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Top 10 Superheroes With Mental Illnesses

December 8, 2019

Welcome back, nerd squad. Today we take a closer look at one of the
greatest villains in the Marvel universe, Doctor Von Doom. Doom is a complex character which is what
makes him so fun to explore. While he does some of the most dastardly things
in comics and has practically been a god twice, he is also one of those villains you can almost
get behind. When it’s Doctor Doom versus the Fantastic
Four, you almost want to cheer him on. A lot of the time, he is trying to act for
what he believes is the good of humanity. Sure he’s prideful and he has an insane ego
but ultimately he doesn’t hurt people to hurt them, he sees it as hurting others for the
greater good. The crazy thing is that he actually is a pretty
decent leader and sometimes the most powerful person in the room, definitely the smartest,
meaning he gets called upon for all kinds of heroic tasks. Today that is what we are going to be taking
a look at as we count down the top 10 heroic things Doctor Doom has done. Let’s get counting. 10
Killed Himself Well more specifically killed his future alternate
self in 2093 AD in Camelot. This scenario comes to us from Iron Man vol
1, issue 250. Iron Man and Doctor Doom must team up and
travel to the future. Once there they team up with Merlin. By the way this Merlin has a beard that appears
to have the end of it wrapped in an elastic blue rubber band. Why? I don’t know. It’s the future? I guess we are just over 70 years away from
that weird trend. During the course of their adventure, Doctor
Doom crosses paths with his future self who is almost full cyborg at this point. Doctor Doom feels shame at his future self,
considering him undignified and desperate, living beyond his prime. As a result of this, he kills his future self. Yikes. 9
Saved the World So admittedly he also sort of took it over
and made himself a god but during the 2015 Secret Wars event, Doctor Doom is the only
one strong enough to save the existence of the world. Granted it’s kinda messed up, it’s not perfect,
but at least it still exists. Comprised of Earth 1610 and earth 616, as
well as bits of other realities, it is a mashed together reality split up into different territories. Doctor Doom rules over it as a god and Doctor
Strange even later confesses that he is really really good at it. Doctor Doom was the only one strong enough
to take in the power of the Beyonders and use it to build this reality, however in the
end it is still Mister Fantastic that usurps him and resets the Multiverse as we know it. Still, you gotta admit for a last minute job,
Doctor Doom did an outstanding job of saving the universe. 8
Saved His Mom In the Marvel Graphic Novel #49, we see Doctor
Doom team up with Doctor Strange to save his mother. His mother was trapped in hell many years
ago after a deal she made with a Mephisto went unsurprisingly sideways. Yet the only way to save her soul would be
to make her pure enough to no longer be able to reside in hell. In the issue it is made to look like Doctor
Doom sacrifices Doctor Strange to secure her safety but it is later revealed that this
was actually most likely a ploy of the brilliant Victor’s. Something he had done simply to make his mother
renounce him as a son and thereby free her soul by making it as pure as it could be. Whether or not this is true is not confirmed
in the comic, though Doctor Doom was the person who gave Doctor Strange the device which helped
him to break free of Mephisto’s grasp. 7
Saved the Survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse While Doctor Doom doesn’t survive in the Marvel
Zombieverse, he certainly helps others to escape it. He is one of the last known survivors hiding
out in his castle Doomstadt in Latveria where he also houses many non-zombified refugees. Sure they all happen to be the kind of attractive
ones who are of a “breeding age” and are younger but still he is saving people. Unfortunately the horde eventually breakthrough
to Doomstadt and Doctor Doom becomes infected but even while the zombie virus is fighting
to take hold of him, he manages to get the survivors out through, well, basically a portal
gun, straight out of Rick and Morty. Ash of Evil Dead is also in the castle at
the time and Doctor Doom even resists the urge to devour the wise-cracking individual
and also helps him escape. He breaks the teleporter device just as the
horde breaks in and the Thing threatens to clobber him. Pretty selfless stuff. 6
Defeats Thanos During the Secret Wars event of 2015, God
Emperor Doom defeats Thanos and handily. These few panels that we find is issue 8 of
Secret Wars were considered by many to be controversial but ultimately God Emperor Doom
has the power to single handedly defeat the Mad Titan. The Mad Titan tries to intimidate Doom and
loses. The weird thing isn’t that Thanos used this
tactic but that he used this tactic on someone so narcissistic and powerful as Doom. Thanos mocks Doom, telling him that when he
wielded the powers of a God, the Infinity Gauntlet, he used them better. Doom asks if Thanos now possesses an infinity
gauntlet but Thanos concludes he doesn’t need one for someone as low and weak as Doom. Thanos demands that Doom bow down to him,
that Thanos in his ordinary form is enough to defeat Doom and earn his respect. Disagreeing, Doctor Doom kills Thanos, not
with the snap of his fingers but with one swift life disintegrating blow to the chest,
turning Thanos into bones. 5
Helped Deliver Sue Storm’s Baby When Sue Storm is ready to give birth to her
and Richard’s second child, Valeria, she almost loses the baby. Granted before she had actually lost it but
that is a story for another time. The baby which was originally stillborn the
first time around, got a hard reset but Sue is stuck with the same problem she was last
time, namely that her unborn daughter is throwing off waves of radiation that are harmful to
Sue and the unborn child itself. Last time every conceivable brilliant mind
was called upon including even Doctor Octopus and despite Reed Richards best efforts he
could not save their child. Now Reed Richards is occupied and unable to
be at his wife’s side as she goes into labour and Johnny Storm calls upon the only person
he can think of, Doctor Doom for some reason. He is brilliant but I feel like calling upon
your archnemesis is risky. Doctor Doom agrees to help and manages to
use Johnny Storms external energy–Johnny could not flame off at the point due to this
excess energy without the help of technology–to save Sue Storm and her baby. This also fixes Johnny problem as well. When Reed Richards makes it back to his wife,
she has already been successfully delivered. Doctor Doom’s price was that he would simply
get to name her. He named her Valeria and bestows her with
the full protection of Latveria and his own powers should she ever need it. He then leaves, gloating that he did what
Richards could not but still seeming to be a pretty great godfather all things considered. 4
Latveria Latveria is the nation that Doom rules. Within his nation he is like a King but although
his rules are somewhat strict, and he rules with a literal iron fist, he actually is a
pretty decent leader. Sure, he demands your undying devotion to
him and sure you may not have all the freedoms you would have in another country. But the people of Latveria do seem to truly
love Doctor Doom, even Doctor Strange believes it is more than show and is sincere. Under his rule, Latveria prospers. They have a good economy, healthy citizens,
no one seems to go hungry or suffer from undue ailments. It is a relatively peaceful and calm place
to live. Sure he sometimes uses mind control on his
citizens but hey mind control for a peaceful existence seems like a not so awful trade
off. 3
Prevents a War Doctor Von Doom joins up with Winter Solider
and Black Widow in the Winter Soldier 2012 series. What’s more amazing is he does so after Bucky
breaks into his castle. Doom almost kills him, thinking him some kind
of vile spy as well as Cap’s sidekick who he thought had already died. But before he can amend Bucky’s existence,
Bucky confesses that they are only there to help Doctor Doom. They share that Doctor Doom is being framed
and that one of his Doombots, programmed to look and behave just like Doom, is being manipulated
into attacking the United Nations. This attack would result in a war, potentially
even a world war, who knows. To avoid such events coming to pass, Doctor
Doom agrees to help them and with Bucky and Black Widow they work together to defeat the
villainous plot and save the world. 2
Made a More Peaceful World In the Marvel Graphic Novel series from the
80s, in issue 27, we see Doctor Doom become Emperor Doom when he conquers the world. He does this by harnessing Purple Man’s mind
control abilities and magnifying them with the use of a giant Psycho-Prism. When he takes control of the world, he actually
proves himself to be a relatively astounding leader. Apart from the mind control, that is. He uses his powers for good, not evil. Sure, he makes himself leader of the world
but he also ends war, works towards eliminating world hunger and improves the economy. He basically turns the world into a paradise. Unfortunately this is short lived as although
Doom enjoys being Emperor he soon finds that mind control makes everything kind of safe
and boring, too easy. There is no gratification in it. No struggle. Which makes it kind of strange that he would
later use mind control in his own nation of Latveria. 1
Infamous Iron Man No, I’m not talking about Tony Stark’s Iron
Man here. I’m talking about Doctor Doom as Iron Man,
he became Infamous Iron Man in his own 12 issue series in 2016 when he adopted Iron
Man’s mantle and decided to pursue a life of heroics. That’s right. Doctor Doom did for a time want to be a hero
and aspired to it. The best thing about him as a hero is he still
has the flaws we know and love. He is still prideful to a fault, making him
appear rather flippant. But he is still very powerful and shows remorse
even in the villainous deeds he has formally perpetrated. He even manages to defeat a ton of villains
as they plot to kill him, saying that he was worse enough as an ally but as a hero he would
be unstoppable. Thank you so much for watching, nerd squad. I hope you enjoyed this list. Do you think Doctor Doom would make a good
hero? Do you want to see him join the MCU? Do you think he needs the Fantastic Four to
do so or could perhaps standalone as his own character slash villain? Let me know in the comments below. He is personally one of my all time favourite
villains because he is so complex and frequently helps others just to prove he can and that
he is smarter. I also just love that even while being a villain
he can easily perform noble actions and it is still in character for him. So complex! While you’re on your way down to
the comments to share you thoughts and feels, be sure to tap that like if you love Doctor
Doom as much as I do and remember to smash that sub and ring our bell. We love it when you do. This has been top 10 nerd and I’m your host
Amanda McKnight, reminding you as always to stay nerdy, YouTube.


  • Reply Top 10 Nerd September 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Check Out Part 2

  • Reply Cleopatra7Philopator September 20, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    This is the whole point of "Heroes in Crisis", that Supers NEED help on occasion.
    I LOVED the Concept and Series.

  • Reply John Dowdell September 20, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    "illness" brings the stigma on. I prefer the word condition or simply saying for mental health.

  • Reply Teija P. September 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    What about Wolverine's PTSD? He served in many wars and has nighmares about them. I don't know have this been mentioned as diagnosis in the comics, but it's kinda obvious.

  • Reply shootingcomet082 September 20, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Rogue should be on this list, especially with the fact that she has other consciousness living within her head. Spider-man should be on here for his survivors guilt and inferiority complex.

  • Reply Gingeta ! September 20, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    You got an awesome shirt!! And you also remind me of black widow

  • Reply Luis-Raul Diaz-Rios September 20, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    So the only thing Fight Crime With Money Batman doesn’t have is a Shrink… TO WEAPONIZE HIS ISSUES!

  • Reply Final Boss September 20, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    you give these comic book characters mental illnesses you guys actual believe this crap is real, gullible idiots

  • Reply JustIce yo September 20, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Gotta love red heads

  • Reply Sky Tucker September 20, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Zatana is a megalomaniac

  • Reply Haruhi Fujioka September 21, 2019 at 12:10 am


  • Reply Fraud Ron September 21, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Captain America- Xenophobia

  • Reply kairiep September 21, 2019 at 1:50 am

    From what I understand, Legion does not have DID. I understand that other people are in his mind besides him. That is not DID

  • Reply Don Stratton September 21, 2019 at 2:13 am

    "…a lot of superheros and villains have withstanded…" o_0

  • Reply Jack Shirley September 21, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    What about crazy Jane…literally having a personality is her thing

  • Reply DrownedInExile September 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Uh Batman? How about PTSD from watching his parents' murder?

    Hmm, a comic about a psychiatrist who specializes in treating superheroes? That could be interesting!

  • Reply Coffeeshopa u September 21, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Huh usually when someone mentions depression I think of Tim Drake during his red robin run

  • Reply Bernardo LaFontaine September 21, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    There is one person who didn't make it to the list. James "Logan" Howlett. Logan always fights his animalistic savage side. Plus, there was an issue in X-Men where it shows the side him dealing with certain circumstances from getting hurt in excessively hurt or damage from like getting a full on punch from the Hulk.

  • Reply Gunner Livingston September 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Daredevil: Depression, Deadpool: A WHOLE SLUE

  • Reply little_jilly_jelly September 21, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    I think the Flash has Asperger's Syndrome because so many of his traits align with "symptoms" of it.

  • Reply Beelzebub September 22, 2019 at 2:36 am

    I'm surprise deadpool isn't on here.

  • Reply Jack Chase September 22, 2019 at 2:57 am

    Arsenal had a heroine addiction.

  • Reply Ro Perkins September 22, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    So…. Um… English caption are a thing, and they are talking bout something completely different from this.

  • Reply Riley Holtz September 22, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Does autism count because I think moon girl made it

  • Reply Lauren loves TURTLES September 22, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Literally all of them

  • Reply Lilieko September 22, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Sorry but saying batman has DID is extremely disrespectful. He does not have different alters, that is just the actions he has to take for his ‘batman’ esc job.

  • Reply Nobody Special September 23, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Team Rocket has no credibility.

  • Reply Nobody Special September 23, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Batman's true OCD comes in the form of a never ending quest to rid the world of evil.

  • Reply Steve Czapiewski September 23, 2019 at 6:35 am

    The entire Doom Patrol… in all of their incarnations.

  • Reply Bacon Axolotl September 23, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I think a few you should of mention, Roy Harper(addiction, depression and anxiety), Tim Drake (depression, anxiety and maybe OCD), and definitely Clint Barton and his depression

  • Reply Bill Hines September 23, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    I love how it is portrayed in comics especially in Batman showing the stages of grieving and acceptence

  • Reply koala love September 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Hey…is that a red riot shirt??!

  • Reply F u n n y D a n k September 23, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    I bet Moonknight is gonna be on this list or the next one

  • Reply Shannara Taylor September 24, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I've read demon in a bottle and that's how I knew you were going to say that when you mentioned iron Man

  • Reply Sarah Castille September 24, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I believe all superheroes have PTSD NC they seen some crazy ish

  • Reply Lapinporokoira September 24, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I'm reading comments and a lot of people have mentioned various characters with PTSD so maybe you could do a top 10 characters with PTSD?

  • Reply Yoru Kage September 25, 2019 at 12:56 am

    It's called Multiple Personality Disorder get it right

  • Reply alealejo78 September 25, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Lorna Dane a.k.a. Polaris has been known to have several mental breakdowns throughout the X-Men's comics.

  • Reply massive panic September 25, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Legion is no villain. Hes just insane. Him as david haller is a good dude. Him as some of his personalities.. Not so much

  • Reply potato patata September 26, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Iron man better be in this list

  • Reply Teag Mastro September 26, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Bat man PTSD

  • Reply Galina Ioffe September 28, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Disassociated Identity Disorder = D.I.D. But he did though. Become a superhero

  • Reply Donovan Wilson September 29, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Man who watches his parents gets shot and killed, has lost people who he sees as family, and saw his worst fear come to life
    Definitely hasn’t been scared mentally

  • Reply tsstevens September 30, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Addiction to magic is more common than you may think. Buffy. Magic = drugs.

  • Reply pranish maharjan September 30, 2019 at 5:19 am

    DID is sth joker suffers a bit too so …. i guess they aren't that different

  • Reply Jeffrey McConnell October 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Team Rocket shirt is funny

  • Reply RockemRocket Sandusky October 2, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Marry me for GODS sake. What a woman.

  • Reply Jack Jerry October 3, 2019 at 7:50 am

    10. Rorschach 9. Moon Knight 8. Jessica Cruz 7. Bloodshot 6. The Thing 5. Daredevil 4. Rogue 3. Hulk 2. Batman 1. The Tick

  • Reply Art Westefeld October 4, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Where's Jessica Cruz and Star Boy?

  • Reply Hugo Lalumiere October 5, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Really like the Team Rocket shirt!

  • Reply Isaac Brown October 7, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    She looks like black widow /scarlet Johansson

  • Reply Wolf Duck Studios October 7, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Don't listen it's a team rocket brainwashing video!

  • Reply Giorno Giovanna October 13, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Neon Genesis evangelion ._.

  • Reply The unknown creator ???? October 13, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Wait no it said 10 doctor van doom

  • Reply zulubred October 15, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    No Deadpool?? Xox

  • Reply Fraud Ron October 16, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Captain America-Xenophobia.

  • Reply Oliver October 16, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Maybe should've had someone with dissociative identity disorder help with this episode. They're called alters not personalities. ?‍♂️

  • Reply Zach Schmitt October 16, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    I like the Team Rocket shirt

  • Reply Zach Schmitt October 16, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I really liked the Legion show

  • Reply Omni Zacharie awesome October 16, 2019 at 10:30 pm


  • Reply E J Richardson-Fubara October 17, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Though her presentation was great… was I the only one who kept thinking this when she was on screen? "To protect the world from devastation…" … … … Anyway, Zatanna's addiction reminded me of Willow from the Buffyverse – again, was I the only one who went there?

  • Reply Nathalie Martens October 19, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Mood swings don't equal bipolar. They just don't. You can't self diagnose.

  • Reply charlie manning October 20, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    love the team rocket outfit

  • Reply Alexander Smith October 20, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    3:05 no homo tho

  • Reply Allen Ferreira October 21, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    One more for The Badger. He needs airtime.

  • Reply Madison Connell October 21, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I love your shirt!!

  • Reply Austin Proctor October 22, 2019 at 5:16 am

    I understand the use of the condition that is DID or DIssociative Identity Disorder but i feel as if pop culture is representing the condition poorly. To the extent that they are almost always villainizing it. It is hard to deal with surly but the altars that present themselves are a result of the condition only ever work for the betterment of the host and are almost NEVER violent.

  • Reply Rotten Redhead October 23, 2019 at 2:14 am

    You forgot Strong Guy and how he battles with depression.

  • Reply Magnaboss Prime October 23, 2019 at 10:53 am

    I can tell you're prepared for trouble Amanda

  • Reply Andrea October 25, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    I mean if you were gonna go for any possible mental illness for Bruce I don't know why you didn't go for PTSD. Seems like a given.

  • Reply RaccWaluigi October 26, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Jason Todd definitely has Mental Illness especially with all the things he’s been through.

  • Reply D'Ante Wilson October 26, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine, Winter Solider

  • Reply Our Glorious leader October 27, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Aye another POKEMON FAN yea I see the team rocket grunt belly top

  • Reply The CEO of Bruh Moments October 27, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I’m pretty sure Spider-Man has depression

  • Reply Baligong October 28, 2019 at 7:07 am

    OBJECTION: Batman Zurr En Arrh is NOT Bruce Wayne, he's an Alien named Tlano who dresses like Batman.

    Showing and saying anything like Bruce Wayne is Tlano is like acting like Peter Parker is Miles Morales.

  • Reply 39ocean October 28, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Like, seriously, I think practically all superheroes have mental illnesses, because of PTSD, Depression, and dissociative identity disorders.

  • Reply Darklink17 October 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Idk how you can talk about mental illness and not talk about deadpool

  • Reply Nestor Sifuentes Aguirre October 29, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Top 10 Biggest Avengers Meltdowns (I'm pretty sure that The Scarlet Witch would be included)

  • Reply Morgan Marsh October 29, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Where's Harley???

  • Reply Jase Wardo November 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Where in the f$#@ is your bellybutton?

  • Reply Panda Sensei November 2, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I love that shirt ??

  • Reply Mark Reese November 3, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Batman shows signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Reply batgirlbette November 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    What about Roy Harper / Arensal & his drug abuse ?

  • Reply Bincks November 6, 2019 at 4:48 am

    How tf can you be a rabbi and Nazi serial killer?

  • Reply Dark-Silver X November 6, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Addiction is not classified as a mental illness

  • Reply BlueRoseyWitch November 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Yep all heroes have DID. ? who wrote this?

  • Reply Matt Irwin November 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Yeah the hot one is back

  • Reply Jedi Jr. Jesus November 8, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    So damn sexy!!!

  • Reply Rabies Kid McEdgeLord November 9, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    I don’t think you really know what Disassociate Identity Disorder is. .

  • Reply Noah Holderman November 11, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Batman wearing the costumes was to distract the news and get them to focus on him. It was done with a specific purpose in mind.

  • Reply Simon Ravencroft November 11, 2019 at 10:57 am


  • Reply Jay Bird November 11, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I honestly thought Red Hood would make this list.

  • Reply Ronald Howdeshell November 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    The Creeper?

  • Reply Adrasteia November 14, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Lovin’ that top girl!

  • Reply Lacy Rice November 16, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Domino has Alektorophobia. The fear of chickens.

  • Reply gypsyauh2o November 22, 2019 at 1:07 am

    The original 80's run of Moon Knight was the best depiction of mental illness I've ever read. It was such a slow burn to insanity…

  • Reply gypsyauh2o November 22, 2019 at 1:12 am

    You should have included Hourman, the dude literally is addicted to drugs – its what gives him his power.

  • Reply gypsyauh2o November 22, 2019 at 1:17 am

    I don't agree with Sentry being on this list in anything but an honorable mention. The character is somewhat lazy. Their is little to no build up or character development. Bendis just created him one day and was like "here is is!"

  • Reply Sun Jara December 1, 2019 at 3:42 am

    2:33 Those aren't multiple personalities, though…

  • Reply tristan highsmith December 8, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Batman is how Bruce Wayne deals with his childhood trauma. Same goes for most of the Robins

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