Born in Schenectady, New York, Otto Octavius was stricken by a turbulent upbringing. His father, Torbert, a factory worker, was abusive and violent towards both Otto and his mother Mary, 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 himself into his education, regularly scoring top marks. He was often labeled as a "teacher's pet" and was often a subject or bullying. Torbert did not approve of this one but, and often roared at Otto to use violence in dealing with the bullies. Mary, however, recognizing Otto as a gifted thinker, would encourage him to use his brain to solve problems, not his fists, furthering the rift in his childhood home.
Otto's devotion to study earned him a university scholarship, however, during his freshman year of college, his father was killed in a tragic industrial accident. This pushed Otto towards the study of, and eventual obsession with, the physical sciences. After graduating from college, he found work at an engineering firm, and through the course of his career, became a brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, atomic research consultant, inventor, and lecturer. He was the youngest person to serve on the National Board of Nuclear Science.
In 2002, he began developing a set of highly advanced mechanical arms to assist him with his research into atomic physics. These mechanical arms were attached to a harness that fit around his body, and were controlled via a synaptic-digital interface. They were resistant to extremely high levels of radiation, and were capable of great strength and highly precise movement. The inspiration for this device came from The Vitruvian Man, a famous pencil sketch by Leonardo da Vinci, one of his idols. They were to become his crowning achievement, and upon implementation in the summer of 2011, Octavius earned his rank amongst reputable researchers like Tony Stark and Reed Richards.
Though his relationship with co-workers was typically hostile, a fellow researcher named Mary Alice Anders befriended him when Otto impressed her with a demonstration of his harness, and the two began seeing each other. In due time, Otto proposed marriage to Mary Alice. However, Otto's mother did not approve, believing that no woman was good enough for her son. To please her, he ended his engagement, only to later discover that his mother had been dating a librarian. Otto verbally rebuked her violently, causing her to have a fatal heart attack in the heat of their argument.
With the death of his mother and Mary Alice Anders out of his life, Octavius' disposition towards nearly everyone became mean-spirited, and he became quickly distracted from paying attention to detail and safety precautions in his work. His co-workers often called him "Dr. Octopus" behind his back, and while he was aware of the insult, he barely cared.
During an accidental radiation leak that ended in an explosion, the apparatus became fused to Octavius' body. The radiation fed back through the device's synaptic-digital interface, mutating his brain and developing telepathic abilities, enabling him to control the movement of the arms using his thoughts alone. While the tentacles were eventually surgically removed from his body, Octavius retains the power to control them telepathically from a great distance. The accident also damaged his brain, which eventually rewired itself to accommodate for the fusing of the mechanical limbs to his body. Indeed, Otto believed that the devices had become a part of him, even after they had been removed, and developed a growing case of sociopathic tendencies toward others.
Though Doctor Octopus himself is portly, in poor physical shape, and is near-sighted, with his harness attached he is physically more than a match for most superheroes, especially on their own. The accident also made his eyes very sensitive to light, requiring him to wear glasses with shaded lenses.
Armor:Energy Resistance (9)
Otto's tentacles are designed to withstand extremely high, nuclear energy levels.
Limitation: The mechanical arms themselves are able to resist damage from almost any nuclear energy level. However, outside of a controlled environment, the risk to Otto himself remains high. Depending on the strength and area of effect of an energy attack, the arms may not be powerful enough to fully protect Otto from radiation, heat, or energy burns and the resulting physical damage.
As a result of mutagenic changes to his brain, Otto can essentially feel basic sensations transmitted from the sensors in his tentacles.
Arsenal:Striking Force (3/6)
Each tentacle is capable of moving at a speed of ninety feet per second and strike with the force of a jackhammer. Combined with their nearly impervious encasing, this renders a most deadly effect.
Range: 0 (24 feet)
Area of Effect: 0 (Maximum 48 foot radius)
Combination: The physical striking force can be combined with energy stored by the tentacle tips for a stronger attack. However, this form of attack ultimately reduces the total power output and energy damage.
Otto's mutated brain has developed telepathic abilities, which are used to control his tentacles. This telepathic link works both ways as well, as such that the sensors in the tentacles can feed back what they perceive to Otto, enhancing his own, naturally slower perception time.
Range: At maximum, Doctor Octopus can communicate with his tentacles at a range of up to 900 miles (Distance Range of 8).
Limitation: At further distances, Otto's telepathic link weakens. A good comparison would be that for each point of further distance, his telepathic boost to perception is reduced equally. In addition, at great distances the tentacles can only perform limited tasks. The closer he is to them, the more complex these tasks can become.
Doctor Octopus wears four mentally-controlled mechanical arms attached to his body via a harness. Each tentacle terminates in three double-jointed, rotating pincers, and is constructed of thin, overlapping layers of titanium-niobium steel. The alloy is light, has high-tensile strength, a super-high melting point, and high thin-wall rigidity. The motors get their power from a small nuclear-powered thermo-electric generator, which can provide several hundred watts per hour for up to five years before needing to replace its U-239 core.
Telescoping Range: Each tentacle is approximately six feet long at full contraction, but can extend to a maximum of 24 feet in length.
Reaction Time: Powered by a neural-computer link, the tentacles' reaction time to his thoughts is instantaneous. He could catch a speeding bullet or block the blast of an energy weapon. Built in sensors guide the tentacles in their defensive measures as well, helping to offset the human brain's sluggish reaction time.
Limitation: Until he has developed more advanced tentacles, Doctor Octopus must be conscious in order for the tentacles to operate.
Gear:Travel in Style (2)
Using the tentacles, Doctor Octopus can scale walls or traverse horizontal distances at high speed. At full extension, he can travel high above the ground as if on stilts, either using two tentacles (up to 50 miles per hour), or for maximum speed, four tentacles (approximately 75 miles per hour).
Arsenal:Wind Generation (2)
The tentacles can generate 100 mile per hour winds if spun like a giant fan.
Otto scored high marks in school and attended university on scholarship, eventually earning his Ph.D. When it comes to the physical sciences, he is among the best and brightest, but he also holds a well rounded higher education to his advantage.
Otto Octavius is a natural intellect with an I.Q. of upper genius levels. He is naturally brilliant and personally driven, making him a force to be reckoned with in the intellectual community. This also aides him in any other endeavor he puts his mind to, including his criminal activities.
The mechanical arms invented by Otto Octavius are among the most powerful devices known to mankind. Controlled at first via synaptic-digital interface and eventually telepathically by his mutated brain, they are resistant to extremely high levels of radiation, wield great strength, and are capable of highly precise movement. The inspiration for this device came from The Vitruvian Man, a famous pencil sketch by Leonardo da Vinci, one of his idols. While designed to be used in the nuclear sciences, they can also be used for any manner of dastardly purposes.
The name 'Otto Octavius' is known throughout the scientific community worldwide. As such, Otto has many connections within that community, which can be used for good or ill.
Otto is considered a brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, atomic research consultant, inventor, and lecturer. He was the youngest person to serve on the National Board of Nuclear Science, and has invented ground-breaking technology, including his special four-armed harness used in manipulating nuclear reactions.
Not only is Otto Octavius near-sighted, the accident has also made his eyes very sensitive to light, requiring him to wear glasses with shaded lenses.
The mechanical arms invented by Otto Octavius are as much a curse as they are an advantage. His mutated brain has rewired itself to consider them as members of his own body, and as such, when they are lost, missing, damaged or otherwise incapacitated, this affects him much like the loss of a limb might to a normal human. In addition, his twisted mind has developed a sort of psychotic fascination and obsession with the arms, even so far as that he talks and communicates with them, even loves and cherishes them.
His father was killed in a tragic industrial accident, his mother lost to a fatal heart attack he himself caused, and the love of his life, Mary Alice Anders, was driven away by his own betrayal. Otto holds a deep sense of personal loss, which has driven him to anger. Often times it causes a particularly strong hatred toward those who have not lost those dearest to them, culminating in a sociopathic desire to cause others to suffer as he has.
Otto is a certified sociopath. He does not care for anyone who gets in his way, and is above no dirty deed. He will murder, extort, torture and manipulate, and does not feel remorse for the things that he does. He truly has been driven insane.
Otto had a troubled childhood. His father was abusive toward he and his mother, and he was often bullied at school. He was no stranger to violence, both verbal and emotional, which has affected his life today. It has made him a violent and angry man, and he would not withhold such violence from anyone - even women, children, or people he supposedly cares about.