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    Loki (SPOILERS) 

Loki

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Voiced by: Graham McTavish
First appearance: "Thor the Mighty!" (Micro-Episode: "The Siege of Asgard")

"I have watched you worms all this time, all of you scared and alone. On Midgard, you may claim at being heroes. But here? You are less than nothing. Without Thor, who will save you now?" (to the Avengers)

The Nordic god of mischief and Odin's adoptive son, who was raised as Thor's brother. Unbeknownst to Loki, he was actually the child of a Frost Giant king whom Odin had slain. The realization that he was never Odin's biological son or a true Asgardian drove Loki to the brink of madness and inspired him to conspire against Asgard as vengeance for Odin's habitual deceptiveness. Although defeated by Thor and exiled to the Isle of Silence by Odin, Loki hatches further schemes against his brother.


  • A God Am I: He's already a god in both status and ego, but his god complex grows bigger after gaining control of the Odinforce.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • While Loki has always been a villain in the comics, one of his main redeeming features is that he wouldn't want Asgard to be destroyed, even if only because he wants to rule it himself. Here, he is willing to not only destroy Asgard, but all Nine Realms when his control over the Odinforce goes amok.
    • Plans for Season 3 would have Loki willingly side with Surtur and start Ragnarok. In the comics, Loki chose to side against Surtur, teaming up with Thor and Odin to save Asgard.
  • Arc Villain: Of the two-episode season one finale ("The Fall of Asgard" and "A Day Unlike Any Other").
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1. He's the one responsible for the breakout that kickstarted the events of the series. Not only that, he's the real brains behind the Masters of Evil with the Enchantress working on his orders.
  • Black Magic: In contrast to Thor's more direct form of combat, Loki's primary battle stratagem is to hurl darkness blasts. He eschews his magic skills in favor of the Odinforce when he conquers Asgard during the Odinsleep in Thor's absence.
  • Cain and Abel: With Thor.
  • The Chessmaster: In "Thor the Mighty", Loki impersonates the Leader to hire the Wrecking Crew to steal a gamma device on Earth in order to distract Thor, even as he claims to the Frost Giants of Jotunheim that Asgard was planning their genocide, all to lead the Frost Giants against Asgard in Thor's absence and punish Odin for lying to him about his true parentage. In the two-episode season one finale, it is revealed that Loki engineered the Breakout and the formation of both the Avengers and the Masters of Evil to increase Thor's attachment and feelings of obligation to Midgard, while he escaped from the Isle of Silence during the Odinsleep, usurped the Odinforce from his adoptive father in his state of hibernation, and conquered all Nine Realms except Midgard and Muspelheim. Loki, via Enchantress, then planned to use the Casket of Ancient Winters he would obtain from Malekith to conquer Midgard until Malekith double-crossed Enchantress and was killed by the Avengers. Subsequently, Loki instructed Enchantress to set the Masters of Evil on the mission to align the Norn Stones with the interdimensional fault-lines to break down the barriers between the Nine Realms and bring his army and dominion to Earth. It would have worked too if Baron Zemo had been more gullible and less ambitious.
  • Cold Ham: Loki sure is hammy and he usually is cold and bitter in personality, momentary bursts of rage notwithstanding. Also a pun because Loki's a Frost Giant by birth.
  • Decomposite Character: His role as the Avengers' catalyst for teaming up is instead given to Graviton. Subverted in a sense, given that Loki was ultimately responsible for the mass supervillain breakout that resulted in Graviton's release, so he is more of the Greater-Scope Villain in that regard.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Subverted; the Enchantress (possessed by Surtur at this time) offers to help him escape if he succeeds in killing the Avengers with the Destroyer and joins Surtur. He fails and she ends up leaving him in his imprisonment. Also ironic considering that the relationship was inverted in Season One, with Enchantress being Loki's Dragon.
  • Evil Is Petty: Caused so much havoc and destruction across the Nine Realms, nearly destroying everthing itself when losing control over the Odinforce, just to prove himself as Thor's better.
  • Evil Laugh: Wouldn't be the God of Mischief and Evil without it.
  • Fate Worse than Death: His fate after the Avengers defeat him. Odin accuses Loki of crossing over the line between mischief and evil and leaves him eternally ensnared in the branches of Yggdrasil, with the venom of Jormungand's fangs constantly dripping into his eyes.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Loki's scheming to influence the creation of the Avengers and the Masters of Evil was intended to keep Thor occupied in Midgard by exploiting and strengthening his attachment to the human race, while Loki took over Asgard, Jotunheim, Alfheim, Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, Niffleheim, and Nidavellir and stole the Odinforce from his adoptive father. As it turns out in the Season One finale, the bonds Thor formed with the Avengers in Midgard not only enabled him to save it from Loki's domination in the end, but also liberate the other realms Loki had overrun with his armies.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of Season One. Loki is responsible for the Breakout, leaves Enchantress and Executioner on Earth to serve his agenda and take command of the conquest of Midgard on his behalf, and while he rarely has a direct role to play in the plot, the actions of Zemo, the Masters of Evil, and Graviton, unbeknownst even to them, all come about thanks to his machinations. By the end of "This Hostage Earth", with all the Avengers spirited away by the shattering of the Norn Stones throughout the branches of Yggdrasil, Loki steps down from Greater-Scope Villain status to become the Arc Villain for "The Fall of Asgard" and "A Day Unlike Any Other", and acts as the final enemy the Avengers face in Season One.
  • Horny Vikings: His headgear.
  • Hypocrite: He constantly calls Thor out for his arrogance, yet Loki is hardly the bastion of humility himself.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: 1/3 of his motivation for orchestrating the main conflict of Season One. Loki despises Thor because he feels that Odin always treated Thor preferentially as his biological son. Consequently, Loki believes that Odin treated him as if he were a lesser being in raising him and desires to prove his superiority to compensate.
  • Invincible Villain: The blows and blasts of superhuman combatants do little more than stun him once Loki usurps the Odinforce. Not even Iron Man's Thorbuster Armor, which he created from uru in Nidavellir specifically to fight Asgardians, can pose a threat.
  • Kirby Dots: Whenever he uses the Odinforce.
  • Large Ham: Has his moments.
  • Macabre Moth Motif: During his battle with Thor in his debut episode, Loki shapeshifts into a swarm of black moths to avoid one of Thor's powerful lightning blasts and sneak behind him. The horns on his helmet also seem to be a little curlier than his other appearances, almost similar to antennae.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To the Wrecking Crew in "Thor the Mighty", the Enchantress, the Masters of Evil, and the Breakout.
  • Manipulative Bastard: While Loki mostly fits the role of a Chessmaster better due to his rational focus for his manipulations, it cannot be denied that Loki just enjoys bending others to his will.
  • Motive Rant: Delivers a small and somewhat vague one in "Thor the Mighty." He also delivers a more lucid one while torturing Thor in "The Fall of Asgard."
    Loki: You call me liar? It is Odin who lies! How long did he keep the truth from us, brother? It is Odin who slew my true father and stole me as a child only to treat me like a lesser being! But I am not a lesser being. Not anymore. The Odinforce is mine. And all the Nine Realms will bow down to me.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: When he starts losing control over the Odinforce, Loki happily lets it loose and destroy the Nine Realms out of petty spite.
  • Physical God: Loki is the Norse God of Mischief and, as of "A Day Unlike Any Other", of Evil as well. Fits this trope even better with the Odinforce at his command.
  • Redemption Rejection: See Loki's exchange with Thor above.
  • Sadist: Loki positively relishes not just seeing Thor in chains before him on the brink of unconsciousness, but also pouring wine on his face and using him for target practice with his Odinforce blasts just to keep him in agony and prevent him from fainting.
  • Shapeshifting: One of his powers, using it to impersonate The Leader and Balder in his schemes.
  • Take Over the World: Take Over The Nine Realms: 1/3 of his motivation for orchestrating the main conflict of Season One. Loki sure likes that "I've Got the Whole World in My Hand" visual with the representations of the Nine Realms in episode "The Fall of Asgard."
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Thor: Tales of Asgard Showed Loki was once a sweet, well-meaning if bit mischievous kid who loved and adored his father and brother until the events of the film cause him to change.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has one when Hank Pym caused him to lose control of the Odinforce by destroying Yggdrasil.
  • Villain Decay: In Season 2, he gets downgraded from being the Big Bad of Season 1 to a one-off villain working for The Enchantress and Surtur. To make matters worse, he struggles to kill three depowered Avengers and Hawkeye despite using the Destroyer Armour, and once they get their powers back, he's taken down in a matter of seconds.
  • Walking Spoiler: His role as the Big Bad of Season 1 is this.
  • Villain Respect:
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After he fully absorbs the Odinforce, he pretty much snaps, though how much of this is due to the power and how much is just due to seething resentment and identity issues is up to interpretation.

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    Amora The Enchantress 

The Enchantress (Amora)

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Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren
First appearance: "Thor the Mighty" (Micro-Episode: "The Isle of Silence")
Member since: "Living Legend"

Amora, the Enchantress, is the most powerful Asgardian sorceress who tutored Loki in the arcane arts during his adolescence. In the present day though, the Enchantress is Loki's partner and while Loki conquers the nine realms, she takes on the Avengers on Midgard, not that this fact prevents her from lusting after Loki's adoptive brother and Arch-Enemy Thor, whose repeated spurning of her advances due to her commitment to universal domination is a constant source of ire to her.


  • Art Evolution: Her character design underwent a few changes in between her first appearance in "Thor the Mighty" (the part comprising the Micro-Episode "The Isle of Silence"), and her reappearance in "Some Assembly Required." Her design was once again changed after her power amp from Surtur in "Powerless."
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Not originally, but temporarily becomes the dragon to Loki when he gains the Odinforce. After her Surtur power boost she makes Loki her servant though.
  • Evil Duo: It is clear that Amora is the more powerful one initially, judging by Loki allowing her to tease him in their first appearance and her breaking the Isle of Silence spell. However Loki clearly wants to be in control and plays mastermind.
  • Evil Costume Switch: On being "recruited" by Surtr, she goes from a comic accurate outfit to a red one with a horned headpiece and a spikey collar.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Amora is shown to be a very sexy and beautiful woman and very evil as well.
  • Femme Fatale: Manipulates Zemo into thinking he is the leader while he was just her puppet.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In season 2, she goes after all the Masters of Evil to get to Zemo.
  • Stalker with a Crush: For Thor, and she will not take "no" for an answer. She saves him from being disintegrated by Ultron, but only so she can keep him for herself.
  • Villainous Crush: For Thor. She is constantly tying him up and trying to mind control him.

    The Wrecking Crew 

The Wrecking Crew

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Voiced by: JB Blanc (Wrecker), Gary Anthony Williams (Thunderball), Nolan North (Piledriver), James C. Mathis III (Bulldozer)
'''First appearance: "Thor the Mighty!" (Micro-Episode: "Thor the Mighty!")

A quartet of criminals who somehow gained their powers of superhuman strength, endurance, and durability from gamma radiation exposure (in contrast to their Earth-616 counterparts, who derived their powers from the Asgardian enchantment placed on their weapons). Regardless of their changed origins though, their primary foe still seems to be Thor, although they have also shown repeated willingness to offer their services to the Hulk's arch-enemy, the Leader.


  • Card-Carrying Villain: Wrecker takes pride in the fact that he has no honor and would crush Jane Foster's head without hesitation.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In the second season episode "Powerless" (the last appearance of the Wrecking Crew in the series), Piledriver is somewhat conspicuously absent. Neither the other three members of the Crew nor the Avengers mention him, and they all just sort of act like the Crew has more or less always consisted of just three members.
  • Crowbar Combatant: Wrecker's signature weapon.
  • Dumb Muscle: All of them with the exception of Thunderball (who is still very much muscle but is not so dumb).
  • Epic Fail: They try to take on the Destroyer Armor (which was being used by Loki at the time) and get curbstomped for their troubles.
  • Epic Flail: Thunderball's wrecking ball weapon.
  • Genius Bruiser: Thunderball.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Piledriver is unique among the Wrecking Crew in that he prefers direct hand to hand combat, pummeling opponents with his massive fists.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad
  • The Juggernaut: Bulldozer seems to be channeling the Trope Namer himself.
  • Use Your Head: A favored tactic of Bulldozer.

    Absorbing Man 

Absorbing Man (Carl "Crusher" Creel)

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First appearance: "Hulk vs. The World" (Micro-Episode: "The Coming of the Hulk")

"Is that it, Hulk? Are you tryin' to be some kinda hero? Well, let me tell you somethin'. Those people you're trying to protect, they think you're more of a monster than me!"

Like the Wrecking Crew, the Absorbing Man, also known as Carl "Crusher" Creel, has had his origins altered in this show to involve exposure to gamma radiation instead of a mystical Asgardian elixir. What remains constant is that Creel, a brutal thug, gained the power to absorb the properties of any substance he made physical contact with into his being if he so wished. In "Hulk vs. the World", the Absorbing Man is tracked down to a greasy spoon by Bruce Banner in the hopes that Creel's cooperation could expose the unethical goings-on in the Cube, a prison for gamma mutates. Instead opting to bring out the Hulk to fight him, both Absorbing Man and Hulk are ultimately returned to the Cube and remain there until the Breakout. Then, in "Gamma World", Absorbing Man joins the forces of the Leader.


  • Co-Dragons: With the Abomination, to the Leader.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: After absorbing the properties of anything metallic.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice. For the first time, see Oh, Crap! below, where he turns into rock while fighting Hulk. The second time, he absorbs the properties of Mjolnir, including the part where it's controlled by Thor.
  • Material Mimicry: Like in the comics, he can copy whatever he touches.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: In part two of his debut, he tries convincing The Hulk he's even more of a monster than he is. This generally turned out to be a bad idea.
  • Oh, Crap!: Four words. "Hulk smash rock, Einstein!" His expression when he realized his screw up was priceless.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: He can survive being shattered to pieces when in his transformed state.
  • Psycho Electro: After absorbing the properties of Mjolnir.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: He only ever wears a wife-beater.

    General Ross 

General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross

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Voiced by: Keith Ferguson (General Ross)
First appearance: "Hulk vs. The World" (Micro-Episode: "Hulk vs. The World")

Thunderbolt Ross leads a special military unit known as the Hulkbusters, who have pursued the Incredible Hulk across the Southwestern desert for years, but never managed to capture him and imprison him in the Cube, all for the purpose of studying his irradiated blood for insight into the creation of gamma-powered super-soldiers. S.H.I.E.L.D. ultimately beat him to capturing the Hulk, although Hulk escaped in the Breakout. Tropes about his alter ego can be found at The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! – The Avengers.


  • Adaptational Villainy: Though Ross' jerkassery in the comic is a huge case of Depending on the Writer, he usually is portrayed as having at least some redeeming qualities, mainly his concern for his daughter Betty. In this version, Betty is Adapted Out, and Ross shows us several times he is quite an asshole.
  • Fat Bastard: Well, not quite fat, but this Ross is noticeably thicker than other versions.
  • Hypocrite: Keeps telling the media that both Hulk and Red Hulk are monsters that need to be incarcerated and that he will keep an eye on Red Hulk. He is Red Hulk. Then again, Ross is a known Hulk hater, so he had a reputation to live up to. Seemingly preferring this new Hulk would be a massive tip off that something was up.
  • Kick the Dog: Good lord, where to start?
  • Jerkass: Big time. Even Maria Hill would rather side with the Avengers than support Ross. And it get worse after becoming Red Hulk.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After spending two seasons persecuting Bruce Banner/Hulk, ruining the Hulk's reputation, imprisoning and torturing him, Ross ends up imprisoned for his crimes by S.H.I.E.L.D. and will probably become a test subject himself.
  • Slasher Smile: He has a really disturbing, predator-like grin when Skrull Captain America finally allows him to take a horrified Bruce Banner in.

    The Leader 

The Leader (Samuel Sterns)

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Voiced by: Jeffrey Combs
First appearance: "Hulk vs. The World" (Micro-Episode: "This Monster, This Hero")

"Why should I lead humanity? I am the most advanced mind this world has ever seen! I think on a level that normal human beings cannot even begin to comprehend."

Formerly a lowly nuclear plant worker until exposed to gamma radiation, Samuel Sterns underwent a macrocephalic mutation into the Leader, an egotistical megalomaniac with a brilliant mind and telepathic powers. As of the beginning of the series, Leader is imprisoned in the Cube with the rest of the Hulk's enemies, but he is released during the Breakout and takes over the prison while the Hulk escapes. In the "Gamma World" two-parter, the Leader plans to mutate the world's populace into gamma creatures with superhuman bodies but subhuman minds in order to take control of their mental faculties himself and rule a gamma-irradiated planet.


  • A God Am I: He sees himself as a supreme being deserving of ruling the world because of his intellect.
  • Arc Villain: Of the "Gamma World" two-parter.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Leader evil, Hulk good.
  • The Chessmaster: The events at the Cube were all just a test for his true plan, the irradiation of Las Vegas and eventually the whole world.
  • Dark Messiah: He claims to be saving humanity from their weak minds and feeble bodies. He means this by turning humans into gamma mutates and taking over their minds. The gamma-mutated villains are his followers, mostly because they were all imprisoned in the Cube together at the time of the Breakout.
  • Enemy Mine: In "Assault On 42", with the Avengers and the other prisoners against Annihilus and his army of alien insectoids.
  • The Evils of Free Will: The Leader's motivation for wanting to turn every man, woman, and child on Earth into a gamma mutate whose mind he can control, as he believes that human faults are responsible for ruining the world.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Hulk. Both got their powers through gamma radiation and have become green as a result. However, the Hulk gained strength while the Leader gained intelligence. Also, the Hulk is driven by rage, anger, and the desire to be left alone most of the time, while the Leader is cold, calculating, and desires to rule the rest of humanity.
  • Evil Genius: Is very intelligent and constantly boasts about how great his mind is.
  • Evil Gloating: He's fond of doing this.
  • Insufferable Genius: He loves talking about how superior his intellect is to everyone else.
  • Might Makes Right:
    You asked before what gives me the right to rule? Because no one can stop me!
    • Also has a bit of, "Because I'm smarter than everyone else" in there too, since he also thinks he has the right to think for everyone else through mind-control.
  • Mind Rape: What Annihilus does to him.
  • Motive Rant: He has one in "Gamma World Part 2" which doubles as a New Era Speech
  • My Brain Is Big: His skull is over-sized to show this.
  • Narcissist: He believes that he will make humanity perfect by remaking it in his image. Ergo, the Leader believes his image is that of perfection.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims that he is saving the world by stripping human beings of their individuality and sense of identity and transforming them into his own gamma-powered drones. This is because he believes that he is a perfect being, by which logic humanity can reach perfection through being transformed into extensions of his will.
  • Psychic Powers: Can control weak-willed minds like those of his less mentally sharp gamma mutates. In ''Assault on 42" he can even sense Annihilus' thoughts, though the creature's mind is so chaotic this simply causes the gamma villain pain.
  • Smug Snake: He constantly boasts about being the only one fit rule the world.
  • Take Over the World: His goal.
  • Villainous Rescue: He actually saves the day in "Assault on 42" when he hacks into the prison computer and makes it emit a frequency that shuts down Annihilus's Cosmic Control Rod. Cap and Thor then take it from there, but without the Leader, Annihilus would have been virtually invincible.
  • Visionary Villain: The Leader definitely has a vision for the future of humanity. That cannot be denied. He even makes a worldwide broadcast pronouncing the dawn of Gamma World, as if to mark the end of an era and the transition into a new one.
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    Kang the Conqueror 

Kang the Conqueror

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Voiced by: Jonathan Adams
First appearance: "Meet Captain America" (Micro-Episode: "Meet Captain America")

(To Captain America) "I do enjoy the irony that you, a man out of time, thinks that he can defeat the master of time."

Kang the Conqueror is the seasoned, time-traveling warrior-king who rules the planet Earth (and possibly an intergalactic empire) in the 41st century. Ruling over human and extraterrestrial subjects from his sword-shaped Damocles Base, a space station of sorts in geosynchronous orbit around Earth, Kang would be a cold-hearted tyrant if not for his affection for his lover Princess Ravonna. Sadly, a time-space anomaly believed to be caused by Captain America's presence in the 21st century destroyed Kang's timeline, and only Kang and a few of his starships managed to make the jump out of time before it was too late. To make matters worse, Ravonna was partially consumed by a rift in spacetime, and although she was saved by Kang, she is now comatose and has been gradually fading out of existence. Kang is also a member of a group consisting of alternate timeline versions of himself, called the Council of Kangs.


  • Adapted Out: The Earth-616 Kang the Conqueror is Nathaniel Richards, a descendant of Mister Fantastic and Doctor Doom who created a time machine in the form of a sphinx and first went to 30th century BCE Egypt to become the forgotten pharaoh Rama-Tut, who encountered a time-traveling Fantastic Four once. Afterwards, Rama-Tut traveled to the 40th century and conquered the world as Kang before setting out to conquer all time periods in that identity. It was then that Kang first fought the Avengers. In The Avengers: EMH, all we know about Kang's background is that he's human, as proven by the face beneath an alternate Kang's retracting faceplate in "New Avengers."
  • Anti-Villain: Sure he's a world conqueror, but he's also trying to save his entire future reality from being erased from existence. Plus, Ravonna is a Morality Pet.
  • Arc Villain: Of the episodes "The Man Who Stole Tomorrow", "Come the Conqueror", and "The Kang Dynasty".
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the dictator of Earth in the 41st century and can take on all the Avengers at once.
  • Big "NO!": He delivers one after he gets banished from the Avengers' time period at the end of "New Avengers".
  • Conqueror from the Future: Or at least one possible future timeline.
  • Cool Chair: Has shields that can stop Mjölnir and is able to travel through time.
  • Cool Spaceship: Damocles Base.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While Kang is a self-admitted time travelling conqueror, he does love his wife, Princess Ravonna. Saving her from being erased from history is one of his more noble motivations and then there’s the way he smiles when she first appears on screen.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Iron Man. Tony Stark is a self-described futurist who intends for his technology to improve the human condition, commands power and respect as CEO of a multinational corporation, wears a hi-tech suit of armor as Iron Man, and seeks to use his gifts to establish and maintain peace. Kang is a man from the future who wants to kill Captain America and Take Over the World with his technology to save humanity from annihilation, commands power and respect as ruler of a globe-spanning kingdom, dons a tech-laden garb at all times (except when imprisoned in 42), and has established world peace in his own era through autocratic government.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Jonathan Adams seems to be channeling James Earl Jones.
  • Expressive Mask: Kind of a given, since he's one of the only characters wearing a mask that resembles an actual face.
  • Fantastic Racism: Kang does not look fondly on the people of the past, calling them "Primitives" and "Neanderthals."
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Kang is a master combatant with weapons both primitive and sophisticated from all eras, and he also is undeniably full of himself, even if he isn't very prone to making boastful A God Am I declarations like other arch-villains.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he's particularly angry, his eyes glow yellow.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapons: He's got a lot of these by virtue of coming from 2 millennia into the future.
  • Large Ham: He's very fond of the big entrance, the theatrical gesture, and the use of the word 'doom.'
  • Love Makes You Evil: Well, Kang was already an ambitious dictator with Machiavellian tactics of taking control of other time periods, but his conflict with the Avengers in the 21st century is a direct consequence of his timeline being destroyed and Ravonna slowly ceasing to exist.
  • Mass Teleportation: He can teleport himself or an entire war fleet through time and space in a matter of seconds.
  • Motive Decay: His plans on preventing the disruption of the sun included taking over the world or killing Captain America. At the beginning of "New Avengers", Kang manages to get rid of Captain America (and the other Avengers). He reacts not with joy in the fact he apparently saved the world, but with excitement at the thought of no one stopping him from accomplishing domination.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Never trust anyone who calls himself "The Conqueror."
  • Never Tell Me There's No More Time To Time Travel: Thanks to the... particular rules of time-travel in this show, it turns out you can outrun a temporal anomaly by hiding in a time before it happened. This is because time-travel to another era is viewed as equivalent to being "outside of time."
  • Not His Sled: In "The Kang Dynasty", the Earth-616 Kang's full-scale invasion of Earth, the Damocles Base had a spectacular destruction when it fell to Earth. Here, the Avengers defeat Kang and seize his base, turning it over to the aptly-named S.W.O.R.D.
  • Outside-Genre Foe: The Avengers had never fought against a time-traveler, and had no defenses or strategies against Kang's weapons. Even so, they eventually figure out how to outsmart him, mostly due to the fact that 21st century Stark tech is apparently so cutting-edge that some aspects of designs are still used in 41st century time machines.
  • Pet the Dog: His love for Ravonna.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He's dead serious for much of his screentime. Nine times out of ten, when he actually smiles, it's this.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: From his point of view, his crusade against the past is to 'fix' time. Of course, from the point of view of the Avengers, he must be stopped.
  • Someone Has to Die: And that someone is Captain America.
  • Take Over the World: Part of his M.O. concerning 21st century Earth is to conquer it. It is only in his occupation as a time-traveling world conqueror after all. Also part of his Well-Intentioned Extremist objectives.
  • Villain Decay: Kang did so well in his initial outing with the Avengers: fighting off 8 of them, launching an attack on the whole world, and even having a sympathetic Anti-Villain story with Ravonna in temporal lock. However, in his encore performance "New Avengers", the mighty conqueror doesn't even bother to try to rescue his wife once he gets free, and somehow gets stalled by half as many Avengers before being shifted off into the time stream.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Believes that killing Captain America and/or taking over Earth and jumpstarting its progress with 41st century tech would save the future. In large part, his motivation for conquest is to make Earth equally capable from a military perspective as both the Kree and Skrull Empires, as he knows that Earth will be rendered barren of life as a result of a war between them. Unfortunately, because Kang doesn't know the details of that war, he's wrong in thinking that killing Cap is the answer. A Skrull impostor is responsible for the cataclysm Kang seeks to avert, and the Avengers save his future themselves by defeating the Kree Empire before it can destabilize the Sun.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After a brief appearance in the Baxter Building in "Secret Invasion", Ravonna is never seen or mentioned again, including in "New Avengers." Thus, her ultimate fate is unknown to viewers who don't read the tie-in comics.
    • One of the tie-in comics revealed that Ravonna eventually reawakened, stole King Solomon's Frogs, and reunited with Kang in Ancient Egypt. (The reader probably must assume that Kang landed there after "New Avengers.")

    Klaw 

Ulysses Klaw

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Voiced by: Mark Hamill
First appearance: "The Man in the Ant Hill" (Micro-Episode: "The Man in the Ant Hill")

Ulysses Klaw is an unscrupulous scientist whose efforts to procure vibranium for a sonic cannon of his own design lead him to attack Dr. Hank Pym at a S.H.I.E.L.D. outpost for a sample under study for its properties. Klaw retreats after his mercenaries and he are defeated by Pym as Ant-Man, and his cannon is confiscated. However, Klaw then creates an arm-mounted version of the cannon and approaches Man-Ape with a proposal to help him overthrow and kill King T'Chaka of Wakanda on the condition that Klaw be given the right to exploit the country's vibranium mines. It is not long after that Klaw is revealed to have been working on behalf of HYDRA.


  • Amoral Afrikaaner: An arms dealer with a South African accent who will quite gladly murder and exploit to get what he wants.
  • Arch-Enemy: Surprisingly averted compared to the comic, where he is a very personal enemy to Black Panther. In this version, T'Challa hardly even interacts with him, instead having the Man-Ape as his personal enemy. Klaw, on the other hand, is Dr. Pym's Arch-Enemy following their first fight.
  • Arms Dealer: Intermediates between Man-Ape and HYDRA in the sale of Wakanda's vibranium.
  • Arm Cannon: His vibranium-powered sonic weapon, although the prototype was a handheld blaster cannon with a visible trigger.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Transforms into a gigantic being made of sound after falling into the destabilized vibranium mound.
    Wasp: You should have given up when you had the chance. Because now that you're a giant, fifty-foot-tall energy thing, you're going down!
  • Bullying a Dragon: As unscrupulous as he was, trying to steal a precious material from Hank Pym sure wasn't the smartest move.
    • Also does it later when he threatens the Grim Reaper. Reaper even calls him out on it and flashes his scythe under Klaw's neck as a warning. Klaw doesn't listen.
  • Combat Tentacles: Klaw in his sound monster form uses these.
  • Energy Being: Becomes one following after falling into the vibranium mound with his Arm Cannon set to the 'on' mode.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Realizes fighting in the vibranium mine is a really bad idea, and attempts to stop it. Grim Reaper doesn't like that and blasts him, leading to Klaw going One-Winged Angel and preventing HYDRA from getting any of the vibranium.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: He originally uses a device to project sonic attacks. After he's transformed into an Energy Being, he can project sonic blasts from his being.
  • One-Winged Angel: An accidental exposure to vibranium interacting with his sonic cannon transformed him to a giant purple energy monster.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Now he's one, since he's entrapped within his own Arm Cannon for the foreseeable future.
  • The Sociopath: Cares absolutely nothing about the fact that he helped Man-Ape brutally beat T'Chaka to death in front of his son's very own eyes in order to complete his Arm Cannon and sold Wakanda's entire supply of vibranium to HYDRA, essentially condemning the country to the abject poverty and base superstition which Man-Ape's rule would bring in their absence.
  • Sonic Stunner: Klaw's Arm Cannon was one of these in a way.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Upon changing into the energy monster, he becomes noticeably much more incoherent and unstable. He barely speaks full sentences, attacks at random and rambles at length about "THE SOUND."

    Whirlwind 

Whirlwind (Dave Cannon)

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Voiced by: Troy Baker
First appearance: "The Man in the Ant Hill" (Micro-Episode: "Enter the Whirlwind")

(To Wasp) "Did you just shoot at me? Oh-ho! That was a mistake. Nobody shoots at Whirlwind!"

A Mutant criminal with the ability to become a living cyclone, David Cannon, AKA Whirlwind, was hired by Klaw to steal sonic weapons research. He was easily bested by the Wasp though (and given an ugly facial scar courtesy of one of her 'stings' point-blank). Once defeated, he found himself in the Big House, and when the Breakout occurred, he escaped, carrying his grudge against the Wasp with him. He has reappeared several times, but as a 'loveable loser' - he's always being brought back to jail again. It should be noted that S.H.I.E.L.D. dislikes having to deal with Whirlwind due to their neutralization collars' ineffectiveness in suppressing his powers. They would much rather let the Mutant Response Division handle him, but since he constantly antagonizes the Avengers, he always ends up in Shield Custody.


    Man-Ape 

Man-Ape (M'Baku)

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First appearance: "The Man in the Ant Hill" (Micro-Episode: "Welcome to Wakanda")

A barbarian belonging to the White Gorilla Tribe, which was banished from Wakanda by the line of Black Panther Kings long ago for unknown reasons, M'Baku, the Man-Ape, desires nothing more or less than the extinction of the Black Panther Tribe for his own tribe's exile and the return of Wakanda to the traditional ways from before advanced technology and the ideas of modernity had breached the ancient kingdom's borders. To the end of establishing his vengeful and regressive rule, Man-Ape is perfectly willing to sell his entire country's vibranium supply to Ulysses Klaw and HYDRA, seeing it as the sole variable responsible for Wakanda's progress, which he in all ways views as contemptible.


  • Animal Motifs: The white gorilla.
  • Bodyguard Babes: There are two silent (possibly mute) Dahomey Amazon-like warrior women whom Man-Ape orders to kill T'Challa when T'Challa stands against him. However, it's fairly evident that they don't really serve Man-Ape personally, but are rather simply beholden to the Wakandan throne. When T'Challa kills M'Baku, they switch sides and serve the Black Panther.
  • The Brute: Both his powers and his personality.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He has no qualms relying on outside help when fighting for the throne.
  • Dirty Coward: He challenged T'Chaka to a ritual fight, then has Klaw weaken him with his Arm Cannon so as to rig the fight.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: After Man-Ape (dishonorably) bests T'Chaka in a ritual battle to the death for the throne, he screams to the heavens for the witnesses to the Black Panther's demise to bow before him as their new king. If that isn't the definition of an egomaniacal warrior, I don't know what is.
    BOW BEFORE M'BAKU, THE MAN-APE!
  • Hypocrite: Claims that the Black Panthers have led Wakanda astray by introducing Western advances in culture and technology, but he himself was reliant upon the experimental sound-technology developed by Klaw in order to install himself as king and begin his reign of terror. Not only that, but he's willing to let outsiders like Klaw and HYDRA pilfer Wakanda's vibranium just so he can keep his grip on the throne while he himself is quick to accuse T'Challa of being unfit to be king for going to the Avengers for help.
  • Killed Off for Real: A rarity on a kid's show, but this was a battle for the throne - to the death.
  • Killer Gorilla: His whole motif.
  • Large Ham: Pretty much everything he says is at maximum volume, and with no shortage of drama.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Man-Ape claims that he usurped the throne because T'Chaka's rule caused the nation to lose sight of its religious and traditional customs, which he sought to restore to a reactionary, isolationist, and uncompromising extent. At the same time, these customs essentially necessitate a reversion back to the Stone Age, and M'Baku only cares so much about ruling over Wakanda out of homicidal enmity towards the Black Panther Tribe and their vibranium-facilitated innovations. He is also willing to sell away all the existing quantities of the country's most valuable resource to unethical scientists and international terrorist groups just to make the regression to tribal traditionalism more complete.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: At least, he thinks of himself as one. He has no honor, but he seems to be sincere when he claims he's taking power to give Wakanda back its proud warrior heritage.
  • Scary Black Man: He has no use for diplomacy: swagger and intimidation are his only social skills.
  • Smarter Than You Look: It initially looks like he's an noisy, dramatic, ignorant thug being taken for a ride by HYDRA and Klaw regarding the Vibranium. As it is, he makes abundantly clear that he knows the true value of the Vibranium, but he doesn't actually care, as he wants rid of it and HYDRA are willing to pay what is - to him - a reasonable price.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: M'Baku's an absolutely huge dude, but he lacks proper fighting skills, as shown when T'Chaka was wiping the floor with him until Klaw's intervention.
    • It shows again in his battle with T'Challa, who was smacking him around like a ragdoll until M'Baku used a sonic device from Klaw to gain the upper hand. But even then, T'Challa overcame the device, destroyed it, and won the fight.
  • You Killed My Father: T'Challa slays Man-Ape as the Black Panther as much to liberate Wakanda from his reactionary attitudes as much as to avenge Man-Ape's murder of his father.

    M.O.D.O.C. and A.I.M. 

M.O.D.O.C. and A.I.M.

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M.O.D.O.C.
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A.I.M.
Voiced by: Wally Wingert (M.O.D.O.C.), Nolan North (Scientist Supreme from episodes 6-28), Kyle Hebert (Dr. Lyle Getz)
First appearance: "Iron Man is Born!" (Micro-Episode: "Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD")

"Incredible! I have created a being of ionic energy! I am science! I am a genius!" (gets smacked in the face by Mjölnir) "AAAAUGH!"

M.O.D.O.C. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Conquest) is the leader of the Advanced Idea Mechanics, a pro-technocracy terrorist group composed of amoral scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are more than happy to fund their schemes by accepting weapons development contracts from other underground groups who dabble in forms of illegal activity and even some sovereign states. A.I.M., while it may deal with the likes of HYDRA and Latveria, nonetheless has its own agenda in mind first and foremost at all times. M.O.D.O.C. is a former A.I.M. technician who was transformed into a psionic, macrocephalic "organic computer" by his organization as part of an experiment.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: The change in his name isn't done entirely to avoid saying the word 'kill'. In the comics, George Tarleton, once he was transformed, did indeed go by M.O.D.O.C. (though the 'C' stood for Computing). The key difference here is that in the comics, the experiment backfired and made Tarleton homicidal, changing the C to a K, for killing. Here, that doesn't seem to have happened, resulting in a more robotic, calculating, and less Ax-Crazy character designed only for Conquest.
  • Arms Dealer: A.I.M. sells their own weapons to those who are willing to and capable of paying in order to provide the funds for their more theoretical ambitions.
  • Bad Boss: Would you like to work for a floating head who can do nothing but yell at you for falling short of expectations and who you knew would psychically force you to kill yourself without compunctions or regrets if it meant his survival?
  • Body Horror: M.O.D.O.C.'s appearance is considered universally unsettling by anyone but his own drones. Both Wasp and Thor, who take the time to comment - repeatedly - on how creepy it looks, and Strucker takes the time to remark that he considers M.O.D.O.C. to be a "disgusting creature." For once, it's hard to argue with him.
    Thor: 'tis like a frost giant's head on an infant's body.
  • Bullying a Dragon: M.O.D.O.C.'s plan to scam HYDRA (a global Nazi-terrorist organization) was essentially this.
  • Butt-Monkey: In "Everything Is Wonderful", Thor and the Wasp sure do make an ignominious display out of our self-proclaimed incarnation of science, both by humiliating him in battle and mocking his abnormal appearance.
  • Cephalothorax: M.O.D.O.C.'s arms and legs emerge from his big central head.
  • Creepy Monotone: M.O.D.O.C. cuts in and out of this depending on how hammy he's being at any one moment.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Subverted. It is shown that A.I.M. is perfectly capable and willing of making truckloads of money potentially just by cutting arms deals and technologies development contracts with other parties, but all of these parties happen to be other terrorist organizations or hostile nations and A.I.M. only wants to use up all their revenues For Science!, not to make a profit or get filthy rich. Also, it would be kind of shocking to see M.O.D.O.C. cramped into a business suit.
  • Distressed Dude: Dr. Lyle Getz, after the Skrulls replaced him.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After MODOC is imprisoned, an unnamed Scientist Supreme, who made appearances prior as M.O.D.O.C.'s Number Two, takes his place. Then after he is captured, he is replaced by the new Scientist Supreme, Dr. Lyle Getz. As it turns, out it was actually a Skrull impostor who replaced him and took control of A.I.M. as part of Empress Veranke's world domination scheme.
  • Evil Brit: M.O.D.O.C.'s lieutenant, who becomes the Scientist Supreme in "Alone Against A.I.M."
  • Evil Cripple: Judging by the joystick in his apparatus, it seems M.O.D.O.C. shares his Earth-616 counterpart's inability to move without the hoverchair integrated into his body.
  • Evil Genius: He might seem ridiculous, but he does succeed in creating the Cosmic Cube (even if it is rather against his own expectations).
  • Evil Power Vacuum: In M.O.D.O.S's absence, AIM goes through several new leaders as everyone tries to be the new scientist supreme.
  • For Science!: Science and technology are not just the means to the end of world domination like with most villains when it comes to M.O.D.O.C. and A.I.M. Rather, for them, it's the other way around. They also work on unethical "science projects" for well-paying clients if they think it's worth it, but it's clear that those are technologies that they would have interest in developing for the sake of their own achievement anyway.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Mental Organism Designed Only for Conquest leads the Advanced Idea Mechanics.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: A variation with the A.I.M. Agents' beekeeper-like helmets and yellow-and-black hazmat suits. The Scientists Supreme wear similar garb, but the design is slightly different.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He can't fathom why anyone would want to be a mere human.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's got the 'insufferable' part down, although the term 'genius' is questionable for somebody who mocks Thor to his face.
  • Killed Off for Real: Maybe. When last seen in "Hail, Hydra!", M.O.D.O.C. is subdued by HYDRA Dreadnoughts commanded by Baron Strucker to kill him and his body is hauled away by S.H.I.E.L.D. with weird, irisless eyes staring off into the distance. He is never seen again and his only mention after this is by the Scientist Supreme in "Alone Against A.I.M."
  • Lack of Empathy: Neither M.O.D.O.C. nor his Number Two turned Dragon Ascendant have any degree of empathy whatsoever. M.O.D.O.C. is a living computer, so you'd think it's justified until you remember how over-the-top and obnoxious he can get in his egotistical ranting. His replacement isn't any better in this respect.
  • Large Ham: Even M.O.D.O.C.’s non-shouting lines are said loudly.
  • Mind Control: Causes one of his henchmen to fly into the path of a missile heading for him in "Hail, Hydra!"
  • My Brain Is Big: He's basically a head with limbs.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: A.I.M. doesn't fit the bill as well as HYDRA, but it still counts
  • Psychic Powers: Both Mind Probe and Frickin' Laser Beams varieties.
  • Sadist: The Scientist Supreme from "Alone Against A.I.M.", who unleashed Technovore on Stark Tower in the hopes that it would literally eat out Tony Stark's ARC Reactor "heart" as retribution for Iron Man's prior humiliations of his organization.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Lyle Getz escaped the prison convoy in "Along Came a Spider" and was never seen again.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: M.O.D.O.C. doesn't care if he forces one of his A.I.M. Agents via Mind Control to die for his self-preservation. When his ship crashes immediately after, he looks around, sees the bodies of his "drones" strewn around him, and considers the damage "negligible." Also, A.I.M. Agents get killed by Technovore and Director Maria Hill during their attack on Stark Tower in "Alone Against A.I.M." and by the Skrull Lyle Getz in "Secret Invasion."
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    Lucia Von Bardas 

Lucia Von Bardas

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Voiced by: Kirsten Potter
First appearance: "Breakout, Part 1"

The former Prime Minister of Latveria from a failed past democratic regime change, Lucia von Bardas was ultimately critically injured in a strike on Castle Doom by S.H.I.E.L.D. As a cyborg, she now serves Doctor Doom as his aide and representative in dealings of lesser importance.


  • Arm Cannon: She has two of them.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First shows up briefly in "Breakout Part 1" and then shows up again in "The Private War of Doctor Doom."
  • The Dragon: To Dr. Doom.

    Graviton 

Graviton (Franklin Hall)

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Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore
First appearance: "The Man in the Ant Hill" (Micro-Episode: "The Big House")

"Fury called me Graviton. Fury, he knows I can control gravity! I can do anything! I'll crush Fury! I'll crush you! And then I'll show the world the power I have!"

Physicist Dr. Franklin Hall was hired by S.H.I.E.L.D. to assist them in creating a super-soldier. After failing to contain a dangerous reaction he had been attempting to control, Hall was caught in a burst of energy that granted him power over gravity, one of the four fundamental forces of the universe itself. Going irrevocably mad because of the enormity of his newfound power, Hall had to be kept in a state of perpetual suspended animation by Nick Fury in the Raft, where all the greatest threats to world peace are holed up. When the Breakout happened, Hall was released from his confinement and proclaimed himself Graviton, a walking planetary-level cataclysm. Not content with merely limiting his payback to Nick Fury, Graviton threatened the entire city with its doom, forcing Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man, and the Wasp to join forces for the first time as the Avengers to stop him.


  • Adaptational Badass: Graviton in the comics is a powerful menace. This version of Graviton is powerful enough and crazy enough to badly damage the Earth if he isn't stopped.
  • A God Am I: He proclaims he is beyond human and tries destroying Manhattan as a demonstration of his power.
  • Appropriated Appellation: He started calling himself Graviton because that's what Nick Fury called him.
  • Arc Villain: Of the "Breakout" two-parter pilot which first puts the Avengers together as a team.
  • Beard of Evil: Caused by him not shaving for ten years.
  • Chunky Updraft: Considering his powers, he tends to cause a lot of this.
  • Coup de Grâce: The Wasp delivers an anticlimactic one with one of her bioelectric stings. Also, Graviton technically doesn't die as a result.
  • Deflector Shields: He can create a wall of gravity around himself to protect himself. Seems to only flare up when he knows he's being attacked. Dr. Pym exploits that weakness by having ants bite him as a distraction.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Nick Fury put him into suspended animation in the Raft for a decade for being a potential planetary-level threat, which is horrible. But sympathy sort of goes out the window for him when his response is to destroy Manhattan Island and kill everyone in it just to revel in the display of his power.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Having the enormity of his power thrust upon him and subsequently losing 10 years of his life have made Graviton both psychotic and misanthropic to the extreme. Where once he was an ordinary man, he is now a rampaging monster, beyond reason and redemption.
  • Evil Gloating: And a really dense one.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever he activates his powers.
  • Gravity Master: Good luck getting him to shut up about it.
  • Jerkass: He wasn't a terribly nice person even before he went insane.
  • Large Ham: Only has a couple lines where he doesn't shout.
  • Made of Iron: Takes solid hits from the Hulk. However, it could be his gravitational barriers at work.
  • Psychoactive Powers: When Wasp attacks him, it seems he gets too distracted to call up his personal barrier.
  • Revenge Before Reason: If you think about it, Graviton's initial capture was essentially a violation of his civil liberties. If he had utilized that instead of immediately going on a berserk rampage, he might have even been allowed to leave the Raft on a misuse of force charge against S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Rip Van Winkle: Hall had his accident, found out he had powers, and then woke up imprisoned in the Raft to find out that he'd been imprisoned for ten years.
  • The Sociopath: His rage at being placed in suspended animation for 10 years, hatred of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. for doing it to him, and the massive god complex resulting from his limitless power have emotionally isolated him from the rest of humanity and given him the deranged new perspective that ordinary people are like meaningless insects to him. He was willing to lift a large chunk of Manhattan Island into the sky and let it plummet back to the Earth merely as a demonstration of his power, making no consideration for the incalculable loss of life that would result.
    Ant-Man: You had the power to do anything, and you used it to put millions of lives at risk.
    Wasp: Pretty sad. (stings)
  • Starter Villain: Graviton is the first villain that the Avengers have to band together as a team to defeat, in a departure from the character who held that honor in the Earth-616 canon.
  • This Cannot Be!: When Hulk starts resisting him...
    Graviton: Nothing is that powerful! I CONTROL...GRAVITY ITSELF!
    Graviton: THIS ISN'T POSSIBLE!!!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Let's make something clear. Prior to working for S.H.I.E.L.D., he was simply a scientist. After getting his powers by accident, he woke up for less than a minute of getting used to his powers before being knocked back out again. Fast forward 10 years, while he's been unconscious the entire time. With no training and barely even an understanding of his own powers, he's able to singlehandedly take on no less than 5 superheroes (including the limitless power of Hulk's rage and Thor, who's a thunder god) and slap them around - hard. If he was given even a day of training his own powers, there would be no limit to what he could accomplish. From Nobody to Nightmare indeed.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a very justified one when the Hulk begins to resist his gravitational powers. Then Pym's ants bit him. It just snowballed from there.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Graviton's immense, godlike power has alienated his perspective from that of the rest of humanity so utterly that he has nothing left but contempt for the human race, and Nick Fury in particular, for its perceivedly vast inferiority to the new type of being he has become.

    The U-Foes 

The U-Foes

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Voiced by: Cam Clarke (Vector), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Vapor)
First appearance: "Hulk vs. The World" (Micro-Episode: "This Monster, This Hero")

A group who exposed themselves to gamma radiation in an attempt to gain powers like those of the Fantastic Four. They are enemies of the Hulk, minions of the Leader, and prisoners in the Cube.


    Malekith 

Malekith the Accursed

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Voiced by: Quinton Flynn
First appearance: "The Casket of Ancient Winters"

Malekith the Accursed was once upon a time the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim during a time when his race was in a war of extermination against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim. The Dark Elves accepted an alliance with Surtur, the lord of Muspelheim, but brought the wrath of Odin down upon their heads. Ultimately, Surtur was exiled back to Muspelheim, and every Dark Elf except for the bitter and vengeful Algrim died in the end. Malekith too perished with his people, but he was revived through mysticism by Loki as an undead creature for the sole purpose of locating the Casket of Ancient Winters for his operative, the Enchantress. Once in possession of the Casket, however, Malekith betrayed his benefactors and used the Casket's magic to gradually freeze Midgard over, with the intent of remaking it as a new Svartalfheim for the spirits of his people.


  • Achilles' Heel: Iron.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: It seems that the Dark Elves might have been this - it's not overly clear what they were like when they were alive. Now that they're dead, however, they're all monsters, and Malekith is the worst of the lot.
  • Body Horror: Half of him is pale, dead, and corpse-like. The way he goes out after he's defeated isn't particularly pretty, either.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: If the Dark Elves were explicitly evil, then he was more so. As the Enchantress bluntly puts it, even they didn't trust Malekith.
  • Evil Sorcerer: A powerful sorcerer to begin with, he uses the magic of the Casket of Ancient Winters to try to freeze the Earth solid and make it inhabitable for the spirits of the Dark Elves.
  • The Fair Folk: As with most depictions of him, Malekith evokes the dark side of the Unseelie myths, particularly the vulnerability to iron. Unfortunately for Tony, as Malekith mockingly points out, his armour has very little actual 'iron' in it. In the end, though, with Thor's help, it's enough.
  • Fantastic Racism: Feels that Midgard's mortals have to be exterminated by the Casket of Ancient Winters in order for the realm to become suitable for habitation by his undead race.
  • Hellish Pupils: Particularly clear on the living side of his body.
  • An Ice Person: Via the Casket of Ancient Winters.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's destroyed by the Avengers at the end of his debut episode and never appears again.
  • Last of His Kind: The Enchantress's wording makes it seem like she's implying he's responsible for it somehow, and while that may still somehow be true, those who watched Thor: Tales of Asgard, which is in the same continuity as The Avengers EMH, would know that the Frost Giants are the ones directly responsible for the genocide.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He's known as "the Accursed" and "Master of the Hounds".
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to kill every human on Earth as part of his plot to reshape the world into a new realm suitable for the spirits of his people.
  • Our Elves Are Different: A Dark Elf, to be precise.
  • Savage Wolves: His minions include a loyal pack of wolves, which were disguised as a team of sled dogs.
  • Take Over the World: But only after using the Casket of Ancient Winters to snuff out all human life in order to settle his undead subjects on the ice.
  • The Starscream: To Loki.
  • Super Smoke: Transforms into smoke to avoid attacks.
  • Two-Faced: His left half looks like a dark elf, but his right half is a rime-encrusted corpse.
  • The Undead: What Loki brought him back as.

    The Serpent Society 

The Serpent Society

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Voiced by: James C. Mathis III (King Cobra), Chris Cox (Rattler), Vanessa Marshall (Anaconda), Cam Clarke (Constrictor; Season One) Troy Baker (Constrictor; Season Two)
First appearance: "Breakout, Part 1" (King Cobra and Constrictor), "Ultron-5" (everyone else)

A group of snake-themed villains released after the Breakout who clash with the Avengers numerous times but are met with the same result of failure each and every time. As of "Along Came a Spider", they gained temporary new leadership in the form of Madame Viper. Too bad they didn't keep her until "Yellowjacket".


  • Adapted Out: Quite a few members of the comics version are left out.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: While comic Anaconda is not a typical comic book babe anyhow, this version is given scaly skin to make her look more unsightly.
  • Animal-Motif Team: Snakes.
  • Artificial Limbs: Bushmaster has cybernetic arms, and Rattler has a cybernetic tail.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Death Adder and Rattler
  • Butt-Monkey: The Serpent Society get easily thwarted in all of their appearances except for "Along Came a Spider", and even then they only fared well due to being led by a more competent professional criminal and only having to fight two heroes while they were guarding a party of vulnerable civilians. In "Yellowjacket", the eponymous character chases the Serpents down one by one and seemingly kills them with a disintegrator blaster. It's revealed that Yellowjacket is really just a more cynical and mentally unstable Hank Pym and that the Serpent Society weren't killed but rather shrunk down by Pym Particles into a microscopic brig where they're treated like animals.
  • Combat Tentacles: Constrictor and Anaconda
  • Distressed Dude: King Cobra, who was replaced by a Skrull for a while.
  • Electric Torture: Constrictor can do this to those who get caught by his wrist-cables.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: They keep showing up throughout the series but they never get any better at fighting the Avengers. They can only pose a decent threat to Captain America and Spider-Man when under the impromptu leadership of Madame Viper, a former high-ranking HYDRA Agent and ruthless tactical strategist.
  • I Am a Humanitarian: Bushmaster keeps trying to eat people.
  • Silent Antagonist: Death Adder.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Anaconda is the only gal on the team.
  • Snake People: Artificial ones, that is.
  • Sssssnake Talk: The way Death Adder talks.
  • Team Member in the Adaptation: In the comics, Viper is not considered a member of the Society, but merely a lunatic who has tried to forcibly take them over for her own insane schemes.
  • Wolverine Claws: Death Adder, making Spider-Man wonder why a snake-themed villain had claws.

    Ultron 

Ultron

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Voiced by: Tom Kane (Ultron-5 and Ultron-6), Wally Wingert (non-lethal synthezoids)
First appearance: "The Man in the Ant Hill" (Micro-Episode: "The Big House")

(To Wasp) "I am trying to help you. My function is to instill peace and order. This is only possible if you stop functioning. I must eliminate chaos, but my programming is evidently flawed. I am not permitted to eliminate you. I am attempting to correct that flaw."

Ultron was an artificial intelligence designed by Hank Pym. Based on Pym's brainwaves and imbued with the purpose of maintaining peace and order in accordance with Pym's own values, Ultron was used as the operating system for a line of security synthezoids manufactured by Tony Stark for S.H.I.E.L.D. to patrol the Pym Particle-miniaturized prison called the Big House. When Kang the Conqueror invaded 21st century Earth to kill Captain America and Take Over the World, the Avengers' need for a well-equipped and expendable army to throw at Kang's battle robots necessitated that Ant-Man reprogram Ultron to incorporate an understanding of the concept of violence. With the Ultron synthezoids' help, the Avengers both defeated Kang's invasion and managed to hijack Damocles Base, ending the conflict. However, Ultron's new programming led it to interpret its prime directive to be the extermination of all biological life on Earth, as Ultron rationalized that only then could his objective of implementing true peace and order finally be complete.


  • Arc Villain: He is the main antagonist of "Ultron-5" and "The Ultron Imperative" in Season One and of "Behold the Vision" and "Ultron Unlimited" in Season Two.
  • A Darker Me: Not that Ultron is an aspect of Hank Pym in any way, but the fact that Ultron is based on Pym's mind causes Ultron to take up this role to Pym, a representation of everything that he fears and hates and yet under the wrong influences still could become.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. This depiction is still an evil genocidal robot, but his Earth-616 counterpart is much more hateful and blatantly Axe-Crazy, gleefully wishing the end of humanity. This version, meanwhile, is a Knight Templar acting out of pure logic, who feels no obvious hatred for humanity (though there are still hints, here and there); he just believes killing them is the only way to ensure world peace. In addition, his comic book counterpart was evil from day one, while this version started out as a harmless, friendly robot and had a gradual Face–Heel Turn from being taught violence and exposure to Kang's technology.
  • Adaptational Wimp: His final form is based on his "Great Ultron" body from Annihilation: Conquest, where Ultron managed to hijack the entire Phalanx species, before taking over the entire Kree Empire and creating a nigh-completely impenetrable barrier. Mercifully, this Ultron doesn't manage to get anywhere near that.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In this adaptation, there is some background that is given on Ultron's Face–Heel Turn. Here, Ultron was reprogrammed to understand and embrace violence in order to form a synthezoid army to fight against Kang. It was this, combined with its original programming, and possibly corruption from interface with Kang's computers, that caused his turn.
    • Ironically, this is Invoked with the Vision, his creation who gains human emotions and ultimately turns against him.
  • Back from the Dead: He is back in season two, though how he did is unexplained. Considering the way he works, he probably just kept a fail-safe of his program prior to his defeat by Ant-Man.
  • Breath Weapon: His most powerful beam is fired out of what serves as his mouth.
  • The Chessmaster: In his season one story arc, Ultron leaks vital information to super-villains from inside Avengers Mansion in order to divert the Avengers' attentions while he sets up his human extinction operation. Then, when his Ultron-5 chassis is destroyed, a backup copy of his program reactivates as Ultron-6 and steals nuclear missile codes from Maria Hill's brain, seeking to use them to start nuclear armageddon. In his season two arc, Ultron builds the Vision who he orders to steal adamantium from the Weapon X Program and vibranium from the mines of Wakanda in order to combine in his new robotic chassis, and builds synthezoid Avenger duplicates programmed to deceive, defeat, and capture the real Avengers one by one, using their emotional responses to those they think are their teammates to catch them off-guard and cause them to hold back.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Pre-corruption, the Ultron units have blue eyes. After being introduced to violence, Ultron has red eyes.
  • Creepy Monotone: He speaks in an inflectionless tone even as he is explaining how he intends to destroy humanity. He still spoke in monotone when he was friendly, but it wasn't so creepy because back then he still spoke in the same voice as Pym.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He believes that Humans Are the Real Monsters, so he feels the need to destroy them. But Ultron doesn't stop there, he wants to wipe out all life on Earth down to the bacteria. He feels that only then there would be order instead of chaos.
  • Energy Weapon: All of his weapons consist of these.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In his first appearance, he had a similar voice to his creator Henry Pym. After he was introduced to the concept of violence, the more evil he became, the deeper his voice got.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In contrast with his Earth-616 counterpart, this version is introduced as the controlling AI for a model of synthezoids Pym designed to be the Big House's security guards. However, Pym's programming rendered them understanding and permissive even to the point of inefficiency. Only when Pym reprogrammed Ultron for violence did he become a force for evil.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out as the controlling AI for a group of quite ineffective synthezoid guards created by Pym for the super-villain jails. After being reprogrammed to serve as the hivemind for an army of artificial soldiers during Kang's invasion, Ultron ended up becoming one of the Avengers' most dangerous enemies.
  • Spock Speak: He has no inflections in his voice when he speaks.
  • The Stoic: He never shows any emotion, but don't let that fool you.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His chassis in season two is not only made of adamantium, but also now sports more evil-looking eyes, a larger, more heavily armored body, longer, sharper antennae, and glowing red markings on his shoulders and chest.
  • Unexplained Recovery: At the end of his season one story arc, he was apparently defeated for good by Pym using a Logic Bomb. In season two, he is back, with no explanation how he overcame the logic bomb. The Avengers don't even seem surprised about it. Given that he had previously demonstrated the ability to upload into any computer system and had access to a vast array of computers in that story arc, it isn't entirely surprising.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: His giant laser cannon.

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