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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #25, Dr. Doom
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Dr. Doom

AKA: VICTOR VON DOOM

What a villain. There�s a lot of Dr. Doom in Darth Vader, and pretty much every Bond villain of the last 40 years. Of all Marvel�s villains, Doom has appeared most, across countless titles. Where most villains stick to their designated hero, Doom, nominally the arch-enemy of the Fantastic Four, will go toe-to-toe (or, more likely, he�ll send a Doombot to go toe-to-toe; he doesn�t like to get his hands dirty with mere serfs) with anyone. A truly brilliant scientist, Doom likes to combine his unquenchable thirst for ultimate power (he once stole the energy of the near-omnipotent Beyonder) with a bizarre double life, as the altruistic leader of the European country of Latveria. Which makes arresting him on American soil doubly difficult, due to that pesky diplomatic immunity. He has a noble side, like many of the best bad guys, but he�s as disfigured psychologically as he is physically. And then there�s that surname, which is pretty hard to get around. How life might have been different if he�d been born Victor Von Awesome.

FIRST APPEARED IN FANTASTIC FOUR #5 (1962)
CREATED BY STAN LEE AND JACK KIRBY

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Arguably the most famous of all Marvel�s villains, Doctor Doom is certainly the most visually striking � a snub-nosed metal mask housing a badly disfigured face and a black heart, topped off with a regal green cloak which covers weaponised body armour to make Iron Man�s heart weep with envy.
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The spectacularly badly-cast Julian McMahon mangled scenery and didn�t even attempt a Latverian accent in either Fantastic Four movies.
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The Wolves of Calla, from the Stephen King Dark Tower book of the same name, are � SPOILER WARNING! - strongly implied to be futuristic robots based on Dr. Doom.
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