Doctor Doom (Marvel)(02 - Kristoff Vernard)
Real Name: Kristoff Vernard
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Kristoff was in custody of a nuclear powered, microcomputer-enhanced suit that is modeled after the suit of Victor von Doom. The suit consisted of an exo and an endoskeleton. The electrically powered exoskeleton made the child inside seem like an adult, and gave Kristoff superhuman strength that enabled him to lift 2 tons. The endoskeleton allowed Kristoff to move the heavy armor easily, and helped him to control the many functions of Doom’s armor. For a short while, Kristoff wore a child-sized version of the armor, but quickly discarded it. In addition to super strength, the armor was equipped with boot jets for flight, a personal force field, and the ability to discharge concussive blasts.
Kristoff was also in control of the vast advanced weaponry that was used by the original Doctor Doom including his Doombots, and advanced modes of transportation including those that were capable of interplanetary travel.
After a successful revolution in the country of Latveria, Doctor Doom returned to his kingdom and met a young boy and his mother, still loyal to him. Doom was irate when a robot belonging to Zorba, who was the current ruler of Latveria at this time, slew the woman for breaking curfew. Doom, feeling the woman was under his protection, destroyed the robot and took the boy, Kristoff, to be raised in the royal palace. Soon, Doom decided that the boy would be his heir.
Some time later when the alien Tyros, formerly known as Terrax, was killed due to his own body exploding in a burst of cosmic energy, Doctor Doom was thought to have perished in the explosion as well. It was found out, however, that Doom transferred his consciousness into one of the witnesses present at the event due to the abilities given to him by the alien race, the Ovoids. After Doom’s body was destroyed, the Doombots, back in his home of Latveria, believed their master dead, but did not want his legacy to die with him. They took the boy, Kristoff, and put the memories of Doctor Doom, in chronological order, into his mind thereby programming him to act as if he was the actual Victor von Doom. Kristoff, however, believed he was the true Doctor Doom and ordered the programming to be stopped once he learned about the partnership between Doom and the Sub-Mariner and their plan to steal the Fantastic Four’s headquarters, the Baxter Building. Kristoff, now clad in a slightly different version of the armor worn by Doom, wanted to put that plan in motion again, but without involving Namor, so he used Doctor Doom’s superior technology to send the Baxter Building into space after he trapped the Fantastic Four inside. If not for the Invisible Woman and her ability to create force fields, the team would have surely been killed after Kristoff blew the building up. Unfortunately for Kristoff, the Fantastic Four invaded Latveria and defeated him only to learn that their foe was that of a small, brainwashed child. Kristoff, set on his belief that he was the real Victor von Doom, alleged that one of his enemies put his consciousness into the body of a child. The Fantastic Four took the imposter back to New York in hopes of returning him to normal.
Kristoff was imprisoned in the new headquarters of the Fantastic Four, which was rebuilt by Damage Control, Four Freedoms Plaza until a being called the Beyonder created a new body for the true Victor von Doom and had his consciousness return to it. Shortly after that, Doctor Doom sent one of his robots to kidnap the son of Reed and Sue Richards, Franklin Richards, so he could use the child’s powers to battle Mephisto. Kristoff then used the robot to escape his prison and return to Latveria where he could assume the identity of Doctor Doom once again. While the real Victor von Doom was bargaining with Mephisto for the soul of his mother, Cynthia von Doom, Kristoff confronted him. The two faced off and when the real Doctor Doom admitted that he was having misgivings about Franklin Richards ability to defeat Mephisto, his Doombots interpreted that as a weakness and decided that he could not be the real Doctor Doom. They turned on him and forced him to leave Latveria, leaving Kristoff to rule once more. Kristoff continued to believe that he was Doctor Doom and that the actual Doctor Doom was the imposter that imprisoned his mind in the body of a child. While the real Doctor Doom plotted to get back his throne, Kristoff was determined to remain in power.
While Kristoff ruled Latveria one of the Doombots, believing itself to be the true Doom, made an attempt to overthrow him but was easily defeated. Finally, the true Doctor Doom returned and he retook the throne removing Kristoff from power.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #278
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Alpha Flight (1983)
#91 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'A Thirst For Power'
Annual 20 FF (2011)
- 'Double Double / Double Dealing! / Double Down! / Double Play!'Annual 21#278
- 'True Lies'#279
- 'Crack of Doom!'#312
- 'The Turning Point'#312 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'The Turning Point'#330
- 'Good Dreams!'#350
- 'The More Things Change...! Or It's The Real Thing...'#352
- 'No Time Like the Present! Or.. It Ain't Funny How Time Slips Away!'#403
- 'Things to Come!'#600
Last Planet Standing (2006)
Tales of the Marvel Universe (1997)
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1989)
- 'Tales of the Marvel Universe'
#2 The Punisher (1987)
- 'Champion of the Universe to Ecstasy'
#28 Thor (1966)
- 'Change Partners and Dance'#29
- 'Too Many Dooms'
#410 Vengeance (2011)
- 'Two Dooms To Destroy Me!'
#6 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Faith and Deception'
- 'Tales to Astonish, Part Three: The Voice of Doom'
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Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006)
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