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Reed Richards was one of the original members of the Ultimate Fantastic Four, the Fantastic Four of the Ultimate Marvel universe.
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Initially, Reed lived a life not too dissimilar from the regular Reed Richards, forming the Fantastic Four and falling in love with Sue Storm. However, her rejection of him, the dissolution of his team and being transported to a different universe took its toll on him. He returned scarred, more pragmatic and seemingly devoid of humanity, taking on the role of the Ultimate universe's Big Bad.

With the Ultimate universe's destruction imminent, he escaped aboard a life raft, and arrived on Battleworld. There, he met the Reed Richards of the main Marvel universe (Earth-616), who was wiser, kinder and more sentimental. Despising his alternate self, he tried to kill him, but would wind up literally sliced into pieces for his trouble.

When the multiverse was restored, these pieces of him were spread throughout the multiverse. However, they all shared the same consciousness, giving him a multiversal presence. He would work throughout the multiverse, but primarily out of the main Marvel universe, continuing his pursuit of absolute science.

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For the trope, see The Maker.


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  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: As a result of having an abusive dad, this Reed had more of a troubled childhood. But in addition to that, he was bullied at school (616 Reed had a better time at school, generally getting along with his classmates). On the plus side, his mom was still around (616 Mrs. Richards died when he was young).
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He initially merely started off as a case of this, as while the classic Reed could be a dick from time to time Depending on the Writer, he was still a compassionate leader and a devoted husband and father. This Reed is far more brooding and standoffish, even before he becomes a full-blown case of Adaptational Villainy.
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  • 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.
  • Always Someone Better: If his rant to the new president is any indication, he considers Tony Stark this.
    • Once he goes to the 616 universe, he finds that the other Reed Richards is smarter than him and that Roberto da Costa will completely own him in a battle of wits.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Post-Ultimatum. After Magneto’s death ultimate Reed Richard’s becomes the new Big Bad of the ultimate universe as a whole
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Carnage and Knull for the 2018 Venom comic book run.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In Venom Vol. 4 his offhand comment that he intends to exhume and desecrate Flash Thompson's corpse enrages the Venom symbiote, which goes berserk and overwhelms his shapeshifting powers with its own before stuffing him into a morgue locker.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Not out-and-out, but during New Avengers he introduces his organization, W.H.I.S.P.H.E.R. as "AIM if they were still fun" (meaning, still committing mad science).
  • Cool Helmet: His helmet looks like a cross between Samus' visor and the Xenomorph's distinctive cranium.
  • Comic Book Death: At the end of Secret Wars, Molecule Man reduces him to slices. He's soon seen up and around again in the restored universe, with the reveal Owen brought him back in every new reality.
  • Didn't See That Coming: A consistent problem he has, sometimes because of things he legitimately couldn't know about, other times because he's an arrogant jerk and cannot consider the possibility he's wrong. Roberto daCosta uses it to outwit him repeatedly.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Actually done for laughs. He'll murder entire planets, wipe out whole civilizations, tear your brain out with pliers... but he's not going to peep on someone using the can. He's got minions for that.
  • 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 Is Petty: Though he'll hide it behind posturing, some of his acts are just him being a jerk who needs to show off to the world. He was already planning on betraying his universe 616 counterpart during Secret Wars anyway, but he mentions the tipping point was seeing him interact with a brainwashed / amnesiac Sue Storm and being disgusted by the emotional display.
  • 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: While he started of course as a counterpart of the original Reed Richards, he became one of Kang The Conqueror and/or Doctor Doom.
  • Fallen Hero: He starts out heroic like his 616 counterpart, only to descend into evil.
  • Face–Heel 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.
  • Fighting a Shadow: After Secret Wars Molecule Man puts a copy of him in every restored reality, which all share the same mind. Even if one is destroyed, another from a parallel universe can just replace him and continue his work.
  • 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, but damn if he didn't have it hard.
  • 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, 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: He can regenerate. Ultimate Sue even speculated there wasn't much point trying to kill him, because he'd just get better.
  • 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.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Part of why Reed went off the deep end was he, like 616 Reed, found a way to peer into the multiverse and see alternate universes. Presumably it was seeing the universes where he or at least versions of him were able to fix the world and seeing how wonderful it would be along with worlds that turned to hell because he or a version of him wasn't allowed to help was one of the major factors leading to his mental breakdown and Face–Heel Turn.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Received from Johnny Storm, after he attempted to kill Susan Storm. For unknown reasons, it shrank over time, going from massive disfigurement to just a mild scratch across one eye. Justified by The Reveal that he's basically a Humanoid Abomination.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Saw the error of his ways after Cataclysm after witnessing the alternate life he would have had if he stayed with Sue and remained a good person. Or not, as New Avengers revealed he was faking it, and just continued on with what he was doing anyway.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Has a conical helmet covering his face, which handily conceals his identity.
  • Hero Killer: He briefly resurrects the Captain America of his universe, then kills the man again when he stops doing what Reed says.
  • 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.
  • Immortal Immaturity: One of the advantages of his power is he doesn't age... unfortunately for everyone else, this means he's still the stone-cold psycho he was when he first became the Maker.
  • Insufferable Genius: At least part of his villainy comes from his rampant inability to admit errors of calculations or judgment on his part.
  • It's All About Me: He views himself as the sole savior of the universe and feels everyone who is against him is wrong.
  • It's All My Fault: Way back when, he did blame himself for the events of Ultimatum being kicked off by Doom. That was back when he had empathy for other people. And, all things considered, it's an unfair assessment, given the convoluted nature of that whole mess meant even Reed's best predictive models couldn't have seen it coming.
  • It Gets Easier: During Time Runs Out, he actually laments that he's gotten too good at destroying alternate Earths.
  • Jerkass: He had problems with this even before his Face–Heel Turn, but it kicks into overdrive once he turns.
  • 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: One of the most egregious examples in Marvel Comics. Even after everything he did to the Europe and Asgard of his universe, 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. Even after all his apocalyptic shenanigans with the New Avengers, the collapsing Multiverse, and the Symbiotes, he ends up back in his own restored universe free to cause trouble again and with no heroes to get in his way.
  • Knight Templar: He wishes to solve all the problems of the Earth, no matter the cost.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: Initially, all this Reed wanted was to make the world a better place. Then all of his efforts to bring wonders and miracles of science to the world are stymied and hindered by the people trying to maintain the status quo or use his genius for their own ends. Now, he'll change the world/universe any way he can and to hell with morality or consequences.
  • 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?
  • The Maker: He created a pocket universe, one that's positively utopian... then tries to use it to replace the real world.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: A lot of his plans back in his home universe tend to start with "kill lots of people".
  • Mythology Gag: His development into The Maker - with his elongated helmet and setting himself up as the head of an isolated society evolving thousands of years past the rest of humanity - is exactly like an old Fantastic Four villain Harvey Jessup, who did the same thing in Reed's hometown.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Usually, he plays this straight, but he's got a fondness for City that makes him try to recreate it after he winds up in the regular Marvel universe. Unfortunately for him, the nature of that universe means City doesn't quite turn out the way he'd hoped.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Part of his schemes against Avengers Idea Mechanics helps cure Angela Del Toro of her Hand-induced brainwashing. Which was what A.I.M. had been counting on.
  • 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.
  • 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, although in Venom Vol. 4 he's still annoyed by Spider-Man comparing him to the Earth-616 Reed.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: After his descent into evil, Reed has become nothing more than a sociopathic, emotionally stunted shell of his former self, whose only real motive for his crimes besides scientific amusement is to force the entirety of creation to become obsequious to him and his exploits.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Deconstructed and played for angst. 1610-Reed was an idealistic boy who genuinely believed he could change the world for the better. Unfortunately, the governmental think-tank who funded his research alternated between forcing him to focus on projects that only benefited themselves or the military, and actively concealing everything he invented in order to not disrupt the status quo. This slowly but steadily breaks Reed's idealism, until finally he snaps and decides he's going to change the world, by force, and that anyone who tries to stop him is an enemy to eliminate—which quickly leads to him seeking to just vent a lifetime's grievances against humanity.
  • Resurrected for a Job: Molecule Man brought him back to life to try and fight the evils of the First Firmament. Reed went more than a little off-script.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Originally a villain to Ultimate Fantastic Four and the general Ultimate Marvel Universe. Since immigrating the mainstream Marvel Universe, he would become a major antagonist to the ''A.I.M. Avengers, and then Venom in Donny Cates' run on the character.
  • Sadist: His usual response to causing people emotional and physical pain is to grin and remark that their reactions are "interesting", such as when his codex-removal machine causes the people subjected to it agonizing pain.
  • Self-Made Orphan: The first people he killed when he went evil were his entire family. Not just his abusive father, but his genuinely loving and supportive mother and all his siblings, too.
  • Smug Snake: He's extremely dangerous, he's more than once successfully pulled a case of The Bad Guy Wins, and even the Thanos from universe 616 treats him with grudging respect. However, his arrogance frequently gets the better of him - he misjudges the very nature of the 616 universe on several occasions, and even after he gets around that, he completely messes up in Ultimates Squared - he thinks he's solved the omniversal crisis, but has just made it that much worse. And in every case, he's very proud of his intelligence and won't let anyone forget it.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Eventually, the computer of the City comes to the conclusion, that Richards's megalomaniac and warmongering attitude is obsolete, and only hinders the further development of the City. Or not, as it remains allied with him in secret.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In Ultimates Squared, his attempts to save the multiverse just play right into the First Firmament's hands. When he's told he's screwed up, Reed is shocked and tries to deny it.
  • Villain Has a Point: Has a legitimate grief with the people who run things in the government not allowing him to release inventions that could help the world and heal the sick. Particularly when their reasons for doing so are either to suit their own ends or to try to protect the status quo and keep the world the way it is because it suits them. Doesn't justify what Reed's been doing though.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His first victims included his own little siblings. In Venom #17 he tells Dylan Brock and Normie Osborn that he would loathe having the death of a child on his (non-existent) conscience; but when Sadie — a girl possibly even younger than Dylan and Normie — is separated from the Lasher symbiote, he happily tries to kill her while quipping that he couldn't care less about her age.

    Tropes about his time at the Ultimate Fantastic Four 
  • Abusive Parents: His father was, essentially, what happens when a stereotypical Jerk Jock grows up to have a son who's a nerd...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Post-transforming, Reed's cells have been replaced with "pliable bacterial stacks," which are described as single cells which duplicate most of the larger functions of the human body. Essentially, he no longer has most of his organs or even a skeleton; his human shape is just an affectation for convenience/memory's sake. In addition to allowing his Rubber Man powers to function at all, the change means that he no longer eats, excretes, breathes, ages or bleeds. To give a concrete example of how much this has changed him: shortly after his Face–Heel Turn, Ultimate Susan Storm tries to kill him by expanding a forcefield bubble inside his brain. Aside from momentarily inflating his head like a balloon, it does nothing to him, because his biology doesn't work that way anymore. If anything, it just ticks him off once he gets over the shock and realizes that Sue tried to kill him.
  • Body Horror: His transformation removed most, if not all, of his internal organs and his entire skeletal structure. He also enjoys enlarging his brain — grotesquely distorting his head in the process.
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