Otto Octavius came from a troubled home. Determined not to follow in his abusive father’s footsteps, Otto devoted himself to his studies. Despite years of derision from his peers, he became a nuclear physicist. But after he had to have the mechanical arms he designed and built surgically removed following an accident Otto finally had enough. Assuming the derogatory name his co-coworkers had coined for him, Otto began a life of crime as Doctor Octopus.