Doctor Tannenbaum (Great Lakes Avengers enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Doctor Tannenbaum


Tannenbaum is a silly Marvel Comics supervillain with Christmas-themed weapons and combat robots.

He annually fights the equally silly “super-hero” team the Great Lakes Avengers. Ho ! Ho ! Ho !


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Muskego, Wisconsin.


Powers and Abilities

Doctor Tannenbaum possesses no superhuman abilities, but has built a number of Christmas-themed devices which he has used to try and spoil the holidays.

Creations he has been seen to use include:

  • Wreaths of holly which constrict once making contact with a target, which he usually throws for the target’s neck.
  • Living Christmas Trees, which animate at his command to attack anyone in their vicinity, but which can be overcome by weighing them down with Christmas decorations.
  • The Giant Robot Snowman, a huge mechanical snowman which shoots striped harpoons as it rampages around.


While the cause of Doctor Tannenbaum’s hatred of Christmas is unknown, he’s tried at least twice to spoil Christmas for the inhabitants of Muskego, Wisconsin, both times being foiled by the Great Lakes Avengers.

His first attempt involved sending a Giant Robot Snowman on a rampage around Muskego. The GLA arrived in time to prevent the worst of the damage it could have caused, and took the Robot’s head as a souvenir.

The following Christmas he challenged the GLA (now the Great Lakes X-Men) to stop him, via speakers in the Robot Snowman’s head they kept as a souvenir. This time he’d created Living Christmas Trees which he’d arranged to sell through Muskego’s main Christmas tree retailer, and so had infiltrated his deadly creation into the homes of most residents.


When the GLX arrived, he animated the remaining trees against his enemies, taking a sales assistant hostage to protect himself. When Mister Immortal was knocked into a nearby home, he realised the tree inside couldn’t move due to the weight of the decorations holding it immobile, so he quickly got his team mates to cover the threatening trees with decorations, rendering the safe.

They then easily apprehended Doctor Tannenbaum, handing him over to the authorities.

He was free of the authorities by the following year, only to be held captive by AIM when they took over his secret base under an amusement park in Wisconsin Dells. They left him locked away, and he was only freed when the GLA shut down AIM’s operation.


Doctor Tannenbaum has a maniacal hatred for Christmas, and will do everything he can to spoil others enjoyment of the event. He has also adopted the GLA as the main opposition in his war on Christmas, and will challenge them to stop him.

The Great Lakes Avengers vs. Doctor Tannenbaum


“Ho ho ho ! Listen up, Great Lakes Avengers, or X-Men, or whatever you’re calling yourselves ! It is I, your greatest enemy, Dr. Tannenbaum, the Yuletide Terrorist ! It’s that time of year, so yet again, I am out to destroy X-Mas ! So ? Are you ready to take your season’s beatings ?!”

Flatman: “I don’t believe it ! Evil, living Christmas trees ?! You’ve really outdone yourself this time, doc !”
Dr. Tannenbaum: “Ho ho ho ! I guess you could say. I’m decking the halls with boughs of horror !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Doctor Tannenbaum

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Destroy Christmas
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Madman
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 014 HP: 020

Gadgetry: 06, Scientist: 05, Weaponry (Exotic): 06

None demonstrated.

None demonstrated.

SIH (Christmas).


  • Choking Holly Wreath [BODY 05, Snare: 06].

Doctor Tannenbaum throws a wreath at Mister Immortal

  • Evil Living Christmas Trees [DEX 04 STR 08 BODY 07, Loss Vul. (STR is reduced to 1 AP against Christmas decorations, and their weight can prevent the trees from moving)].

Doctor Tannenbaum's fir trees hit Mister Immortal

  • Giant Robot Snowman [DEX 03 STR 10 BODY 09, Growth (Always on/alreadyfactored in): 05, Projectile Weapons: 07].

Doctor Tannenbaum's snowman tank vs. the Great Lakes Avengers

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics.