Master Mortum (by his nephew and his other assistant)
Souless Monster (by his own nephew)
Morty (by Max)
|Species|| Human (formerly)|
Robot zombie (currently)
|Occupation|| Scientist (formerly)|
|Interests|| Rule Earth by himself|
Reinvent the humanity
Convert everyone into techno-zombies
|Weapons|| Teleportation and bombs (formerly)|
Brainwaves absorption and Turbo Modes
|Allies||Robot zombies army|
|Enemies|| Max Steel|
Commander Kilgore's army
|First Appearance||Team Turbo|
|Last Appearance|| Team Turbo Fusion-Tek|
|Voiced By||Scott McNeil|
Mortum was originally a famous scientist who worked alongside with his unnamed cousin in some of the top labs in 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, or in other words, the simple fact that he was a human.
Mortum became unstable and obsessed with evolving past humanity's flaws to surpass this weak point. To accomplish this mission, he built a black exo-armor that made him stronger, more durable and mainly gave him the ability of controlling Transdimensional Energy and create a shield around his body. He eventually heard about the Connect-Tek and its ability of responding to a human mind. Mortum went after the device, knowing that with it, he could create the perfect human body that he always wanted. He wanted to directly connect the Connect-Tek to his brain (which ironically happened to him after he mutated into a robot zombie) to become virtually immortal and create almost everything that he could ever think of.
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 for their morning. After Jim commands 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 threw him at 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 lives of all the other N-Tek Agents. Jim says that they would rather die than give it to him, which makes Mortum angry and ultimately decided to teleport more than a hundred agents from the ship.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 a few times when 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.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's body is being slowly destroyed. The Connect-Tek merges with Mortum's skull and becomes his brain, thus transforming him into some kind of technologic zombie. Copper Canyon and yells "More!". Mortum goes to his hideout and transforms everyone on his way into zombies. While his assistants were worried about what was attacking the base, Mortum suddenly destroys the door and reveals to be alive after the accident, which shocks his nephew, who thought that his uncle had perished. The villain asks for their help, but they weren't able to understand. His nephew suggested that he either use a pen and paper or maybe try to mimic movements, but he got angry and transformed his other assistant in a robot zombie. After he eats his brainwaves, he states that he was feeling much alive than ever. He then looks at himself at the mirror and says that the Connect-Tek had both destroyed and remade him. The more energy he consume, the stronger he becomes, but the stronger he gets, the more brainwaves he needs to consume. After he revealed his goals of creating an army that would spread over Copper Canyon and the world, he then demanded his zombie soldiers to bring him more brains. Later on, Mortum appears feasting on many brainwaves. After he ends, he proceeds to absorb the brainwaves of his own nephew, which he refers as "the dessert". However, Max and his team arrive just in time to stop him. Tempestra uses her lash to electrocute him, La Fiera attack him multiple times with his clawes and finally C.Y.T.R.O. annihilates his body with an energy ray. Shortly after, Max asks what "that thing" was, and Mortum's nephew explains his story: how Mortum went insane and wanted the Connect-Tek for his own gain and how he mutated into a souless monster.
After he explained his story, Steel realizes that his body was now entirely made out of Connect-Tek and because of that, he was indesctructable. Shortly after, Mortum recreates himself and transforms into his Turbo Trap form, at the same time maniacally laughing. Upon seeing the monster that his uncle had became, Mortum's nephew runs away and La Fiera decides to dismember the zombie, yet he regenerates his lost members and says he couldn't destroy the unliving. Alex says that Mortum wasn't the same man as before and he teases him by saying that he couldn't wait to eat his "towering intellect". He attacks Max and La Fiera, but they manage to dodge him. Tempestra launches a lightning spear on him, but he dodges and hides himself in the shadows while laughing. He quietly emerges from the shadows and drags Tempestra with him. C.Y.T.R.O. goes after her, but he only finds Mortum, who easily defeats him. Max and Alex attempts to take down Mortum, but they are both defeated with ease by the zombie. After they returned to their base mode, Mortum proceeds to absorb their brain energy until Steel manages to create a brain shield that ultimately stops him from eating the rest of the brainwaves. After Mortum sees Steel, which refers to a "magnificent" being, he captures him and destroys the base with Max, Alex and Rayne and C.Y.T.R.O. there and escapes.
Mortum later goes to a mountain with his robot zombie army and sees Commander Kilgore's forces trying to save the city. He then delcares that Copper Canyon was only the beginning of his revolution. He launches his arms in the ground and creates a a giant temple. Two zombies approch Mortum with Steel, who was constantly joking despite the serious situation. Mortum calmly says that he was only joking because he was afraid just like the other people lost and shivering in the darkness. However, his speech is interupted and he realizes that he couldn't contain all the brainwaves that he had consumed. He then creates a energy sphere where he puts Steel inside and reveals that he would dissect him, piece by piece, to find the solution to his problems.After dissecting him, Mortum was incredibly amazed by Steel's alien technology. Steel makes another joke and Mortum decides to remove his humor syntax chip. He attempts to make another joke, but he realizes that it wasn't funny. Mortum finds his memory files and was about to delete it since Max and his friends had died, but Steel says that they were well and alive and they would stop him. Mortum laughs and says that he thought he had deactivated his sense of humor. Mortum then commands his zombie horde to find Max and Team Turbo and bring their heads. He then goes back to dissecting Steel and finally finds his T.U.R.B.O. Energy bank and reveals that he would create his own version known as "Brain Bank", which would be capable of storing limitless amounts of brain energy. As the device was being created, he laughs and says that no one could ever stop him now. Hours later, Max, Alex, Rayne and C.Y.T.R.O. invades Mortum's temple and find Steel, who could barely talk. Mortum emerges from the ground and finds out that Max and his team were still alive despite his efforts to kill them. Max commands his friends to attack the villain, but they fail since he had spent hours studying Max and his friends' skills and fighting styles and also C.Y.T.R.O.'s deactivation code, which he later on uses. After C.Y.T.R.O. was disabled, various hands start emerging from the ground, which restrain La Fiera and Tempestra. Mortum attempts to absorb their brainwaves, but he fails thanks to the brain shields. However, he easily destroys them after he discovered how easy and fragile they were to disable. Upon seeing his friends being sucked in the ground, Max despereately tries to save them and releases his T.U.R.B.O. Energy to them, despite it fails and Mortum declares that they belonged to him from now on. Max runs towards the villain and uses his daggers to fight against him, even though that he is dragged to the ground seconds later. After Max and his friends were all immobilized, Mortum says that the world was living in constant conflict and havoc, even though that he would save them by using his way: strength through union and order, being only loyal to only one ultimate overlord: himself. Mortum then releases a large wave of energy that transforms everything on its sight into robot zombies. The waves eventually reach the entire world and everyone becomes robot zombies. Meanwhile, Mortum says that the humanity's weaknesses were the apathy and individuality and now they would be only one mind. The villain then teases Max by saying that the last thing that he was going to see was his triumph. However, when Mortum was about to transform Max into a zombie, soldiers from Commander Kilgore's army on a plane releases a bomb that would kill both Max and Mortum, but luckily, the villain creates a giant dome that acted as a shield and prevented it from destroying all he had done. While he was busy trying to protect him and his prey, Max managed to escape from him and ran away from the temple. Shortly after Mortum sees the plane and angrily says he couldn't destroy the unliving and launches a energy ray from the poligon on his head that hits the plane and presumably kills the soldiers. Mortum then realises that Max and Steel escaped and commands to Alex, Rayne and C.Y.T.R.O., who from now on were under his control, to rise and hunt down Max, so he could later join his army, whatever wanting or not. After the trio said he would join Mortum's army or be destroyed, the villain started to maniacally laugh.
After the Technopocalypse
In Turbo-Warriors, the bleastplate of Mortum's Turbo Ultimate Mode and the Connect-Tek (Mortum's brain) are seen in a room of Team Turbo's base, suggesting that Max and his friends had permanently stopped him.
- 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.
- 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.
- Regeneration: Mortum can quickly recreate himself or other members of his body. His body is completely made out of Connect-Tek, thus, he cannot be destroyed and if he is, he can recreate himself into a different form. For example, when he was annihilated by C.Y.T.R.O., he could quickly recover himself and transformed into Turbo Trap Mode, featured by its arachnid-like appearance rather than a skinny humanoid structure.
- Immortality: After linking with the Connect-Tek, Mortum is able to live forever and preserve his current appearance. Additionally, he doens't needs to drink or breath to stay alive, but only brainwaves to stay alive.
- Connect-Tek Power: Since he has the Connect-Tek embedded within him, he can create everything that comes on his mind, which makes him an extremely dangerous villain. For example, he could create a giant temple within minutes.
- Teleportation (formerly): With this ability, Mortum can teleport himself or specific objetcs 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 (formerly): 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 Generation (formerly): 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 (formerly): By simply raising his arms, Mortum can levitate someone or something with his 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 it turns out that the device was damaged and ultimately explodes on him, completely destroying his structure and replacing his own brain.
- Turbo Modes: After Mortum was infused with the Connect-Tek device, he got the ability of recreating his whole structure into different Turbo Modes. Unlike Max's and his team's modes, Mortum's modes have a macabre tone to them.
- Connect-Tek Body: Mortum's body is completely made out of the Connect-Tek.
- Robot Zombies: Mortum originally utilized an army of hive-minded robot zombies. They were able to absorb the brainwaves of other humans and also feed Mortum.
- Bombs (formerly): Mortum possesses black floating bombs with white spheres that, when activated, are attached to the chest of the person through three suckers. They were presumably fed by Mortum's transdimensional energy.
- Black Suit (formerly): Mortum used a black suit that covered his whole body with the exception of his head. The suit provided superhuman strength, speed and durability, teleportation, levitation and a shield generator, all powered by interdimensional energy. Eventually, the armor was completely destroyed after Mortum's mutation.
- Genius Intellect: Mortum was described as a brilliant and very intelligent scientist before going insane. He was even capable of dismembering Steel and didn't damaged him at all in the process.
- 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 (or perhaps the only) character(s) that knows about the secret bases of N-Tek spread around the world, which offers quite an advantage to him, thus making Mortum a very unpredictable villain.
- Top Secret Information: Mortum knows everything about Max's Team Turbo, such as their fighting styles. Additionally, he also knows about Max's secret identity and refers to him as only McGrath.
- Technology Expert: Mortum possesses a vast knowledge about technology. He was even capable of hacking N-Tek's system only with his skills.
- Skilled Fighter: As a human, Mortum could easily surpass Jim's moves with ease and easily knocked down him many times. As a mutant, this is more evident on his second form (Turbo Trap Mode) when he fought against Max and quickly attacked him and dodged his attacks.
- 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 stutter to the point that no one was able to understand him. He can be easily destroyed (or even crumbled) by a simple energy ray, but due to his body being made out of the Connect-Tek, he can quickly recover himself and recreate his whole structure into practically endless forms. Initially, he couldn't store the amounts of brainwaves that he absorbed, hence why he constantly sluttered or talked too fast.
- Brain Bank: Mortum's ultimate weak point. Previously, he wasn't able to contain all the brainwaves that he absorbed, so he decided to create a device that would help him. When Mortum captured Steel, he analyzed his T.U.R.B.O. Energy Bank and created his own version capable of storing endless quantities of brain energy. In his last form (or Turbo Scorpion Mode), Mortum's brain bank is connected to the Connect-Tek and has the shape of an arachnid animal (resembling his Turbo Trap Mode). When the device was destroyed, Mortum started to glow until he was destroyed.
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.
In his mutated form, it is revealed that Mortum died in the process and converted itself into an undead, which makes an allusion to his name.
In his human form, Mortum was a man with a skinny build and his clothes had the influence of Gothic style, possessing only dark colors, like black and grey. Mortum had black slicked back hair, very pale skin, blue eyes with black circles around his eye (making him look like a deceased corpse, thus making an allusion to his name) 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 metallic jaw sometimes bounces and abnormally opens when he is absorbing brain energy. His skull is apparently made out of metal.
- "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 own mortality. He considered it to be nothing more than a limitation for his intellect. He was also a perfectionist.
When Mortum made its debut on the series, he was shown to be calm, intimidating, threatening, ambitious and treacherous. Mortum is a megalomaniac completely obsessed with reinventing humanity and itself while becoming a god in the process. He was extremely manipulative, respectful and persuasive to the point of convincing the villains to make a deal with him, which at first, they were reluctant to do so. He considered himself to be a man that gets what he wants and once stated that he had a deep hatred for heroes. He was also very cruel and merciless towards his enemies.
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 humanity and himself. Since he was transformed into a zombie, he has a need for brains and apparently seems to think better the more he absorbs. Mortum wanted to mind control the whole humanity into his puppets, since he sees that there were many reasons why humanity fell apart during all these years. For example, he thinks that the human apathy and individuality were one of the few reasons. By controlling the whole humanity, Mortum wanted them to obey him no matter what, which denotes that he is extremely authoritarian and manipulative. He is shown to have a extensive vocabulary and sometimes talks in third person. Despite Mortum's violent ways, he still wanted to bring peace to the world by unificating the humanity into only one mind.
Mortum used to work with his nephew before he went insane.
Mortum interacted few times with Jim. At first, he fought against him when the Daedelus platform was falling down and easily knocked down him multiple times. Later on, he captured Jim and the rest of N-Tek's agents and tortured them. By the end of the Team Turbo movie, when Jim was still unconscious, Mortum said that even though Jim had created the Connect-Tek, he didn't had a vision of what he could to with it.
Max and Mortum are enemies. By the end of Team Turbo, Max and Mortum had their first interaction when Max demanded N-Tek agents back, but Mortum said they would only see themselves in the after-life. Shortly after, Max slices the Connect-Tek, thus triggering Mortum's death moments later.
In Team Turbo Fusion Tek, Mortum and Max fought multiple times.
Mortum only realised about Steel's existence in Team Turbo Fusion Tek, shorty after the Ultralink created the brain shields to his friends. Upon seeing Steel, Mortum captured him and later on dissected him. Despite Mortum's menacing speeches, Steel made many jokes until Mortum removed his Humor Syntax Chip while dissecting him. Mortum stated that Steel was only making those jokes because he was afraid just like all other people lost in the Technopocalypse.
- "Muahahaha, what a brilliant observation! I look forward to feast on your towering intellect!"
Alex and Mortum didn't interacted too much, even though that Mortum calls him by his nickname. During their first fight, upon seeing Mortum's strength and regenerative abilities, he stated thet he surely wasn't the same guy as before, which Mortum sarcastically replies that it was such a brilliant observation and insulted his intellect. Mortum fought against Alex few times and easily knocked down him. Like Rayne and C.Y.T.R.O., Alex was transformed into a robot zombie by Mortum and alongside with them, he was considered one of the heralds of the villain's Technopocalypse. When he dissected Steel, he learned about Alex's fighting skills and abilities.
Rayne and Mortum didn't interacted too much. Mortum fought against Rayne few times and easily knocked down her. During their first fight, Mortum maniacally laughed while hinding himself in the shadows and later captured Rayne and trapped her in the wall. Like other members of Max's team, Rayne was transformed into a robot zombie by Mortum, and alongside with Alex and C.Y.T.R.O., she was considered one of the heralds of his Technopocalypse. When he dissected Steel, he learned about Rayne's fighting skills and abilities.
Mortum considered C.Y.T.R.O. as Team Turbo's pathetic little robot. He fought against C.Y.T.R.O. few times and won, even being capable of disabling him in a fight. He fought against him few times. Like other members of Max's team, C.Y.T.R.O. was transformed into a robot zombie by Mortum. Mortum considered him, alongside with Alex and Rayne, as the heralds of his Technopocalypse. When he dissected Steel, he learned about C.Y.T.R.O.'s fighting skills and abilities.
- "Brilliant, but useless!" - Team Turbo
- "You invented the Connect-Tek, Jim McGrath, but you don't deserve it. You don't have vision. With Connect-Tek, I will remake the human animal, I will turn myself into a living weapon, I will make myself a GOD!" - Team Turbo
- "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 alone could ever hope to gather for myself. But with a few minor adjustments, my new techno-zombotic form will allow me to extend my reach! Not only will I consume brains, I will transform humanity! From person to person, brain to brain! My horde will srepad among the populous and their one, single-minded purpose. BRING ME MORE 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
- "Isn't it remarkable? I haven't only cheated death, I've exceeded life, I'm ENDLESS!" - Team Turbo Fusion Tek
- "A new dawn rises. A new dawn of Mortum. Human empathy. Human individuality. These are the flaws that let humanity doom! Now they will be only Mortum! Max Steel, let the last thing you see with your mortal, obsolete eyes, be my final triumph!" - Team Turbo Fusion Tek
|The Gallery of Professor Mortum can be seen Here.|
- 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.
- He is the first villain whose mutation was caused by Maxwell McGrath.
- He is the first villain capable of transforming into Turbo Modes. However, he does not yell "Go Turbo ..." before transforming into his modes, even though that they work in a similar way as Max and his team's modes. He is also the third character in the show (the first being Extroyer and the second La Fiera) who has all of his transformations that are seen on the show based on animals.
- He is the first villain that had powers even before his mutation.
- 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, Dr. Doom from the Fantastic Four 2015 movie and Raiden from Metal Gear franchise.
- Mortum's flying hands might be a parody of the Thing from The Addams Family.