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The Fantastic Four
Reed Nathaniel Richards/Mr. Fantastic/The Maker
The one who designed the teleporter that gave the team their powers. An anti-social genius raised by an abusive father, Reed tries to do good, but there are occasional hints of a much darker personality underneath.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: Reed works for a government think-tank, but eventually gets so frustrated at not being able to change the world for the better in this position that he decides to MAKE things change. By force. He's since conquered most of Europe, destroyed Washington, D.C., killed nearly all the Asgardians and devastated Asgard, and now rules a nation notably more powerful than the United States. Until he was stopped by Tony Stark's sentient tumor.
- Body Horror: His transformation removed most, if not all, of his internal organs.
- Child Prodigy: He built a teleporter when he was a child. It's how the Baxter Building found him.
- Composite Character: As the Maker he shares many elements with Doctor Doom.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: This is his ultimate fate, when it's revealed he has been behind everything in the ''Ultimate Doomsday Trilogy''. Crosses over into Fridge Brilliance when you realize that he has in effect become Ultimate Doctor Doom.
- Expy: Of Doctor Doom, after he turns evil. His Face–Heel Turn mimics the 616-incarnation of Doom, even resulting in a scarred face that he hides behind a metallic helmet.
- Face–Heel Turn: He became a villain as well after faking his own death. He's now one of the Big Bad of the Ultimate Marvel universe, and is intent on forcibly remaking the world into a utopia.
- Foil: Reed and Victor both share a similar backstory, suffering at the hands of abusive fathers, pouring all their energy into science at a young age. Unlike Victor, however, Reed had a loving mother and younger sister, as well as a best friend in the form of Ben Grimm, which kept his life from being a living hell. Ultimate Mystery and Ultimate Doom shows us that even a loving mother, sister and best friend isn't enough to keep Reed from going over the deep end to the point where the heroes are wondering if he's just Doom II.
- Freudian Excuse: Abused by his father, not respected by his peers, bullied in high school, and the world didn't change the way he wanted it to nor would anyone let him change it for the better.
- From a Single Cell: Ben manages to kill The Maker... or so he thinks. It turned out that the body Ben destroyed was merely an extra body spawned from a hair-thin tendril from his central mass which is quickly regenerated. When he is finally cornered by the Ultimates and his former teammates, he implies that so long as a microscopic bit of him remains his bacterial stack can grow back.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out as a bullied teenager mocked for his intelligence, became a superhero, but after growing out of favor with the way the world is run, decided to take over the world, and now he's basically the Ultimate version of Doctor Doom.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Johnny burnt off half his face when he turned evil, though it does eventually begin to heal. By the time of Secret Wars it's been reduced to a few small scars.
- Human Outside, Alien Inside: He looks like a normal human being but no longer has internal organs, merely possessing a "bacterial stack" in its place. Oh, and he no longer craps.
- Humanoid Abomination: The logical extent of his powers. After Reed becomes The Maker, he drops all pretense of being human anymore and becomes an amorphous tentacle beast able to create false bodies from a hair-thin tendril and even stretching his brain to become smarter.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He means well... sort of, but there are moments where he's incredibly arrogant and bad-tempered. Becomes a full on Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk when he turns evil because he felt being good was holding him back.
- Karma Houdini: Even after everything he did to Europe and Asgard, he's given no real punishment, and is even allowed to go back to working for S.H.I.E.L.D. by Nick Fury. When the Ultimate Universe is destroyed by an Incursion, Reed manages to survive on-board a life raft, escaping on to Battleworld. After what goes down there, he somehow managed to get out and live through into the new Marvel Universe afterward, where he restarts his mad science anew.
- Magic Genetics: Attempted to be justified. Reed is able to stretch and not crush his organs because all he has in the way of organs is a colony of symbiotic bacteria who take in food and air and give his body nutrition. His origin is justified as well now too, as his powers are not from cosmic radiation anymore, but rather from swapping bodies with a double from another universe.
- Never Live It Down In-Universe, a comical version is Reed being a Giver of Lame Names which gets a lot of riffing the first time, and the second time he's made something he gets asked "So what's this one called, the Wonderbus?"
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: One issue states that his status as this is at least partly due to the nature of his powers. Just as his body has become infinitely flexible and stretchable, his brain has as well, allowing him to adapt his mind to tackle any number of subjects. The mainstream comics also strongly imply this is the case.
- Personality Powers: It was definitely a case of powers causing personality for Reed as he was revealed to be stretching his brain to make himself smarter. This perhaps helps explain why building a teleporter took him so long while his Time Machine was built in a relatively trivial fashion off-screen.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Deconstructed; the governmental think-tank he belongs to keeps him focused predominantly on military technology and restrains release of his successful creations. The frustration at not being able to change the world despite knowing his technology could provide incredible advances to humanity eventually drives Reed insane. So insane that he takes up the mantle of the now-deceased Ultimate Doctor Doom and becomes a supervillain whose actions lead to the annihilation of Germany and Asgard. Furthermore, Reed then tried to turn Earth into a utopia whose plans included distributing free energy, spreading the corp-growing sentient seed to nations stricken with famine and hunger, and blowing up the Iranian Parliament along with any government official who refuses to play nice.
- Required Secondary Powers: His body is transformed into an undifferentiated "bacterial stack" with no internal organs or tissues, so he has no need to worry about, for example, his stretched arms going numb because his heart had to try to pump blood the length of a football field. How he gets energy without eating is glossed over.
- The Unfavorite: A bespectacled young genius, he was never the ideal son his father wanted. It's shown in the first issue that his father showed more affection to Ben Grimm, the tough football star of the school, than to his own son. Fortunately, the situation isn't visited often in later issues; what with Reed finding a new father figure in Sue and Johnny's scientist father and being faced with matters more important than getting paternal approval, such as cosmic mutations and alien invasions every other week. Except for when things finally get to such a boil for Reed Richards that he fakes his death by blowing up his family home, vaporizing his entire family in the process.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the post-series Ultimate Enemy trilogy, he's willing to kill his own family to fake his death, attacks organizations that he feels are repressing science's potential for their own corrupt reasons, and tries to Take Over the World so that he can finally "fix things" the way he always knew he could. Afterwards, he creates a utopian civilization in another dimension, then brings it back and tries to wipe out humanity to replace it with this "better" version..
The Invisible Woman
Susan "Sue" Storm/The Invisible Woman
- Action Girl: Right off the bat, she is much more assertive, is a biologist at the Baxter Building and almost immediately realizes her full potential as the most powerful member of the team.
- Broken Bird: Despite trying to stay emotionally stable, it's clear her experiences in her family and with Reed weigh heavily on her mind.
- Dude Magnet: She got attention from Tony Stark, Namor, Mole Man, Strange Josie and ended up with Ben Grimm.
- Enlightenment Superpowers: This is theorized in universe by the Mole Man to be the source of her invisibility powers, on the premise that the accident somehow enlightened her mind to replicate meditation techniques to avoid detection.
- Future Me Scares Me: She didn't take it well when she learned that Kang was a future version of her.
- Hysterical Woman / Women Are Wiser: According to Reed, Sue may be slightly smarter than himself and has been shown to be more level-headed than Reed when it comes to social situations and emotional connection. However, she also tends to hold powerful obstinate grudges even in situations where they would be counterproductive and has a bad tendency to lash out with her powers when insulted.
- Required Secondary Powers: She lampshaded the impossibility of her powers, pointing out that there's no conceivable reason why she should be able to see things while invisible. Luckily, she's a bio-geneticist and thinks the mystery is fascinating.
- Younger and Hipper: Like Richards, she is younger than her mainstream counterpart; eighteen, to be specific.
The Human Torch
Johnathan "Johnny" Storm/The Human Torch
- Battle Cry: He had to say "Flame on!" whenever he wanted to use his powers, before he became more competent with his powers. Conversely, he also originally had to say "Flame off!" when he wanted to return to normal.
- Body Horror: He has to hibernate occasionally so that the layers of his skin that have been over-exposed to flames can flake off.
- Brainless Beauty: Johnny's good-looking, but he never even managed to graduate from high school. It shows, repeatedly. He even seemed convinced he could get pregnant, somehow.
- Breakup Breakout: Since the team's breakup in the Ultimatum event, Johnny's the only one to have a regular presence in the Ultimate Universe; first as a supporting character in Ultimate Spider-Man and then in Ultimate X-Men.
- Elemental Baggage: He’s become a walking fusion reactor; his entire body has reconfigured itself to be as perfect an energy store as possible (which results in some bad effects on his health, as you might expect for someone who turns his stores of body fat into plasma). Warren Ellis tried very hard to justify Johnny. He also has a protective layer of microscopic scales to protect him from this flame. Though that still doesn't explain how he flies...
- Hot-Blooded: Like his powers, he's a very fiery person and it doesn't take much for him to go berserk on things with his powers.
- Magic Genetics: Attempted to be justified. Johnny's powers come from his nuclear fusion, using his body as an energy source. His origin is justified as well now too, as his powers are not from cosmic radiation anymore, but rather from swapping bodies with a double from another universe.
- Playing with Fire: He's the Human Torch. Bursting into flames and throwing fire around is part of the package.
Benjamin "Ben" Grimm/The Thing
- Adaptational Superpower Change: He eventually gains the ability to change between forms, unlike his 616 counterpart, who is stuck in the Rock form.
- The Big Guy: The strongest and largest member of the team. He's also pretty big when he's human, too.
- Blessed with Suck: Sure, he's super-strong and durable, but he weighs a ton, meaning any furniture he sits on has to be reinforced. Not to mention he looks like he's made of rock, which makes going outside difficult.
- Body Horror: He has stone skin, and it's apparently a miracle that he can even breathe.
- Bungled Suicide: This pops up as part of deconstructing the Thing's Blessed with Suck/Cursed with Awesome powers. He's a huge, freakish rock monster, stands out anywhere, has to be careful about crushing anything he touches, has almost no sense of touch. In the 616 Marvel Universe, this is played for drama now and then but sometimes falls into Wangst territory. Here, he tried to kill himself several times but has not found anything that can break his skin.
- Eyes Are Mental: Johnny Storm cheers up Ben Grimm by commenting that his eyes never changed. The dialogue went something like this:Johnny: Your eyes never changed, you know.
Johnny: Your eyes never changed. I mean, yeah, the rest of you is a freak, but your eyes are still the same.
Ben: You noticed my eyes?
Johnny: I notice stuff. I'm not smart like Reed or Sue, but I notice stuff.
- The Juggernaut: Ben is much, much more imposing in the Ultimate Universe than his 616-incarnation. So much so that when Reed designed outfits for the team tailored to their powers he invented a new kind of shock absorber to layer in Ben's suit to act as a Power Limiter - otherwise the mere act of walking around would shake the Baxter Building apart. It's rather telling that he managed to survive a possession attempt by Thanos - anyone else Thanos managed to possess burned out their bodies after a short time, while Ben managed to fight the Mad Titan and drive him out, leaving him just a bit winded.
After Warren Ellis left the title, Ben's strength was considerably toned down by the following creative teams. Officially, only Thor and Namor are stronger than Ben. The Hulk, normally stronger than him, is weaker in the Ultimate Universe, so Ben is able to fight him and win during Ultimate Power.
Ben is not only capable of surviving on the ocean floor, but he's strong enough to move around normally (so long as he has an air supply). It's also implied that he can survive nearly any atmosphere as his lungs can convert unsuitable "air" into something he can breathe, which Nihil discovered to his great shock.Ben: *after Nihil breached the visor on his helmet* Reed, this air tastes like crap.Reed: The atmosphere in here is highly corrosive... you're basically breathing acid.Ben: Huh. Good to know.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Ben, par for the course, hates his super-powered self and wants nothing more than to be normal again. It's driven him to attempt suicide at least once..
- Immune to Bullets: Ben finds out in a trial by fire. Literally; he tried to blow his own brains out off-screen, and it didn't work.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Pretty much nothing is capable of seriously hurting him. Even more so after he evolves.
- Re-Power: In Ultimate Mystery his rocky form was revealed to be a cocoon, and he eventually "hatched" into a new form, with his normal human appearance, Thing-level strength, and a nifty purple glow. (Fanon is that he's now the Ultimate Wonder Man).
- Status Quo Is God: Averted. Ben does in fact manage to shake his rock-like form, and gain all-new powers which include the ability to switch between his regular human form and his rock form.
- What Have I Become?: He actually attempted suicide after his transformation, but his rock hard skin made it impossible.
- Younger and Hipper: He's much younger than his mainstream counterpart, being in his early twenties / late teens when he gets his powers.
The Baxter Building
General Thaddeus Ross
- Adaptational Heroism: Compared to his mainstream counterpart. He's not got any interest in harassing Bruce Banner, for one thing. He still wants the US Army to be strong, but he's got a lot more morals about it.
Doctor Franklin Storm
- Big Good: He's the main individual who attempts to convince the Fantastic Four to productively use their powers for altruistic goals and never portrays any intentional malice. He's also the one individual that tries to persuade Johnny to make something helpful out of his powers and his choices in life.
- Killed Off for Real: In Ultimatum, he's killed in the first issue when the wave hits New York.
Josie Hart/Strange Josie:
- Chekhov's Gunman: She was mentioned as one of many Baxter Building students with weird hobbies before appearing as an actual character.
- Adaptational Villainy: She's an ancient hydra monster who plans on destroying the world, rather than any kind of friendly mentor figure like in the main universe.
- Younger and Hipper: Subverted. She appears to be a voluptuous woman in her mid-thirties at most, compared to the regular continuity's much, much older grandmother type, but she's still thousands of years old.
- Affably Evil: Unfailingly polite to his enemies and captives. He was even nice to Enid while he was trying to sacrifice her to create the elixir for eternal life.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Being an alchemist allows him to use physical elements and magic in a way that makes him seem more like a sorcerer.
Victor Van Damme/Doctor Doom
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Victor Von Doom gains ghastly scars on his face in the original continuity from an experiment backfiring on him, to hide these scars he wears a heavy armor. Here, Victor Van Damme's skin turns to metal and he gains cloved feet like a demon, corrosive acid breathe and the ability to fire off metallic skin-shards in the same accident that gave the Four their powers.
- Adaptational Wimp: While this version of the character does have "natural" super-powers, he lacks the magic skills of his mainstream counterpart, and is seriously less important to his Universe. He also isn't quite as talented in schemes.
- Adaptation Name Change: His last name was changed from "Von Doom" to "Van Damme".
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Acts like an aristocrat, certainly, and has ancestry going back to Vlad the Impaler, which he can recite from memory, which makes him technically one by breeding. He's also an incredibly self-centered bastard who is determined to conquer the world out of his own egotism.
- Body Horror: He’s become a being of living metal with a frankly demon-like appearance (including goat legs and a reptilian tail). Also, his organs are rotting into a noxious slime inside his body because he doesn't need them anymore; he can blast opponents with this slime or the fumes from it if he pleases.
- Breath Weapon: He has the ability to exhale toxic/corrosive fumes as part of his transformation. Apparently, its based on the fact his now-useless organs were rotting into mush inside his body.
- Chrome Champion: He is transformed into a being of living metal by the teleportation experiment that he sabotaged.
- Elemental Powers: He has been likened to the elemental of Metal.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Happened to him early on, transforming from surly pretty boy into a metallic Satyr.
- Famous Ancestor: He can trace his lineage directly back to Vlad Tepes Dracula.
- Flechette Storm: He has the ability to shoot razor sharp spines of his own living metal body at people.
- Freudian Excuse: In Ultimate Fantastic Four #7, it is explained that on his tenth birthday he was presented with his family history dating back to Vlad Tepes Dracula and the blueprint for his villainous mindset, and from that day on at dinner he was required to recite said family history from memory, receiving beatings when he got it wrong and being forced to start over until he got it right. The last page of the flashback shows 10-year-old Victor sitting in the chair where he received the original lecture and instruction in five panels depicting it slowly getting darker. In the last one, he says "It's my birthday."
- Fur and Loathing: Once he takes up the mantle of Doctor Doom upgrades from a raggedy cloak, to a majestic fur collared Badass Cape.
- Jerkass: He's basically Doctor Doom without any of the latter's strangely charismatic bearing and ability to try and be charming despite his arrogance, leaving the self-centered egotist that is Doom's core personality exposed for all the world to see.
- Knight Templar: He is always working on creating his "utopia", even if it means destroying the world as we know it.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe, he considers the experiment this, especially being blamed for it.
- Never My Fault: He interfered with Reed Richards' prototype teleporter. The resultant energies resulted in the creation of the Fantastic Four, and his own transformation into a demonic-looking being of living metal. Doctor Doom insists that the transformation is not his fault, but rather that Reed's calculations were "so bad even [he] couldn't fix them".
- Put on a Bus: He is stranded in the Marvel Zombies universe at the end of the "Frightful" arc.
- Red Right Hand: He was transformed in the same experiment as the Fantastic Four, and ended up with a body made entirely of metal looking just like his classic look, with the exception of goat legs. Because, according to Warren Ellis, he's the devil.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: His name is more subtle about this: it's Victor Van Damme rather than Von Doom.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His driving obsession has always been to win the respect and love of his coolly aloof father.
The Fightful Four
The Frightful Four
- Affably Evil: The zombie Reed Richards may be a flesh-eating monster, but he can be surprisingly charming and erudite while he plots to make you into a snack.
- The Psycho Rangers: They are the counterparts of the regular Fantastic Four from another universe, just with about fifteen more years of experience. Oh yeah, and they're flesh-eating zombies.
Kang the Conqueror
Susan "Sue" Storm/Kang the Conqueror
The Mad Thinker
Rhona Burchill/The Mad Thinker
- Body Horror: She augmented her intelligence by literally placing some of her brother's brain matter in her own brain, causing her head to become hideously disfigured in the process.
- Brain Food: She devised a way to increase her brain's "processing power" by grafting someone else's brain tissue onto her brain, so she killed her little brother because he "wasn't using it anyway" — the implications are roughly equal that he was genuinely mentally deficient or that he simply had a lower IQ then his already-a-genius-but-psychotic sister.
- Department of Redundancy Department: She talks lightning fast and repeats herself expressed in a different way, a bit like Blurr would.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Post-transformation, she's a creepy-acting, black-haired woman with a sick-looking pallor to her skin.
- Gender Flip: The Mad Thinker was male in the main Marvel Universe, here she’s female.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Motivated by her jealousy toward Reed Richards, because he got into the Baxter Building Program for Gifted Children instead of her.
- Mad Scientist: She was rejected from the Program despite having the natural talents as a scientist, implicitly due to failing the psychiatric evaluation — since she went on to cut her brother's brain out and graft it to her own, justifiably so. As for what makes her mad... did you just read the previous sentence?
- Motor Mouth: When she talks, she spits a constant stream of dialogue, and her speech bubbles replace spaces with hyphens to emphasize how quickly she talks.
- Nightmare Face: Courtesy of self-inflicted brain surgery to boost her own intellect, which left her with a large bald spot that exposes a very ugly, ragged scar and unnaturally bulging skull.
Arthur Molekovic/Mole Man
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Thing lampshades this when the crew meets him for the first time.Thing: Dude, we meet our first alien, and his name is like "E-Vill" or something.
Revka Temerlune Edifex Scyros III/Psycho Man
- Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Uses his powers to make people feel blissfully happy while worshiping him as their master.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Constantly put others under his blissful mind control, but could not feel the sense of bliss himself. Thanks to Reed causing a psychic backlash, Psycho-Man was placed in an eternal state of ignorant bliss while being unable to put anyone else in the same state ever again.
- Knight Templar: He mind controls a world to feel happy and content, while the Silver Searcher argues that they are merely happy slaves.
- Meaningful Name: His name literally means "The King with no Enemies" due in part to his ability to make anyone his happy slave.
- All Your Powers Combined: He appeared in an alternate future where everyone on Earth had super-powers. The Skrull's suit gives him the abilities of every superhuman in the area, allowing him to easily defeat the heroes. In the end, the Skrulls eradicate everyone on Earth except for a non-powered Ben Grimm. Unfortunately for Super Skrull, zero superheroes means he has zero powers, and Ben Grimm beats him with his fists.
Thanos of Archeron
- Abusive Parent: To his three children. He physically abused Ronan to make him subservient, and removed all the skin from his daughter's arm, just for talking back. Hearing Atrea trail off describing his parenting style causes Ben to remark that he sounds like Reed's father.
- Badass Boast:Thanos:I was old before your world was born, boy. I have bathed in the hearts of stars, and wandered in the mansions of the afterworld. My soul is a clenched fist, and Death has kissed it.
- God Emperor: Is the ruler of the Endless Resurgence, a vast empire where he is worshiped for having jurisdiction over the souls of his people. Later when he acquires the Cosmic Cube, he seeks to become this to the rest of the universe.
- Related in the Adaptation: In this continuity he is the father of Ronan the Accuser.
- Soul Power: Has power over souls, and may transfer the soul of someone into another body as a way to reward or punish. He has also shown the ability to project his own presence into the bodies of others, quickly burning them out in the process.
- Abusive Parents: It's no wonder Reed turned out so mentally unstable with a dad as loving and supportive as this guy. Gary is from the first issue shown to be verbally and emotionally (if not physically) abusive toward Reed, having no interest or tolerance for Reed's tinkering, yelling at him from turning the phone into a device, then throwing it at Reed's dinner. A later issue suggests Gary was physically abusive as well. Thanos manages to torture Reed by conjuring an image of Gary prepared to beat him.
- Adaptation Name Change: Went from Nathaniel in the main Marvel Universe to Gary here.
- Character Death: He, his wife and his children are killed off in the opening issue of Ultimate Mystery, in an apparent attempt of Reed's life. Except Reed is the one responsible for the attack in the first place.
The Silver Searcher
Norrin Radd/The Silver Searcher
Atrea, Daughter of Thanos
- Deadpan Snarker: She can be very sarcastic. Or rather, she is sarcastic all the time.Atrea: (on seeing Thanos' devestation) My father doesn't do subtle.Reed: Your father???'Atrea: You didn't notice? We've got the same nose.
- Lack of Empathy: Thanos' parenting style didn't lend itself well to considering the thoughts and feelings of others. She kills her own pet just for growling at Ben, then shrugs it off because it was old and "boring".
- Really 700 Years Old: Atrea is somewhere over a thousand years old, but looks no older than her mid-twenties.