Victor Von Doom was raised by gypsies in a small European county called Latveria. He lost both of his parents at a very young
age. Swearing revenge, Victor began to increase both his scientific and mystical knowledge with such determination that he
was given a full scholarship to Empire State University. It was at ESU that Victor met Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, and where
he started his extradimensional research. Doom's vanity prevented him from adjusting the schematics to one of his experiments,
and the end result was an explosion that scarred Victor for life. Expelled from school, Victor began to travel the world,
eventually stumbling upon a village of Tibetan monks who trained him and crafted him a suit of body armor, complete with face
plate. He soon returned to Latveria, overthrew the government and crowned himself King. Ruling with an iron fist, Doom began
to turn the resources of his small nation to his plans of world domination.
The Origin Of Doom
Very few times has a villain of such caliber graced the pages of comic books since the dawning of time itself than Doctor
Victor Von Doom. First appearing in The Fantastic Four issue number five in 1962, he has, for thirty-five years, enthralled
the comic book reading field with his diabolical plots for world domination. Doctor Doom has lead a life through thick and
thin, through life and, literally, death, and through the mists of time. He has been marveled as a criminal genius, most likely
the greatest criminal mind of our time (in the Marvel Universe, anyway). Herein lies the tale of Doctor Doom.
Victor Von Doom was born, though no date of birth can actually be established as of this date, to Werner and Cynthia
Von Doom, who were members of a nomadic group of gypsies wandering the Balkan mountain ranges of Europe. From the beginning
of his life, he was accustomed to the perpetual torment suffered by all gypsies, Latveria being one of the harshest of the
tormentors. His mother, Cynthia, was renowned for her abilities as a sorcerer and a healer, and was the democratic leader
of the troupe. During Victor's youth, Cynthia, bearing witness to the hardships faced by her people, began to dabble in powerful
magic, eventually conjuring up Mephisto, a demon of immense power, and entered into a pact with him to gain a safe homeland
for her people. She did not know the price she would have to pay for this contract. She unleashed her newfound power on an
unsuspecting town without a thorough realization of the control her new power required, and, as a result, every child in the
village died due to her recklessness. Fearing the damage she could wreak, she renounced her power just as a guardsman thrust
a spear through her heart. After his mother died, Victor became much more intense and serious, learning as much about science
and sorcery he could. He continued to pursue a relationship with Valeria, a childhood friend, who later was killed. Victor's
father was soon called upon by a Latverian Baron to use his gypsy skill and magic to heal his wife. When he failed, the Baron
vowed revenge on Werner and his troupe. The gypsy troupe fled the steppes of Latveria with the Baron's troops close behind
them. Werner and Victor fled separately from the rest of the group, into the mountains. They were soon caught up in a cold
and harsh winter, and both nearly froze to death when the gypsy band found them. Soon thereafter, Werner died, his last words
being, "You must protect . . . protect . . . oohhh . ." Werner's close friend, Boris, fully realized that Werner did not mean
to protect his son from the world, but to protect the world from his son and his vengeful heart. On his father's death bed,
young Victor vowed revenge against the rest of humanity for the deaths of his mother and father. Victor began to study the
mystic arts of magic with the help of his mother's belongings, a chest of magical potions and tomes. Finding he had an affinity
for the mystic arts, he set to work on deciphering his mother's magical tomes. Soon, he determined the fault in his mother's
logic - she sought power from another being when all that was needed was power from within. He also learned that his mother's
soul had been trapped by Mephisto, and had not actually died. Doom grew up to travel the Balkans, tricking people to buy magical
objects, such as golden statues, that turned to dust after he had left the area. He continued to use his genius in this fashion,
until the Dean of Science from State University heard of his scientific accomplishments, most notably creating complex weaponry
and protective devices for the gypsies, and offered him a scholarship, which Victor gladly accepted.
Doom took his chance at State University to learn all he could about science and he quickly expanded his genius. While
there, he met and cultivated his hatred for the other top student at the school, Reed Richards, later known as Mr. Fantastic
of the Fantastic Four, whom Doom himself proclaimed his intellectual equal. Doom began working on personal experiments in
secret when Reed, who had come by Doom's home and noticed some false calculations in Doom's research. Doom dismissed Reed's
observations, thinking that he could not make such a trivial mistake, and foolishly discounted the errors entirely. Doom continued
on with his experiment, which merged science and sorcery into one powerful combination, when it suddenly exploded, permanently
scarring his cheek. In shame, he was expelled from the University. He denounced the college and left the United States to
go to Tibet to pursue the mystical arts. While there, he found the Aged Ghengis, who directed him toward a group of Tibetan
monks, who Doom quickly sought out for their mystic awareness. While there, Doom became a master in the arcane arts as well
as master of the monks themselves. He instructed the monks to construct him a suit of armor to strike terror in his enemies.
When the armor was finished, the anxious Doom placed the red-hot mask onto his face, forever scarring and disfiguring it.
He renamed himself Doctor Doom, though he held no degree in any field, and left Tibet for his final destination, Latveria.
In Latveria, using his technologically and magically enhanced armor, he constructed a robotic duplicate of himself, which
he would later use to his own ends. Using his genius, he infiltrated King Vladimir's castle as his royal science advisor.
While there, he kidnapped and robotically duplicated Prince Rudolpho while tricking a rival of the King, a count of the Drassen
family, that he would aid him in a coup for the throne. The count quickly assassinated King Vladimir, allowing Rudolpho to
ascend to the throne. The now-king robotic Rudolpho, while attending the funeral of his "father," foiled an attempt on his
life by the count and, having fulfilled its programming, abdicated to the "Stronger and more able" Doom. Doom quickly established
a peaceful and powerful dictatorship, which he dubbed an "enforced monarchy." The capital was renamed to Doomstadt, and many
of the other Latverian cities took on names such as Doomton, Doomsburg, and Doomwood. He had finally began his path to fulfilling
his dreams of revenge against the world who had persecuted him and his people so ruthlessly, and Reed Richards, who had humiliated
The Lands Of Doom
|Region Of Power
The Latveria Area
Symkaria is the most internationally accepted government of the three countries. King Stefan has, in the past, been generally
sympathetic to Latverian people, but, Silver Sable, leader of a government organization called the Wild Pack constantly hounds
the King of Latveria. Since the death of his fiancee, King Stefan has started cracking down on crime in Symkaria, which, unfortunately
includes some Gypsies. Transia is a forbidding country, shunned by most travelers because of it's legends of Wundagore Mountain.
Latverians usually are welcome in Transia and spend much time there because the people don't say much to outsiders and don't
tend to venture anywhere near Mt. Wundagore. The legends often tell of a cow-woman who steals children away at night who return
and tell stories of being fed cookies. Other legends include strange lights seen on the top of the mountain, flying knights,
and, on a most extraordinary occasion, the mountain exploded into a showed of silver shards and reappeared minutes later.
Population: 500,000 (This is an approximation since the government of Latvertia
has not allowed an outside census in over 20 years)
Type of Government: Dictatorship (Doom prefers to call this
an "enforced Monarchy")
Languages: German, Hungarian, Latverian (local dialect, derivative of Hungarian), Romany
Groups: Mixed European stock, Gypsy
Major Business Centers: None
Currency: Latverian Franc
Holidays: Doom's Day, Christmas, New Year (Note that Doom's Day is an eclectic holiday, celebrated whenever Doom declares
it. The people seem to enjoy these impromptu holidays, but then again, Doom commands it to be so.)
|The Ruler Of Latveria
The Quotes Of Doom
"Pain? Pain is like love . . . like compassion! It is a thing only for lesser men. What is
pain to Doom?"
Triumph & Torment
"But time is endless...as is my hatred! When he least expects it, when he's
most unprepared; Doom will strike again!!"
"I will not lower myself to performing parlor tricks for the rabble, any more than you yourself
would. For in my own country, I am also a King! As witness, the royal seal of Latveria!"
addressing King Arthur in Iron Man #150
"So you would deign to know the secrets of Doom. Very well, it is good that you would read
of the majesty and power of Doom; the rabble must always glean knowledge from their betters. Take care that you dare not to
use the knowledge enclosed in these pages against our person. To do so would invoke the wrath of Doom, and such a thing should
not be invited lightly. Learn well of Doom and his lands, for the world will soon fall before them."
Victor Von Doom
"The King of Latveria is no common murderer. If I cannot magnificently win a victory . .
. it affords me no pleasure to merely slay a foe."
"Though Dr. Doom is capable of many things, the Master of Latveria does not lie!"
Fantastic Four #87
"A Renoir. I have three myself. I had four, but ordered one burned . . . It displeased me."
Doom discussed art with Tony Stark in Iron Man #249
"I want that power. By right, it is mine. For ultimate power is the ultimate destiny of Doom."
Spectacular Spider-Man #159
"No, madman! Whatever you may see there -- it is not fear! Fear is for lesser men . . . Never
Super Villain Team-Up #12
|Doom 2099, The Doom Of The Future!
|Doom is so cute when he sleeps