The character sheet for the reinvention of Marvel's dysfunctional first family.
The Fantastic Four
Reed Nathaniel Richards/Mister Fantastic/The Maker
The one who designed the teleporter that gave the team their powers. An anti-social genius raised by an abusive father, Reed tries to do good, but there are occasional hints of a much darker personality underneath.
- Abusive Parents: His father was an utter dick to him, having no tolerance for Reed's love of science. So it's no surprise that he was one of the first people Reed killed when he made his FaceHeel Turn.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Unlike the mainstream Reed or most other alternate Reeds, this Reed dealt with an abusive father that helped morph him into the person he would become.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Even before his FaceHeel Turn, he's a lot more jerkish than his 616 counterpart.
- Adaptational Villainy: After Ultimatum, he turns against everyone, and essentially becomes the new Doctor Doom. He's even the page image for subpage on the subject for Ultimate Marvel.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: Reed works for a government think-tank, but eventually gets so frustrated at not being able to change the world for the better in this position that he decides to MAKE things change. By force. He's since conquered and destroyed most of Europe, destroyed Washington, D.C. along with the President and the House of Representatives, killed nearly all the Asgardians and devastated Asgard, and now rules a nation notably more powerful than the United States. Until he was stopped by Tony Stark's sentient tumor.
- Badass Bookworm: His stretch powers were regarded as the suckiest of the four right up to the point where he decided to pitch in anyway. Cue Doctor Doom getting thrown into scenery, Annihilus getting shot in the mouth (with his own gun!), and Diablo getting his Supervillain Lair blown up.
- Bad Boss: As the head of W.H.I.S.P.E.R., he takes his minions asking for help as volunteering to be subject to experimentation. And if they do well, he "rewards" them by removing their organs (without anaesthetic) and turning them into sycophantic insect-people.
- Bizarre Human Biology: His body is an infinitely extensible fluid-filled sack containing, in place of an alimentary canal and other organs, just a squishable bolus of microbes that perform all metabolic functions.
- Body Horror: His transformation removed most, if not all, of his internal organs.
- Child Prodigy: He built a teleporter when he was a child. It's how the Baxter Building found him.
- Comic Book Death: At the end of Secret Wars, he's apparently reduced to slices by Molecule Man, only to come back in the pages of New Avengers none the worse for wear. As it turns out, what Owen did allowed a "slice" of Reed to exist in every universe that 616 Reed created.
- Composite Character: As the Maker he shares many elements with Doctor Doom.
- Evil Counterpart: To the mainstream Reed Richards. Whereas 616 Reed will always pick his family over science in the end, Ultimate Reed does not, and has discarded his humanity and his family. When the two meet, 616 Reed is shocked that any version of him could turn out like Ultimate Reed has. While the Council of Reeds were at times incredibly pragmatic, they still served the greater good in the end and devoted their lives to helping people across the multiverse; this Reed doesn't and is every bit the malevolent Mad Scientist the mainstream Reed feared he could become.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: This is his ultimate fate, when it's revealed he has been behind everything in the ''Ultimate Doomsday Trilogy''.
- Evil Wears Black: On turning evil, he discards his Fantastic Four jumpsuit for a black shirt with red Tron Lines. After becoming The Maker, he goes for a black jumpsuit instead.
- Expy: Of Doctor Doom, after he turns evil. His FaceHeel Turn mimics the 616-incarnation of Doom, even resulting in a scarred face that he hides behind a metallic helmet. It's even lampshaded by Johnny Storm after his betrayal during Ultimate Doom."Reed Richards is Doctor Doom. He's more Doctor Doom than Doctor Doom was... and Doctor Doom was pretty good at being Doctor Doom."
- As The Maker, he's trying to conquer the world and calls himself "the future", which makes him seem like the Ultimate version of Kang the Conqueror (though we do later meet a separate character in the Ultimate universe who goes by Kang the Conqueror).
- FaceHeel Turn: He became a villain as well after faking his own death. He became one of the Big Bads of the Ultimate Marvel universe, and tried to forcibly remake the world into a utopia. After Secret Wars, he served as a villain to the new Ultimates.
- Fallen Hero: He starts out heroic like his 616 counterpart, only to descend into evil.
- Fatal Flaw: Once he becomes The Maker, his ego and supreme arrogance. Reed is definitely super-intelligent, but assumes he knows the best way to solve any problem, which is usually needlessly destructive and violent. 616 Reed calls him out on it — or rather, more generally calls him out on his It's All About Me attitude. Once in the Marvel Universe, he still retains this know-it-all attitude, but frequently finds himself out-thought by his adversaries, or blindsided by some aspect of the regular Marvel universe he forgot to account for.
- Foil: Reed and Victor both share a similar backstory, suffering at the hands of abusive fathers and pouring all their energy into science at a young age. Unlike Victor, however, Reed had a loving mother and younger sister, as well as a best friend in the form of Ben Grimm, which kept his life from being a living hell. Unfortunately, Ultimate Mystery and Ultimate Doom show us that even a loving mother, sister and best friend isn't enough to keep Reed from going over the deep end to the point where the heroes are wondering if he's just Doom II.
- Freudian Excuse: Abused by his father, not respected by his peers, bullied in high school, and the world didn't change the way he wanted it to nor would anyone let him change it for the better. Not to mention his guilt over his role in the Ultimatum Event which killed millions in New York, Sue Storm's rejection of his marriage proposal, his teammates all quitting the Fantastic Four team, and finally his prodding to be a worldwide savior by Kang the Conqueror. Doesn't justify the stuff that he does.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: When Reed was a child, he was abused by his father, who had no interest or tolerance for Reed's love of science. He was not respected by his peers, bullied in high school, and wanted to change the world, but could not change it the way he wanted to because he felt no one would let him. He felt guilty over his role in the Ultimatum Event which killed millions in New York, Sue rejected his marriage proposal, his teammates all quit the Fantastic Four team, and finally he was prodded to be a worldwide savior by Kang the Conqueror. However, this does not justify his actions. He had a loving mother and two supporting sisters. He had a best friend in Ben, who protected him from bullies as a child and in high school. He was accepted into the Baxter Building, where his genius could be nurtured, a new father in Franklin Storm, and a new family in Sue, Johnny, and Ben. Yet when things fall apart he turns against his former love and friends and murders his whole family. This was best summed up by an alternate animal world version of Miles Morales.Miles Morhames: He committed genocide and tried to rewrite the rules of physics, economics, and society to make himself feel better and impress a girl.
- From a Single Cell: Ben manages to kill The Maker... or so he thinks. It turned out that the body Ben destroyed was merely an extra body spawned from a hair-thin tendril from his central mass which is quickly regenerated. When he is finally cornered by the Ultimates and his former teammates, he implies that so long as a microscopic bit of him remains, his bacterial stack can grow back.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out as a bullied teenager mocked for his intelligence, became a superhero, but after growing out of favor with the way the world is run decided to take over the world, and now he's basically the Ultimate version of Doctor Doom and someone who even 616 Thanos treats with grudging respect.
- Genre Blind: Once in the main Marvel universe. He's convinced he's got a bead on its nature, but fails to realize the entire universe is much more bizarre and fantastical than he's used to.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Johnny burnt off half his face when he turned evil, though it does eventually begin to heal. By the time of Secret Wars it's been reduced to a few small scars.
- Heel Realisation: Seems to have one in Hunger after meeting the mainstream Valeria Richards and realizing the life he could have had. It's fake.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: During his time running W.H.I.S.P.E.R., he claims the organization has some nebulous goal he's pursuing, but since he refuses to elaborate on what that goal is, the general indication seems to be just doing whatever mad idea he can think of.
- Human Outside, Alien Inside: He looks like a normal human being but no longer has internal organs, merely possessing a "bacterial stack" in its place. Oh, and he no longer craps.
- Humanoid Abomination: The logical extent of his powers. After Reed becomes The Maker, he drops all pretense of being human anymore and becomes an amorphous tentacle beast able to create false bodies from a hair-thin tendril and even stretching his brain to become smarter.
- Immortality Immorality: His powers prevent him from aging, so he's at least several hundred years old. It doesn't stop him from committing numerous acts of mass murder.
- Insufferable Genius: While 616!Reed has moments of this trope, this incarnation of Reed is far more blatant about it. It becomes even worse after his turn to evil.
- It Gets Easier: Laments during Jonathan Hickman's Avengers as he prepares to destroy another Earth that he's "gotten too good" at it.
- It's All About Me: 616 Reed calls him on this attitude.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He meant well... sort of, but there are moments where he's incredibly arrogant and bad-tempered. Becomes a full on Jerk with a Heart of Jerk when he turns evil because he felt being good was holding him back.
- Karma Houdini: Even after everything he did to Europe and Asgard, he's given no real punishment, and is even allowed to go back to working for S.H.I.E.L.D. by Nick Fury. When the Ultimate Universe is destroyed by an Incursion, Reed manages to survive on-board a life raft, escaping to Battleworld. After what goes down there, he survives and passes through into the new Marvel Universe afterward, where he restarts his mad science anew.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He has the time of his life teaming up with Iron Man to study alien tech during the Ultimate Galactus trilogy.
- Mad Scientist: A relatively restrained one during his time in the Ultimate Universe, if only because of its physical laws. Once he gets to the regular reality, all bets are off. His first evil scheme in New Avengers is causing a plague in Paris that turns people into diamond-headed undead, that functions as a "necrophone" to summon a sorcerer from two omniverses ago. Why? Why not?
- Magic Genetics: Attempted to be justified. Reed is able to stretch and not crush his organs because all he has in the way of organs is a colony of symbiotic bacteria who take in food and air and give his body nutrition. His origin is now justified as well too, as his powers are not from cosmic radiation anymore, but rather from swapping bodies with a double from another universe.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Villain: He actually was trying to save the Multiverse in The Ultimates, but unfortunately he screwed up and only made it that much easier for the First Firmament to consume Eternity. His inability to admit his mistake ("... No. I'd know. I have a mind that stretches across infinity...") is what leads to him butting heads with the eponymous team.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Sue accuses him of being one during Ultimate Secret, finding the idea of something going around wiping out civilisations in their crib interesting.
- Not So Different: While never shown when the two were on-page together during Secret Wars, during Ultimate Fallout Reed gives a speech to the first Children of Tomorrow that mirrors one regular Reed gave to the Future Foundation during Hickman's run on FF, the difference being that where 616!Reed's speech is encouraging and supportive, Ultimate Reed's is frank and demanding.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the Ultimate Enemy trilogy, he's willing to kill his own family to fake his death, attacks organizations that he feels are repressing science's potential for their own corrupt reasons, and tries to Take Over the World so that he can finally "fix things" the way he always knew he could. His claims of good intentions are proven false though as he later creates a utopian civilization in another dimension, then brings it back and tries to wipe out humanity to replace it with this "better" version. Showing ultimately he's just motivated by a God complex.
- Omnicidal Maniac: During Time Runs Out, he's aware of the collapsing multiverse, but makes no effort to investigate or warn anyone, and actively speeds the whole process up. At the very end, he decides to wipe out both the Ultimate and Regular Marvel Universe because... well, because, apparently.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: One issue states that his status as this is at least partly due to the nature of his powers. Just as his body has become infinitely flexible and stretchable, his brain has as well, allowing him to adapt his mind to tackle any number of subjects. The mainstream comics also strongly imply this is the case.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: A comical version is Reed being a Giver of Lame Names which gets a lot of riffing the first time, and the second time he's made something he gets asked "So what's this one called, the Wonderbus?"
- Other Me Annoys Me: His meeting with regular Reed Richards during Secret Wars has both of them annoyed by the other, Ultimate Reed finding his counterpart is far too focused on things that don't matter (read: his family and friends), and 616 Reed coldly retorting that unlike Ultimate Reed, he learned about how to care about things beyond himself. By his reappearance in New Avengers, he's gotten over it, admiring 616 Reed's idealism.
- Personality Powers: It was definitely a case of powers causing personality for Reed as he was revealed to be stretching his brain to make himself smarter. This perhaps helps explain why building a teleporter took him so long while his Time Machine was built in a relatively trivial fashion off-screen.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Deconstructed; the governmental think-tank he belongs to keeps him focused predominantly on military technology and restrains release of his successful creations. The frustration at not being able to change the world despite knowing his technology could provide incredible advances to humanity eventually drives Reed insane. So insane that he takes up the mantle of the now-deceased Ultimate Doctor Doom and becomes a supervillain whose actions lead to the annihilation of Germany and Asgard. Furthermore, Reed then tried to turn Earth into a utopia whose plans included distributing free energy, spreading the crop-growing sentient seed to nations stricken with famine and hunger, and blowing up the Iranian Parliament along with any government official who refused to play nice.
- Required Secondary Powers: His body is transformed into an undifferentiated "bacterial stack" with no internal organs or tissues, so he has no need to worry about, for example, his stretched arms going numb because his heart had to try to pump blood the length of a football field. He is capable of eating (his bacterial stack will break down the food for nutrients), but he no longer needs to - somehow his body has become so drastically efficient that the very air he breathes provides him with everything he needs to metabolize.
- Scars Are Forever: Despite his incredible regenerative abilities, the facial burn from Johnny still sticks around.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Even after gaining his powers. He can stretch his eyes to correct his vision, but not indefinitely. Notably his helmet still has a glass visor.
- Transhuman Treachery: He betrayed his friends and country first For Science!, but after that he crosses the line to trying to replace humanity itself with his "superior" genetically engineered race (he is transhuman himself, of course, but not the same way as his Children of Tomorrow).
- Trauma Conga Line: The events of Ultimate Power through Ultimatum. In the former, his idea of exploring other universes is rejected by Nick Fury, and when Reed does it anyway, Fury collaborates with Doctor Doom and the Supreme Power-verse's Emil Burbank to turn one of Reed's probes into a weapon of mass destruction, with Reed getting the blame. Then, Ultimatum happens because of Doom's schemes, causing the deaths of millions, and nearly killing Sue, all of which Reed blames himself for. Then Sue breaks up with him, and he's forced to go back to living with his abusive father, at which point Reed goes mad.
- The Unfavorite: A bespectacled young genius, he was never the ideal son his father wanted. It's shown in the first issue that his father showed more affection to Ben Grimm, the tough football star of the school, than to his own son. Fortunately, the situation isn't visited often in later issues; what with Reed finding a new father figure in Sue and Johnny's scientist father and being faced with matters more important than getting paternal approval, such as cosmic mutations and alien invasions every other week. Except for when things finally get to such a boil for Reed Richards that he fakes his death by blowing up his family home, vaporizing his entire family in the process.
- Unwitting Pawn: After his encounter with Thanos, he started work on building a Cosmic Cube... which, as it turns out, was something Thanos put in his head, giving the mad titan a shiny new cube to take over the universe with. Whoops.
- Would Hurt a Child: Among the first people he kills when he turns evil is his own little sister.
- Younger and Hipper: He's much younger than his mainstream counterpart, being in his early twenties / late teens when he gets his powers.
Susan "Sue" Storm/The Invisible Woman
- Action Girl: Right off the bat, she is much more assertive, is a biologist at the Baxter Building and almost immediately realizes her full potential as the most powerful member of the team.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the original comics, Sue was first introduced as little more than Reed's girlfriend, and was only present at the accident that created the Fantastic Four because she refused to be left behind. By contrast, the Ultimate version of Sue is a gifted former Child Prodigy who attended the same government think tank as Reed and was involved in the accident because she was actually one of the scientists working on the Negative Zone experiment in the first place.
- All Women Are Lustful: Warren Ellis depicted Susan as being more sexually aggressive than her mainstream counterpart.
- Bare Your Midriff: One of her costumes has an open jacket with a midriff-baring top. She later sticks with the same body-covering jumpsuit as the other three.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Her relationship with Reed Richards is way less calm than their mainstream counterparts'.
- Broken Bird: Despite trying to stay emotionally stable, it's clear her experiences in her family and with Reed weigh heavily on her mind.
- Deadpan Snarker: Frequently, especially when dealing with Johnny.
- Dude Magnet: She got attention from Tony Stark, Namor, Mole Man, Strange Josie and ended up with Ben Grimm.
- Enlightenment Superpowers: This is theorized in universe by the Mole Man to be the source of her invisibility powers, on the premise that the accident somehow enlightened her mind to replicate meditation techniques to avoid detection.
- Future Me Scares Me: She doesn't take it well when she learns that Kang was a future version of her.
- Hot Scientist: This incarnation of Susan is an accomplished scientist of her own right while being an exceptional blonde bombshell.
- Hysterical Woman / Women Are Wiser: According to Reed, Sue may be slightly smarter than himself and has been shown to be more level-headed than Reed when it comes to social situations and emotional connection. However, she also tends to hold powerful obstinate grudges even in situations where they would be counterproductive and has a bad tendency to lash out with her powers when insulted.
- Promotion to Parent: Even before Ultimatum, she was more Johnny's mother than sister, but after that, she more or less becomes his guardian, consulting with Aunt May about her little brother, and arguing with him when he decides that he wants to move out. She does approve of Peter as Johnny's new friend and handler, noting that he's someone who could have a good influence on Johnny.
- Properly Paranoid: Treats Reed with contempt even after his HeelFace Turn. Perfectly justified contempt since it turns out he was faking the entire time.
- Required Secondary Powers: She lampshaded the impossibility of her powers, pointing out that there's no conceivable reason why she should be able to see things while invisible. Luckily, she's a bio-geneticist and thinks the mystery is fascinating.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She genuinely loves Reed, but his moodiness and sour temper turns her off from him. And then he genuinely turned evil, which destroyed any chance of a relationship between them, allowing her to start a relationship with the much nicer Ben.
- Team Mom: Ends up in this role as the most mature of the team.
- Younger and Hipper: Like Richards, she is younger than her mainstream counterpart; eighteen, to be specific.
Johnathan "Johnny" Storm/The Human Torch
- Battle Cry: He had to say "Flame on!" whenever he wanted to use his powers, before he became more competent with his powers. Conversely, he also originally had to say "Flame off!" when he wanted to return to normal.
- Big Brother Mentor: Despite being older than Peter, Susan confirms that Johnny Storm sees Peter as this, noting that the latter looks up to Peter, and enjoys hanging out with him.
- Body Horror: He has to hibernate occasionally so that the layers of his skin that have been over-exposed to flames can flake off.
- Brainless Beauty: Johnny's good-looking, but he never even managed to graduate from high school. It shows, repeatedly. He even seemed convinced he could get pregnant, somehow.
- Depending on the Artist: An unusual male variant - he's explicitly Peter Parker's age, but the artists for Ultimate Fantastic Four couldn't seem to pin down just how old Johnny actually is. This lead to him being drawn (rightly) as an teenager, though a bit older-looking than Peter, to being drawn as even older than his big sister Sue! Greg Land was notorious for this, drawing Johnny somewhere in his mid-20's.note
- Elemental Baggage: Hes become a walking fusion reactor; his entire body has reconfigured itself to be as perfect an energy store as possible (which results in some bad effects on his health, as you might expect for someone who turns his stores of body fat into plasma). Warren Ellis tried very hard to justify Johnny. He also has a protective layer of microscopic scales to protect him from this flame.
- Flying Firepower: The Human Torch's plasma has a high hydrogen content, and is surrounded by an exuded cloud of mono-atmoic hydrogen atoms. The hot cloud provides sufficient positive buoyancy for him to float. With mental stimulation of his flame, he can provide enough lift to carry around 180 pounds. By forming a jet from his feet, directed behind him, he can achieve a normal flight speed of 140 miles per hour.
- Hot-Blooded: Like his powers, he's a very fiery person and it doesn't take much for him to go berserk on things with his powers.
- Magic Genetics: Attempted to be justified. Johnny's powers come from his nuclear fusion, using his body as an energy source. His origin is justified as well now too, as his powers are not from cosmic radiation anymore, but rather from swapping bodies with a double from another universe.
- Playing with Fire: He's the Human Torch. Bursting into flames and throwing fire around is part of the package.
- Replacement Goldfish: Peter and his circle of friends becomes this for him after his break-up with the Fantastic Four.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Throughout his appearances in Ultimate Spider-Man, he claims the Fantastic Four were "The Beatles of Superheroics". This only gets confused stares from everyone else since while that was true in the 616, in the Ultimate Universe, the X-Men and especially the Ultimates are more prominent, what with having come onto the scene before them.
- True Companions: Becomes this with Peter, Iceman, Kitty Pryde during the Amazing Friends arc. After Ultimatum and the break-up of the Four, they become his only family and he chooses to stay with them.
- Wreathed in Flames: When he uses his powers, as per the main universe.
Benjamin "Ben" Grimm/The Thing
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Which given how miserable Ben regularly is with his mutation, is saying something. On more than one occasion, Ben has wondered about finding ways to kill himself.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: He eventually gains the ability to change between forms, unlike his 616 counterpart, who is stuck in the Rock form.
- The Big Guy: The strongest and largest member of the team. He's also pretty big when he's human.
- Blessed With Suck: Sure, he's super-strong and durable, but he weighs a ton, meaning any furniture he sits on has to be reinforced. Not to mention he looks like he's made of rock, which makes going outside difficult.
- Body Horror: He has stone skin, and it's apparently a miracle that he can even breathe.
- Bungled Suicide: This pops up as part of deconstructing the Thing's Blessed With Suck powers. He's a huge, freakish rock monster, stands out anywhere, has to be careful about crushing anything he touches and has almost no sense of touch. In the 616 Marvel Universe, this is played for drama now and then but here, he tried to kill himself several times but has not found anything that can break his skin.
- Dumb Is Good: This trope comes into play when Reed becomes the Maker, a hyperintellect genocidal murderer, while Ben stays his simplistic but good-hearted self that eventually wins Susan Storm's heart.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Gets his human body back, marries the love of his life, has a daughter. Yep, things turn out pretty good for ol' Ben.
- Eyes Are Mental: Johnny Storm cheers up Ben Grimm by commenting that his eyes never changed. The dialogue went something like this:Johnny: Your eyes never changed, you know.
Johnny: Your eyes never changed. I mean, yeah, the rest of you is a freak, but your eyes are still the same.
Ben: You noticed my eyes?
Johnny: I notice stuff. I'm not smart like Reed or Sue, but I notice stuff.
- Gentle Giant: Except for when it's clobberin' time.
- Grumpy Bear: He's moody thanks to his freakish appearance but he has a good heart.
- The Juggernaut: Ben is much, much more imposing in the Ultimate Universe than his 616-incarnation. So much so that when Reed designed outfits for the team tailored to their powers he invented a new kind of shock absorber to layer in Ben's suit to act as a Power Limiter - otherwise the mere act of walking around would shake the Baxter Building apart. It's rather telling that he managed to survive a possession attempt by Thanos - anyone else Thanos managed to possess burned out their bodies after a short time, while Ben managed to fight the Mad Titan and drive him out, leaving him just a bit winded.
- After Warren Ellis left the title, Ben's strength was considerably toned down by the following creative teams. Officially, only Thor and Namor are stronger than Ben. The Hulk, normally stronger than him, is weaker in the Ultimate Universe, so Ben is able to fight him and win during Ultimate Power.
- Ben is not only capable of surviving on the ocean floor, but he's strong enough to move around normally (so long as he has an air supply). It's also implied that he can survive nearly any atmosphere as his lungs can convert unsuitable "air" into something he can breathe, which Nihil discovered to his great shock.Ben: *after Nihil breached the visor on his helmet* Reed, this air tastes like crap.
Reed: The atmosphere in here is highly corrosive... you're basically breathing acid.
Ben: Huh. Good to know.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Ben, par for the course, hates his super-powered self and wants nothing more than to be normal again. It's driven him to attempt suicide at least once..
- Immune to Bullets: Ben finds out in a trial by fire. Literally; he tried to blow his own brains out off-screen, and it didn't work.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Pretty much nothing is capable of seriously hurting him. Even more so after he evolves.
- Re-Power: In Ultimate Mystery his rocky form was revealed to be a cocoon, and he eventually "hatched" into a new form, with his normal human appearance, Thing-level strength and durability, and a nifty purple glow.
- Pet the Dog: In his appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man after the Clone Saga, when MJ was voicing discomfort about her PTSD-induced flashback nightmares, the Thing comforts her by telling her that he has them too, and she should not in any way feel ashamed of having it.
- Sad Clown: Ben loves to make jokes during combat, but beneath the humor he's shown to be deeply depressed and suicidal over his rocky transformation, having already tried and failed to commit suicide and spending many of his personal moments weeping.
- Status Quo Is God: Averted. Ben does in fact manage to shake his rock-like form, and gain all-new powers which include the ability to switch between his regular human form and his rock form.
- Superpower Lottery: Ben might be a giant rock-man, but his strength literally cannot be measured (Reed devised a reinforced Hydraulic Press to try and gauge how strong Ben is... which Ben promptly trashed without trying) and his outfit acts as a Power Limiter so his steps (which measure on the Richter Scale) don't shake apart the Baxter Building or surrounding skyline... effectively limitless Super Strength, but with the required mass to properly utilize it. His body also allows him to breathe underwater or in corrosive atmospheres by extracting oxygen and nitrogen from unsuitable materials, and he survives various explosions and possessions that kill other, lesser beings.
- Ultimate Life Form: Implied pre-Ultimate Mystery. Ben got a raw deal with his initial transformation, being stuck within a grotesque, stone-like shell. However, the trade-off is that Ben is nigh-invulnerable (with only Physical God Thor and the genetically augmented Transhuman Namor able to make a dent in him or even him feel pain), stronger than nearly any other hero or villain alive, and can survive in any environment. Reed spends his spare time trying to revert the changes but ultimately decides to swing in the other direction and complete his transformation instead, resulting in Ben becoming an Energy Being that retains all the benefits of his "Thing" body, but returns him to his human form and grants him energy manipulation powers on top of that.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Reed following Reed's FaceHeel Turn. At first, Ben thought he could be redeemed and offered to help him but a few acts of extreme evil later and Ben no longer wants anything to do with him.Ben: I thought I was the only one who understood you. But it turns out, all those kids who called you a jerk and a freak, they were right!
- What Have I Become?: He actually attempted suicide after his transformation, but his rock hard skin made it impossible.
- Younger and Hipper: He's much younger than his mainstream counterpart, being in his early twenties / late teens when he gets his powers.
The Baxter Building
General Thaddeus Ross
- Adaptational Heroism: Much less of a General Ripper than his mainstream counterpart.
- Badass Moustache: He sports a pretty impressive moustache.
- General Ripper: Implied, since he sponsors the Baxter Building Program for its military applications more than anything. Lampshaded in passing in one issue:Sue: Ross is so crazy he got shot or blown up or something and then came back to life. On the slab. And do you remember what he said to the mortuary attendant?
Reed: "Hands off my precious bodily fluids, soldier."
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., he was just too much of one for Wraith, who tried to murder him.
- Retired Badass: He's the former head of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was nearly killed by Weapon X in Ultimate X-Men. After coming back from the dead, he was put in charge of the Baxter Building project instead.
- Unexplained Recovery: As mentioned up above, he was blown up during the "Weapon X" arc of Ultimate X-Men, and he just got better on the slab. Why? Who knows?
Doctor Franklin Storm
- Big Good: He's the main individual who attempts to convince the Fantastic Four to productively use their powers for altruistic goals and never portrays any intentional malice. He's also the one individual that tries to persuade Johnny to make something helpful out of his powers and his choices in life.
- Killed Off for Real: In Ultimatum, he's killed in the first issue when the wave hits New York.
Josie Hart/Strange Josie:
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Mainstream Agatha Harkness is a witch. Her Ultimate incarnation is vastly different, being a creature capable of splitting itself into seven distinct lifeforms and back.
- Adaptational Villainy: She's an ancient hydra monster who plans on destroying the world, rather than any kind of friendly mentor figure like in the main universe.
- Ancient Evil: Is thousands of years old and her species can be traced to the destruction of ancient civilizations like Atlantis and Lemuria.
- Composite Character: This Agatha has the ability to split into the Salem Seven, which in the 616 continuity are her children.
- Explosive Breeder: Literally; her species uses heat and fire to explosively catalyze reproduction into thousands of newborns.
- Younger and Hipper: Subverted. She appears to be a voluptuous woman in her mid-thirties at most, compared to the regular continuity's much, much older grandmother type, but she's still thousands of years old.
- Affably Evil: Unfailingly polite to his enemies and captives. He was even nice to Enid while he was trying to sacrifice her to create the elixir for eternal life.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Being an alchemist allows him to use physical elements and magic in a way that makes him seem more like a sorcerer.
- Gratuitous Italian: He peppers his speech with it.
- Immortality Seeker
- Not So Different: He says this about himself and Reed after observing how far they both went to discover the secrets of the universe and amoral drive for science. Considering Reed's eventual lapse into villainy, this point becomes even more poignant.
Victor Van Damme/Doctor Doom
- Actually a Doombot: Doesn't make nearly as much use of the trope as his original version, for a variety of reasons (being gone for several years, for example), but in Ultimate Power, it makes a debut when Doom attacks the Ultimates and the Supreme Power heroes, only to turn out to be a robot. Additionally, Ultimate FF revealed that the "Doom" responsible for the events of the aforementioned Ultimate Power, The Ultimates 3, and Ultimatum and by extension of that last one, the one killed by Ben for causing Magneto to snap further than he already was was really Sue and Johnny's mother Mary, not Victor himself.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Not that Victor Von Doom had a great childhood by any means, with his mother being stolen away by Mephisto and his father freezing to death trying to protect Victor, but the man did love and care for Victor. Victor Van Damme, meanwhile, was forced to learn about his family history and beaten when he didn't get the answers correct.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Victor Von Doom gains ghastly scars on his face in the original continuity from an experiment backfiring on him, to hide these scars he wears a heavy armor. Here, Victor Van Damme's skin turns to metal and he gains cloved feet like a demon, corrosive acid breathe and the ability to fire off metallic skin-shards in the same accident that gave the Four their powers. This was retconned later in the series. When Doom shows up in the "Frightful" story, he's basically a transplant of 616-Doom, ruling Latveria, wearing the classic armor, and answering to "Doctor Doom" rather than "Victor Van Damme."
- Adaptational Badass: While still in possession of magical abilities, this Doom is depicted with actual super powers rather than using Powered Armor.
- Adaptational Wimp: While this version of the character does have "natural" super-powers, he lacks the magic skills of his mainstream counterpart, and is seriously less important to his Universe. He also isn't quite as talented in schemes.
- Adaptation Name Change: His last name was changed from "Von Doom" to "Van Damme".
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Acts like an aristocrat, certainly, and has ancestry going back to Vlad the Impaler, which he can recite from memory, which makes him technically one by breeding. He's also an incredibly self-centered bastard who is determined to conquer the world out of his own egotism.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Ultimate FF has shown him into his cloak—and lacking nipples, a belly button, and a penis.
- Body Horror: Hes become a being of living metal with a frankly demon-like appearance (including goat legs and a reptilian tail). Also, his organs are rotting into a noxious slime inside his body because he doesn't need them anymore; he can blast opponents with this slime or the fumes from it if he pleases.
- Breath Weapon: He has the ability to exhale toxic/corrosive fumes as part of his transformation. Apparently, its based on the fact his now-useless organs were rotting into mush inside his body.
- Chrome Champion: He is transformed into a being of living metal by the teleportation experiment that he sabotaged.
- Comic Book Death: Ultimatum has him apparently killed by Ben crushing his head. In Ultimate FF, he returns, claiming that Ben had just killed a body double.
- Elemental Powers: He has been likened to the elemental of Metal.
- Evil Is Petty: This is standard for Doom in all universes, and Van Damme is no exception.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Happened to him early on, transforming from surly pretty boy into a metallic Satyr.
- Famous Ancestor: He can trace his lineage directly back to Vlad Tepes Dracula.
- Flechette Storm: He has the ability to shoot razor sharp spines of his own living metal body at people.
- Freudian Excuse: In Ultimate Fantastic Four #7, it is explained that on his tenth birthday he was presented with his family history dating back to Vlad Tepes Dracula and the blueprint for his villainous mindset, and from that day on at dinner he was required to recite said family history from memory, receiving beatings when he got it wrong and being forced to start over until he got it right. The last page of the flashback shows 10-year-old Victor sitting in the chair where he received the original lecture and instruction in five panels depicting it slowly getting darker. In the last one, he says "It's my birthday."
- Fur and Loathing: Once he takes up the mantle of Doctor Doom upgrades from a raggedy cloak, to a majestic fur collared Badass Cape.
- Jerkass: He's basically Doctor Doom without any of the latter's strangely charismatic bearing and ability to try and be charming despite his arrogance, leaving the self-centered egotist that is Doom's core personality exposed for all the world to see.
- Knight Templar: He is always working on creating his "utopia", even if it means destroying the world as we know it.
- Lean and Mean: Compared to his mainstream counterpart, he's quite skinny. The fact he's a man of living metal rather than stomping around in a huge armored suit justifies it.
- Made of Iron: Ignoring the Incredibly Lame Pun, Super Toughness was clearly part of the package when he transformed.
- The Man Behind the Man: At the end of Ultimates 3, Doom turns out to be responsible for Ultron... somehow. Ultimatum has him claim it was all part of his plan to cause Magneto to try and wipe out humanity.
- Never My Fault: He interfered with Reed Richards' prototype teleporter. The resultant energies resulted in the creation of the Fantastic Four, and his own transformation into a demonic-looking being of living metal. Doctor Doom insists that the transformation is not his fault, but rather that Reed's calculations were "so bad even [he] couldn't fix them".
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: He considers the experiment this, especially being blamed for it.
- Put on a Bus: He is stranded in the Marvel Zombies universe at the end of the "Frightful" arc. He eventually returned in Ultimates 3, after a fake-out in Ultimate Power.
- Red Right Hand: He was transformed in the same experiment as the Fantastic Four, and ended up with a body made entirely of metal looking just like his classic look, with the exception of goat legs. Because, according to Warren Ellis, he's the devil.
- Related in the Adaptation: Here, Van Damme is a descendant of Vlad the Impaler. Ultimate Spider-Man later added to this by making Morbius Vlad's brother, meaning in this universe, Morbius is a distant relative of Doom's.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: His name is more subtle about this: it's Victor Van Damme rather than Von Doom.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His driving obsession has always been to win the respect and love of his coolly aloof father.
The Frightful Four
- Affably Evil: The zombie Reed Richards may be a flesh-eating monster, but he can be surprisingly charming and erudite while he plots to make you into a snack.
- Bait-and-Switch: At first, it seemed like Reed had contacted his 616 counterpart... right up until Reed steps through the interdimensional transporter and finds himself face-to-face with zombies.Zombie Reed: Ever get the feeling you've been had?
- The Psycho Rangers: They are the counterparts of the regular Fantastic Four from another universe, just with about fifteen more years of experience. Oh yeah, and they're flesh-eating zombies.
- Sanity Slippage: Reed went mad with grief when an infected She-Hulk killed Franklin and Valeria, and decided zombies were the ultimate lifeform, proceeding to infect his teammates.
Susan "Sue" Storm/Kang the Conqueror
Rhona Burchill/The Mad Thinker
- Body Horror: She augmented her intelligence by literally placing some of her brother's brain matter in her own brain, causing her head to become hideously disfigured in the process.
- Brain Food: She devised a way to increase her brain's "processing power" by grafting someone else's brain tissue onto her brain, so she killed her little brother because he "wasn't using it anyway" — the implications are roughly equal that he was genuinely mentally deficient or that he simply had a lower IQ then his already-a-genius-but-psychotic sister.
- Department of Redundancy Department: She talks lightning fast and repeats herself expressed in a different way, a bit like Blurr would.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Post-transformation, she's a creepy-acting, black-haired woman with a sick-looking pallor to her skin.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Before her transformation at least, she wore glasses. As for the "zero soul" thing? She cut up her brother's brain for spare parts — what more do you need?
- Gender Flip: The Mad Thinker was male in the main Marvel Universe, here she's female.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Motivated by her jealousy toward Reed Richards, because he got into the Baxter Building Program for Gifted Children instead of her.
- Mad Scientist: She was rejected from the Program despite having the natural talents as a scientist, implicitly due to failing the psychiatric evaluation — since she went on to cut her brother's brain out and graft it to her own, justifiably so. As for what makes her mad... did you just read the previous sentence?
- Motor Mouth: When she talks, she spits a constant stream of dialogue, and her speech bubbles replace spaces with hyphens to emphasize how quickly she talks.
- Nightmare Face: Courtesy of self-inflicted brain surgery to boost her own intellect, which left her with a large bald spot that exposes a very ugly, ragged scar and unnaturally bulging skull.
- Super Intelligence: Which she got in one of the gruesomest ways: cutting open her skull and suturing extra brain-matter to her own brain, to increase her brain mass.
Arthur Molekovic/Mole Man
- Adaptation Name Change: His name is changed from "Harvey Elder" to "Arthur Molekovic".
- Did Not Think This Through: As General Ross notes, if you work for a government agency, and you encrypt your files so your superiors can't read it, that's the sort of activity that tends to draw attention very fast. Especially when those files relate to a project said superiors told you not to work on.
- Mad Scientist: He was kicked out of the Baxter Building for experimenting on fungus creatures, which was noted to not only be disgusting and immoral (even for the cynical Ultimate Universe), but had no real scientific merit.
- Meaningful Rename: He was given the name "Mole Man" by his students because of his short stature, his second name and the fact that he is covered in moles.
- Age Lift: Regular Namor is one of Marvel's older heroes, having been a young man in the 1930s. Ultimate Namor is several centuries older.
- Anti-Villain: Namor's rude, violent, brash and arrogant, but he does have some small streak of good in him, such as saving Sue from the Salem Seven, before assisting with fighting it.
- The Bus Came Back: Namor was last seen at the end of Ultimatum stuck in a tube in Doom's castle. He returned in "Ultimate FF"
- Elemental Powers: Seems to have a dash of Making a Splash powers alongside his Flying Brick set.
- Making a Splash: He displayed water controlling abilities.
- Ambiguous Situation: It is never made clear but it is somewhat implied that this is not the Ultimate version of classic Fantastic Four villain Annihilus but rather that the Ultimate Four has stumbled into the regular 616 Negative Zone and that Nihil is just another member of the same species, what with references to belong to a certain caste and already knowing who Reed Richards is despite never meeting them before.
- Killed Off for Real: During a fight with the Fantastic Four, he gets a gun stuck in his mouth and tries removing it... only to blow his own head off. Lacking the Joker Immunity of his regular universe counterpart, he never got better from it.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Thing lampshades this when the crew meets him for the first time.Thing: Dude, we meet our first alien, and his name is like "E-Vill" or something.
- Obviously Evil: At least in Ben's eyes. Reed was too busy marvelling at the entire situation.
Revka Temerlune Edifex Scyros III/Psycho Man
- Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Uses his powers to make people feel blissfully happy while worshiping him as their master.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Constantly put others under his blissful mind control, but could not feel the sense of bliss himself. Thanks to Reed causing a psychic backlash, Psycho-Man was placed in an eternal state of ignorant bliss while being unable to put anyone else in the same state ever again.
- Knight Templar: He mind controls a world to feel happy and content, while the Silver Searcher argues that they are merely happy slaves.
- Meaningful Name: His name literally means "The King with no Enemies" due in part to his ability to make anyone his happy slave.
- Adaptation Name Change: Went from Nathaniel in the main Marvel Universe to Gary here.
- Adaptational Dumbass: Gary is a Jerk Jock and frowned upon intelligence, a far cry from Nathaniel being a scientist.
- Adaptational Villainy: Nathaniel might not have been the absolute best father, but he was aware of and acknowledged his shortcomings, encouraged and supported his son's love of science, and his absence from Reed's life was due to circumstances entirely beyond his control. Gary abuses Reed, and is just generally lacking in any positive traits.
- Abusive Parents: It's no wonder Reed turned out so mentally unstable with a dad as loving and supportive as this guy. Gary is from the first issue shown to be verbally and emotionally (if not physically) abusive toward Reed, having no interest or tolerance for Reed's tinkering, yelling at him from turning the phone into a device, then throwing it at Reed's dinner. A later issue suggests Gary was physically abusive as well. Thanos manages to torture Reed by conjuring an image of Gary prepared to beat him.
- Character Death: He, his wife and his children are killed off in the opening issue of Ultimate Mystery, in an apparent attempt on Reed's life. Except Reed is the one responsible for the attack in the first place.
- Hate Sink: He's an abusive father, that's literally all that is needed to know about him.
- Jerk Jock: Gary Richards is what happens when your stereotypical "brains don't matter, nerds are for kicking around" Jerk Jock grows up to be an adult and keeps the attitude. And then has a son who's a nerd.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: He's a huge sports nut and obsessed with "manly" behavior, openly disdaining his son's intellectual pursuits.
- Only in It for the Money: When the Baxter Building sends a representative around to recruit Reed, Gary is utterly uninterested... until Lumpkin mentions they'd be willing to pay for him.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His abuse of his son was the first step in Reed's descent to villainy.