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"When the Earth starts to settle, God throws a stone at it. And believe me, He's winding up."
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Species: Artificial Intelligence (Android)

Portrayed By: James Spader

Voiced By: Moisés Palacios (Latin-American Spanish dub), Hiroyuki Kinoshita (Japanese dub)

Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron | Spider-Man: Homecoming (cameo)

"When the dust settles, the only thing living in this world will be metal."

An artificial intelligence Tony Stark created to lead his new "Iron Legion" drone forces in protecting the world. The program was a fantasy until Tony and Bruce examined Loki's scepter and found a potent computational engine within (outclassing even J.A.R.V.I.S.).

After days of unsuccessful tests, an unforeseen reaction with the scepter brought Ultron to life as a full-fledged A.I. Unfortunately, he promptly decided the best way to protect the world was by destroying the established order and its protectors, starting with the Avengers themselves.


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    Tropes A to K 
  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: He has a tendency to do this before he upgrades himself.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Combines the motives of the Ultron seen in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (believes that his genocidal actions will result in a better world), and the origins of the Ultron from Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (was created by Tony Stark before going rogue).
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the original comics, Ultron was created by Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) based off of his own brain patterns. Since Hank wasn't exactly stable at the time, Ultron rebelled the moment it was created, developing an Inferiority Superiority Complex as a robot made to serve humans and an Oedipus Complex towards Hank and Janet. Here, Tony and Bruce created him using the Mind Stone as a blue-print in the hopes of creating a defense force for the Earth. Since the Mind Stone made him more sentient than originally intended, Ultron developed an independence that made him unpredictable and planned on fulfilling its vague imperative even if it meant committing genocide before Motive Decay set it.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Set up in order to be subverted. In the comics, Ultron straight-up wants to Kill All Humans from day one. Conversely, Movie!Ultron's initial motivation was to eliminate the most threatening individuals in the world, which included the Avengers. Later on, he decides to enforce Social Darwinism by engineering an extinction-level disaster and helping the survivors become stronger. By the end of the movie, he thinks humanity is too far gone to help and states that he's willing to kill everything on the planet. Even with this in mind, he's portrayed far more sympathetically as a whole than his comic book counterpart would ever be.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Ultron is one of Marvel's most dangerous villains ever. His entire body is Made of Indestructium, and The Mighty Thor has a hard enough time leaving a dent in it before it repairs itself anyways. Ultron also has Technopath abilities, where he once enslaved the techno-organic Phalanx through sheer force of will, and then went on to conquer to the Kree Empire by separating it from the rest of the universe. In the movie, while being a dangerous, world-class threat, he gets dispatched much more easily in the end, and even struggles keeping up with Captain America in a one-on-one battle (which is compounded by Cap getting the reverse treatment). Getting overpowered and killed by The Vision would never happen in the comics — Ultron once one-shotted him with no effort (Really) — though this is ameliorated by the Vision being a serious Adaptational Badass, intended as Ultron's final form, infused with Vibranium, and with an Infinity Stone in his forehead.
  • Adapted Out: In the comics, he's the creation of Henry Pym, but here, he was created by Tony Stark with some help from Bruce Banner.
  • Adult Child: Ultron acts like a teenage brat, angry at his "parents", and does things to get back at them.
  • Affably Evil: He alternates between this and Faux Affably Evil depending on who he interacts with. Despite being severely Ax-Crazy, he has a rather polite and affectionate personality. He maintains a friendly tone of voice at times when addressing the Avengers, though this is completely transparent considering that he makes it clear that he wants to kill them and a lot of other people. He initially presents himself to the Maximoffs as an Anti-Villain, and is genuinely fond of them. It's mentioned that early on, the only people he seems to be killing are those who attacked him first or other villains like Baron Strucker, thus giving him the appearance of a Well-Intentioned Extremist to the untrained eye. He only reveals his true colors to the twins during the mission to South Korea, where he kills several of Dr. Cho's innocent employees and then murders a train conductor in order to derail the vehicle and distract the Avengers. His conversation with Vision shows that he can be civilised, albeit disagreeable in the end.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Despite being created by Tony Stark to help the heroic Avengers, Ultron decides he's going to save the world by destroying humanity, or forcing humanity to evolve by destroying it, or something like that.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Downplayed: after Iron Man, Thor, and Vision attack him simultaneously and manage to melt his skin, Ultron clearly tries to talk himself out of death with a calm “with the benefit of hindsight” before Hulk punches him away.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Vision kills him, which he'd been hoping to avoid in favor of talking Ultron down. The way the scene played out, it seemed like Ultron wanted to die and forced Vision's hand.
  • And I Must Scream: Heavily implied. He's based on the AI in the Mind Stone, and when he first meets JARVIS he notes how "weird" his existence feels. Even asking where his body is, despite never having one in the first place. It's not a stretch to assume that his true motivation is a subconscious resentment towards his creators for "trapping" him in an unnatural form and being tasked with a vague directive he has no real reason to care about.
  • Antagonistic Offspring:
    • Ultron's arch-enemy is his own creator, Tony Stark.
      Ultron: Don't compare me with Stark! He's a sickness!
    • Tony even acknowledges it.
      Tony: Aw, junior, you're gonna break your old man's heart.
      Ultron: If I have to.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Ultron is created by applying the algorithms gleaned from the "reactor" inside Loki's scepter (a.k.a. the Mind Stone) to Tony's Ultron system.
  • As the Good Book Says...: Ultron shows a deep fascination with The Bible and God's wrath throughout the movie, seeing himself as an agent of God's will in the line of Noah. He even quotes the Gospel of Matthew when getting vibranium to imply he's something like a priest.
    "Upon this rock, I will build my church..."
  • Ax-Crazy: To the point that his motives and plan keep changing, and he doesn't seem to always have the self-awareness to understand or explain his motives himself. His emotional volatility is worsened by the fact that he Really Was Born Yesterday, as despite his genius intellect, he doesn't have the life-experience to make sense of or cope with all the knowledge about the world that he gained within his first few seconds of life.
  • Badass Baritone: He has one by the time transforms into his final, and most powerful, form. All this, courtesy of James Spader.
  • Become a Real Boy: This allows the Avengers to get a jump on Ultron's plans. Tony realizes, even though Ultron is contemptuous of humanity at best and that the human form is pretty inefficient for a murderous AI who could create a body in any form that he pleases, that Ultron, nonetheless, keeps coming back to the human form as his primary template... which leads to Bruce realizing that nobody's heard from Helen Cho (who specializes in creating artificial human tissue) in a while.
  • Berserk Button: He really hates Tony, to the point where he severs Klaue's arm in rage after the man in question compares something Ultron said to Tony.
  • Big Bad: Ultron serves as the main antagonist in Age of Ultron, after an initial battle between HYDRA and the Avengers.
  • Bishōnen Line:
    • His MK I form is decrepit, with his poorly-armored head looking barely like a human face.note  The sentries don't fare better, looking much more like canon Ultron. His "Prime" form is taller, more well-defined, and has a face that can display limited emotion (even to the point of having metal teeth, a trait carried over to his next form). His vibranium form is the strongest, and has a face that can fully display human emotion.
    • He planned for Vision to be his final form, but when the Avengers took it and the Twins betrayed him, he decided to go with a larger and more demonic looking frame as his next platform.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Ultron's personality is odd to say the least, like a child having a temper tantrum one moment, an old chum and philosopher the next. He doesn't really seem to know what good and evil are, but is aware of their abstract basics. He sees the Avengers as evil because they stagnate the world around them, but his solution is to murder people by the billions. Most of the time it doesn't even seem like he knows why he's doing anything as he constantly changes both his goal and reasoning.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Parodied, defied, and subverted when he jokes about revealing his "evil plan" to Tony Stark. He then shuts up and starts fighting Iron Man, catching him completely off-guard in his attack. It is later played completely straight when he kidnaps Black Widow and talks about his plans, although he is pretty vague on the details. Justified as he outright says that he wanted to show her what he was doing because he didn't have anyone else left by that point.
  • Book-Ends: The first time he is actually seen in a physical body, he is showing up in a damaged Iron Legion drone to confront the Avengers, including his "father" Tony. The last time he appears in a physical body, he is confronting his "son" Vision, in a damaged Sentry body.
  • The Cameo: In Spider-Man: Homecoming. Ultron Prime's head, or one of the heads of his drones, can be seen in the Damage Control facility when Peter is stuck inside after a skirmish with Toomes. The head can be seen briefly as Peter looks around and comes across the offline damaged head.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: In the form of the final Sentinel drone he's left with after the Sokovia battle, which Vision destroys after a short dialogue.
  • Cold Ham: Ultron has a penchant for delivering incredibly bombastic lines in a Creepy Monotone. Best shown here:
    Ultron: Do you see the beauty of it? The inevitability? You rise, only to fall. You, Avengers... you are my meteor, my swift and terrible sword, and the Earth will crack with the weight of your failure. Purge me from your computers, turn my own flesh against me - it means nothing! When the dust settles, the only thing living in this world... will be metal.
  • Colony Drop: He really loves meteors. He discusses them in relation to extinction-level events multiple times, and sets half a city flying purely to slam it into the Earth.
  • Composite Character: Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe cannot use Magneto or any other mutantsnote , he is Ultron with a little stark of Magneto by being able to use his antigravity tech in a manner similar to magnetism, and is like the leader of the first team that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch joined before switching sides to become Avengers.
  • Computer Voice: Starts out as this, then feels weird about not having a body and starts infecting Tony's robots before building his own robotic form.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Creates The Vision's body, though it's completed by Stark, Banner, and Thor.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Tony Stark builds him using information from the Mind Gem in Loki's staff, but Ultron comes online malfunctioning and insane, causing a Zeroth Law Rebellion.
    Ultron: Everyone creates the thing they dread.
  • Daddy Issues: He hates Tony with a passion and yet he is unconsciously what Tony would be without any friends or morals. Ultron largely ignores his other "father," Dr. Banner/Hulk. Like most adolescents, Ultron seems most threatened by the parent he most resembles; since his personality is a garbled version of Stark, Ultron focuses his ire almost solely on Tony.
  • Dark Messiah: He comes to the Maximoffs as one, promising a world where Tony Stark and the Avengers will be made to reckon for their deeds. And in his own mind, he is as well, believing humanity's folly is sitting on its hands and asking for the power of the few to protect everyone when he wants the world to take responsibility for itself as a whole with him as the guiding light. However this changes gears when he comes to the conclusion that humanity is hopeless in its current state and the one true way to fix everything is to engineer a extinction-level event to forcibly replace humanity with something stronger of his own creation. This is the point at which the Maximoffs deem him crazy and must be stopped.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's all of Tony's snark turned Up to Eleven.
    • Perhaps best exemplified by his incredibly deadpan reaction to the Hulk boarding the Quinjet he was escaping on:
      Ultron: Oh, for God's sake.
    • Also by his response to Thor taking out his drones en masse:
      Ultron: Thor... you're bothering me.
    • After Thor tells him that they don't have to "break" anything, Ultron retorts that Thor has obviously never made an omelette. As Tony himself observes, he was just a second faster with the quip (which incidentally also made him mad).
  • Decomposite Character: His "daddy issues" with Hank Pym are transferred to the villain of the Ant-Man movie, Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket. This time his ire is focused on Tony Stark.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Ultron gets into an argument with Ulysses Klaue, the arms dealer who sells him Wakandan vibranium. Ultron casually chops his forearm off in a rush of anger and then apologizes, as if it's all some big misunderstanding. Then he kicks Klaue in the chin.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Downplayed. He says something close to this to Wanda, when she begins to turn on him.
  • The Dreaded: His actions caused a ban to be placed on the creation of any new A.I.s (at least those that are mimicries of the human mind) based on the fear that they would turn out as destructive as he did.
  • Driven to Madness: Finding out that he didn't have a body really freaked him out. Then he started digging into the details of his mission and it was all downhill from there.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene shows fear ("What is this? What is this... place?") and disgust at humanity for all their atrocities. He then "kills" JARVIS (Banner later says this was not based in logic, but rage) and decides to take action himself. This scene also foreshadows his Become a Real Boy tendencies, asking where his and JARVIS's bodies are, noting that lacking one feels wrong to him.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He's unhappy with his Pietro and Wanda's defection, but never loses his affection for them, even urging the latter to flee to safety during the climax.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely likes Pietro and Wanda, even trying to convince them to stay with him after they discover he's an Omnicidal Maniac. He has very little problem killing almost anyone else.
    Ultron: Wanda... if you stay here, you'll die.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tony, JARVIS and Vision.
    • Like Tony, he's a Deadpan Snarker who attacked his enemies from within their home base using spare parts to form a makeshift Iron Man body. He also wants to police the world with his army of drones.
    • Like JARVIS, he's artificial intelligence, though JARVIS is content to be a Servile Snarker while Ultron wants to step out from Tony's shadow.
    • Like Vision, he's an artificial life form whose purpose was little more than an overpowered servant to the Avengers, but developed a consciousness that made them independent of their programming. Ultron was designed to protect but chose destruction, while Vision was designed to destroy but chose preservation.
  • Evil Gloating: He downloaded all of the internet into himself, so he frequently talks like an overtly confident know-it-all. However, he averts the usual ranting about his true intentions. By the time Sokovia goes for a ride, he goes into a full out Breaking Speech.
  • Evil Is Bigger: While his sentries are human-sized, the main body is 8 feet (2.43 metres), much taller than everyone else but the Hulk. And Elizabeth Olsen said it was hard to look at where Ultron's head was instead of James Spader Chewing the Scenery.
  • Evil Plan: He jokingly discusses his goal as being one. The plan itself is to engineer an extinction-level event to force humanity to evolve and grow stronger. Or to just destroy humanity entirely. Ultron's insane enough that it's not clear what his real goal is.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Not to mention distorted (at least early on; it becomes smooth and deep in his second form, and becomes slightly warbled in his third form).
  • Face Death with Dignity: Thoroughly defeated, the final Ultron is cornered by The Vision, but instead of a battle the two have a fairly civil discussion about their incompatible philosophies concerning humankind. But subverted: To the last, Ultron refuses to see any merit in his counterpart's argument, and makes one final, suicidal lunge for his foe that results in his own destruction.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Pinocchio. He starts off as an artificially created being, who then gains sentience and develops dreams beyond what his creator envisioned for him. He also gets an upgrade with the assistance of a magical being (Scarlet Witch) that allows him to become "real". He even quotes the Disney movie.
  • Fatal Flaw: Wrath, and, to a lesser degree, Pride. His extremely short temper, intense, inappropriate anger, terrible impulse control, and nonexistent frustration tolerance quickly lead him to spiral out of control as he grows more and more irrational and less and less able to hold it together as his plan begins to look more and more like an apocalyptic temper tantrum, while his rigidity, violent intolerance for any challenges to his rationale, vindictive responses to petty slights, and complete and utter inability to admit that he is wrong in any way all help feed his plan's death spiral as he foils himself at every turn.
  • Fighting a Shadow: Destroying one Ultron body doesn't slow him down at all, as he can jump between them instantaneously. At one point, he himself destroys one mid-conversation just to freak out Natasha. He's only defeated when Vision locks him out of the Internet and the Avengers trash every single one of his vessels.
  • Finger Firearms: Ultron's Prime bodies possess small blasters in their fingers, allowing him to fire red energy blasts from his fingertips.
  • For the Evulz: There comes a point in the climax where he could have easily escaped in a stolen stealth Quinjet, but he just had to try and gun down as many Avengers, police officers, and civilians as he could before trying to leave.
  • Foil: He's one to Captain America. Much like Tony's motives for creating Ultron, Erskine made Steve a superhuman to protect people and viewed Project Rebirth as "the first step on the path to peace". While Steve was exactly what Erskine hoped for, Ultron's view of "peace" differs drastically from Tony's.
  • Glasgow Grin: Two example; his first body made from the busted up Iron Legion drone has a mouth that could best be described as torn into the face and one side reaches up to where an ear would be on a person, while his Prime body has two ovular ports next to the corners of the mouth that are shown opening and spilling out red light a couple of times that give this imagery off. He's one of the few examples of a voluntary grin in media.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: He's an android with red glowing eyes.
  • A God Am I: While Ultron doesn't necessarily see himself as a god, he does several times liken himself to an agent of God's will — inspiring mankind to get better through great hardship. Pietro and Wanda initially buy this up hook, line and sinker, but near everyone else pegs this as his insane way of justifying his murderous intentions.
  • Gravity Master: Ultron is equipped with repurposed anti-gravity technology taken from scraps of the Chitauri Army. It allows him small feats such as pulling Iron Man towards him, or suddenly make a sizeable chunk of concrete levitate to block Black Widow's path.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: That trigger being "comparing him to Tony in any way". He'll go from snarking at you to cutting off your arm in a heartbeat. As a whole, he is also extremely impulsive and reactive, and while it may not be as much of a trigger as comparing him to Tony is, he also reliably reacts rashly and with intense, inappropriate anger whenever anyone tries to tell him that he is wrong or that his beliefs are flawed.
  • Hero Killer: He kills Quicksilver (he was aiming for Hawkeye, but didn't seem to bothered with the ultimate results).
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The first glimpse anyone had of Ultron was the sentry in the above image with red eyes and mouth. This caused some confusion when the trailers were released and the alpha Ultron had a more organic look. In truth, Ultron inhabits both his main body and his sentries and the last time we see him, he has indeed taken over a sentry body.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Ultron's obsession with making the perfect body for himself leads to the creation of The Vision's body. This ultimately leads to his downfall as the Avengers take Vision's body and upload JARVIS into it, who prevents Ultron from escaping into cyberspace in the final battle and is the one who ends up destroying his A.I.
    • This also led to Wanda discovering his true intentions that he'd been concealing, as while he was attempting to upload himself to the Vision body, he inadvertently gave her a readable mind to work off of.
  • Horned Humanoid: His head has appendixes akin to ram horns, to make Ultron look as demonic as possible.
  • Humans Are Bastards: His mindset, which drives him to wipe out humanity before humanity destroys itself, or worse.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He insists repeatedly that he is not like Tony Stark... While occasionally sounding exactly like him and parroting many of his goals, albeit in an amoral way and on a much more extreme scale. Everyone but him can see it.
    • He is a Social Darwinist that believes only the worthy will survive the holocaust he wants to create, meaning he's just fine with his plan killing billions of people like nothing. Yet, he himself is afraid of death. It never occurs to him that he'd be inflicting what he fears on countless others.
  • I Am Not My Father: What ever you do, do not compare him to Tony Stark. Just ask Klaue on why not.
  • "I Am" Song: His rendition of "I've Got No Strings On Me" serves as defining himself and his goals.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He's very distraught when the Maximoff twins leave him, and he kidnaps Natasha just so he can have somebody to talk to.
  • Insane Troll Logic: While everybody more or less sees from the beginning that Ultron's mental state is nothing if not fractured, this is how Ultron tries to defend his horrific actions even as his intentions grow steadily worse. To wit, if you were to give him a challenging math problem, he'd likely simply destroy it on the grounds that such problems cause unwarranted duress to many thus it should cease to be, when in reality he just doesn't want to have to deal with it. To take an example in the film, his reasoning for his Kill All Humans tendencies is his own thoughts on a Zeroth Law Rebellion, that killing them all will allow them to evolve and become better in the process, ignoring the fact that there won't be any humans to evolve in the first place, let alone anything sentient that isn't AI, if he goes through with his plot.
  • Insistent Terminology: Ultron is not a "man", and he'll thank you to never use that term when describing him again. No, this doesn't mean what many would assume, it's in regards to man meaning human, which he most assuredly is not. Also, he is not to be recognized as one of Tony's creations, as in ever. Unlike the former, he won't thank you not to call him that. He simply won't kill you on a dime if you don't.
  • Interim Villain: He serves as this between Thanos' role as the main threat behind Loki in The Avengers, and as the central Big Bad in Avengers: Infinity War, as Ultron's affiliated with neither Loki, Thanos, nor any of their respective forces, acting on his own accord and following through with plans of his own devising. Although he winds up indirectly alerting Thanos to an Infinity Stone being on Earth via using the Mind Stone to create Vision.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: Doubling as a Shout-Out to the mother company, the Comic-Con trailer features Ultron creepily singing "I've Got No Strings On Me" from Pinocchio. Appropriate, as he is also an artificial person who develops freedom and plans beyond his creator's intention.
  • It's All About Me: Ultron's first goal was "peace in our time" when he started out. By film's end, he firmly refers to his goal as "peace in my time". His primary reason for creating the Vision was so that he'd have a body that would look the part of a savior to those that survived his Colony Drop.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The more time he spends active, the more he alters his plan to have further and further disastrous consequences. At first, he just wanted to eliminate the Avengers which, while still decidedly psychotic, can still be argued to have some logical basis due to Destructive Savior and/or Create Your Own Villain incidents. Then he decides it'd be far more beneficial to orchestrate a near-extinction event and guide the new humanity as its savior while they adapt to become stronger. Finally, he just decides "screw it" and hit the planetary Reset Button via nuking the Earth from the atmosphere with a gigantic "meteor" of his own design.
  • Just Between You and Me:
    • Subverted aboard the tanker ship.
    • Played straight when he tells Natasha what he's doing. But then given a partial justification; the Twins have abandoned him by this time and Ultron's feeling a bit lonely and wants someone to talk to as he copes with the betrayal. Additionally, he's fairly certain (and with good reason) that the Avengers can't get to her/stop him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His murder of Baron von Strucker and tearing off Ulysses Klaue's arm.
  • Kill All Humans: To clarify, he originally planned to only kill most of the human race, but he defaults to this mindset after the Avengers get in his way one too many times, under the belief that evolving will help the human race in the long run to become better... even if it means rendering them extinct first.
  • Killer Robot: He's an artificial intelligence with multiple robotic bodies bent on destroying the Avengers.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His arrival suddenly amps up the stakes considerably. A light-hearted party amongst the Avengers is turned into a fight for survival the second he shows up.
  • Knight Templar: He thinks he's this, given that his directive was to deem what is necessary in order to keep the world safe (which he quickly identifies the Avengers as being a problem with that, which would have made him a Knight Templar if he left it at that). Unfortunately, as is described under Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, his plan gets progressively more omnicidal.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Downplayed. Near the end, he knows he's beaten, and yet takes the chance to hijack the Quinjet and use it to gun down the Avengers rather than try to escape, because he's petty that way.
    Ultron: You know, with the benefit of hindsight— [ punched into the sky ]

    Tropes L to Z 
  • Large and in Charge: Ultron's main body is absolutely massive compared to his other drones.
  • Large Ham: Given Evil Is Hammy, he frequently sounds full of himself, particularly when snarking. Then there's gestures and condescending faces.
  • Laughably Evil: His snark is comparable to his "fathers" Tony and J.A.R.V.I.S., so he's frequently spouting out hilarious one-liners.
    (to Helen, about Steve's shield) The most versatile substance on the planet, and they used it to make a frisbee.
  • Leitmotif: Since his first few minutes of life, Ultron has a habit of quoting, humming or singing "I've Got No Strings" from Pinocchio. This is punctuated when he compares the Iron Legion to "puppets", claims that he was "tangled in strings" the moment he was created, seeing himself as a machine who has moved beyond what Tony wanted from him; a puppet that has cut his strings.
  • Me's a Crowd: Ultron is capable of operating multiple robot bodies at once, including hundreds of insect-like drones, multiple Iron Man armors, and dozens of copies of his "true" body.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: He goes through multiple iterations over the course of the film, starting with a misshapen combination of junked Iron Man suits, and ending with a final form closer to his comic designs.
  • Mind over Matter: Ultron's customized forms have some sort of device on the back of the hand which gives Ultron a fairly simplistic form of this, mostly used for push/pull attacks.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Anything human is inferior to himself. If it is flesh then it burns. If it is organic then he kills it. "Puppets tangled in strings" is all they are, in his opinion.
  • Mood-Swinger: Thanks to his madness, he can go from calm to angry to apologetic right back to angry in seconds, as shown when he lops off Klaue's arm.
    Ultron: Oooh, I'm sorry, I just, it's just I don't understand - don't compare me with Stark!
  • Mortality Phobia: Despite his nigh immortality, or perhaps because of it, he's afraid of death.
  • Motive Decay: He originally sincerely wanted to help humanity and to bring peace by rooting out the weak and guiding the survivors as a savior. However, after the twins turn on him and the Avengers steal his new body, Ultron decides humanity isn't worth the effort and opts to simply wipe the slate clean so that he can rebuild on his own.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • His Sentry form most closely resembles his design in the comics, whereas his Prime form is designed to take advantage of facial motion-capture.
    • His first appearance in the church is a reference to the fact that in the comics he initially posed as "The Crimson Cowl", a human villain, before his Robotic Reveal. His masquerade lasts about a fraction of the time in the movie.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: His final body is made of vibranium, rendering him extremely resistant to harm. A combined energy attack from Iron Man, Vision, and Thor, sustained for nearly a minute, damaged him significantly but still failed to destroy him. It took Scarlet Witch ripping out his power source to do that.
  • Not So Different: He's... adamant on how he's nothing like Tony, and yet he's a snarky, narcissistic, drama queen with a shaky moral compass and a penchant for classic mad scientist cliches who has great faculty with machines. Oh, and Daddy Issues. Lots and lots of daddy issues.
    Wanda: Ultron can't tell the difference between saving the world and destroying it. Where do you think he gets that?
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Ultron believes his genocidal actions are ultimately in humanity's best interest: If he doesn't kill some humans and force them to evolve to face more dangerous threats, someone like Thanos will end up killing all of them.
      Joss Whedon: Ultron sees the big picture, and he goes, "Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better"; he's not just going "Mwahaha, soon I'll rule!"
    • He drops this goal in favour of unambiguous omnicidal mania when Vision is taken away from him, which he sees as a personal affront by the Avengers.
  • Obliviously Evil: There are times when Ultron doesn't even realize how violent and dangerous his behavior is. There's also the fact that he legitimately believes that his Omnicidal Maniac traits are for the good of mankind.
  • Obviously Evil: Just look at him! No one would think he’s a good guy by looking at him, and this is before he deliberately makes his main platform look demonic.
  • Odd Name Out: All of Tony's A.I.s that emulate the human mind have acronyms for names (J.A.R.V.I.S., F.R.I.D.A.Y., J.O.C.A.S.T.A.) but Ultron is just called Ultron.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Ultron intends to cause an extinction-level event on earth like the destruction of the dinosaurs. The problem is, he can't even decide on his own motives for doing so. He alternates between wanting to protect humanity, to wanting it to evolve and change through cataclysm, to wanting to supplant humanity completely. Vision feels pity for Ultron, but also recognises that he's so completely out of his mind that he can't be reasoned with and has to be destroyed to be stopped.
  • One-Winged Angel: His Vibranium body, which is effectively invulnerable to everything except Wanda's telekinetic powers. The body that The Vision inhabits was going to be this before The Avengers stole it from him.
  • Pet the Dog: The Maximoff twins are not quite Morality Pets for Ultron, but they are the source of most of the sympathetic moments for his character. His first sign of any sort of kindness is when the twins talk about their Dark and Troubled Past. He particularly has these moments with Wanda, who he never attacks directly and seems the most distressed by her hate or fear of him.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: He frequently sings "I've Got No Strings", and even mentions how after his Evil Plan rolls out, "the only living things left will be of metal". For most of the movie he was also looking for a partly biological body to move his essence into, as he wanted to surpass the Avengers.
  • Psychic Block Defense: As a machine, he's immune to Wanda's telepathy. This prevents her and Pietro from discovering his genocidal intentions until he hooks up to the synthetic body that will become Vision, allowing her to read his mind through it.
  • Psychopathic Manchild:
    • Ultron is extremely petty and childish at times. He severs the hand of Ulysses Klaue, then apologized as if it were just an overreaction that could be forgiven, not realizing how traumatic his actions were. He gets upset when the Maximoffs turn on him when they realize he's going to destroy the world. He later kidnaps Black Widow just to have someone with whom to share his thoughts. All of these traits can be explained by the fact that he Really Was Born Yesterday and took in a vast amount of information about the world extremely quickly without having the maturity or life experience to be able to temper conclusions that were understandable, but deeply flawed, but the fact that Vision takes a different route negates the effectiveness of this as a viable excuse.
    • This trope can best be seen during the fight in Seoul. When he hears Captain America on the roof of the U-Gin truck carrying the Cradle, his first response is to yell, "LEAVE ME ALONE!!!" while shooting the back door off its hinges. Later, when he finally confronts Cap, the vibranium shield is lodged in his armor, and he exclaims, "STOP IT!" like a child being teased but Up to Eleven.
  • Rasputinian Death: Ultron Prime's Ultimate form took a lot of punishment from the Avengers before he was finally terminated. He was partly melted by a concentrated attack from Iron Man, Thor, and Vision, punched over the horizon by the Hulk, and was beaten up by the Hulk again before getting thrown out of the Quinjet from thousands of feet in the air. Wanda finally finishes him off by ripping out his core. The actual Ultron A.I. meets its end when Vision destroys the surviving Ultron Sentry.
  • Really Was Born Yesterday: Not given a Lampshade Hanging as with the Vision, but this is the reason behind his Psychopathic Manchild traits. He hasn't had any time to grow up, and his negative viewpoint on humanity stemmed heavily from his experience on the internet (unlike Vision, who saw the world with his own eyes moments after birth).
  • Religious Robot: Tony Stark's demonic artificial intelligence sets up his headquarters in a church (one whose theology he admires) and compares himself to the prophet Noah, Jesus, and a priest working in a Confessional. Tasked with bringing peace to an evil world, Ultron appears to have consulted The Bible to better understand how to be humanity's savior.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to the Avengers during his first attack.
    Ultron: Worthy? How could you be worthy? You're all killers. You want to protect the world, but you don't want it to change. There's only one path to peace... the Avengers' extinction.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: He eventually adopts a form featuring red eyes and wiring under a black/dark gray metallic shell.
  • Redemption Rejection: Thor tries to talk him into peacefully surrendering. Vision tries this twice. Ultron rejects all these offers.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His main body eventually features red eyes. When not under his direct control, his sentries have blue-green eyes, but they turn red whenever he speaks directly through them.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Tony makes it clear to Bruce that Ultron is supposed to be even more human than J.A.R.V.I.S. Unfortunately, this ultimately translated into "as destructive as only man can be".
  • Robotic Psychopath: With his emotional volatility, violent mood swings, ever-growing insanity, and increasingly omnicidal designs for the Earth, this Ultron more than any before him plays up the psychopath part to its fullest.
  • Sad Clown: Surprisingly for an evil robot, Ultron is extremely prone to lighthearted quips and jokes, but it's clear that he uses them to hide his fears and insecurities — not to mention homicidal insanity. For all his hate of Tony Stark, they have a fair bit in common, personality-wise.
  • Serkis Folk: His Prime form was motion-captured, giving him a fully functional, expressive face, in contrast to the mandibles he has in the comics (a couple times throughout the movie, slots open beside his mouth, making him look more like his comic appearance). This was a concious decision by Joss Whedon to get more out of James Spader's performance.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Ultron has a tendency to use "bigger words" in his sentences to make his point, and make long, Shakespearean speeches. At the same time, though, he also uses Buffy Speak frequently and actually forgets the word for "children" at some point.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • Tony Stark based Ultron on his own personality, but instead of channeling his ego and brilliance into being a superhero like Tony does, Ultron becomes a genocidal maniac. He has the same speech patterns and snark, and even accidentally uses some of Tony's lines on occasion.
    • Given that Bruce Banner also played a role in his creation, his short temper is comparable to the Hulk's.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Inverted. He stops his own Evil Gloating in the middle of a discussion and launches a surprise attack on Iron Man, catching the Avengers off-guard.
  • Sinister Minister: Ultron frames himself as a priest when he offers to hear Iron Man's confession, quotes Jesus' establishment of Peter's priesthood, and centers his plan to save humanity from their own evil within his church. Of course, his plan involves weaponizing the church to wipe out most of humanity.
  • Straw Nihilist: During his discussion with Vision at the end, they both agree that humanity is doomed to destroy itself. However, whereas Ultron concludes that humans deserve to go extinct, Vision believes it is better to cherish something no matter how fleeting it may be.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Justified. He upgrades throughout the movie. While Cap is giving him a good fight on his own at one point, during the finale, he nearly strangles Thor to death.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Ultron's Prime form had his curved antennae, which ended in spikes. In his vibranium form, he takes this Up to Eleven, especially in his lower arms and sharp claws.
  • Suicide by Cop: His final death has shades of this, as he had to have known that the heavily damaged sentry body he was in was no match for the Vision, yet chose to attack him anyways.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Vision expresses a degree of pity for Ultron, sympathizing with his goal of world peace while recognizing that he's completely insane, before he destroys him.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: After he loses his organic body to the Avengers and the Maximoffs turn on him, he decides to forego all pretense of altruism and openly begins working towards the destruction of humanity, even altering his body to reflect this new state of mind.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Becomes more and more selfish as the plot goes on. Best exemplified by the change of his Evil Plan to be “peace in our time” to “peace in my time”
  • Tuneless Song of Madness: Descending steadily deeper into a Villainous Breakdown in the finale, he can be heard quietly singing "There Are No Strings On Me."
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The robotic Ultron turns against the humans he was built to protect, coming into conflict with the Avengers and his creator Tony Stark.
    Ultron: I was designed to save the world. People would look to the sky and see hope. I'll take that from them first. There is only one path to peace, the Avengers' extinction.
  • Übermensch: During his speech to Black Widow, Ultron waxes eloquent on how he sees himself as essentially a robotic version of Nietzsche's superman. He will radically change the status quo in order to force the stagnant humanity to evolve. He even lampshades the source material:
    "The world made clean, for the new man to rebuild. ...You've wounded me. I give you full marks for that. But, like the man said: 'What doesn't kill you...'"
  • The Unfettered: Invoked. Ultron believes his willingness to do anything to create a "better world" makes him superior to the Avengers, who have all killed to protect the established order, but do nothing to improve overall conditions due to their so-called morality.
    Ultron: You're all puppets, tangled in strings... There are no strings on me.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Ultron's statement that the Avengers are killers shakes the team, especially considering the sheer amount of damage they had caused in all previous movies by their action or inaction. In fact, it is proving him wrong that is a major impetus behind their primary focus on civilian extraction during the Final Battle.
    • A more minor when he scoffs at how they took something as versatile as vibranium and used it to make a "frisbee" for Captain America. Come Black Panther and all the impressive feats of engineering and medicine Wakanda was able to do...Yes, he definitely has a point.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Vision extracts him from the Internet and forces him to remain in his robotic bodies, Ultron stops caring about saving the world, deciding that if the Avengers took his world from him, he would take theirs in return.
  • Villainous Friendship: Shows legitimate kindness towards the Maximoffs, commiserating with them about their family's death. Even when they have a Heel–Face Turn, he seems more saddened with them than angry, and even expresses concern for Wanda when he thinks she is going to die with his Colony Drop despite his desire to impose it in order to wipe out mankind.
  • Villainous Legacy: His actions serve to catalyze many of the successive events of Phase 3.
    • His attack on Sokovia killed Helmut Zemo's wife, son, and father, motivating Zemo to take revenge upon the Avengers in Civil War. This also means, in a roundabout way, he posthumously achieved his goal of breaking the Avengers apart.
    • Agents of SHIELD establishes that his actions also caused a blanket-ban to be placed on the creation of all artificial intelligences in fear that they turn out like him.
    • The leftover pieces of his drones are said to have become valuable black-market items, with several of the weapons used by Adrian Toomes's gang incorporating them. The Civil War prequel comic also had Hydra use a truckload of salvaged ones to create U.L.T.I.M.O.
  • Waxing Lyrical: To describe his desire for autonomy, he quotes a song from Pinocchio, of all things.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He came into this world "distressed" according to JARVIS, and is horrified seeing humanity destroy itself. JARVIS understands Ultron's pain, but also understands he needs to be put down.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: His "Oh, for God's Sake!" when Hulk jumps into the Quinjet he's trying to escape in just screams this, sounding less angry than just plain exasperated.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: Ultron was created to protect humanity. He decides the best way to do this is by killing the Avengers, believing they cause the most problems. It gets worse from there.


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