YMMV / Doctor Doom


  • Author's Saving Throw: Any time Doom has an Out-of-Character Moment, it's always a Doombot. Always.
  • Awesome Ego: Doom is no mere boaster, he has shown himself to be worthy of some of the things that he praises himself for. His crowning moment must be how, for a time, Doom was ruler of what remained of several universes.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Doom is quite certainly one of Marvel's most polarizing characters, for some he's a cool Magnificent Bastard and one of Marvel's best villain for others he's an overrated Invincible Villain, and Marvel's most shilled character.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: Fans tend to read Doctor Doom's lines and revelations from just about anywhere in the voice of Lex Lang, Simon Templeman, or Paul Dobson (along with maybe Maurice LaMarche).
  • Complete Monster: In the novelizations of Fantastic Four (2005) & Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, by Peter David & Daniel Josephs respectively, Victor Von Doom is portrayed as nothing like his regular iterations, but rather a complete psychopath obsessed with hurting others and making himself a god. His entire motive stemming from a petty hatred of Reed Richards for not being as smart as him, Doom's sociopathic nature is first on display when he attempts to leave his own fiancée, Sue Storm, to die alongside Reed and others to save his own skin with nothing but cold apathy. After gaining metallic skin and electromagnetic abilities, Doom slowly loses his carefully built up affable persona, starting when he murders his doctor for trying to tell others of his "condition", and going further downhill after he murders a business partner for insulting him. By the end of the first novel, Doom's true personality of a narcissistic lunatic has come into full display, as he attempts to sadistically freeze Reed to death. In the second novel, Doom allies with Reed and rest of the Fantastic Four to stop the titular Silver Surfer, however it is quickly revealed that it was a ploy on Doom's part to steal the Surfer's power, which he immediately uses to gruesomely kill an army general and murder numerous soldiers. In the end, as Gah Lak Tus arrives and begins destroying the Earth, Doom, rather than stop Gah Lak Tus with his power, only laughs as countless innocents die and the world crumbles beneath him, proclaiming himself a god who no longer needs the Earth or anyone else, just himself.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: His creator once called him his favorite villain. Even if Doom would object to his terminology "villain", he would have nonetheless respected the fact that Mr. Lee does appreciate him.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The theme Capcom made for their fighting game, Marvel Super Heroes. Marvelvs Capcom 3 uses a very fitting and ominous remix of said theme for him. They also made a victory theme for him in Marvel Super Heroes.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Innumerable readers seem to see Doom for the pragmatic, confident, brilliant ruler that he boasts he is.
  • Evil Is Cool: Many comic fans find themselves impressed with Doom's costume, power and intelligence.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the 1981 compilation movie Doctor Doom Conquers the World, Doom's first words are "Of course." This echoes the words of a certain Internet reviewer and a certain less-successful fellow would-be conqueror of the world.
  • Foe Yay:
    • With Storm. Though it might have been a Doombot. Such is Doom's charisma that even a mechanical facsimile has charms beyond those of normal men.
    • Not to mention his almost-marriage to the Scarlet Witch.
  • Ho Yay: Many readers look at Doom's relationship with Richards and Doom's self-righteous hatred and obsession with him as merely a crude mask for sexual desire.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Doom has been accused of many things, but it seems that he can indeed achieve anything by force of mind and wisdom alone, if he tries.
  • Memetic Badass: Doom is one of the few people who can give Batman a run for his money in this camp.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Doom has done many inexcusable things:
    • A moment of recent times has to be Unthinkable, where he reunites with his long-lost love, only to sell her soul to a trio of evil demons and wear her skin as a magical costume. In the same story, he abducts Richards's two children — the son is sent to Hell with said demons; the second, Doom's Goddaughter (named after the aforementioned lost love) he keeps safe, but he does consider torturing and/or killing her too just to drive her father even madder. He tortures the Four in horrible ways as well, but that doesn't really count.
    • In the novel trilogy The Chaos Engine, an elderly version of Doom announces that he will use his Cosmic Cube — which he had used to set up a despotic tyranny with an invasive psychic police force — to kill everyone on Earth just before he dies. As ruler, he used said Cube to get Magneto (replacing the defeated Richards as his enemy, Doom finding total victory boring) to commit needless slaughter by destroying Paris, running concentration camps, and meting out horrid punishments for the flimsiest of transgressions, like when his wife (Storm, from the X-Men) was accidentally seen naked by her bodyguard — said bodyguard had his eyes gouged out (and delivered to Doom), a more merciful fate than that given to the man's wife and daughter.
    • In the story "Dr. Doom and the Masters of Evil," when Doom has the chance to wish for anything he could desire — to have any dream fulfilled — he wished for the destruction of his own conscience, so he could continue crossing this line with no sense of guilt at the back of his mind.
    • Taunting the Asgardian Kelda by saying that a relationship between an immortal and a human is impossible. She tries to avenge her dead lover by attacking his castle, but he easily defeats her and rips her heart out. She recovers, but Doom's words still ring true: Her lover remains dead.
    • Killing Cassandra Lang after she finally reunited with her father and her former lover, Iron Lad. This one, Doom regrets. He has since made amends.
  • Narm:
  • Never Live It Down: The time that Doctor Doom was defeated by Squirrel Girl; the ultimate scheming badass of the Marvel Universe got owned by someone who was essentially a joke. And the losses was never retconned as being Actually a Doombot due to the obscurity and ridiculousness of the story, allowed Squirrel Girl to become a popular Memetic Badass.
  • Nightmare Fuel: With his Super Science and Literal Magic, Doom has resources for policing, supervising and brainwashing his peons that make Oceania's Thought Police look like bumbling Clouseaus. At least some versions of Latveria are consequently very dystopian, with every citizen living in perpetual fear, knowing that Big Brother Is Watching all they do. As with real totalitarian dictatorships like North Korea, it's often far from clear how much of Doom's all-pervasive personality cult is genuine admiration by the people of their leader and how much it is enforced through terror. Made doubly worse by the fact that some depictions of Doom are not Noble Demons, or even just generic evil overlords, but narcissistic psychopaths who seemingly enjoy abusing this surveillance and people control technology to torment their hapless subjects. In such stories, Doom will often subject his servants to violent verbal and physical abuse, suddenly change the rules on them or feed them to his wild robots on a whim. The most creepy versions basically subject the Latverians collectively to a sort of nationwide Romanticized Abuse — including literal rape of at least some of the women.
  • What an Idiot: In his Origin Story, he's a college student, aiming with a private project to open a portal to hell. That cursed Reed Richards, who was passing by, points several mistakes in his formulas. Doom shows him the door.
    You'd expect: That, once Richards is gone and nobody will take undue credit for his project, Dr. Doom would check again the formulas, to confirm if they are right indeed, or if there is some mistake to fix. If Richards was right, nobody would know it, and Doom can deny him any credit. In any case, checking and double-checking his work several times should be a must when he does a project like this all alone, even if Richards never interfered.
    Instead: Doom ignores Richards' warnings and proceeds with the experiment. It goes wrong, there is a huge explosion, and his face gets scarred beyond heal.


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