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Doctor Octopus (Marvel)(01 - Otto Octavius)
Real Name: Otto Gunther Octavius
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After the explosion that grafted the tentacled harness to Dr. Octavius, he was misdiagnosed with brain damage. In actuality, his brain was creating new neuro-pathways so that he could possess the superhuman ability to telepathically control his tentacles at will. Originally, at his earliest stages, it was thought he could only control his tentacles while they were attached to him. However, when he became separated from his tentacles, he proved he was able to telepathically control them, even if they were a considerable distance. Over long periods of time, he mentally increased the range to which he was able to control them, recorded at over 900 miles in diameter.

Otto Octavius had a turbulent upbringing. His father, a factory worker, was abusive and violent towards both Otto and his mother, leading Otto to be shy and reclusive in school. However, at his mother's insistence, he was determined not to become like his father and threw all his efforts into his education, regularly scoring top marks. It was hinted that he was a low-level telepathic mutant whose powers emerged at puberty; this mutation may have been responsible for giving his father an aneurysm as his father went to beat him. His father's death in an industrial accident pushed Otto further towards the study of, and obsession with, physical science.

Before his transformation into the megalomaniacal archenemy of the web-slinger, Otto was a brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, inventor, and lecturer. He became the youngest person to serve on the National Board of Nuclear Science. He designed a set of highly advanced mechanical arms to assist him with his research into atomic physics. The tentacled arms were resistant to radiation and were capable of great strength and highly precise movement. They were attached to a harness that fit around his body.

During an accidental radiation leak that ended in an explosion, the apparatus became fused to Octavius' body. It was later revealed that the radiation (or possibly his own latent mutation) had mutated his brain so that he could control the movement of the arms using his thoughts alone. The tentacles have since been surgically removed from his body, although Octavius retains the power to control them telepathically from a great distance. The accident also seemingly damaged his brain (although it was later suggested that what was interpreted as brain damage was in fact his mind rewiring itself to accommodate four extra limbs), and the scientist turned to a life of crime.

Though Doctor Octopus himself tends to be portly, and in poor physical shape, he has recently been able to improve upon his physique. He was also near-sighted to the extent that he was legally blind without the aid of his extremely thick eyeglasses, but he no longer appears to suffer from that problem, presumably through the use of laser surgery. With his harness attached he is physically far more than a match for Spider-Man; in his first appearance he beat Spider-Man so badly that the wall-crawler considered giving up his heroic career until he was inspired to continue by the Human Torch at the time when the Fantastic Four was called in to fight Doctor Octopus.

Over the years, Dr. Octopus has become one of most recognizable members of Spider-Man's rogues' gallery. He remains one of Spider-Man's most dangerous foes, having many legendary battles with him over the years. His crowning achievement was the near-fatal stabbing of Spider-Man's then-partner/lover, the Black Cat, who was placed in critical condition. This led to Spider-Man beating Dr. Octopus within an inch of his life. The trauma of the beating he received from Spider-Man left Octavius severely phobic of Spider-Man and spiders in general for years. This lasted until Spider-Man was forced to let his nemesis beat him in combat so as to allow him to break free of his fears and recruit him to save New York City from an exploding nuclear reactor.

Doctor Octopus has worked with other supervillains on several occasions, most notably as the leader of the original incarnation of the Sinister Six. He has been a member of several versions of the team, and founded his own short-lived version of the Masters of Evil when his teammates from the Sinister Six proved too difficult to manipulate. Certain members of the Six have since attempted to murder him, to no avail.

At one point, a boy named Ollie Osnick ran away from home, having stolen his father's Octopus-like equipment. He intended to become Doctor Octopus' sidekick, which was to be very much ill-fated. After a brief skirmish with Spider-Man, Osnick was returned home, sans tentacles.

Doctor Octopus was murdered by the insane Peter Parker clone named Kaine. Octavius's student Carolyn Trainer took over the identity of Doctor Octopus until Octavius was resurrected by a branch of the mystical ninja cult known as the Hand. Although Octavius had discovered Peter Parker's dual identity shortly prior to his death while curing Parker of a lethal virus created by the Vulture, he lost all knowledge of it upon his resurrection. The reason for this was the memories he regained came from a those recorded on a computer chip provided by his associate Trainer. That recent memory had not been recorded at the time of his death. It is as yet uncertain whether or not Trainer had some ulterior motive for remodeling Octavius's mind.

After his resurrection, Octavius attempted to create his own personal assassin in the form of a villainous mutated entity he dubbed "Spider-Woman", and was involved in a plot involving using prosthetic limbs as mind-control devices, to create an army of minions. He also had to conted with a usurper, an arrogant, yet brilliant scientist named Carlyle. Envious of Octavius's power, Carlyle created his own version of Octavius's harness and then tried to kill him. At the moment, none of the other people who assumed the mantle of Dr. Octopus are currently active, either due to retirement, imprisonment, or, in Ollie Osnick's case, a decision to emulate Spider-Man instead.

Most recently, Octavius resurfaced in the attempt to kidnap a Palestinian ambassador, in hopes of causing chaos for reasons unknown. His plot was thwarted by Spider-Man and his temporary sidekick the Kiwi Kid. Octavius is currently doing time in a penitentiary.

His middle name is revealed in Superior Spider-Man #19.

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #3

Other Identities:
Spider-Man (Marvel)(05 - Otto Octavius)
Superior Octopus

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Issue Appearances:
101 Ways to End the Clone Saga (1997)
ALF (1988)
Alias (2001)
Alpha Flight (1983)
Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990)
Amazing Spider-Man Digital (2009)
Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth (2012)
Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! (2008)
Astonishing X-Men/Amazing Spider-Man: The Gauntlet Sketchbook (2009)
Avengers Academy (2010)
Avengers Forever (1998)
Avenging Spider-Man (2012)
B-Sides (2002)
Batman/Daredevil (2000)
Black Bolt (2017)
Bubble Funnies (1981)
Captain America (1968)
Civil War (2006)
Civil War: Choosing Sides (2006)
Comic Shop News (1987)
Conspiracy (1998)
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History (2019)
Crossover Classics (1991)
Daredevil (1964)
Daredevil (1998)
Dark Reign Files (2009)
Dazzler (1981)
DC Crossover (1998)
Deadline (2002)
Deadpool (2008)
Deadpool (2013)
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2012)
Deadpool Killustrated (2013)
Deadpool Team-Up (2010)
Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars (2015)
Defenders (2001)
Die Spinne Taschenbuch Extra Sammler-Ausgabe (1985)
Die Spinne Zweitauflage (1987)
Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure (2003)
Essential Punisher (2004)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Franklin Richards: Happy Franksgiving! (2007)
Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe (1989)
Free Comic Book Day 2011 (Spider-Man) (2011)
Free Comic Book Day 2018 (Amazing Spider-Man/Guardians of the Galaxy) (2018)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2005)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019)
Ghost Rider Poster Magazine (1992)
Giant-Size Spider-Man (2014)
Girl Comics (2010)
Glenn Fabry Sketchbook (2013)
Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)
Guerras Infinitas (2019)
Guiding Light (2009)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
Hammerhead: Death of a Wise Guy (2008)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
Hot Shots: Spider-Man (1996)
Incredible Hulks (2010)
Invincible (2003)
Invincible Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man (2005)
Jessica Jones (2016)
MAD (1952)
Marvel 1985 (2008)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Age Spider-Man (2004)
Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (1965)
Marvel Comics (2019)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Graphic Novel: The Amazing Spider-Man ''Parallel Lives'' (1989)
Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2004)
Marvel Legends (2007)
Marvel Limited: Frank Miller's Spider-Man (1994)
Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man (2002)
Marvel Milestone Edition: Amazing Spider-Man (1992)
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Spider-Man - Web Designers (2019)
Marvel Super Hero Island Adventures (1999)
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (1984)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Marvel Tag Gratis-Exemplar (2017)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Team-Up (2004)
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six (2016)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works (2012)
Marvel: Now What?! (2013)
Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer: Spider-Man (2003)
Marvels (1994)
Marvels Companion (2014)
Mega Morphs (2005)
Mini Marvels: Secret Invasion (2009)
New Avengers: Illuminati (2007)
New X-Men: Hellions (2005)
Nova (1999)
Obras Maestras (1991)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man 2004 (2004)
Paradise X: Xen (2002)
Peter Parker (2010)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999)
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017)
Pro Action Magazine (vol. 2) (1994)
Savage Dragon (1993)
Scholastic Spider-Man Encyclopedia (2006)
Secret Wars II (1985)
Sentry (2005)
Sentry/Spider-Man (2001)
Sentry/The Void (2001)
Shame Itself (2012)
She-Hulk (2004)
Silk (2016)
Solo Avengers (1987)
Spectacular Spider-Man (2003)
Spectacular Spider-Man Adventures (1995)
Spider-Boy (1996)
Spider-Man (1990)
Spider-Man - Gratis Comic Tag (2012)
Spider-Man [GER] (2007)
Spider-Man & The Secret Wars (2010)
Spider-man 2 Official Annual (2004)
Spider-Man and Power Pack (2007)
Spider-Man Collectible Series (2006)
Spider-Man Comics Weekly (1973)
Spider-Man Family (2005)
Spider-Man Family (2007)
Spider-Man Interactive Comic Book (1996)
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (2006)
Spider-Man Magazine (1994)
Spider-Man Presented by GoodNites (2014)
Spider-Man Special: Black and Blue and Read All Over (2006)
Spider-Man Spectacular (2014)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
Spider-Man Unmasked (1996)
Spider-Man: Chapter One (1998)
Spider-Man: Death and Destiny (2000)
Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus (1995)
Spider-Man: Get Kraven (2002)
Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - The Kraven Saga (2010)
Spider-Man: Lifeline (2001)
Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage (1995)
Spider-Man: Quality of Life (2002)
Spider-Man: The Clone Journal (1995)
Spider-Man: The Clone Saga (2009)
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files (1995)
Spider-Man: The Parker Years (1995)
Spider-Man's Tangled Web (2001)
Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Out of Reach (2004)
Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One (2004)
Spider-Man/Human Torch (2005)
Spider-Man/Red Sonja (2007)
Spider-Woman (1999)
Spidey (2016)
Spidey Sunday Spectacular! (2011)
Spidey Super Stories (1974)
Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man (2006)
Startling Stories: The Megalomaniacal Spider-Man (2002)
Strange Tales (2009)
Strange Tales II (2010)
Superheroes: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2000)
Superior Spider-Man (2013)
Superior Spider-Man (2019)
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013)
Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1976)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1999)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2015)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2018)
The Amazing Spider-Man NACME Series (1990)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Infested (2011)
The Avengers (1973)
The Best of Marvel 1994 (1994)
The Best of Marvel Comics (1987)
The Best of Spider-Man (1986)
The Buzz (2000)
The Clone Conspiracy (2016)
The Electric Company Magazine (1972)
The Incomplete Death's Head (1993)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man (1993)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Marvel Masterpieces Collection (1993)
The Marvel No-Prize Book (1983)
The New Mutants (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Sensational Spider-Man (2006)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1968)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013)
The Ultimates (2002)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl [II] (2015)
The Vault of Michael Allred (2006)
Thor (1966)
Thunderbolts (1997)
Tigra (2002)
True Believers: Spider-Man - Wedding Aunt May And Doc Ock (2019)
Uncanny Avengers (2012)
Underworld (2006)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man (1995)
Vengeance (2011)
Venom (2011)
Venom: Dark Origin (2008)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
Web of Spider-Man (2009)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999)
What If? (1977)
What If? Secret Wars (2009)
What If? Spider-Man: House of M (2010)
What If...? (1989)
Wolverine (1988)
X-Force (1991)
X-Men Unlimited (1993)
X-Men: Evolution (2002)
X-Men/Spider-Man (2009)

Movie Appearances:
Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Video Game Appearances:
Spider-Man (2000)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007)
Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1995)

Group Affiliation(s):
Masters of Evil (Marvel)
Sinister Six (Marvel)(01 - Doctor Octopus's Team)

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