!Fantastic Four[[note]]Or Five[[/note]]


[[folder: Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic)]]

!!Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Sometimes extending as far as DitzyGenius. Whenever there's a BrokeEpisode, Reed is usually the culprit.
* ActionHero: He is actively involved in the battles of his heroic team.
* AlliterativeName: '''R'''eed '''R'''ichards.
* [[spoiler:AntiVillain: 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.]]
* BadassBookworm: Something that tends to get lost in many adaptations. People like to forget that in his younger days he did some very ''Franchise/IndianaJones''-esque missions for the US government and, oh yeah, ''stole a rocket and tried to fly to the moon.''
* BizarreHumanBiology: The body of UltimateMarvel's Mr. Fantastic is an infinitely extensible fluid-filled sack containing, in place of an alimentary canal and other organs, just a squishable bolus of microbes that perform all metabolic functions.
* ChosenConceptionPartner: DoubleSubverted. 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 HappilyMarried.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Reed's disposition varies from series to series. Sometimes he's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold nice but a bit unnecessarily gruff]], sometimes he's a complete {{Jerkass}}, sometimes he's just absent minded.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Reed used to smoke a pipe from time to time, before it became [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC]] not to smoke.
* EnemyMine: Happens a lot with major antagonists for Reed such as with Doctor Doom and ComicBook/{{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 [[EvilTwin amoral alternate Reed Richards.]] In exchange, they would heal his super-intelligence [[SoapOperaDisease 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 LeeroyJenkins hero who has little care about laws and want to do what is right. Both Reed and Johnny also took different sides during the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' events.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholy. However, he was also very Choleric early on.
* HappilyMarried: To Susan.
* {{Jerkass}}: Can be one at times though it will usually be followed by a JerkWithAHeartOfGold moment.
** It really depends on the era the book was written and [[DependingOnTheWriter who is writing it]]. In the 60's he came off as bit offish and the early 70's had him as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, Afterwards, he's been consistently portrayed as the NiceGuy, at least until recently.
* MasterOfDisguise: Mr. Fantastic has infrequently used his stretching powers to assume a different face.
* MyGreatestFailure: 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.
* NayTheist: Reed is stated to be a humanist, although he does believe in the existence of God.
** FridgeBrilliance: Reed and the others have all met [[JackKirby God]] face to face, and [[JackKirby He]] even brought Ben BackFromTheDead. What kind of pathetic excuse for a scientist would he have to be to meet [[JackKirby 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.
* NighInvulnerability: 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.
* NotSoDifferent: 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 OrderVersusChaos area (being the "lawful" type character).
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: 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 [[LampshadeHanging 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.
* PapaWolf: Don't mess with his kids.
* PowerPerversionPotential: 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 HappilyMarried.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Once FridgeLogic catches up with him, anyway.
** Also subverted in that he does invent many things that have everyday uses. Most of them are bought by companies with competing products in order to keep them from hitting the streets and putting them out of business.
** AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome: In universes when Reed is not bound by StatusQuoIsGod, he's capable of even more amazing scientific accomplishments than in the main 616 verse.
** Alternately, consider this: It has been somewhat established that one year of comic book time is 4 years in real time. So despite passing only 10 years in the comic world, (40 years for the readers), they've advanced to a level equal to us if not more (though the validity of this is fluid at times.)
* RubberMan: 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.
* ScienceHero: He uses science in the name of heroism and has always considered his mind to be his true super-power.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: With frequent requests from Ben to dial it down a notch so everyone else can understand.
* SkunkStripe: His hair includes grey temples.
* SmallStepsHero: What originally made Reed different from Doom. While Doom believes UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, Reed will forego scientific progress if it harms too many people. Later stories, however, started to revoke this.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: 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.
* TheSmartGuy: 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.
* TeenGenius: Entered university at age 14, had doctorates by the age of 20.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Often finds himself in this situation, particularly in regards to Doctor Doom's DiplomaticImpunity. 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 ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' events where he sided with the Pro-Registration superheroes.
* WhatTheHellHero: 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 ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' 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 ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' universe when Franklin and Valeria are killed.
** Made a plot-point in Jonathan Hickman's run. Reed is faced with two choices. One: [[ForScience 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 [[WhenYouComingHomeDad 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: [[PhysicalGod Franklin.]] The one thing our Reed created that all those other Reeds, with all their science and vast machinery and good intentions [[EvilCannotComprehendGood never could.]]

[[folder: Susan Storm-Richards (The Invisible Girl/Woman)]]

!!Susan Storm-Richards (The Invisible Girl/Woman)

* ActionGirl: 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.
* ActionMom: 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.
* AlliterativeName: Before she got married, anyway. '''S'''usan "'''S'''ue" '''S'''torm
* BarrierWarrior: 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: During the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' 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.
* BigSisterInstinct: Towards Johnny.
* CleavageWindow: 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.
* CoolBigSis: To Johnny.
* CustomUniform: 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.
* DeadpanSnarker
* FauxActionGirl: She started off as one of these, but CharacterDevelopment [[TookALevelInBadass kicked in]].
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: She started off very Phlegmatic, but turned more Leukine later on.
* GreenLanternRing: 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.
* GuileHero: 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.
* HappilyMarried: To Reed.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Once the writers found out some really creative ways to use her powers...
* InstantArmor: She's used her forcefields in this way once or twice.
* LeotardOfPower: Her 90s outfit.
* LoveAtFirstSight: When she was 12-13, she met a 19-year-old uni student and got a PrecociousCrush on him. Fortunately, they didn't hook up until she was much older.
* MamaBear: '''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.
* MayDecemberRomance: Sue met Reed when he was 19 and she was 12, [[LoveAtFirstSight getting a crush on him at first sight]] (okay, so maybe more of a March/May, but you get the idea). Thankfully, they got together much later in life.
* MindOverMatter: Her invisible force field basically boil down to such, with the handy trait of {{Invisibility}} at her discretion.
* MsFanservice: 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 NakedPeopleAreFunny situations (as seen in ''1602'').
* OnlySaneWoman: 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.
* PersonalityPowers: Originally, Sue was very shy and her invisible powers showcase her introverted nature.
* PsychicNosebleed: Often, when Sue is holding a forcefield against a particularly strong opponent.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Her relationship with Reed.
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: One of the many possible uses of her force fields. In one ''ComicBook/XMen''/''Fantastic Four'' miniseries, she has a MamaBear 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.
* TeamMom: Reed is usually more focussed on his latest project, Ben sulking about his appearance or fighting with Johnny, and Johnny... is Johnny. Sue's usually the one keeping them all together (or in Johnny and Ben's case, apart).
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: 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.
* TookALevelInBadass: '''Hoo boy.''' She's the page picture for a reason. See her entry on TookALevelInBadass/ComicBooks for specifically why.
* [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Violently Protective Wife]]: It's a horrible idea to mess with Reed when Susan is around.
* {{Xenafication}}: She was originally TheChick of the team with a near useless power of invisibility. Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby took partial steps to fix that early on giving her force field projecting powers. However, it was Creator/JohnByrne who really powered her up by having her [[SwissArmySuperpower 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 ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' and even the character of ''Doctor Doom'' underestimates her at his peril.

[[folder: Ben Grimm (The Thing)]]

!!Ben Grimm (The Thing)

* AcePilot: The reason Reed wanted him flying the rocket.
* ActionHero
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Until it became canon. His full name is ''Benjamin Jacob'' Grimm.
* BadassAdorable: The Marvel Universe's best example. No other character has such a perfect balance between being completely lovable and completely awesome.
* BadassNormal: Ben's regained his humanity on a couple of occasions. Not that it keeps him from contributing to the Four's efforts.
* BattleStrip: 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.
* BeautyToBeast
* TheBigGuy
* BlessedWithSuck: 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.
* BlueEyes: Hence the nickname "The ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing".
* BoisterousBruiser
* BrooklynRage: Even talks with a Brooklyn accent.
* CantStayNormal: Ben has been reverted to human form many times over the years, but for one reason or another (the cure wearing off, or Ben [[HeroicSacrifice choosing to change back to help his friends]]), he always returns to being the Thing.
* CaptainColorbeard: Thanks to a very weird StableTimeLoop, The Thing was the famed pirate Blackbeard. Yes, that one.
* CatchPhrase: "It's CLOBBERIN' TIME!"
** Other ones include, "My sweet aunt Petunia" and "Whotta revoltin' development!"
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: Early Ben was much more temperamental and melancholy, rather than the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing he is these days.
* CustomUniform: 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.
* DagwoodSandwich: Ben loves these.
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheDeterminator: [[PhysicalGod The Champion]] declared him Earth's greatest hero, because even if he's not the most powerful, he will not yield.
* ElementalBaggage: 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 UltimateUniverse into consideration, his toilet arrangements apparently requires a rock grinder.
* FluffyTheTerrible: One of his nicknames is "The Ever Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing".
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
* GeniusBruiser: Although his smarts are [[CastSpeciation 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 MadScientist 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.
* GentleGiant: As long as you don't make him mad.
* HairTriggerTemper
* HeroicSpirit
* HonoraryUncle: 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.
* HopeSpot: 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.
* HotBlooded
* IgnoredExpert: He warned Reed about the threat of cosmic radiation, and refused to fly the ship at first.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: 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.
* InnocentBlueEyes: The only thing that remains of his original human body, hence the nickname "The Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: On his worse days, he can be self-focused and self-pitying. However, his heart is always in the right place.
* KavorkaMan: 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.
* LargeHam: Especially when he and Johnny are bickering or arguing.
* LaymansTerms: 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!"
* LightningBruiser: 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.
* MadeOfIron: 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 ComicBook/IncredibleHulk and he punches you with a blow that would reduce any ordinary human to paste.
** And he can go for a spacewalk without a suit, needing only a air supply to keep him from suffocating.
* MonsterModesty: 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 SleevesAreForWimps version of the "Future Foundation" suit.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "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.
* TheNicknamer: Some of his nicknames include "Stretcho" for Reed, "Bic-head" and "Matchstick" for Johnny, "Suzie-Q" for Susan, "Jade-Jaws" for Hulk, etc.
* TheOneWhoMadeItOut: And oh, do the Yancy Street Gang resent him for it.
* PersonalityPowers: Ben is very solid and stubborn and, appropriately, Ben as The Thing is made of rock and stone.
* PowerCreep: 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."
* PoweredArmor: 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.
* ProWrestlingIsReal: The Thing, as well as several other super strong characters are a part of a superhuman wrestling federation called ''Unlimited Championship Wrestling''.
* TheRival: To ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, which is an amusing case given that the Hulk is usually portrayed as vastly stronger than the Thing physically.
** True, but Grimm can hold his own against the Hulk in combat by way of being a far more skilled martial artist.
** There was ''one'' time he defeated the Hulk, and that was the period when Ben mutated even further into a craggy, rocky form even stronger than his previous "smoother" body, and the incarnation he was facing was the grey/"Joe Fixit" Hulk whose base strength is even weaker than any of green versions. Also, their earliest encounters had them roughly even in strength.
* RockMonster: 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.
* RunningGag: Ben's never-ending war against the Yancy Street Gang, a group of off-screen HarmlessVillain street youths he sometimes obsesses over.
* SmarterThanYouLook: 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.
* StatusQuoIsGod: 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 [[PlayingWithATrope 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 [[spoiler: Johnny sacrifices himself to save the Earth.]]
* SurvivorsGuilt: Developed this because of the aforementioned events of the "Three" storyline. It clears up once Johnny comes back.
* TranslatorBuddy: For Reed. Ben is usually the first to ask his friend to dumb down for everyone else.
* [[PapaWolf 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.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Johnny.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: 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.
* WeakButSkilled: Compared to the Hulk, Ben's a more skilled fighter, generally smarter, and a competent martial artist. This contrasts with Hulk being UnskilledButStrong.
* WhatHaveIBecome: 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."
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Alicia Masters. Over, and over again.
* WolverinePublicity: Briefly, when he was a member of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers simultaneously, plus appearing in ''ComicBook/{{FF}}''. Not so much after ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: To be fair, he's a). Jewish and b). from Lower East Side. Comes with the territory.

[[folder: Jonathan "Johnny" Storm (The Human Torch)]]

!!Jonathan "Johnny" Storm (The Human Torch)

* ActionHero
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Susan.
* AnyoneCanDie: Was killed off in the "Three" storyline, but got better. [[spoiler: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.]]
* BoisterousBruiser
* TheCasanova
* CatchPhrase: "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 MemeticMutation there.
* TheCharmer
* ChivalrousPervert
* CustomUniform: Wore a red-and-gold variation of the team costume in the mid-70s.
* TheDandy: Sometimes dialed up into CampStraight, such as in ''World's Greatest Heroes''.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathIsCheap: Got killed by Annihilus's army, came back less than a year later (in real-time, that is).
* DimensionLord: [[spoiler:Of the Negative Zone.]]
* TheDitz: 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.
* ElementalBaggage: For Johnny's power source in creating flame. Occasionally justified by him feeling tired or very hungry after using extremely hot flames.
** And then there's the part about his body and his powers both needing oxygen to function. There have been times when he's been trapped in airtight spaces, causing him to pass out when his flame powers used up all the oxygen.
* {{Flight}}
* FlyingFirepower
* {{Foil}}: To his brother-in-law, Reed. Johnny is a reckless LeeroyJenkins 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 ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' events.
* FriendlyRivalry: With SpiderMan. Though at first, it was just that Johnny couldn't stand the guy.
* FunPersonified
* FutureBadass: A future version of Johnny had the ability to burn ''white-hot'' and shut off his younger self's flame.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* HiddenDepths: Not quite the superficial himbo slacker he seems, this one.
** DependingOnTheWriter, that is.
* HeroicSacrifice: Then he [[ComicBookDeath got better]].
* HotBlooded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Frequently petulant, childish, selfish and bone-dead stupid, but his heart is in the right place.
* JohnnyMcCoolname
* KidAppealCharacter: 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 BreakoutCharacter 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 ComicBook/XMen.
* LargeHam
* LeeroyJenkins: He's matured a bit, though.
-->'''Mark Waid:''' ComicBook/TheAvengers' battle cry is "Avengers, Assemble!" The Fantastic Four's battle cry is "Johnny, wait!"
* LegacyCharacter: The Human Torch is loosely based on the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Human Torch.
* MrFanservice: Johnny has been portrayed as the Marvel universe's most eligible bachelor.
* PersonalityPowers: Johnny is hot-headed and impulsive, which goes along with his power of fire.
* PlayingWithFire: And WreathedInFlames.
* [[PapaWolf 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.
* StatusQuoIsGod: [[spoiler: Johnny dying a year before the FF's 50th anniversary.]] Yeaaaah, that'll stick.
** [[spoiler: All part of the plan - Johnny ends up in the Negative Zone leading a FiveManBand to overthrow Annihilus and gains control over the Annihilation Wave. TookALevelInBadass indeed.]]
*** There have been dozens of "Johnny-learns-to-act-more-mature" stories over the decades. Then the next writer comes along and it starts all over again.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Ben and [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]].
* WreathedInFlames

[[folder: Franklin Richards]]

!!Franklin Richards

* AstralProjection
* DeadGuyJunior: He's named after Sue and Johnny's late father Franklin Storm, [[HeroicSacrifice who died saving the lives of the team]].
* DeusExMachina: Why Franklin is rarely ever shown fully powered.
* [[spoiler:FutureBadass]] [[spoiler: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.]]
* GooGooGodlike: 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.
* [[spoiler:GuardianEntity:]] [[spoiler:His will eventually be ComicBook/{{Galactus}} or he will be one for him when he grows older but they [[HeterosexualLifePartners will be together long enough to witness the end of the universe with each other]]. ]]
* InterGenerationalFriendship: 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 StatusQuoIsGod and partly because Nate 'died' shortly afterwards.
** He also gets along very well with [[ComicBook/{{TheAvengers}} Jarvis]] and (to Johnny's annoyance) with SpiderMan.
* LamarckWasRight
* MindOverMatter
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: [[spoiler: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 [[ComicBook/HeroesReborn every one of his relatives die]] at ''least'' once, sometimes possesses [[RealityWarper godlike powers]], and was once trapped in hell has any right to be.
* PsychicPowers
* RealityWarper: He's capable of creating his own universes, and that's not the least of his powers.
* {{Seers}}
* ShoutOut: His own short series was a pretty clear homage to ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
* StoryBreakerPower
* SuperpowerLottery: His Reality Warping powers and insane amount of PsychicPowers. He's definitely the most powerful mutant on Earth, and possibly one of the most powerful being in the overall Marvel universe.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Franklin is stuck eternally as a young kid, usually no more than ten. Meanwhile, his alternate universe love interest Rachel Summers, is currently around nineteen. The ComicBook/PowerPack, his best friends, aging in relative real-time makes this even crazier. Fanon often claims it's connected to his reality warping.
* {{Telepathy}}
* VagueAge: As mentioned under TimeyWimeyBall, 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.

[[folder: Valeria "Val" Richards]]
!!Valeria "Val" Richards

* BrainyBaby -> ChildProdigy: She's not even four and she's already equalling / exceeding her father.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: 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.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[http://i.imgbox.com/WMe5GuLX.jpg Did this to MacGargan]], when he was ComicBook/{{Venom}}.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KidFromTheFuture: 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 (ItMakesSenseInContext, 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 [[spoiler:Valeria was even his {{familiar}} at one point]]).
* LittleMissSnarker: Depending on the writer.
* MiniDressOfPower: As Marvel Girl (her costume had elements of the FF uniform and Doctor Doom's).
* MoralityPet: For Doctor Doom, who is far more moral when around her, and works hard to make her happy.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Up until Mark Millar's run, Valeria acted like a normal toddler, until a version of Sue from a BadFuture called her out on it. Valeria had been doing this because she'd calculated revealing her intelligence would've split the family apart.
* OddFriendship: 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...
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: [[spoiler:After the events of "Forever/All Hope Lies In Doom" arc(s), both the future adult Valeria and current child version Valeria seem to dislike each for no reason.]]
* TheRunaway:[[spoiler: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.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: Well, not really ''evil,'' but her brain is definitely much bigger than her heart. If it comes to the emotional decision against the pragmatic one, Valeria will head straight for the pragmatic choice.

!Friends and Allies

[[folder: Willie Lumpkin]]

!!Willie Lumpkin

* CanonImmigrant: First created for a syndicated comic strip Creator/StanLee wrote in TheFifties.
* TheGrinch: At the end of one story, he admitted that he hates Christmas.
* UnfazedEveryman: Just a reminder. This is an elderly civil servant who interacts on a daily basis with aliens, mutants, and self-empowered {{science hero}}es, and almost never bats an eye.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: He would often (jokingly) suggest that he join the team, because he had the power to wiggle his ears.

[[folder: Alicia Masters]]

!!Alicia Masters

Ben Grimm's LoveInterest 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.

* BlindAndTheBeast: With Ben.
* LoveInterest: To the Thing.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Scientist's Beautiful Step-Daughter]]: The Puppet-Master's, in fact.
* MissingMom
* NiceGirl: Tender, caring, and was the one who explained human emotions to the Silver Surfer.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Her and The Thing.

[[folder: Uatu The Watcher]]

!!Uatu the Watcher

* AlienNonInterferenceClause: He's supposed to watch, and not get involved. And he did, up until Galactus appeared.
* AllPowerfulBystander: Usually. Unless he decides to get involved.
* CatchPhrase: He will tell you he is the Watcher, and that he is sworn never to interfere.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: At the beginning of ComicBook/OriginalSin.]]
* MassOhCrap: His showing up anywhere will cause this.
* SeenItAll
* TheWatcher: The TropeNamer.

[[folder: Agatha Harkness]]

!!Agatha Harkness
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Claims to be a survivor of the Salem Witch Trials.
* ComicBookDeath: Has died more than once.
* CoolOldLady
* CoolTeacher: First introduced as Franklin Richards' governess.
* GoodWitchVersusBadWitch: She's very much a good witch. Her son Nicholas Scratch... isn't.

[[folder: H.E.R.B.I.E.]]


* CanonImmigrant
* FunWithAcronyms: '''H'''umanoid '''E'''xperimental '''R'''obot, '''B'''-type, '''I'''ntegrated '''E'''lectronics
* TheMole: The first incarnation of HERBIE was [[BodySurf 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 [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed itself]] to destroy them both.
* RobotBuddy

[[folder: The Impossible Man]]

!! The Impossible Man

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.

* AdaptiveAbility: The Impossible Man's shape-shifting ability really boils down to this. It's a natural ability of his race, and it's explained that his planet had many dangerous lifeforms that the Poppupians evolved to consciously adapt to pretty much anything.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: To [[Franchise/{{Superman}} 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.
* AmusingAlien
* AntiVillain: 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.
* AppropriatedAppellation: The Thing witnessing his abilities called him impossible. So the name "Impossible Man" basically took from there.
* AttentionWhore
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: 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.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: He fairly regularly interacts with creators Stan Lee, and other Marvel writers and editors around the era his stories are in.
* FishOutOfWater
* GreatGazoo
* HiveMind: The Poppupians are practically this. [[NoNameGiven 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?
* MesACrowd: His shapeshifting ability allows him to do this.
* MorphicResonance: Usually the things he changes into have the same green-and-purple color scheme as his normal form.
* NoNameGiven: See HiveMind. He actually scoffed at the notion of a name when asked for one in his first appearance.
* RubberForeheadAliens: He's a green man with a pointy head and ears. What more could you say?
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The common explanation for some of the things he does.
* SuperpowerLottery: 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 water[[note]]Yes, that means a bucket ''with'' water inside of it, acting as independent substances[[/note]], to freaking ''Galactus''. That said, when he transforms into an object of a superhero with unique properties (eg. Thor's hammer Mjolnir, Captain America's shield, etc.) he can't mimic the properties. that make them special.
* {{Teleportation}}
* {{Troll}}
* TrulySingleParent: 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''.
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: A really powerful one. To the point that he resembles a RealityWarper, and can travel through space unaided.

[[folder: Thundra]]


* AmazonianBeauty
* FieryRedhead
* HeelFaceTurn: A former member of the Frightful Four, but left them and became one of the heroes.
* [[WorldsStrongestMan Worlds Strongest Woman]]: In her time line.

[[folder: Nathaniel Richards]]

!!Nathaniel Richards

* BadassBookworm: Yep. He even was part of a team which involved time-traveling {{Badass Bookworm}}s. [[LikeFatherLikeSon Where do you think Reed got it from?]]
* DisappearedDad: To Reed. Not entirely by choice, though.
** ParentsAsPeople
* [[FounderOfTheKingdom 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.
** OneManIndustrialRevolution
* HeroWithAnFInGood
* LukeIAmYourFather: Subverted with Reed, who knew who he was, but there was an arc were he was apparently to play this straight with ''Doctor Doom''. [[AbortedArc It was later ignored]] [[note]]It seems this plot twist was supposed to tie up how Kang the Conqueror, who has his name, could be the descendant of Doctor Doom as well. Doom apparently was supposed to be the child Nathaniel fathered in the alternate Earth[[/note]].
* MysteriousParent
* PoorCommunicationKills: 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 ConquerorFromTheFuture who turned out to be Franklin's ''own'' KidFromTheFuture grown up.
* SecondLove: 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. [[spoiler:It's too bad she loved power more than him]].
* WildCard


[[folder: Victor Von Doom (Doctor Doom)]]

!!Victor Von Doom (Doctor Doom)

Reed Richards' RivalTurnedEvil, and the Fantastic Four's most best-known ArchEnemy. Doom was introduced by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby in ''The Fantastic Four'' #5 (July, 1962) as the ArchEnemy of the ComicBook/FantasticFour. Doom was born in the FictionalCountry of [[{{Ruritania}} Latveria]], the son of UsefulNotes/{{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 [[ScarsAreForever 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 PoweredArmor, 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 ComicBook/TheAvengers, the ComicBook/XMen, Franchise/SpiderMan, the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, ComicBook/IronMan, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, and more.

Now has [[ComicBook/DoctorDoom his own page]].


[[folder: Bentley Wittman (The Wizard)]]

!! Bentley Wittman (The Wizard)

* CloningBlues: Bentley-13, a young clone of him, is a ward of the Future Foundation. The younger version worships the elder.
* DrivenByEnvy: 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.
* GadgeteerGenius
* GravityMaster
* PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize: He first picked a fight with Johnny for no better reason than intellectual boredom.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Although the Torch was his first enemy, he had no problem extending his grudge to the rest of the Four.
* SmugSnake
* TechnoWizard

[[folder: Peter Petruski (Paste Pot Pete / Trapster)]]

!! Peter Petruski (Paste Pot Pete / Trapster)

* AbnormalAmmo: Fast-drying glue that quickly solidifies and can hold almost anything. As the Trapster, he added various other chemical substances to his arsenal.
* BerserkButton: Calling him by his former name- Paste Pot Pete.
* ButtMonkey: He is unfortunate enough to have started out with one of the most ridiculous supervillain name ever, ''and'' suffered from an in-universe case of NeverLiveItDown about it. Spider-Man, in particular, just ''can't'' take him seriously because of it.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Why didn't he just market his glue and become a millionaire?
** Considering he developed while working as a research chemist for another company, it's possible he thought (or this was actually the case) anything he developed was technically owned by them, hence, he decided to try and be a criminal instead.
* EpicFail: Most of his super villain career.
* FateWorseThanDeath: For a time, combined with BadBoss: The Wizard "trapped" Petruski in a time loop to infinitely relive his last moments. Trapster later got out of it offscreen.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: his original supranym is a reference to the character "Pisspot Pete" in the bawdy poem ''Lil the Whore'', a man with [[GagPenis his own unique superpower]].
* NeverLiveItDown: 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.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: 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 [[TornadoMove Whirlwind]]. When the Trapster managed to glue his feet to the ground, Whirlwind's trying to spin broke multiple bones, including his ''spine''. Ouch.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: 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.
* StickySituation: A super glue gun.
* TrapMaster

[[folder: The Mad Thinker]]

!! The Mad Thinker

* BerserkButton: Don't call him "The ''Mad'' Thinker" to his face; it just "The Thinker", thank you very much.
* ClockKing: His whole shtick. And he is quite good at it.
* GadgeteerGenius: Amongst other things, he was the one who created the Awesome Android.
* MadMathematician: His other hat.
* MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll: He spent several years of real time in an ordinary prison cell, but but his brain implant enabled him to project his mind into android duplicates, enabling him to enjoy life and go on the occasional crime spree.
* RobotMaster
* SpannerInTheWorks: Most of his plans are short-circuited by these. Once, his whole scheme was foiled because he failed to take in account the Fantastic Four's ''mailman''.
* TheSpook: 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.
* WarriorTherapist: At times. DependingOnTheWriter.
* WouldNotHurtAChild: 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.

[[folder: Philip Masters (The Puppet Master)]]

!! Philip Masters (The Puppet Master)

* BaldOfEvil: Just look at the pic.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: At least, ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} [[CrowningMomentOfFunny thinks so]].
* KnightTemplarParent: Let's just say he ''really'' doesn't approve of his daughter dating the Thing.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Alicia Masters
* PeoplePuppets: His powers allow him to make puppets out of radioactive clay, which he can then use to control people.
* PetTheDog: In "Spider-Man Family #4", when he abandons one of his evil plans to comfort a distraught boy, and gives him the SpiderMan doll he was going to use in said plan. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming Ain't it sweet?]]

[[folder: Annihilus]]

!! Annihilus

An aggressive, paranoid [[InsectoidAliens 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 [[OmnicidalManiac by being the only creature left alive.]]

* TheAgeless: Continuous exposure to the energies of his Cosmic Rod has retarded his aging, making him virtually immortal.
* AxCrazy: Extremely unstable, paranoid and aggressive, values his survival above everything else, and is unfortunately convinced everything alive is a danger to him.
* BadBoss: Most infamously in ''Anihilation'', where he slaughtered an entire part of his fleet because ''it took them too much time to conquer a planet''.
* BigBad: He's usually this when the story is set in the Negative Zone.
** And, as ComicBook/{{Annihilation}} shows, even stories that aren't.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: He often leads an army of these-- and is an insectoid himself.
* EnemyMine: With the Avengers and the Galactic Council during ''Infinity''.
* EvilOverlord: Of the Negative Zone.
* FantasticRacism: Towards mammals.
* GalacticConqueror: In ''Anihilation'', he decides he is done ruling on the Negative Zone only, and starts an invasion of the Universe.
* HumanoidAbomination: 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.
* InsectoidAliens: What he really is.
* ItsAllAboutMe: 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.
* LargeHam
* OmnicidalManiac: 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.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Would you seriously like to stay in presence of a guy whose name is derived from the word ''annihilation''?
* PowerGlows: With the Cosmic Control Rod.
* SpikesOfVillainy
* WingedHumanoid

[[folder: Kl'rt (Super-Skrull)]]

!! Kl'rt (Super-Skrull)
A Skrull warrior who was artificially augmented to get [[AllYourPowersCombined the combined powers of the Fantastic Four]].

* AllYourPowersCombined: He has all of the F4's powers, plus his natural Skull biology.
* DeadpanSnarker: 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.
* EnemyMine: With Nova, Ronan and Silver Surfer during Annihilation.
* EliteMook: To the Skrull Empire.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sacrificed himself during the Anihilation War by destroying an enormous organic warship. Comics being what they are, [[DeathIsCheap he came back]].]]
* {{Pride}}
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* ScaryDogmaticAliens
* ShapeShifter: Like all Skrulls.
* SuperSoldier: The Skrull equivalent of this trope.
* TookALevelInBadass: During Annihilation.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: By virtue of being a Skrull, a species where this is a natural ability.

[[folder: Galactus]]

!! ComicBook/{{Galactus}}

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

* AboveGoodAndEvil: He doesn't see himself as good or evil, just a predator doing what he has to do to survive. In a way, this is true due to him being InherentInTheSystem. In the end, he is more a cataclysm than an actual villain, and cannot be judged by human moral standards.
** Reed even gave this a great deal of thought during the first Secret War storyline, musing about how odd it was that the Beyonder considered Galactus "evil" and grouped him in with all the other villains. Reed knew that Galactus was so far beyond good or evil that the concepts simply didn't apply. He regarded Galactus as a force of nature, comparable to an earthquake or a hurricane, which also cannot be judged as good or evil.
* AGodIAmNot: Despite his ego, he doesn't consider himself a god, and in fact considers the human belief that power makes you a god foolish.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: How he was conceived in Kirby's original story, though since then it has been DependingOnTheWriter.
* CoolHelmet: His most recognizable feature.
* HumanoidAbomination: Though as noted below, he probably doesn't really look that humanoid.
* InherentInTheSystem: Not only does he serve as a force to fix the natural imbalance between Eternity and Death, but destroying him would result in unleashing a much more dangerous MultiversalConqueror on the Universe.
* LargeHam: "I am Galactus-- and I hunger!"
* LastOfHisKind: The only survivor from the previous Universe.
* PlanetEater: Considered by most the TropeMaker.
* PhysicalGod: Easily one of the most powerful forces in the Marvel Universe. Usually, he can only be defeated by the heroes using ZergRush. And that's if they are lucky; quite often, they can't even defeat him with brute force, and have to resort to blackmail, negociation or tricks to get rid of him, usually not even for good.
* TimeAbyss: He is older than ''the current Universe''.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: The giant man with a weird helmet you see? That's only how your mind ''interprets'' what you are seeing. Every species in the Universe sees him differently because what he really looks like is beyond our understanding.


[[folder: Harvey Elder (Mole Man)]]

!! Harvey Elder (Mole Man)

* AllTheOtherReindeer: Became bitter because people used to tease him about his ugly appearance.
* AHeroToHisHometown: 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.
* BadassBookworm: 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.
* DisabilitySuperpower: 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.
* TheEmperor: Evoked this during ''Rings of The Mandarin'', when he began wearing a crown and wielding a scepter.
* GravityMaster: Had this power when he wielded the Mandarin's Daimonic ring.
* HeelFaceTurn: 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 WellIntentionedExtremist.
* MoleMen: Ironically, he isn't one himself (just a disfigured old man), but his Moloids fit the trope like a glove.
* PragmaticVillainy: 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.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: 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 [[YouAreInCommandNow primary heir to the Mandarin's legacy]]. He immediately ditches the ring and flees while Iron Man recovers it.
* ServantRace: His moloids.
* SuperSenses
* YouAreNumberSix: His Ten Rings designation is Mandarin Six.

[[folder: Ronan The Accuser]]

!! Ronan The Accuser

* AntiHero: Type IV when he's on the side of the heroes.
* AntiVillain
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: He became a more noble and heroic characters since Annihilation.
* EnemyMine: With Super-Skrull during Annihilation.
* DropTheHammer
* GreenLanternRing: The Universal Weapon
* KnightTemplar
** 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.
* LargeHam
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Started as a Fantastic Four villain and the he became the ArchEnemy of the first Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell).
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner
* TookALevelInBadass: During Annihilation.

[[folder: Red Ghost (Ivan Kragoff) and his Super Apes]]
!! Red Ghost and his Super Apes

* Main/DirtyCommunists Red Ghost was one of the original communist villains from UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}.
* EvilCounterpart: 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
* ManiacMonkeys: The Super Apes
* MadScientist
* Main/SelectiveMagnetism: Peotr the Orangutan's power.
* Main/ShapeShifting: Igor the Baboon's ability
* Main/SovietSuperScience: Red Ghost's stock and trade, at least while the USSR was still around.
* SuperStrength: Mikhlo the Gorilla's ability


[[folder: Diablo]]
!! Diablo

A brilliant and ancient alchemist who was accidentally awoken by the Fantastic Four in their early days and has remained a nuisance ever since.
* AlchemyIsMagic: Sort of. Really, it just tends to not be explained.
* BadBoss
* BiblicalBadGuy: Technically named after the devil, though his actual demonic connotations beyond that are very few.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: 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.
* FashionVictimVillain: Does not pull off purple and green ''nearly'' as well as Norman Osborn.
* MagnificentBastard: Underplayed compared to other FF villains, but he is quite the clever schemer, often working through manipulated proxies when he can.
* ThisCannotBe: Almost every time he's defeated, he reacts with sheer disbelief.