Self Demonstrating / Doctor Doom
Do not ask how the goblet of Doom can reach Doom's lips!

"Ms. Van Dyne, I am not some common criminal that can be distracted by your prattling. You are nothing to Doom. And your pathetic attempts to play mind games with me amount to exactly less than nothing. So please, stop embarrassing yourself."
Doom (to The Wasp), The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (Season 2, episode 1, "The Private War of Doctor Doom")

Doctor Doom is a Marvel Comics villain wh- waaarrgghhh!

SILENCE, NARRATOR! You are not worthy to describe the glory of DOOM! This task can be achieved only by DOOM himself, and thus does Doom grant this useless wiki the honor of his presence! Attend and marvel at the tale of the greatest Evil Overlord and Mad Scientist that has ever lived - as well as the greatest paragon of perfection who could easily Take Over the World if not for that Blasted... (seethes) Reed. Richards. (deep breath) RRRRRRICHAAAAARRRRRDDDSS!!!

I, Victor Von Doom, was introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as the Arch-Enemy of the Fantastic Four, and one of the smartest men... No! The unquestioned smartest man on Earth. Doom was born in a Romani family in the Fictional Country of Latveria, the son of a witch and a herbalist. When my beloved mother Cynthia was killed by the demons she had summoned to fight Latverian soldiers, Doom swore revenge! The death of my father because of a Latverian tyrant only added fuel to Doom's desire for... further revenge!

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 pathetic 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 can even approach Doom's (and then not by much, I can assure you). Wishing to resurrect my dead mother, Doom manipulated the fool into helping me construct a portal to Hell; however, whether due to Richards' incompetence - or intentional sabotage on his part out of jealousy for Doom's genius - or perhaps both! - the device exploded and damaged my face. Editor's Note  Doom completely and correctly blames Richards for this so-called accident, which compelled Doom to withdraw from society for some time.

Doom then joined a mysterious order which taught him secret knowledge, including metallurgy. Doom used it to create a suit of Powered Armor which he has used (with some modifications) since that day... From that moment, and forever more, Doom has been known as Doctor Doom. The feeble tyrant of Latveria was no match for Doom! I overthrew that fool, claimed his homeland as ruler, and have since ruled it with an iron fist! The iron and yet simultaneously benevolent and enlightened fist of Doom! Doom's path was soon to once again cross that of the indescribably foolish Richards, this time along with his equally foolish family and sycophants, who became my sworn enemies. And even beyond that, Doom's destiny has led him to battle heroes and villains in abundance! - The Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The Mighty Thor, Luke Cage - all have struggled against me, and some have even succeeded in temporarily arresting my plans! **  My many, many, many victories are why Doom is considered Marvel's most iconic villain. Would-be chroniclers need not always mention Squirrel Girl in the same breath as Doom! Doom is more than one trifling incident!

Indeed, Doom has overcome far greater threats than some simpering peasant girl and her tree-crawling rats! That cursed Reed Richards once engineered my overthrow in favor of Prince Zorba. In my cunning, I manipulated Richards and his lackeys into aiding my re-ascension by showing them that Zorba was laying waste to my beloved land! Even Richards could see that the people of Latveria were better off under the beneficient and total control of Doom!

You, the common people of the Earth, continually hunger for Doom to appear! And I deign to grant your wish in video games, television programs, films and more, even those that do not afford me an opportunity to vanquish a certain insufferable elastic fraud...

You can behold my power in fighting games made by Capcom, despite the indignity of being second fiddle to that egomaniacal ham, Thanos. Rest assured that Doom WILL strike down Ryu and his Capcom ilk in Richards' stead. And you may rest assured that any match in which Doom is defeated... it was a Doombot!

I have also granted my presence to several television series, right back to the days when your pathetic animators couldn't document events of the Marvel Universe through anything other than sliding drawings in front of a camera. I have been portrayed in cinema by Joseph Culp, Julian McMahon, and Toby Kebbell. Hubris, yes, but done with enough skill and respect to stay Doom's wrath.

The Internet, too, has been graced with my image. My likeness has been used on a show called Assist Me where a video game player by the name of Maximilian has befriended yours truly and has even made me his roommate, as he should. Though, for some odd reason, Doom has taken a likeness to yogurt and an evidently popular children's show named My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I'll be sure to look into that particular Doombot soon enough. I have also taken part in another web series called Death Battle, where many characters from different universes engage in mortal combat. Doom grants his assigned opponent, one Darth Vader, the supreme accolade: he was that rarest of things, a worthy opponent.

Though Doom is without true peers, many villains have been inspired by his greatness. It is said that George Lucas took inspiration from myself to create the aforementioned cultural icon Vader, and whispered that Jack Kirby had Doom's majesty in mind when he fashioned that unstable megalomaniac employed by DC Comics. Countless other aspirants to Doom's glory have appeared in various forms of popular fiction. Yet some fools take their lives in their hands by mocking Doom - the game-maker Adam Heart and his mockery of Doom "Dr. Shoals" is just one of the knaves who court disaster thus!

Doom should also not be confused with the being known as Dr. Travis Doom, or his cousin twice removed Doctor Bob Doom.

Tropes that have been wrought by the mighty hands of Doctor Doom:

  • Actually a Doombot: Whenever a puny mortal thinks they have bested the mighty Doom, they will eventually discover it was simply one of my Doombots distracting them from what Doom was really doing. This is also used as an Author's Saving Throw whenever some dullard has written Doom in a way that seems out of character. Doom permits this, since it allows them to Retcon out moments of foolishness or unnecessary viciousness which would otherwise defame the good name of Doom!

Tropes that have been deemed worthy of Doctor Doom:

  • Adaptational Badass: For whatever reason, Doom was bestowed with superpowers in both of 20th Century Fox's cinematic takes on the Fantastic Four property. They apparently thought it was necessary to give Doom an Adaptation Origin Connection to the accursed team that Richards assembled as opposed to Richards himself - bah!
  • Affably Evil: Doom is not a cruel despot! Those who know their place shall discover that Doom is generous, respectful and honorable.
  • Alternate Self: Doom has some of the most formidable counterparts in The Multiverse:
    • The Marvel 2099 Doom, who took over the United States, and later gave his life to save the world from the menace of the Phalanx.
    • The Marvel 1602 Doom, who assassinated the queen and was generally the Big Bad of the entire first series. Later, he kidnapped William Shakespeare because he wanted him to write about his travel to the end of the world.
    • Peter David's X-Factor Doom from The Summers Rebellion future - despite being somewhat weakened by age and circumstance, tied to a wheelchair and not completely in possession of my faculties, I still was more dangerous than the story's actual villains, and managed to evade capture by the foolish mutants of that era when all was said and done.
    • A version of myself in the Age of Apocalypse happened to be director of Eurasian Security, fighting alongside that world's versions of Anthony Stark, Donald Blake and Gwen Stacy.
    • In an old What If? story the experiment to rescue my mother from Hell goes without a hitch, resulting in a universe where Doom becomes Earth's greatest hero and marries the love of his life. However, because of my actions, Doom earns the ire of Mephisto who imposes on him a... stringent Sadistic Choice...
    • Another What If? shows what would have happened if Doom had managed to keep the Beyonder's power, which results in him winning the Secret Wars, acquiring Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet, and dominating the cosmos. This attracts the attention of the Celestials whom Doom eventually defeats in a war that destroys the planet. Using the last of my power, Doom recreates Earth and humanity with it before becoming mortal myself in order to lead them to greatness.
    • Master Menace from the original Squadron Supreme is a Captain Ersatz of Doom. Some would suggest that the archenemy of Superman counterpart Hyperion would more accurately be regarded as a counterpart of Lex Luthor, but Menace at least had the good sartorial sense to ape Doom's style. Of course, Doom may someday destroy him for that presumption.
    • I met the real Superman and Lex Luthor in Superman & Spider-Man #2. Being the Magnificent Bastard that I am, Superman could do nothing to me since I resided in my embassy and was under Latverian law. The magnificent part? I did it out in the open on the embassy's doorstep to his face.
    • In Marvel Zombies, Doom, alone of everyone in the entire universe without exception, was able to resist the zombie infection by sheer willpower alone. Doom has more Heroic Willpower than that universe's version of CAPTAIN AMERICA.
    • Ultimate Marvel's Doctor Doom is an aristocrat named Victor Van Damme, who meddles with the teleportation experiment being performed by Reed Richards. This created the Ultimate Fantastic Four, and also transformed him into a demonic-looking being of living metal who is Nigh Invulnerable, can throw razor-sharp spines from his body and has a Breath Weapon of toxic fumes (which is supposedly based upon the fact his now-useless organs are rotting into liquid inside his body). His greatest scheme was Body Snatching Richard's body, only to end up transferring back and taking a one-way portal through the world of Marvel Zombies. Whilst it's unknown how he survived that fate, he did so, and is now part of the Future Foundation.
      • It's worth noting that someone pretended to be Doom for a while, and that impostor's action led to Magneto executing his Ultimatum. The Thing then promptly killed off the impostor for his part in motivating Magneto into performing it. If such a man could not perform a simple task as protecting his self in his own dwelling, he cannot truly be Doom.
      • A second Ultimate Doctor Doom has since reared his head; although also comparable to the Tomorrow Man in his motives, Ultimate Reed Richards has apparently taken Van Damme's place as the "Ultimate Doctor Doom". (Doom is unsure how I feel about the irony of this). Naturally, Richards was not adequate to the task of imitating Doom, and like the inferior man he is, tried to claim repentance. This was in turn a ruse, as Richards soon revealed his true colours once more, as the despicable villain and coward he always was.
    • Unfortunately my tolerance of other dimensional counterparts had its limits upon reaching the Marvel Apes universe, where Doom learned that my counterpart was a baboon. A BABOON?! That universe deserves extinction. Doom has spoken.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: The name of this trope fills Doom with rage. There is no universe where Reed Richards is "awesome"! Alternate Dooms, on the other hand, tend to become cosmic beings, defenders of Earth, or both.
  • Always Second Best: To Reed Richards and Doctor Strange in the fields of science and magic, respectively. That is, they are always second best to Doom. If you hear otherwise, it is because they have persuaded feeble-minded tropers that their jealousy-clouded account is the true one. Be wiser than they.
    • During the Secret Wars (2015) event, I was forced to concede that Reed Richards could and would have used the Beyonder's power far more effectively than I, myself. This admission caused a sudden reversal in my fortunes, as Owen Reese then decided to gift Richards with the power. However, I shall curse neither of them for this, for as a parting gift,Reed Richards restored my once ruined visage.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Black Swans, featured in New Avengers, are devout servants of Doom. Indeed, religiously so.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Miss Munroe has, on occasion, proven herself worthy of the supreme honor of becoming Doom's helpmate.
  • And Show It to You: During the Secret Wars (2015) event, Thanos sought to instruct Doom on the true nature of Godhood, delivering to Doom what you of this website would refer to as a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. This current trope is how Doom offered his rebuttal to the imbecile.
  • Anti-Villain: When he cares to be, he can be a Noble Demon or a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Doom frequently does things for the "greater good", and also follows a code of honor.
  • Arch-Enemy: Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four, but mainly RIIIIICCCCCHHHHAAAARRRRDDDSSSS!!!!!!
  • Awesome McCool Name: Victor Von Doom. Ultimate Marvel's Victor Van Damme was less well-received. Victor Domashev was even less well received, and was stricken from the record entirely.
    • MeaningfulName/Prophetic Name: The name "Victor" means "conqueror" in Latin, which is quite appropos for the majesty that is Doom. ALL WILL KNOW THE GLORY OF VICTOR VON DOOM!!!!
  • Badass: The use of such degenerate jargon is beneath Doom, but the sentiment is nonetheless accurate.
  • Badass Bookworm: Doom's intelligence is without question, and even without the Powered Armor Doom is still a formidable (albeit completely human) combatant; Doom has even killed a lion with his bare hands on one occasion (when stranded in the wild on an alternate Earth). While completely naked. And then Doom skinned it for meat and for sinew to make weapons. Then Doom wore its carcass as clothing and used its face to make a new mask.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Post-Secret Wars (2015), Doom has taken to dressing in a nice suit.
  • Badass Normal: "Normal" is the last word that could be used to describe one such as Doom. But it is true that I have reached my current status using only my unprecedented genius.
  • Batman Gambit: Doom would have you believe all of Triumph and Torment was one. Ultimate Doom tried to engineer an example of this in regards to Magneto, but that led to Ultimatum and his eventual (temporary) demise.
  • Beauty to Beast: Doom was once a handsome man until that meddling Reed Richards disfigured Doom's marvelous visage into a hideous shape that shall remain forever hidden behind a steel mask. But Doom's will is also forged of steel! No mere scratch will tarnish Doom's resolve!
  • Berserk Button: RRRIIIIIIIICCCHHAAAARRDDSSS!!!!! Honestly, need Doom say more?
  • Better The Devil You Know: Doom is NOT the devil, cretin! But if you insist on such a comparison, while many accuse Doom of being a tyrant, King Vladimir Fortunov was a dictator who committed monstrous atrocities, including the murder of children and ethnic cleansing aimed at Roma. Doom does not rule his lands out of bigotry! The same cannot be said of any of the usurpers who have attempted — and failed — to oust Doom from the throne of Latveria. Even Spider-Man — who, if I recall, accused Doom to his face of being a tyrant — admitted once that Latveria is better under my rule than anyone else's.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Typically, the laws of time-travel dictate that one cannot change the events of their own timeline. Doom is beyond such petty constraints, and has invented the technology known as the Doomlock to break this rule. Of course, only DOOM may use this technology.
  • Big Bad:
    • What Richards and his family often insist Doom is.
    • As it transpires, Doom is one of the main antagonists of Jonathan Hickman's Avengers, the "Rabum Alal" responsible in part for the multiversal destruction Doom had sought to prevent.
  • Big Good: The willpower of Doom, and Doom alone, is the sole thing keeping Battleworld stable in Secret Wars. Not even Richards and his pathetic team could accomplish that!
  • Breakout Villain: ENOUGH! Very well, Doom admits that I do fit this trope, having battled virtually every mainstream hero in the Marvel Universe, and have even been featured in media adaptions not about the Fantastic Four. Doom was most surprised to find that I was used in Iron Man: Armored Adventures and the Four weren't, with my origins being changed to having my face scarred by an explosion I used to kill the Latverian royal family, which sadly also killed my mother and bride.
    • Indeed, I am so well known that non-comic readers often haven't even heard of the lesser enemies of the Fantastic Four.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Once, a misshapen creature attacked Doom, claiming I had once used him as the subject of an experiment and declared himself "the man whose life you destroyed." Doom pointed out, quite logically, that the man cannot possibly expect Doom to remember every life he has destroyed.
  • Captain Patriotic: I might not share Rogers' sanctimonious "morals", but I can qualify for this trope. The people of Latveria love me, and I won't let them forget it. EVER.
  • Characterization Marches On: During the Kirby/Lee era, Doom was often depicted as a raving operetto despot rather than the benevolent and beloved autocrat that can be seen in the works of John Byrne and forth. It is true that raving operetto was Kirby's default style of characterization, and also true that going Up to Eleven in this regard may have been the only way he saw of portraying Doom as "The Villain" relative to the (in retrospect unusually) unsympathetic characterization that Reed Richards had in those days, but it is hard to forgive his failure to see the difference between the greatness that is Doom and the archetypical petty despot of which his "Real Life" Earth sported quite a few back then. Still, Doom is merciful.
    • To exemplify: In one case, where Doom had rendered the accursed Fantastic Four powerless and graciously allowed them to live in a sort of house arrest in a little Latverian village, it is claimed that Doom's reaction to them managing to recover their powers and attempting escape would be to remotely activate the self-destruct mechanism for the village, that would kill not only the accursed four but also all the Latverian citizens therein. Moreover, it is claimed that such self-destruct mechanisms are installed under all Latverian villages! Would Doom, loving ruler of all of Latveria, ever contemplate such a heinous act?
    • I've taken to wearing a finely tailored suit instead of my more familiar armor, no longer refer to myself in the third person, and while I once had one of the finest French chefs on my staff I recently waited for Tony Stark at a children's hospital while consuming a bag of potato chips. I've also decided that I no longer wish to rule over Latveria, as I've seen my true calling ahead of me. And when Tony Stark lobbed several insults at me and lashed out at me with repulsor blasts and his Hulkbuster armor, I calmly waited for him to finish his tantrum before explaining to him that he would benefit working with me, instead of rebuking his foolishness with force.
  • Completely Missing the Point: Doom, of course, never misses the point, whatever lesser intellects might believe. For example, Reed Richards once libellously called Doom a slaver, and Doom's loyal subjects, slaves. Doom, of course, understood why this comparison is not relevant, even if Richards himself did not.
    Doom: He dares compare me to a slave-owner?! History teaches us that slaves have been known to escape! But here, in my kingdom, none can escape! I am the master — they are the subjects — forevermore!
  • Complexity Addiction: Bah! It is no fault of Doom's that lesser minds cannot grasp the scope and sophistication of our long-term plans!
  • Cool Gun: I have in the past carried a Mauser C96 on my person to dispose of inferiors not worth the energy from my armor's weaponry.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: Doom's first encounter with Luke Cage, which resulted in severe damage to my armour, could in hindsight have been avoided if Doom had saw fit to simply pay the fool what Doom owed him for services rendered.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Doom has learned that I must prepare for anything when carrying out my plans, including backup plans not working the way I intend them to. I deny that this is "crazy" since such preparations often prove necessary. And unlike a certain Britannian plebe Doom does not have to worry about the cosmos frowning upon him. Doom leaves nothing to chance. If Doom's plan fails you know the real reason why.
    • To further demonstrate, I knew, after my return from the Secret Wars (2015) that Tony Stark would lash out at me for perceived grievances. I had already established a mystical barrier to allow him an opportunity to vent his frustrations without any danger to myself.
    • Should Doom ever expire (which shall never happen, for Doom is eternal!), my Doombots are designed and programmed to continue Doom's works in my stead.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: My last fight with Black Panther, when Doom easily Out-Gambitted and crippled T'Challa. Though T'Challa paid Doom back for that in "Doomwar", I will not let that lie, I assure you.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Why should I market my inventions? As the rightful sovereign of Latveria, I have all the resources I need. After all, Doom has loftier goals than mere money.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Mentioned above, my life has not been pleasant.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Depending on the Writer Doom is this or has No Sense of Humor.
  • Deal with the Devil: Mephisto and I had a specific deal that allowed me to attempt to rescue my mother from Hell once a year, but each time I failed, the people of Latveria would hate me more and more. I eventually succeeded with some slight assistance from Doctor Strange, beating him at his own game! Though admittedly, with a very heavy price.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: LIES!!! When Doom was born, Doom's mother had her soul taken by the foul Mephisto, and Doom spent many years questing to recover it. Meanwhile, it was the untimely demise of Doom's father, persecuted and hounded unto death by a local baron that persuaded Doom further down the path he has chosen.
  • Demonic Possession: Not quite (Doom is no demon!), but close. When Doom was dead (temporarily), he managed to use his Ovoid mind tricknote  and take over the bodies of the Fantastic Four, forcing Reed Richards to kill his best friend! Poetic.
  • Depending on the Writer: Doom has been forced to suffer fools often in this regard.
    • Does Doom care for his people, or are they simply mere implements of Doom's will, to be abused and discarded as Doom desires? Likewise, do the people of Latveria care for Doom, or do they merely fear his wrath?
    • Is Doom a man of honour and principle, or a posturing maniac?
  • Determinator: The only thing more impervious than Doom's armor is Doom's will.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: As the rightful sovereign of Latveria, even that damned Richards hesitates to act against Doom when I am in the USA on diplomatic business.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Some claim that Reed did not do what Doom has sworn vengeance on him for. In fact, retcons suggest that Reed was wrong and Doom's device actually worked perfectly well — the problem was that Doom used it to look into Hell itself! Bah! No punishment is too great for that accursed Richards. Doom is greatly displeased by these ludicrous and patently false charges.
  • Domestic Abuser: Doom resents all such baseless slander. I do not abuse my domestics. And if I sometimes physically discipline them, this is no concern of sanctimonious American busybodies and their childish fantasies of unrealistic equality.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Pity? PITY?! Only the weak are pitied, and Doom is never weak! DO YOU DARE TO IMPLY SUCH THINGS ABOUT DOOM?!?
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: It is Doom's name, and it is what Doom shall bring to those that oppose him. Why should Doom not be allowed the psychological advantage frequent use of his name enables?
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Doom has an Image Projector that can create a lifelike projection of himself nearby. Doom uses it as a decoy to befuddle weak and foolish opponents!
  • The Dreaded: Doom is a foe rightly feared, though not to the degree of more, destructive menaces like the Red Skull, Galactus or Ultron, nor does Doom wish for that; I wish to be respected and feared, not seen as some monster that has the commoners shuddering at the mention of my name.
  • Driven by Envy: For Reed Richards, who is and has always been slightly better than Doom at everythi- LIES!!!! NO ONE IS GREATER THAN DOOM! Richards is an arrogant and envious dolt whose feeble excuse for a mind cannot fathom that of DOOM! It is HIS jealousy that has driven him to these insidious acts of gross slander!! HE IS NOTHING BESIDE THE AWESOME MAGNIFICENCE OF DOOM! NOTHING I TELL YOU!! I WILL MAKE YOU PAY FOR THIS, RICHARDS!!!
  • Egopolis: A municipality is only worthy of the supreme honor and beneficence of Doom's ongoing presence if it also bears Doom's name! When Doom seized control of Latveria, the name of its capital was changed from Hassenstadt to Doomstadt, and other major towns followed suit. (I left the name Latveria itself alone, however - even under Doom's benevolent new order, tradition and heritage have their value.)
  • Emperor Scientist: And Latveria is a unparalleled technology utopia as a result.
  • Enemy Mine: So often have the accursed Fantastic Four had to call on Doom's aid that it is a wonder that the insipid masses still regard them and not Doom as heroes.
    • I have also allied many other heroes when they require Doom's aid to save the world.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: All people, regardless of sex or class or colour or creed are welcome in Latveria, so long as they first acknowledge Doom as their master.
  • Escaped from Hell: I fought my way out once. Any implication that I had help from the unexpected appearance of a certain hammer is nonsense.
    "There is Doom enough for everyone!"
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: While Doom may appear "bad" by your inadequate and uninformed system of labels, Doom's willingness to do whatever is necessary to free Doom's mother from the clutches of Mephisto was a fundamental life-defining trait for decades, until Doom was finally victorious.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: You have your pathetic system of morality, and Doom has his. Doom will react to things against his own, well-informed and perfect system of justice and right like any other would, were they as wise as Doom. The one thing I share with lower beings such as that psychotic clown and the magnet man is our refusal to have any association with that despicable so-called Übermensch.
    • The cartoon known as Avengers Assemble featured a storyline where Doom took possession of the Asgardian Destroyer, lost his mind, and went on a rampage in which several Latverian citizens were killed. This, I confess, was a unpleasant turn of events for me. Doom is Latveria's ruler, not a mindless murderer of its citizens.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Doom attended the same university as Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, both of whom would become members of the Fantastic Four.
  • Evil Brit: Doom is not evil, nor am I British! Nonetheless, the 90s Fantastic Four cartoon depicted me as having a British accent.
  • Evil Is Hammy: You dare?!
  • Evil Is Petty: Some lower minds think of me as this simply because I want nothing more than to prove that my intellect towers over that of Richards. What point is there in godhood if not to further your own noble cause?
  • Evil Overlord: Doom is overlord of Latveria, and will someday be overlord of all the Earth. And fools will call him evil, then as now.
  • Evil Plan: Doom has brilliant schemes to rescue his mother and conquer Earth, but time and time again they are foiled by some costumed buffoon. Far too often that costumed buffoon... Richards.
  • Evil Is Stylish: Doom will not deny the latter half of this applies, depending on my foe. My methods for killing Richards are perhaps not always the most... practical, but I see no point in defeating him in some mundane way that does not utterly and eternally prove my superiority over him.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Doom must often forcefully correct certain criminals, lunatics, and presumptuous 'cosmic' beings. These have included the Red Skull, the underwater warlord Krang, the demented Onslaught, and self-styled 'higher beings' such as the Over-Mind and the Celestials.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Of course! It is Doom's destiny to eradicate the chaotic foolishness of mankind and create a perfectly ordered world under my iron-fisted yet benevolent rule!
  • A Father to His Men: It is a tyrant's duty to love his subjects as a father would love his children and, so long as they are loyal and obedient, be willing to lay down his life to protect them. For them I would even gladly forgo my vengeance against that accursed Richards, if only momentarily.
    • Of course every Latverian is literate, healthy, educated, and financially secure! How can Doom be worthy of a tyrant's throne if he cannot even look after the basic welfare of his people, much less build a strong country?
  • The Faceless: Doom had a long habit of remaining masked whenever possible, and happening not to face the readers when he was forced to unmask.
    • As of Secret Wars (2015) #3, Doom's scarred and ruined visage is shown to the audience. This was done in a tender moment between Doom and Susan Storm. However, it is suggested by some that such a display is merely an illusion, crafted by Doom to better gain sympathy from onlookers. Doom, while finding this theory interesting, chooses not to comment further, either to confirm or deny the accuracy of it.
  • The Fettered: Again and again, Doom has been forced to choose between his final and total victory and his principles. Doom has chosen to remain true to his own principles.
  • Fiction 500: Some observers might feel that even for a dictator, my resources seem unrealistically limitless, and that Latveria's economy should have plummeted from all that I spend on my numerous ventures. But considering the use of this trope by others such as Tony Stark, Charles Xavier, and the Red Skull, Doom feels it's hardly unreasonable.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Doom devised a plan (the exact details of which are unimportant) to kill the Fantastic Four by switching bodies with Daredevil. In hindsight, Doom will not deny this was not the most... elegant of my plans, trading my armor and vast resources for the body of a man whom I easily subdued on my own, and then putting him in a position where he could have easily killed me in turn. Fortunately (if unsurprisingly) his clutch on the Idiot Ball was far firmer than Doom's.
    • Doom has since dominated this power spiritually, taught to him by the Ovoids, and managed to avoid being Killed Off for Real by requiring a noble sacrifice of a local man.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Nobody?! You dare use such a term to describe the great Doom? Well, it cannot be denied that Doom's early years were indeed humble and spent among simple Romani. Had that cruel Baron not targeted Doom's father, perhaps I never would have evolved into the God I am.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Doom fears nothing, of course, but in various encounters with my future selves I have found them lacking. They shall not come to be.
    • However in one incident, Doom learned he is fated to travel to medieval Europe, where I shall establish myself as the Baron of Iron, producing anachronistic technologies with ease. Doom was suitably impressed by my future-self's resourcefulness.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Long before that libertine layabout Stark constructed his armour, Doom did fashion his own in a cave, from less than scraps, along with a fully functioning nuclear-powered jetpack. Doom's is the superior mind, as are his creations!
  • Gainax Ending: The "What If Doctor Doom Became a Hero?" Elseworld ends with the vile Mephisto, annoyed with Doom successfully rescuing my mother's soul much earlier than in the normal canon, forcing me into a Sadistic Choice between him taking the soul of my lover, or the entirety of Latvaria's populace. Doom reluctantly chose the former because I could not let the vast good I had done for the world be erased, and vowed to rescue my lover from Mephisto. The story ended at this moment, but there can be no doubt that in the end Doom was successful.
  • Genre Savvy: Fools will learn to their sorrow that Doom learns from his mistakes. For instance, Stark was such a fool to think he could trespass into my castle with stealth armor making him invisible, not realizing that I have long equipped my security systems to detect such intruders such as Susan Richards with her invisibility powers.
  • Genuine Human Hide: In Doom's darkest hour, I made a pact with a cabal of demons to give me unlimited magical power, at the cost of my dear Valeria's life and soul, crafting a new suit out of the woman's flesh.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: During one of our many battles, Richards and I managed to finish our last, unfinished chess game, which we had memorized since college.
  • A God Am I:
    • Even when he is not empowered, Doom's pride sets him above gods - even they should show him the respect he deserves. Doom consequently seeks out greater beings of power and usurps their power.
    Doom: No one rivals Doom! There is no power on Earth, no intellect in all creation, to equal mine!
  • God Emperor: With the so-called "Secret Wars", Doom has once again gained god-like power and made his own world, Latverion. You may call it "Battleworld" if you so desire. Even more, Doom has rescued virtually everyone who had perished by the Incursions, something the "greatest" minds failed to do. Even Richards had to admit the success.
  • Grand Theft Me: One of Doom's many abilities, which I learned from aliens and have used to escape death and imprisonment on occasion. Richards speculates the reason I do not use this more often is because of my vanity. He would be mistaken, as is always the case when he attempts to contemplate the mind of Doom.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: Thanks to Doom's benevolent rule, there is no suffering or want in Latveria. Doom takes a personal interest in the happiness of every one of his loyal subjects.
    Doom (to a servant): But, why so glum, my loyal one? You know the penalty for looking discontented!
    Servant (quickly assumes a big, albeit slightly sickly-looking smile): Y-Yes, Excellency!
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: I devote much of my life to the study of sorcery and find Dr. Strange, who only studied for a few months, far surpass... very nearly equals me! As you might expect, I did not take this information well.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: In the sequel film from 2005, Julian's version of Doom wears a long black trenchcoat before donning garb similar to what appears in the comics.
  • Hell Has New Management: When Doom was dragged down to Hell, Richards was desperate to revive me before I became its new lord. He insults Doom's competence by saying it would take weeks for Doom to do so!
  • Herr Doktor: Much like Doctor Octopus, Doom was given a Germanic accent in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. (Still, in the same continuity, Doom was not only also able to harness enough power to repair his own face and return it to its original, handsome appearance, but finally outdo Richards by curing Ben Grimm... No regrets.)
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Marvel 2099.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
  • Hijacked by Ganon: When my 'master', the Marquis of Death, seemingly deposed me and attempted to defeat the Fantastic Four himself, the fool did not realize that his new 'apprentice' was actually myself, having survived his pathetic attempts and prepared my vengeance. In the end, it was I who dealt the final blow to the ill-fated Marquis. He should have known that Doom would never truly call anyone else Master.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: I still rage over the time I stole the Silver Surfer's power and only lost due to Richards tricking me into running into the barrier Galactus set up to keep him from leaving Earth.
  • Hologram: Doom's Hologram Projector can project images transmitted from a Doombot or other minion, allowing Doom to watch the pathetic squirming of his opponents from afar!
  • Honor Before Reason: A large part of Doom's character. I will never destroy a weakened opponent (such tactics are beneath a mind such as mine) and I will always repay a debt to people who helped me, even heroes (I owed Captain America for saving my life, so I saved his).
  • Humongous Mecha: Doom once created one, The Doomsman, to destroy the Fantastic Four.
  • I Gave My Word: I always keep my word. It is not my fault that others do not pay crucial attention to the exact words.
  • I Owe You My Life: Doom is not without gratitude to those who have managed eliminate a threat to Doom before he could. On one occasion, Doom was visiting the United States, and despite being personally protected by Captain America, I came under attack, yet was saved by Spider-Man. I told the spider that I would repay his saving my life one day, and when he rejected my offer, I immediately repaid the debt by not killing him for his ingratitude.
    • While Doom could have simply used the cosmic cube in Fantastic Four World's Greatest Comic Magazine to wish for all the power that Doom needed (perhaps even internalizing the Cube's might as lesser intellects like Thanos and Red Skull had done), if was all part of his master plan to steal Galactus' cosmic might and inherit his hunger so that he could devour the undeserving planet that he sought at first to rule. It was all part of Doom's grand scheme.
    • There was also that "Freaky Friday" Flip mentioned above.
  • Ignored Epiphany: The so-called "Truth Wave" nearly made me believe that I was wrong about myself. Nearly.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Fah! To lesser minds, Doom may seem to fit such a loathesome trope. Indeed, while it is true that one of the first things I tend to do when ascending to new heights is set myself with one fetching wench or another (Scarlet Witch in Avengers The Childrens Crusade, Morgan Le Fay in New Avengers, and Susan Storm in...well, countless Alternate Universes and adaptations), you are a fool if you believe Doom needs something as meaningless as "love". ...Still, it would not be objectionable if (ahem) any maidens wish to take a look at Doom's Tinder page...
  • Immortality Seeker:
    "As Doom will defeat all enemies, even age itself."
    "My years already feel like eons. I fear the eons themselves cannot be endured."
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: LIES! No doubt spawned by that accursed RICHARDS! Doom is of course superior, DEMONSTRATIVELY SO, and does NOT overcompensate! At the end of Secret Wars (2015), I finally got over it and admitted that Richards was smarter than me. And then immediately tried to kill him for it. Then there really would be no one superior to Doom.
  • Insanity Immunity: What lies are these? Insanity?! Doom's innate right to rule is so self-evident that he needs neither technology nor sorcery to protect himself from any effort at mind control. Doom cannot be made to obey: that is the function of all other beings.
  • Insufferable Genius: Doom's intellect is matched by no one, especially not Richards!
  • In the Hood: To be frank, a hood over a helmet does not help Doom's peripheral vision. Still, Doom has grown used to it.
  • Intrinsic Vow: Doom's mighty Hypnoticon device can put hypnotic commands in the minds of others! If a command goes against the victim's morals they may foolishly dare to try to resist it and thwart Doom's will, BUT THEY WILL FAIL!
  • Irisless Eye Mask Of Mystery: In all its forms, my mask constantly averts this trope. My mask has a heads-up display both within the lenses and surrounding them. Not only are my irises visible whenever I am roughly facing the viewer, but also some of the damaged tissue around my eyes, an allusion to the horrific accident with metaphysics that left my face badly disfigured.
  • Irrational Hatred: Some claim Doom's vendetta against the cursed Richards to be pointless. Those few foolish enough to mention this aloud have fallen by Doom's mighty hand.
  • It's All About Me: The world functions as Doom says it does and anyone who claims otherwise is a liar or a fool.
  • Jerkass: At times, malfunctioning Doombots or bruised egos of lesser beings may give the ill-informed an impression of this. For example, one once called The Leader to gloat that Stark and Richards sent The Hulk into space, thus cheating him of the chance to finally defeat Banner. Doom is a virtuous man who just so happens to be opposed by fools with the audacity to call themselves heroes.
  • Jet Pack: DOOM deploys either a Jet Pack or rocket boots, depending on his whim!
  • Joker Immunity: Partly justified in that Doom has diplomatic immunity due to being ruler of a country. At times on official visits to the United States, I have been escorted by Captain America, even though I have battled him many times in the past. However, there have been numerous instances where Doom has seemingly been Killed Off for Real only to return later. Once subject to Lampshade Hanging during a time when I was trapped in Hell: Richards knew it was only a matter of time before I ended up running the place, and plotted to transport me to a prison of his own making before I inevitably escaped on my own (which I did, of course; no prison can confound the might of Doom).
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Doom is no fool. To quote an old maxim, "He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day."
    • Though even Doom can forget this when dealing with matters of the heart: following a fight with the Hulk, I refused at the time to admit that I had lost, even though the only thing keeping him from killing me was Valeria, as she reminded him of Betty Ross.
  • Large Ham: Doom not only refers to himself in the third person, he can also speak IN CAPITALS when necessary. Doom can also speak with BOLD STYLIZED ITALICS when the situation warrants it. Which is to say, whenever Doom pleases to do so. TREMBLE IN FEAR BEFORE DOOM'S TITANIC MONOLOGUES! Surprisingly averted in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!.
  • Light Is Not Good: In The Children's Crusade, Doom becomes the perfect white robed savior with holy powers after the life energy is transferred during an "accident" in the spell to restore mutantkind's powers. Of course, DOOM IS NOT EVIL!
  • Love Makes You Crazy: This trope came irresistibly to mind when I found myself pausing to rescue my lover Valeria during a confrontation with the Hulk. And because I was thus distracted, the Hulk was able to grapple me and nearly crush me before Valeria, who reminded the brute of Betty Ross, convinced him to let me go.
  • Mad Scientist: A greater one than that pitiful, prideful accursed Richards whom you impudent fools worship as the epitome of men of super-science!
  • Make My Monster Grow: Doom assumed giant form in Secret Wars and Avengers: The Children's Crusade.
  • Magic Knight: Doom is one of the few residents of the Marvel Universe who possesses the skill and genius required to combine sorcery and super-science.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: I have graced Capcom games as a fighter in Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes. And now, I return at the third game. Sadly, neither the accursed team nor family of Richards have ever appeared in these games, denying Doom the opportunity to demonstrate his superiority in yet another arena. They had to ask Super Skrull, of all people, to represent them in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. HA! Admittedly, he does have the combined powers of the Four, so Doom shouldn't underestimate him.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: It is alleged in one Fantastic Four comic that the disfigurement that Doom received in trying to rescue his mother from Hell was actually a relatively minor scar, but he saw it as horribly devastating due to his vanity. What truly damaged Doom's face was when he had his original suit of armor forged and impatiently decided to put the still red-hot metal mask on. Bah! Lies and insolence! The reports of Doom's disfigurement were not at all exaggerated; this is obviously a petty attempt at misinformation on Richards' part.
  • Misblamed: Often there are those who blame Doom for their own failings or flaws. Morgana Le Fay, whom Doom once courted, found cause to blame Doom for his regrettable absence from her chambers, believing Doom had willingly spurned her company. In truth, Doom had been waylaid by that clod Stark, and arrested for so-called "crimes" without proof or trial.
  • Mood Whiplash: Right after the Disney Company's pathetic excuse for a manly TV channel showed Doom single-handedly outsmart and pummel Earth's Mightiest Heroes, as well as the Fantastic Four, they showed a moronic Gag Dub starring me, Spider-Man, and his so-called "Amazing Friends". I (or rather a Doombot) was Skrull-searching one second, groveling over triple rainbows the next. *sigh*
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doom is definitely a nemesis, branded as a "villain," and considered to be evil, although there are people who would debate such claims (and Doom cares little for your opinion, which is of no consequence at all). However, I will concede that I have never completed an academic doctorate, but awarded myself the title once I took over Latveria. As the smartest man on the planet, of course, I deserve it.
  • Moral Sociopathy: Doom follows his own ethical code; he is not bound by the expectations of others.
  • Morality Pet: While I would loathe to refer to my godchild, Valeria, as a "pet", she has something of a... calming effect on Doom.
  • My Greatest Failure: When attempting to activate a machine that would hopefully allow me to communicate with my dead mother, it instead exploded and horribly burnt my face. Doom quickly and accurately pinned the blame on Reed Richards, who undoubtedly had sabotaged Doom's machine through his spite and incompetence.
    • Retconned so that the exploding machine just gave Doom a medium scar on his cheek, which he saw as a huge blemish. When he later had the mystic monks forge a suit of armor for him, he was too impatient to wait for the faceplate to cool before putting it on, and the red-hot metal against his face caused its disfigura- LIES! Where are you feeble-minded poltroons getting your information?! Is it Richards?! It is, isn't it! DAMN YOU, RICHAAAAAAAARDS!
    • Retconned again to say that the machine functioned exactly as intended, and the demon Mephisto (who held his mother's soul) lashed out at Doom, causing the device's catastrophic malfunction. Doom could always feel the demon's claws on his face as was constantly plagued by taunting nightmares, and was eager/impatient to put on the armor because he had it enchanted to block those feel- WHERE ARE YOU TROPERS COMING UP WITH THESE?! A still rather fanciful, but more accurate account of events. But Doom was not so weak-willed as to succumb to impatience in a matter as great as that.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Yes, you would do well to flee at the mere mention of Doom's name. Unless you favor Doom's cause, of course.
  • Narcissist: If you must use such a loaded term. Doom would say he merely has a healthy and realistic awareness of his own value.
  • Never My Fault: Of course. 'Fault' implies wrongdoing, and Doom is never wrong. If anything goes wrong, the cause can surely be traced back to the foolishness or jealousy of the accursed Richards.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Let lesser minds repeat themselves to accomplish their goals, Doom is more creative than that.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Doom is a dictator scientist that wears a suit of Powered Armor and dabbles into the supernatural and has an army of robots. A storyline involving The Mighty Thor had me create zombie cyborg Asgardians, and created a suit of armor from Asgardian magic that I modeled after the Destroyer, though it sadly proved a poor imitation and was destroyed by Thor. Doom thankfully had a teleportation device set up in case of that outcome.
  • Noble Demon: Doom is a man of his word, and keeps his promises, even to his enemies.
    • Doom talking with Spider-Man after the latter has... assisted Doom in dealing with an assassination attempt:
      Spidey: ...'cause you are a tyrant, and I can't wait until I turn on my TV and see you trying to defend yourself in the Hague.
      Doom: It is well that I owe you a debt, for I would kill any other man who spoke those words to me.
    • With so many taking advantage of Doom's sense of honor, is it surprising that I make few promises, or that I very carefully word those promises which I do make?
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: I have been known to show mercy to my... guests.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: I am Romani, but adaptions often give me an American accent, and in one instance a British one.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal: Julian's version of Doom got to thank Silver Surfer in the sequel for zapping him with his energy attack that healed me of my electric scars. But I still have my electric powers.
  • Not Quite Dead: So Richards and his petty followers think Julian McMahon's version of Doom died after being "supernovaed" by that flaming buffoon Storm and frozen solid? The sequel proved otherwise.
  • Not So Different:
    • When he can put aside his irrational jealousy of Doom, Richards and I occasionally have moments such as this. As the two most intelligent people on Earth (though Richards shall always come second to Doom's vastly superior intellect), we find it a relief to engage in a conversation without having to simplify our discourse to the plebeian depths at which the bulk of humanity operate.
    • Doom's last confrontation with Iron Man revealed an interesting fact — our armors use the same (or almost identical) software. Stark is not the only one who can achieve such feats of technological innovation... though Doom will grant that Stark showed a certain primitive ingenuity in having done so in a cave, with a box of scraps.
    • Black Panther, who shares Doom's twin burdens of rulership and brilliance, is worthy of Doom's time. We have no difficulty working together if the need arises.
  • Obviously Evil: While Doom is not a villain, I can see where the confusion arises - my surname is "Doom", after all.
  • Odd Friendship: With Namor the Sub-Mariner, the King of Atlantis. In addition to being allies who both fight the Fantastic Four, we are both rulers of powerful nations, we both have similar attitudes to fools who we consider beneath us, and we both desire the same woman, Susan Storm. This is why I was so offended by Namor neglecting to ask invite me into his Illuminati when the Secret Wars (2015) incursions started to destroy the Multiverse.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Of course. Doom has taken part in part nearly every form of science you can think of, and many you could not.
  • One-Winged Angel: Doom has assumed extra powerful forms on occasion...
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Is Doom expected to just capitulate and let that blasted Richards be destroyed by some vastly inferior intellect who blunders upon an unearned victory? Only I, the glorious Doom, am worthy of destroying him.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: An incident involving that musclebound "Hero for Hire" Luke Cage, who saw fit to lay hands upon Doom over a mere two hundred American dollars ended with Doom not only... thanking Cage for rendering some small assistance with another matter, but also bemused Doom enough to laugh.
  • Opening a Can of Clones: Doom's time is precious, so he sends out Doombots to do his bidding. Because of the superior Latverian handiwork that goes into their construction, many foolish heroes think that when they defeat a Doombot it is actually Doom they've beaten. Preposterous! Doom never loses! ... unless, of course, Doom wishes it.
  • Orbiting Particle Shield: The Marvel VS Capcom series of Fighting Games portrayed Doom's magnificent Molecular Shield Special Attack, in which I levitate rocks and cause them to surround me as a defensive barrier, before flinging them at my foolish opponent.
  • Papa Wolf: Doom was vital in helping Susan Storm give birth to her and Richards's daughter, the condition being that I be able to name her. Doom christened her Valeria, and announced that anyone who tried to hurt her would have to answer to him. Nobody dares. I am like this to my adoptive son too.
  • The Paranoiac: Do not question Doom! Do not gaze upon the face of Doom! Do not dare to slander Doom out of your petty jealousy! Doom is superior!
  • Pet the Dog: Master artist Jack Kirby (the only artist Doom deemed worthy to paint his royal portrait) once painted a poster depicting Captain America, Spider-Man and Thor giving toys to impoverished children. However, it has surfaced that the original sketch for the poster depicted Doom himself, dispensing toys alongside the others. Why do you seem surprised? Doom is, above all, a kind and generous man of the people and I will carve out the tongue of any who say otherwise.
    • As a show of Doom's benevolence, I once raised the young Cassandra Lang from the dead. As to why Doom had not done so sooner, that is Doom's concern.
  • Physical God:
    • Doom has been a god, creating an entire universe via an Infinity Gauntlet, recovered from a deceased counterpart of Richards. However, I soon found being a god... beneath me.
    • In Secret Wars (2015), Doom has become a God again, to save the shattered fragments of The Multiverse. Serving in this capacity for eight years, Doom must admit to a degree of doubt and uncertainty.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: You will not speak such lies about Doom! There have been... Unfortunate events in the past where witnesses relate racist and sexist sentiments... These vile words were spoken by malfunctioning Doombots. Much like anyone of Roma ancestry, I would never tolerate such attitudes. Leave those things to that red-headed psychopath.
    • There was one instance where a younger Doom used phrenology to insult that oaf Grimm. Bah! Doom needs not outdated quackery to point out the shortcomings of his inferiors.
  • Popularity Power: Doom can entirely understand the desire of the masses to adore him, but sometimes Doom's fans (a term which at times may include the writers) give Doom credit or capacities which he lacks. Astounding as that may be. As an example, Doom was once shown defeating Ghost Rider with a single punch - when such mundane attacks are normally meaningless to a spirit.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: The depiction of my skills in the mystic arts was initially presented as rudimentary, but later depictions escalated it to where I've bested magic-based characters including Morgan La Fey - no rank amateur mind you - using only magic. I would have taken the title of Sorcerer Supreme if Doctor Strange hadn't gotten it first.
  • Power Fantasy: In Dark Reign, right after the first meeting of The Cabal, I imagine, nay, predict how I will inevitably kill or enslave all my new allies in the near future. That fool Osborn was not fit to rule.
    • Being no stranger to Fetish Fuel either, I also was also shown intending to enslave Emma Frost and the female avatar of that snake, Loki.
  • Power Parasite: Doom once held the power of the Beyonder in his hands. Indeed, I wrested it from his grasp with my single remaining hand, after being dismembered in my courageous, one-man assault against the entity. Sadly, Doom was forced to relinquish the power in order to prevent the destruction of the universe due to the incompetence of my servant Klaw and the imbecilic interference of Captain America.
  • Powered Armor: The paltry conventional technology toys of Stark are no match for my battlesuit and its full array of Magitek capabilities. On one occasion, Stark has managed to resist long enough for his pathetic reactor to run out of power.
    • Indeed, while the armor was one of Doom's first inventions (aside from Stark's, it's arguably the most famous example of this trope), it has been upgraded and improved several times over the years; no matter how powerful technology is, it can always be better. Doom also has other versions, including armor for underwater and outer space combat.
  • Pride: Doom is fully justified in viewing himself as insuperable!... but I admit that some unfortunate setbacks have occurred as a result of letting that awareness get in the way of more immediate concerns.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Regarding Doom's mother's soul. He saved her from Mephisto's grip, but sacrificed her love to do it.
  • Ragnarok-Proofing: Naturally, Doom's superior designs are built to withstand the ravages of time. In at least one potential future, the last of my Doombots endured beyond my own passing, hundreds of years into the future.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: I wholeheartedly agree. I once rescued Sue Storm from this fate at the hands of a vile duplicate of myself from another world.
  • Rasputinian Death: The Marquis of Death burned Doom, delivered a serious Mind Screw to break his will, turned his blood into acid and his heart to stone, and sent him back in time, right into the jaws of a giant, prehistoric shark. Doom survived. I have suffered worse.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: How DARE you associate this trope with Doom?!? Very well, Doom admits that, with the massive number of threats to destroy all live on Earth, or the Earth itself, I could be more proactive in trying to stop them, including such instances as the vile killing machine Ultron wiping out a nearby European nation. I could have responded to him faster than the heroes did. Doom was otherwise occupied!
    • Some, like the Invisible Woman, have also mocked Doom and said that there are far better things that Doom could be doing that than trying to kill Reed Richards, Storm herself has pointed this out when I was selflessly helping her friend Shadowcat. Inexplicable. Doom feels that there cannot be a greater purpose than putting Richards in his place!
    • However, Doom's people of Latveria live safer and much better lives through my genius leadership!
    • Recently, I pointed out to Tony Stark that if he truly wished to help the infirm children at the hospital he was visiting, he would do better to simply find cures for their ailments. He should have some perspective. He's a scientist. Granted, a mere roboticist, but still.
    • Before moving on, Doom must admit that your workaday minds have given this trope a name that pleases Doom. Doom never realized how much it applies to him. This proves that Richards is clearly a fool for not taking full advantage of his own intellect.
    • After recent events, I must concede that this trope may not apply wholly to Richards, who restored my face and the whole of the Multiverse.
  • Repressive but Efficient: Latveria prospers under my iron-fisted but benevolent rule.
  • The Rival: Reed Richards. Sometimes Iron Man, sometimes Black Panther. Sometimes Magneto.
  • Romani: Doom is of the Roma people. Persecution of Doom's kinsmen was one of the key forces in shaping Doom's destiny.
  • Robot Master: The Doombots may be the most elaborate and complex robotic creations of Doom, but I have made others over the years, including entire robotic armies. Far more reliable and easier to replace than human soldiers (who are often craven cowards when facing enemies of the superhuman variety). Doom has also made robotic duplicates of others, including a super-strong android in the shape of Ben Grimm. (This one followed Doom's commands.)
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Indeed. Royals who do nothing are not facing their responsibilities! King Vladimir Fortunov was such a fool... Killing him in order to seize the throne of Latveria was not only a simple deed but a benevolent one that has given security, comfort and a new sense of significance to every living Latverian.
  • Rule of Three: For almost as long as I can remember, three goals have defined Doom's career: One, utterly defeat my rival Reed Richards; two, conquer the entire world; and three, rescue my mother's soul from Mephisto. (Doom has completed the third goal after gaining aid in the mystic arts from Doctor Strange. Vengeance against Mephisto is still pending - the demon is... problematic.)
  • Ruritania: Doom has inverted this trope! Though its ancient and proud culture shares links with this fictional land, Latveria benefits from the custodianship of Earth's mightiest intellect. Its citizens prosper.
  • Scars Are Forever: They're not. I could heal the scars on my face if I wanted to, but I keep them as a reminder of my vendetta against Richards. Also applies in Marvel 2099, in which my face initially healed (done to build a mystery as to whether or not I'm the real Doom of course I am, and my face being healed is later explained) before being marred again by Tyger Wyld, and I again turn down the option of repairing the damage again to remind myself of what he did to me.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!:
    The Law of Latveria is Doom.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Doom wears a deep green cloak and hood, in contrast with the ridiculous blue bodysuits of RICHAAAARDS and his damnable household.
  • Serious Business: It is Doom's desire for all the children of Latveria to receive a Good Night's Sleep. And Doom's will is law.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After she finally brought her father back and got reunited with her former lover, Doom killed Cassandra Lang, Kristoff Vernard's former best friend.
  • Skyward Scream: RICHAAAAARDS!!!
  • Slouch of Villainy: The image on the top of this page is just one such example of Doom engaging in this. There have been many others throughout the years.
  • The Extremist Was Right: During Jonathan Hickman's Avengers and Secret Wars (2015) Doom's actions of destroying entire universes was actually meant to prevent a total reality collapse and he succeeeded by taking it to a "mere" Class X-5 and creating a Battleworld where he rules the survivors as a God Emperor.
  • The Starscream: To Osborn during Dark Reign. Doom is subordinate to no one!
    • Doom himself had employed a certain Doktor Hauptmann who bore a grudge against Doom for... inadvertently killing his brother.
    • There was also Dr. Bram Velsing, a Latverian scientist I employed many years ago, with the nerve to refer to me as "a grotesque mockery" and plot to usurp my throne. I spared his life, but he paid for his insult dearly; I had an iron mask much like my own permanently grafted to his face to conceal his good looks forever. He later became known as the Dreadknight, and spent most of his time opposing Iron Man. (Although, his desire to rule Latveria was never slaked, apparently; I've learned that when Doom was... absent due to the crisis with Onslaught, he attempted to take over, but he and his loyalists were foiled by Spider-Man and Silver Sable.)
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: In Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Doom is still human in this series, but qualifies since my armor, rather than being Magitek, instead works by manipulating quantum fields. The series for some reason felt the need to abandon any supernatural explanations for powers with both myself and the Mandarin.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: While Doom wields powers both vast and manifold, I do carry a regular gun, for dispatching nuisances not worthy of my full attention.
  • Superman Stays out of Gotham: Doom prefers to let the so-called heroes justify their existence by dealing with most threats to the world, which is probably why in many a Bad Future I am depicted as being deceased. Hm... Bah, they were lesser Dooms! I would have survived.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: It is inevitable, when my intelligence eclipses that of everyone around me.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: I am called Victor Von Doom. It has been said in jest that I never had a chance of journeying down a different path in life due this. Foolishness; Doom could easily alter history to make it so if he wished. But why should Doom wish to be less magnificent?
    • According to Benjamin Grimm, the film version of me changed his name to Doom in order to intimidate people. We do not speak of this, either.
  • Take Our Word for It:
    • Marvel has wisely decided to never show my face in the comics. However, many horrified reactions are shown.
    • Finally averted during Secret Wars (2015). The horror of Doom's scarred visage have been shown in a tender moment between Susan Storm and myself. Though, considering Doom's godlike power at this point in time, such an appearance could easily be merely a highly-convincing illusion made for some yet-unrevealed greater purpose unfathomable to lesser minds... which would be all minds other than Doom's own, of course.
  • Take Over the World: I will, in time. I have in fact succeeded at least twice. To say nothing of the time I essentially took over the universe during Secret Wars.
  • Tautological Templar: Doom is always right. ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Tempting Fate: And why not? Fate is for lesser men. Yet Doom is aware of his own greatness and it sometimes leads him to... minor miscalculations. Doom once held that brute the Hulk in a field of force which nothing in the cosmos could possibly penetrate. Once I stated this to his face, the oaf tore it asunder readily.
  • Theory of Narrative Causality: Doom ascribes to this theory. Doom's life is the story of Doom, and if one day Doom's story should end? Then it shall be because Doom wishes it to end.
  • There Was a Door: Bah! Doors are for peasants, not the most intelligent being on the planet... nay, the universe!
  • Thinking Out Loud: Of course! How else could the recording device in Doom's armor capture the fullness of Doom's greatness for posterity?
  • Third-Person Person: Doom does have a habit of indulging in this. However, as ruler of a sovereign country, in addition to the other aspects of Doom's greatness, it is completely justified. And in honesty, if you were fortunate enough to bear the name 'von Doom', wouldn't you take every opportunity to mention it?
    • I have recently ceased with this particular habit. My reasons are my own.
  • Time Travel: Do you still doubt Doom's superior intellect? Doom was the first Earthling to invent a working device that could accomplish this scientific miracle!
  • Tin Tyrant: The alliteration is pleasing, but inaccurate! While Doom does indeed encase himself within armor, and Doom is indeed the ultimate master of Latveria, and the world, it is an insult to Doom and all that Doom stands for to call Doom a Tyrant, and Doom is much too intelligent to forge his raiment out of anything so crude and flimsy as tin.
  • To Hell and Back: One of Doom's great victories was the rescue of his mother's soul from Mephisto's realm. Where is she now? Doom... sees no need to tell you.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: It amuses Doom to watch Richards squirm in the fetters of international law in regards to Doom's Diplomatic Impunity.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In the Marvel 2099, though ultimately subverted. It's implied initially that I might not be the real Doom, given I don't recall how I ended in the future and my face was healed when I first appeared but that was later explained that I am really Doom, and what happened with my memories was a trick to mess with me.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: I concede that trying to maintain an entire world in the role of God Emperor has softened Doom's demeanor. However, don't believe for a moment that Doom has lost any of his prowess for this change. When it became apparent that Jonothan Storm was going to oppose me, he was made to be the Sun for my world.
  • 24-Hour Armor: Doom's armor naturally includes built-in systems which sustain my vital functions, thus I am almost never seen without it.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In the Books of Doom story, due to it being one of my many Doombots. For some reason, I myself have been accused of being this. None of the accusers ever do so a second time.
  • The Usurper: Some would have you believe that Doom replaced certain members of the royal family and had others killed in order to take the throne from the Duchy it was under. This is of course absurd.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: It is a blatant falsehood spurned on by the ignorance of his enemies that Doom wishes for the world out of petty selfish ambition. Doom has a moral imperative to Take Over the World; who else but Doom can solve all of humanity's self-made problems? War, famine, pestilence, ineptly executed film sequels - these will all be things of the past, once Doom is recognized as the sole sovereign ruler who alone has the wisdom to create such a paradise.
  • Victory Is Boring: At least twice has Doom suffered this, both in the Emperor Doom graphic novel with the Purple Man, where Doom finds that ruling the entire world involves too much paperwork; and upon seizing control of the false Earth created by Nathaniel Richards (by using Doom's unmatched willpower to override the world-computer at its heart) Doom willingly returned to ruling his native Latveria after conquering an entire planet.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Again, the plebeian crowd raises its dimwitted cry of 'villain'... Regardless, in the event that a story makes it clear that is truly me in it and not Actually a Doombot, be sure that I have an escape plan ready if events do not transpire exactly as originally envisioned.
  • Villainous Rescue: I will indulge your inferior intellects by recounting instances when my actions might fall under this trope - with the understanding that the term 'villainous' is merely a label lesser minds use when Doom's ethics confound their pitiful understanding!
    • When Shadowcat, a member of the X-Men, was very grievously injured and on the verge of death after a battle with the villainous Marauders, the X-Men foolishly asked Reed Richards to heal her. When Richards displayed his utter incompetence in failing to do so, in my infinite kindness I used my own far superior talents to restore Shadowcat to life. Although Doom does not care whether such a meager being as Miss Pryde lives or dies, it was worthwhile simply to demonstrate Richards' chronic inferiority.
    • On another occasion, an alternate universe Doom rescued a Fantastic Four formed of Ghost Rider, The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine and Spider-Man from being slain by their enemies. Again, Doom does not care whether these individuals live or die: the issue is that Doom alone has the right to destroy the Fantastic Four. Whoever they may be.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The buildup to the arc leading into the 500th issue is a single issue dedicated to Doom.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Doom recognizes the importance of a work-leisure balance! As a Man of Wealth and Taste Doom is a student of the piano and skilled in painting. As for shopping itself, Doom leaves that to his miserable minions. (Well, most of the time. There is a tailor in New York City who caters to the superhuman community; Doom has indeed patronized his business personally, and he should consider himself and his establishment lucky.)
  • Villain Protagonist: Occasionally, Doom has been thrust into such a role, most notably dealing with that repellent Johann Schmidt aka The Red Skull, such as his unfortunately short-lived feature in what you would call a Comicbook, which in this case, bore the name of Astonishing Tales, and his grand exploits — which sadly, in all likelihood, few people have ever actually read — were published in the early 1970s. Perhaps Doom could have taken on such a prominent role more often, if it weren't for that blasted... Reed Richards... RRRRRRICHAAAAARRRRRDDDSS!!!
  • Villain Team-Up: Doom has made countless alliances with lesser intellects who thought themselves Doom's equal. Discrediting or destroying them is generally part of Doom's plan from the beginning - after all, they are villains.
  • Villainous Valour: As noted above, Doom will depart when the odds aren't in my favor, but Doom is no coward: if flight is not an option, I will fight to my last breath against even the most powerful foe!
  • Visionary Villain: Remember: your struggling only delays the day of Doom's worldwide utopia.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: Occurs in the Emperor Doom graphic novel, where I, Doom, conquered the world, only to relinquish it back to the petty-minded jackanapes who would waste my valuable time with mundane details.
  • We Can Rule Together / Breaking Speech:
    Doctor Doom: You and I are THE MIGHTIEST beings on this planet! I choose TO EXERT my power to impose my will upon the world. You choose not to! And yet, even THAT choice does indeed AFFECT the lives of every man, woman and child on earth, CONDEMNING them, in fact, to POVERTY, DISEASE, FAMINE... AND to the hideous suffering they inflict upon one another! You cannot escape it, Superman! YOU Dictate the fate of mankind... one way or the other
    Superman: I know! But what can I do? Seize power and try to remake the world into a utopia? That would put me in a class with men like Hitler … and you.
    Doctor Doom: You misjudge me, Superman. I am no raging Fuehrer, wringing hatred from misfit followers! My kingdom is a a place of peace and contentment! You must visit Latveria - you are always welcome!
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: I do not consider myself an "extremist", however... In another reality, when Doom has conquered Earth, Doom has rid the Earth of all hunger, disease, war, poverty and inequality, and united the world as one in peace and prosperity under Doom's rule. Were the fools in power able to see Doom's triumph therein, this happiness would be a reality across all realities.
  • Wham Episode: In the final pages of Invincible Iron Man #1, I was revealed to have survived the Secret Wars (2015). Readers shall be forgiven, this time, for not understanding the utter significance of this, as the finale of the Secret Wars was still pending when my survival was made evident. Also, the readers, and Iron Man, shall be forgiven for not recognizing Doom right away, as it has been some time since Doom was outside of his armor and whole.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Read this carefully, as I shall make this concession only once. I have emerged triumphant from conflicts with Physical Gods - yet I possess no method of defeating Squirrel Girl, and my most viable tactic against her is an escape pod. Now... we shall never speak of this again!
  • Wicked Cultured: Truly, Doom is a man of wealth and taste.
  • With Friends Like These...: Doom counts Namor among the few beings worthy of the friendship of Doom. We find ourselves frequently allying with each other. Many of you find this strange since our team-ups often end with one of us betraying the other: but I did specify the friendship of Doom, not the trust of Doom. Doom need not explain my tastes... especially if the writers are too lazy to explain them!
  • Worthy Opponent: Doom will not compliment his enemies! However, there are a handful whose skills are sufficiently dangerous that confronting them is not a complete waste of Doom's time. For instance, in addition to Richards, there is also his wife, Susan, who nowadays has to be dealt with carefully considering her formidable mastery of her powers' various applications.
    • In an alternate future where mankind had been invaded by Martians, Doom cast the shield of Captain America into space, out of respect for his skills, as well as a desire to ensure such a weapon did not fall into the tendrils of such lesser beings.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Doom showed no hesitation in trying to murder the Hulk's young son, Skaar, and at the end of Avengers: The Children's Crusade, Doom killed young Cassie Lang. On the other hand, doom shall fall on anyone who, while in the presence of Doom, attempts to harm one of Latveria's children (or Reed Richards' offspring. Especially Valeria).
  • Xanatos Gambit: The concept of a plan that allows only varying degrees of success is so fundamental, so workaday that Doom would hardly call it worthy of so grand a name as 'the Doom Gambit'. Doom is reserving that term for something far more brilliant. Let this 'Xanatos' have his moment of fame!
  • Yandere: In the sense of a true monarch, applying the trope to my entire population. Doom protects his people from all oppression and exploitation. Even from their own folly, should any misguided souls wish to leave Doom's loving care. And all Doom expects in return is their free and uncoerced love and gratitude.
    Doom (to a would-be Latverian defector): Have I not told you how I dearly love my subjects? Did you think I would allow a single one to leave this realm?
  • You Fool!: I do call fools for what they are, especially that foolish Richards.

Wait, what is this? Richards has not one, but two tropes named in his honor?! Why has Doom not been bestowed this privilege? Do you fools mock Doom with this disgrace? Are you really so blind as to not see his greatness? You dare refuse Doom his rightful acknowledgment in favor of that fool?!


...upon further consideration, that first one is a quite accurate and appropriate description of Richards. You Tropers are perhaps more insightful than I first supposed. This other trope, however... Doom will not tolerate any Richards, no matter how "awesome" you peons may think he is!

After even further consideration, Doom sees all subtropes of this trope have Doom's name on it. It seems you tropers aren't as disappointing as I thought.
As I was saying... ulp.. Doctor Doom is a Marvel Comics personage of infinite and perfect majesty. All hail Doom!!