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."
Doctor Doom is a Marvel Comics villain wh- waaarrgghhh!SILENCE, NARRATOR!You are not worthy to describe the glory ofDOOM!This task can be achieved only by DOOM himself! Thus Doom grants this useless wiki the honor of his presence! Sit and enjoy the tale of the greatest Evil Overlord and Mad Scientist that 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, as 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 his fame 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 Due to source bias, it should be noted that not only did Reed not have anything to do with the portal's explosion, he actually warned Doom that it would- ACK! 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 cross that of the indescribably foolish Richards and his foolish family, who became my sworn enemies. Yet 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! * Doom's charity is so great, he condescends to mention Squirrel Girl in a footnote for managing to best a Doombot. She most certainly never defeated Doom, as many fools (including that accursed Richards no doubt) claim.** Tippy-Toe Says:Squirrel Girl totally pwned Doc Doom in a story written by Steve Ditko him-freakin'-self! That's so in contin-AAK! My many, many, many victories are why Doom is considered Marvel's most iconic villain. You need not always mention Squirrel Girl in the same breath as Doom! Doom is more than just that one trifling incident!
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 madebyCapcom, 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 thansliding drawings in front of a camera. I have been portrayed in cinema by Joseph Culp, Julian McMahon, and Toby Kebbell, none of whom lived up to my majesty - but were sufficiently talented that Doom chooses not to destroy them for their temerity!
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 that cultural icon Darth Vader, and whispered that Jack Kirby had Doom's majesty in mind when he fashioned that unstablemegalomaniac 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 BobDoomYMMV tropes here.
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 smear the good name of Doom!
Tropes that have been deemed worthy of Doctor Doom:
Affably Evil: Doom is not a cruel despot! He is respectful, friendly, and genuinely nice.
A God Am I: 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.
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.
Anti-Villain: Usually goes back and forth between a Type I and a Type III. Doom frequently does things for the "greater good", and also follows a code of honor.
Arch-Enemy: Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four, RIIIIICCCCCHHHHAAAARRRRDDDSSSS!!!!!!
Bad Boss: Right after returning from Hell, Doom murdered his prime minister, because he was annoying, and just ordered the rest of my puppet government to find a replacement. Simple effective leadership, of course, but the lily-livered standards prevalent in the west would no doubt view it differently.
The man was attempting to use my Doombots for his own ends. None subvert the image of Doom!
Badass: The use of such degenerate jargon is beneath Doom, but the sentiment is nonetheless accurate.
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 Doomtried to pull this off with Magneto, but that led to Ultimatum and his eventual 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 is hidden behind a steel mask. But Doom's will is steel! No mere scratch will tarnish Doom's resolve!
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.
Big Bad: What Richards and his family often insist Doom is.
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 gotten 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Does Doom care for his people, or are they simply mere implements of Doom's will, to be abused and discarded as Doom desires?
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.
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 trick 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.)
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.
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.
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.
Evil Is Petty: Some lower minds think of Me as this simply because I want nothing more than to prove that I am smarter than Richards. What's the point of being a god if You can't do something like that?
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 is sometimes forced to take up arms against other so called Supervillains. Red Skull has not once, but twice taken over the castle of Doom in Doom's absence. As well as Doom facing the enemies of Namor, the underwater Warlord Krang, and his ally Tigershark.
Several Enemy Mine situations occurred as well. Doom's brilliant tactics helped take down Onslaught, an enemy to all of existence, and Doom has helped the Fantastic Four against cosmic beings such as the Over-Mind and the Celestial Host.
The Marvel2099 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.
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...
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.
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. Bah.
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.
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: Noted above, I'm rarely seen without my armor, and even when I am, my face under my mask is rarely seen.
Fiction 500: Some observers might feel that even for a dictator, my resources seem unrealistically limitless, and that Latvaria'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.
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 learnt 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.
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 aSadistic 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.
Doom: No one rivals Doom! There is no power on Earth, no intellect in all creation, to equal mine!
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.
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.
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.)
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 my fate in the past, in a devious plot to finally gain my revenge, 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).
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.
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.
Joker Immunity: Partly justified in that Doom has diplomatic immunity due to being ruler of a country. 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!
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!
"There is Doom enough for everyone!"
Mad Scientist: A greater one than that pitiful, prideful accursed Richards whom you impudent fools worship as the epitome of men of super-science!
Magitek/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.
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.
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?
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.
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 descend 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.
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.
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!
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 recently surfaced that the original sketch for the poster depicted Doom himself, dispensing toys alongside the others. To no surprise. Doom is, above all, a kind and generous man of the people and I will carve out the tongue of any who say otherwise.
Pyrrhic Victory: Regarding my mother's soul. I saved her from Mephisto's grip, but sacrificed her love for me to do it.
There was one instance where a younger Doom used phrenology to insult that oaf Grimm. Bah!
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.
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.
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: Latveria, though far more technologically advanced than most examples, definitely looks the trope.
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 Marvel2099, 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.
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.)
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: Noted above, Doom prefers to let the so-called heroes deal with most threats to the world, which is probably why in many a Bad Future I am depicted as being deceased. Bah, they were lesser Dooms, I would have survived.
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. Reality itself shall bend before the will of Doom!
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.
Tempting Fate: I, admit that due to my Pride, I sometimes end up doing this. I once trapped the Hulk in a force field that I boasted nothing in the universe could break, and he of course broke free from it easily.
Theory of Narrative Causality: Doom transpires 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. Doom has little doubt you too would do so, if you had a moniker such as mine.
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: 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. The alliteration is pleasing, nonetheless.
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.
Tomato in the Mirror: In the Marvel2099, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?!DAMN YOU, RICHAAAAAAAAAAAAAARDS!
...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!
As I was saying... ulp.. Doctor Doom is a Marvel Comics personage of infinite and perfect majesty. All hail Doom!!