- He is a digitized copy of the psyche of the original Otto Octavius with memories up to his defeat at the hands of Spider-Man in Spider-Verse, transferred into the body of a clone of Spider-Man spliced with his own DNA. While he is real, he is still a duplicate of the original. Arawn 999 (talk) 04:02, May 4, 2017 (UTC)
- Why does he believe himself to be the original and why are we expected to treat him as such? SuperFan95 (talk) 04:51, November 23, 2018 (UTC)
Real Otto (Confirmed)
According to the Spider-Geddon Handbook Vol 1 1 there is no distinction between this and the original Doctor Octopus, they are bot the same men, and this page and Otto Octavius (Earth-616) should be merged. If that's not enough for you, here are some precedences that would also justify the merger:
- First, going back to the original death of Doctor Octopus back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221 and his subsequent resurrection in Amazing Spider-Man #427. Since his mind was completely gone, Lady Octopus used the memories of the Master Programmer, an artificial intelligence created from a copy of Otto's mind prior to his death in Spectacular #221. This copy of memories was missing memories of what happened prior to his death (particularly learning Peter Parker's secret identity). Although this was Otto's original body, it was the mind of the Master Programmer that was transferred into the body. Yet, it is still considered the original Doctor Octopus.
- Another example: The Red Skull. The Skull seemingly died in Captain America #297. He then turned up alive in a clone body of Captain America in Captain America #350. This is still considered the same Red Skull even though it was a copy of his mind transferred into a new body. He was still considered the original Red Skull when he was assassinated by Winter Soldier in Captain America Vol 5 #1 and his mind was transferred into the body of Alexander Lukin. That said, the clone that first appeared in Uncanny Avengers #1 would be considered a different entity because, although it is a clone of the Red Skull, it didn't have the mind of the original Skull transferred into it. Its memories stop at 1942.
- On the same token, the Adolf Hitler clone, AKA the Hate-Monger. When Adolf Hitler was killed in Young Men #24 his mind was transferred into a clone body. As explained in Super-Villain Team-Up #17, every time the Hate-Monger is killed his mind is transferred into a new clone body. None of these later clone bodies are considered separate entities. Distinctions: The handbooks state that the Hate-Monger's mind is a copy of Adolf Hitler but a distinct entity. However, every time his mind is transferred into a new clone body it is not a copy, but literal mind transfer. Other distinction: Nazi X, another Hitler clone, is a separate entity based on copies of Hitler's mind.
Based on these universally accepted constants, and other supporting evidence, this page should be merged with the main Otto Octavius page.
- I agree with Nausiated's proposal, and also reference Tony Stark's current identity crisis of whether he's the "real" or "original" Tony, since both his mind (Siege) and body (IM #600) are reconstructions. If we didn't create a second Tony Stark (Earth-616) page for his personality back-up from Invincible Iron Man #24, we shouldn't have the Octopi on separate pages. Monolith616 (talk) 19:43, December 12, 2018 (UTC)
- Speaking of Iron Man (thanks for reminding me of another example Monolith), we also don't consider the Tony Stark who appeared in Iron Man Vol 3 #1 a separate identity. As long-time readers would know, Tony Stark-616 was killed in Avengers #395, and his place on the Avengers was replaced with "Teen Tony" of Earth-96020. When Teen Tony sacrified himself in Onslaught Marvel Universe #1, he was replaced with Stark-616 in the Heroes Reborn Universe and onwards. It was later explained in some story or another in 1998 (the specific issue escapes me) that when Franklin Richards saved all those that were sacrificed themselves during Onslaught, he resurrected Stark-616 and merged him and Teen Tony together. Although we differentiate between Tony and Teen Tony pre-Onslaught, it is generally excepted that merged form Post-Onslaught is Tony-616 and not a separate entity.Nausiated (talk) 20:51, December 12, 2018 (UTC)
Having separate pages for these successor-with-the-same-history characters makes navigating the wiki very annoying.
- There's a single paragraph with one key link to this article in the original, but if you skipped to Powers and Abilities, Notes, Trivia, you'd easily miss it.
- 99% of that character's history is also this character's history, but we don't see it here.
- The Notes and Trivia for the original should be here as well, but aren't.
- What about trying to find all appearances of Otto Octavius? That's pretty difficult now as well.
- 80 quotations the user might never see. The links to third-party sites that might never get clicked.
- See here for an even worse example: James Madrox (Bartender) (Earth-616).
These deaths and resurrections from a backup should be considered more like brain damage than anything else, i.e. they 'forgot' some of their own history. No-one else forgot. No-one acknowledges the difference in-universe, so it has no useful meaning. Remember, we use labels for communication , and this article is an example of bad communication. Psicraft (talk) 18:03, January 23, 2019 (UTC)
So over the past year and a bit I have been reading every Spider-Man comic published. Most recently, I've been powering my way through the 2010s Spider-Man stories. Reading everything from Superior Spider-Man to Secret Empire it is incredibly clear that there is only one Otto Octavius here -- at least from a narrative standpoint. There is also a bit of a double standard here when it comes to dealing with Peter Parker and his role in the whole thing. Allow me to elaborate....
In ASM #700, Peter's mind was mostly transferred into Otto's body before it physically died. ASM V4 #20 explains that a fragment of Peter's mind remained in his body, explaining the "ghost" of Peter Parker that lived on in his body while Otto was in charge. Furthermore, in ASM V4 #20, when they cloned Otto a new body from his old one, it was cloned with the majority of Peter Parker's mind that was trapped in that body when it died. Yet we don't consider this consciousness a separate entity from Peter Parker -- IE, there is no separate page for this minor moment where there was a Doctor Octopus body that was still alive with a copy of Peter Parker's mind in it. But I'm getting ahead of myself here...
When you consider the Superior Spider-Man run and Spider-Verse... When Otto loses in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #15, Otto creates that failsafe that copies his memories and personality in his 2099 tech to persevere after he later died in Superior Spider-Man #31. While ASM V3 15 makes it clear that Otto has no memory of anything that happened in Superior Spider-Man #20-31, there is no indication that Otto didn't recover those memories by other means. I should point out that the Living Brain was Otto's right-hand-man during the Superior Spider-Man run and was likely keeping a record of Otto's activities at that point and we all know that Otto possessed the Living Brain prior to the Clone Conspiracy before getting his body back. The absence of evidence that Otto closed those gaps in his memory doesn't mean that he never remembered them, but even then, there is no confirmation.
That all said, if you read the narrative of all of these stories -- as they were all written by Dan Slott -- he has intended them to all be the original Doctor Octopus, not separate beings. Even after Otto clones his original body and when he later transferred his mind to the Proto-Clone at the end of the Clone Conspiracy.