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Survey Results - More About Doom

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Today we're continuing our look our survey respondents thought makes Doctor Doom Doctor Doom, this time in terms of behaviour and dialogue. Here's the questions asked, and what people said:

Behaviours: Please enter general behaviours or personality traits that you associate with Doctor Doom.

This category had a massive 83 different answers which were given by more than one respondent, with another 150 unique replies! For the sake of brevity, therefore, only the behaviours mentioned by 10 or more respondents are included here.

Arrogant 88
Megalomania 77
Genius/High Intelligence 63
Reed Richards obsession 60
Egotistical/Narcissistic 54
Scheming/Plotting/Devious 43
Concern for his own country and people 33
Vengeful 26
Authoritarian/Tyrannical 25
Mother Obsession 25
Angry 25
Sense of justice/honor/chivalry 24
Condescending/haughty 22
regal/imperious/aristocratic 22
Vain 20
proud/prideful 20
Jealous 17
Speaks in third person 15
Commanding 14
driven/self-motivated 13
Evil 13
Pompous/verbose 12
Cruel 11
self-aggrandising 11
soft spot for Valeria Richards/other children 10
Confident 10
Boastful 10

This was a huge response, but (luckily for me and my attempts to analyse it) this sort of complexity is not unique to this survey, and is in fact a longstanding problem for the psychological analysis of personality traits. This goes back to at least 1936 when Allport & Odbert initially identified 18,000 words to describe personalities in "Trait names: A psycholexical study". Since then many theories have been put forward about how to address this issue, with the most widely used currently being "The Big Five", a system for grouping together personality traits into five broad dimensions to describe human personality: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.

It's possible that I'll be able to use some aspects of this codification scheme when I move onto the next stage of this project, which will be using the responses to create a tool for analysing the comics themselves. However, it will not form the basis of the tool itself - certain specific aspects of Doom's personality, such as his obsessions with Reed Richards and his mother, need to be recorded as specific details, rather than in the more general terms of this psychological tool.

For the moment, however, it is clear that Doom's characteristics are broadly centred around his arrogance, desire for power, and the twin obsessions mentioned above.

Dialogue: Please enter things that Doctor Doom regularly says - his catchphrases.

This question had far fewer different responses than Behaviours, in large part because lots of respondents difficult to think what Doom's dialogue might consist of - the phrase "Can't think of any specific (catch)phrases" or similar came up so often that it was included as a category of its own. Also, as can be seen below, there were several popular answers which referred to a general way of speaking rather than specific phrases.

Speaks in Third Person 49
Doom used in various self-aggrandising statements 42
Richards! 36
Fool(s) 34
Can't think of any specific (catch)phrases 32
I am Doom 31
Accursed (Reed) Richards 21
Kneel/Bow before Doom 18
Confound these squirrels! 14
Bah! 11
Doctor Doom does/toots as he pleases 9
You dare/how dare you? 9
Says his own name a lot 6
Mentions Latveria 4
None shall/can/will... 4
So swears/says Doom 4
Curses/Curse/Damn you! 4
Doom commands (it/you) 4
Dolt 4
Fear the wrath of DOOM! 3
Silence! 3
Cretin(s) 3
Doom cares not! 3
Formal language 2
Doom's word... 2
Tremble before Doom 2
You will rue the day 2
My people love me 2
Witless fool 2
Other 27

The presence of "Confound these squirrels!" (and variations thereof) shows yet again the influence of Ryan North's followers on the survey!

Doom in "The Coming Of Squirrel Girl" from Marvel Superheroes #8

As I write this blog I'm just starting on the process of collecting Doom's dialogue from the actual texts, and I must say that this list is pretty accurate, especially "Bah!" which seems to come up in almost every example. He also speaks in the third person and says his own name a lot, and although so far he hasn't said "Doctor Doom does/toots as he pleases", the specific issue is that they internet meme comes from is in the sample!

Next time we're moving on to look at Doom's world, where we'll see some more of the influence of Squirrel Girl, and a lot more chances for comic fans to prove how much they know!

posted 13/8/2020 by Mark Hibbett

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