Characters: Ultimate Fantastic Four

The character sheet for the reinvention of Marvel's dysfunctional first family

The Fantastic Four

Reed Richards / Mr. Fanastic / 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.

  • Abusive Parents: His father was an utter dick to him. So it's no surprise that he was one of the first people Reed killed when he made his Face-Heel Turn.
  • Adaptational Villainy: After Ultimatum, he turns against everyone, and essentially becomes the new Doctor Doom.
  • Body Horror: His transformation removed most, if not all, of his organs.
  • Child Prodigy: He built a teleporter when he was a child. It's how the Baxter Building found him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Johnny burnt off half his face when he turned evil, though it does eventually begin to heal.
  • 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.
  • Reality Warper: He managed to build a Cosmic Cube, giving him this level of power, for a time.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: And it pisses him off. He's unaccountably a genius, but having to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. chafes him, since he's built dozens of useful inventions that they won't let him use.
  • Younger and Hipper: He's much younger than his mainstream counterpart, being in his early twenties / late teens when he gets his powers.

Dr. Susan Storm

  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently, especially when dealing with Johnny.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She genuinely loves Reed, but his moodiness and sour temper turns her off from him. And then he genuinely turned evil, which destroyed any chance of a relationship between them, allowing her to start a relationship with the much nicer Ben.

Johnny Storm / The Human Torch

  • Berserk Button: As dissimilar as he and Susan are, he's still protective of her.
  • 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.
  • Giver of Lame Names: He names a spaceship "The Awesome", much to Reed's irritation.
  • Hero-Worshipper: In a change, he thinks Spider-Man is alright, and they get on surprisingly well.
  • Playing with Fire: Duh.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Throughout his appearances in Ultimate Spider-Man, he claims the Fantastic Four were "The Beatles of Superheroics". This only gets confused stares from everyone else.

Ben Grimm

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Which given how miserable Ben regularly is with his mutation, is saying something. On more than one occasion, Ben has wondered about finding ways to kill himself.
  • 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.
  • Status Quo Is God: Averted in that Ben does in fact manage to shake his rock-like form, and gain all-new powers. And then played straight when the rock-like form comes back.

The Baxter Building

General Ross

  • Adaptational Heroism: Compared to his mainstream counterpart. He's not got any interest in harassing Bruce Banner, for one thing.
  • General Ripper: Sometimes, occasionally. He also quoted the Trope Namer after a near-death experience.
  • Retired Badass: The former head of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was nearly killed by Weapon X in Ultimate X-Men.

Willie Lumpkin

Doctor Franklin Richards


Doctor Doom / Victor Von Damme

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Acts like an aristocrat, certainly, and has ancestry going back to Vlad the Impaler, which he can recite from memory.
  • Big Bad: Averted, actually. Victor is the most dangerous enemy the team has, but he's not their greatest threat.
  • Body Horror: That's not armor he's wearing. It's his skin. Not to mention his organs have liquefied, and his legs have turned goat-like.
  • Foil: For Reed. Both of them are brilliant scientists working at the Baxter Building, but Victor is far more arrogant than Reed. Becomes more explicit when Reed turns evil.
  • Jerkass: Very much so. It is Doctor Doom, after all.


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