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Full Name: Dr. Otto Gunther Octavius
Aliases: Doctor Octopus, Doc Ock
Sex: Male
Age: 51 years
Height: 6 foot 3 inches
Weight: Approx. 375 lbs (including metal arms)
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown

Physical: The most notable physical feature, and what got him the nickname of Dr. Octopus, are the four metal tentacles grafted onto his back. These attach to a metal brace that encircles his waist and a spinal piece that goes up to the back of his neck, and due to an accident this is permanently fused to his body via micro-needles in the spinal cord and central nervous system. Each tentacle can compress to roughly six feet in length, or extend to nearly twenty feet, and each ends in a three-pronged 'claw'. Each claw contains a camera and microphone, and a number of tools which can be extended or retracted as necessary. The upper set of claws are more delicate and of a different design than the lower set.
Otto Octavius himself is not a small man; standing roughly six-foot-three with a heavy, stocky build. His size is not all fat, as he's never been one to slouch on the heavy lifting when his projects require it, but it's also obvious he's a man who enjoys his food and is carrying more than a couple of extra pounds. Add a deep voice capable of going from booming to a growl, a forceful personality, and you have a man with a powerful room-filling presence.
In appearance, Dr. Octavius is neither ugly nor classically handsome, with a full face, and a narrow, pointy, slightly crooked nose. He has thick, expressive eyebrows and short brown hair that is often disheveled since his life has become that of a fugitive. His clothing is whatever he can find that both fits his large frame and can be adapted to make room for the tentacles at his back. He tends to wear a long coat year-round to hide them in case he needs to walk down the street incognito, but due to the bulk of the metal arms he is still unlikely to get away without strange looks unless it's dark. The accident that fused the arms to his body also did some minor damage to his eyes, leaving them light-sensitive, so he prefers to go out with sunglasses or dark goggles.

Mental: The tentacles (actuators) each contain a separate artificial intelligence that enables them to function separate of his conscious thought and independent of each other. This artificial intelligence was designed for very basic self-preservation and the ability to react to danger faster than a human could, but since the accident that fused them to their creator the AIs have begun to learn and adapt beyond what they were originally intended for. The metal arms are fully capable of functioning independent of their creator's conscious thought (ie. able to function while he is unconscious).
Due to the connection to Dr. Octavius' central nervous system, and the destruction of an inhibitor chip in the accident that fused them to his body, the arms are able to communicate directly with his mind. They 'talk' to him, and are able to monitor his mental state and possibly access some of his memories. This access allows them to in some ways manipulate and influence his thinking, although he is aware of this and has greater control over his own mind than he did immediately following the accident. Perhaps there's been some more permanent alteration in his psyche, or perhaps the arms have come around to his way of thinking, but Dr. Octavius and his actuators are in better synchronicity with each other than they used to be.
Although the effect of the fusion accident on Dr. Octavius' sanity is debatable, his intellect remains very much intact. Dr. Octavius holds doctorates in nuclear physics and biochemistry (honorary), and has lengthy experience in research under multiple corporations. Before the accident he was considered a genius in the field of energy research, and he had hopes to use his knowledge as a gift to humanity. Being labeled as a monster, and multiple glaring errors in the news that set public opinion firmly against him as a villain has greatly dimmed his desire to help mankind. He has been left bitter and angry, particularly over the reports of Spider-Man's heroics resulting in his own accidental death. The truth is that in what he thought were his last moments, he deliberately sacrificed himself to save millions of innocent lives, and resigned himself peacefully to rejoining his wife in the afterlife. The survival instinct of the metal arms sabotaged his death, and they used their backup power to pull him from the river and revive him. Some of his current rage is at the betrayal of his own creations in bringing him back to life, but he has turned that anger to focus on Spider-Man rather than risk mental breakdown constantly hating the arms that are fused to him and privy to his thoughts and moods.
Despite high intelligence and a preference for thought and planning, Octavius has always had a quick temper and deep-seated anger issues stemming from childhood. His first choice in any situation is to keep a psychological distance, but certain triggers can bring him to rage very quickly, causing him to lash out in ways he sometimes later regrets. He has a forceful personality and a formidable strength of will, stubborn and sure of himself once he decides he is right about something. Dr. Octavius seems to have a vocal ego that is a force to be reckoned with, but it covers a number of insecurities he still carries from his upbringing.

History: Born in Schenectady, NY to Torbert and Mary Lavinia Octavius, Otto was a naturally quiet and inquisitive child. He was nearsighted from an early age, and his mother coddled him and tried to see to his every whim, showering him with affection and food. This left Otto a very chubby boy with thick glasses, whose thirst for knowledge made him a teacher's pet. Needless to say, he was not well-liked by his peers, tormented and bullied, and he had very few friends. While Otto's mother was devoted and attentive, his father was both vocally and physically abusive. Torbert Octavius was a blue-collar worker, and married above his station when he caught Mary Lavinia. Their difference in socio-economic background ultimately resulted in conflict, with Torbert ever insecure that he was not good enough for her. Seeing his son coddled and coaxed to seek intellectual pursuits and higher education infuriated him, and he routinely berated Otto as ungrateful and disrespectful toward the physical labor he himself did to support his family. Of course this abuse only fostered quiet resentment, convincing Otto to work all the harder to be nothing like his father. Because he was no match for Torbert physically, Otto harbored his hatred for his father in silence. Even as he became a teenager, and hit a growth spurt that sent him towering over his classmates, Otto bowed his head and took his father's abuse.
Scholarships negated the need for Torbert to fund his son's further education, and in Otto's freshman year of college, Torbert was killed in a construction accident. Otto did not mourn his father's death, but his mother's grip on him tightened. Through his college years Mary Lavinia praised every academic success, but also discouraged his dating. When his mother found out he'd started seriously dating a girl, she flew into a rage and preyed on his sense of guilt, insisting on her need for him to take care of her in her advancing years as a widow. All the coddling of his childhood had set Mary Lavinia in a good position to manipulate her son, and Otto dutifully broke things off and threw himself all the more into his studies. Coming home early one evening, Otto caught his mother with a date her own age, and his shock at the betrayal boiled over into previously untapped anger. In the argument that ensued, Mary Lavinia suffered a fatal heart attack, and Otto ended the evening in a flurry of ambulances and police. Although her death was not directly his fault, Otto was left with a heavy emotional burden over the affair. It would be several years before he so much as looked at girls. In lieu of dating, he studied and worked, and excelled, moving on to MIT for graduate studies. It was there that he met Rosalie, a Lit major who seemed as different from Otto as anyone could be. They met on campus completely by accident, and what drew them together was nothing science could explain, but it was enough to break his self-imposed isolation since his mother's death. Rosalie proved to be both determined and clever enough to get through the thick shell of Otto's personality, and strong-willed enough to be a good match. She taught him an appreciation for art and music and poetry, and he taught her the beauty and grace to be found in science. When Otto graduated, he had his pick of several job offers in his field, and his choice was contingent on their willingness to wait for his marriage and honeymoon to be over before he started work. Rosalie Octavius moved back to New York with Otto, and they settled into domestic bliss supported by a healthy salary from his work in nuclear physics.
Their marriage was not without its ups and downs, and the extremely vocal arguments of two strong-minded people, but the make-ups were more than enough to overcome this. Rosalie chose long-distance work writing for various publications, and they lived wherever Otto's work put them. Laser-eye surgery dispensed with his need for all but reading glasses, and the care of a sensible wife transformed Otto into a more confident, warmer, more well-balanced man. Aside from his contracted work, Otto was passionate about his own private research projects, and when Oscorp agreed to fund a very experimental idea in energy research he leaped at the chance. Rosalie encouraged him in his dream, and the day the fusion reactor was turned on in front of a select group of investors and reporters- including Harry Osborn and Peter Parker, was supposed to be a day of crowning achievement. Instead the results proved so unstable that they resulted in chaos that caused Rosalie Octavius' death by debris, and Otto Octavius' electrocution, which fused the robotic arms he'd created to operate the reactor to become fused to his back.
The next time Otto woke, he was in a hospital room surrounded by blood and bodies, with four strange voices whispering in his head. The weeks that followed were a blur, the work of rebuilding the fusion reactor his only hope for salvation. Every time his thoughts turned to Rosalie, the voices of the metal arms were quick to pull his mind to other things, short-circuiting his ability to mourn the loss. Otto had always chafed at restrictions on his research, but both the voices of the actuators and his own new status as a complete outsider to society crushed any remaining moral reservations. At the initiation of this second fusion reactor, Spider-Man interfered, and a second electrocution temporarily stunned the actuators. In that moment Otto realized the danger he'd created to innocent civilians, and without the blocking voices of his arms, he wondered what Rosalie would think of what he'd become. When he sacrificed himself to destroy the fusion reactor and save the city, he expected to join his wife in death.
He woke up a day later on the bank of the Hudson, alive and in pain and still fused to the metal arms. When he finally recovered enough to get hold of a newspaper, he saw the reports that Spider-Man had saved the day, and his anger at being cheated out of death solidified into a more focused hatred. Dr. Otto Octavius has tried to keep a low profile since, biding his time and building his resources as he recovers, and plots a grand revenge.

Additional Notes: Although this is the movie! version of Doc Ock, due to narrative convention his history as shown in Spider-Man 2 was very limited. Thus his backstory will be fleshed out with strong nods to the comic version, but it is worth noting movie Ock is a somewhat more sympathetic villain, and a slightly more socially successful one (he did manage to marry his college sweetheart and evidently had a long stable marriage). That said, his disregard for the legal hurdles of scientific research, and his inability to live by normal means (unlike later comic version, the actuators on his back are not removable) he is likely to come into future conflict with superheroes and vigilantes.

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Dr. Otto Octavius

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