Before George Tarleton was made into M.O.D.O.K., by Advanced Idea Mechanics, he was of average intellect. For A.I.M., Tarleton worked on experiments to unlock mental potential. Some sources say he volunteered and others say he was forced, but Tarleton became the next experiment.
After the transformation, he was to be known as M.O.D.O.C.: Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing. He quickly overthrew A.I.M., and became their commander. He was then known as M.O.D.O.K.: Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. As leader of A.I.M., he has had confrontations with Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Namor.
M.O.D.O.K. was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
He was overthrown several times by A.I.M., and assassins were hired to kill him. He was eventually killed by the Serpent Society. His body was then used as a weapon (without his mind) against Iron Man, who destroyed the body.
A.I.M. used a cosmic cube to recreate M.O.D.O.K., only to have him be loyal as originally intended. This was not the case, and once again M.O.D.O.K. seized control and placed himself as Scientist Supreme. He had the title taken from him once again however, by Monica Rappacini, a woman M.O.D.O.K. once loved in his human form.
M.O.D.O.K. then set his sights on an item known as the Hypernova, a near infinite power source. Under Monica, A.I.M. also sought it as well. M.O.D.O.K. was able to retrieve it first, but Monica forced M.O.D.O.K. to sell it to her. But M.O.D.O.K. knew it was unstable and gave it to her. It exploded and appeared to have killed her.
Major Story Arcs
Fall of the Hulks
M.O.D.O.K. is also a part of the Intelligencia and has played a part in creating the Red Hulk using both cosmic and gamma
radiations. He teamed himself with the Leader, the Wizard, the Mad Thinker, the Red Ghost and Doctor Doom, a group of the smartest villains in the world, in a secret ploy for total and final annihilation of their enemies, namely the Hulk. Doom turned on the group after acquiring ancient texts and spells, leaving M.O.D.O.K. and the Leader calling the shots. They are responsible for capturing Reed Richards and Doctor Doom and have laid plans to capture the remaining 6 of the 8 smartest people on Earth. The plan is to absorb all of the 8 smartest's knowledge and use it to their advantage, afterward leaving the mindless husks to whatever the Wizard chooses to do with them. M.O.D.O.K. and Leader soon use a cathexis ray to transform all the heroes and their personal army, the AIMarines, into "hulked-out" versions of themselves. One of the heroes, Amedeus Cho, becomes infected himself, gaining the ability to warp reality in a 10 foot radius and becoming the smartest man in the world. He then uses his reality warping powers to turn M.O.D.O.K. back into George Tarleton, who then escapes.
Powers and Abilities
George Tarleton is subjected to a mutagenic process that grants him superhuman intelligence, including a computer-like memory, the ability to scour and retain large databanks of information very quickly and solve abstract mathematical problems nearly instantaneously. He also has the ability to calculate the mathematical probability of any given event occurring; an ability so strong that it borders on precognition. However, his creativity remains at average human level. As M.O.D.O.K., the character also has psionic powers enabling him to mentally control both individuals and large groups, and generate force fields able to withstand minor nuclear explosions. Courtesy of A.I.M. technology, M.O.D.O.K. wears a headband that enables him to focus his mental power into a devastating beam.
A side effect of the mutation was the growth of Tarleton's head to the point whereby his body can no longer support the weight, necessitating the use of an exoskeleton and hoverchair. The chair is equipped with a variety of weapons including missiles and lasers. Occasionally, Tarleton had the use of a giant humanoid vehicle that was proportionally sized to his head. Tarleton's organs also wear out quickly, necessitating the use of harvested clones, whose organs are used to sustain him.
As the leader of A.I.M., M.O.D.O.K. has advanced technology and a personal army at his disposal.
M.O.D.O.K. is unable to move without his hover chair. M.O.D.O.K. also wears through his body very quickly. To counter this, M.O.D.O.K. has created countless clones of himself that he harvests organs from. He then uses the brains to power organic hard drives that control AIM equipment.
- Height: 12 feet
- Weight: 750 lbs
- Hair: Brown
- Eyes: White
Iron Man: The Animated Series
M.O.D.O.K. appears in the 1994 Iron Man animated series as a recurring villain working for the Mandarin. He is a far cry from his comic book appearances, often being used exclusively as comic relief, and for ridiculous feats like disguising himself as a baby. After the Mandarin's defeat in the season finale, M.O.D.O.K. was sent to jail. He is voiced by Jim Cummings.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
M.O.D.O.K. appears on Iron Man Armored Adventures, first when it was reveled that A.I.M. was searching for materials to finish constructing "the M.O.D.O.K. Harness". M.O.D.O.K. would appear later in the first season, where Iron Man defeated him. He will likely return in the second season. He is voiced by Lee Tockar.
The Super Hero Squad Show
M.O.D.O.K. is a recurring villain in the Super Hero Squad Show, working for Dr. Doom and usually alongside Abomination. Like every other character in the show, he is much more comical, and is rarely seen as a real threat. He also shows complete disdain for his teammates, constantly belittling Abomination and planning to betray Doctor Doom. At one point, M.O.D.O.K. eats one of the Infinity Sword fractals, forcing the Lethal Legion and Super Hero Squad to team up with Black Panther to stop him. Later, Enchantress accidentally makes M.O.D.O.K. and Ms. Marvel fall in love with each other, and he convinces her to join the Lethal Legion before the spell is finally broken. He is voiced by Tom Kenny.
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
In this animated Marvel series he refers to himself as M.O.D.O.C.-Mental Organism Designed Only for Conquest-and was an inmate of the Vault and is seen in one of the micro-episodes leading up to the show premiere. He broke out with all the other prisoners from all four superhero prisons during the first episode, using Graviton's fight with the Avengers to cover his escape. He would appear in later episodes of the first season where he has returned to A.I.M. after his escape from the Vault. He would become involved in transforming Simon Williams into Wonder Man as well as he & A.I.M. becoming involved in a war with Baron Strucker and HYDRA over the Cosmic Cube, which A.I.M was commissioned to create for HYDRA, but decided to keep for themselves for their own purposes telling Strucker that the Cosmic Cube creation was a failure. A mini war broke out between the two criminal organizations when HYDRA learned that the Cosmic Cube was in fact functional and still in A.I.M's possession. M.O.D.O.C. is last seen being attacked and apparently destroyed by HYDRA controlled Dreadnaughts designed to neutralize his mental abilities.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
M.O.D.O.K. and A.I.M. appear in Marvel Ultimate Alliance, attacking the S.H.I.E.L.D. Omega Base and trying to ram it into a dam. When players reach him he forces them to play a scientific trivia game. Every time the player answers a question correctly, they get closer to M.O.D.O.K. but every time they answer a question incorrectly, he electrocutes them. If they get electrocuted so many times, they must fight M.O.D.O.K. with a significant health subtraction. If they reach M.O.D.O.K., he will yell at them for cheating and the player must fight him with full health. He is voiced by Michael Gough.
Marvel: Super Hero Squad
M.O.D.O.K. appears in the Super Hero Squad video game, he is a boss in the game's adventure mode, and is oddly not a playable character in any other game modes. He is once again voiced by Tom Kenny.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
M.O.D.O.K. is a playable character in Marvel vs Capcom 3, first confirmed at the New York Comic-Con. M.O.D.O.K. can hover around in the air of a stage, and because of his odd proportions most of his attacks involve ranged beams and bombs, and most of his melee attacks are kicks, headbutts and body slams. In one of his Hypers he uses his hover chair to become a rocket and hits his opponents multiple times, and another one where he reaches out with wire-tentacles to grab his enemy, before unleashing a massive electric shock. He can also fire a massive energy beam from his forehead.,