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  • Author's Saving Throw: Any time Doom has an Out-of-Character Moment, it's always a Doombot. Always.
  • Awesome Ego: Doom is no mere boaster, he has shown himself to be worthy of some of the things that he praises himself for. His crowning moment must be how, for a time, Doom was ruler of what remained of several universes.
  • Awesome Music: The theme Capcom made for their fighting game, Marvel Super Heroes. Marvelvs Capcom 3 uses a very fitting and ominous remix of said theme for him. They also made a victory theme for him in Marvel Super Heroes.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Doom is quite certainly one of Marvel's most polarizing characters, for some he's a cool Magnificent Bastard and one of Marvel's best villain for others he's an overrated Invincible Villain, and Marvel's most shilled character.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: Fans tend to read Doctor Doom's lines and revelations from just about anywhere in the voice of Lex Lang, Simon Templeman, or Paul Dobson (along with maybe Maurice LaMarche).
  • "Common Knowledge":
    • Doom is often thought of and presented as someone who has superpowers, originating from the same accident that powered his nemesis team, the Fantastic Four. In actual fact, Doom's origins have little to do with the team — he did attend college with Reed Richards before his rise to dictator of Latveria, and that's where his hatred of Reed began, but much of Doom's story happened separately before menacing the family. Doom was born a peasant of Romani heritage in the fictional Latveria, before toppling a corrupt dictator and becoming a dictator himself, albeit not a personally corrupt one but still quite tyrannical and authoritarian. In regards to his powers, Doom isn't technically considered superhuman. He's primarily a brilliant scientist and genius, who is a political, legal, criminal and military mastermind, and powerful sorcerer who blends magic with science through the use of Magitek, and wearing armor that can stand up to Physical Gods while wielding enough power to take out some of Marvel's biggest heavy-hitters.
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    • Also, Doom is often thought of a strictly an enemy of the Fantastic Four, as all adaptations of the team will portray Doom in such a manner. While he did debut off the pages of the team and is still essentially their most well-known enemy, with Reed Richards remaining his Arch-Enemy, it'd be more accurate to refer to Doom as a Big Bad to the general Marvel Universe as a whole. His versatile skillset in magic/politics/science/military means that he's menaced the Avengers, Iron Man, the X-Men, Doctor Strange, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man and Black Panthernote , among many others.
  • Complete Monster: Not usually, but it does happen:
    • In the Roger Corman film: he was once a friend of Reed Richards who was nearly killed and crippled by an experiment gone wrong. In vengeance, Doom spent the next ten years plotting the death of Reed and anyone associated with him. When the titular team gains their powers, Doom captures them and plots to drain them. In order to steal a diamond to power a laser beam, Doom massacres the Jeweler's gang and takes Alicia Masters as a hostage. Giving the Four an ultimatum of either surrendering to him or have New York City be destroyed by the laser, Doom starts a painful process to drain their powers, and plans to execute Alicia just to torment Ben Grimm. When they escape, Doom fires the laser at New York and confronts Reed once last time. Defeated, Doom lets himself fall just to rid Reed of the satisfaction of saving him.
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    • In the novelizations of Fantastic Four (2005) & Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, by Peter David & Daniel Josephs respectively, Victor Von Doom is portrayed as nothing like his regular iterations, but rather a complete psychopath obsessed with hurting others and making himself a god. His entire motive stemming from a petty hatred of Reed Richards for not being as smart as him. Doom's sociopathic nature is first on display when he attempts to leave his own fiancée, Sue Storm, to die alongside Reed and others to save his own skin with nothing but cold apathy. After gaining metallic skin and electromagnetic abilities, Doom slowly loses his carefully built up affable persona, starting when he murders his doctor for trying to tell others of his "condition", and going further downhill after he murders a business partner for insulting him. By the end of the first novel, Doom's true personality of a narcissistic lunatic has come into full display, as he attempts to sadistically freeze Reed to death. In the second novel, Doom allies with Reed and rest of the Fantastic Four to stop the titular Silver Surfer, however it is quickly revealed that it was a ploy on Doom's part to steal the Surfer's power, which he immediately uses to gruesomely kill an army general and murder numerous soldiers. In the end, as Gah Lak Tus arrives and begins destroying the Earth, Doom, rather than stop Gah Lak Tus with his power, only laughs as countless innocents die and the world crumbles beneath him, proclaiming himself a god who no longer needs the Earth or anyone else, just himself.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Innumerable readers seem to see Doom for the pragmatic, confident, brilliant ruler that he boasts he is.
  • Evil Is Cool: Many comic fans find themselves impressed with Doom's costume, power and intelligence. He is often called, "the greatest villain in comics".
  • Fridge Brilliance: Doom's face is hideously scarred because of an experiment that literally blew up in his face back in college. The experiment itself was a machine to let Doom contact his mother in the afterlife, and it's often explained that Doom, due to his outrageous arrogance, ignored a flaw in the design which Reed pointed out to him, and it was this flaw that led to the machine's failure. However... Doom is an incredibly smart man, always has been and always will be. Yes, he's arrogant to the point of stupidity, constantly shooting himself in the foot through the sheer size of his ego, but even he is smart enough to notice a blatant design flaw. So what if the machine actually worked? It's revealed in a later story that Doom's mother is trapped in hell, full of fire and brimstone. And what happened when Doom activated his machine? He got blasted in the face by a cloud of searing flames. What if the machine, that we've all thought for years malfunctioned, actually worked PERFECTLY...?
    • May be subverted; in the story arc "Hereafter" Reed rebuilt Doom's original machine without the flaw he'd observed and it successfully sent Reed, Sue and Johnny to Heaven (Reed notes that Doom only learned that his mother was in Hell after he tried to create the original machine).
  • Foe Yay:
    • With Storm. Though it might have been a Doombot. Such is Doom's charisma that even a mechanical facsimile has charms beyond those of normal men.
    • Not to mention his almost-marriage to the Scarlet Witch.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • His creator once called him his favorite villain. Even if Doom would object to his terminology "villain", he would have nonetheless respected the fact that Mr. Lee did appreciate him.
    • No matter how you feel about Doom, him marching into hell and saving his mother's soul is pretty damn heartwarming.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the 1981 compilation movie Doctor Doom Conquers the World, Doom's first words are "Of course." This echoes the words of a certain Internet reviewer and a certain less-successful fellow would-be conqueror of the world.
  • Ho Yay: Many readers look at Doom's relationship with Richards and Doom's self-righteous hatred and obsession with him as merely a crude mask for sexual desire.
  • Hype Backlash: Much like fellow uber-Memetic Badass Squirrel Girl, the rabidity of Doom's fanbase and the way that authors seem to bend over backwards to retcon any defeat of Doom has led to a devout group of Marvel fans who can't stand him.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Doctor Doom has been Marvel's go-to Big Bad since the 1960s, and with good cause. An Evil Sorcerer, Mad Scientist, and tyrannical despot, Doom is respected and feared throughout Marvel's supervillain community, with both a Norse God and the Devil seeing him as someone to step lightly around. While many villains want to Take Over the World, Doom is one of the few who can actually pull it off, and at times he's reached well beyond even that goal, grasping for godhood with both hands. Capable of punching well out of his weight class, Victor Von Doom is the most dangerous man in the Marvel Universe and always bears watching.
    • Marvel Animated Universe: Doctor Victor Von Doom is the ruler of Latveria and a master of both science and the mystic arts. After losing his parents under a tyrannical regime and being disfigured in a horrific lab accident, Doom declared he would bring peace to the world under his iron fist. He feuded with the Fantastic Four on numerous occasions and was the one who destroyed their headquarters at the Baxter Building. Doom has twice stolen the powers of the Silver Surfer and tricked the Hulk into nearly killing the Thing. When the UN ordered him to be tried for war crimes, Doom trapped Washington D.C. under a force field and forced the Hulk to destroy the entire capital. Doom was the most successful villain during the Secret Wars and transformed the territories he conquered into utopias free from conflict or strive. Managing to even steal the powers of the almighty Beyonder, Doctor Doom has proven he has one of the most cunning and audacious minds in the Marvel Animated Universe.
  • Memetic Badass: Doom is one of the few people who can give Batman a run for his money in this camp.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Doom has done many inexcusable things:
    • A moment of recent times has to be Unthinkable, where he reunites with his long-lost love, only to sell her soul to a trio of evil demons and wear her skin as a magical costume. In the same story, he abducts Richards's two children — the son is sent to Hell with said demons; the second, Doom's Goddaughter (named after the aforementioned lost love) he keeps safe, but he does consider torturing and/or killing her too just to drive her father even madder. He tortures the Four in horrible ways as well, but that doesn't really count.
    • In the novel trilogy The Chaos Engine, an elderly version of Doom announces that he will use his Cosmic Cube — which he had used to set up a despotic tyranny with an invasive psychic police force — to kill everyone on Earth just before he dies. As ruler, he used said Cube to get Magneto (replacing the defeated Richards as his enemy, Doom finding total victory boring) to commit needless slaughter by destroying Paris, running concentration camps, and meting out horrid punishments for the flimsiest of transgressions, like when his wife (Storm, from the X-Men) was accidentally seen naked by her bodyguard — said bodyguard had his eyes gouged out (and delivered to Doom), a more merciful fate than that given to the man's wife and daughter.
    • In the story "Dr. Doom and the Masters of Evil," when Doom has the chance to wish for anything he could desire — to have any dream fulfilled — he wished for the destruction of his own conscience, so he could continue crossing this line with no sense of guilt at the back of his mind.
    • Taunting the Asgardian Kelda by saying that a relationship between an immortal and a human is impossible. She tries to avenge her dead lover by attacking his castle, but he easily defeats her and rips her heart out. She recovers, but Doom's words still ring true: Her lover remains dead.
    • Killing Cassandra Lang after she finally reunited with her father and her former lover, Iron Lad. This one, Doom regrets. He has since made amends.
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  • Never Live It Down: The time that Doctor Doom was defeated by Squirrel Girl; the ultimate scheming badass of the Marvel Universe got owned by someone who was essentially a joke. And the losses was never retconned as being Actually a Doombot due to the obscurity and ridiculousness of the story, allowed Squirrel Girl to become a popular Memetic Badass.
  • Nightmare Fuel: With his Super Science and Literal Magic, Doom has resources for policing, supervising and brainwashing his peons that make Oceania's Thought Police look like bumbling Clouseaus. At least some versions of Latveria are consequently very dystopian, with every citizen living in perpetual fear, knowing that Big Brother Is Watching all they do. As with real totalitarian dictatorships like North Korea, it's often far from clear how much of Doom's all-pervasive personality cult is genuine admiration by the people of their leader and how much it is enforced through terror. Made doubly worse by the fact that some depictions of Doom are not Noble Demons, or even just generic evil overlords, but narcissistic psychopaths who seemingly enjoy abusing this surveillance and people control technology to torment their hapless subjects. In such stories, Doom will often subject his servants to violent verbal and physical abuse, suddenly change the rules on them or feed them to his wild robots on a whim. The most creepy versions basically subject the Latverians collectively to a sort of nationwide Romanticized Abuse — including literal rape of at least some of the women.
  • Older Than They Think: Let's see an Emperor Scientist who rules over his own community and is a genius inventor whose technology is years ahead of everyone, who is also a Byronic Hero constantly torn and divided between his heroic and villainous impulses, and who often has triggered a debate about in-and-out-of-universe Draco in Leather Pants, are we talking of Dr. Doom or Captain Nemo from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island?
  • Rooting for the Empire: Dr. Doom's charisma, cool, and compelling story makes it easy for fans to root for him or at least not feel too bad when their favorite hero gets outdone by him. This also applies in stories where he fights Reed, between a poor Romani peasant kid immigrant who is a literal Self-Made Man and a middle-class academic who's living The American Dream, it's hard not to find Doom the more sympathetic and relatable character.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The Spanish-community is quite divisive when it comes to translations. Doom's name was translated to "Muerte" (Death), and while that name was accepted in Spain for many decades, the Latin American community despises the translation, even bashing the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes Mexican dub for using said translation, adding it to another pile of off-putting translations coming from Spain.
  • What an Idiot!: In his Origin Story, he's a college student, aiming with a private project to open a portal to hell. That cursed Reed Richards, who was passing by, points several mistakes in his formulas. Doom shows him the door.
    You'd expect: That, once Richards is gone and nobody will take undue credit for his project, Dr. Doom would check again the formulas, to confirm if they are right indeed, or if there is some mistake to fix. If Richards was right, nobody would know it, and Doom can deny him any credit. In any case, checking and double-checking his work several times should be a must when he does a project like this all alone, even if Richards never interfered.
    Instead: Doom ignores Richards' warnings and proceeds with the experiment. It goes wrong, there is a huge explosion, and his face gets scarred beyond heal.


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