Marvel character highlight #11: Dr. Doom

Name: Vic­tor von Doom

Affil­i­a­tion: Par­lia­ment of Doom, Dark Cabal, Knights of the Atomic Table, Fan­tas­tic 4, Mas­ters of Evil, Future Foundation

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: Genius-level intel­lect, with spe­cialty in sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal mat­ters, super­hu­man strength (while wear­ing the Doom armor), diplo­matic immu­nity as head of a for­eign sov­er­eign state, and mas­tery of mys­ti­cism and magic enough to hold his own against a Sor­cerer Supreme.

Back­ground: Doc­tor Doom began his life in the nation of Latve­ria, which he now rules over as dic­ta­tor. His mother was killed in a botched agree­ment with Mephisto, and his father was killed after they fled the area after a noble­woman died in Victor’s care. Doom’s genius allowed him to attend any school of his choice in the world, and he was offered a schol­ar­ship to State Uni­ver­sity in New York. It was here that he met his eter­nal rival and for­mer best friend, Reed Richards (later Mr. Fan­tas­tic of the Fan­tas­tic Four), and Ben Grimm (later the Thing of the Fan­tas­tic Four).

While enrolled in school, Doom began work­ing on a device that would allow him to retrieve his mother’s soul from Mephisto’s realm. How­ever, he mis­cal­cu­lated dur­ing its con­struc­tion, which Richards attempted to warn him about. The device exploded, scar­ring Doom’s face hor­ri­bly. After the acci­dent, he was expelled for unau­tho­rized exper­i­ments and left the coun­try to travel the world.

Doom made it to a Tibetan vil­lage, where he mobi­lized the monks liv­ing there to cre­ate a suit of armor. The mag­i­cally forged suit allowed Doom to con­quer his native coun­try and over­throw the lead­er­ship. With his base of oper­a­tions set, Doom set about improv­ing the coun­try and even­tu­ally tak­ing over the world.

Because he blames Reed Richards for his life-changing acci­dent, Doom has clashed with him and the Fan­tas­tic Four numer­ous times in his quest to rule the world. He has also fought the Sil­ver Surfer, teamed up with Loki of Thor’s home world of Asgard, teamed up with Mar­vel heroes to stop the entity known as Onslaught, and even par­tic­i­pated in a secret war on another planet where he obtained a small por­tion of the Beyonder’s cos­mic powers.

Rela­tion­ships: Fan­tas­tic Four, rivals; Wanda Max­i­moff (Scar­let Witch), wife in alter­nate real­ity; Mor­gana le Fay, lover; Vale­ria, lover; Doom­bots, self-created clones

First Ver­sus game appear­ance: Mar­vel Super Heroes

Appear­ances in other media: Fan­tas­tic 4 (film), Fan­tas­tic 4: Rise of the Sil­ver Surfer (film), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2 (mul­ti­plat­form), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3 (mul­ti­plat­form), Ulti­mate Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3 (mul­ti­plat­form), The Mar­vel Super Heroes (1966, ani­mated), The Fan­tas­tic Four (1994–96 ani­mated), The Incred­i­ble Hulk (1996–97, ani­mated), Spider-Man (1994–98, ani­mated), Fan­tas­tic Four: World’s Great­est Heroes (ani­mated), The Super Hero Squad Show (ani­mated), Iron Man: Armored Adven­tures (ani­mated), The Avengers: Earth’s Might­i­est Heroes (ani­mated), Ulti­mate Spider-Man (ani­mated), Spider-Man and Cap­tain Amer­ica in Doc­tor Doom’s Revenge (PC), Spider-Man (arcade), Mar­vel Super Heroes: War of the Gems (SNES), Fan­tas­tic 4 (mul­ti­plat­form), Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance (mul­ti­plat­form), Mar­vel Neme­sis: Rise of the Imper­fects (mul­ti­plat­form), Fan­tas­tic 4: Rise of the Sil­ver Surfer (mul­ti­plat­form), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad: The Infin­ity Gaunt­let (mul­ti­plat­form), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad Online (mul­ti­plat­form), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad: Comic Com­bat (mul­ti­plat­form), Mar­vel: Avengers Alliance (Face­book game)

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