- Fanon Discontinuity: Fans would like to forget everything about Reed's over the top Moral Event Horizon antics and his Heel-Face Turn under Brian Michael Bendis, preferring that he is still a villain.
- Hand Wave: And once Jonathan Hickman got his hands back on Reed, all notions of his redemption were revealed to all be an act on his part, much to the delight of the fans.
- Fridge Brilliance: Did you ever wonder why nobody ever called Victor Van Damme by his 616-counterpart's name? (At least until long after his first appearance?) That's because in Ultimate Doom, Reed Richards is revealed to be Ultimate Doctor Doom, complete with disfigured face.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: This Superdickery-style cover given Reed becoming Doctor Doom in the Ultimate Universe.
- Ho Yay: Lampshaded when Ben and Reed go to face Thanos:
Oh, this is just pathetic. This laconic, heroic, tragicomic— garbage!!! Walking off to certain death with your heads held high! You might as well hold hands, because that's how homoerotic it is!
- Plus, minor character "Strange Josie" (one of the other Baxter Building kids) is an out lesbian. When Sue chats with her about her relationship with Reed, Josie suggests that she try to switch teams.
- Jerkass Has a Point: This conversation in Ultimate Doom
The Thing: So when you were running the whole world you just stole things off of anyone’s computer.Nick Fury: No , I thought it was in the world’s best interest to have all this dangerous information in the laptop of a barely socially functional 28 year old kid.The Thing: You make me sickFury: And I was right
- Tear Jerker: Ben Grimm's confession about multiple suicide attempts.
- The Woobie: If not in the present, then when he was a kid, Little Victor just needed a hug.
- The Thing, even more than in the mainstream continuity; whereas mainstream Ben has long ago accepted his transformation and even embraced it, Ultimate Ben is so depressed by his transformation that he's attempted suicide. And each one fails because his body is nigh-invincible.