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"They once called me M.O.D.O.C. -- but I'd much rather be killing than computing!"
M.O.D.O.K., Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

M.O.D.O.K. is a Marvel Comics super-villain created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Making his Silver Age debut in Tales of Suspense #93 (September, 1967), M.O.D.O.K. has been featured in over 40 years of Marvel canon. While originally a foe of Captain America, M.O.D.O.K is not tied to a single hero's Rogues Gallery. He has battled the likes of The Falcon, Nick Fury and SHIELD, Iron Man, Namor, the Incredible Hulk. rival villains Mad Thinker and Yellow Claw, Ms. Marvel, the Champions (Angel, Iceman, Black Widow, Darkstar, Ghost Rider, and The Incredible Hercules), the Thing, and the Serpent Society. The later group managed to assassinate him back in 1986. But M.O.D.O.K. was revived in 1995 and has remained a prominent villain since then. In 2009, IGN.com ranked M.O.D.O.K. #100 on its Top One Hundred Comic Book Villains list.

A lowly technician working for Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.), George Tarleton was nothing special. One day, Tarleton is picked by A.I.M.'s Scientist Supreme to be genetically altered into a living computer code-named M.O.D.O.C.: Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing. The experiment was a success: Tarleton's brain became enormous, granting him superhuman intelligence and vast psionic powers. Driven mad by the procedures performed on him, M.O.D.O.C. kills his masters in cold blood. Enjoying the slaughter, M.O.D.O.C. renames himself M.O.D.O.K: Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. Having eliminated the existing command structure, M.O.D.O.K. takes over A.I.M, declaring himself the new Scientist Supreme.

Comics

  • Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11
  • MODOK: Reign Delay

Storylines

Video Games

  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance: A member of the Masters of Evil, M.O.D.O.K. is the final boss of the Omega Base level.
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: M.O.D.O.K. and A.I.M. appear early in the game, stealing an infinity fractal for Doctor Doom. Changing his mind, M.O.D.O.K. would use the fractal to power one of his doom cannons until Wolverine and the Hulk intervene.
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet: M.O.D.O.K. makes a cameo appearance, still working for Dr. Doom.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: M.O.D.O.K. appears as a playable character, taking Galactus's helmet in his ending.

Western Animation


Tropes associated with M.O.D.O.K. include:

  M.O.D.O.K.: Never again will I forget to lobotomize one of my clones!

  • For Science!: A.I.M.'s primary goal is to achieve scientific breakthroughs. When M.O.D.O.K. loses sight of this goal, A.I.M has him assassinated.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Mind Probe
  • Mooks: A.I.M. henchmen don't have a very long shelf life.
    • M.O.D.O.K.'s latest incarnation relies on Life Model Decoys.
  • My Brain Is Big
  • Never Say "Die": Animated series never know what to do with his name. The Iron Man half of the Marvel Action Hour never said it was an acronym. Iron Man: Armored Adventures makes it MODOC, with the C standing for Conquest. The Superhero Squad Show keeps MODOK, and plays with the name (making the last letter stand for something different, as supplied by whoever's mocking him or whatever he's bragging about. However, what the K actually stands for is never given. Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes does the same as Armored Adventures. However, it actually makes more sense given MODOC's modus operandi in the show and the fact that he isn't as Ax Crazy.
  • Powered Armor: M.O.D.O.K. wears an exoskeleton that allows him to move his limbs in conjunction with the Doomsday Chair.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Psycho Prototype: Originally designed as a harmless living computer, M.O.D.O.K. went crazy and killed his masters instead of following orders.
  • Super Intelligence: The reason why he was mutated into MODOC in the first place.
  • Super Wheelchair: M.O.D.O.K.'s Doomsday Chair gives him the power of Flight. It also has a number of on-board weapons like lasers, missiles, and bombs.
  • Take Over the World
  • Tragic Monster: Even if he's been rendered crazy enough that he enjoys it now, it's not as if he really deserved to be transformed into MODOC. There's a reason why the page image for Cephalothorax depicts M.O.D.O.K. weeping over what he has become.
    • Taken up to eleven in {{Iron Man Iron Man| The Animated Series}}, where MODOK gets an episode in the first season explaining he's not crazy like his comics counterpart and, arguably, isn't even evil. He was a scientist who was forcibly mutated into his grotesque form by a rival who was jealous over MODOK's upcoming engagement -- the only reason he has allied himself with the Mandarin at all is because the Mandarin has promised to use his powers to restore MODOK to human form if MODOK helps him. The plot of the episode is even based on MODOK being forced to come to Iron Man and beg him to save the woman who would have been MODOK's wife if not for his transformation.
  • The Unexpected: His appearance in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 definitely qualifies.
  • Use Your Head: M.O.D.O.K.'s Battering Ram moves in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3.
  • Weaponized Exhaust
  • Weaponized Headgear: M.O.D.O.K.'s headband focuses his powers, allowing him to operate his Doomsday Chair and fire "psionic blasts" from his forehead.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity

Notes

  1. Memories Of Mirth, Entertainment, Natural Talent and Surprises
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