- My name is Victor Mancha and I am an android. Like father like son, sort of. He built me to infiltrate and kill all the Avengers. So that way, you could say I've been a great disappointment to him. I guess that makes us even.
- -- Victor Mancha src
When Ultron was defeated by Dr. Hank Pym and the West Coast Avengers, his remains were unceremoniously disposed of in a local landfill. After an undetermined amount of time, Ultron's head with an active CPU was discovered by a petty criminal and former drug mule Marianella Mancha, who superstitiously believed him to be a prophet. Marianella brought him home and the pair grew close; she even disclosed her inability to physically bear children and her inability to adopt due to her criminal past. In exchange for gathering the material he needed to construct a new body, Ultron promised to give her a child as a "reward". He began using Marianella's DNA and his cybernetics to create a cyborg. Designed with nanites, Victor's body would continue to develop until he would be virtually indistinguishable from a fully biological human.
Ultron programmed false memories of a childhood into Victor, but he also encoded a deep-rooted love and admiration for superheroes. Additionally, Victor was built with latent electromagnetic abilities set to activate upon his first contact with another super-powered individual. Ultron's long-term plan involved Victor visiting New York City at the age of twenty-one, meeting the Avengers, activating his powers, and being recruited to the team as an unsuspecting sleeper agent.
Victor appeared to live an uneventful life growing up in Los Angeles. His mother told him his father was a U.S. Marine that died during the Panama Invasion. Due to her superstitious beliefs Victor was forbidden from flying in planes and even had to change schools, though in actuality these were tactics to avoid metal detectors.
After receiving an ominous message from a fatally wounded Heroine (Gertrude Yorkes from the the future) about the villainous Victorious, the Runaways set out to turn Victor off this evil trajectory. The Runaways confronted Victor outside of East Angeles High School where his electromagnetic power unexpectedly activated, unintentionally causing a fight that was soon clumsily broken up by the arrival of Excelsior.
The Runaways were eventually able to explain their motivation for kidnapping Victor, but still shocked with disbelief, Victor attempted to contact his mother only to have Doctor Doom answer. Fortunately, Doctor Doom turned out to be merely a Doombot; unfortunately, this lead to meeting Victor's real father, Ultron. With his secret plan failing, Ultron killed Marianella and briefly commandeered Victor. Victor was able to break free of his father's programming, and Ultron was eventually destroyed by Darkhawk and Excelsior. With his mother dead and nowhere else to go, Victor joined the Runaways as a provisional member.
After a month of observation, Victor was finally permitted to help in battle and single-handedly defeated Swarm. He also helped defend Karolina against Xavin, take down the Security Daemons, thwarted Dragonness, and saved Gert and Old Lace from falling off a skyscraper in New York City. However, Chase continued to distrust Victor long after the other Runaways had accepted him.
Unbeknownst to Victor, his software had been hacked by Geoffrey Wilder and his New Pride, allowing them to spy on the Runaways. When it was discovered that Victor was linking information, the other quickly turned on him. Victor was able to clear his name by reversing signal and locating the Pride.
Like the others, Victor took the death of Gertrude Yorkes very hard. Victor found comfort in a physically intimate relationship with Nico, but she was very reluctant to explore the possibility of an actual relationship.
During the height of the Superhero Civil War, the Young Avengers attempted to come to the aid of the Runaways. However, both teams were bested by Marvel Boy. Additionally, due to their similar programming as Ultron progeny, Vision and Victor created intense feedback when near each other. Ultimately, Victor used this to his advantage, by channeling the energy created from the feedback at Marvel Boys.
When Chase bound Nico and stole the Staff of One, he was confronted by Victor. Chase exploited Victor's omnipotence paradox programming flaw before leaving to meet the Gibborim. Victor remained completely catatonic until Molly, with the help of Alex Wilder's ghost, was able to break the paradox loop. Molly and Victor then joined the other already in battle with the Gibborim and was able to rescue Nico with a Fastball Special courtesy of Molly.
Upon returning to the Hostel, the Runaways were unexpectedly greeted Iron Man and his Cape-Killers. Along with the other Runaways, Victor escape to New York City where they inadvertently traveled back in time to the turn of the century. Here's Victor met a young Lillie "the Spieler" McGurty, and the pair shared a brief but intense romance. Spieler was invited to return to the future with the Runaways, but due to fear, she remained in the past, a decision she would always regret.
After returning to the present, traveling back to California, and taking up residence in the Malibu House, Victor began to foster his mechanical abilities and grew closer with his fellow A.I., Leapfrog. When Leapfrog's body was damaged beyond repair, Victor and Hunter Stein were able to save his "heart" (his CPU and OS), and install them into a new model of Leapfrog ship. Victor also attempted to rekindle his romance with Nico, but was brutally rebuffed.
While searching for Old Lace, the Runaways were led to the Avenger's Compound and the Avengers Academy. There Victor finally met this "grandfather", Dr. Hank Pym. Although introductions were a difficult, the teams left on good terms with an open invitation for Victor and the Runaways to return whenever they wanted.
Months after Ultron was destroyed, the virus that Pym used to defeat him evolved into a new form of A.I., which called itself Dimitrios. S.H.I.E.L.D. A.I. Department Head Monica Chang was given the task to stop it, for which she created a new team of Avengers lead by Pym. Victor was recruited into the team by his older brother, the Vision.
When the Avengers were informed by Agatha Harnkess that the Vision's attempt at creating a family would eventually end in tragedy, Victor was sent to infiltrate the Vision's everyday life, using an internship in the Capitol Hill as a pretext to spend winter at their their house in Arlington, Virginia, and investigate Vision's activities.
Victor murdered the Vision's son, Vin, accidentally when he stumbled upon Victor reporting to the Avengers. Victor used his electro-magnetic powers to contain Vin and prevent him from outing his operations, but a miscalculation caused him to damage Vin's nerve systems beyond repair. Mancha was subsequently imprisoned. Victor was later confronted by the Vision in his cell. Victor, filled with guilt, was ready to let the Vision kill him, but instead, he was killed by Vision's wife Virginia by removing his heart to avenge her son Vin. As he lay dying, Victor was at peace as he realized that he managed to beat destiny and wouldn't become his evil future self Victorious.
Find Your Way Home
After Victor's death, Chase was sent by Tony Stark a box he believed were Victor's personal effects, but actually contained Victor's intact head. After travelling back in time and saving Gert from her death, Chase decided to open the package. Once he discovered what it actually contained, Chase began to tinker with it hoping to bring Victor back. He succeeded, but Victor decided to play dead for the time being, being worried that when everybody else found out he was awake, he would have to "decide on things." Victor revealed that he was awake shortly afterwards, but refused to be attached to a body. He instead preferred being attached to small devices that gave him only the minimum degree of movement, including a roomba, a miniature tank tread, and a quadcopter.
Victor helped Gert fix her parents' time machine to travel back in time to late 19th century to observe the migration of a type of butterfly that was extinct in the present. During their trip to the past, Victor opened up to Gert about his trauma. Gert comforted him, and they kissed.
Victor and Gert grew closer together, and Vic eventually accepted occasional use of a more basic robot body built by Chase, despite having refused to be attached to the powerful robot body built by Doombot before. When he started having nightmares of Gert getting injured and asking for his help, he unplugged himself from the robot body and dropped his head in the bath, thus regrowing his torso and all his body parts.
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- Nanite Cybernetics: Ultron's nanite technology was so advanced that, over time, Victor's artificial robotics would become indistinguishable from his biologically human parts.
- Automated Self-Repairing: His nanite physiology also allows for rapid self-reparation.
- Advanced Intelligence: Victor has high levels of intelligence and can process information at an execrated speed.
- Photographic Memory: Victor has a literal form of photographic memory.
- Computer Interfacing: He has the ability to interface with other machines directly both with connective hardware and wirelessly.
- Superhuman Durability
- Victor's abilities are significantly reduced by his decision to remain as a disembodied head.
- Omnipotence Paradoxes: The pages Chase stole from the Abstract outline three secret shutdown codes embedded in Victor's programming. These rhetorical questions create a logical paradox conflicting with Ultron's "super-logical" and "super-religious" programming. Once the question is posed, Victor's system shutdown temporarily for several hours, but each question is only effective once. Currently Nico is in possession of these pages. Only one of these three questions is known: "Could God make a sandwich so big, that even He couldn't finish it?"
- Vibranium Addiction: Right after joining the Runaways, Chase Stein provided Victor with a small Vibranium rod as a method to control pain, as he had discovered his machinery benefited from being near Vibranium. Unfortunately, Victor became addicted to absorbing the Vibranium's properties, to the point of suffering from some kind of withdrawal syndrome in the form of erratic behavior. In order to satisfy his addiction, he would go to the extent of stealing materials made from Vibranium such as Klaw's Sonic Disruptor from an Avengers vault, or a stringless Steinway from a Vibranium piano in the house of the Visions.
- Mancha is Spanish for stain, spot, or mark.
- Before learning the true identity of his father, the Runaways postured that Victor could have been the son of Electro, Kingpin, the Leader, Norman Osborn, Magneto, Hitler, Red Skull, or even Galactus. Ultron also sent a Doombot posing as Doctor Doom to make Victor and the others believe Doom was his father. He also claimed Victor was a mutant.
- Although Victor appears to be in his mid to late teens, he is chronologically only a few years old.
- Victor has had complicated relationships with many of the other Runaways:
- With their similar sense of humor and intellect, Gertrude and Victor shared some chemistry. However, Gert and Chase's relationship and Gert's death prevent anything from progressing.
- Nico and Victor had intercourse after Gert's death, but she was very reluctant to explore the possibility of an actual relationship. Their relationship officially ended when Victor became interested in Spieler.
- Chase was jealous of Victor's and Gert's chemistry, intimidated by Victor's intellect, and bore a grudge at him for Victorious murdering Heroine. Chase remained suspicious of Victor long after the other Runaways had accepted him. The pair eventually fell into a playfully contention relationship as friends.
- Xavin looked down on Victor for being an inferiorly designed android and often made disparaging remarks towards him.
- Molly trusted Victor easily, and the two were often paired together for outings because Molly is the only one who could take on Victor. Later, Victor began to be an older brother figure to both Molly and Klara.
- It was Victor who first recognized Old Lace as a Deinonychus. Until then, all the other Runaways (including Gertrude) believed Old Lace was a Velociraptor.
- Victor sleeps in the nude and his original body was apparently well endowed.
- Victor's mother was devoutly Catholic, and raised Victor in that religious faith.
- Victor has never had an official codename, but he's received several nicknames including: Static Cling Lad, Zapper, Calculator Kid, El Diablo Robotico, Man of La Mancha, Doom Junior, Amigo, Speak and Spell, Jinx, Señor Cyborg, Magnet Man, Energizer Bunny, Cool Magneto, Tin Man, Victorious, Junior, Terminator, Small Wonder, dorkbot, C-sleepy-O, Mandoird, Borg Queen etc.
- Victor claims to be a big fan of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. De Cervante's most famous creation, the protagonist of the eponym Don Quixote came from a place named La Mancha.
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- ↑ Runaways Vol 2 #5-#7
- ↑ Runaways Vol 2 #11
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- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6
- ↑ Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #89-#91
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- ↑ Runaways Vol 3 #2
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- ↑ Ant-Man #1
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- ↑ Vision Vol 2 #11
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- ↑ Runaways Vol 5 #20-21
- ↑ Ultron #1AU
- ↑ 45.0 45.1 Avengers A.I. #3
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- ↑ Runaways Vol 3 #7
- ↑ Runaways Vol 2 #22-#24
- ↑ 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 Runaways Vol 2 #3
- ↑ Runaways Vol 2 #1-#2
- ↑ 51.0 51.1 51.2 Runaways Vol 2 #16
- ↑ Runaways Vol 3 #1
- ↑ Runaways Vol 2 #28
- ↑ Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide #2
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