- Kristoff Vernard
caption=Kristoff Vernard. Art by Dan Bulanadi.
debut="Fantastic Four" vol. 1 #247 (October 1982) as Kristoff.
"Fantastic Four" vol. 1 #278 as Dr. Doom.
aliases=Dr. Doom; Victor Von Doom; Kristoff Von Doom
powers=Skilled in science and magic:
Powered armorgrants a certain degree of superhuman strength and durability
Energy projection and flight|
Kristoff Vernard (formerly known as Kristoff von Doom and Dr. Doom) is a
fictional characterappearing in the Marvel Comicsuniverse.
Kristoff first appeared in
John Byrne's "back to the basics" Fantastic Fourrun in issue #247 in October 1982. Kristoff served as heir to Doctor Doom, occasional ruler of Latveria, a probational member of the Fantastic Four, and temporal adventurer alongside Nathaniel Richards.
The character next appears in "Fantastic Four" #258-259 (September-October 1983). The character first appears as the second Doctor Doom in "Fantastic Four" #278-279 (May-June 1985). The character subsequently appears in "Fantastic Four Annual" #20 (1987), "Fantastic Four" #312 (March 1988), "Thor" #410 (November 1989), "Fantastic Four" #350 (March 1991), "Fantastic Four" #400 (May 1995), "Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising" #1-2 (June-July 1995), "Fantastic Four" #405 (October 1995), "Fantastic Four Unlimited" 12 (December 1995), "Fantastic Four Unplugged" #3 (January 1996), "Fantastic Four" #416 (September 1996), "Fantastic Five" #5 (February 2000), "Spider-Girl" #87 (August 2005), "Last Planet Standing" #1 (July 2006), and "Fantastic Five" #1-5 (September-November 2007).
Doctor Doom II received an entry in the "Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89" #2, and the "All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z" #12 (2007).
Fictional character biography
After being ousted as leader of Latveria, Dr. Doom and the Fantastic Four returned to the country to overthrow its leader Zorba. Doom met the young Kristoff and his mother. Both were still loyal to Doom, and so the former dictator placed them under his protection. However, Kristoff's mother was killed by a robot of Zorba's [Fantastic Four vol. 1 #247] . After destroying the robot and defeating Zorba, Dr. Doom adopted Kristoff as his heir and took him to live in
Castle Doom[Fantastic Four vol. 1 #258] .
econd Coming of Doom
Following the apparent murder of Dr. Doom by
Terrax, the true conditions of being heir to Doom went into effect. Doom's robots took Kristoff and brainwashed him, also implanting him with Doom's mental patterns and detailed memories. However, he did stop the process before all of Doom's memories could be implanted (but after his intellect had been duplicated).
Now believing that he was the real Doom, Kristoff's first action was attempting to destroy the Fantastic Four by blowing up the
Baxter Building, [Fantastic Four vol. 1 #278] a plan drawn from memories of the real Dr. Doom's plot to kill the FF while he was teamed with the Sub-Mariner. The FF survived the explosion thanks to the force fields of Sue Richards, something Kristoff had not anticipated because he had stopped the memory transfer at a point before Sue Richards had fully developed her force field abilities. The FF quickly traveled to Doomstadt and defeated their adversary. To the team's surprise, the armor held not Doom but a child, whom the team took with them.
Kristoff would be imprisoned in
Four Freedoms Plaza, the new home of the Four, following his destruction of the Baxter Building. [Fantastic Four vol. 1 #279] He was still convinced that he was Doom and Mister Fantastichoped to restore him to his normal personality. At this time the real Dr Doom "returned from the dead".
Kristoff would free himself with the aid of a Doombot sent to kidnap
Franklin Richards, son of Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, [Fantastic Four Annual #20] by the recently resurrected Dr. Doom. Doom wanted to use Franklin as a bargaining chip for the soul of his mother which was held captive by Mephisto. Although still a child of about four or five, Franklin had powerful psychicpowers which had enabled him to defeat Mephisto in a previous encounter. [Fantastic Four vol. 1 #227] This time, however, Doom's power inhibitors prevented Franklin from fighting the demon, who agreed to the bargain. But at that very moment, Kristoff, in full armor, burst in with an army of Doombots and challenged Doom, who he thought to be an impostor.
Meanwhile the FF, who had followed Kristoff in order to rescue Franklin, intervened and Mister Fantastic used a device of his own to enable his son to fight back against Mephisto. As the two Dooms battled, the Doombots stood by, unsure which to aid since they both claimed to be Doom and the brainscans seemed to confirm this.
The battle soon ended but Doom's mother was still not free. Her imprisonment in the nether realms was one of the few failures that Doom would admit to and he said as much to those present. The robots perceived this as doubt and a lack of confidence meaning Kristoff could only be the real ever-confident Dr. Doom. The Doombots turned on their creator and Dr. Doom was forced to flee.
Kristoff ruled Latveria as Doom [Fantastic Four Annual #20] once again, where he would encounter the West Coast Avengers. To their surprise, he let them leave Latveria. [West Coast Avengers #35] He stayed the regent until the original infiltrated the Castle and uttered a codeword that reverted Kristoff to his original personality. [Fantastic Four vol. 1 #350] Doom reclaimed his throne while Kristoff was sent as a decoy to battle Mr. Fantastic, however he was killed [Fantastic Four vol. 1 #352] and was placed in stasis in a Tibetan Monastery.
Life After Doom
Nathaniel Richardswould revive Kristoff [Fantastic Four vol. 1 #397] along with Boris, Doom's former guardian, who was actually the Tomorrow Manin disguise. The former dictator would return with Richards and the Invisible Woman, where he would become a closely monitored member of the Fantastic Four, and close friends with Cassandra Lang, daughter of Ant-Man (Scott Lang)who had also joined the team following the "death" of Mister Fantastic. He eventually took his leave from the group to go with Nathaniel Richards. He was reunited with Doom [Fantastic Four #406] when the alternate future offspring of Franklin Richardsand Rachel Summerscalled Hyperstorm, attacked the Fantastic Four [Fantastic Four #409] where he chose to help them instead of attacking at their weakest. The group defeated Hyperstorm.
Following the Onslaught saga, Kristoff and Nathaniel tried to collect the now-missing FF's equipment located in the
Negative Zone. They then returned to Latveria, Kristoff with hopes of assuming the throne once again, but they were met with resistance by the Dreadknightand found Doombots in charge. The duo were then tricked by S.H.I.E.L.D.into defeating them [Tales of the Marvel Universe #1] .
Kristoff was last seen when both he and Nathaniel were displaced by
Stryfeafter his ship crashed into Castle Doom.
Nathanial Richards has hinted that he is Kristoff's father, which gives something on an irony that Doctor Doom chose, as his heir, the half-brother of his most hated rival.
House of M
Kristoff was a member of Doom's Fearsome Four, as the Inhuman Torch. In the crafted world, Kristoff was the adopted son of Valeria and Doom, and thanks to the cosmic experimentation of his adoptive father, had the abilities of Johnny Storm [House of M: Fantastic Four #1] .
There was some speculation due the character's memory lapses and vague beginnings, that the "Doom" of Earth 928 (2099 Universe) was not Victor Von Doom, but rather Kristoff Von Doom.
MC2universe, Kristoff appears as an ally of the A-Nextand the Fantastic Five. He uses the name "Doom" and has requested membership in the Fantastic Five. He is later shown to have indeed gained membership. His costume is a combination of his old mask and a green version of the F5 uniform.
In the Heroes and Villains expansion pack for "", Kristoff Vernard is an alternate costume for Doctor Doom.
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