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    • The original incarnation of Baron Karza is the truly monstrous dictator who has terrorized the Microverse for 1,000 years, and is the Arch-Enemy of the Micronauts. After a failed coup against the Homeworld royal family, Karza butchered the very monastery that saved him from his exile, using their secrets to return to Homeworld and institute his own tyrannical rule. Karza's first act after massacring the royal family was to create the Body Banks, a pit of machine horrors that he uses to butcher innocents, harvest their organs and body parts, then use said harvested parts to make himself and his followers nigh immortal, using the downtrodden of Homeworld and prisoners of war as subjects for the horrifying Banks. Taking sick glee in mass murder and genocide, Karza razes entire planets, sacrifices millions of people at a time to his Body Banks, and boils an entire race of sea people alive. To keep his forces ever-growing, Karza locks hundreds of women in impregnation machines, forcing them to give birth to thousands of babies Karza raises into his soldiers, the process driving the women insane. Though seemingly dying numerous times, often after trying to take countless innocents down with him, Karza always returns to continue his atrocities, and, in his final bout, Karza butchers the entire population of Homeworld, turning them into agony-stricken monstrosities solely to torment the Micronauts, and later attempts to doom the entire Microverse in one final attempt to save his own skin. Karza's crimes not limited to wide-scale, he also notably ruins the life of a young prince by framing him for attempted murder of his love, then by tricking his best friend into sacrificing her own legs to save the prince's love, all for his own amusement. A self-proclaimed "artist of atrocities" whose only desire in life is to be the most wicked being he can, Baron Karza was a shockingly vile villain for Marvel Comics in the era he originated from.
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    • Image Comics series: Baron Karza is an order-obsessed sociopath who stacks up well to his original counterpart's evil. Having risen to power by murdering the evil Emperor, Karza assumed control of his forces and began a campaign of death and experimentation across the Microverse, subjecting even children to his grotesque vivisections and other crimes against nature that take place in his Biovault. Always willing to murder his lieutenants should they fail him, Karza even coldly orders his own daughter's decapitation when she betrays him, and has no issue turning on leaving his partners to die once he's gotten his use out of them. Indulging in slave auctions of the rarest species in the galaxy—who he often makes rarer by wiping out most of their races himself—Karza leads an assault on Earth that claims millions of lives, as he plans to wipe out every last human with an IQ higher than 80 then turn the rest into slaves and experimental stock. Even Karza's Freudian Excuse is utterly dismantled, as it is revealed that he himself kickstarted his own tragic past with time travel simply to ensure his own creation.
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  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: In Issue #45, the supervillain Arcade traps Commander Rann, Microtron, Devil, and Nanotron in a digital version of Murderwold which was similar to the Video Games that were at the time gaining popularity. Given the obvious difficulty in escaping from such a device the Micronauts could only escape due to Microtron being able to hack into the system and use applied phlebotium, it's strange that these Video Murder Machines, as Arcade called them, never appeared again. Especially given the now ubiquitous presence of video games and digital worlds online.
  • Growing the Beard: Arcturus Rann, literally, when he sacrifices part of the his artificially-maintained youth to recreate Biotron.
  • Homage: In the mythology of the Microverse, some of the prominent figures associated with Wayfinder were named after Hindu gods such as Kali, Agni, and Yama. Additionally, Wayfinder and his people also for a time settled on Earth, probably in what is now India before they were again displaced by whirldemons. The Microversian written language resembles Devanagari, as seen by stone tablets unearthed in India, and translated by Dr. Strange in issue #31. The idea of Ancient Astronauts inspiring Hindu mythology is very similar to Roger Zelazny's Lord Of Light.
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  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: The Time Travelers offered Karza what they suspected he wanted. They offered to instantly make him into a god. But he declined this feeling that as an omnipotent god, he would lose his appetite for conquest. He instead elected to become restored as a normal human (having at some point in the past turned himself into an energy being that occupied his armor). This would allow him, not only to enjoy conquest, but all of the base human pleasures that he was previously above. This would lead to his downfall as he could now be killed for good like a regular man, which he was only three issues later.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Huntarr wasn't under any licensing restrictions barring him from usage as he was created by Bill Mantlo for Marvel Comics. Given his extensive character development and excellent relationship with the other Micronauts, the fact that he didn't return with Rann, Mari and Bug is puzzling.
    • The entire notion of the Microverse has been laying fallow for many years in Marvel: even if they have to write around trademarks, you'd think they'd take more advantage of this science-fiction setting existing literally just under the noses of their regular universe. Reed Richards is known to have the technology to shrink objects past the barrier: it's a surprise that he didn't employ it in Civil War as an alternative to the Negative Zone.
      • When Genis Vell and Rick Jones were sharing a body, they would swap places between Earth and the Microverse. Rick had had a similar arrangement with Mar Vell years earlier, except they swapped between Earth and the Negative Zone.
      • The Microverse was used to explain The Wasp's return from her apparent death in Secret Invasion. When she realized she was about to die, she reflexively shrank down further than she ever had before, popping out in the Microverse. It's a better explanation than most comic book resurrections, honestly.

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