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Professor Mortum

Mortum's Mutated Form
Mortum's current form; robot zombie

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Mortum shortly before the transformation completes

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Mortum's human form

Information
Gender Male
Alias Mortum
Species Human
Robot zombie
Status TBA
Occupation TBA
Age Unknown
Homeworld Earth
Interests Rule Earth by himself
Reinvent humanity
Weapons Teleportation
Bombs
Family TBA
Allies Robot zombies army
Enemies Max Steel
C.Y.T.R.O.
La Fiera
Tempestra
Jim McGrath
Molly McGrath
Kat Ryan
Jefferson Smith
N-Tek Agents
Soldiers
Background Information
First Appearance Max Steel: Team Turbo
Last Appearance TBA
Voiced By Scott McNeil
Professor Mortum the main antagonist of Max Steel: Team Turbo and Max Steel: Team Turbo Fusion-Tek. He is a new villain that appeared after two years since the Morphos incident. Mortum is a megalomaniacal and cruel villain who wanted the revolutionary Connect-Tek, created by Jim McGrath, in order to evolve the humanity and become a living danger, a god. Eventually, Mortum suffers a mutation and is infused with the Connect-Tek, converting him into a robot zombie and gaining the ability of generating several Turbo Modes. Mortum is voiced by Scott McNeil and debuted in Team Turbo.

History

Early Life

Mortum was originally a famous scientist who worked alongside with his unnamed cousin in one of the top labs of the world. He was a brilliant inventor and a true genius, but he found out that there was a limitation to his genius: his own mortality.

Shortly after Mortum became unstable and obssesed in evolving the humanity to surpass this weak point. He eventually heard about the Connect-Tek's abilities and went after it, knowing that he could create the perfect human that he wanted. He wanted to directly connect the Connect-Tek to a human brain (which ironically happened to him later on) to become virtually immortal and create almost everything htat he could ever think of.

Animated Films

Max Steel: Team Turbo

Prior to the events of Max Steel: Team Turbo, Mortum managed to attack the Daedelus Platform. While the N-Tek Agents were trying to escape from the damaged ship, Mortum suddenly appeared and said that he would be their villain in that morning. After Jim commands to the others attack him, Mortum projects a shield around his body and then discharges a strong wave of energy that knocks down most of the agents. Jim gets up and activates his Connect-Tek sword and attacks Mortum. He runs on Jim's direction and easily surpasses his moves and take down him. While he was observing Jim lying on the ground, Jefferson Smith tries to defeat the villain by hitting with a screwdriver but he violently thrown him in the wall. Jim later gets up and attacks Mortum with his sword but he manages to stop the attack and breaks the blade of the sword. He then says he wants the Connect-Tek, otherwise, he would take away the lifes from the other N-Tek Agents. Jim says that they would rather die than give it to him, which makes Mortum angry and ultimately teleport more than hundred agents from the ship.

Mortum and the villains

Mortum making the deal with the villains

Mortum later teleported to his hideout where his assistants were waiting him and put the N-Tek Agents into torturing chambers. There, he contacted Toxzon, Extroyer and The Elementors, and in a persuasive way, managed to convince them to work for him and get the Connec-tek in exchange for N-Tek's secrets, yet they were reluctant at first. Shortly after, the villains went on a rampage on the whole Copper Canyon to steal the technology on the facilities. Mortum appeared few times talking with the villains, like when Extroyer didn't found the Connect-Tek on the World 31, or when Max went to the Ice Cube and Mortum comanded the villains to follow him.

Eventually, the device was stolen multiple times by Mortum's allies and Max's Team, so he decided to get the device by himself when Toxzon stole it, and managed to switch it with a realistic hologram. After Max and his Team managed to defeat the villains, Mortum appeared and Max realized that the Connect-Tek was just a realistic hologram made by him to trick his team. While Max's Team was heading to Mortum's hideout, he was analyzing the Connect-Tek and saying that even though Jim created the Connect-Tek, he didn't had the vision, he didn't knew what he could do with it. Suddenly, Max's Team appeared and Mortum decides to implant bombs on Kat Ryan, Jim and Molly and ultimately manages to escape by teleporting himself and the Connect-Tek, but seconds before, Max attacked him with his sword in a desperate attempt of defeating him but only damaged the device.

Mortum Mutates

Mortum mutates into a robot zombie

While Max managed to save the life of his friends and family, Mortum teleported to a desert where his assistants were waiting. They say they were worried about Mortum, but he ignores and says that he underestimated Max's skills of inspiring other people. After he shown the Connect-Tek, one of his assistants says that the device was leaking, which makes Mortum angry and realize that it was damaged while he was escaping. The device starts to overload and a wave of energy emerge while Mortum was completely destroyed. The Connect-Tek eventually merged with Mortum's skull and became his brain, altering his personality and powers.

Max Steel: Team Turbo Fusion-Tek

Abilities

  • Superhuman Strength: Mortum is considerably stronger than an average person. This was seen when Mortum easily destroyed the blade of the Connect-Tek Sword of Jim McGrath into pieces by just pressing the blade.
  • Superhuman Durability: Mortum cannot be easily taken down and can resist many attacks with the shield that is projected on his body when he is hit by something or someone.
  • Teleportation: With this ability, Mortum can teleport into any location that he pleases to go. Also, this is used as a strategy to escape. With his teleportation, it has been proven that he can teleport from a very long distance. He only cannot teleport himself, but also people that are around him.
  • Shield Generation: Mortum can activate a shield that protect his whole body. He unwittingly projects this shield if he is hit by someone or something.
  • Transdimensional Energy: Mortum can use a portion of this energy to teleport himself or other people around him and also attack. He can launch white rays and produce strong discharges of this energy, capable of knocking down many N-Tek Agents.
  • Levitation: By simply raising his arms, Mortum can levitate someone or something with his transdimensional energy.
  • Brainwaves Absorption/Hands Projectiles: Mortum can release his hands, which are capable of absorbing the brainwaves of the humans, transforming them into robot zombies just like him.

Arsenal

  • Bombs: Mortum possesses black floating bombs with white spheres that, when activated, are attached to the chest of the person through three suckers. They are presumably fed by Mortum's transdimensional energy.
  • Advanced Technology: Mortum counts with advanced technology on his base and technology.
  • Connect-Tek: In the end of Max Steel: Team Turbo, Mortum successfully steals the Connect-Tek once for all of N-Tek's hands, but the device was damaged and ultimately is infused with Mortum, causing a mutation that alters his appearance and powers.
  • Turbo Modes: After Mortum was infused with the Connect-Tek device, he got the ability of switching into a large arsenal of Turbo Modes. Unlike Max's and his team's modes, Mortum's modes have a macabre tone to them.
  • Connect-Tek Suit: Mortum's body allows him to change his appearance drastically, such as removing his limbs and replacing them with other mechanic parts during the transformations of the Turbo Modes.
  • Robot Zombies: Mortum originally counted with an army of hive-minded robot zombies. They were able to absorb the brainwaves of other humans and also feed Mortum.

Skills

  • Genius Intellect: Mortum was described as a brilliant and very intelligent scientist before going insane.
  • Expert Tactician: Mortum proved to be a real threat by managing to destroy and crash the Daedelus Platform (none of the villains managed to destroy the ship, with the exception of Toxzon and his virus, that almost made the ship crash in A Germ of an Idea) only with his skills and technology. Also, he is one of the few characters (or perhaps the only) that knows about the secret bases of N-Tek spread around the world, which offers advantage to him, making Mortum an unpredictable villain.
    • Top Secret Information: Mortum knows everything about Max's Team Turbo, such as their fighting styles.
  • Skilled Fighter: Mortum could surpass Jim McGrath's moves with ease.
  • Technology Expert: Mortum possesses a vast knowledge about technology. He was even capable of hacking N-Tek's system only with his skills.

Weaknessess

  • Mortum needs brainwaves in order to stay strong or think well.
  • Damaged Armor: Mortum's robot zombie form is heavily damaged which sometimes makes him say things too fast or slutter at the point of no one understanding. He can be easily destroyed (or even crumbled) by a simple energy ray but due to the Connect-Tek, he can quickly recover himself and recreate his whole structure into practically endless forms.

Etymology

In latin, "Mortum" means "dead", which refers to his appearance, considering that he has very pale skin and black circles around his eyes, which is commonly seen in deceased corpses and skeletons. Besides, Mortum constantly refers to death in some of his speeches (like when Max and his Team Turbo went to his base to rescue the N-Tek Agents and Mortum said that he would only see them in the after-life) and also the chamber that he used to torture the N-Tek Agents were similar to coffins.

Appearance

In his human form, Mortum was a man of average height and his clothes had the influence of Gothic style, possessing only dark colors, like black and grey. Mortum had black hair, very pale skin, blue eyes with black circles around his eye and an armor that completely covers his body with the exception of his head and a part of his neck. His armor is completely black with many white points around it and various shades of dark and light grey. He used a separated part similar to a coat on his shoulders that also had the same colors as the armor of the villain. When Mortum was hit by someone or something, a white glowing shield was generated around his body, partially covering his armor and head.

In his mutated form, Mortum's armor is completely remade of many black pieces of deformed, dirty and irregular poligons, with some having white or silver borders. Mortum retains the same height as before but he is much skinnier than before. Mortum doesn't have a brain anymore, and only have the Connect-Tek incrusted on his head, where his brain should be, he also have a giant blue poligon on the center of his forehead, which glows when he absorb brainwaves. His face have older features, his skin is bright green, he has silver eyes with glowing blue pupils and he has black markings on his mouth (similar to actual teeths from a skull) and forehead. He have a metallic jaw fixed on his skull with eight teeths. His skull is apparently made out of metal.

Personality

"Ugh, why do you all resist? Look around this world. What do you see? People living in conflict, in chaos! I offer the better way: strength through unity. Strength through order. Mindless, obdients, to one ultimate overlord! I offer my way to the entire world!"

Prior to the series' events, Mortum was described as a incredibly smart and brilliant scientist. Mortum was obsessed in surpassing his weak point, which would be his death. He considered it as a limitation for his intellect. Calm, threatening, ambitious and treacherous, Mortum is a megalomaniac thirst for power, wanting to reinvent the humanity and become a living danger, a god. He represents a real danger to N-Tek and the world, considering that he managed to destroy the Daedelus Platform and manipulate the villains in exchange for N-Tek's secrets (which he probably wouldn't share) that also denotes his manipulative nature. He considers himself as a man that get what he wants. In some of his phrases, he refers to death and constantly says to Max and his Team Turbo that there is no hope left. He says that he has a deep hatred for heroes and usually is very respectful towards other villains. He is also very persuasive, as seen when he managed to convince the other villains to get the Connect-Tek in exchange of N-Tek's secrets, which firstly, the villains were reluctant in making a deal with him.

After he infused with the Connect-Tek, Mortum went downright insane but still retains some of the original traces of his personality, such as evolving the humanity and himself. However, his plans are more centered in absorbing the brainwaves than evolving the humanity. Like other portrayals of zombies, Mortum wants brains and seems to think better when he absorb more brainwaves. Mortum wants now to transform everyone on Earth into his own puppets, since he wants to other humans (or zombies) obey him no matter what, which denotes that he is extremely authoritarian and manipulative. He also has shown to have a extensive vocabulary.

Quotes

  • "This device has both destroyed me and remade me. You see, the more brain energy I consume, the stronger I get! However, the stronger I get, the more brain energy I need to consume. More than I could ever hope to get for myself ... but, for few minor adjustments, my new techno zombotic form will allow me to extend my reach. Not only, when I consume brains. I will transform humanity! From person to person, brain to brain! My horde will spread among the population into one single mind puppets ... BRING ME MY BRAINS!" - Team Turbo Fusion-Tek
  • "What a feast ... Who knew the human mind would taste so good? And now my brain is once again brimming with brilliance, it's time for dessert." - Team Turbo Fusion Tek
  • "A new done rises. A new done Mortum. Human empathy. Human individuality. These are the flaws that let the humanity doom! Now they will be only Mortum!" - Team Turbo Fusion Tek

Gallery

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The Gallery of Professor Mortum can be seen Here.

Trivia

  • Mortum's personality and traits are slightly similar to Miles Dread. They both represent a major threat to Earth, are extremely treacherous, are obsessed over power, have a love for the gothic style and are very smart, possessing a great knowledge about science and technology.
  • Originally, Mortum would only appear in the Team Turbo Fusion-Tek as a nameless character known as Robot Zombie. Mortum debuts in Team Turbo and eventually is mutated into half robot and zombie, as originally planned. It is possible that this was a strategy in order to protect the villain's name.
  • He is voiced by Scott McNeil, who also voiced Elementor, Bio-Constrictor and other minor characters in the movies of the classic Max Steel. He also voiced Klean Kal in the new series.
  • He is one of the few characters that knows about N-Tek's secret bases and the only who knows about the secrets of each member of Team Turbo, such as their figthing styles and powers.
  • Mortum is the rebooted version of L'Étranger, a french mercenary in the classic series. L'Étranger was the first enemy that Max ever fought against, while in the reboot, Mortum is the first new enemy that Max, now older, fights against. It is unknown if the crew made this on purpose or not. Despite L'Étranger had a very minor role in the 2000 series (he appeared in 3 episodes and supposedly died in his last appearance, even though he was the only villain who wasn't captured by N-Tek), he returns as one of the most powerful enemies of Max, mainly because of his intelligence and powers.
    • In his human form, when Mortum was hit by someone or something, a white armor would be generated around his body. A white mask would be create on his face, which is incredibly similar to L'Étranger's mask. Parallely, L'Étranger was half cyborg and human while Mortum is half robot and zombie. In the classic series.
  • He is the first villain which its mutation was caused by Maxwell McGrath.
  • He is the first villain capable of transforming into Turbo Modes. However, he doens't yells "Go Turbo ..." before transforming into his modes, even though that they work in a similar way as Max and his team's modes.
  • While Mortum is a reference to L'Étranger from the original series, he bears a resemblance with other characters from other franchises. He is very similar to Eon from the Ben 10 series mainly to their color scheme and Dr. Doom from the Fantastic Four 2015 movie.
  • Mortum's flying hands might be a parody of the Thing from The Addams Family.
Characters in Max Steel
Team Turbo Max Steel · Alejandro Villar · Rayne Martinez · C.Y.T.R.O.
Allies Commander Forge Ferrus · Berto · Jefferson Smith · Kat Ryan · Molly McGrath · Jim McGrath · Commander Parker · Furbo and clones · Ven-Ghan · T.J. · Torbolt · Soldiers · Scientists · Sydney Gardner · Kirby Kowalski · Butch · Knockout · Power Wing · Quickfire · Professor Connors
Main Antagonists Miles Dread · Makino · Morphos · Professor Mortum · Dr. Prometheus Halifax · Lord Nexus · Extroyer · Toxzon and Fishy · The Elementors (Fire, Earth, Water, Air,Ultimate, Metal and Mega) · Jason Naught · Ultralinks (Drone, Fighter, Makino Elite, Raider, Stealth, Stinger, Spiny, and Tweezer)
Minor Antagonists Alien Scientist · Avatak · Axel · Blast Link · Bone Links · Butch Link · Centipede Links · Chomp Link · Colonel Jasper F. Castle and his army · Dread Naughts · Dwayne · Earth Elementor (Species) · Forge Link · Goopanoids (Acid, Green Toxin, Nano, Radioactive and Toxic Bacteria)  · Gun Links · Human Morphos Hybrids · Kirby Link · Lizard Links · Makino's Clones · Megalinks · Monstro · Morphos' Clones · Murakami · N-Tek Link · Nexus Agents · Night Howl · Plaztek · Prism Link · Ragnok · Reaper Links · Robot Zombies · Rock Links · Sewer Monsters · Snare · Super Mud · Sydney Link · Tank Links · The Ninjas · Thieves · Toxic Zombies · Turbofied Dread Naughts · Vin · Worm Links · X376 · Zelak
Others Alien Scientist's Assistant · Cobrassaurus · Commander Kilgore · Copper Canyon High School Coach · Copper Canyon Mayor · Copper Squatch · Cute Girl · Dean · Dr. Thornhill · Dean · Donnie · Firefighter · Georgina Romero · Hero-Man · Hot Dog Vendor · Intern · Jake · Jimmy Blaze · Klean Kal · Laser-Lass · Lewis · Mama Moco · Martin · Max's Old Neighbors · Mortum's nephew · Mr. Jones · News Reporter · Police Officer · THI Security Guards · THI Technician · THI Workers · Tachyon Soldiers · The Black Star Council Councillor · The Ninjas · The Vendor · Toxic Piranhas · Toxic Seagull · Troy's Pet Tiger · Truck Driver · Unnamed Blonde Woman · Unnamed Copper Canyon High School Student
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