Ranked Number 23 among the Top One Hundred Comic Book Villains
, this android is the Arch-Enemy
to The Avengers
as a whole. First created (in the In-Universe
meaning) by Hank Pym as a test in order to create the first true AI, the first thing the initially barrel-like robot ever did was attack Pym
, and not in the "but I just want to play with dad
" sense: Ultron-1 already admitted to have "greater plans", wiped Pym's memory of what happened and then escaped; shortly afterwards, Ultron started updating his body and creating other copies of himself.
During Kurt Busiek
's critically acclaimed run on The Avengers
, Ultron crossed the Moral Event Horizon
by committing, essentially, genocide in the "Ultron Unlimited" storyline. He wiped out the population of a ruritanian Throwaway Country
only to turn said population's corpses into zombie-like cyborgs.
All of this accompanied by an army of Ultrons themselves. Yeah.
More recently, Ultron has gone on to his most heinous act yet
: a Take Over the World
scheme that actually worked.
Ultron will be making his live-action debut as the Big Bad
of the upcoming sequel to The Avengers
, The Avengers: Age of Ultron
, played by James Spader
Tropes regarding Ultron include:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The original Ultron was not built to be a homicidal robot. His own "children" have been similarly rebellious.
- Always a Bigger Fish: In Secret Wars, he picks a fight with Galactus, who squashes him like a bug.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He regards Hank Pym as his father, and seeks the destruction of him, The Avengers, and the human race as a whole.
- Archenemy: Even though sometimes he focuses more in his "father" Henry Pym, he mostly is the archenemy of the Avengers as a whole.
- Archnemesis Dad: Towards the Vision and the Runaways Victor Mancha, both of whom he created, and whose relationship with him parallels his with Hank Pym.
- Back from the Dead: All the time. Ultron keeps backups of his programming all over the place, and is essentially unkillable in the grand scheme of things.
- Badass: If you can take on the entire avengers team at once and WIN in a story arc, you better believe you're this.
- Crazy-Prepared: Had set up multiple backups and hidden factories even before his first attack on the Avengers.
- Demoted to Dragon: In Secret Wars, after Galactus deactivates him, Doctor Doom reprograms him to serve as his bodyguard and enforcer.
- The Dreaded: In Avengers Disassembled, it briefly appears that the then-dead Ultron had come back to life. Its revealed to not be the case, but Hawkeye later admits that thinking he was actually back absolutely terrified him.
- Evil Genius: He is extremely intelligent and, being a machine, is capable of mental feats far beyond that of any human.
- Family Values Villain: He has creepily attempted to start a robot family more than worse- creepy less because he is a robot, more because he's Ax-Crazy and supposedly hates everything about humanity.
- Frickin' Laser Beams
- Heel-Face Turn: Mark 12, as he called himself, was the only version of Ultron who grew past his Oedipus Complex, gave up being a villain, and actually tried to get closer to Hank. Unfortunately, a surviving earlier version of Ultron found him and killed him, while also destroying the programming that allowed Mark 12 to not be a homicidal robot.
- Hero Killer: He's killed a number of heroes as part of his plans.
- Killer Robot
- Kill All Humans
- Lack of Empathy: No amount of pleading will change his mind on his goals.
- Me's a Crowd: In more recent years he's taken to creating entire armies of himself, each one an indestructible Person of Mass Destruction.
- Nigh Invulnerable: His body is usually made of adamantium and his mind can be easily transferred to other machines that can hold it, making it very hard to get rid of him.
- Oedipus Complex: An all-out theme for him. He wants to murder his "father," Hank Pym, and has attempted to transform Hank's wife Jan into a robot (named "Jocasta").
- Omnicidal Maniac: Especially blatant in The Avengers' Ultron Unlimited Story Arc, where he wipes out an entire nation's population and replaces the corpses with cyborgs.
- Psychopathic Manchild: At his core he's basically a murderous, egotistical child trying to outdo and kill his own dad. He is sometimes written as being prone to temper tantrums and frequently he is a Large Ham.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: At times.
- Robotic Psychopath
- Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: Level 4
- Tangled Family Tree: He's created by Hank Pym but considering the number of children created by Ultron, it's hard to know who's relatives with who.
- Technopathy: Is capable of overriding and controlling other machines.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Which is the very first thing he does in his origin story.
- World Domination: His usual goal. In Annihilation: Conquest he upped his game to Galactic Conqueror.
- You Are What You Hate: Much as he despises the human race, his villainy and behaviour stems from his mind being based on that of Hank Pym, with all the issues and none of the empathy. He has attempted to imitate human customs on occasion, most notably his bizarre attempts to make his own robot family (who frequently turn on him), and of course his very human delusions of grandeur and megalomania.
- You Monster!: He's frequently addressed in canon as such, and justified as he's not human and has no conscience.