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Nick Fury
The director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tasked with forming the super soldier organization called the Ultimates. Tends to be paranoid and has lots of secrets. Notably, Bryan Hitch and Mark Millar asked Samuel L. Jackson for permission to use his likeness for this version of the character, which has led to Jackson playing Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • Bald Black Leader Guy
  • Canon Immigrant/Affirmative Action Legacy: He was bought over to the classic Marvel Universe in "Battle Scars" in 2011 as the original Nick Fury's son, Marcus Johnson, a.k.a. Nick Fury Jr.
  • Composite Character: of Nick Fury and the background of Isaiah Bradley, the black Captain America.
  • Control Freak: It's part of what makes him so effective at his job, but he's done a number of morally questionable things in service of it. It's all but stated that he is the one who brought in The Red Skull in an effort to get his position at S.H.I.E.L.D. back.
  • Crazy-Prepared: As he states, he's got a black belt in thinking ahead. It's why he has Wasp on the team, because you never know when you'll need a mutant on-team.
  • Dirty Business: He truly sees what his actions as unpleasant but necessary for the sake of national security and protecting the world from possible greater threats. The validity of his beliefs tends to range from being mostly justified given the situation or horribly misguided and self-indulgent in others.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Ultimate Nick Fury is notably darker than the original. A few feats including working with Ultimate Doctor Doom to tamper with one of Richard's probes, preferring to work with Ultimate Iron Man's more amoral older brother Gregory Stark, and secretly hiring the Ultimate version of the Red Skull to regain his position as the head of SHIELD (which he lost because of the aforementioned deal with Doom).
  • Eyepatch of Power: It's Nick Fury. Anything else just wouldn't be right.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He might be on the side of good, but he is not only an unrepentant asshole, but someone who has done horrible, horrible things.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He can commit some serious atrocities.
  • It Gets Easier: How he copes with doing actions like murder and mass destruction. In his mind, if it helps someone in any positive way it is justifiable, while if it doesn't he'll simply promise to do better next time.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He has all of the original character's abrasive qualities and none of the Hidden Heart of Gold traits... Aside from both Spider-Men serving as his Morality Pets. Of course, bear in mind that he's an extremist at the best of times.
  • Knight Templar: He'll do whatever it takes, no matter how morally awful it is.
  • Manipulative Bastard/Guile Hero: Increasingly the former. Case in point, it's implied he lured the Red Skull out of hiding just so that the Avengers could be restarted, allowing him to eventually get his old job back.
  • Morality Pet: Peter Parker and Miles Morales.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Believing he was going to be killed by Wolverine, Fury admitted he hasn't been afraid of being killed since he was 18 years old.
  • Pet the Dog: When dealing with Miles Morales, who was hated by just about everyone else at the time. First meeting him, he talks to the boy. When in danger, he escorts him by hand to what he thought to be safety. After Miles proves himself, he gives him a new costume (oddly the one Miles was hoping to design himself) and allows him to be Spider-Man.
  • Race Lift: The first to make Nick Fury African-American, and has since been the basis for other incarnations.
  • Really Gets Around: He frequently tends to spend part of his time during missions picking up ladies to consort. Had a secret relationship with Betty Ross, as well as slept with his ex-wife's, Monica Chang, mother, friends, and female relatives.
  • Team Dad
  • Villain Protagonist: He has engineered genocide on civilians on parallel Earths.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's done a lot of nasty stuff, all for the greater good.
    • Everything that has happened in Ultimate Spider-Man is partly his fault. He had Bruce Banner alongside Spider-Man's parents attempt to replicate the Super Soldier Serum that created Captain America, which culminated in a rampage after Bruce tested the serum. After Bruce Banner failed to recreate the super-soldier serum, Fury offers defense contracts to anyone who can create it which led to Osborn becoming obsessed with Oz which in turn created Spider-Man. Not to mention a fair amount of super villains that both Spider-Men had to deal with were in someway connected to Fury. He is also responsible for the cover-up of the origins of the mutants which culminated in mass intra-racial genocide against mutants due to misinformed extremists like Magneto. In a roundabout way, this makes Fury greatly responsible for a large amount of grief and pain that many characters go through in the Ultimate continuity.

Betty Ross

Daughter of General Ross and the on again off again love interest of Bruce Banner. Betty faces the grueling task of marketing the supersoldier project as a superhero team and it only gets harder when the threats they were formed to address fail to emerge right away. Seemingly cold and manipulative, which is not a good match for Bruce. In Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk, she becomes the Ultimate Marvel version of She-Hulk.

  • Alpha Bitch: It's note by many how unpleasant and selfish she is in situations dealing with Bruce. She's even emotionally abusive to Bruce himself from time to time.
  • Jerkass: She can be very callous and uncaring, especially when Bruce is involved.
  • Military Brat: Yes.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dyes her hair pink after breaking up with Bruce.

    The Ultimates 

The Ultimates

Tropes applying to the Ultimates as a whole

  • Adaptation Name Change: They're basically The Avengers with a different name.
  • Adaptational Villainy/Adaptation Personality Change: As with most everyone in the Ultimate Universe not named Peter Parker, the Ultimates aren't Earth's Mightiest Heroes like the Avengers, are either psychotic, jackasses, or a combination of the two:
    • Captain America isn't just a man from the 1940s, but he's rude and holds many of the same bigoted views prevalent at the time.
    • The Hulk is a cannibal and Bruce Banner's id run amok.
    • Black Widow is a reverse of the classic Nataha Romanoff and isn't a turned spy, but The Mole, working to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • Hawkeye was an assassin before joining S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • Tony Stark and Hank Pym have undergone Character Exaggeration revolving around their lowest moments (Tony's alcoholism and Hank hitting Jan while in the middle of a breakdown) and are respectively an unrepentant alcoholic and an unrepentant domestic abuser.
    • Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch haven't abandoned Magneto's views despite joining the Ultimates and are in a full-blown incestuous relationship.

Steve Rogers / Captain America

Issue one of volume one opens with Steve Roger's final World War two mission. He is discovered in a glacier just in time to make him a part of the premier line up. Augmented by a unique supersoldier formula that has so far only worked on him, Captain America has peak human physical abilities and fighting skill. Being wrapped in the flag makes him a natural choice for leading the team even if he's 60 years behind the times. A lot of his personal arc in the first two volumes has to do with him adjusting to the realities of 60 years suddenly passing, from culture shock to finding his friends old or dead.

  • Badass In Charge: After "Divided We Fall", he was briefly the US President, but resigned.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: As per the original, his Super Serum makes him "the peak of human physical perfection". Later retconned to have taken him beyond peak to firmly superhuman
  • Combat Pragmatist: Is not above the odd Groin Attack should the need arise.
    Red Guardian: Do you know what this place did? It made us proud. It made us glorious. It made us strong and it taught us there was no shame in a union. Because it took a Union to make us.
    ;Cap': That's the mistake crazy scum like you always make. Fighting's not about pride. Fighting's not about glory.
    Cap: Fighting's about winning.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Having been a soldier, Cap is far more reluctant to see Spider-Man get involved in superheroics. Even after Nick Fury warmed up on the idea, Cap remained stubborn as ever, considering Peter to be Just a Kid. After Peter takes a bullet from him and dies of his injuries, Steve ends up even more turned off by the idea of the younger Miles Morales taking up his mantle.
  • Eagleland: He's a blend of both flavors, but can sometimes shift into a full on Type 2 that thinks he's a Type 1.
  • Faked Rip Van Winkle: Suspected this at first, but it was the real deal after all.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Probably the most noticeable difference between him and his 616 counterpart.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Especially when facing someone like the Hulk. Steve comes out of the fight with several broken bones and some bruises, but he mentions he'll be fine in a few days.
  • He's Back: With the U.S. literally coming apart at the seams, Steve's returned to being Captain America to keep the nation from falling apart even further.
  • Hope Bringer: Cap is seen as this by many on his own team such as Tony Stark despite his consistent unpleasant behaviors. He was this for pretty much the majority of the American populace after helped prevent the United States from breaking apart and saved multiple people from the mechinations of Thor's evil son, Modi.
  • Human Popsicle: He was frozen for a few decades, before being thawed out in modern day.
  • Jerkass: Shows recurrent shades of this.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, flaws or not, he's still Captain freakin' America. He's fairly forward thinking for his time even if he does retain some racism and misogyny, and though he doesn't show it as much and can come off as very cynical, he does share his canon counterparts strong sense of idealism and heroism. Spider-Man's death certainly helped tone down his jerkass side. See Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies at the end of Cataclysm sacrificing himself to stop Galactus.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: To Red Skull.
  • My Greatest Failure: Cap felt so guilty over Peter Parker's death that he quit superheroics all together. For a while, at least.
    • He deliberately tracked Miles Morales down just to tell him that he could no longer be Spider-Man in spite of Miles having approval of Nick Fury, Aunt May, Gwen Stacey, and Mary Jane. It took Miles stopping the Rhino and fending off a HYDRA attack for Cap to approve of him.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Briefly President Action during "Divided We Fall".
  • Stealth Parody: "Do you think that this A on my forehead stands for France!?" (This coming from Mark Millar.)
  • Super Reflexes
  • Super Soldier: Like with other incarnations.
  • Super Strength: If rendering the goddamned Hulk unconscious for a minute or so in a fistfight tells you anything.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Sort of. Ever since Peter's death, his old-fashioned approach started to whither away. When he eventually came back and met Miles Morales, he started to be more accepting of the kid and eventually became his greatest supporter (he even had Miles fight along side the Ultimates which is something he deliberately banned Peter from doing). He reserves his initial gruff persona for those who wastes his time(the representative of the then defected California) or people who he knows can do better (the lawyers arguing for and against the incarceration of Bruce Banner). By the end of the Ultimate Comics run, Captain America is just a less tolerant but still heroic version of his 616 counterpart instead of a straight up hero.
  • Values Dissonance: In-Universe, he has a tendency to come off as "old fashioned", which can make people annoyed at or scornful of him. This was done purposefully by the creators, as they figured mainstream!Cap's "always on the politically correct side of the scale" idealism was hard to believe from someone taken straight from the early 1940s.
    • That said, Ultimate Cap is still in many ways a very idealistic, forward-thinking man by the standards of a WASP from the 1940s — see, for example, his prized possession of a photo of himself with the Tuskegee Airmen, when most white military men of that era would still object to serving alongside black ones. He's just not as politically correct as mainstream!Cap.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Peter's family is not kind to him after they learn of how Steve constantly doubted and mistreated him. Gwen calls him a jerk to his face.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Which Hank Pym found out the hard way. Though abusive dick or not, Jan wasn't exactly cool with him beating up her husband.

Bruce Banner/The Hulk

Bruce's life's work has been trying to replicate the success of Captain America, the first botched result of which, led to his transformation into the Hulk. In this universe, the Hulk is more of an unleashed id than the angry child of his classic counterpart, using his tremendous physical strength to address all of Banner's insecurities in the most direct ways possible. Having stabilized himself, he chooses to Hulk out in the first half of volume one giving the team something to fight. They choose to cover up the connection between Banner and the Hulk turning their biggest mistake into their biggest media success.

  • Adaptive Ability: Part of this Hulk's unique power set is the ability to mutate to better survive, no matter the conditions. For example, in about 7 seconds, he changes to be able to survive on the surface of Venus.
  • Becoming the Mask: Hulk's personality has increasingly overwritten Bruce's as the series has gone on, making the unHulked Bruce more and more like his monstrous alter-ego. In turn, Hulk grows more eloquent (like when he offered Wolverine a cup of tea in the Tibetan Mountains) as time goes one, but is still prone to murderous rampages.
  • Blessed with Suck: Initially, just being accidentally jostled by someone in the streets is enough to nearly trigger a Hulk-out.
  • Blood Knight: Lives to fight and kill, reveling in combat.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Since he's driven purely by id, there's not really that much difference to him separating sex and violence.
  • Face–Heel Turn: To join Reed Richards, Kang and Quicksilver.
  • Gone Horribly Right/Gone Horribly Wrong: The Hulk's physical abilities are all what Banner designed them to be, but something went wrong, causing the Hulk to be the bestial Id-driven monstrosity it is; Banner designed the Hulk to be as smart as it is strong.
  • Healing Factor: Because he's not as Nigh Invulnerable as his mainstream counterpart, it gets shown off more.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: It really depends on whom is manipulating him.
  • He's Back: Near the end of Ultimates 2.
  • Hollywood Nerd
  • Hulking Out: Yes? Bruce doesn't need to be angry to do it, as his He's Back moment in Ultimates 2 shows.
  • Hulk Speak: Yup. In Ultimates 2, he's ever so slightly more literate that the usual, which Tony Stark comments on in Ultimate Human.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Bruce wants nothing more than to cure himself of the Hulk forever. But given the Hulk's Adaptive Ability, no attempt at a cure works twice.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Hulk persona is quite notoriously a cannibal, which has been explained In-Universe as it being the ultimate expression of how the Hulk is Banner's darkest emotions and traits made manifest, a living rebellion against all the restraints Banner places on himself.
  • Logical Weakness: Hulk's Adaptive Ability makes him a trying opponent to fight in the best of times, and the longer a fight lasts the more likely Hulk will become strong enough to turn the tide to his favor. Therefore, if someone manages to one-shot him he can be beaten. Also, his ability "reset" after every transformation, so the strength and durability gained in a previous battle won't carry over to the next. Only things that affect him at a cellular level (like Tony's cure) stick around.
  • Super Strength: He is The Hulk, after all. With his Adaptive Ability, he has the potential to be one of the strongest beings in the Ultimate Universe. However, it takes awhile for him to get going (his fight with The Ultimates being a good example, as the longer the fight went on the stronger he became). However, a sufficiently powerful being can thrash him if they are strong enough, as Ben Grimm did in Ultimate Power.
  • The Unfettered: Whereas his mainstream counterpart is ultimately moderated by Banner's desires, the Ultimate Hulk is a living expression of Banner's unrestrained id, meaning he has no moderation at all.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Not unstoppable, per se. But once Bruce turns into the Hulk it is insanely difficult to get him calm again. So far, the only thing known to calm the Hulk down is old reruns.
  • Villain Protagonist: A Psychopathic Man Child with cannibalistic tendencies whose brain basically revolves around his desires for killing, eating and having sex with whatever he chooses, without any form of moral or mental restraints.

Janet Pym/The Wasp

A biologist and one of her husband's first successes in engineering superheroes. Or so it seems. In truth, this universe's Wasp actually gets her powers from being a mutant. Her husband Hank is able to reverse engineer what she does to create his own powers. The Wasp is able to self miniaturize, fly with gossamer wings, and fire bioelectric bolts from her hands. While not much of a heavy hitter, her stealth and precision allowed her to take down the Hulk (by flying in his ear and zapping his brain.)

  • Asian Airhead: A Type 1.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: During one of their arguments about her mutant status, Henry Pym comments on her laying "egg-constructs" once a month instead of menstruating.
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her: Just one of many to suffer this in Ultimatum.
  • Flight: While small, Jan can fly with insect-like wings.
  • Hand Blast: At small size, Jan's blasts just hurt like hell. At full size, she was able to blast the faces off of a pair of men attempting to hold her.
  • Hot Scientist: Despite her airheaded and superficial tendencies, she's still got a double-Ph.D.
  • Jerkass: She did have her moments, like deliberately flirting with Captain America when she was (technically) in a relationship with Hank Pym, as well as insulting him repeatedly. Not that he didn't have some of those insults coming.
    • With vol 3, this disappears, and she becomes The Heart.
  • May–December Romance: With Captain America. Eventually gets Deconstructed, as neither of them can handle the other's lifestyles.
  • Military Brat: How she knows Betty Ross, and why they're friends.
  • Mutant: This version of Janet is explicitly a mutant. Her husband gained powers from her, rather than the other way around.
  • Race Lift: In this version, she's Asian-American. Or, was, before somehow becoming white.
  • Sizeshifter: From human to insect-sized. Unlike her mainstream counterpart, this version of Wasp is unable to grow larger than her normal size without outside help.

Hank Pym/Giant Man

An extraordinary Jerk Ass and the head of R&D for supersoldier research, replacing the unstable Banner. Pym is able to reverse engineer his wife's shrinking powers to allow him to grow to nearly 60 feet tall. His Giant Man formula ends up being the most successfully replicated aspect of the project giving the Ultimates an entire platoon of Giant Men (and his ex wife in volume two). Too bad he can't control his temper leading him to abuse Janet and embarrass the team publicly before getting kicked out.

  • Butt Monkey: Not that this version of him doesn't have it coming.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Once his truly abusive nature gets revealed, the comic spends a lot of time punishing him for it before it finally culminates in his death.
  • Domestic Abuser: And unlike the original Hank Pym, this version's been at it for a long time.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Felt slighted by his treatment by S.H.I.E.L.D., which is why he joined the Liberators.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Ultimatum, he gets all of the Madrox duplicates carrying bombs to blow up the Triskelion to climb on him while he's in giant form. They all explode and kill him.
  • Jerkass: He's every flaw main Hank Pym had but amplified and his Never Live It Down moments are now official characterization.
  • Never My Fault: When he tries to apologize for nearly killing Janet, he does so in the most passive-aggressive fashion possible. She quickly hangs up on him.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He gave Tony Jan's corpse so that she could still be saved though that kinda dropped before sacrificing himself to stop the Madrox suicide bombers.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Well... not so much reformed, as blatantly trying to cover his ass. The Ultimates tell him they don't care and arrest him anyway.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: There were more sensible ways of dealing with those Madri, Pym.
  • Sizeshifter: From human to just shy for 60 feet tall.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist


Not actually an official part of the team. Thor came to Earth in the modern era to warn the world about the conspiracies of the military industrial complex. That said, he is not so distrustful of the military that he would miss the noble qualities some of the Ultimates possess so he works with them when needed. One of the questions of the first two volumes is whether Thor is the actual Norse God of Thunder or a delusional super soldier. This gets resolved in the second volume.

  • A God Am I: How everyone views him initially, then it was revealed he actually was a Norse god.
  • An Axe to Grind: The Ultimate universe version of Mjölnir has an axe attached to it
  • The Big Guy: The whole team combined had a hard time dealing with Hulk but then Thor came and smashed his head into the pavement.
  • Brought Down to Normal: When The City annihilates Asgard, Thor loses his godly powers.
    • After the Dark Ultimates arc, Tony Stark used Reed Richards technology to bring him back to the level of his old self again.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Cain and Abel: With Loki.
  • Composite Character: His initial appearance is a combination of Thor and Thunderstrike and his first hammer resembles Beta Ray Bill's hammer, Stormbreaker.
  • Drop the Hammer: Mjölnir, naturally.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: He starts off looking like one.
  • Nice Guy: He enjoys spending his personal time partying with his followers, making him the only member of the team that's actually accessible to the general public.
  • Real After All: During the alien invasion, there was a bomb set to literally destroy the world. Janet and Natasha called for Tony Stark to deactivate it and when he came, they thought he was going to carry the bomb with him to space and pull a Heroic Sacrifice. Not quite. Tony got the bright idea to have Thor teleport the bomb to a separate dimension because he is a god. Hearing of Tony's plan, both Natasha and Janet were delirious about how nuts Tony was to believe a man who was sent to an insane asylum calling himself the God of Thunder. Of course, they stopped doubting it when it worked.
    • And then again when he returns in a Big Damn Heroes moment in Ultimates 2, bringing the armies of Asgard with him.
  • Shock and Awe: He's the god of thunder, so lightning kind of comes with the package.
  • Super Hero Gods: The Norse God of Thunder.
  • Technical Pacifist: A pacifist with a big, scary hammer.
  • Worf Effect: Originally promoted as one of if not the most powerful beings in the Ultimate Universe only to get his butt kicked or shown up in some way with his only victories against beings far weaker than him.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: When written by Loeb. Dropped again when Mark Millar came back, with the characters mocking it, and Tony mentioning he paid money to make sure Thor never did it again.

Iron Man

Tony Stark is a brilliant and enormously wealthy weapons manufacturer who gets brain cancer and decides to spend whatever time he has left saving the world. He's known for being eccentric, a playboy and almost perpetually drunk. Like Giant Man, his "powers" are replicated eventually giving the team multiple armored soldiers.

  • The Alcoholic: He drinks to numb the pain caused by his tumor.
  • Blessed with Suck: Superhuman intelligence and a Healing Factor at the cost of living in perpetual agony — the same biological mutation that makes him super-smart also gives him an awful form of Super Senses, making his skin so sensitive that the mere touch of air through protective coating is painful.
  • Brain Uploading: He was able to upload his consciousness in his Iron Man suit due to his brain having prolonged exposure to the Infinity Gem in it. So the Infinity Gem gave him mental powers so he can upload his brain into anything with a CPU.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to his brother Gregory's Cain.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Vain, snarky and almost obsessed with his money, Tony is still insanely clever and cunning, as Natasha finds out first-hand.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The resident smart ass on the Ultimates and Future Foundation.
  • Healing Factor: Because of having undifferentiated neural tissue throughout his body, Tony can heal from injuries and regrow organs and limbs. It's not effective enough to cure his tumor, however.
  • Ill Guy: He has an inoperable brain tumor, and his messed up neural network leaves him in eternal pain. But he doesn't let it get him down, too much.
  • It Was with You All Along: It turns out that brain tumor that's caused Tony so much pain was in reality an Infinity Gem that somehow got trapped inside his head. Sadly it leads to him getting killed off shortly afterwards.
  • Not Quite Dead: After Reed Richards performs brain surgery on Tony to get the Infinity Gem inside his head, he cuts off all medical support thats keeping Tony alive throughout the process. His body is gone, but he survived by Brain Uploading to his suit.
  • Only Sane Man: You know you're in trouble when this guy is the sanest person in the room.
  • Really Gets Around: He isn't really picky, mentioning in vol 2 that he's dated dozens of named celebrities, and quickly moves on from Natasha after seeing a gorgeous blonde.
  • The Rival: He has two. His twin brother and Reed Richards.

Black Widow

Natasha Romanoff is a former KGB spy/supersoldier turned US Black Ops. Along with Hawkeye, she is brought onto the public team with a fake background. Eventually becomes engaged to Tony Stark. Eventually revealed to be a traitor in Volume 2 using Stark and her Ultimates membership to undermine the team and steal Tony's fortune, though this doesn't work.


Black Ops soldier turned superhero. Deadly accurate with any ranged projectile. In Volumes One and Two, he mostly uses his bow and thrown weapons. In Volume Three after losing his family he switches to guns.

  • Adaptational Villainy: He was once a criminal, until SHIELD got a hold of him and made him reform by force, unlike the original Hawkeye, who was duped into villainy by Black Widow.
  • Badass Normal: Until Jeph Loeb's run, Hawkeye was a normal human who'd reached his ridiculous level of skill and accuracy through training, this is even lampshaded by Hawkeye himself in his first appearance in which he chastises Black Widow for chatting to him during combat because he doesn't have her cybernetic enhancements and so can't do both at once.
  • Boxed Crook: He started off as one.
  • Blood Knight
  • Death Seeker: After his family was killed off.
  • Fingore: His infamous escape scene in the Grand Theft America arc, which involved ripping his fingernails out and using them as projectiles.
  • Happily Married: He was, and married with kids even. Up until the Liberators came calling.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: To the point where he may as well just be called Bullseye, since he's at least as accurate as the 616 version.
  • Jerk Ass: As Millar described him "He's a Neo Con", and also a bloodthirsty mass-murderer who self-admittedly used to be much like The Punisher until he was recruited by black ops to kill for the government instead. However, he was also a devoted family man on the side, so there are different sides to him.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Unlike 616!Hawkeye who has a rule against killing.
  • There Are No Therapists: It's very clear he's suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after his family's murder, and yet nothing's being done about it.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After his family is killed, he goes out for blood and lots of it.

Scott Lang / Giant-Man

A late recruit to the team, joining after Ultimatum, and with the good luck to become a member just before the death of Spider-Man

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Size Shifter: In case his appropriating one of Henry Pym's superhero names didn't clue you in, he can grow into a giant.

     The Mutants 

Following the events in Ultimate X-Men, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, the children of prominent mutant terrorist Magneto, agreed to join the Ultimates acting as team members and informants. They tend to be aloof with marked aristocratic and European sensibilities. They also spent enough time together that it was obvious what was going on between them before it was stated explicitly in Volume Three.


  • Adaptational Villainy: Much, much more willing to kill people than his regular self.
  • Berserk Button: Do not harm Wanda in any way. It doesn't matter who you are, as Thor learned the hard way.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Implied during Millar's run, and outright confirmed during vol 3.
  • Face–Heel Turn: To join Reed Richards, Kang and the Hulk.
  • Fantastic Racism: Even if he is nominally on humanity's side, he's not above making derogatory remarks about humans all the freaking time.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Wolverine opines that Quicksilver's incestuous attachment to his sister stems from his Missing Mom and abusive father rendering him desperate for any kind of love and affection. Quicksilver later confirms this.
  • Jerkass: It's Quicksilver. Of course he's a jerkass. He's just a different sort of jerkass than before.
  • Super Speed: He moves so fast no-one can see what he's doing, so they tend to believe he does nothing. He even weaponises it at one point to vaporise Hurricane.
    • According to Quicksilver, he's been reaching mach-speed since he was in diapers.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Spent years trying to get Magneto's approval. Magneto, meanwhile, wanted him dead.

Scarlet Witch

    The Avengers 

An old SHIELD black-ops team, reformed after Ultimatum.

  • Adaptational Villainy: The regular Avengers are Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the greatest and most famous of all heroes in their universe. The Ultimate Avengers are Nick Fury's death squad of maniacs, psychopaths and jerkasses too extreme for the Ultimates.
  • Evil Counterpart: For the Ultimates. How evil? The Hulk was rejected for not being amoral enough.

Gregory Stark

Tony's older brother, who is much more arrogant and morally dodgy. He gets on well with Nick Fury because of this.

War Machine / Jim Rhodes

Black Widow II / Monica Chang

Nick Fury's ex-wife. She really hates him, and with good reason.

Red Wasp / Doctor Petra Laskov

A member of the Liberators, who was recovered by SHIELD and made to work for them. She joins the team for a chance at revenge on the Red Skull.

  • Boxed Crook: Very unwillingly.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Vanished after Ultimate Comics Avengers vol 1. Justified, since she only wanted to kill the Red Skull, and having gotten that, she has little reason to stick around.
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A very horrific past. As mentioned here, the Red Skull broke into her home, abducted her baby son at gunpoint, and then gave her a Sadistic Choice of either murdering her husband or watching him shoot her son. She beat her husband to death, then watched the Red Skull hurl her son out a window to his death before he ordered his men to beat and gangrape her before leaving her for dead. She still wears her gold wedding ring to remember what the Red Skull did to her.
  • Flight: Capable of this, thanks to wings like her predecessor.
  • Hot Scientist: Very much so.
  • It's Personal: Towards the Red Skull, who forced her to kill her husband, murdered her baby boy, and then left her to be brutally raped and beaten by his henchmen.
  • Most Common Superpower
  • Of Corsets Sexy

Nerd Hulk

A clone of the Hulk with Bruce Banner's intellect. Unfortunately his lack of rage-backed strength make him useless to Fury, who just wanted a Hulk that could smash whatever it was told to smash.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: He doesn't have any of the original Hulk's killer instinct and lack of self-preservation, but if you get him sufficiently riled up... he is still a Hulk.
  • Inverse Law of Complexity to Power: Fury wanted to create a Hulk that was physically powerful while having enough intelligence to properly follow orders. Unfortunately, the Nerd Hulk's intelligence and newly gained cautious behavior took away the Hulk's general advantage of being more powerful and dangerous with his diminished intelligence and reckless rampaging behavior. This is lampshaded by Captain America.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the end of volume 3
  • No Respect Guy: Is he ever.
  • Super Strength: He is a Hulk. He's just not as strong as the regular Hulk.

Tyrone Cash / Leonard Williams

An old colleague and professor of Bruce Banner, who created an experimental formula to turn into a Hulk, and when it worked formed his own criminal empire.

  • Bald of Evil
  • Canon Foreigner: An alternate version of Leonard Williams does eventually make his way to the 616-verse as part of the Thor Corps with Gamora and Kit Renner.
  • Evil Brit
  • Evil Old Folks: Cash is a withered, crippled old man when he isn't hulked out, living large in a life of crime and indulgence that comes crashing down when Nick Fury comes knocking at his doorstep.
  • Expy: Cash is effectively the Ultimate Marvel version of Grey Hulk's "Joe Fixit" persona, but even more morally bankrupt and a Crime Lord rather than a mere Enforcer.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When told his family miss him, he just casually brushes it off. He also grabs a plane mid-flight, smashes it against War Machine and taunts him about it.
  • Killed Off for Real: Once he's stopped being immediately useful to the Avengers, he's offed.
  • Scary Black Man
  • Token Evil Teammate: He only joined the team in the first plae after Fury blackmailed him.

The Punisher / Frank Castle

  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He's very fond of it.
  • Gun Nut: It's The Punisher. What would you expect?
  • More Dakka: His solution to any given problem is to fire more bullets at it. Any.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He's the one who bears a lot of blame for the death of Peter Parker, since he took a bullet that Frank intended for Captain America.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against criminals. All criminals. Why? Because his family was murdered by a gang of criminals and the corrupt cops that took their bribes.


Herr Kleiser

One of the Chitauri, an alien race of reptilian humanoids who supported the Nazis during World War II and who were the main threat that Captain America fought against.


They had a Norse god on their side. It's only fair you should get one too.

The Cain to Thor's Abel, Loki is revealed to be The Man Behind the Man for the first two volumes of the series, pulling everyone's strings to get his brother out of the picture and conquer the world for shits and giggles. More malicious than mischievous, he is nonetheless the God of Mischief and, when provoked, is more than willing to prove the "God" part of his name.

  • Big Bad: In The Ultimates 2
  • Bishōnen: His appearance in The Ultimates 2 is actually what kicked off the trend of Loki being portrayed as (relatively) young and attractive, as his classic appearance in the 616-verse usually had him drawn as sickly, older, and a bit craven.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even without his godhood, Loki proves to be a pain due to his wits and knowledge of the arcane.
  • Comic Book Fantasy Casting: He is drawn to resemble a young Neil Gaiman, making him the second character in the book to have a real-life model (the first being Samuel L. Jackson allowing his facsimile to be used for Nick Fury). note 
  • De-Power: In The Ultimates 2, Loki is a reality warping Physical God able to summon an entire army from Asgard and fight toe-to-toe with his brother. However, as a direct result of him cutting loose, he lands squarely on Odin's radar. The Allfather re-powers Thor and sends a squadron of Valkyries to back up The Ultimates while stripping Loki of his godhood. In a later arc he reappears, still mortal, having to rely on his own magical prowess and wits.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appears in a background shot during the first issue, when he's making Thor look crazy.
  • For the Evulz: Despite enabling The Liberators to conquer the United States, Loki doesn't seem to have any real goals of conquest of his own aside from screwing with his brother and shiggles.
  • Loophole Abuse: It's implied that the Odinson Brothers cannot actually kill each other, so when Loki escapes his imprisonment he opts to turn The Ultimates against Thor (by making them think he's mentally unstable) to keep him out of his plans. It's telling that Loki's power starts to fail when he attempts to kill his brother himself and Thor can only banish Loki back to Asgard rather than kill him outright.
  • Made of Diamond: The Liberators are a deadly group of genetically enhanced Super Soldiers... but Loki is a God. He can completely No Sell punches from The Hulk and even shrugs off blows from Mjolnir before Odin strips him of his powers.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Turned the team against each other with ease, making Thor look like a nutcase (and later gaslighting him to make Thor doubt his own sanity), and convinced Nick Fury that Captain America was a traitor.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Justified, because if he uses his powers Odin will know where his is. The most he can do is mess with people's perceptions. Eventually he decides he doesn't care, and lets loose.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While not strictly "harmless", Loki remained behind-the-scenes and manipulated events to create The Liberators whilst branding his brother as a mentally-ill man who is powered by stolen Tech. Once his team is defeated, though, Loki decides to stop holding back and release his full godly power. His first action turns the sky red.
  • One-Winged Angel: After The Liberators are defeated, Loki finally decides to get serious and unleash his might. Curiously, it isn't Loki himself that changes form, but the invocation of his full strength bends reality itself around him, turning the sky blood red and summoning an army of mythical monsters to destroy The Ultimates.
    • Clipped-Wing Angel: Unfortunately for Loki, using his full power allows his father to zero in on his location, resulting in his powers being stripped from him in the middle of battle with Thor.
  • Physical God: He isn't nearly as imposing as his brother, but no one is able to touch him until Odin's intervention. And even after that, it takes the combined might of The Ultimates, a fully-powered Thor, Odin stripping him of his godhood, and an Asgardian Army to weaken him enough for banishment.
  • Reality Warper: Loki's bread-and-butter. He keeps things small scale at first, like shifting Thor's senses, due to him wanting to stay off of Odin's radar. However, after the rest of The Liberators are defeated he decides to cut loose.
  • Related in the Adaptation: An odd case. In both the 616-verse and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki is Thor's adopted brother, though his origin differs a bit in each universe. In Ultimate Marvel, Loki and Thor are half-brothers through Odin, conceived as part of a peace agreement with the giantess Laufey.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: This is what Loki was until just before the events of The Ultimates Vol. 1, escaping shortly after The Hulk's first rampage through New York. He had been trapped for more than 50 years within The-Room-Without-Doors until managing to scrape enough power together to slip away. After Odin strips Loki of his godhood, Thor is able to send him back to his prison. The City's attack and ultimate destruction of Asgard allows Loki to escape once more, though he is but a shadow of his former power without his godly strength. This doesn't stop him from being a gigantic pain in the ass, though, as he is still a world-class sorcerer.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Loki's support of The Liberators isn't the first time he's meddled with the human realm. As Baron Zemo, he rallied the Frost Giants and allied with the Nazis in World War II, bringing an army of both against Asgard to overthrow Odin. His resulting defeat led Odin to imprison him inside The-Room-Without-Doors until his escape a half century later during the events of The Ultimates Vol 1.

The Liberators note
Starting clockwise: The Abomination, Perun, The Crimson Dynamo, Schizoid Man, Hurricane, Loki, The Swarm, The Colonel.

The Great Satan has just been liberated.

A super soldier team put together by nations worried about the escalation of the American super-soldier initiative. They invade the United States in volume 2. The team is run by Loki.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Abomination loses his arms to Hulk, before his head. Hulk also literally disarms Abdul when he tries to stab Cap from behind
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Abdul is given this treatment.
    Fury: (to Cap) Skinny kid becomes a super-soldier to go off and fight the invading army. Guess that story pushes the right buttons for you, huh?
  • Anti-Villain: Most of them are utter bastards, but the Colonel, at least, seems to be a genuinely good guy who just happens to be fighting for the wrong side. Indeed, his death scene is probably the most respectful send-off anyone's ever gotten in the entire series.
  • Always Someone Better: Played with. They were certainly trying for this. The Abomination was the Hulk with brains. Swarm summons armies of wasps. Crimson Dynamo has a bigger suit no doubt intended to be higher powered. etc. But the Ultimates counter by revealing upgrades or levels taken in badass. And in the case of the Abomination, being an intellectual isn't very useful when your best assets are your rage and your fists.
  • Butt Monkey: The majority of them. Perun gets a special mention since he not only was never seen in combat, but was the only Liberator to have willingly surrendered. And when he reappeared in Ultimate Avengers, he was instantly killed.
  • Evil Counterpart: For the Avengers.
  • Foil: The Colonel, for Captain America. Like Steve Rodgers, he was a sickly boy with strong personal beliefs and a love for his home country. Unlike Steve Rodgers however, he's motivated by revenge, since his counter was invaded by America twice during his life. It even applies to their designs. Steve primarily wears blue, while the Colonel wears red. Steve wields a shield, the Colonel carries a laser-sword.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Cap does this to Abdul, with Abdul's own sword no less
  • Jerkass: Hurricane.
  • Killed Off for Real: All of them, save Swarm (if she is the same person as Red Wasp).
  • Neck Snap: How Perun dies.
  • Off with His Head!: Abomination, via Hulk punch.
  • The Psycho Rangers
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad
  • Red Shirt Army: A literal one. Their foot-soldiers will die in about a month, but since their bosses just need a disposable army, they're perfect. They all die.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Worth mentioning because aside from The Colonel and Schizoid Man, the team doesn't have them.
    • The Crimson Dynamo wears a power suit so large it counts as a Mini-Mecha, but lacking Tony's unique physiology and the nanites used to interface with the traditional Iron Man suit, he is permanently sealed into it and directly hard-wired via his central nervous system to control the suit's drones.
    • The Hurricane gained her Super Speed via surgery and genetic enhancement, but has to wear a specialized armor to reduce the friction generated by using her powers. And even that is taken beyond it's limits by Pietro (who was born with his abilities and is durable enough to properly use them).
    • The Abomination is stronger than The Hulk yet still maintains his intelligence. However, this means he lacks the berserker instincts The Hulk has to properly utilize his strength (as The Hulk has no fear of death).
    • The Swarm is able to control a wider array of insects than Hank Pym, but aside from a horrific appearance lacks any other powers, leaving her helpless as The Wasp grows to gigantic size and squashes her flat.
    • Perun is a lower powered version of Thor, running on technology rather than godly power which might kill an ordinary man. Oddly enough, he still manages to survive his fight and get away though he shows up long enough to get killed in the next volume.
  • Shock and Awe: Like Thor, Perun can summon lightning.
  • Younger Than They Look: The Colonel is a teenager, but he looks like he's in his mid-thirties.

Red Skull

  • Alas, Poor Villain: He, of all the people, gets this in his final issue. It turns out all he wanted was to use the Cosmic Cube to go back in time, prevent Cap from freezing, and then his parents (Steve and his then sweetheart, Gail) could marry and raise him themselves (since he utterly loathed his life as a Tykebomb. To his credit, he knew the evils he had committed, but by then, it was too late for him.)
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Cap
  • Bastard Bastard: Of a sort. Everyone views him as the second coming of Steve Rogers, to the point that his childhood is effectively stolen from him as The Government can't help but train him up to be another Captain America. He eventually cracks under the pressure, resulting in his transformation into The Red Skull.
  • Big Bad: Of Ultimate Comics: Avengers - The Next Generation
  • Body Horror: Calmly sliced off his own face, just to stop looking like his dad.
  • Evil Old Folks: Is in his late 60's when he resurfaces, but due to the Super Soldier formula running through his veins his physique reflects a man half that age.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: When it's revealed what he actually wanted the Cosmic Cube for - everything he did from killing JFK on was in service of tracking down a means to travel backwards in time to rescue his father. He likely justified every Kick the Dog moment he had because if he succeeded in going back to the past, none of his most extreme actions would have actually happened.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By a plane. It doesn't kill him, though.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Was killed by the woman that he forced to kill her husband, before throwing her baby out the window and having his thugs gang-rape her.
  • Captain America You Are My Father
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: His true motivation. He wants the Cosmic Cube (a device of near infinite power)... to travel back in time and prevent his father from being frozen in the Arctic.
  • Tykebomb: He was brought up to be the next Captain America and taught to serve his country no matter what.
  • Who Shot JFK?: Why, he did. Just to prove to the U.S. government what he could do.

Reed Richards

  • Abusive Parents: His father was, essentially, what happens when a stereotypical Jerk Jock grows up to have a son who's a nerd...
  • Always Someone Better: If his rant to the new president is any indication, he considers Tony Stark this.
  • Expy: While he started of course as a counter part of the original Reed Richards, he became one of Kang The Conqueror and/or Doctor Doom.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Received from Johnny Storm, after he attempted to kill Susan Storm. For unknown reasons, it shrank over time, going from massive disfigurement to just a mild scratch across one eye. Justified by The Reveal that he's basically a Humanoid Abomination.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Saw the error of his ways after Cataclysm after witnessing the alternate life he would have had if he stayed with Sue and remained a good person. Or not, as New Avengers revealed he was faking it, and just continued on with what he was doing anyway.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Has a conical helmet covering his face, which handily conceals his identity.
  • It's All About Me: He views himself as the sole savior of the universe and feels everyone who is against him is wrong.
  • Jerkass: He had problems with this even before his Face–Heel Turn, but it kicks into overdrive once he turns.
  • Knight Templar: He wishes to solve all the problems of the Earth, no matter the cost.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: A dark take of the trope. After getting stopped and stalled from every scientific discovery that he ever made, Reed Richards just loses it and starts taking out every scientific hero or foundation who could possibly stop him.
  • Self-Made Orphan: The first people he killed when he went evil were his family.
  • Smug Snake
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Eventually, the computer of the City comes to the conclusion, that Richards's megalomanic and warmonger attitude is obsolete, and only hinders the further development of the City. Or not, as it remains allied with him in secret.