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Do you dare to question how the goblet of Doom can reach Doom's lips?!

"Ms. Van Dyne, I am not some common criminal that can be distracted by your prattling. You are nothing to Doom. And your pathetic attempts to play mind games with me amount to exactly less than nothing. So please, stop embarrassing yourself."
Doom (to The Wasp), The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Season 2, episode 1, "The Private War of Doctor Doom")

Doctor Victor Von Doom, better known as Doctor Doom, is a supervillain tha-waaarrgghhh!

SILENCE, NARRATOR!Heed this note!  You are not worthy to describe the glory of DOOM! Such a task can only be adequately performed by DOOM himself, and thus Doom grants this useless wiki the peerless honor of his presence! Attend raptly to the tale of the greatest mind that has ever lived - the paragon of perfection who could so easily Take Over the World if not for that blasted... (seethes) Reed. Richards...


I, Victor von Doom, was introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as the Arch-Enemy of the Fantastic Four, and as one of the smartest... No! The unquestionably smartest man on Earth. Doom was born to a Romani family in the Fictional Country of Latveria, the son of a witch and an herbalist. When my beloved mother Cynthia was killed by the demons she had summoned to fight Latverian soldiers, Doom swore revenge! The death of my father at the bidding of the Latverian tyrant only added fuel to Doom's desire for... further revenge!

The die had been cast! Doom sought mastery of both magic and technology, amusing himself by leading the Latverian government on a merry chase and scorning their pathetic attempts to destroy him. When word of his exploits inevitably reached the United States, Doom gained the opportunity to study in America. There, Doom had a fateful meeting with... Reed Richards, one of the few humans on the planet who occasionally manage enough flickerings of cognition to make themselves genuinely useful to Doom. Doom manipulated the naif into helping me construct a portal to Hell, with the noble goal of retrieving my mother's soul. Whether due to Richards' incompetence - or intentional sabotage on his part out of jealousy for Doom's genius - or perhaps both! - the device exploded and forever marred the noble visage of Doom. Editor's Note  Doom accurately and eternally blames Richards for his disfigurement, which compelled Doom to withdraw from society for some time.

In Doom's continuing quest for mastery of all human knowledge, he joined a mysterious order which taught him secrets of metallurgy. Doom used this lore to create a suit of Powered Armor which he has used (with some modifications) since that day. From that moment, and forever more, Doom has been known as Doctor Doom. Doom swiftly overthrew the foolish and unworthy tyrant of Latveria, made public my claim as absolute master of that land, and has since ruled it with an iron fist - the iron and yet simultaneously benevolent and enlightened fist of Doom! Doom's path then once again crossed that of... Richards, now accompanied by his foolish family and sycophants, who became my sworn enemies. Yet Doom's plans have encountered many obstacles: he has battled heroes and villains in abundance! - The Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Luke Cage - all have striven against Doom! Some have even succeeded in temporarily arresting my plans! note  counter-note  counter-counter-note  Doom's many, many, many victories are why Doom is considered Marvel's most iconic villain.

You, the common people of the Earth, continually hunger for Doom to appear! And I deign to grant your wish in video games, television programs, films and more, even those that do not afford me an opportunity to vanquish a certain insufferable elastic fraud...

You can behold my power in fighting games made by Capcom, despite the indignity of being second fiddle to that egomaniacal ham, Thanos. Rest assured that Doom WILL strike down Ryu and his Capcom ilk in Richards' stead. And you may rest assured that any match in which Doom is defeated... it was a Doombot!

Doom has also granted the boon of his presence to several television series, right back to the days when your pathetic animators could not document events of the Marvel Universe through anything other than sliding drawings in front of a camera. I have been portrayed in cinema by Joseph Culp, Julian McMahon, and Toby Kebbell. Hubris, yes, but done with enough skill and respect to stay Doom's wrath.

Speaking of cinematic portrayals, Doom's presence may soon grace the Marvel Cinematic Universe at long last, due to Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, finally putting an end to the pettynote  film rights dispute between the two. Because of said rights dispute, Doom must admit that he has had some issues with not only with Fox, but also Marvel Entertainment's miserable overseer Isaac Perlmutter, who not only forbade Marvel's artists to depict Doom in Marvel's promotional artwork, but also has made Doom a hero as the new Iron Man for Marvel's 2016 Marvel Now event. However, Doom must admit that he is partial to Kevin Feige, and is anticipating what his creative vision for Doom is. Despite these turbulent events, never forget: DOOM IS SUPREME NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS!

The lovely mortals of Universal Orlando were gracious enough to provide Doom with his own theme park ride, something that those pathetic rodent parks would never do.

The Internet, too, has been copiously graced with Doom's image. My likeness has been used on a show called Assist Me, in which Doom inexplicably shares his quarters with a video game player by the name of Maximilian. Though, for some odd reason, Doom is shown to display equally bizarre affinities for yogurt and an evidently popular children's show named My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I will be sure to look into that particular Doombot soon enough, though one thing is certain - his slick rhymes are as unbeatable as the real thing. Doom has also taken part in another web series called DEATH BATTLE!, where many characters from different universes engage in mortal combat. Doom grants his assigned opponent, one Darth Vader, the supreme accolade: he was that rarest of things, a worthy opponent. However...Doom would later find himself again in that blood sport when facing his OTHER assigned opponent, Lex Luthor, the bald-headed man had the boldness to use the same technique in his far inferior Lexbot But while he was a more of a challenge thanks to his newly added superhuman abilities, Lex was a fool to believe he won...for Doom swapped our bodies, letting that alien-hating cretin crush his own heart in...then to add insult to injury...slammed him into his own logo and sliced him up...all while Doom looks away, knowing the powers of his were beneath me, even as Emperor Doom.

While Doom is without true peers, many villains have been inspired by his greatness. It is said that George Lucas took inspiration from myself to create the aforementioned cultural icon Vader: it is whispered that Jack Kirby had Doom's majesty in mind when he fashioned that unstable megalomaniac employed by DC Comics. Countless other aspirants to Doom's glory have appeared in various forms of popular fiction. Yet some fools take their lives in their hands by mocking Doom - the game-maker Adam Heart and his mockery of Doom "Dr. Shoals" is just one of the knaves who court disaster thus!

Do not fall into error! Doom should not be confused with the being known as Dr. Travis Doom, or his cousin twice removed Doctor Bob Doom.

Tropes that have been wrought by the mighty hands of Doctor Doom:

  • Actually a Doombot: Whenever some overconfident dolt thinks they have bested the mighty Doom, they will eventually discover it was simply one of my Doombots distracting them from what Doom was really doing. These versatile automata are also used as an Author's Saving Throw whenever some dullard has written Doom in a way that seems out of character. Doom permits this, since it allows them to Retcon out moments of foolishness or unnecessary viciousness which would otherwise defame the good name of Doom!

Tropes that have been deemed worthy of Doctor Doom:

  • The Ace: This trope was made for Doom. Doom's skills are unparalleled across the entire universe, no... the MULTIVERSE AND BEYOND! Doom is an unrivalled master of the sciences, a talented combatant (though admittedly trivial duels with lesser minds are beneath Doom... though I tend to make an exception for Reed Richards), a master of the mystic arts in a manner far surpassing that of the so-called Sorcerer Supreme and I have made Latveria the triumphant and innovative metropolis it is today using only my brilliance and glorious leadership skills. Doom must confess it pleases Doom to no end to know that whilst RIIIIICHAAAARDDDS was unable to keep his family safe during the Invisible Woman's dangerous labor, it fell to Doom to ensure the child's safety (which Doom handled exquisitely, if I do say so myself). Many of you here may have heard the disparaging rumors that there may be others more capable than Doom in any given field (Doom needs to uncover the source of this malicious propaganda and swiftly put an end to them). Ignore them, for there is NO ONE above Doom. YOU DARE QUESTION THE VALIDITY OF DOOM'S PRODIGIOUSNESS?!! For the wise few who rightfully concede Doom's brilliance, you may remember Doom's might has in fact been reinforced in several of his storylines, particularly when I (AND I ALONE) was judged worthy of wielding the legendary Mjolnir, the great hammer of the Thunder God! Finally, while it's purely leisurely, I am a sensational artist and musician.
  • Adaptational Badass: In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes I am powerful enough to easily defeat the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Doom is mighty but my sworn enemies do pose far more of a threat to me than that.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Doom is always a hero, but my incarnation in Marvel 2099 is this. This incarnation of me did grow more concerned with saving innocent lives, and did not grow bored with ruling the United States after freeing it from its corporate overlords and improved the lives of those unfortunate to be born in that miserable future. In the end I made a Heroic Sacrifice to end the menace of the Phalanx.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: For whatever reason, Doom was bestowed with superpowers in both of 20th Century Studios cinematic takes on the Fantastic Four property instead of using Powered Armor. They apparently thought it was necessary to give Doom an Adaptation Origin Connection to the accursed team that Richards assembled as opposed to Richards himself - bah!
    • And to a lesser extent in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Doom still has Powered Armor, but rather than using any type of typical weapons you would expect, my armor instead functions by manipulating quantum fields, which also provides the explanation for powers that would normally be the result of my magic. As the Mandarin's rings were explained to work through quantum fields, this series apparently felt the need to introduce the concept with me.
  • Affably Evil: Doom is not a cruel despot! Those who know their place shall discover that Doom is generous, respectful and honorable.
  • Age Lift: Much like the accursed Richards and Grimm, I am a middle-aged man. Also like them them, some adaptions have made me closer in age to Susan and her brother: Both Jim Lee and Tim Story depict me as a decade or two younger, and both Ultimate Fantastic Four and Josh Trank depict all five of us teenagers or in our early 20s.
  • Alternate Self: Doom has some of the most formidable counterparts in The Multiverse:
    • The Marvel 2099 Doom, who took over the United States, and later gave his life to save the world from the menace of the Phalanx.
    • The Marvel 1602 Doom, who assassinated the queen and was generally the Big Bad of the entire first series. Later, he kidnapped William Shakespeare because he wanted him to write about his travel to the end of the world.
    • Peter David's X-Factor Doom from The Summers Rebellion future - despite being somewhat weakened by age and circumstance, tied to a wheelchair and not completely in possession of my faculties, I still was more dangerous than the story's actual villains, and managed to evade capture by the foolish mutants of that era when all was said and done.
    • A version of myself in the Age of Apocalypse happened to be director of Eurasian Security, fighting alongside that world's versions of Anthony Stark, Donald Blake and Gwen Stacy.
    • In an old What If? story the experiment to rescue my mother from Hell goes without a hitch, resulting in a universe where Doom becomes Earth's greatest hero and marries the love of his life. However, because of my actions, Doom earns the ire of Mephisto who imposes on him a... stringent Sadistic Choice...
    • Another What If? shows what would have happened if Doom had managed to keep the Beyonder's power, which results in him winning the Secret Wars, acquiring Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet, and dominating the cosmos. This attracts the attention of the Celestials whom Doom eventually defeats in a war that destroys the planet. Using the last of my power, Doom recreates Earth and humanity with it before becoming mortal myself in order to lead them to greatness.
    • Master Menace from the original Squadron Supreme is a Captain Ersatz of Doom. Some would suggest that the archenemy of Superman counterpart Hyperion would more accurately be regarded as a counterpart of Lex Luthor, but Menace at least had the good sartorial sense to ape Doom's style. Of course, Doom may someday destroy him for that presumption.
    • I met the real Superman and Lex Luthor in Superman & Spider-Man #2. Being the Magnificent Bastard that I am, Superman could do nothing to me since I resided in my embassy and was under Latverian law. The magnificent part? I did it out in the open on the embassy's doorstep to his face.
    • In Marvel Zombies, Doom, alone of everyone in the entire universe without exception, was able to resist the zombie infection by sheer willpower alone. Doom has more Heroic Willpower than that universe's version of CAPTAIN AMERICA.
    • Ultimate Marvel's Doctor Doom is an aristocrat named Victor Van Damme, who meddles with the teleportation experiment being performed by Reed Richards. This created the Ultimate Fantastic Four, and also transformed him into a demonic-looking being of living metal who is Nigh Invulnerable, can throw razor-sharp spines from his body and has a Breath Weapon of toxic fumes (which is supposedly based upon the fact his now-useless organs are rotting into liquid inside his body). His greatest scheme was Body Snatching Richard's body, only to end up transferring back and taking a one-way portal through the world of Marvel Zombies. Whilst it's unknown how he survived that fate, he did so, and is now part of the Future Foundation.
      • It's worth noting that someone pretended to be Doom for a while, and that impostor's action led to Magneto executing his Ultimatum. The Thing then promptly killed off the impostor for his part in motivating Magneto into performing it. If such a man could not perform a simple task as protecting his self in his own dwelling, he cannot truly be Doom.
      • A second Ultimate Doctor Doom has since reared his head; although also comparable to the Tomorrow Man in his motives, Ultimate Reed Richards has apparently taken Van Damme's place as the "Ultimate Doctor Doom". (Doom is unsure how I feel about the irony of this). Naturally, Richards was not adequate to the task of imitating Doom, and like the inferior man he is, tried to claim repentance. This was in turn a ruse, as Richards soon revealed his true colours once more, as the despicable villain and coward he always was.
    • An alternate future version of Doom appeared in Fantastic Four: The End, where Doom had partially converted to a four-armed cybernetic form to make up for the wear and tear decades of battle with that accursed Richards had caused. Doom seemingly perished in a final confrontation that also claimed the lives of Richards and Storms children Franklin and Valeria, leading to something I myself have never succeeded in; the destruction of the Fantastic Four. However, years later, its revealed that Doom and the children had been pushed through a time warp with the powers of Franklin Richards, appearing in the midst of a massive alien invasion of Earths solar system. Doom himself is drawn into the Negative Zone permanently, which he conquers after destroying Annihilus, and is greeted as a liberator by its inhabitants.
    • Unfortunately my tolerance of other dimensional counterparts had its limits upon reaching the Marvel Apes universe, where Doom learned that my counterpart was a baboon. A BABOON?! That universe deserves extinction. Doom has spoken.
    • Thankfully the recent iteration has a variant in the form of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Some of you may think that version of Doom is even more absurd, but many of you easily forget that it was an apex predator of its time. Doom is pleased that the beast is more apropos to represent Doom.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: The name of this trope fills Doom with rage. There is no universe where Reed Richards is "awesome"! Alternate Dooms, on the other hand, tend to become cosmic beings, defenders of Earth, or both. Doom is aware that it is meant to be the opposite of the far more appropriately named trope, but I stand by statement. Doom prefers that trope's name much more.
  • Always Second Best: To Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Doctor Strange in the fields of science, technology and magic, respectively. That is, they are always second best to Doom. If you hear otherwise, it is because they have persuaded feeble-minded tropers that their jealousy-clouded account is the true one. Be wiser than they.
    • During the Secret Wars (2015) event, I was forced to concede that Reed Richards could and would have used the Beyonder's power far more effectively than I, myself. This admission caused a sudden reversal in my fortunes, as Owen Reese then decided to gift Richards with the power. However, I shall curse neither of them for this, for as a parting gift, Reed Richards restored my once ruined visage.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Black Swans, featured in New Avengers, are devout servants of Doom. Indeed, religiously so.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Miss Munroe has, on occasion, proven herself worthy of the rare and supreme honor of becoming Doom's helpmate.
  • And Show It to You: During the Secret Wars (2015) event, Thanos sought to instruct Doom on the true nature of Godhood, delivering to Doom what you of this website would refer to as a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. This current trope is how Doom offered his rebuttal to the imbecile.
    • Doom has done the same to the alleged Asgardian "goddess" Kelda. Even the gods cannot stand against DOOM!
  • Answers to the Name of God: During my reign as God-Emperor of Battleworld, Doom's name stood in for god. And there were no other gods but Doom. After all, with the power I had at my disposal, how could I not be a god?
  • Anti-Villain: When I care to be, I can be a Noble Demon or Well-Intentioned Extremist. Doom frequently does things For the Greater Good, and also follows a code of honor.
  • Arch-Enemy: Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four, but mainly RIIIIICCCCCHHHHAAAARRRRDDDSSSS!!!!!! We have fought so many times I have lost count, and yet neither they nor I can seem to be permanently rid of the other.
  • Asshole Victim: You dare use either terms to label Doom! Well, I will grant that the future version of who was slain by Old King Thor didn't deserve to live after deciding to destroy all life on Earth.
  • Badass Armfold: Doom's most common pose when not fighting.
  • Badass Bookworm: While Doom would never stoop to using such plebeian jargon, it is true Doom's intelligence is without question, and even without the Powered Armor Doom is still a formidable (albeit completely human) combatant. Doom has even killed a lion with his bare hands on one occasion (when stranded in the wild on an alternate Earth). While completely naked. And then Doom skinned it for meat and for sinew to make weapons. Then Doom wore its carcass as clothing and used its face to make a new mask.
  • Badass Cape: Not exactly the most practical of accessories, but still rather stylish, especially with gold clasps.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Post-Secret Wars (2015), Doom has taken to dressing in a nice suit.
  • Badass Normal: "Normal" is the last word that could be used to describe one such as Doom, but it is true that I have defeated super-powered humans and being still greater than they using only my unprecedented genius.
  • Bad Boss / Benevolent Boss: Doom has been both of these, depending the situation and the writer. I value the lives of the people of Latveria. But outside goons are a different story, they can replaced.
  • Batman Gambit: Doom would have you believe all of Triumph and Torment was one. Ultimate Doom tried to engineer an example of this in regards to Magneto, but that led to Ultimatum and his eventual (temporary) demise.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Admittedly, Doom has not yelled Richards' name as much as this page would suggest, not within the boundaries of the Marvel Universe anyway, but more in a satirical comic series that ran in a magazine no longer in print. However, who's to say that this doesn't sound like Doom?! If even that mindless mercenary can have things by his followers incorporated into his page, then so can Doom.
  • Beauty to Beast: Doom was once a handsome man until that meddling Reed Richards disfigured Doom's marvelous visage into a hideous shape that shall remain forever hidden behind a steel mask. But Doom's will is also forged of steel! No mere scratch will tarnish Doom's resolve!
  • Berserk Button: RRRIIIIIIIICCCHHAAAARRDDSSS!!!!! Honestly, need Doom say more?
  • Better the Devil You Know: Doom is NOT the devil, cretin! But if you insist on such a comparison, while many accuse Doom of being a tyrant, King Vladimir Fortunov was a dictator who committed monstrous atrocities, including the murder of children and ethnic cleansing aimed at Roma. Doom does not rule his lands out of bigotry! The same cannot be said of any of the usurpers who have attempted — and failed — to oust Doom from the throne of Latveria. Even Spider-Man — who, if I recall, accused Doom to his face of being a tyrant — admitted once that Latveria is better under my rule than anyone else's.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Typically, the laws of time-travel dictate that one cannot change the events of their own timeline. Doom is beyond such petty constraints, and has invented the technology known as the Doomlock to break this rule. Of course, only DOOM may use this technology.
  • Big Bad:
    • Richards and his family often insist Doom is the greatest villain in whatever misadventure they are undertaking.
    • As it transpires, Doom is one of the main antagonists of The Avengers (Jonathan Hickman), the "Rabum Alal" responsible in part for the multiversal destruction Doom had sought to prevent.
  • Big Good: The willpower of Doom, and Doom alone, is the sole thing keeping Battleworld stable in Secret Wars. Not even Richards and his pathetic team could accomplish that!
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Fools may mistake Doom's unpredictable strategies in this way - but only fools. Any oaf could destroy Richards with sufficient force: that is not Doom's goal. Only when Richards is shamed and humiliated, after Doom has brought his whole world down around him, when he recognizes his defeat as total - then he will be ready to die at my hands.
  • Breakout Villain: ENOUGH! Very well, Doom admits that I do fit this trope, having battled virtually every mainstream hero in the Marvel Universe, and have even been featured in media adaptions not about the Fantastic Four. Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Avengers Assemble both feature Doom with the Fantastic Four barely getting mentioned, if at all. Doom is, dissapointed that I was denied the chance to battle Richards.
    • Indeed, I am so well known that non-comic readers often haven't even heard of the lesser enemies of the Fantastic Four, save maybe Galactus.
    • HEED THIS MESSAGE, for Doom will only speak it once. While Doom has no need for the approval of lesser beings, Doom is nonetheless pleased that many of you recognize Doom's brilliance. Perhaps if I conquor your world after I am finished with my own, it is encouraging to know I will have an abundance of allies awaiting my leadership. Doom is also pleased that while Doom himself has a voice in this, the Fantastic Four - especially Richards - does not. You have done well on that front. …<Ahem>... NO MORE DELAYS, CONTINUE TO READ OF MY EXPLOITS!
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: During my battle with Mephisto to save my mother's soul, I managed to destroy his body with an anti-matter bomb. But Mephisto is immortal, and simply created a new body so all I managed to do was inconvience him. I still succeeded in freeing my mother's soul, but Strange and I only escaped alive because Mephisto couldn't claim our souls if he killed us.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Entering Mephisto's realm to save my mother's soul proved this. Even with Doctor Strange's assistance, the demon was too powerful in his own realm. I managed to destroy Mephisto's body, only for him to create a new one. Thankfully that demon refused to slay us, killing foes puts their souls beyond his reach.
    • I once challenged Galactus under the belief that he was helpless against magic. I was wrong. Now Let Us Never Speak of This Again.
    • In the 90s cartoon after I first stole the powers of the Silver Surfer, I made the mistake of thinking it would allow me to defeat Galactus. When I repeated that plan, I made sure Galactus was on the other side of the galaxy so there was no chance of him meddling in my plans again.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Once, a misshapen creature attacked Doom, claiming I had once used him as the subject of an experiment and declared himself "the man whose life you destroyed." Doom pointed out, quite logically, that the man cannot possibly expect Doom to remember every life he has destroyed.
  • Byronic Hero: Doom finds this label misleading and yet appropriate at the same time. It is true my present actions are informed by the wrongs inflicted upon Doom in the past (the loss of my mother, the murder of my father, Richards tricking me into scarring myself), I have great passions and a powerful will and that I care nothing for what the so-called heroes think of me. The idea that I am "flawed", on the other hand, is far less applicable.
  • The Caligula: Some American comics unaccountably portray Doom this way. Naturally, such mischaracterizations have no foundation in fact.
    Servant: But — what of my freedom, Sire? What of your promise?
    Doom: (Grabs the man by the throat) You dare speak to me of promises? Have you forgotten that your very life is in my hands? Each breath you take — each moment you live — is only because I allow it!
  • Captain Patriotic: I might not share Rogers' sanctimonious "morals", but I can qualify for this trope. The common folk of Latveria love Doom, and I shall see to it they never forget this fact. NEVER.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Bah! LIES! Why would a great ruler such as Doom style himself as a villain? If only the world would acquiesce to my benevolent tyranny, they would recognize me for the hero I truly am!
  • Characterization Marches On: During the Kirby/Lee era, Doom was often depicted as a raving operetto despot rather than the benevolent and beloved autocrat that can be seen in the works of John Byrne and forth. It is true that raving operetto was Kirby's default style of characterization, and also true that going up to eleven in this regard may have been the only way he saw of portraying Doom as "The Villain" relative to the (in retrospect unusually) unsympathetic characterization that Reed Richards had in those days, but it is hard to forgive his failure to see the difference between the greatness that is Doom and the archetypical petty despot of which his "Real Life" Earth sported so many examples. Still, Doom is merciful.
    • To exemplify: In one case, where Doom had rendered the accursed Fantastic Four powerless and graciously allowed them to live in a sort of house arrest in a Latverian village, it is claimed that Doom's reaction to them managing to recover their powers and attempting escape would be to remotely activate the self-destruct mechanism for the village, that would kill not only the accursed quartet but also all the Latverian citizens therein. Moreover, it is claimed that such self-destruct mechanisms are installed under all Latverian villages! Would Doom, loving ruler of all of Latveria, ever contemplate such a heinous act?
    • The depiction of my skills in the mystic arts was initially presented as rudimentary, but later depictions escalated it to where I've bested magic-based characters including Morgan La Fey - no rank amateur mind you - using only magic. I would have taken the title of Sorcerer Supreme if Doctor Strange hadn't gotten it first.
    • I have taken to wearing a finely tailored suit instead of my more familiar armor, no longer refer to myself in the third person, and while I once had one of the finest French chefs on my staff I waited for Tony Stark at a children's hospital while consuming a bag of potato chips. I have also decided that I no longer wish to rule over Latveria, as I have grasped my true calling. And when Stark lobbed insults and lashed out at me with repulsor blasts from his Hulkbuster armor, I calmly waited for him to finish his tantrum before explaining to him that he would benefit working with me, instead of rebuking his foolishness with force.
    • One particularly malfunctioning Doombot (obviously) once sought to "exercise his authority" by laying with a loyal Latverian citizen. Doom cares little for such baser needs, and would draw the line at that kind of "use" of his subjects. The Doombot was scrapped, and its programming purged.
  • Clothing Damage: When those accursed Fantastic Four temporarily thwarted my plans in Unthinkable my suit became more damaged as the fight progressed, Richards destroying my hood, and his misbegotten brother-in-law burning the coverings off my arms and legs.
  • Cold Ham: Doom's counterpart from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes is as every bit as confident and righteous as I am. However, he is far less bombastic than myself, preferring to speak in a much more collected manner.
  • The Comically Serious: Do not let it be said that Doom cannot be funny. My bombastic theatrics mean I can say a great many funny things. Or other things may be funny merely because I said them.
  • Complexity Addiction: Bah! It is no fault of Doom's that lesser minds cannot grasp the scope and sophistication of our long-term plans!
  • Crazy-Prepared: Doom has learned that I must prepare for anything when carrying out my plans, including backup plans not working the way I intend them to. I deny that this is "crazy" since such preparations often prove necessary. And unlike a certain Britannian plebe Doom does not have to worry about the cosmos frowning upon him. Doom leaves nothing to chance. If Doom's plan "fails" you know the real reason why.
    • To further demonstrate, I knew, after my return from the Secret Wars (2015) that Tony Stark would lash out at me for perceived grievances. I had already established a mystical barrier to allow him an opportunity to vent his frustrations without any danger to myself.
    • Should Doom ever expire (which shall never happen, for Doom is eternal!), my Doombots are designed and programmed to continue Doom's works in my stead.
    • I even prepare for those from another continuity, as the Parasite discovered the hard way.
    • Doom even sees that his loyal subjects are prepared, as each and every one of them are specifically trained to assemble and program a functional Doombot out of readily available materials. The Doombot can then provide proper guidance with whatever problem they have, and protect them from threats.
  • Cult of Personality: Doom's loyal subjects love and worship their just and benevolent ruler. Naturally, they find comfort in the shadow of the great statues of their mighty monarch that have been erected to his honor by the grateful indwellers of every Latverian city. Festivals in celebration of the greatness that is Doom are held whenever he indicates that he will indulge such completely spontaneous expressions of popular joy at his benevolent rule.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: My last fight with Black Panther, when Doom easily Out-Gambitted and crippled T'Challa. Though T'Challa paid Doom back for that in "Doomwar", I will not let that lie, I assure you.
    • Once I gained my new mystical power in Unthinkable I effortless defeated the Fantastic Four and stripped them of their powers. Richards did however avenge that defeat later.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Why should I market my inventions? As the rightful sovereign of Latveria, I have nearly all the resources I need. After all, Doom has loftier goals than mere money. Ahem. Though on occasion, the scope of those goals has required Doom to perhaps bend this principle.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Mentioned above, my life has not been pleasant.
  • Dead All Along: In Avengers & the Infinity Gauntlet. I had in fact died when Thanos killed half the universe, the Doctor Doom who joined the effort to defeat Thanos was Actually a Doombot I built in the event a crisis occured and I was able to fight to it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Depending on the Writer, Doom either has clever remarks at hand or has No Sense of Humor.
  • Deal with the Devil: Mephisto and I had a specific deal that allowed me to attempt to rescue my mother from Hell once a year, but each time I failed, the people of Latveria would hate me more and more. I eventually succeeded with some slight assistance from Doctor Strange, beating him at his own game! Though admittedly, with a very heavy price.
  • Death Seeker: Doom became this in Old Man Logan. Dying of cancer, I sought to meet my end in glorious combat at the hands of a Worthy Opponent instead of wasting away. My enemies denied me this.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: LIES!!! Doom finds the name of this trope to be quite misleading. When Doom was born, Doom's mother had her soul taken by the foul Mephisto, and Doom spent many years questing to recover it. Meanwhile, it was the untimely demise of Doom's father, persecuted and hounded unto death by a local baron that persuaded Doom further down the path he has chosen.
  • Demonic Possession: Not quite (Doom is no demon!), but close. When Doom was dead (temporarily), he managed to use his Ovoid mind tricknote  and take over the bodies of the Fantastic Four, forcing Reed Richards to kill his best friend! Poetic.
  • Depending on the Artist: My armor maintains the same basic design throughout the years but by mask has had some details vary like the shape of piece where my mouth is.
  • Depending on the Writer: Doom has been forced to suffer fools often in this regard.
    • Does Doom care for his people, or are they simply mere implements of Doom's will, to be abused and discarded as Doom desires? Likewise, do the people of Latveria care for Doom, or do they merely fear his wrath?
    • Is Doom a man of honor and principle, or a posturing maniac?
  • Destructive Saviour: Know that Doom has saved all existence from the beings known as the Beyonders... albeit, Doom admits, at a high cost. Much of the multiverse was laid to waste by Doom's efforts, and that was before Doom's attempt at finishing off the creatures destroyed almost all the universes left standing.
  • Determinator: The only thing more impervious than Doom's armor is Doom's will.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Why, yes. Creatures far beyond the ken of mortal man, wielders of the Power Cosmic, even gods have all been defeated by Doom's might and intellect.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: I did indeed when I entered Mephisto's realm to save my dear mother's soul with Stephen Strange's aid. He offered to trade her soul for that of Doctor Strange. I complied, and Strange not forseeing my betrayal-HOLD YOUR TOUNGE! Doom knows how Mephisto never makes a deal without cheating those involved. He trapped Strange in a crystal that negated his sorcery, but I left a device on Strange's person that allowed him to break free once Mephisto predictably found a way to cheat me.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: I am the head of state of Latveria, and enjoy legal defense against any deluded man of action who might attempt something drastic against my sovereign person while I am in America.
  • Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: Silence, You Fool!! Doom only seeks requital for the unforgivable harms done to him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Some claim that Reed did not do what Doom has sworn vengeance on him for. In fact, retcons suggest that Reed was wrong and Doom's device actually worked perfectly well — the problem was that Doom used it to look into Hell itself! Bah! No punishment is too great for that accursed Richards. Doom is greatly displeased by these ludicrous and patently false charges. Not that Doom wouldn't consider it accurate that the machine was a success, and that Richards was indeed incorrect about its chances.
  • Domestic Abuse: Doom resents all such baseless slander. I do not abuse my domestics. And if I sometimes physically discipline them, this is no concern of sanctimonious American busybodies and their childish fantasies of unrealistic equality.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Pity? PITY?! Only the weak are pitied, and Doom is never weak! DO YOU DARE TO IMPLY SUCH THINGS ABOUT DOOM?!?
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: It is Doom's name, and it is what Doom shall bring to those that oppose him. Why should Doom not be allowed the psychological advantage frequent use of his name enables?
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Doom has an Image Projector that can create a lifelike projection of himself nearby. Doom uses it as a decoy to befuddle weak and foolish opponents!
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Doom, of course, never misses the point, whatever lesser intellects might believe. For example, Reed Richards once libellously called Doom a slaver, and Doom's loyal subjects, slaves. Doom, of course, understood why this comparison is not relevant, even if Richards himself did not.
    Doom: He dares compare me to a slave-owner?! History teaches us that slaves have been known to escape! But here, in my kingdom, none can escape! I am the master — they are the subjects — forevermore!
  • The Dreaded: Doom is a foe rightly feared, though not to the degree of more destructive menaces like the Red Skull, Galactus or Ultron, nor does Doom wish for that; I wish to be respected and feared, not seen as some monster that has the commoners shuddering at the mention of my name.
  • Driven by Envy: For Reed Richards, who is and has always been slightly better than Doom at everythi— LIES!!!! NO ONE IS GREATER THAN DOOM! Richards is an arrogant and envious dolt whose feeble excuse for a mind cannot fathom that of DOOM! It is HIS jealousy that has driven him to these insidious acts of gross slander!! He would have been nothing without the aid Doom so graciously and generously decided to lend him and his research! AND HE IS STILL IS NOTHING BESIDE THE AWESOME MAGNIFICENCE OF DOOM! NOTHING, I TELL YOU!! I WILL MAKE YOU PAY FOR THIS, RICHARDS!!!
  • Droit du Seigneur: Some writers have alleged that Doom practices the ius primae noctis with regards to the maidens of Latveria, even to the point of depicting it. Naturally, this drivel is American imperialist propaganda. Being an enlightened monarch who dearly loves his people, Doom would never stoop so low.
  • Easily Forgiven: When I sold Strange's soul to Mephisto. He obviously wasn't pleased that I would do such a thing even for the sake of freeing my mother, but the minute he saw that Mephisto made the deal just to dangle my mother's freedom in front of me, he was far more enraged at Mephisto than he was me. And I didn't really betray him, I left a device on him that allowed him to break free from that Anti-Magic prison Mephisto trapped him in. So it was justified that in this instance Strange held no grudge, Doom was not so foolish as to make a deal with Mephisto without some ensurance.
  • Egopolis: A municipality is only worthy of the supreme honor and beneficence of Doom's ongoing presence if it also bears Doom's name! When Doom seized control of Latveria, the name of its capital was changed from Hassenstadt to Doomstadt, and other major towns followed suit. (I left the name Latveria itself alone, however - even under Doom's benevolent new order, tradition and heritage have their value.)
  • Emperor Scientist: And Latveria is a unparalleled technology utopia as a result.
  • Enemy Mine: So often have the accursed Fantastic Four had to call on Doom's aid that it is a wonder that the insipid masses still regard them and not Doom as heroes.
    • I have also allied many other heroes when they require Doom's aid to save the world.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: All people, regardless of sex, class, color or creed are welcome in Latveria, so long as they first acknowledge Doom as their master.
  • Escaped from Hell: I fought my way out once. Any implication that I had help from the unexpected appearance of a certain hammer is nonsense.
    "There is Doom enough for everyone!"
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: While Doom may appear "bad" by your inadequate and uninformed system of labels, Doom's willingness to do whatever is necessary to free Doom's mother from the clutches of Mephisto was a fundamental life-defining trait for decades, until Doom was finally victorious.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Concepts of love rarely enter the equation when it comes to monarchy, but nevertheless, Doom has those he cares for.
    • First and foremost, my people are the reason I do many of the things I do. Their wellbeing remains my top priority.
    • Doom loved his mother deeply and Mephisto remains a bitter enemy for the hell he put her through. Doom also sincerely regrets the loss of his father. He was a good man and Doom remembers him fondly.
    • In my youth, I sought the affections of a Latverian girl named Valeria, a rare beauty and the first woman to hold a place in my heart. Though I was not deterred from my personal goals and indeed sacrificed her for the greater good, she remains the one woman I ever truly loved and her sacrifice weighs greatly upon me. Let us not discuss her any further.
    • Valeria Richards, whom I named after the above in her honour, may be the offspring of Reed Richards, but she is one of the few people I genuinely treasure and to harm her in my presence would be severerly unwise. My adopted son Kristoff also has a place in Doom's heart.
    • Boris Karela, a friend of my parents and a lifelong companion, is one of the privileged few to have my genuine trust and he is almost like a father to me, despite him clearly being my personal servant.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: You have your pathetic system of morality, and Doom has his. Doom will react to things against his own, well-informed and perfect system of justice and right like any other would, were they as wise as Doom. The one thing I share with lower beings such as that psychotic clown and the magnet man is our refusal to have any association with that despicable so-called Übermensch.
    • The cartoon known as Avengers Assemble featured a storyline where Doom took possession of the Asgardian Destroyer, lost his mind, and went on a rampage in which several Latverian citizens were killed. This, I confess, was an unpleasant turn of events for me. Doom is Latveria's ruler, not a mindless murderer of its citizens.
    • In one comic released after the September 11th attack, I appeared alongside several other so-called "super villains" to witness the aftermath. Though Doom did not aid in helping clear the rubble like Magneto, Doom... Doom was driven to tears.
    • In "Doomwar" when I was on the verge of victory, T'Challa ruined my plans with a device that rendered all Wakandan vibranium inert and useless. I was horrified that he would resort to such extremes in order to thwart my plans.
    • Doom has a personal revulsion for bigotry in all its forms. As a Romani, a noble race of mankind who have faced much prejudice at the hands of ignorant, repulsive and brutal individuals and organizations throughout history (which Doom himself has had the contemptible displeasure of encountering firsthand before my ascension to sovereignty), Doom understands the danger, and indeed disgrace, that this mindset poses to society. Doom... has seen many an innocent die by virtue of being born of a different ethnicity or creed to those around them. I would never allow such things in my utopia.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Doom attended the same university as Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, both of whom would become members of the Fantastic Four.
  • Evil Brit: Doom is not evil, nor am I British! Nonetheless, the 90s Fantastic Four cartoon depicted me as having a British accent.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: How many times must Doom say that I not evil! But I digress. I made a deal with Reed Richards to save his wife Susan and her daughter, in exchange for naming her. I wanted nothing else in return, the mere fact that Reed has to spend the rest of his life knowing that he needed my help would eat away at the arrogant fool for-WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE WASN'T BOTHERED?!
  • Evil Is Hammy: You dare say Doom is overacting?!
  • Evil Is Petty: Some lower minds think of me as this simply because I want nothing more than to prove that my intellect towers over that of Richards. What point is there in godhood if not to further your own noble cause?
  • Evil Overlord: Doom is overlord of Latveria, and will someday be overlord of all the Earth. And fools will call him evil, then as now.
  • Evil Plan: Doom has brilliant schemes to rescue his mother and conquer Earth, but time and time again they are foiled by some costumed buffoon. Far too often that costumed buffoon... Richards.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Doom must often forcefully correct certain criminals, lunatics, and presumptuous 'cosmic' beings. These have included the Red Skull, the underwater warlord Krang, the demented Onslaught, and self-styled 'higher beings' such as the Over-Mind and the Celestials.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Of course! It is Doom's destiny to eradicate the chaotic foolishness of mankind and create a perfectly ordered world under my iron-fisted yet benevolent rule!
  • Exact Words: Doom always keeps his promises. It is no fault of MINE if lesser men fail to pay attention to my phrasing!
  • Fake Defector: Sadly, some within Latveria fail to see the glory of Doom's rule. Thus, Doom has been forced to use agents such as Laszlo Chaloupek, who would pretend to be a "resistance fighter" and discover other people against Doom. A favorite tactic would be Laszlo setting a "trap" for Doom that would actually turn out to be on a resistance leader. However, during a time when Doom was...not quite himself, I exposed Chaloupek to his "allies" and then had him executed. A pity to ruin such a plan but Doom may chalk it up to the circumstances.
  • A Father to His Men: It is a tyrant's duty to love his subjects as a father would love his children and, so long as they are loyal and obedient, be willing to lay down his life to protect them. For them I would even gladly forgo my vengeance against that accursed Richards, if only momentarily.
    • Of course every Latverian is literate, healthy, educated, and financially secure! How can Doom be worthy of a tyrant's throne, much less build a nation fit to rule all mankind, if he cannot even look after the basic welfare of his people?
  • The Faceless: Doom had a long habit of remaining masked whenever possible, and happening not to face the readers when he was forced to unmask. In the recent events known to you as Secret Wars (2015), Doom abandoned this policy - for the time being.
  • The Fettered: Again and again, Doom has been forced to choose between his final and total victory and his principles. Doom has chosen to remain true to his own principles.
  • Fiction 500: Some observers might feel that even for a dictator, my resources seem unrealistically limitless, and that Latveria's economy should have plummeted from all that I spend on my numerous ventures. But considering the use of this trope by others such as Tony Stark, Charles Xavier, and the Red Skull, Doom feels it's hardly unreasonable.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Doom devised a plan (the exact details of which are unimportant) to kill the Fantastic Four by switching bodies with Daredevil. In hindsight, Doom will not deny this was not the most... elegant of my plans, trading my armor and vast resources for the body of a man whom I easily subdued on my own, and then putting him in a position where he could have easily killed me in turn. Fortunately (if unsurprisingly) his clutch on the Idiot Ball was far firmer than Doom's.
    • Doom has since dominated this power spiritually, taught to him by the Ovoids, and managed to avoid being Killed Off for Real by requiring a noble sacrifice of a local man.
  • Friendly Enemy: Depending on the circumstances, Richards and I are this. We are mortal enemies but that doesn't mean we have to be at each other's throats every single time we meet.
    • I am also this with Black Panther. We are both heads of state and when we are not fighting we act with the manners and dignity apprioate for our station.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Nobody?! You dare use such a term to describe the great Doom? Still, it cannot be denied that Doom's early years were indeed humble and spent among simple Romani. Had that cruel Baron not targeted Doom's father, perhaps I never would have evolved into the God I am.
  • Future Badass: A version of Doom in a distant future fought by the elderly God of Thunder. Doom had successfully gained the combined the Spirit of Vengance, Iron Fist, sorcerer supreme and Starbrand. This power made Doom more than a match for Thor and that plebian Wolverine despite him possess the Phoenix Force. I would have triumphed if Wolverine didn't give the Phoenix Force to Thor, after that he and battled one another for 99 years before he finally slew me.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Doom fears nothing, of course, but in various encounters with my future selves I have found them lacking. They shall not come to be.
    • As a specific example, Tony Stark and I were once trapped in the distant future of 2093, I met a version of myself who was very much worse for wear after having lived so long. I was so disgusted with him that I killed him myself without hesitation or second thought.
    • However in one incident, Doom learned he is fated to travel to medieval Europe, where I shall establish myself as the Baron of Iron, producing anachronistic technologies with ease. Doom was suitably impressed by my future-self's resourcefulness.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Long before that libertine layabout Stark constructed his armor, Doom did fashion his own in a cave, from less than scraps, along with a fully functioning nuclear-powered jetpack. Doom's is the superior mind, as are his creations!
  • Gainax Ending: The "What If Doctor Doom Became a Hero?" Elseworld ends with the vile Mephisto, annoyed with Doom successfully rescuing my mother's soul much earlier than in the normal canon, forcing me into a Sadistic Choice between him taking the soul of my lover, or the entirety of Latveria's populace. Doom reluctantly chose the former because I could not let the vast good I had done for the world be erased, and vowed to rescue my lover from Mephisto. The story ended at this moment, but there can be no doubt that in the end Doom was successful.
  • Genuine Human Hide: In Doom's darkest hour, I made a pact with a cabal of demons to give me unlimited magical power, at the cost of my dear Valeria's life and soul, crafting a new suit out of the woman's flesh.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: During one of our many battles, Richards and I managed to finish our last, unfinished chess game, which we had memorized since college.
  • A God Am I:
    • Even when he is not empowered, Doom's pride sets him above gods — even they should show him the respect he deserves. Doom consequently seeks out greater beings of power and usurps their power.
    Doom: No one rivals Doom! There is no power on Earth, no intellect in all creation, to equal mine!
  • God-Emperor: With the so-called "Secret Wars", Doom has once again gained god-like power and made his own world, Latverion. You may call it "Battleworld" if you so desire. Even more, Doom has rescued virtually everyone who had perished by the Incursions, something the "greatest" minds failed to do. Even Richards had to admit the success.
  • Grandfather Clause: Doom has heard the argument that his iconic armor should be updated due to the belief that its medieval asthetic makes it rather antiquated, especially when those fools have the audacity to compare Doom to Stark. Bah! Doom has no interest heeding the advice of lesser beings, and is honestly comfortable with this armor, as the Master has depicted me in it since my debut.
  • Grand Theft Me: One of Doom's many abilities, which I learned from aliens and have used to escape death and imprisonment on occasion. Richards speculates the reason I do not use this more often is because of my vanity. He would be mistaken, as is always the case when he attempts to contemplate the mind of Doom.
  • The Grinch: What? NO! Doom loves Christmas as much as the next person. When my traps accidentally caught Santa Claus I made amends by delivering presents.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: Thanks to Doom's benevolent rule, there is no suffering or want in Latveria. Doom takes a personal interest in the happiness of every one of his loyal subjects.
    Doom (to a servant): But, why so glum, my loyal one? You know the penalty for looking discontented!
    Servant (quickly assumes a big, albeit slightly sickly-looking smile): Y-Yes, Excellency!
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: I devote much of my life to the study of sorcery and find Dr. Strange, who only studied for a few months, far surpass... very nearly equals me! As you might expect, I did not take this information well.
  • Heel–Face Turn: As hard as it may be to believe for most of you who have witnessed Doom's ventures over the years, yes, I am walking a road to redemption, after the apotheosis of being God Emperor to the remnants of the Multiverse became a folly. But I know no one would believe if I sauntered about doing good deeds in my very recognizable armor, so I chose to carry on Tony Stark's legacy while he was rendered comatose as Iron Man. And while I can see plenty of you have received my newest venture well, I still cannot fathom why you insist on this "Infamous" epithet.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: In the sequel film from 2005, Julian's version of Doom wears a long black trenchcoat before donning garb similar to what appears in the comics.
  • Hell Has New Management: When Doom was dragged down to Hell, Richards was desperate to revive me before I became its new lord. He insults Doom's competence by saying it would take weeks for Doom to do so!
  • Herr Doktor: Much like Doctor Octopus, Doom was given a Germanic accent in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. (Still, in the same continuity, Doom was not only also able to harness enough power to repair his own face and return it to its original, handsome appearance, but finally outdo Richards by curing Ben Grimm... No regrets.)
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
  • Hijacked by Ganon: When my 'master', the Marquis of Death, seemingly deposed me and attempted to defeat the Fantastic Four himself, the fool did not realize that his new 'apprentice' was actually myself, having survived his pathetic attempts and prepared my vengeance. In the end, it was I who dealt the final blow to the ill-fated Marquis. He should have known that Doom would never truly call anyone else Master.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: I still rage over the time I stole the Silver Surfer's power and only lost due to Richards tricking me into running into the barrier Galactus set up to keep him from leaving Earth.
    • In "Doomwar" I constructed a suit made of vibranium that thanks to magic allowed me to control any item with even a spec of Wakandan vibranium anywhere in the world. This was my downfall T'Challa used a device that thanks to my connection to all Vibranium to render it inert. My scheme was ruined and I was trapped in a suit of armor that was now useless.
    • When stole the Power Cosmic from Galactus I was a Cosmic Cube to aid in the effort. I got careless and abondoned the cube, which allowed Richards to take it return the Power Cosmic to Galactus. Rest assured that Doom is not going to make a mistake like that again.
    • I was once attacked by a robot replica of the Hulk fueled by cosmic energy. When I siphoned the energy, I took in a poison pill that damaged parts of my brain, unable to use my magic or armor. Regretfully I needed Reed and Valeria to preform the surgery to restor my intellect.
    • How I lost in Unthinkable. I still had the strength to fight the Fantastic Four when the battle turned against me, but Richards started to spout nonsense about my so called inflated ego and said I owed my success thanks to gifts from others. I told him that Doom is in debt to no one, a mistake as the demons I cut the deal with only promised me power as long as I acknowledge my debt to them. I was then Dragged Off to Hell.
  • Hologram: Doom's Hologram Projector can project images transmitted from a Doombot or other minion, allowing Doom to watch the pathetic squirming of his opponents from afar!
  • Honor Before Reason: I will never destroy a weakened opponent (such tactics are beneath a mind such as mine) and I will always repay a debt to people who helped me, even heroes (I owed Captain America for saving my life, so I saved his).
  • Honorary Uncle: Richards' daughter and my god-daughter Valeria has christened me "Uncle Doom". Had it come from anyone else, Doom would destroy the insolent creature who dare slap such a foolish label on him! But Doom shall tolerate it from her.
  • Humongous Mecha: Doom once created one, The Doomsman, to destroy the Fantastic Four.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In battle The Mighty Thor I complained about how more of my property was being destroyed after I tossed Thor at my castle. Doom is aware of the irony that I was the one damaging it after I said that Thor would destroy no more of my property, I never said I wouldn't.
  • I Gave My Word: I always keep my word. It is not my fault that others do not pay crucial attention to the exact words.
  • I Lied: When I cut a deal with Namor in Emperor Doom. I told him if he aided in my plan to mind control the planet and ensure that even a few robot entities would bow to my will, he could rule the planet's oceans. It was all a trick, I was just biding time till I make him my slave as well.
  • I Owe You My Life: Doom is not without gratitude to those who have managed eliminate a threat to Doom before he could. On one occasion, Doom was visiting the United States, and despite being personally protected by Captain America, I came under attack, yet was saved by Spider-Man. I told the spider that I would repay his saving my life one day, and when he rejected my offer, I immediately repaid the debt by not killing him for his ingratitude.
    • While Doom could have simply used the cosmic cube in Fantastic Four World's Greatest Comic Magazine to wish for all the power that Doom needed (perhaps even internalizing the Cube's might as lesser intellects like Thanos and Red Skull had done), if was all part of his master plan to steal Galactus' cosmic might and inherit his hunger so that he could devour the undeserving planet that he sought at first to rule. It was all part of Doom's grand scheme.
    • There was also that "Freaky Friday" Flip mentioned above.
    • And that time I assumed my magic would be enough to defeat Galactus. Galactus has battled many magic based adversaries, the accured writer should have known I would have known better.
  • Ignored Epiphany: The so-called "Truth Wave" nearly made me believe that I was wrong about myself. Nearly.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Fah! To lesser minds, Doom may seem to fit such a loathesome trope. Indeed, while it is true that one of the first things I tend to do when ascending to new heights is set myself with one fetching wench or another (Scarlet Witch in Avengers: The Children's Crusade, Morgan Le Fay in New Avengers, and Susan Storm in...well, countless Alternate Universes and adaptations), you are a fool if you believe Doom needs something as meaningless as "love".
  • Immortality Seeker:
    "As Doom will defeat all enemies, even age itself."
    "My years already feel like eons. I fear the eons themselves cannot be endured."
  • Immortality Immorality: So determined am I to seek immortality that I would abduct Asgardians and dissect them to wrest its secrets from their still-living bodies.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: LIES! No doubt spawned by that accursed RICHARDS! Doom is of course superior, DEMONSTRATIVELY SO, and does NOT overcompensate! At the end of Secret Wars (2015), I finally got over it and admitted that Richards was smarter than me. And then immediately tried to kill him for it. Then there really would be no one superior to Doom.
  • Insanity Immunity: What lies are these? Insanity?! Doom's innate right to rule is so self-evident that he needs neither technology nor sorcery to protect himself from any effort at mind control. Doom cannot be made to obey: that is the function of all other beings.
  • Insufferable Genius: Doom's intellect is matched by no one, especially not Richards!
  • In the Hood: To be frank, a hood over a helmet does not help Doom's peripheral vision. Still, Doom has grown used to it.
  • Intrinsic Vow: Doom's mighty Hypnoticon device can put hypnotic commands in the minds of others! If a command goes against the victim's morals they may foolishly dare to try to resist it and thwart Doom's will, BUT THEY WILL FAIL!
  • Irisless Eye Mask Of Mystery: In all its forms, my mask constantly averts this trope. My mask has a heads-up display both within the lenses and surrounding them. Not only are my irises visible whenever I am roughly facing the viewer, but also some of the damaged tissue around my eyes, an allusion to the horrific accident with metaphysics that left my face badly disfigured.
  • Irrational Hatred: Some claim Doom's vendetta against the cursed Richards to be pointless. Those few foolish enough to mention this aloud have fallen by Doom's mighty hand.
  • It's All About Me: The world functions as Doom says it does and anyone who claims otherwise is a liar or a fool.
  • Jerkass: At times, malfunctioning Doombots or bruised egos of lesser beings may give the ill-informed an impression of this. For example, one once called The Leader to gloat that Stark and Richards sent The Hulk into space, thus cheating him of the chance to finally defeat Banner. Doom is a virtuous man who just so happens to be opposed by fools with the audacity to call themselves heroes.
  • Jet Pack: DOOM deploys either a Jet Pack or rocket boots, depending on his whim!
  • Joker Immunity: In addition to the legal forms of immunity seen above under Diplomatic Impunity, there have been numerous instances where Doom has seemingly been Killed Off for Real only to return later. Once subject to Lampshade Hanging, at a time when Doom was trapped in Hell: Richards knew it was only a matter of time before I seated myself on the neatherworld's throne and so he plotted to transport me to a prison of his own making before I inevitably escaped on my own (which I did, of course; no prison can confound the might of Doom).
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Doom is no fool. To quote an old maxim, "He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day."
    • Though even Doom can forget this when dealing with matters of the heart: following a fight with the Hulk, I refused at the time to admit that I had lost, even though the only thing keeping him from killing me was Valeria, as she reminded him of Betty Ross.
  • Large Ham: Doom not only refers to himself in the third person, he can also speak IN CAPITALS when necessary. Doom can also speak with BOLD STYLIZED ITALICS when the situation warrants it. Which is to say, whenever Doom pleases to do so. TREMBLE IN FEAR BEFORE DOOM'S TITANIC MONOLOGUES! Surprisingly averted in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • Light Is Not Good: In Avengers: The Children's Crusade, Doom becomes the perfect white robed savior with holy powers after the life energy is transferred during an "accident" in the spell to restore mutantkind's powers. Of course, DOOM IS NOT EVIL!
  • Love Makes You Crazy: This trope came irresistibly to mind when I found myself pausing to rescue my lover Valeria during a confrontation with the Hulk. And because I was thus distracted, the Hulk was able to grapple me and nearly crush me before Valeria, who reminded the brute of Betty Ross, convinced him to let me go.
  • Mad Scientist: A greater one than that pitiful, prideful accursed Richards whom you impudent fools worship as the epitome of men of super-science!
  • Make My Monster Grow: Doom assumed giant form in the original Secret Wars and in Avengers: The Children's Crusade.
  • Magic Knight: Doom is one of the few residents of the Marvel Universe who possesses the skill and genius required to employ sorcery and super-science, sometimes even in conjunction, while also wearing heavy armor and packing a punch in close-quarters combat as well. Let it never be said I am not a polymath.
  • Meaningful Name: The name "Victor" means "conqueror" in Latin, which is quite appropos for the majesty that is Doom. ALL WILL KNOW THE GLORY OF VICTOR VON DOOM!!!!
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: When I returned from Hell thanks to Thor's hammer flying through I fought with the Fantastic Four to take the weapon. I succeeded in reaching it, but to my shock I wasn't worthy to pick it up. Damn Odin and his worthless enchmants, he couldn't tell worthiness if it spit in his face!
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: It is alleged in one Fantastic Four comic that the disfigurement that Doom received in trying to rescue his mother from Hell was actually a relatively minor scar, but he saw it as horribly devastating due to his vanity. What truly damaged Doom's face was when he had his original suit of armor forged and impatiently decided to put the still red-hot metal mask on. Bah! Lies and insolence! The reports of Doom's disfigurement were not at all exaggerated; this is obviously a petty attempt at misinformation on Richards' part.
  • Mirror Character:
    • When he can put aside his irrational jealousy of Doom, Richards and I occasionally show similarities. As the two most intelligent people on Earth (though Richards shall always come second to Doom's vastly superior intellect), we find it a relief to engage in a conversation without having to simplify our discourse to the plebeian depths at which the bulk of humanity operate.
    • Doom's last confrontation with Iron Man revealed an interesting fact — our armors use the same (or almost identical) software. Stark is not the only one who can achieve such feats of technological innovation... though Doom will grant that Stark showed a certain primitive ingenuity in having done so in a cave, with a box of scraps.
    • Black Panther, who shares Doom's twin burdens of rulership and brilliance, is worthy of Doom's time. We have no difficulty working together if the need arises.
  • Mood Whiplash: Right after the Disney Company's pathetic excuse for a manly TV channel showed Doom single-handedly outsmart and pummel Earth's Mightiest Heroes, as well as the Fantastic Four, they showed a moronic Gag Dub starring me, Spider-Man, and his so-called "Amazing Friends". I (or rather a Doombot) was Skrull-searching one second, groveling over triple rainbows the next. *sigh*
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doom is definitely a nemesis, branded as a "villain," and considered to be evil, although there are people who would debate such claims (and Doom cares little for your opinion, which is of no consequence at all). However, I will concede that I have never completed an academic doctorate, but awarded myself the title once I took over Latveria. As the smartest man on the planet, of course, I deserve it.
  • Moral Pragmatist: In the Alternate Timeline of Earth-1191, Doom had become older and unsound in mind and body—by Doom's standards. I was still vastly superior to all other insignificant insects. Still, Doom chose to help the so-called "heroes" simply because it allowed him to stretch his still-impeccable intellect and retain mental lucidity for greater periods of time. It was made known no uncertain terms, however, that if he ever became healthy again, Doom would once again put the world in its proper place.
  • Moral Sociopathy: Doom follows his own ethical code; he is not bound by the expectations of others.
  • Morality Pet: While I would loathe to refer to my godchild, Valeria, as a "pet", she has something of a... calming effect on Doom.
  • Mundane Solution: Once, Tony Stark used a special program to make the world forget he was also Iron Man. In a later confontation, Doom revealed he still remembered, causing Stark to demand to know what sort of mystical spell or incredibly advanced technology Doom used to retain this memory. His reaction was quite satisfying when Doom revealed how: I simply wrote it down on a piece of paper.
  • My Greatest Failure: When attempting to activate a machine that would hopefully allow me to communicate with my dead mother, it instead exploded and horribly burnt my face. Doom quickly and accurately pinned the blame on Reed Richards, who undoubtedly had sabotaged Doom's machine through his spite and incompetence.
    • Retconned so that the exploding machine just gave Doom a medium scar on his cheek, which he saw as a huge blemish. When he later had the mystic monks forge a suit of armor for him, he was too impatient to wait for the faceplate to cool before putting it on, and the red-hot metal against his face caused its disfigura- LIES! Where are you feeble-minded poltroons getting your information?! Is it Richards?! It is, isn't it! DAMN YOU, RICHAAAAAAAARDS!
    • Retconned again to say that the machine functioned exactly as intended, and the demon Mephisto (who held his mother's soul) lashed out at Doom, causing the device's catastrophic malfunction. Doom could always feel the demon's claws on his face as was constantly plagued by taunting nightmares, and was eager/impatient to put on the armor because he had it enchanted to block those feel- WHERE ARE YOU TROPERS COMING UP WITH THESE?! A still rather fanciful, but more accurate account of events. But Doom was not so weak-willed as to succumb to impatience in a matter as great as that.
  • Myopic Conqueror: Doom cannot waste his time with every little problem you lesser people suffer under his rule, so hold your tongues, less they be cut out.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Yes, you would do well to flee at the mere mention of Doom's name. Unless you favor Doom's cause, of course.
  • Narcissist: If you must use such a loaded term. Doom would say he merely has a healthy and realistic awareness of his own value.
  • Never Live It Down: Squirrel Girl. Doom has defeated gods, conquered death and ruled the universe...and yet was once defeated by SQUIRREL GIRL. If only it could be blamed upon a Doombot!
  • Never My Fault: Of course. 'Fault' implies wrongdoing, and Doom is never wrong. If anything goes wrong, the cause can surely be traced back to the foolishness or jealousy of the accursed Richards.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Let lesser minds repeat themselves to accomplish their goals, Doom is more creative than that.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Doom is a dictator scientist that wears a suit of Powered Armor and dabbles into the supernatural and has an army of robots. A storyline involving The Mighty Thor had me create zombie cyborg Asgardians, and created a suit of armor from Asgardian magic that I modeled after the Destroyer, though it sadly proved a poor imitation and was destroyed by Thor. Doom thankfully had a teleportation device set up in case of that outcome.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Much like a certain caped bald man, Doom finds that Victory Is Boring if it comes too easily. When I took over the world in Emperor Doom I quickly found being the unopposed ruler of the world to be quite dull. When some of the Avengers managed to break free from my control and went to break my hold on the rest of the world I welcomed the rebellion, and eventually let them win to remove the monotony of being an administrator.
  • Noble Demon: Doom is a man of his word, and keeps his promises, even to his enemies.
    • Doom talking with Spider-Man after the latter has... assisted Doom in dealing with an assassination attempt:
      Spidey: ...'cause you are a tyrant, and I can't wait until I turn on my TV and see you trying to defend yourself in the Hague.
      Doom: It is well that I owe you a debt, for I would kill any other man who spoke those words to me.
    • With so many taking advantage of Doom's sense of honor, is it surprising that I make few promises, or that I very carefully word those promises which I do make?
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When Santa Claus was caught in one of my traps, I delivered presents in his stead. This meant delivering presents to the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, who assumed I was plotting something and assualted me. Luckily a small child saw the fight and asked what was going on, and I stopped the fight by saying the heroes were my helpers. We delivered the rest of the presents together.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: I have been known to show mercy to my... guests.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: I am Romani, but adaptions often give me an American accent, and in one instance a British one.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal: Julian's version of Doom got to thank Silver Surfer in the sequel for zapping him with his energy attack that healed me of my electric scars. But I still have my electric powers.
  • Not Quite Dead: So Richards and his petty followers think Julian McMahon's version of Doom died after being "supernovaed" by that flaming buffoon Storm and frozen solid? The sequel proved otherwise.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: LIES! Doom's actions are for the good of the world and humanity! Susan and Richards speak nonsense when they say I capable of more and wasting my genius on making Richards pay!
  • Obviously Evil: While Doom is not a villain, I can see where the confusion arises - my surname is "Doom", after all.
  • Odd Friendship: With Namor the Sub-Mariner, the King of Atlantis. In addition to being allies who both fight the Fantastic Four, we are both rulers of powerful nations, we both have similar attitudes to fools who we consider beneath us, and we both desire the same woman, Susan Storm. This is why I was so offended by Namor neglecting to ask invite me into his Illuminati when the Secret Wars (2015) incursions started to destroy the Multiverse.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: I would never take part in such meaningless acts. But a version of me from a possible future did, after Loki wiped out humanity and Thor brought humans back to life, the Doom from that future attempted to destroyy all life on earth under the concieted belief that normal humans had no place in the world anymore]]. Whatever the future holds, I will not become such a monster.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Of course. Doom has taken part in part nearly every form of science you can think of, and many you could not.
  • One-Winged Angel: Doom has assumed extra powerful forms for "final" confrontations more than once...
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Is Doom expected to just capitulate and let that blasted Richards be destroyed by some vastly inferior intellect who blunders upon an unearned victory? Only I, the glorious Doom, am worthy of destroying him.
    • This extends to his son Franklin as well. During Onslaught I would have stayed out but then I learned the mutant fiend kidnapped Franklin. None but Doom are permitted to abduct the son of my greatest enemy!
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: An incident involving that musclebound "Hero for Hire" Luke Cage, who saw fit to lay hands upon Doom over a mere two hundred American dollars ended with Doom not only... thanking Cage for rendering some small assistance with another matter, but also bemused Doom enough to laugh.
  • Opening a Can of Clones: Doom's time is precious, so he sends out Doombots to do his bidding. Because of the superior Latverian handiwork that goes into their construction, many foolish heroes think that when they defeat a Doombot it is actually Doom they've beaten. Preposterous! Doom never loses! ... unless, of course, Doom wishes it.
  • Orbiting Particle Shield: The Marvel vs. Capcom series of Fighting Games portrayed Doom's magnificent Molecular Shield Special Attack, in which I levitate rocks and cause them to surround me as a defensive barrier, before flinging them at my foolish opponent.
  • Papa Wolf: Doom was vital in helping Susan Storm give birth to her and Richards's daughter, the condition being that I be able to name her. Doom christened her Valeria, and announced that anyone who tried to hurt her would have to answer to him. Nobody dares. I am like this to my adoptive son too.
    • By extension I am this for my people as a whole. As Latveria's esteemed ruler, I take my job seriously and am ever vigilant of any danger that threatens my dear subjects. Very few are foolish enough to threaten my people when I am there to challenge them.
  • The Paranoiac: Do not question Doom! Do not gaze upon the face of Doom! Do not dare to slander Doom out of your petty jealousy! Doom is superior!
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Master artist Jack Kirby (the only artist, alongside his esteemed successor John Byrne, Doom deemed worthy to paint his royal portrait) once painted a poster depicting Captain America, Spider-Man and Thor giving toys to impoverished children. However, it has surfaced that the original sketch for the poster depicted Doom himself, dispensing toys alongside the others. Why do you seem surprised? Doom is, above all, a kind and generous man of the people and I will carve out the tongue of any who say otherwise.
    • As a show of Doom's benevolence, I once raised the young Cassandra Lang from the dead. As to why Doom had not done so sooner, that is Doom's concern.
    • When the Inhuman royal family were cast out from their people, seeking a place to call home on Earth, they were rejected by all the nations of Earth... save, of course, Latveria, whose borders are open to all peoples. Doom personally appeared at the United Nations to tell all the world of this.
    • Valeria once came to live with me and Susan asked for her to return. Valeria refused and thanks to the influce of Malice, Susan tried to take her back by force after Valeria provoked her. I tried to reason with Susan, for Valeria's sake I didn't want to start a fight with her mother. Since she was under the influence of her darker side, Susan responded to my attempts at reasion with violence and ripped my armor to pieces.
  • Physical God:
    • Doom has been a god, creating an entire universe via an Infinity Gauntlet, recovered from a deceased counterpart of Richards. However, I soon found being a god... beneath me.
    • In Secret Wars (2015), Doom has become a God again, to save the shattered fragments of The Multiverse. Serving in this capacity for eight years, Doom must admit to a degree of doubt and uncertainty.
    • In one possible future I aquirred the the powers of Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, the Sorcerer Supreme and the Star Brand.
  • Playing with Syringes: Doom once attempted to wrest the secrets of immortality from the gods of Asgard themselves through vivisection. Even "gods" fear Doom!
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: As vile as Richards is won't deny that there are some moments where he shows me more manners than I show him in return, though sometimes this trope is inverted and Doom is polite while the so called heroes are rude to me.
  • Politically Correct Villain: Call me a villain if you will, but Doom doesn't hold to dated prejudices. When I ruled the world in Emperor Doom one of my first acts was to put an end to South Africa's apalling institutionalized racism.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: You will not speak such lies about Doom! There have been... Unfortunate events in the past where witnesses relate racist and sexist sentiments... These vile words were spoken by malfunctioning Doombots. Much like anyone of Roma ancestry, I would never tolerate such attitudes. Leave those things to that red-headed psychopath.
    • There was one instance where a younger Doom used phrenology to insult that oaf Grimm based on nothing more than his heritage. Bah! Doom needs not outdated quackery to point out the shortcomings of his inferiors.
    • For reasons Doom shall keep to himself, during his time as God-Emperor of Battleworld, mutants were outcasts.
  • Popularity Power: Doom can entirely understand the desire of the masses to adore him, but sometimes Doom's fans (a term which at times may include the writers) give Doom credit or capacities which he lacks. Astounding as that may be. As an example, Doom was once shown defeating Ghost Rider with a single punch - when such mundane attacks are normally meaningless to a spirit.
  • Power Fantasy: In Dark Reign, right after the first meeting of The Cabal, I imagine, nay, predict how I will inevitably kill or enslave all my new allies in the near future. That fool Osborn was not fit to rule.
  • Power Parasite:
    • One of Doom's earliest and greatest of accomplishments was to take the Power Cosmic from the Silver Surfer via technology of Doom's own devising. Had it not been for trickery from Susan Storm, who knows what wonders Doom would have accomplished with it?
    • Doom once held the power of the Beyonder in his hands. Indeed, I wrested it from his grasp with my single remaining hand, after being dismembered in my courageous, one-man assault against the entity. Sadly, Doom was forced to relinquish the power in order to prevent the destruction of the universe due to the incompetence of my servant Klaw and the imbecilic interference of Captain America.
    • And again with the Beyonders. Doom took their power after slaying all of them, and with it became a being beyond godhood.
  • Powered Armor: The paltry conventional technology toys of Stark are no match for my battlesuit and its full array of Magitek capabilities. On one occasion, Stark has managed to resist long enough for his pathetic reactor to run out of power.
    • Indeed, while the armor was one of Doom's first inventions (aside from Stark's, it's arguably the most famous example of this trope), it has been upgraded and improved several times over the years; no matter how powerful technology is, it can always be better. Doom also has other versions, including armor for underwater and outer space combat.
  • Pride: Doom is fully justified in viewing himself as insuperable!... but I admit that some unfortunate setbacks have occurred as a result of letting that awareness get in the way of more immediate concerns.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Regarding Doom's mother's soul. He saved her from Mephisto's grip, but when she saw what kind of man I had become, she called Doom out for it and departed for heaven without any chance to reconcile over it. Even Stephen Strange felt pity for the sight it despite me coercing him into helping me, but Doom would none of his pity.
  • Rage Against the Author: Doom quickly learnt of the activities of Masters Lee and Kirby, and naturally, Doom had to correct them when they foolishly made an error in their presentation of Doom, travelling to their workplace to do so.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: Naturally, Doom's superior designs are built to withstand the ravages of time. In at least one potential future, the last of my Doombots endured beyond my own passing, hundreds of years into the future.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: I wholeheartedly agree. I once rescued Sue Storm from this fate at the hands of a vile duplicate of myself from another world.
    • In some decadent American comics, Doom is depicted as abusing his royal station to legally take advantage of the young women of Latveria against their will, and in such comics this is appropriately portrayed as an especially vile act of villainy. However, such prurient nonsense is naturally the mere product of anti-Latverian imperialist propaganda, with no foundation whatever in truth. DOOM would never stoop so low.
  • Rasputinian Death: The Marquis of Death burned Doom, delivered a serious Mind Screw to break his will, turned his blood into acid and his heart to stone, and sent him back in time, right into the jaws of a giant, prehistoric shark. Doom survived. I have suffered worse.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: How DARE you associate this trope with Doom?!?... The Invisible Woman once dared to question Doom, and said that there are far better things that Doom could be doing than trying to kill Reed Richards. Storm made a similar argument when I was selflessly helping her friend Shadowcat. Inexplicable. Doom feels that there cannot be a greater purpose than putting Richards in his place! Very well. Doom concedes that he could be more proactive in trying to stop the inexplicably perpetual threats to humanity, the Earth, the timeline or the very integrity of space-time. Yet it never occurs to these self-deluded 'heroes' that Doom suffers the existence of so many interfering altruists precisely so that they will deal with such situations, so that Doom's time can be more profitably spent.
    • I pointed out to Tony Stark that if he truly wished to help the infirm children at the hospital he was visiting, he would do better to simply find cures for their ailments. He should have some perspective. He's a scientist. Granted, a mere roboticist, but he himself demonstrated that the products of his talents have medical applications.
    • Doom must concede that Richards does not invariably fall into this trope. His intellect and determination were useful resources in the cosmic reconstruction you belittle with the title "Secret Wars."
    • Before moving on, Doom must admit that your workaday minds have given this trope a name that pleases Doom. Considering your mental limitations, you show laudable perception. Such as naming one of the opposite tropes after that bald businessman instead of Doom.
  • Related in the Adaptation: My Ultimate Marvel counterpart, Victor van Damme, is a descendent of Vlad the Impaler. Additionally, Vlad's brother in this universe was Morbius, making him a distant relative of mine.
  • Repressive, but Efficient: Latveria prospers under my iron-fisted but benevolent rule.
  • The Rival: Richards deludes himself into thinking that he is at my level! Iron Man, Black Panther, and Magneto have similar misconceptions. Nothing but envy and wishful thinking!
  • Romani: Doom is of the Roma people. Persecution of Doom's kinsmen was one of the key forces in shaping Doom's destiny.
  • Robot Master: The Doombots may be the most elaborate and complex robotic creations of Doom, but I have made others over the years, including entire robotic armies. Far more reliable and easier to replace than human soldiers (who are often craven cowards when facing enemies of the superhuman variety). Doom has also made robotic duplicates of others, including a super-strong android in the shape of Ben Grimm. (This one followed Doom's commands.)
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Indeed. Royals who do nothing are not facing their responsibilities! King Vladimir Fortunov was such a fool... Killing him in order to seize the throne of Latveria was not only a simple deed but a benevolent one that has given security, comfort and a new sense of significance to every living Latverian.
  • Rule of Three: For almost as long as I can remember, three goals have defined Doom's career: One, utterly defeat my rival Reed Richards; two, conquer the entire world; and three, rescue my mother's soul from Mephisto. (Doom has completed the third goal after gaining aid in the mystic arts from Doctor Strange. Vengeance against Mephisto is still pending - the demon is... problematic.)
  • Ruritania: Doom has inverted this trope! Though its ancient and proud culture shares links with this fictional land, Latveria benefits from the custodianship of Earth's mightiest intellect. Its citizens prosper.
  • Scars are Forever: They're not. I could heal the scars on my face if I wanted to, but I keep them as a reminder of my vendetta against Richards. Also applies in Marvel 2099, in which my face initially healed (done to build a mystery as to whether or not I'm the real Doom of course I am, and my face being healed is later explained) before being marred again by Tyger Wyld, and I again turn down the option of repairing the damage again to remind myself of what he did to me.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!:
    The Law of Latveria is Doom.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: In Triumph and Torment after entering a contest against Doctor Strange for the title of Sorcerrer Surpeme. Strange emerged the victor, but I was the real winner since the first place winner owed a boon to the second. Strange was against the idea until Doom told him I merely wanted his services to rescue my mother's soul from Mephisto.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Doom wears a deep green cloak and hood, in contrast with the ridiculous blue bodysuits of RICHAAAARDS and his damnable household.
  • Serious Business: It is Doom's desire for all the children of Latveria to receive a Good Night's Sleep. And Doom's will is law.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After she finally brought her father back and got reunited with her former lover, Doom killed Cassandra Lang, Kristoff Vernard's former best friend.
  • Skyward Scream: RICHAAAAARDS!!!
  • Slouch of Villainy: The image on the top of this page is just one such example of Doom engaging in this. There have been many others throughout the years.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Doom prefers to keep his voice in a calmer mood except when I yelled at Richards for not wanting to understand the problem.
  • The Extremist Was Right: During The Avengers (Jonathan Hickman) and Secret Wars (2015) Doom's actions of destroying entire universes was actually meant to prevent a total reality collapse and he succeeded by taking it to a "mere" Class X-5 and creating a Battleworld where he rules the survivors as a God Emperor.
  • The Starscream: To Osborn during Dark Reign. Doom is subordinate to no one!
    • Doom himself had employed a certain Doktor Hauptmann who bore a grudge against Doom for... inadvertently killing his brother.
    • There was also Dr. Bram Velsing, a Latverian scientist I employed many years ago, with the nerve to refer to me as "a grotesque mockery" and plot to usurp my throne. I spared his life, but he paid for his insult dearly; I had an iron mask much like my own permanently grafted to his face to conceal his good looks forever. He later became known as the Dreadknight, and spent most of his time opposing Iron Man. (Although, his desire to rule Latveria was never slaked, apparently; I've learned that when Doom was... absent due to the crisis with Onslaught, he attempted to take over, but he and his loyalists were foiled by Spider-Man and Silver Sable.)
  • Stupid Evil: STUPID?! There is nothing stupid about how I refuse to kill Richards when I have the chance, even if it means he and the Fantastic Four get the chance to thwart my plans.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: While Doom wields powers both vast and manifold, I do carry a regular gun, for dispatching nuisances not worthy of my full attention.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Doom prefers to let the so-called heroes justify their existence by dealing with most threats to the world, which is probably why in many a Bad Future I am depicted as being deceased. Hm... Bah, they were lesser Dooms! I would have survived. The real Superman? Bah. He threatened me at my embassy but diplomatic immunity is better than any Kryptonite.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: It is inevitable, when my intelligence eclipses that of everyone around me.
    • During the event known as AXIS, Doctor Strange and the Scarlet Witch attempted to defeat the villain de jour by casting Order and Chaos magic together to form an Inversion spell. Of course the so-called "Sorcerer Supreme" got attacked and distracted before the spell could be completed, and I was forced to step in and finish it by taking his place.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: I am called Victor Von Doom. It has been said in jest that I never had a chance of journeying down a different path in life due this. Foolishness; Doom could easily alter history to make it so if he wished. But why should Doom wish to be less magnificent?
    • According to Benjamin Grimm, the film version of me changed his name to Doom in order to intimidate people. We do not speak of this, either.
  • Take Our Word for It:
    • Marvel has wisely decided to never show my face in the comics. However, many horrified reactions are shown.
    • Finally averted during Secret Wars (2015). The horror of Doom's scarred visage have been shown in a tender moment between Susan Storm and myself. Though, considering Doom's godlike power at this point in time, such an appearance could easily be merely a highly-convincing illusion made for some yet-unrevealed greater purpose unfathomable to lesser minds... which would be all minds other than Doom's own, of course.
  • Take Over the World: I will, in time. I have in fact succeeded at least twice. To say nothing of the time I essentially took over the universe during Secret Wars (1984).
  • Taught by Experience: Fools will learn to their sorrow that Doom learns from his mistakes. For instance, Stark was such a fool to think he could trespass into my castle with stealth armor making him invisible, not realizing that I have long equipped my security systems to detect such intruders such as Susan Richards with her invisibility powers.
  • Tautological Templar: Doom is always right. ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Teen Genius: While Doom has always been a genius, it was in my youth that the people of Latveria began to learn the true scope of Doom's genius, as I developed freeze grenades, the means to render simple woods and textiles immune to bombardment, and most importantly, convincing simulacrums of human life, all self-taught while travelling in rural Latervia in a Romani caravan.
  • Tempting Fate: And why not? Fate is for lesser men. Yet Doom is aware of his own greatness and it sometimes leads him to... minor miscalculations. Doom once held that brute the Hulk in a field of force which nothing in the cosmos could possibly penetrate. Once I stated this to his face, the oaf tore it asunder readily.
  • Theory of Narrative Causality: Doom ascribes to this theory. Doom's life is the story of Doom, and if one day Doom's story should end? Then it shall be because Doom wishes it to end.
  • There Was a Door: Bah! Doors are for peasants, not the most intelligent being on the planet... nay, the universe!
  • Thinking Out Loud: Of course! How else could the recording device in Doom's armor capture the fullness of Doom's greatness for posterity?
  • Third-Person Person: Doom does have a habit of indulging in this. But firstly, as ruler of a sovereign country, in addition to the other aspects of Doom's greatness, it is completely justified. And secondly: Be honest with yourself, mortal. Were you fortunate enough to bear the name 'von Doom', would you not take every opportunity to mention it?
    • I have since ceased with this particular habit. My reasons are my own.
  • Time Travel: Do you still doubt Doom's superior intellect? Doom was the first Earthling to invent a working device that could accomplish this scientific miracle!
  • Tin Tyrant: The alliteration is pleasing, but inaccurate! While Doom does indeed encase himself within armor, and Doom is indeed the ultimate master of Latveria, and the world, it is an insult to Doom and all that Doom stands for to call Doom a Tyrant, and Doom is much too intelligent to forge his raiment out of anything so crude and flimsy as tin.
  • To Hell and Back: One of Doom's great victories was the rescue of his mother's soul from Mephisto's realm. Where is she now? Doom... sees no need to tell you.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: It amuses Doom to watch Richards squirm in the fetters of international law in regards to Doom's Diplomatic Impunity.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In the Marvel 2099, though ultimately subverted. It's implied initially that I might not be the real Doom, given I don't recall how I ended up in the future and my face was healed when I first appeared but that was later explained that I am really Doom, and what happened with my memories was a trick to mess with me.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: I concede that trying to maintain an entire world in the role of God Emperor has softened Doom's demeanor. However, don't believe for a moment that Doom has lost any of his prowess for this change. When it became apparent that Jonothan Storm was going to oppose me, he was made to be the Sun for my world.
    • Doom has chosen to be merciful time and time again, but I confess to have become much more... relaxed and at ease after the Secret Wars of 2015 where Reed Richards healed my face and taking a leave of absence. Notw how I went to speak to Stark in a business suit and even eating a snack in potato chips while letting Stark vent out his frustrations.
  • 24-Hour Armor: Doom's armor naturally includes built-in systems which sustain my vital functions, thus I am almost never seen without it.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny:
  • Underestimating Badassery: After I killed his daughter, Scott Lang came after me for revenge. After he crippled my defenses with a sneak attack he challenged me to fight hand to hand. Doom thought it would be an easy victory, but Scott learned to use Pym Particles to enhance his strength and tore my armor to pieces.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: I once built my own versio of the Asgardian Destroyer, as noted above. Thor and the vengful Asgardians attacked my castle before it was finished so I used against him early, though it was still perfectly functional. Since it wasn't finished it ran out of power and Thor smashed into scrap.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In the Books of Doom story, due to it being one of my many Doombots. For some reason, I myself have been accused of being this. None of the accusers ever do so a second time.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: So great an Emperor Scientist is Doom that I once created an army of cyborgs from captured Asgardians.
  • The Usurper: Some would have you believe that Doom replaced certain members of the royal family and had others killed in order to take the throne from the Duchy it was under. This is of course absurd.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: It is a blatant falsehood spurned on by the ignorance of his enemies that Doom wishes for the world out of petty selfish ambition. Doom has a moral imperative to Take Over the World; who else but Doom can solve all of humanity's self-made problems? War, famine, pestilence, ineptly executed film sequels - these will all be things of the past, once Doom is recognized as the sole sovereign ruler who alone has the wisdom to create such a paradise.
  • Victory Is Boring: At least twice has Doom suffered this, both in the Emperor Doom graphic novel with the Purple Man, where Doom finds that ruling the entire world involves too much paperwork; and upon seizing control of the false Earth created by Nathaniel Richards (by using Doom's unmatched willpower to override the world-computer at its heart) Doom willingly returned to ruling his native Latveria after conquering an entire planet.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Again, the plebeian crowd raises its dimwitted cry of 'villain'... Regardless, in the event that a story makes it clear that is truly me in it and not Actually a Doombot, be sure that I have an escape plan ready if events do not transpire exactly as originally envisioned.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The buildup to the arc leading into the 500th issue is a single issue dedicated to Doom.
  • Villainous Rescue: I will indulge your inferior intellects by recounting instances when my actions might fall under this trope - with the understanding that the term 'villainous' is merely a label lesser minds use when Doom's ethics confound their pitiful understanding!
    • When Shadowcat, a member of the X-Men, was very grievously injured and on the verge of death after a battle with the villainous Marauders, the X-Men foolishly asked Reed Richards to heal her. When Richards displayed his utter incompetence in failing to do so, in my infinite kindness I used my own far superior talents to restore Shadowcat to life. Although Doom does not care whether such a meager being as Miss Pryde lives or dies, it was worthwhile simply to demonstrate Richards' chronic inferiority.
    • On another occasion, an alternate universe Doom rescued a Fantastic Four formed of Ghost Rider, the Hulk, Wolverine and Spider-Man from being slain by their enemies. Again, Doom does not care whether these individuals live or die: the issue is that Doom alone has the right to destroy the Fantastic Four. Whoever they may be.
  • Villainous Valour: As noted above, Doom will depart when the odds aren't in my favor, but Doom is no coward: if flight is not an option, I will fight to my last breath against even the most powerful foe!
  • Villains Out Shopping: Doom recognizes the importance of a work-leisure balance! As a Man of Wealth and Taste Doom is a student of the piano and skilled in painting. As for shopping itself, Doom leaves that to his miserable minions. (Well, most of the time. There is a tailor in New York City who caters to the superhuman community; Doom has indeed patronized his business personally, and he should consider himself and his establishment lucky.)
  • Villain Protagonist: Occasionally, Doom has been thrust into such a role, most notably dealing with that repellent Johann Schmidt aka The Red Skull, such as his unfortunately short-lived feature in what you would call a Comic Book, which in this case, bore the name of Astonishing Tales, and his grand exploits — which sadly, in all likelihood, few people have ever actually read — were published in the early 1970s. Perhaps Doom could have taken on such a prominent role more often, if it weren't for that blasted... Reed Richards... RRRRRRICHAAAAARRRRRDDDSS!!!
  • Villain Team-Up: Doom has made countless alliances with lesser intellects who thought themselves Doom's equal. Discrediting or destroying them is generally part of Doom's plan from the beginning - after all, they are villains.
  • Visionary Villain: Remember: your struggling only delays the day of Doom's worldwide utopia.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: Occurs in the Emperor Doom graphic novel, where I, Doom, conquered the world, only to relinquish it back to the petty-minded jackanapes who would waste my valuable time with mundane details.
  • We Can Rule Together:
    Doctor Doom: You and I are THE MIGHTIEST beings on this planet! I choose TO EXERT my power to impose my will upon the world. You choose not to! And yet, even THAT choice does indeed AFFECT the lives of every man, woman and child on earth, CONDEMNING them, in fact, to POVERTY, DISEASE, FAMINE... AND to the hideous suffering they inflict upon one another! You cannot escape it, Superman! YOU Dictate the fate of mankind... one way or the other
    Superman: I know! But what can I do? Seize power and try to remake the world into a utopia? That would put me in a class with men like Hitler … and you.
    Doctor Doom: You misjudge me, Superman. I am no raging Fuehrer, wringing hatred from misfit followers! My kingdom is a a place of peace and contentment! You must visit Latveria - you are always welcome!
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: I do not consider myself an "extremist", however... In another reality, when Doom has conquered Earth, Doom has rid the Earth of all hunger, disease, war, poverty and inequality, and united the world as one in peace and prosperity under Doom's rule. Were the fools in power able to see Doom's triumph therein, this happiness would be a reality across all realities.
  • Wham Episode: In the final pages of Invincible Iron Man #1, I was revealed to have survived the Secret Wars (2015). Readers shall be forgiven, this time, for not understanding the utter significance of this, as the finale of the Secret Wars was still pending when my survival was made evident. Also, the readers, and Iron Man, shall be forgiven for not recognizing Doom right away. It has been years since I appeared outside of my armor, my glorious visage restored as a parting gift from Richards.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Read this carefully, as I shall make this concession only once. I have emerged triumphant from conflicts with Physical Gods - yet I possess no method of defeating Squirrel Girl, and my most viable tactic against her is an escape pod. Now... we shall never speak of this again!
    • Doom never shows fear of anything, as I have countless contingency plans for any foreseeable outcome, but on a far more understandable level, Doom concedes that Ultron is a force to be reckoned with and not to be taken lightly;; in one instance, I went as far to say he is the most terrifying thing ever created and with good reason. Such weapons of mass destruction would be far better served in Doom's hands, or at least adapted from my brilliant mind, as opposed to that hysterical failure Hank Pym. I doubt the "heroes" he works with have anything positive to say about him after he created that abomination.
  • Wicked Cultured: Truly, Doom is a man of wealth and taste.
  • With Friends Like These...: Doom counts Namor among the few beings worthy of the friendship of Doom. We find ourselves frequently allying with each other. Many of you find this strange since our team-ups often end with one of us betraying the other: but I did specify the friendship of Doom, not the trust of Doom. Doom need not explain my tastes... especially if the writers are too lazy to explain them!
  • Wolverine Publicity: How dare you compare Doom to that hirsute vulgarian! But yes, Doom has had a very long history of appearing in many, many Marvel Comics titles, both Fantastic Four and otherwise. In fact, I have actually preceded said hirsute vulgarian by well over a decade! It has contributed to Doom's popularity among fans and writers.
  • The Worf Effect: When I awoke in the year 2099 and tried to take back Latveria from one of those scum executives Alchemax, I was beaten. My suit was over a hundred years old, I couldn't win against the cutting edge technology of the future. Not without adapting it myself, which thanks to my new allies, I soon did.
  • Worf Had the Flu: As much I as I loathe to admit it, I too suffered from the accursed Orthomyxovirus known as influenza before I could get a chance to face the one called Solarman before he disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
  • Worthy Opponent: Doom will not compliment his enemies! However, there are a handful whose skills are sufficiently dangerous that confronting them is not a complete waste of Doom's time. For instance, in addition to Richards, there is also his wife, Susan, who nowadays has to be dealt with carefully considering her formidable mastery of her powers' various applications.
    • In an alternate future where mankind had been invaded by Martians, Doom cast the shield of Captain America into space, out of respect for his skills, as well as a desire to ensure such a weapon did not fall into the tendrils of such lesser beings.
    • While things ended... in less than satisfactory circumstances, I must confess that Doctor Strange (Sorcerer Supreme) was instrumental in the rescue of my mother's soul and my bid to rid myself of that infernal demon Mephisto's tormenting influence. My sorcery is far superior, of course, but Doom concedes that if any were worthy of the title, it is him.
    • Doom is loathe to admit it, but Scott Lang was a far more formidable foe than I'd originally anticipated.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Doom showed no hesitation in trying to murder the Hulk's young son, Skaar, and at the end of Avengers: The Children's Crusade, Doom killed young Cassie Lang. On the other hand, doom shall fall on anyone who, while in the presence of Doom, attempts to harm one of Latveria's children (or Reed Richards' offspring. Especially Valeria).
  • Xanatos Gambit: The concept of a plan that allows only varying degrees of success is so fundamental, so workaday that Doom would hardly call it worthy of so grand a name as 'the Doom Gambit'. Doom is reserving that term for something far more brilliant. Let this 'Xanatos' have his moment of fame!
  • Yandere: In the sense of a true monarch, applying the trope to my entire population. Doom protects his people from all oppression and exploitation. Even from their own folly, should any misguided souls wish to leave Doom's loving care. And all Doom expects in return is their free and uncoerced love and gratitude.
    Doom (to a would-be Latverian defector): Have I not told you how I dearly love my subjects? Did you think I would allow a single one to leave this realm?
  • You Fool!: I do call fools for what they are, especially that foolish Richards.

Wait, what is this? Richards has not one, but two tropes named in his honor?! Why has Doom not been bestowed this privilege? Do you fools mock Doom with this disgrace? Are you really so blind as to not see his greatness? You dare refuse Doom his rightful acknowledgment in favor of that fool?!


...upon further consideration, that first one is a quite accurate and appropriate description of Richards. You Tropers are perhaps more insightful than I first supposed. This other trope, however... Doom will not tolerate any Richards, no matter how "awesome" you peons may think he is! On that note, since the trope also applies to Doom, and is already meant to be the opposite of the first one, Doom's name would be more fitting.

After even further consideration, Doom sees all subtropes of this trope have Doom's name on it. It seems you tropers aren't as disappointing as I thought.

Ugh...ow... As I was saying... ulp.. Doctor Doom is a Marvel Comics personage of infinite and perfect majesty. All hail Doom!!