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Information-silkReal NameVictor Mancha
Information-silkAliasesVic, Junior,[1]
Information-silkRelativesHenry Pym ("paternal grandfather");

Ultron ("father");
Marianella Mancha (mother, deceased);
Alkhema (fellow creation, "sister");
Jocasta (fellow creation, "sister");
Vision (Jonas) (fellow creation, "brother");
Vision (fellow creation, "brother");
Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) (sister in-law);
Thomas Maximoff ("nephew", deceased);
William Maximoff ("nephew", deceased);
Speed (reincarnation of "nephew");[2]

Wiccan (reincarnation of "nephew");[2]
Information-silkAffiliationAvengers A.I., Runaways
Information-silkBase Of OperationsUndisclosed location in/near Los Angeles, California; formerly Malibu House, Malibu, California; The Hostel, La Brea Tar Pits, California; Los Angeles, California
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentityNo Dual Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationAdventurer
Information-silkEducationHigh school dropout
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight5' 9"
Information-silkWeight197 lbs (89 kg)
Information-silkEyesGreen Glowing blue when powers are active
Information-silkHairBrown
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesEyes and mouth occasionally glow blue and discharge sparks
Origin
Information-silkOriginCyborg son of the killer robot Ultron
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthLos Angeles, California
Information-silkCreatorsBrian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
First Appearance
Runaways Vol 2 #1
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HistoryEdit

Quote1 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. Quote2
-- Victor Mancha  

Origins

When Ultron was defeated by Dr. Hank Pym and the West Coast Avengers,[3] his remains were unceremoniously disposed of in a local landfill. After undetermined amount of time, Ultron's head with a 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 adopted 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 nanite, Victor's body would continue to develop until he would be virtually indistinguishable from a fully biological human.[4]

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Marianella Mancha and Ultron constructing Victor

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.[5][4] Ultron's long-term plan involved Victor visiting New York City at the age of twenty-one, meeting the Avengers, activating his powers, and be recruited to the team as an unsuspecting sleeper agent.[4]

Runaways

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.[6] Due to her superstitious believes Victor was forbidden from flying in planes and even had to change schools, though in actuality these were tactics to avoid metal detectors.[7][4]

After receiving an ominous message from a fatally wounded Heroine (Gertrude Yorkes from the the future) about the villainous Victorious,[7] the Runaways set out to turn Victor off this evil trajectory.[5] 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.[5]

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Victor controlled by his father, Ultron

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Victor breaking free of Ultron's control

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.[6] 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.[8] Victor was able to break free of his father's programing, 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.[4]

After a month of observation, Victor was finally permitted to help in battle and single-handedly defeated Swarm.[9] He also helped defend Karolina against Xavin,[10] take down the Security Daemons,[10] thwarted Dragonness,[11] and saved Gert and Old Lace from falling off a skyscraper in New York City.[12] However, Chase continued to distrust Victor long after the other Runaways had accepted him.[13]

Unbeknownst to Victor, his software had been hacked by Geoffrey Wilder and his New Pride, allowing them to spy on the Runaways.[14] 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.[15]

Victorious

Victor working with his "brother", the Young Avenger the Vision

Like the others, Victor took the death of Gertrude Yorkes very hard. Victor found comfort in a physically intimate relationship with Nico,[16] but she was very reluctant to explore the possibility of an actual relationship.[17][18]

During the height of the Superhero Civil War, the Young Avengers attempted to come to the aid of the Runaways. However, both teams where bested by Marvel Boy. Additionally, due to their similar programing 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.[19]

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Victor's system crashing

When Chase bound Nico and stole the Staff of One, he was confronted by Victor. Chase exploited Victor's omnipotence paradox programing flaw before leaving to meet the Gibborim.[18] 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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22]

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Victor downloading information directly into himself

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.[23] 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.[11] Victor also attempted to rekindle his romance with Nico, but was brutally rebuffed.[24]

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Victor with Avengers' A.I. team

Avengers A.I.

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.[25] 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.[26]

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.[27]

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Victor Mancha powers activating upon meeting Karolina Dean


Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

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Victor Mancha, the son of Ultron

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Victor Mancha exhibiting his Electromagnetokinesis

Victor Mancha is a cyborg, created with DNA from Marianella Mancha and with the advanced cybernetic technology from Ultron. As such Victor possesses the following abilities:

  • Electromagnetokinesis: Victor has been shown capable of directing electricity outwards as damaging, high voltage electric blasts from his hands, as well as using his magnetic abilities to reshape and bend metallic objects to his will.
  • Nanite Cybernetics: Ultron's nanite technology was so advanced that, over time, Victor's artificial robotics would become indistinguishable from his biologically human parts.[4]
    • 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.[15][29]
  • Superhuman Strength[30]
  • Superhuman Durability
  • "Dragon Claw": Victor was recent installed new upgrades to his forearms allowing for launching projectiles and provide much greater control in directing his electronic discharge.[27]

    Abilities

  • Polyglot: Victor is fluent in both English and Spanish,[7] but with access to the internet, he can download and understand numerous other languages such as Russian.[29]

Weaknesses

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  • 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.[32]
    • "Could God make a sandwich so big, that even He couldn't finish it?"[17]
    • Two unknown questions remain.

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

Transportation

TriviaEdit

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Victor admiring Gert's taste in movies

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Victor rescuing Gert and Old Lace

  • Victor has had complicated relationships with many of the other Runaways:
    • With their similar sens of humor and intellect, Gertrude and Victor shared some chemistry.[33][13] However, Gert and Chase's relationship and Gert's death prevent anything from progressing.
    • Nico and Victor had intercourse after Gert's death,[16] but she was very reluctant to explore the possibility of an actual relationship.[17][18] Their relationship officially ended when Victor became interested in Spieler.[22]
    • 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.[9][14][34] Chase remained suspicious of Victor long after the other Runaways had accepted him. The pair eventually fell into a playfully contention relationship as friends.[35][29]
    • Xavin looked down on Victor for being an inferiorly designed android and often made disparaging remarks towards him.[10][16]
    • Molly trusted Victor easily, and the two were often paired together for outings because Molly is the only one who could take on Victor.[9] Later, Victor began to be an older brother figure to both Molly and Klara.[36]
  • 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.[33]
  • Victor sleeps in the nude.[14]
  • Victor's mother was devoutly Catholic, and "raised" Victor in that religious faith.[35]
  • Victor has never had an official codename, but he's received several nicknames including: Static Cling Lad,[33] Zapper,[9] Calculator Kid,[9] El Diablo Robotico, Man of La Mancha,[33] Doom Junior,[8] Amigo,[8] Speak and Spell,[4] Jinx,[10] Señor Cyborg,[13] Magnetic Man,[13] Energizer Bunny, Cool Magneto, Tin Man,[12] Victorious,[7][13] Junior,[4][9] Terminator,[17] Small Wonder, etc.

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Footnotes

  1. Runaways Vol 2 #5- #7
  2. 2.0 2.1 Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6
  3. Avengers: West Coast #89- #91
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Runaways Vol 2 #6
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Runaways Vol 2 #2
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Runaways Vol 2 #4
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Runaways Vol 2 #1
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Runaways Vol 2 #5
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Runaways Vol 2 #7
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Runaways Vol 2 #8
  11. 11.0 11.1 Runaways Vol 2 #13
  12. 12.0 12.1 Runaways Vol 2 #12
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Runaways Vol 2 #14
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Runaways Vol 2 #15
  15. 15.0 15.1 Runaways Vol 2 #17
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Runaways Vol 2 #19
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Runaways Vol 2 #22
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Runaways Vol 2 #23
  19. Civil War: Young Avengers and Runaways #1- #4
  20. Runaways Vol 2 #24
  21. Runaways Vol 2 #26
  22. 22.0 22.1 Runaways Vol 2 #30
  23. Runaways Vol 3 #2
  24. Runaways Vol 2 #11
  25. Avengers Academy #27
  26. Avengers Academy #28
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 Avengers A.I. #1
  28. 28.0 28.1 Avengers A.I. #3
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Runaways Vol 3 #11
  30. 30.0 30.1 Avengers A.I. #2
  31. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 7
  32. Runaways Vol 2 #22- #24
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Runaways Vol 2 #3
  34. Runaways Vol 2 #1- #2
  35. 35.0 35.1 Runaways Vol 2 #16
  36. Runaways Vol 3 #1



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