Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards)
The certified Super Genius of the 4, and Team Dad with his ability to think his way out of the many problems they face. Reed grew up an extremely intelligent man. In fact, it was his idea to take the shuttle flight to study cosmic rays that day. After that fateful encounter, he gained the ability to stretch and mold his body however he could want. Whether that's sliding through a rivet hole or turning his body into a ball. Regardless, his brain will always be his best weapon to fight supervillains. Of course, that same brain can sometime infuriate the family, as it can lead him to alienating the others when he gets too caught up in an experiment or not listening to others.
The Invisible Woman (Susan "Sue" Storm-Richards)
The Team Mom of the 4, "Sue" was originally just Reed's girl. In fact she first fell for him before finishing puberty, and slowly grew into his life. Her initial powers seemed to just be invisibility, but after some much needed growth and practice, that was upgraded into "projecting" that invisibility into force fields. Sue is fiercely devoted to the family around her, but that often can rub shoulders with Ben on his grumpier days, and she's more often annoyed at her brother Johnny's antics sometimes as well. And don't get her started on the frustrations she can have with her now husband over spending quality time with the family. Despite the rough patches though, Sue will do whatever it takes to ensure the world and her home is kept safe.
The Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
An impulsive (and soon, literal) hothead of the 4, Johnny is the younger brother of Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman. A classic case of Silver Age science fiction, Johnny was part of an outer space expedition that alongside Sue, her boyfriend Dr. Reed Richards, and his associate Ben Grimm granted him special powers via cosmic radiation. In his case, Johnny gained fire-based abilities, including flight. With them, Johnny became a founding member of the Fantastic Four, using their powers for the betterment of humanity.
The Thing (Benjamin "Ben" Jacob Grimm)
Perhaps the most iconic of the 4, simply because of his visual distinctiveness. Ben Grimm was Reed's college roommate, and when Reed needed someone to fly a ship into space despite the risks of cosmic radiation, he went to Ben, who initially refused and had to be goaded into flying the rocket. The rays afflicted Ben more severely than everyone else, turning him into a rocklike humanoid. Despite Reed's best efforts, he's consistently proven unable to revert Ben back to his normal human self for very long, something that causes both men no end of grief. Meanwhile, even with his condition, Ben has managed to become an "idol o' millions" thanks to his stalwart nature and good heart (constant bickering with Johnny aside).
Franklin is the son of Reed Richards and Sue Storm. Franklin is an Omega-level mutant with reality-warping abilities; even at a young age he is one of the most powerful beings in the Universe.
- Astral Projection: Latent. While he is in this trance, he can project an intangible, ghost like image of himself to another location, through which he can see and hear what goes on at the location. What Franklin has called the dreams he has while in this state are not truly dreams, but his conscious awareness of the environment into which he has projected his dream-self.
- Breakout Character: Originally a bit character at best, he quickly became popular among fans. As he got older, he gained bigger roles in Fantastic Four books, was featured in the Power Pack and a few events, and even got several spin-offs, the most popular being the non-canon Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius series.
- Dead Guy Junior: He's named after Sue and Johnny's late father Franklin Storm, who died saving the lives of the team.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: He has "special dreams" which are prophetic. May be symbolic: before a clash among the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and Doctor Doom, he dreamed of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men dying, and his father turning into Doom, which foretold aspects of the clash. May also be literal: in his first meeting with Power Pack, they deduce why an alien is chasing them Katie Power is carrying an alien artifact that could be traced he recounts how he had dreamed that the alien chased him, and so they give him the artifact, which leads to their victory.
- Deus ex Machina: Why Franklin is rarely ever shown fully powered.
- Emo Teen: Vague Age aside, learning in the 2018 series that he's reached a limit on his powers after recreating the multiverse, that they'll eventually run out, as well the fact that the Griever has destroyed some of the realities he created, he's become angsty and broody coping with the fact that the people and places he created are gone and that he'll eventually be powerless. This is illustrated by him dyeing his hair black.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed and Played With. While he's not lazy, he's definitely a lot less mature than his sister... in some respects. On the other hand, when they become teenagers in Slott's run, he passes his (flying car) driving test, while Valeria fails, because when they were inevitably attacked, he first ensured that his car was safely parked and his passenger was safe before turning to fight. Valeria... not so much.
- Future Badass: A future version of Franklin, who he calls Mister Franklin that taught him to regain some of his powers and defeated Mad Celestials alongside Galactus.
- Giver of Lame Names: When playing superhero with Leech, he gave them the names "Hyperstorm" and "Kid Incredible". A future version of Franklin who happened to be watching commented on the names. Considering that "Hyperstorm" was the name of an alternate future child of Franklin and Rachel Summers, this was probably a nod to that.
- Goo Goo Godlike: Some Celestials once analysed Franklin, and determined him to be an Omega Level Plus Mutant. Omega is as high as Mutant powers are meant to go.
- Guardian Entity: His will eventually be Galactus or he will be one for him when he grows older but they will be together long enough to witness the end of the universe with each other.
- Hybrid Power: Franklin is in interesting case because he's a hybrid but not of different species but rather different power sets. It's generally assumed that his natural mutant powers are psychic in nature but this wouldn't explain his Reality Warper powers. This is most likely due to the fact that both of his parents are non-mutant superhumans but also passed on the mutant gene which was recessive in them but dominant in Franklin. Franklin is not only a mutant but is also enhanced by the cosmic powers he inherited from his parents which allows him to do things that even Omega level psychics like Jean Grey or Nathan Summers are incapable of - though his old buddy Nate Grey is shown in Age of X-Man to at least be in the same rough category.
- Immortality Begins at 20: Future Franklin apparently just stopped ageing somewhere in his thirties.
- Intergenerational Friendship:
- With Nate Grey who's physically 17 when they meet during the Onslaught crisis. Some time afterwards, Nate hung out with the Fantastic Four for a while, looking to get a cure for his genetic degradation and became a big brother figure to Franklin, mentoring him in the use of his powers and discussing their favourite Avengers (Franklin said his was Scarlet Witch, and Nate immediately assumed that it was because of her costume - Franklin was oblivious). When he left, Franklin was visibly upset, and the usually stand-offish Nate hugged him, promising to come back and fulfil his promise to teach Franklin how to make psionic armour. This never came about, partly because Status Quo Is God and partly because Nate 'died' shortly afterwards.
- He also gets along very well with Jarvis and (to Johnny's annoyance) with Spider-Man.
- Killed Offscreen: Immortal Hulk #24 has the titular character reveal to the sentience of the universe that he kills/killed Franklin and Galactus two billion years before the end of the universe.
- Lamarck Was Right: His parents are powerful superheroes, so he became powerful in his own right.
- Mind over Matter: Latent. Possesses telekinetic abilities enabling him to levitate and manipulate living beings, inanimate objects, and to some extent energy psionically. This also enables him to fly.
- Mr. Fanservice: In Dan Slott's run, Franklin has the honor of being the first of the newly aged up Future Foundation to be stripped down to his boxer briefs to show off his toned body.
- Multicolored Hair: In Dan Slott's run, he dyed his blonde hair blue with black streaks.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: He was born in 1968. Aside from an incident of using his powers to temporarily age himself to adulthood, and the usual range of alternate reality versions, he has remained a child for more than four decades of real world time. The fact that he was injudiciously given a Story-Breaker Power contributes heavily to the problem of ever letting him grow up. It is very glaring though, because characters that were born long after him are now either teenagers or actual adults. Averted in the 2018 run, where he has been significantly aged up.
- Other Me Annoys Me: Subverted - Present Franklin and Future Adult Franklin get along great, happily calling each other Kid Franklin and Mister Franklin. Then again, Franklin has the power of being superhumanly well-adjusted, far more than any kid who's been repeatedly kidnapped, has seen every one of his relatives die at least once, sometimes possesses godlike powers, and was once trapped in hell has any right to be.
- Power Limiter: Psychic blocks keep him from being as all-powerful as his full potential. Whatever his power set at any given time is what leaks through. Naturally, using his full power tends to make any of it unusable for some time. These days, he has no powers and feels like the odd one out with the Fantastic Four as his family and a beyond-Reed-class genius as his little sister.
- Psychic Powers: As "Psi-Lord", he demonstrated a wide variety of psionic powers.
- Reality Warper: He's capable of creating his own universes, and that's not the least of his powers.
- Seers: Can see into the future somewhat.
- Shout-Out: His own short series was a pretty clear homage to Calvin and Hobbes.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Even in his teen years, he's more energetic, loud and simple than his sister.
- Story-Breaker Power: A Reality Warper on a cosmic scale, he has been largely kept as a child for decades specifically because it has been demonstrated that his mature power levels would be so far off the scale that he would become virtually unusable as a character.
- Superpower Lottery: His Reality Warping powers and insane amount of Psychic Powers. When Franklin achieves the conscious use of his full powers, he will have telepathic powers, tremendous telekinetic powers, the ability to fire enormously powerful energy blasts, and the ability to rearrange the molecular structure of matter and energy. His powers are so great that he has been able to create pocket universes, and his abilities have been described as equal to the Celestials. After Secret Wars (2015), he spent a long time recreating the multiverse. He's definitely the most powerful mutant on Earth, and possibly one of the most powerful being in the overall Marvel Universe.
- Vague Age: As mentioned under Timey-Wimey Ball, Franklin's exact age is rather nebulous, usually floating somewhere between six and ten. Writers will occasionally give an exact number but they generally won't stick to it for long. In Dan Slott's run, Franklin and his sister have aged, but neither of them have exact ages - just that they're teenagers, and old enough to get driving licenses.
- The Worf Effect: In Dan Slott's run, Franklin is one-shotted by Griever in order to build her credibility as a threat.
Valeria "Val" Richards
The daughter of Sue and Reed Richards and younger sister of Franklin.
- Brainy Baby -> Child Prodigy: She's not even four and she's already equalling / exceeding her father.
- Characterization Marches On: At first, Valeria was just an ordinary two-year old. It was Mark Millar who introduced the idea of her being much smarter than she looked, and Valeria's stayed that way since.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Did this to MacGargan◊, when he was Venom.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible sibling to Franklin's foolish.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is certainly the most amoral of the group, but she does mean well and tries to be a good person.
- Kid from the Future: She was introduced this way as Valeria Von Doom (A.K.A. Marvel Girl), with Doctor Doom as her father (Sue was still her mother). Then Franklin ended up retconning his mother into suddenly being about nine months pregnant with Valeria (It Makes Sense in Context, or about as much sense as it could be expected to), with her father being Reed. Her current incarnation is named Valeria Richards, yet she still has connections to Doctor Doom, given that he had a hand in her delivery and named her after a girl he loved (and Valeria was even his familiar at one point).
- Little Miss Snarker: Depending on the writer.
- Mini Dress Of Power: As Marvel Girl (her costume had elements of the FF uniform and Doctor Doom's).
- Morality Pet: For Doctor Doom, who is far more moral when around her, and works hard to make her happy.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Up until Mark Millar's run, Valeria acted like a normal toddler, until a version of Sue from a Bad Future called her out on it. Valeria had been doing this because she'd calculated revealing her intelligence would've split the family apart.
- Odd Friendship: About the only person in the world who can call Doctor Doom 'uncle'. Doom has also declared, among other things, that Valeria has unlimited access to him (she never needs an appointment), and that she is under his personal protection at all times. Everyone in the Marvel Universe knows that this means he will fucking kill anyone who so much as gives her a dirty look...
- Other Me Annoys Me: After the events of "Forever/All Hope Lies In Doom" arc(s), both the future adult Valeria and current child version Valeria seem to dislike each other for no reason. One reason may involve her status as a Token Evil Teammate. When child Valeria was writing up a plan on conquering the Kree Empire for fun in her computer, her older self browbeat her into deleting it, implying that her older self dislikes how amoral she used to be.
- The Runaway:After the events of the family's cosmic vacation, Valeria upset over being lied to about the family's situation runs away to stay with Uncle Doom.
- Science Hero: During Axis, she thwarted a hate plague in Latveria with SCIENCE (and a ray gun).
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In a few stories, she'll have a very colorful vocabulary, full of long words.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Is more poised, reserved and morally questionable than her brother.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Has shades of this in Slott's run. She was willing to take the Future Foundation into a collapsing universe to save one boy.
- The Spock: Always advocates the pragmatic or coldly logical choice, and thinks her dad's an idiot sometimes for choosing his family over the "greater good".
- Token Evil Teammate: Well, not really evil, but her brain is definitely much bigger than her heart and she is mainly ruled by her intellect coupled with childish selfishness. If it comes to the emotional decision against the pragmatic one, Valeria will head straight for the pragmatic choice. This pragmatism often stems towards straight out amorality where she gets to the point where she can work well with Dr. Doom of all people and make up plans to destroy and subjugate intergalactic empires like the Kree for fun.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In a more peculiar example; when we see her future self, she certainly frowns upon Valeria making plans to conquer the Kree, so it's possible that she grew up out of her Token Evil Teammate status as she matured.
Friends and Allies
Ben Grimm's Love Interest and confidant, Alicia Masters is a blind sculptor capable of creating incredibly lifelike representations of real people by touch and memory alone. Also happens to be the Puppet-Master's daughter.
- Blind and the Beast: This is how she and the Thing started their relationship in the series. There were many times, though, that he worried that the only reason she was with him was because she couldn't see how ugly he was (never mind that she has felt his face, knows it's rocky, and she is also a sculptor who has seen fit to use him as a subject a number of times.)
- Interestingly Ben's concerns were once inverted when Reed speculated that he was subconsciously resisting attempts to return to his human form because he feared that Alicia would only embrace his rock-like form.
- Deaf Composer: Alicia Masters is a blind sculptress. More impressive because she makes lifelike statues based purely on description.
- Love Interest: To the Thing.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Step-Daughter: Her stepfather is the supervillain known as the Puppet Master. Alicia turns on her stepfather when she realizes that he is mad and power-hungry.
- Missing Mom: Her mother Marcia Deaton has appeared in a few flashback tales, but she is long dead. A wicked plot by the Puppet Master/Philip Masters accidentally exposed Marcia (the only woman he loved) to radioactive isotopes. Marcia died of radiation poisoning, leaving Philip heartbroken and feeling guilty.
- Morality Pet: Often serves as this for her stepfather the Puppet Master/Philip Masters, who is otherwise a ruthless villain. According to Philip's origin story, Alicia was not born blind. When Philip was trying to kill his hated rival Jacob Reiss (Alicia's biological father) in an explosion, he did not expect anyone else to get hurt. Alicia was unexpected collateral damage, blinded by the blast. Philip has always felt guilty, and decided to both raise her and treat her as his own daughter. The same story mentions that Alicia was a talented painter before going blind, and Philip was disturbed that Alicia could not follow her passion for art after going blind. Since Philip himself was an amateur sculptor, he taught her how to sculpt instead.
- Nice Girl: Tender, caring, and was the one who explained human emotions to the Silver Surfer.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She initially aids his father out of obedience in his first scheme against the Fantastic Four, though she immediately senses the "gentle" and "sensitive" spirit of the Thing when she first feels his palpably monstrous face.
- Will They or Won't They?: Ben and Alicia's status as a romantic couple is constantly on and off. In the Dan Slott run, they finally marry when she said yes to Ben.
- Canon Immigrant: First created for a syndicated comic strip Stan Lee wrote in The '50s.
- Expert in Underwater Basket Weaving: Played for Laughs when he jokingly suggests that he should join the Fantastic Four because of his special ability to wiggle his ears.
- The Grinch: At the end of one story, he admitted that he hates Christmas. On that occasion, he had been visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past- apparently he'd been looking for J. Jonah Jameson, but couldn't find his address.
- Legacy Character: In recent years, he's retired and his niece Wilhelmina "Bille" Lumpkin has taken over his mail route.
- Unfazed Everyman: Just a reminder. This is an elderly civil servant who interacts on a daily basis with aliens, mutants, and self-empowered science heroes, and almost never bats an eye.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He would often (jokingly) suggest that he join the team, because he had the power to wiggle his ears.
Uatu the Watcher
Uatu is a member of the Watchers, an extraterrestrial species who in the distant past stationed themselves across space to monitor the activities of other species. Uatu is the Watcher assigned to observe Earth and its solar system
- Alien Non-Interference Clause: He's supposed to watch, and not get involved. And he did, up until Galactus appeared.
- All-Powerful Bystander: Subverted in that Uatu, despite his constant claims otherwise, breaks his non-interference rule all the damn time. In fact, this happened so much that the other Watchers eventually put him on trial for numerous violations of their ethics code. Though ultimately they didn't do much other than making him promise to stop.
- Catchphrase: He will tell you he is the Watcher, and that he is sworn never to interfere.
- Killed Off for Real: At the beginning of Original Sin, with Nick Fury as his killer.
- Frequently-Broken Unbreakable Vow: Uatu is the Watcher, and he is sworn never to interfere! Yeah, about that? He interferes pretty much whenever the Earth faces a major crisis. His most common method is to simply show up to observe in person, which is a clear and present warning to the Earth's heroes that something big is happening and doesn't technically break the rules, but he's not above actually getting his own hands dirty if the situation merits it.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": His showing up anywhere will cause this.
- My Brain Is Big: In his first appearance, his head was only slightly out of proportion with the rest of his body, but his design evolved until he was a tall skinny man whose head made up half his body mass.note
- Seen It All: Uatu and his race are ageless and effectively immortal. Various stories have hinted that he is billions of years old. From his position in the Moon he has observed all of Earth's history. He also observes other locations of the Universe, and can observe events in other realities. Surprising Uatu is difficult.
- The Watcher: The Trope Namer. He lives on the Moon, watches everything in every comic, and occasionally pontificates to the readership about it. He always loudly proclaimed "Yes, it is I the Watcher, who is always watching, but must not interfere", roughly every other sentence as if people were going to forget it. Which to be fair is probably a valid concern because quite notably, in spite of this expression, he almost always ended up interfering anyway. A hilarious example of him actually not interfering comes when the Red Hulk, who punched Uatu while on his Villain Sue trip, appears about to die. Uatu shows up and tells him "Sadly I am forbidden to intervene" and stands there so he can watch him get sucked into a black hole.
- As Uatu is no doubt well aware, his mere presence is a degree of interference. Earth's heroes long ago learned that Uatu only shows up in person when something really big is about to happen, so just by allowing himself to be seen he gives them a passive warning without technically breaking the rules.
- In Original Sin #0, new Nova Sam Alexander asks Iron Man and Captain America why Uatu watches everything. After a beat, Cap admits that they have no idea. Nova later learns that Uatu is looking for a world where his father (who was the cause of the Watcher's "no-interference" policy) was right.
A long-time friend of the Fantastic Four, Wyatt has saved the team on several occasions and shared many adventures with them.
An old witch from the Salem Witch Trials, she became a significant figure in Marvel continuity, protecting Franklin Richards as his nanny and notably mentoring Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch) in real magic. She was eventually killed by Wanda, who went insane. She also had a familiar named Ebony, a weird cat-like creature that could sense the presence of mystical beings.
- Been There, Shaped History: Claims to be a survivor of the Salem Witch Trials.
- Comic Book Death: Has died more than once.
- Cool Old Lady: Awesome old lady whose willing to help the Fantastic Four and babysit.
- Cool Teacher: First introduced as Franklin Richards' governess.
- Good Witch Versus Bad Witch: She's very much a good witch. Her son Nicholas Scratch... isn't.
- Canon Immigrant: Originally took the place of the Human Torch in the The Fantastic Four (1978) cartoon.
- Fun with Acronyms: Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics
- HeelFace Turn: In Incoming!, as soon as Valeria removed his inhibitor chip, H.E.R.B.I.E. betrayed the Fantastic Four and joined Machine Man's gestating robot revolution, but not before giving them a profane "The Reason You Suck" Speech on their treatment of him over the years.
- The Mole: The first incarnation of HERBIE was taken over by a villain named Doctor Sun, who tried to take out the Fantastic Four within the Baxter Building. When he eventually left HERBIE to take over the building's computers, it sacrificed itself to destroy them both.
- Robot Buddy
A shape-shifting alien from the planet Poppup, The being who would be dubbed "The Impossible Man" searched the cosmos for beings he could play with. This eventually leads him to Earth and an encounter with The Fantastic Four. That said, he's not really a bad guy, and in fact, later befriended the four, becoming something of an ally.
- Adaptive Ability: The Impossible Man's shape-shifting ability really boils down to this. It's a natural ability of his race, and it's explained that his planet had so many dangerous lifeforms that the Poppupians evolved to consciously adapt to pretty much anything.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: To Mister Mxyzptlk. The two have met, and after his initial excitement of meeting a fellow cosmic prankster, he later discovered that he disliked him, due to Mxy's genuinely malicious pranks as opposed to his (relatively) harmless pranks, and that Mxy lied to him.
- In one issue of Superman from the 90s (the one where Clark Kent and Lois Lane got engaged, oddly enough), it was indicated that Mxy actually was the Impossible Man, spending some downtime in an alternate universe playing with his "four Fantastic new friends" (the team even makes a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo).
- Amusing Alien: A very amusing alien who exists as a form of cosmic comic relief.
- Anti-Villain: He antagonized the Fantastic Four, until Mr. Fantastic figured out his pranks only continue when he receives their attention. So he has the Fantastic Four ignore him, and he shortly leaves Earth in a puff. He returns, and he later befriends the team, and becomes a one-time member.
- Appropriated Appellation: The Thing witnessing his abilities called him impossible. So the name "Impossible Man" basically took from there.
- Attention Whore: Wants lots of attention and tries to steal the spotlight so he gets it.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He may have originally been considered a menace, but his motivations are primarily amusement. If he gets bored, he'll simply leave for another part of the universe.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: He fairly regularly interacts with creators Stan Lee, and other Marvel writers and editors around the era his stories are in.
- Fish out of Water: His interactions with earth.
- Great Gazoo: Extremely wacky alien who can fix nearly any problem if he could be bothered.
- Hive Mind: The Poppupians are practically this. It's also why he doesn't have a real name: All individual Poppupians are, if you go deep enough, one in the same. So what use would he have with a name?
- Me's a Crowd: His shapeshifting ability allows him to do this.
- Morphic Resonance: Usually the things he changes into have the same green-and-purple color scheme as his normal form.
- No Need for Names: See Hive Mind. He actually scoffed at the notion of a name when asked for one in his first appearance.Impossible Man: Name? We Poppupians have no names. We know who we are!
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: He's a green man with a pointy head and ears. What more could you say?
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: The common explanation for some of the things he does.
- Superpower Lottery: He may seem ridiculous, but often people come to find that his shape-shifting ability is not a joke: He can change into anything from a bucket of waternote , to freaking Galactus. That said, when he transforms into an object of a superhero with unique properties (e.g. Thor's hammer Mjolnir, Captain America's shield, etc.) he can't mimic the properties that make them special.
- Teleportation: Disappears in a pop.
- Troll: Perhaps his biggest character trait, is his ability to do this to anyone.
- Truly Single Parent: Seeking companionship, he once gave 'birth' to a female Poppupian dubbed the Impossible Woman, who he took as his mate. Later he produces children (a notable one being Adolf Impossible), and even his own pet dog.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: A really powerful one. To the point that he resembles a Reality Warper, and can travel through space unaided. Oddly, the one thing he apparently can't do is change colors — all of his transformations are still some shade and combination of green and purple.
- Abhorrent Admirer: She was this to the Thing for a time when she insisted that the two were destined to be together.
- Amazonian Beauty: Shes as beautiful as she is strong and tall.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her default outfit shows her well-toned abs.
- Bi the Way: Thundra has expressed interest in men like The Thing and Hyperion, but has also shown interest in women like Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk.
- Chain Pain: Thundra originally carried around a length of chain as a weapon, but rarely used it. She later added spiked balls to the end of it and began to use it more.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her signature outfit only has one sleeve on the right side.
- Fiery Redhead: A very fiery woman with red hair.
- HeelFace Turn: A former member of the Frightful Four, but left them and became one of the heroes.
- Lady Land: Thundra hails from one; though men exist there, females are the dominant ones.
- Lightning Bruiser: Hits like a freight train and is as fast as one too.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Had this going with The Thing for a time, since he was "the strongest man on Earth" and only she was fit to defeat him.
- Parental Abandonment: Didn't happen to her, but is in effect when it comes to her daughter Lyra, since she mostly leaves her to her own devices.
- Statuesque Stunner: Stands canonically at 7'2'' tall and, unlike some examples of this, she's consistently drawn to look this way.
- Worlds Strongest Woman: In her timeline.
- Badass Bookworm: Yep. He even was part of a team which involved time-traveling Badass Bookworms. Where do you think Reed got it from?
- Disappeared Dad: To Reed. Not entirely by choice, though.
- Parents as People: He had a reason for what he did, he admits he wasnt the best dad, and of course he has the typical superhero parent issues.
- Founder of the Civilization: Nathaniel found himself in an alternate Earth devastated by war, and used his scientific knowledge to rebuild it, eventually creating a new utopia.
- One-Man Industrial Revolution: He tries to do this singlehandedly and it doesnt work out.
- Hero with an F in Good: Pretty much everything he does.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Subverted with Reed, who knew who he was, but there was an arc were he was apparently to play this straight with Doctor Doom. It was later ignored note .
- Mysterious Parent: What he was to Reed.
- Name's the Same: as Nathaniel Richards of one particular 31st-century Earth. The future Nathaniel is a descendant of Reed's father and named for him, though is better known as an Avengers foe and sometimes ally, under one of his various time-traveling personas, which include Kang, Immortus, Rama-Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, and Iron Lad.
- Poor Communication Kills: Kidnapped his grandson Franklin, sent him and raised him in the future, trained him in the usage of his powers and didn't even tell his own son/Franklin's father Reed why until he returned with Franklin as a teenager to the time just moments after he did so. He eventually revealed its so prevent the deaths of the Fantastic Four by a Conqueror from the Future who turned out to be Franklin's own Kid from the Future grown up.
- Second Love: His first wife and Reed's mother, Evelyn, died when Reed was young. In his travels through time, he ended up in a timeline where he found a new wife, Cassandra. It's too bad she loved power more than him.
- Wild Card: Hes neither fully good or evil; he does what he does for his ideal of a utopia.
The Baxter Building's robot receptionist.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Roberta is an upper torso fixed to the reception desk. Unlike most examples, she was designed that way.
- Robo Romance: Is in a relationship with Elektro the Living Brain.
- Robot Girl
- Superpowered Robot Meter Maids: Has combat skills beyond what you'd expect from a receptionist, but probably around what's required to be the Fantastic Four's receptionist.
Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom)
Reed Richards' Rival Turned Evil, and the Fantastic Four's best-known Arch-Enemy. Doom was introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in The Fantastic Four #5 (July, 1962) as the Arch-Enemy of the Fantastic Four. Doom was born in the Fictional Country of Latveria, the son of Romani witch Cynthia Von Doom. When Cynthia was killed by the demons she had summoned to fight Latverian soldiers, Doom swore revenge. The death of his father, medicine man Werner, caused by the dictator of Latveria only known as the Baron, only added fuel to Doom's desire for revenge.
After discovering his mother's occult instruments, 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 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 could even approach Doom's, to whom he grew an immediate dislike. Wishing to resurrect his dead mother, Doom constructed a portal to Hell intended to communicate with the dead; however, Richards saw his calculations were slightly off and tried to warn him about the flaw in the machine, but Doom continued on with disastrous results: The device exploded and damaged his face.
Expelled from the university after the accident, Doom traveled the world until he collapsed on a Tibetan mountainside. Rescued by monks from a mysterious order, Victor quickly mastered the monks' secret disciplines, as well as metallurgy. Doom then forged himself a suit of Powered Armor, complete with a scowling mask, which he has used (with some modifications) since that day, and took the name Doctor Doom. He succeeded in taking over Latveria, and has since ruled it with an iron fist. Doom's path was soon to once again cross that of Richards, this time along with Richards' family, who became his sworn enemies, but he has also come into conflict with The Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Luke Cage, and more.
An aggressive, paranoid Insectoid Alien who is the ruler of an alternate dimension known as the Negative Zone. Annihilus is convinced that every other living thing is a potential threat to his life, and that the only way for him to be safe is by being the only creature left alive.
- The Ageless: Continuous exposure to the energies of his Cosmic Rod has retarded his aging, making him virtually immortal.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: As an insect-like being, one of his life stages is an attractive human form with no memory (and in fact a righteous disdain towards) his real identity. When he matures into his adult form he shortly forgets that personality too (but not completely, the love he developed for Blink).
- Ax-Crazy: Extremely unstable, paranoid and aggressive, values his survival above everything else, and is unfortunately convinced everything alive is a danger to him.
- Bad Boss: Most infamously in Annihilation, where he slaughtered an entire part of his fleet because it took them too much time to conquer a planet.
- Big Bad: He's usually this when the story is set in the Negative Zone.
- And, as Annihilation and the recent Thanos trilogy by Jim Starlin shows, even stories that aren't.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: He often leads an army of these— and is an insectoid himself.
- The Constant: The Negative Zone is a multiversal singularity, meaning all instances of it seen from alternate universes are the same one. Subsequently, this means all Annihilus seen in what-if stories are the same one.
- Enemy Mine: With the Avengers and the Galactic Council during Infinity. He's later forced to work with his rival Blastaar and enemy Nova during Annihilation: Scourge.
- Evil Overlord: Of the Negative Zone.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards mammals.
- Galactic Conqueror: In Annihilation, he decides he is done ruling on the Negative Zone only, and starts an invasion of the Universe.
- Hero Killer: He killed Wendell Vaughn in the opening act of Annihilation. Wendell got better eventually, though.
- Humanoid Abomination: He looks vaguely humanoid, but is in fact an insectoid alien from the Negative Zone who has been made immortal by the powerful rod he is using as a weapon.
- Insectoid Aliens: What he really is.
- It's All About Me: The very reason he is dangerous; Annihilus values his own survival above everything else, and his paranoia causes him to believe pretty much everything is a potential danger to his life.
- Joker Immunity: Has died multiple times, it never sticks. Whenever he is killed his hive just births a new one.
- Large Ham: Extremely loud and bombastic as one would be from the days of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
- Logical Weakness: Annihilus has a tough outer shell. His organs, meanwhile, are as squishy and vulnerable as anyone else's. Of course, actually getting close enough to Annihilus in order to exploit this is... all but impossible.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Out of paranoid fear that every other living thing is a danger to his life. In Annihilation, his goal is to wipe out the entire universe and rule on the void that will remain.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Would you seriously like to stay in presence of a guy whose name is derived from the word annihilation?
- Power Glows: With the Cosmic Control Rod.
- Spikes of Villainy: His attire is full of them.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he adapted the Hulk's transformations, he becomes on the level of a cosmic being and his Annihilation Wave became unstoppable. Thanos had to petition the One Above All to make an alternate Adam Warlock a new Living Tribunal to rewrite history so he never achieved such power.
- Winged Humanoid: Notably they're more like a bat's than an insect's.
Diablo (Esteban Corazón de Ablo)
A brilliant and ancient alchemist who was accidentally awoken by the Fantastic Four in their early days and has remained a nuisance ever since.
- 10-Minute Retirement: He'd decided he'd had enough of supervillainy when his old flame and fellow alchemist Gilded Lily recruited him to take revenge on Alpha Flight. He was only motivated to help her when she revealed she wanted to take over Aurora's body.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Sort of. His alchemy, which can transmute elements through means unknown to modern science, enables him to control his own physical body, the bodies of others, or inorganic matter.
- Bad Boss: Not a pleasant guy to work under.
- Biblical Bad Guy: Technically named after the devil, though his actual demonic connotations beyond that are very few.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Actually addressed in his first appearance: part of his plan involves making a fortune by selling his chemicals to the world. It works, and he becomes very wealthy; however, all of his alchemical compounds break down over time, either reverting their effects or causing something more disastrous to happen. As such, this trope can be considered justified in Diablo's case.
- Manipulative Bastard: Underplayed compared to other FF villains, but he is quite the clever schemer, often working through manipulated proxies when he can.
- Really 700 Years Old: He was born in 9th century Spain, and has used his alchemical skills to prolong his life.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Diablo wears green-and-purple. He animated and commanded a synthetic lifeform called Dragon Man who is sometimes depicted gray with purple pants, and sometimes purple with brown pants.
- This Cannot Be!: Almost every time he's defeated, he reacts with sheer disbelief.
- "I am inevitable. I am... destiny. I am Galactus, and I hunger."
Galactus is the famed "Devourer of Worlds" in the Marvel Universe. His powers are nearly omnipotent. He has appointed a number of entities as his Heralds, imbuing them with the Power Cosmic. He uses energy from the core of planets and universal sources to sustain himself.
An enigmatic genius inventor who is obsessed with statistical probabilities, who originally supplied his inventions to criminal gangs before coming to the conclusion that he was more suited to Take Over the World.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: While no intuitive master manipulator, he can predict most people's actions quite well with sufficient observation and pattern recognition, and act accordingly. His one constant foil is Reed Richards, who is not only as smart as himself, but, paradoxically, not quite as "rational", which is why he keeps winning over him. Why, yes, an excitable woman like Sue Richards or an immature hothead like Johnny Storm will of course act irrationally, that is easy to predict—but a genius like Mr. Fantastic must make the logical and rational choice in any situation, right?
- Berserk Button: Don't call him "The Mad Thinker" to his face; its just "The Thinker", thank you very much.
- Clock King: His whole shtick. And he is quite good at it.
- Crazy-Prepared: It's quite difficult to surprise him, since he plans for every eventuality. Including contingency plans to compensate for incomplete information.Thinker: I always have a reserve plan, in case I should miscalculate.
- Creative Sterility: His Achilles' heel. He is one of the few geniuses in the Marvel universe brilliant enough to understand Reed Richards's works, and so he can reverse-engineer them with sufficient time and effort... but he cannot create anything of his own, only reproduce and recombine variants of other people's ideas.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Amongst other things, he was the one who created the Awesome Android.
- Mad Mathematician: His other hat. He once managed to calculate how long it would take the Fantastic Four to invade an enemy fortress, take out the enemies, and escape, and had planted a bomb to go off exactly as they had left the building blowing up their mutual enemy but not the Four. How on Earth did he do that? 10 minutes to go in, factoring in the Human Torch's average temperature of 2000 celcius... carry the 2... divide by 5... leave 2 minutes for electric signals...
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: He spent several years of real time in an ordinary prison cell, but his brain implant enabled him to project his mind into android duplicates, enabling him to enjoy life and go on the occasional crime spree.
- Robot Master: What he is, the twist is while hes a master he is not a maker of robots rather than using other designs and improving on them.
- Spanner in the Works: Most of his plans are short-circuited by these. Once, his whole scheme was foiled because he failed to take in account the Fantastic Four's mailman.
- The Spook: To this day, no-one is clear who exactly he was before he became a super-villain, or what his origins are. We have only his word on it, but apparently he used to work in a high-functioning job in the private sector.
- Talkative Loon: When written by Jonathan Hickman, he gibbers to himself out loud all the time.
- Warrior Therapist: At times. Depending on the Writer.
- Would Not Hurt A Child: During a team-up with the Wizard, the Mad Thinker found out after they'd kidnapped Franklin Richards that the Wizard planned to kill and autopsy the boy to learn the secret of his powers. Completely disgusted, he immediately abandoned the Wizard and found Ben Grimm, leading him to where the Wizard had the boy hidden.
Mole Man (Harvey Elder)
The very first supervillain that the Fantastic Four fought upon gaining their powers. Born a surface-dweller, Harvey Elder became obsessed with discovering a subterranean society. He found one in the Moloids, a slave race genetically engineered by the Deviants, the offshoot race of Eternals, and found the means to control many of the monstrous Deviant Mutates that also lived underground. But finding acceptance as the Moloids' leader was not enough for him, and he soon sought revenge against the surface world that shunned him.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Became bitter because people used to tease him about his ugly appearance. So bitter, in fact, he left civilisation itself to get away from the taunting.
- Badass Bookworm: He is a former nuclear engineer, with genius-level intellect and knowledge of technology centuries beyond conventional science. Also happens to be a skilled hand-to-hand fighter when using a staff.
- Baleful Polymorph: Discovers an extract from the diamonds in the Valley of Diamonds that he believes transforms appearances to ones antithesis after an old women is turned beautiful and young. Turns out it changes your appearance to your character and when he falls into a vat of it he turns into an actual mole. It's temporary as he's back to normal by next appearance.
- Disability Superpower: Toned down; he isn't technically blind, but his sight is still damaged, forcing him to wear a pair of special glasses to stand even normal illumination. As a compensation, all his other senses have heightened to nearly superhuman levels.
- The Emperor: Evokes this during Rings of The Mandarin, when he begins wearing a crown and wielding a scepter.
- Gravity Master: Had this power when he wielded the Mandarin's Daimonic ring.
- HeelFace Turn: Sort of; at some point, he reformed, tried assembling a sanctuary to help those rejected from the Surface World, and later allowed a super-hero team, the Infinity Watch, to use a castle located on his territory as a base. In later years, he started taking a villainous role again, but then his motives made him more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- A Hero to His Hometown: His constituents at least respect him, and willingly follow him in his attacks against the outside world, which they believe he leads for their own benefit.
- Mole Men: Ironically, he isn't one himself (just a disfigured old man), but his Moloids fit the trope like a glove.
- Parental Neglect: Sired an actual mole man deemed Mole Monster with a Deviant woman he met in his early days underground. He also apparently immediately left them, which his son concedes isn't uncommon among Deviants anyway.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Well, he technically was more or less reformed at that point, but his motives to provide a base for the Infinity Watch weren't entirely selfless; he was hoping their presence would protect him from any meddlers. Considering they indeed ended up doing so several times, including driving away an invasion from the United Nations, and this led to the Avengers recognizing his rulership over Monster Island, it can be said he was right.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During his time as leader of the Ten Rings (supervillains who wielded the Mandarin's newly sentient Makulan Power Rings), after watching his fellow Ringbearers fall in battle, he is told that he is now the primary heir to the Mandarin's legacy. He immediately ditches the ring and flees while Iron Man recovers it.
- Servant Race: His moloids.
- Super Senses: At the very least has developed a radar sense similar to the Daredevil to compensate living underground.
- You Are Number 6: His Ten Rings designation is Mandarin Six.
Molecule Man (Owen Reece)
A meek technician caught in a Freak Lab Accident, giving him the power to manipulate the molecules of all non-living matter (later revealed to be all matter, yet placed mental blocks on himself). In his first appearance, he sought to take over the world, and easily defeated the Fantastic Four, yet was captured by Uatu and sent to another dimension so that he could never menace the world again. Later came back as a wand (his body had long expired in this dimension), possessing all those who held onto it, including at some point, Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic. Later regained a body, and took part in the Secret Wars, as Doctor Doom's right-hand man. When Doom absorbed the Beyonder's powers, he revealed the limitations he placed on himself, and removed them, giving the Molecule Man a new-found confidence, and he returned with all the supervillains back to Earth under his own power, later forgoing the life of a supervillain altogether to live with Marsha Rosenberg (aka Volcana) who he met during this time. When the Beyonder came to Earth in Secret Wars II, he fought him off, but later merged with him before returning to Earth as himself. An on-and-off again supervillain, the Molecule Man is among the most powerful opponents the Four have ever faced.
- Affably Evil: When he's on his good days, he's not such a bad guy. When Miles Morales handed him a (week-old) cheeseburger in Secret Wars (2015), he restored the multiverse...and revived his deceased mother in gratitude. Since then, he's been largely retired and takes the time to warn Galactus of those out to get him.
- Character Death: Killed by Griever at the End of All Things in the second issue of the 2018 series.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Particularly in recent times.
- The Constant: The Beyonders placed an Owen Reece into every reality as a cascading detonation mechanism in their experiment to collapse the multiverse into a singularity. After the reconstruction, he duplicates himself into each newly created reality.
- Continuity Snarl: When it came out that he and the Beyonder were actually living halves of a cosmic cube who then fused together into one that became its own being. Then they just...stopped being that and apparently the Beyonder is a mutant inhuman. Now he's a living failsafe installed in every universe by the Beyonders.
- The Dreaded: Freaking Uatu the Watcher personally stepped in when the Molecule Man made his presence known for the first time, and locked him in a dimension that had time out of sync with ours because he was that much of a threat to the universe. None other than Galactus himself said that if he got serious, he couldn't hope to challenge him, that Reece could end him with a stray thought. Even Doom, who treats his fellow supervillains like crap and beneath, treats Owen with the appropriate amount of respect...sort of.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: One day, he wants to take over the world, yet feels insecure in front of guys like Norman Osborn and Doctor Doom. Men who, mind you, he could easily vaporize if he wanted to.
- FaceHeel Revolving Door: Currently on the Face side... sort of.
- Love Redeems: His crush on Tigra, and relationship with Volcana made him a lot nicer as a person, to the point that he did away with supervillainy altogether for a time.
- Physical God: Fortunately, all those who realize it are safe in the knowledge that he doesn't.
- Power Limiter: His confidence issues are what holds back the Molecule Man's full potential, to the point that he at first, felt he needed a wand to focus his powers. even though he grew out of it, it remained restricted to non-living matter. Even so, he could still erect barriers across all of New York City (Even the Invisible Woman strained when she erected one across Manhattan), and lift a 150 billion ton mountain. Without this block, he's easily among the most powerful beings among the Marvel Universe.
- Reality Warper: Notes in The Ultimates (2015) that his name isn't exactly accurate - he's gone from molecules, to atoms, to protons, quarks, quantum-strings, and now, perhaps, he's 'Narrative Man'.
- Retired Badass: Post Secret Wars (2015), he's claimed that he's now retired.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Became an enemy of Iron Man, and the Avengers in general. Honestly, with a bad guy this powerful, it's not surprising.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: When his consciousness was trapped in a wand.
- Story-Breaker Power: If he ever got serious, and got over the issues he has, he could own even Galactus with a stray thought, and even take on the Celestials. This man, supervillain or hero, could pretty much end all conflict in the Marvel Universe, and no-one (except maybe White Crown Phoenix) could stop him.
- Super Loser: Once fought with the Beyonder, in a clash that could've destroyed the universe, because he blamed him for his relationship issues with his girlfriend.
- Touched by Vorlons: His initial backstory was a Freak Lab Accident opening a pinhole into the Beyonder's dimension and infusing him with the same omnipotent energy that goes into cosmic cubes.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Downplayed. His issues were already there when he got his powers - they only magnified them. If anything, when he's more stable, he pulls off better feats. In New Avengers, it's revealed that this was deliberate on the part of the Beyonders - as Molecule Men across the multiverse would go insane eventually, and when detonate - annihilating their respective universes.
Trapster (Peter Petruski)
- Abnormal Ammo: Fast-drying glue that quickly solidifies and can hold almost anything. As the Trapster, he added various other chemical substances to his arsenal.
- Atrocious Alias: "Paste Pot Pete" is so bad that it serves as a Never Live It Down In-Universe. Its so bad that the first time Spider-Man encountered him, he was too busy laughing at him to fight, resulting in Pete walking away in annoyance and shame.
- Berserk Button: Calling him by his former name — Paste Pot Pete.
- Butt-Monkey: He is unfortunate enough to have started out with one of the most ridiculous supervillain names ever, and suffered from an in-universe case of Never Live It Down about it. Spider-Man, in particular, just can't take him seriously because of it.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Why didn't he just market his glue and become a millionaire? Considering he developed the glue while working as a research chemist for another company, it's possible he thought (or this was actually the case) anything he developed was technically owned by them, hence, he decided to try and be a criminal instead. After beating him up once, Black Panther mentioned that he might have a job for the Trapster when he gets out of jail.
- Epic Fail: Most of his super villain career.
- Fate Worse than Death: For a time, combined with Bad Boss: The Wizard "trapped" Petruski in a time loop to infinitely relive his last moments. Trapster later got out of it offscreen.
- Happens to him again when he reappears in The Unbelievable Gwenpool. After readopting his Paste Pot Pete persona to hide from his deeds as the Trapster, hes dragged into Gutterspace, the endless void between comic panels that only Gwenpool seems able to navigate.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: his original supername is a reference to the character "Pisspot Pete" in the bawdy poem Lil the Whore, a man with his own unique superpower.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Paste-Pot Pete had one of the more unfortunate villainous monikers in supervillainy. Even after changing his name to "The Trapster" and becoming more effective in his use of specialized glues and pastes, he still gets ragged on mercilessly about his old name by the likes of Spider-Man and the Human Torch. In fact, in one story where the Trapster was actually rather competent, he still couldn't win. After beating a couple of crooks senseless who had double-crossed him, he left them trussed up in his paste to let everyone know he had done it. Unfortunately, when the police found the two crooks, they mistook the paste for Spider Man's webbing, and assumed that the hero had caught them and left them for them to find. (An honest mistake, actually, since Spidey tended to do that a lot, but the Trapster was really upset.)
- Never Live It Down: In-universe; he eventually got sick of being mocked for his ridiculous alias and changed it to "Trapster", but people around him just won't let him forget how he used to call himself.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite his reputation of a joke, he has proven himself quite dangerous since he started to use his glue in lethal ways. He has successfully framed Spider-Man for his murder once, which forced Spidey to take four temporary secret identities.
- And then there was the time he fought fellow C-list villain Whirlwind. When the Trapster managed to glue his feet to the ground, Whirlwind's trying to spin broke multiple bones, including his spine. Ouch.
- He takes full advantage of this trope in Gwenpool's book where he reverts to his Paste Pot Pete persona since he knows that everyone around him won't take him even remotely seriously and will completely drop their guard. It works.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: At first, he was exclusively a foe of the Torch and the Thing. It didn't take him long to include Reed and Sue in his grudge, though. He later became a recurring foe of Spider-Man, but fared no better against the wall-crawler, either.
- Sticky Situation: A super glue gun.
- Trap Master: If his name isnt indicative enough.
Puppet Master (Philip Masters)
Born in Transia and once childhood friends with Jessica Drew, Phillip Masters became obsessed with making dolls of the clay he found near the base of Wundagore Mountain. Emigrating to America at a young age and subsequently placed in an orphanage, his obsession with his special (and radioactive) clay grew. An attempt to develop it for market backfired due to Phillip's jealousy toward his business partner, who would die in a lab explosion. Masters would then marry his partner's widow and adopt their daughter Alicia, who had been blinded by the same explosion. But the death of his wife proved to be the final straw for his sanity, and after securing more clay from his homeland he began his life of crime as the Puppet Master.
- Bald of Evil: Just look at the pic.
- Doing In the Scientist: His puppets' powers were originally explained as being due to their radioactivity. Apparently realizing how implausible that sounded, even by comic book logic, later stories attributed it to being infused with magic from proximity to the base of Wundagore Mountain.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: At least, Deadpool thinks so.
- Knight Templar Parent: Let's just say he really doesn't approve of his stepdaughter dating the Thing.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Alicia Masters
- People Puppets: His powers allow him to make puppets out of radioactive clay, which he can then use to control people.
- Pet the Dog: In "Spider-Man Family #4", when he abandons one of his evil plans to comfort a distraught boy, and gives him the Spider-Man doll he was going to use in said plan.
Red Ghost (Ivan Kragoff)
A Russian scientist who sought to duplicate the conditions that gave the Fantastic Four their powers, Ivan Kragoff deliberately exposed himself and three apes to high levels of cosmic rays and succeeded. His first fight with the FF, which took place on the Moon, led to the introduction of Uatu The Watcher.
- Dirty Communists: Red Ghost was one of the original communist villains from the Silver Age.
- Evil Counterpart: Red Ghost deliberately exposed himself and his Super Apes to cosmic rays to give them powers to rival the Fantastic Four.
- Intangibility: Red Ghost's super power. Through concentration, he can achieve different degrees of intangibility and can even become like a diffuse mist. He can become transparent or invisible when in intangible form, to the extent that sensitive equipment of Reed Richards was unable to detect him hiding over several days. The Red Ghost can alter the tangibility of parts of his body independently of each other. Thus he can hold a weapon in his hand while the rest of his body is intangible. While he is intangible, his body metabolism enables him to go without eating or without breathing for extended periods of time.
- Mad Scientist: Ivan Kragoff is considered to be one of the smartest people on the planet. He is a brilliant scientist skilled in the fields of rocketry, engineering and physics. He is also skilled in training simians.
- Maniac Monkeys: The Super Apes
- Selective Magnetism: Peotr the Orangutan's power. He possesses the ability to project magnetic forces, enabling him to attract or repel objects containing iron or steel. Using his magnetic powers, he may be able to suspend weights above his head that are roughly equal to the amounts that Miklho can lift (press) through physical strength.
- Shapeshifting: Igor the Baboon's ability. He is limited to shapes roughly equal to his normal size. However, he can only make baboon sounds if he attempts to resemble a human or humanoid.
- Soviet Super Science: Red Ghost's stock and trade, at least while the USSR was still around.
- Super Strength: Mikhlo the Gorilla's ability that makes him roughly the equal of the Thing.
The Supreme Accuser of the Kree Empire, head of the Public Accuser Corps (the Empire's main law-enforcement body) and one of the highest ranking officials in the Empire, second only to the Supreme Intelligence and the Imperial Minister. The Fantastic Four first caught his attention when they defeated Kree Sentry #459. He is a veteran of many conflicts, including the Kree/Skrull and Kree/Shi'Ar Wars, and was a recurring foe of Captain Mar-Vell due to the latter defecting from the Kree to fight for Earth. He would eventually marry Crystal, a former fill-in member of the Fantastic Four.
- Adorkable: Surprisingly, he becomes this when he's around Crystal of The Inhumans royal family.
- Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero when he's on the side of the heroes.
- Anti-Villain: Though usually portrayed as a supervillain, he is sometimes depicted as a more noble and honorable character.
- Arranged Marriage: In War of Kings when the Inhumans seek aid from the Kree against the Skrull's Secret Invasion, Ronan agrees on the condition that the Inhuman princess, Crystal, marries him. Gradually (through this and the Realm of Kings follow-up event) evolves into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage.
- Badass Normal: Of the Annihilators, Ronan comes the closest, since everyone else is a Flying Brick. He spends most of the miniseries grumbling about his lack of power compared to everyone else.
- Break the Badass: The destruction of the Kree homeworld shattered Ronan, leaving him walking across the remains of Hala naming all the dead. When Crystal calls him out on his attitude toward the Inhumans, he's driven to suicide, only being prevented by Crystal.
- Character Development: He became a more noble and heroic characters since Annihilation.
- Clear My Name: Ronan's goal during the Annihilation war is to get back his job and life, first by finding the Rigellian Tana Nile and learning who bribed her into testifying against him. Then the Annihilation Wave kills her, forcing a change in plans.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Ronan versus Ravenous in Annihilation, who only a few months before (in-universe) survived fights with the Silver Surfer. Ronan takes a good chunk of Ravenous's face off.
- Against Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. Ronan's a towering Kree in power armor. Peter Quill is an ordinary human-Spartoi hybride with no superpowers. He has no chance beyond getting Ronan to work up a mild sweat.
- Depending on the Writer: His motivations have changed with different writers. In his initial appearance, he was a Reasonable Authority Figure who was Just Following Orders when directed to sentence Earth, whereas the 1970s and 80s made him the Kree equivalent of a McCarthyite security hawk with Fantastic Racism, who even launched a Military Coup against the Kree government because of its liberal policies and tolerance for miscegenation. In later years he is more commonly depicted as an Obstructive Bureaucrat, with some versions even making him a rebellious Anti-Hero.
- Drop the Hammer: Ronan's hammer, which can also restructure molecules. He usually just uses it to hit people really, really hard.
- Enemy Mine: Ronan and Super-Skrull are usually villains but help Nova and the others defeat the Annihilation Wave. In fact, Ronan and Super-Skrull being on the same side counts as well; Kree and Skrulls hate each other.
- Green Lantern Ring: Ronan uses the most powerful of the Universal Weapon or Cosmi-Rod wielded by the Accusers. He can use it for energy blasts, force-fields, matter manipulation and flight. The weapon has a built-in fail-safe: only Accusers in their armor can safely wield it.
- Hidden Depths: Ronan secretly has a romantic, soft-hearted streak. He even tried brining Crystal flowers during their engagement.
- Implacable Man: At his best. Highlight during Annihilation, he just walked straight through the Wave to get at House Fiyero, not letting them stop him at all.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: As he puts it, "Accusation is punishment!". Note that, although Ronan is the most known one, the Kree have a whole army of Accusers.
- Knight Templar: Seriously, you do not want to fuck with this guy. During the prologue to Annihilation, he was on an alien planet and killed a village leader who'd executed his own daughter. When it was pointed out to him what the daughter had done (fallen in love with a member of an enemy tribe), and that the leader was perfectly within his rights under their laws to execute her, he replied that what she had done was not against Kree law. He was pretty intense during this scene, as the whole incident really pissed him off.Ronan: I am Ronan the Accuser. Wherever I set my foot, there Kree law holds sway.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When the seriously angry Inhumans came to Hala after Secret Invasion, Ronan surrendered the minute they came near, rather than bothering to fight.
- Large Ham: GUILTY!
- Love Cannot Overcome: He and Crystal legitimately love one another, but after their separation in Hickman's Fantastic Four run, and the destruction of Hala by J-son Quill, Ronan is too broken to try and restart their marriage.
- Mercy Kill: Ends up captured by Kree fanatics and systematically gets his limbs removed and replaced with robotics. He begs Black Bolt to put him out of his misery. Black Bolts grans his wish.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: He is loyal to the Kree people and state to a fault, though not always to its present rulers if they are evil or corrupt.
- My Nayme Is: Its Ro-nan, not Ro-nin.
- Never My Fault: During Royals, he blames Crystal for their marriage falling apart. She points out the marriage fell apart thanks to Ronan reviving the Supreme Intelligence. He doesn't take it well.
- Powered Armor: Ronan's armor provides protection, scanners, cloaking, and enhances his strength. It is adaptable.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Of the "Proud Soldier Race" type, as the Kree are more of a species of fascist/Communist totalitarians than Klingon-like Vikings or samurai.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Drinking game, we dare you to type his name on Google and drink everytime his name is spelled Ronin on forums and YouTube comments. Your liver will probably be destroyed and you will die for the Kree empire.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Started as a Fantastic Four villain and the he became the Arch-Enemy of the first Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell).
- Took a Level in Badass: During Annihilation.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Briefly led the Kree after euthanizing the lobotomized Supreme Intelligence, until the Inhumans came a'calling.
- All Your Powers Combined: He has all of the F4's powers, plus his natural Skull biology. These powers were not directly taken from the targets, but the result of reverse engineering.
- Anti-Villain: During Annihilation. He maims, tortures, and kills in his way to stop the Harvester of Sorrow.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: At the end of Infinity he is crowned Emperor of the newly restored Skrull empire.
- Black and Gray Morality: His miniseries, given that he's a jerkass who isn't above using violence and torture to get what he wants, against the Annihilation Wave.
- Broken Pedestal: During Annihilation, Kl'rt meets a Skrull engineer named R'kin who idolizes him. However, the more time they spend together, R'Kin's notions of Kl'rt being a noble hero are chipped away as he witnesses more of the Super-Skrull's ruthlessness and brutality. This culminates in R'Kin betraying Kl'rt to the Annihilation Wave for money.
- Deadpan Snarker: While he can fly into a rage, he's overall pretty stoic and tends to take whatever is thrown at him unflinchingly. During the Annihilation storyline, he teleported into Reed Richard's lab to ask for assistance. Reed flips out the moment he sees him, locks the lab down, hits all the emergency alarms, and points an extremely lethal looking cannon at Kl'rt. Kl'rt doesn't react to any of this.Kl'rt: (Looking at the cannon) You can destroy a moon with that. I'm flattered.
- Elite Mook: To the Skrull Empire.
- Enemy Mine: Ronan and Super-Skrull are usually villains but help Nova and the others defeat the Annihilation Wave. In fact, Ronan and Super-Skrull being on the same side counts as well; Kree and Skrulls hate each other.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely loved and cared for his son, and hauled serious ass to try and save him. Which didn't work. Doesn't apply for his daughter Jazinda, as there's very little love lost between them.
- Even Evil Has Standards: During Secret Invasion he finds his race becoming a bunch of religious fundamentalists disturbing.
- The Gadfly: During Annihilation, Kl'rt loves making pithy comments at Ronan's expense every few seconds.
- Green Lantern Ring: Kl'rt has all the powers of the Fantastic Four, although he uses them a little more...dangerously. Like stretching his arm so thin that it becomes like razor-wire and then cutting enemies in half with it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrificed himself during the Annihilation War by destroying an enormous organic warship. Comics being what they are, he came back before the event was even over.
- Military Superhero: From the point of view of the Skrulls. Originally he was just a decorated soldier without superpowers (other than the minor shapeshifting that is the default for Skrulls), and his military experience is still an important part of his identity.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Roughly speaking, he has two default characterizations, and this is one of them. When not written as The Starscream to the Skrull emperor, he is usually (and by startling contrast) a very loyal soldier and patriot who will put up with almost anything in his eagerness to serve the cause of the Skrulls.
- No Respect Guy: Some Skrulls don't look too fondly on him, seeing him as an embarrassment after his many failures.
- Pride: One of his defining traits is his personal pride.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Hes extremely proud of his race, and has a warrior mindset. Even when hes The Starscream.
- Redemption Equals Death: At the end of his Annihilation mini-series, although he gets better after a few months.
- Shapeshifting: Like all Skrulls, Kl'rt is a shape-shifter. Thus he has the ability to rearrange the molecules of his body at will into any form, shape or being perceived that he chooses. This allows him to imitate the appearance of any of the four members of the Fantastic Four, as well as their powers.
- Super Soldier: The Skrull equivalent of this trope.
- Took a Level in Badass: During Annihilation.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: By virtue of being a Skrull, a species where this is a natural ability.
Wizard (Bentley Wittman)
Originally a renowned inventor of great intellect, Bentley Wittman grew jealous of the attention the Fantastic Four, and in particular the Human Torch, received. Turning his stage persona into a supervillain identity, the Wizard vowed to prove himself superior to the Torch. He would later co-found the Frightful Four alongside Paste-Pot Pete, the Sandman, and an amnesiac Medusa (though after she got her memory back, numerous other villains were rotated in the fourth slot).
- Cloning Blues: Bentley-13, a young clone of him, is a ward of the Future Foundation. The younger version worships the elder.
- Driven by Envy: His overwhelming ambition in life has become to outdo Reed Richard and prove himself a better scientist. Originally though it was to upstage the Human Torch.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Has a lot of nifty gadgets at his disposal.
- Gravity Master: He often billed himself as the Wingless Wizard in his early days.
- Mandatory Motherhood: When his wife refused to get pregnant, he confined her and used artificial insemination to impregnate her, all in the hopes of getting a super-powered offspring.
- Parental Abandonment: When his Mandatory Motherhood scheme above didn't turn out quite the way he thought it would, he left his wife and newborn daughter, only to come back and use them against the Fantastic Four years later, when his daughter Cole was grown up.
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size: He first picked a fight with Johnny for no better reason than intellectual boredom.
- Power Incontinence: One of his defeats sent him flying into the stratosphere with no way to stop. He would have suffocated if not for a timely rescue by the Sandman and Paste-Pot Pete.
- The Psycho Rangers: The Frightful Four are this to the Fantastic Four, with the Wizard being the evil counterpart to Mr. Fantastic. Who the others are matched up against vary due to its ever-changing roster.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Although the Torch was his first enemy, he had no problem extending his grudge to the rest of the Four.
- Sanity Slippage: During and after the Hickman run he developed a quasi-religious zealotry and psychotic obsession with outdoing Reed Richards. It was attributed to a brain tumor but even after its removal he barely recovered.
- Smug Snake: Extremely smug man.
- Techno Wizard: A techno genius whose name is built on this.
An amorphous black symbiotic alien and member of a warlike empire, held captive by Devos the Devastator. Unwittingly freed by the Fantastic Four, it took over a gorilla to attack the Thing and Human Torch; briefly taking over the former before jumping to the latter. It was dubbed Dreadface by the Thing, and seemingly killed when it was tricked into blowing up the Fantastic Four's crashed ship's fuel tank.
- The Don: Dreadface's second appearance has it attempt to become a crime-lord and construct a machine to create clones of itself.
- Not Quite Dead: In its first appearance it was seemingly killed when the Thing tricked it into blowing up a fuel tank, and in its second appearance when its island base exploded. Each time, however, it managed to make a comeback until in its final appearance it was banished back to the depths of space.
- The Symbiote: Dreadface is an amorphous creature made of living darkness, bonds to a host it can dominate at-will and drain of vitality, and even calls itself a symbiote. However, despite this its databook entry says there's no evidence it's a member of the same species as Venom.
A villain introduced in Frank Robinsons run on the comics in 2015, the Quiet Man is revealed to have been the mastermind behind the teams recent misfortunes (Ben being framed for murder, Johnny losing his powers, Reed and Sue losing custody of their children) and claims to have been indirectly attacking the team for years all because he had a crush on Sue years ago and Reed talked to Sue first.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Admittedly, the first time Reed and Sue spoke to each other was probably important to them anyway, but they couldnt have known that it also marked the start of the Quiet Mans hatred of them.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Basically defied; according to the Quiet Man, he owns everything from corner shops to Fortune 500 companies, and he still blames Reed for the fact that hes miserable.
- Didn't Think This Through: The main reason the Quiet Mans plan fails in the end; as Reed observes, trusting a villain who proudly proclaims himself to be the Psycho Man to keep his word and abandon power over two Earths was a very stupid move.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The Quiet Man is attacking the team to the extent of framing Reed for causing an invasion from an alternate Earth just because Reed talked to Sue before he could, even though neither Reed or Sue had any idea the man even existed.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The villain introduces himself as the Quiet Man and explains that he has developed so many other aliases over the years that he doesnt even remember his original name.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Part of the reason the Quiet Man failed was that he underestimated the better nature of some of the villains hed recruited to assist him, such as the Wizard sparing his clone, Bentley, whom he acknowledges as a son.
- Evil Is Petty: The Quiet Man claims that he developed a cure for cancer and decided to destroy it because there were too many people anyway and he saw no point in letting them be happy when he couldnt be.
- Hidden Villain: The Quiet Man only reveals himself half-way through Robinsons run.
- Man Behind the Man: The Quiet Man has claimed to be this to some of the teams other villains over the years, although its hard to be sure how seriously this claim should be taken.
- Master of Disguise: Uses holograms and other advanced technology to disguise himself, to the extent that he cant remember what he originally looked like.
- Revenge Before Reason: Even if the Quiet Man is exaggerating the scale of his influence on the FFs history, he definitely goes to ridiculous lengths to destroy the team when they never deliberately did anything to hurt him in the first place.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: In the end, the Quiet Man gets away in another disguise while Reed and Valeria are distracted cleaning up his mess, and he hasnt been seen since.
- Villainous Crush: Everything the Quiet Man has done can be traced back to an inability to get over his crush on Sue, when Sue never had any idea he even existed.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Quiet Mans plan required him to not only endanger Franklin and Valerias lives, but also use Franklin to basically recreate Counter-Earth and attack the FF with its forces.
- Bad Boss: Blastaar is a ruthless tyrant who punishes dissenters and failure with execution.
- Dimension Lord: He claims to be the ruler of the Negative Zone, and often clashes with Annihilus for the title. He also frequently seeks to conquer Earth.
- Enemy Mine: Ends up having to work with Annihilus during Annihilation: Scourge against the Cancerverse.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Blastaar may be a ruthless tyrant, but he wants to conquer rather than destroy. When he makes the mistake of allying with Carnage in Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man, he is disgusted that Cletus would use him to gleefully slaughter trillions.
- Hand Blast: His main power is the ability to fire beams of energy from his hands, hence his title: "The Living Bomb-Burst".
- The Rival: Of Annihilus, having clashed with him for the supremacy of the Negative Zone on several occasions.