posted on May, 18 2014 @ 11:28 PM
The Leader has superhuman mental acumen, as a result of his exposure to an explosion of gamma-irradiated waste. He possesses enhanced intuition,
pattern solving, information storage and retrieval, and logical and philosophical structuring. His ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical
and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance. The Leader has a perfect memory with the ability to recall every moment since
the accident that gave him his powers. In addition to his superhuman intelligence, the Leader has limited but potent telekinetic and telepathic
powers. He is able to mentally control non-gamma-mutated individuals upon touching them, and has toppled a very weakened Hulk with his telekinetic
The Leader possesses knowledge of genetics, physics, and robotics, and has designed a large number of sophisticated weapons, vehicles, computers,
androids, and synthetic humanoids. He is particularly adept at genetic engineering and manipulating radiation for various nefarious purposes.
On occasion, the Leader showed the ability to turn himself back into Samuel Sterns, but this ability resulted in him losing all memory of his identity
as the Leader as Sterns's mind was ill-equipped to cope with the Leader's intellect (although he always remembered everything when he turned back
into the Leader again).
Doctor Doom is a polymath and scientific genius. Throughout most of his publication history, he has been depicted as one of the most intelligent
humans in the Marvel Universe. This is shown on many occasions, most famously by actually curing Ben Grimm of his Thing form, which Reed Richards has
never repeated. On the other hand, Reed Richards managed to process all the computer calculations necessary to save the life of a disintegrating
Kitty Pryde by himself, which is a feat that Doctor Doom at the time professed to be unable to do.
Doctor Doom also possesses originally minor mystical capabilities due to teachings from Tibetan monks, but later increased them to a considerable
extent due to tutoring from his lover Morgan Le Fay. He is capable of energy projection, creating protective shields, and summoning hordes of demonic
creatures. Even at a time his abilities were consistently referred to as minor, with assistance from his technology and by tag-teaming with Doctor
Strange, Doctor Doom managed to come second in a magic tournament held by the ancient sorcerer the Aged Genghis.
Doctor Doom has also used his scientific talents to steal or replicate the power of other beings such as the Silver Surfer, or in one case the entity
The alien Ovoids taught Doctor Doom the process of psionically transferring his consciousness into another nearby being through a simple eye contact,
as well as showing him other forms of technology which Doctor Doom uses to escape from incarcerations and to avoid getting killed;
however, if his concentration is broken, it can transfer his mind back, and he rarely uses this power unless absolutely necessary due to his own ego
about his appearance.
Doctor Doom can exert technopathic control over certain machines, most notably,the Doom bots. In addition, Doctor Doom has a remarkably strong will,
as demonstrated in the graphic novel, Emperor Doom when he dared his prisoner, the mind controlling Purple Man, to attempt to control him and he
Without his armor he proved himself to be a skilled bare-handed fighter, even capable of killing a lion.
Doctor Doom 's armor augments his natural physical strength to superhuman levels, to the point where he is able to hold his own against Spider-Man in
hand-to-hand combat, although he tends to rely on long-range tactics when engaging physically stronger foes. It is also highly resistant to harm,
sufficient to withstand blows from Iron Man's armor. The armor can generate a defensive force field and a lethal electric shock killing
anyone who might come in contact with Doctor Doom. The armor is self-supporting, equipped with internal stores and recycling systems for air,
food, water, and energy, allowing the wearer to survive lengthy periods of exposure underwater or in outer space.
As the absolute monarch of Latveria, Dr. Doom has diplomatic immunity- allowing him to escape prosecution for most of his crimes- and total control of
the nation's natural and technological resources, along with its manpower, economy, and military.
Doctor Doom is known for the frequent plot device wherein it is revealed that his actions were actually those of a "Doombot", one of Doctor Doom's
many robot doubles, either working on his behalf or as a result of rogue artificial intelligence.
On many occasions, Doctor Doom's only real weakness has been shown to be his arrogance, Layla Miller once reflecting that Doctor Doom is incapable of
accepting that he himself might be the reason for his failures, as most keenly reflected in Doctor Doom 's continued inability to accept that he
himself was responsible for the accident that scarred his face, preferring to blame Reed Richards for sabotaging his experiment rather than accept
that his calculations were wrong. While his high opinion of himself is generally accurate, he is notably generally unable to accept when others may
have a better understanding of a situation than he does– although he has been noted to have enough respect for heroes such as Reed Richards or the
Thing to at least listen to their recommendations about threats that he himself has not encountered rather than dismiss them instantly– and even
when forced to team up with others to defeat a greater threat, Doctor Doom has been shown to be willing to try to gain a personal advantage when the
more expedient course of action would be to stick to the plan and try for greater rewards later, such as when he tried to steal the Infinity Gauntlet
from Thanos during the heroes' initial assault against the Titan rather than adhere to Adam Warlock's plan of attack and simply attempt to acquire
the Gauntlet after Thanos had been defeated.
Doctor Doom adheres to a strict code of honor at all times. However, Von Doom will keep his exact word, which may or may not be beneficial to the
person to whom he has given his promise. For example, Doctor Doom may swear that he will not harm an individual, but that only means he will not
personally harm that person, it does not mean he will prevent others from harming that person.
Doctor Doom's honor code led him to save Captain America from drowning because Captain America had earlier saved his life, and on another occasion he
thanked Spider-Man for saving him from terrorists attacking him in an airport by allowing him to leave alive despite Spider-Man subsequently insulting
him. His code of honor also means that he will not attack a respected opponent who is weakened or at a severe disadvantage, as he regards any victory
resulting from such circumstances as hollow and meaningless. He has even on several occasions battled opponents who were intent on killing the
Fantastic Four, for no other reason than the fact that he does not want the ultimate defeat of the Fantastic Four to come from anyone's hands but his