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* OlderThanTheyThink: Let's see an EmperorScientist who rules over his own community and is a genius inventor whose technology is years ahead of everyone, who is also a ByronicHero constantly torn and divided between his heroic and villainous impulses, and who often has triggered a debate about in-and-out-of-universe DracoInLeatherPants, are we talking of Dr. Doom or Captain Nemo from Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' and ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland''.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: Let's see an EmperorScientist who rules over his own community and is a genius inventor whose technology is years ahead of everyone, who is also a ByronicHero constantly torn and divided between his heroic and villainous impulses, and who often has triggered a debate about in-and-out-of-universe DracoInLeatherPants, are we talking of Dr. Doom or Captain Nemo from Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' and ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland''. ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland''?

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* OlderThanTheyThink: Let's see an EmperorScientist who rules over his own community and is a genius inventor whose technology is years ahead of everyone, who is also a ByronicHero constantly torn and divided between his heroic and villainous impulses, and who often has triggered a debate about in-and-out-of-universe DracoInLeatherPants, are we talking of Dr. Doom or Captain Nemo from Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' and ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland''.

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* RootingForTheEmpire: Dr. Doom's charisma, cool, and compelling story makes it easy for fans to root for him or at least not feel too bad when their favorite hero gets outdone by him. This also applies in stories where he fights Reed, between a poor Romani peasant kid immigrant who is a literal SelfMadeMan and a middle-class academic who's living UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, it's hard not to find Doom the more sympathetic and relatable character.

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* CommonKnowledge:
** Doom is often thought of and presented as someone who has superpowers, originating from the same accident that powered his nemesis team, the ComicBook/FantasticFour. In actual fact, Doom's origins have little to do with the team he did attend college with Reed Richards before his rise to dictator of Latveria, and that's where his hatred of Reed began, but much of Doom's story happened separately before menacing the family. Doom was born a peasant of Romani heritage in the fictional Latveria, before toppling a corrupt dictator and becoming a dictator himself, albeit not a personally corrupt one but still quite tyrannical and authoritarian. In regards to his powers, Doom isn't technically considered superhuman. He's primarily a brilliant scientist and genius, who is a political, legal, criminal and military mastermind, and powerful sorcerer who blends magic with science through the use of {{Magitek}}, and wearing armor that can stand up to {{Physical God}}s while wielding enough power to take out some of Marvel's biggest heavy-hitters.
** Also, Doom is often thought of a strictly an enemy of the Fantastic Four, as all adaptations of the team will portray Doom in such a manner. While he ''did'' debut off the pages of the team and is still essentially their most well-known enemy, with Reed Richards remaining his ArchEnemy, it'd be more accurate to refer to Doom as a BigBad to the general Marvel Universe as a whole. His versatile skillset in magic/politics/science/military means that he's menaced the Avengers, Iron Man, the X-Men, Doctor Strange, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man and Black Panther[[note]]being a fellow tech-magnate ruler of a nation who also originated in the pages of Fantastic Four before spinning out, they actually have been known as "frenemies"[[/note]], among many others.


* CounterpartComparison:
** Doctor Doom is a precursor and inspiration for Darth Vader. Both were handsome young men and orphans born in troubled circumstances who ultimately became oppressors themselves. Dr. Doom also mourns his mother and literally marched into hell to save her soul while Anakin Skywalker failed to save his mother from the Sand People which marked his StartOfDarkness. Doom became scarred because of his experimentation and covered his face and body with armor, while Vader likewise gets crippled and scarred by Obi-Wan Kenobi and becomes Vader. Vader's scene where he mockingly invites Han Solo and Leia for dinner in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' is something Doom is known for doing in comics.
** While Dr. Doom is often seen as Lex Luthor's AlternateCompanyEquivalent (both being genius MadScientist with an IrrationalHatred and fixation for "Superman[=/=]RIIICHARDDS!") a few noted that the DC Character Doom has most in common with is ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Orphaned kids who traveled the world to become masters of all forms of knowledge, scientific, physical, mystical, who as adults put on outfits to scare and intimidate people and who live in gothic-style BigFancyHouse (Wayne Manor[=/=]Castle Doom) and who are also devoted to their hometowns (Latveria/Gotham City) and of course whose outfits are tricked out with all kinds of gadgets and doodads. Some of Batman's later depictions especially his rivalry with Superman in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' plays like a Doom v. Richards showdown (where Batman sees Superman as constrained with the law while Superman feels Batman is becoming quasi-authoritarian) in a more morally nuanced setting. Batman is always seen, in modern times, as a step or two away from becoming just like the thing he hated, where Doom crossed that a long time ago.

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**Marvel Animated Universe: [[ComicBook/DoctorDoom Doctor Victor Von Doom]] is the ruler of Latveria and a master of both science and the mystic arts. After losing his parents under a tyrannical regime and being disfigured in a horrific lab accident, Doom declared he would bring peace to the world under his iron fist. He feuded with the WesternAnimation/FantasticFour on numerous occasions and was the one who destroyed their headquarters at the Baxter Building. Doom has twice stolen the powers of the Silver Surfer and tricked the Hulk into nearly killing the Thing. [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk When the UN ordered him to be tried for war crimes]], Doom trapped Washington D.C. under a force field and forced the Hulk to destroy the entire capital. Doom was the most successful villain [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries during the Secret Wars]] and transformed the territories he conquered into utopias free from conflict or strive. Managing to even steal the powers of the almighty Beyonder, Doctor Doom has proven he has one of the most cunning and audacious minds in the Marvel Animated Universe.


* HilariousInHindsight: In the 1981 compilation movie ''Doctor Doom Conquers the World'', Doom's first words are "Of course." This echoes the words of [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic a certain Internet reviewer]] and [[Film/StreetFighter a certain less-successful fellow would-be conqueror of the world.]]


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* HilariousInHindsight: In the 1981 compilation movie ''Doctor Doom Conquers the World'', Doom's first words are "Of course." This echoes the words of [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic a certain Internet reviewer]] and [[Film/StreetFighter a certain less-successful fellow would-be conqueror of the world.]]


* HilariousInHindsight: In the 1981 compilation movie ''Doctor Doom Conquers the World'', Doom's first words are "Of course." This echoes the words of [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic a certain Internet reviewer]] and [[Film/StreetFighter a certain less-successful fellow would-be conqueror of the world.]]



* HilariousInHindsight: In the 1981 compilation movie ''Doctor Doom Conquers the World'', Doom's first words are "Of course." This echoes the words of [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic a certain Internet reviewer]] and [[Film/StreetFighter a certain less-successful fellow would-be conqueror of the world.]]



** [[Creator/StanLee 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.

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** [[Creator/StanLee 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 did appreciate him.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-R0oukuh9o theme]] Capcom made for their fighting game, ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes''. ''VideoGame/MarvelvsCapcom3'' uses a very fitting and ominous [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObxGUEkzF_o remix]] of said theme for him. They also made [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alYhrEwijC8 a victory theme for him]] in ''Marvel Super Heroes''.



* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming:
** [[Creator/StanLee 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.
** No matter how you feel about Doom, him marching into hell and saving his mother's soul is pretty [[JustForPun damn]] heartwarming.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-R0oukuh9o theme]] Capcom made for their fighting game, ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes''. ''VideoGame/MarvelvsCapcom3'' uses a very fitting and ominous [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObxGUEkzF_o remix]] of said theme for him. They also made [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alYhrEwijC8 a victory theme for him]] in ''Marvel Super Heroes''.


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* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments:
** [[Creator/StanLee 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.
** No matter how you feel about Doom, him marching into hell and saving his mother's soul is pretty [[JustForPun damn]] heartwarming.


* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: [[Creator/StanLee 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.

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* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: CounterpartComparison:
** Doctor Doom is a precursor and inspiration for Darth Vader. Both were handsome young men and orphans born in troubled circumstances who ultimately became oppressors themselves. Dr. Doom also mourns his mother and literally marched into hell to save her soul while Anakin Skywalker failed to save his mother from the Sand People which marked his StartOfDarkness. Doom became scarred because of his experimentation and covered his face and body with armor, while Vader likewise gets crippled and scarred by Obi-Wan Kenobi and becomes Vader. Vader's scene where he mockingly invites Han Solo and Leia for dinner in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' is something Doom is known for doing in comics.
** While Dr. Doom is often seen as Lex Luthor's AlternateCompanyEquivalent (both being genius MadScientist with an IrrationalHatred and fixation for "Superman[=/=]RIIICHARDDS!") a few noted that the DC Character Doom has most in common with is ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Orphaned kids who traveled the world to become masters of all forms of knowledge, scientific, physical, mystical, who as adults put on outfits to scare and intimidate people and who live in gothic-style BigFancyHouse (Wayne Manor[=/=]Castle Doom) and who are also devoted to their hometowns (Latveria/Gotham City) and of course whose outfits are tricked out with all kinds of gadgets and doodads. Some of Batman's later depictions especially his rivalry with Superman in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' plays like a Doom v. Richards showdown (where Batman sees Superman as constrained with the law while Superman feels Batman is becoming quasi-authoritarian) in a more morally nuanced setting. Batman is always seen, in modern times, as a step or two away from becoming just like the thing he hated, where Doom crossed that a long time ago.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming:
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[[Creator/StanLee 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.
** No matter how you feel about Doom, him marching into hell and saving his mother's soul is pretty [[JustForPun damn]] heartwarming.



* EvilIsCool: Many comic fans find themselves impressed with Doom's costume, power and intelligence.

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* EvilIsCool: Many comic fans find themselves impressed with Doom's costume, power and intelligence. He is often called, "the greatest villain in comics".


* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: According to my knowledge, the Spanish-community is quite divisive when it comes to translations. Doom's name was translated to "Muerte" (Death), and while that name was accepted in Spain for many decades, the Latin American community despises the translation, even bashing the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' Mexican dub for using said translation, adding it to another pile of off-putting translations coming from Spain. Doom will not participate in such trivial matter, but never the less, changing his name is quite an insult.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: According to my knowledge, the The Spanish-community is quite divisive when it comes to translations. Doom's name was translated to "Muerte" (Death), and while that name was accepted in Spain for many decades, the Latin American community despises the translation, even bashing the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' Mexican dub for using said translation, adding it to another pile of off-putting translations coming from Spain. Doom will not participate in such trivial matter, but never the less, changing his name is quite an insult.

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** May be subverted; in the story arc "Hereafter" Reed rebuilt Doom's original machine without the flaw he'd observed and it successfully sent Reed, Sue and Johnny to Heaven (Reed notes that Doom only learned that his mother was in Hell after he tried to create the original machine).

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* HypeBacklash: Much like fellow uber-MemeticBadass ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, the rabidity of Doom's fanbase and the way that authors seem to bend over backwards to retcon any defeat of Doom has led to a devout group of Marvel fans who can't ''stand'' him.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: According to my knowledge, the Spanish-community is quite divisive when it comes to translations. Doom's name was translated to "Muerte" (Death), and while that name was accepted in Spain for many decades, the Latin American community despises the translation, even bashing the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' Mexican dub for using said translation, adding it to another pile of off-putting translations coming from Spain. Doom will not participate in such trivial matter, but never the less, changing his name is quite an insult.

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* FridgeBrilliance: Doom's face is hideously scarred because of an experiment that literally blew up in his face back in college. The experiment itself was a machine to let Doom contact his mother in the afterlife, and it's often explained that Doom, due to his outrageous arrogance, ignored a flaw in the design which Reed pointed out to him, and it was this flaw that led to the machine's failure. However... Doom is an incredibly smart man, always has been and always will be. Yes, he's arrogant to the point of stupidity, constantly shooting himself in the foot through the sheer size of his ego, but even he is smart enough to notice a blatant design flaw. So what if the machine actually worked? It's revealed in a later story that Doom's mother is trapped in hell, full of fire and brimstone. And what happened when Doom activated his machine? He got blasted in the face by a cloud of searing flames. What if the machine, that we've all thought for years malfunctioned, actually worked PERFECTLY...?

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