklyn accent.
- Brought Down to Badass: Ben's regained his humanity on a couple of occasions. Not that it keeps him from contributing to the Four's efforts.
- 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.
- "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. Curiously enough, the first issue has Ben as a human speaking in the manner he's most known for, then being a stoic snarker after becoming the Thing.
- Cursed with Awesome: He's had persistent issues with his powers and the ugly appearance it gives him (along with the general effects on his life), but one can't deny, being able to lift hundreds of tons is a pretty good deal.
- 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: He is also often sarcastic, quick to throw a wise crack.
- 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".
- 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.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He's very much in the "good cigar-smoker" category; a rough-and-tumble strongman. He doesn't do it as much now, though.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Ben's case, while he does enjoy being the idol and helping out his friends, it does mean the everyday normal moments of his life are alot more difficult because of his powers. Presumably, it does add up over time.
- 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.
- 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, though they were originally depicted with equal strength, and Thing usually balances the power gap out with superior fighting skills.
- 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.
- 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.
- Super Strength: The Thing's primary superhuman power is his great physical strength. His strength has continued to increase over the years due to a combination of further mutation and special exercise equipment designed for him by Reed Richards. His feats include successfully holding back a giant alien spacecraft from jettisoning from Earth, lifting an oil rig and stopping a multiple story building (weighing roughly 30,000 tons) from falling over and lifting it back into place.
- Super Toughness: 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.
- Survivor's Guilt: Developed this because of the aforementioned events of the "Three" storyline. It clears up once Johnny comes back.
- There Was a Door: In the very first issue, Ben's covered up in the first page he appears. He doesn't appear in all his rocky glory until he sees Reed's signal and smashes through a nearby wall, bemoaning "why must they build doors so narrow?"
- 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. They spend most of their time either sniping and snarking at each other, planning increasingly elaborate practical jokes on each other, or lambasting each other with creatively brutal threats about what they'll do to the other (which are hardly ever followed through) after said practical jokes. They are, of course, practically inseparable.
- 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.
Johnny Storm / The Human Torch
The Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
- 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).
- Depending on the Writer: Johnny Storm has alternated between self-obsessed prima donna and self-obsessed whiny asshat. Some FF writers, most notably Tom De Falco, have tried to upgrade Johnny to at least being savvy about his powers and status. Later ones felt the need to make him dumb and dumber both.
- 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.
- Flying Firepower: The Human Torch's plasma has a high hydrogen conten, and is surrounded by an exuded cloud of mono-atmoic hydrogen atoms. The hot cloud provides sufficient positive buoyancy for him to float. With mental stimulation of his flame, he can provide enough lift to carry around 180 pounds. By forming a jet from his feet, directed behind him, he can achieve a normal flight speed of 140 miles per hour.
- 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. They become less competitive with each other as they get older, but there's still an element of ragging on each other/trying to outdo each other there, only now mixed with actual respect - to the extent that Johnny left instructions for Peter to replace him on the team in the event of his death.
- 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: Like his powers, he's a very temperamental person and it doesn't take much for him to go berserk on things with his powers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Frequently petulant, childish, selfish and bone-dead stupid, but his heart is in the right place.
- 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: Of course the Human Torch is hot! 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: He can generate shapes composed of fire from any point on his body (He usually employs his hands to "sculpt" the flames, occasionally as a lasso to ensnare enemies) .He can form fire into long streams, spheres, or even more complex shapes like letters in skywriting. These flames-objects will only remain their shapes as long as he concentrates upon them. The objects will only burn about 3 minutes before expiring unless the Torch continues to infuse them with energy
- 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.
- 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. They spend most of their time either sniping and snarking at each other, planning increasingly elaborate practical jokes on each other, or lambasting each other with creatively brutal threats about what they'll do to the other (which are hardly ever followed through) after said practical jokes. They are, of course, practically inseparable.
- And Peter Parker. Spidey and the Torch's team-ups usually consist of them trying to one-up each other, with the expected volley of insults and snark. But at the end of the day, Spider-Man is probably Johnny's closest superhero friend outside of the FF.
- Wreathed in Flames: He has the physical ability to transform his entire body, or portions of his body into a fiery, plasma-like state of will.
- Astral Projection: Latent. While he is in this trance, he can project an intangible, ghost like image of himself to another location, through which he can see and hear what goes on at the location. What Franklin has called the “dreams” he has while in this state are not truly dreams, but his conscious awareness of the environment into which he has projected his “dream-self.”
- Dead Guy Junior: He's named after Sue and Johnny's late father Franklin Storm, who died saving the lives of the team.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: He has "special dreams" which are prophetic. May be symbolic: before a clash among the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and Doctor Doom, he dreamed of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men dying, and his father turning into Doom, which foretold aspects of the clash. May also be literal: in his first meeting with Power Pack,, they deduce why an alien is chasing them — Katie Power is carrying an alien artifact that could be traced — he recounts how he had dreamed that the alien chased him, and so they give him the artifact, which leads to their victory.
- 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.
- Giver of Lame Names: When playing superhero with Leech, he gave them the names "Hyperstorm" and "Kid Incredible". A future version of Franklin who happened to be watching commented on the names.
- 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: Latent. Possesses telekinetic abilities enabling him to levitate and manipulate living beings, inanimate objects, and to some extent energy psionically. This also enables him to fly.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: He was born in 1968. Aside from an incident of using his powers to temporarily age himself to adulthood, and the usual range of alternate reality versions, he has remained a child for more than four decades of real world time. The fact that he was injudiciously given a Story-Breaker Power contributes heavily to the problem of ever letting him grow up. It is very glaring though, because characters that were born long after him are now either teenagers or actual adults.
- 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: As "Psi-Lord", he demonstrated a wide variety of psionic powers.
- Reality Warper: He's capable of creating his own universes, and that's not the least of his powers.
- Shout-Out: His own short series was a pretty clear homage to Calvin and Hobbes.
- Story-Breaker Power: A Reality Warper on a cosmic scale, he has been largely kept as a child for decades specifically because it has been demonstrated that his mature power levels would be so far off the scale that he would become virtually unusable as a character.
- Superpower Lottery: His Reality Warping powers and insane amount of Psychic Powers. When Franklin achieves the conscious use of his full powers, he will have telepathic powers, tremendous telekinetic powers, the ability to fire enormously powerful energy blasts, and the ability to rearrange the molecular structure of matter and energy. His powers are so great that he has been able to create pocket universes, and his abilities have been described as equal to the Celestials. He's definitely the most powerful mutant on Earth, and possibly one of the most powerful being in the overall Marvel universe.
- 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
- 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: She is certainly the most amoral of the group, but she does mean well and tries to be a good person.
- 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 other for no reason.
- One reason may involve her status as a Token Evil Teammate. When child Valeria was writing up a plan on conquering the Kree Empire for fun in her computer, her older self browbeat her into deleting it, implying that her older self dislikes how amoral she used to be.
- 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.
- Science Hero: During Axis, she thwarted a hate plague in Latveria with SCIENCE (and a ray gun).
- Token Evil Teammate: Well, not really evil, but her brain is definitely much bigger than her heart and she is mainly ruled by her intellect coupled with childish selfishness. If it comes to the emotional decision against the pragmatic one, Valeria will head straight for the pragmatic choice. This pragmatism often stems towards straight out amorality where she gets to the point where she can work well with Dr. Doom of all people and make up plans to destroy and subjugate intergalactic empires like the Kree for fun.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In a more peculiar example; when we see her future self, she certainly frowns upon Valeria making plans to conquer the Kree, so it's possible that she grew up out of her Token Evil Teammate status as she matured.
Friends and Allies
- Canon Immigrant: First created for a syndicated comic strip Stan Lee wrote in The '50s.
- The Grinch: At the end of one story, he admitted that he hates Christmas.
- Legacy Character: In recent years, he's retired and his niece Wilhelmina "Bille" Lumpkin has taken over his mail route.
- Unfazed Everyman: Just a reminder. This is an elderly civil servant who interacts on a daily basis with aliens, mutants, and self-empowered science heroes, and almost never bats an eye.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He would often (jokingly) suggest that he join the team, because he had the power to wiggle his ears.
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: Her mother Marcia Deaton has appeared in a few flashback tales, but she is long dead. A wicked plot by the Puppet Master/Philip Masters accidentally exposed Marcia (the only woman he loved) to radioactive isotopes. Marcia died of radiation poisoning, leaving Philip heartbroken and feeling guilty.
- Morality Pet: Often serves as this for her stepfather the Puppet Master/Philip Masters, who is otherwise a ruthless villain. According to Philip's origin story, Alicia was not born blind. When Philip was trying to kill his hated rival Jacob Reiss (Alicia's biological father) in an explosion, he did not expect anyone else to get hurt. Alicia was unexpected collateral damage, blinded by the blast. Philip has always felt guilty, and decided to both raise her and treat her as his own daughter. The same story mentions that Alicia was a talented painter before going blind, and Philip was disturbed that Alicia could not follow her passion for art after going blind. Since Philip himself was an amateur sculptor, he taught her how to sculpt instead.
- 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?: Ben and Alicia's status as a romantic couple is constantly on and off.
Uatu The Watcher
Uatu the Watcher
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: Uatu and his race are ageless and effectively immortal. Various stories have hinted that he is billions of years old. From his position in the Moon he has observed all of Earth's history. He also observes other locations of the Universe, and can observe events in other realities. Surprising Uatu is difficult.
- 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.
Wyatt WingfootA long-time friend of the Fantastic Four, who had accompanied them on many adventures.
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.
- Canon Immigrant
- Fun with Acronyms: Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics
- The Mole: The first incarnation of HERBIE was taken over by a villain named Doctor Sun, who tried to take out the Fantastic Four within the Baxter Building. When he eventually left HERBIE to take over the building's computers, it sacrificed itself to destroy them both.
- Robot Buddy
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 so 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.
- In one issue of Superman from the 90s (the one where Clark Kent and Lois Lane got engaged, oddly enough), it was indicated that Mxy actually was the Impossible Man, spending some downtime in an alternate universe playing with his "four Fantastic new friends" (the team even makes a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo).
- 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.
- 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. Oddly, the one thing he apparently can't do is change colors — all of his transformations are still some shade and combination of green and purple.
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.
- Abhorrent Admirer: She was this to the Thing for a time when she insisted that the two were destined to be together.
- Amazonian Beauty
- Bi the Way: Thundra has expressed interest in men like The Thing and Hyperion, but has also shown interest in women like Jennifer Walters aka She Hulk.
- Chain Pain: Thundra originally carried around a length of chain as a weapon, but rarely used it. She later added spiked balls to the end of it and began to use it more.
- Fiery Redhead
- Heel–Face Turn: A former member of the Frightful Four, but left them and became one of the heroes.
- Worlds Strongest Woman: In her time line.
- Lady Land: Thundra hails from one, though men exist there, females are the dominant ones.
- Lightning Bruiser: Hits like a freight train and is as fast as one too.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Had this going with The Thing for a time, since he was "the strongest man on Earth" and only she was fit to defeat him.
- Parental Abandonment: Didn't happen to her, but is in effect when it comes to her daughter Lyra, since she mostly leaves her to her own devices.
- Statuesque Stunner: Stands cononically at 7'2'' tall and, unlike some examples of this, she's consistently drawn to look this way.
- Badass Bookworm: Yep. He even was part of a team which involved time-traveling Badass Bookworms. Where do you think Reed got it from?
- Disappeared Dad: To Reed. Not entirely by choice, though.
- Founder of the Civilization: Nathaniel found himself in an alternate Earth devastated by war, and used his scientific knowledge to rebuild it, eventually creating a new utopia.
- Hero with an F in Good
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Subverted with Reed, who knew who he was, but there was an arc were he was apparently to play this straight with Doctor Doom. It was later ignored note .
- Mysterious Parent
- Name's the Same: as Nathaniel Richards of one particular 31st-century Earth. The future Nathaniel is a descendant of Reed's father and named for him, though is better known as an Avengers foe and sometimes ally, under one of his various time-traveling personas, which include Kang, Immortus, Rama-Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, and Iron Lad.
- Poor Communication Kills: Kidnapped his grandson Franklin, sent him and raised him in the future, trained him in the usage of his powers and didn't even tell his own son/Franklin's father Reed why until he returned with Franklin as a teenager to the time just moments after he did so. He eventually revealed its so prevent the deaths of the Fantastic Four by a Conqueror from the Future who turned out to be Franklin's own Kid from the Future grown up.
- Second Love: His first wife and Reed's mother, Evelyn, died when Reed was young. In his travels through time, he ended up in a timeline where he found a new wife, Cassandra. It's too bad she loved power more than him.
- Wild Card
Victor von Doom / Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom)
Reed Richards' Rival Turned Evil, and the Fantastic Four's 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.
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.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: As an insect-like being, one of his life stages is an attractive human form with no memory (and in fact a righteous disdain towards) his real identity. When he matures into his adult form he shortly forgets that personality too (but not completely, the love he developed for Blink).
- 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 Annihilation, 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.
- And, as Annihilation and the recent Thanos trilogy by Jim Starlin shows, even stories that aren't.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: He often leads an army of these— and is an insectoid himself.
- The Constant: The Negative Zone is a multiversal singularity, meaning all instances of it seen from alternate universes are the same one. Subsequently, this means all Annihilus seen in what-if stories are the same one.
- 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.
- Hero Killer: He killed Wendell Vaughn in the opening act of Annihilation. Wendell got better eventually, though.
- 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.
- Joker Immunity: Has died multiple times, it never sticks. Whenever he is killed his hive just births a new one.
- Large Ham
- Logical Weakness: Annihilus has a tough outer shell. His organs, meanwhile, are as squishy and vulnerable as anyone else's. Of course, actually getting close enough to Annihilus in order to exploit this is... all but impossible.
- 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: Notably they're more like a bat's than an insect's.
Esteban Corazón de Ablo / Diablo
Diablo (Esteban Corazón de Ablo)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.
- 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.
- "I am inevitable. I am... destiny. I am Galactus, and I hunger."
The Mad Thinker
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.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: While no intuitive master manipulator, he can predict most people's actions quite well with sufficient observation and pattern recognition, and act accordingly. His one constant foil is Reed Richards, who is not only as smart as himself, but, paradoxically, not quite as "rational", which is why he keeps winning over him. Why, yes, an excitable woman like Sue Richards or an immature hothead like Johnny Storm will of course act irrationally, that is easy to predict—but a genius like Mr. Fantastic must make the logical and rational choice in any situation, right?
- Berserk Button: Don't call him "The Mad Thinker" to his face; its just "The Thinker", thank you very much.
- Clock King: His whole shtick. And he is quite good at it.
- Crazy-Prepared: It's quite difficult to surprise him, since he plans for every eventuality. Including contingency plans to compensate for incomplete information.Thinker: I always have a reserve plan, in case I should miscalculate.
- Creative Sterility: His Achilles' heel. He is one of the few geniuses in the Marvel universe brilliant enough to understand Reed Richards's works, and so he can reverse-engineer them with sufficient time and effort... but he cannot create anything of his own, only reproduce and recombine variants of other people's ideas.
- 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 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 of 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.
Harvey Elder / Mole Man
Mole Man (Harvey Elder)
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.
Owen Reece / Molecule Man
Molecule Man (Owen Reece)A meek technician caught in a Freak Lab Accident, giving him the power to manipulate the molecules of all non-living matter (later revealed to be all matter, yet placed mental blocks on himself). In his first appearance, he sought to take over the world, and easily defeated the Fantastic Four, yet was captured by Uatu and sent to another dimension so that he could never menace the world again. Later came back as a wand (his body had long expired in this dimension), possessing all those who held onto it, including at some point, Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic. Later regained a body, and took part in the Secret Wars, as Doctor Doom's right-hand man. When Doom absorbed the Beyonder's powers, he revealed the limitations he placed on himself, and removed them, giving the Molecule Man a new-found confidence, and he returned with all the supervillains back to Earth under his own power, later forgoing the life of a supervillain altogether to live with Marsha Rosenberg (aka Volcana) who he met during this time. When the Beyonder came to Earth in Secret Wars II, he fought him off, but later merged with him before returning to Earth as himself. An on-and-off again supervillain, the Molecule Man is among the most powerful opponents the Four have ever faced.
- Affably Evil: When he's on his good days, he's not such a bad guy. When Spider-Man (Mile Morales) handed him a (week-old) cheeseburger in Secret Wars (2015), he restored the multiverse...and revived his deceased mother in gratitude]]. Since then, he's been largely retired and takes the time to warn Galactus, now the Lifebringer of those out to get him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Particularly in recent times.
- The Dreaded: Freaking Uatu the Watcher personally stepped in when the Molecule Man made his presence known for the first time, and locked him in a dimension that had time out of sync with ours because he was that much of a threat to the universe. None other than Galactus himself said that if he got serious, he couldn't hope to challenge him, that Reece could end him with a stray thought. Even Doom, who treats his fellow supervillains like crap and beneath, treats Owen with the appropriate amount of respect...sort of.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: One day, he wants to take over the world, yet feels insecure in front of guys like Norman Osborn and Doctor Doom. Men who, mind you, he could easily vaporize if he wanted to.
- Face–Heel Revolving Door: Currently on the Face side... sort of.
- Love Redeems: His crush on Tigra, and relationship with Volcana made him a lot nicer as a person, to the point that he did away with supervillainy altogether for a time.
- Physical God: Fortunately, all those who realize it are safe in the knowledge that he doesn't.
- Power Limiter: His confidence issues are what holds back the Molecule Man's full potential, to the point that he at first, felt he needed a wand to focus his powers. even though he grew out of it, it remained restricted to non-living matter. Even so, he could still erect barriers across all of New York City (Even the Invisible Woman strained when she erected one across Manhattan), and lift a 150 billion ton mountain. Without this block, he's easily among the most powerful beings among the Marvel Universe.
- Reality Warper: Notes in The Ultimates (2015) that his name isn't exactly accurate - he's gone from molecules, to atoms, to protons, quarks, quantum-strings, and now, perhaps, he's 'Narrative Man'.
- Retired Badass: Post Secret Wars (2015), he's claimed that he's now retired.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Became an enemy of Iron Man, and the Avengers in general. Honestly, with a bad guy this powerful, it's not surprising.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: When his consciousness was trapped in a wand.
- Story-Breaker Power: If he ever got serious, and got over the issues he has, he could own even Galactus with a stray thought, and even take on the Celestials. This man, supervillain or hero, could pretty much end all conflict in the Marvel Universe, and no-one (except maybe White Crown Phoenix) could stop him.
- Super Loser: Once fought with the Beyonder, in a clash that could've destroyed the universe, because he blamed him for his relationship issues with his girlfriend.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Downplayed. His issues were already there when he got his powers - they only magnified them. If anything, when he's more stable, he pulls off better feats. In New Avengers, it's revealed that this was deliberate on the part of the Beyonders - as Molecule Men across the multiverse would go insane eventually, and when detonate - annihilating their respective universes.
Peter Petruski / Paste Pot Pete / Trapster
Trapster (Peter Petruski)
- 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 names 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 the glue 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.
- Happens to him again when he reappears in The Unbelievable Gwenpool. After readopting his Paste Pot Pete persona to hide from his deeds as the Trapster, he’s dragged into Gutterspace, the endless void between comic panels that only Gwenpool seems able to navigate.
- 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.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Paste-Pot Pete had one of the more unfortunate villainous monikers in supervillainy. Even after changing his name to "The Trapster" and becoming more effective in his use of specialized glues and pastes, he still gets ragged on mercilessly about his old name by the likes of Spider-Man and the Human Torch.
- In fact, in one story where the Trapster was actually rather competent, he still couldn't win. After beating a couple of crooks senseless who had double-crossed him, he left them trussed up in his paste to let everyone know he had done it. Unfortunately, when the police found the two crooks, they mistook the paste for Spider Man's webbing, and assumed that the hero had caught them and left them for them to find. (An honest mistake, actually, since Spidey tended to do that a lot, but the Trapster was really upset.)
- 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
Puppet Master (Philip Masters)
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.
- Bald of Evil: Just look at the pic.
- Doing In the Scientist: His puppets' powers were originally explained as being due to their radioactivity. Apparently realizing how implausible that sounded, even by comic book logic, later stories attributed it to being infused with magic from proximity to the base of Wundagore Mountain.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: At least, Deadpool thinks so.
- Knight Templar Parent: Let's just say he really doesn't approve of his stepdaughter dating the Thing.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Alicia Masters
- People Puppets: His powers allow him to make puppets out of radioactive clay, which he can then use to control people.
- Pet the Dog: In "Spider-Man Family #4", when he abandons one of his evil plans to comfort a distraught boy, and gives him the Spider-Man doll he was going to use in said plan. Ain't it sweet?
Ivan Kragoff / Red Ghost and his Super Apes
Red Ghost (Ivan Kragoff)
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.
Ronan The Accuser
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.
- Adorkable: Surprisingly, he becomes this when he's around Crystal of the Inhumans royal family.
- Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero when he's on the side of the heroes.
- Anti-Villain: Though usually portrayed as a supervillain, he is sometimes depicted as a more noble and honorable character.
- Arranged Marriage: In War of Kings when the Inhumans seek aid from the Kree against the Skrull's Secret Invasion, Ronan agrees on the condition that the Inhuman princess, Crystal, marries him. Gradually (through this and the Realm of Kings follow-up event) evolves into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage.
- Badass Normal: Of the Annihilators, Ronan comes the closest, since everyone else is a Flying Brick. He spends most of the miniseries grumbling about his lack of power compared to everyone else.
- Break the Badass: The destruction of the Kree homeworld shattered Ronan, leaving him walking across the remains of Hala naming all the dead. When Crystal calls him out on his attitude toward the Inhumans, he's driven to suicide, only being prevented by Crystal.
- Character Development: He became a more noble and heroic characters since Annihilation.
- Clear My Name: Ronan's goal during the Annihilation war is to get back his job and life, first by finding the Rigellian Tana Nile and learning who bribed her into testifying against him. Then the Annihilation Wave kills her, forcing a change in plans.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Ronan versus Ravenous in Annihilation, who only a few months before (in-universe) survived fights with the Silver Surfer. Ronan takes a good chunk of Ravenous's face off.
- Against Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. Ronan's a towering Kree in power armor. Peter Quill is an ordinary human-Spartoi hybride with no superpowers. He has no chance beyond getting Ronan to work up a mild sweat.
- Depending on the Writer: His motivations have changed with different writers. In his initial appearance, he was a Reasonable Authority Figure who was Just Following Orders when directed to sentence Earth, whereas the 1970s and 80s made him the Kree equivalent of a McCarthyite security hawk with Fantastic Racism, who even launched a Military Coup against the Kree government because of its liberal policies and tolerance for miscegenation. In later years he is more commonly depicted as an Obstructive Bureaucrat, with some versions even making him a rebellious Anti-Hero.
- Drop the Hammer: Ronan's hammer, which can also restructure molecules. He usually just uses it to hit people really, really hard.
- Enemy Mine: Ronan and Super-Skrull are usually villains but help Nova and the others defeat the Annihilation Wave. In fact, Ronan and Super-Skrull being on the same side counts as well; Kree and Skrulls hate each other.
- Green Lantern Ring: Ronan uses the most powerful of the Universal Weapon or Cosmi-Rod wielded by the Accusers. He can use it for energy blasts, force-fields, matter manipulation and flight. The weapon has a built-in fail-safe: only Accusers in their armor can safely wield it.
- Hidden Depths: Ronan secretly has a romantic, soft-hearted streak. He even tried brining Crystal flowers during their engagement.
- Implacable Man: At his best. Highlight during Annihilation, he just walked straight through the Wave to get at House Fiyero, not letting them stop him at all.
- Knight Templar: Seriously, you do not want to fuck with this guy. During the prologue to Annihilation, he was on an alien planet and killed a village leader who'd executed his own daughter. When it was pointed out to him what the daughter had done (fallen in love with a member of an enemy tribe), and that the leader was perfectly within his rights under their laws to execute her, he replied that what she had done was not against Kree law. He was pretty intense during this scene, as the whole incident really pissed him off.Ronan: I am Ronan the Accuser. Wherever I set my foot, there Kree law holds sway.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When the seriously angry Inhumans came to Hala after Secret Invasion, Ronan surrendered the minute they came near, rather than bothering to fight.
- Large Ham: GUILTY!.
- Love Cannot Overcome: He and Crystal legitimately love one another, but after their separation in Hickman's Fantastic Four run, and the destruction of Hala by J-son Quill, Ronan is too broken to try and restart their marriage.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: He is loyal to the Kree people and state to a fault, though not always to its present rulers if they are evil or corrupt.
- My Nayme Is: Its Ro-nan, not Ro-nin.
- Never My Fault: During Royals, he blames Crystal for their marriage falling apart. She points out the marriage fell apart thanks to Ronan reviving the Supreme Intelligence. He doesn't take it well.
- Powered Armor: Ronan's armor provides protection, scanners, cloaking, and enhances his strength. It is adaptable.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Of the "Proud Soldier Race" type, as the Kree are more of a species of fascist/Communist totalitarians than Klingon-like Vikings or samurai.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Started as a Fantastic Four villain and the he became the Arch-Enemy of the first Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell).
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Drinking game, we dare you to type his name on Google and drink everytime his name is spelled Ronin on forums and Youtube comments. Your liver will probably be destroyed and you will die for the Kree empire.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: As he puts it, "Accusation is punishment!". Note that, although Ronan is the most known one, the Kree have a whole army of Accusers.
- Took a Level in Badass: During Annihilation.
Kl'rt / Super-Skrull
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. These powers were not directly taken from the targets, but the result of reverse engineering.
- Anti-Villain: During Annihilation. He maims, tortures, and kills in his way to stop the Harvester of Sorrow.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: At the end of Infinity he is crowned Emperor of the newly restored Skrull empire.
- Black and Gray Morality: His miniseries, given that he's a jerkass who isn't above using violence and torture to get what he wants, against the Annihilation Wave.
- 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: Ronan and Super-Skrull are usually villains but help Nova and the others defeat the Annihilation Wave. In fact, Ronan and Super-Skrull being on the same side counts as well; Kree and Skrulls hate each other.
- Elite Mook: To the Skrull Empire.
- Even Evil Has Standards: During Secret Invasion he finds his race becoming a bunch of religious fundamentalists disturbing.
- The Gadfly: During Annihilation, Kl'rt loves making pithy comments at Ronan's expense every few seconds.
- Green Lantern Ring: Kl'rt has all the powers of the Fantastic Four, although he uses them a little more...dangerously. Like stretching his arm so thin that it becomes like razor-wire and then cutting enemies in half with it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrificed himself during the Anihilation War by destroying an enormous organic warship. Comics being what they are, he came back.
- Military Superhero: From the point of view of the Skrulls. Originally he was just a decorated soldier without superpowers (other than the minor shapeshifting that is the default for Skrulls), and his military experience is still an important part of his identity.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Roughly speaking, he has two default characterizations, and this is one of them. When not written as The Starscream to the Skrull emperor, he is usually (and by startling contrast) a very loyal soldier and patriot who will put up with almost anything in his eagerness to serve the cause of the Skrulls.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Redemption Equals Death: At the end of Annihilation, although he gets better after a few months.
- Shapeshifter: Like all Skrulls, Kl'rt is a shape-shifter. Thus he has the ability to rearrange the molecules of his body at will into any form, shape or being perceived that he chooses. This allows him him to imitate the appearance of any of the four members of the Fantastic Four, as well as their powers.
- 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.
Bentley Wittman / Wizard
Wizard (Bentley Wittman)
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