- "The Fantastic Four has never given up hope before ... We're not stopping now. If there's a way out of this, so help me I'll find it."
- ―Mr. Fantastic
Almost immediately, the Richards' suspected that there was something special about Reed, who displayed his curiosity from the day he was born. As a child, he demonstrated remarkable intelligence, well ahead of that of his peers. While other children engaged in sports or played games, Reed mostly devoted himself towards the sciences. His father often found him cannibalizing household appliances in an effort to create something never before seen by man, an act that often earned him his father's ire, but nevertheless encouraged and guided young Reed in his scientific studies.
Reed's heightened intellect naturally made him the subject of ridicule at his school. Fortunately, he managed to become friends with the school's star linebacker, Ben Grimm. Ben generally associated with Reed in order to get help with his trigonometry homework, but he valued him enough to help him against the school bullies.
Personality and traits
- ―Reed Richards