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Henry Pym
Series Marvel Comics
Age Unknown
Birthday Unknown
Sex Male
Species Unknown
Height 6'0"
Weight 535 lbs.
Alignment Neutral Good
I feel as if I've been given a second chance at... at everything. As if this is the beginning of a whole new way of life for Dr. Hank Pym. Who matters.
~ Hank Pym

Hank Pym, better known as the original Ant-Man, is a superhero from Marvel Comics. He has also been known as Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, Wasp, and Ultron.

Background

Hank Pym was an ordinary biochemist living in America, who ended up marrying an escaped refugee from Hungary. Believing Hank's American citizenship would protect her, the two traveled to Hungary for a vacation. However, Pym's wife was recognized by the secret police, and they ended up murdering her after knocking Hank out. Angered by his wife's death, Hank swore to do whatever he could to stop injustice and inhumanity. One day, Hank created a strange particle that could shrink objects to a much smaller size. After testing it on himself, Hank found that the serum was too powerful, shrinking him to the size of an ant. Once he managed to return to his normal size, Hank began studying the ants that attacked him while he was small. Building a helmet to let him communicate with the ants, Hank decided to use his shrinking particle to help him fight crime, with the ants as his personal army, becoming the Ant-Man.

Powers & Abilities

  • Size Reduction: As Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, Henry Pym possessed the power to reduce himself to the size of an ant, approximately one-half inch in height, by means of the subatomic particles known as the Pym Particles. The nature, source, and mechanics of the Pym Particles remain unrevealed. Originally, when Pym inhaled a gas or drank a potion containing the Pym Particles, the Particles would interact with the electrical impulses of his brain, creating an organism-wide "reducing field." Thus activated, the field reduced his entire body at a uniform rate to the smaller size he desired. Although he usually chose to reduce himself to one half inch in height, he could reduce his size to any size between that and his normal size. Usually, Pym did not compress his mass into his smaller size. Instead his mass was somehow extended into an extra-physical dimension that is opened by the activating of the Pym Particles, from which the mass could later be reclaimed. Strangely, because Pym's mass was extended extra-dimensionally when he was at ant-size, he retained his full human-size strength at that size. To return to normal size, Pym inhaled another gas or drank another potion, either of which contained another type of Pym Particles. These particles interacted with his brain to create an organism-wide "enlarging field," which is energized by mental command. Thus Pym could grow back to his normal height and reclaim all of the mass that was extended extra-dimensionally.
  • Size Addition: Pym also discovered Pym Particles which interacted with his brain to enable him to grow to gigantic height as Giant-Man and Goliath. The growth process required the rapid acquisition of bodily mass, comes from an extradimensional source. This extra dimensional mass fortified all of his cellular tissue, including his bones and muscles, enabling him to support his increased weight, and giving him superhuman strength and durability. Early in his career this caused health problems due to the strain, and he was subject to various limitations on his size and the duration of his transformations (described under History.) He is capable of growing hundreds of feet tall exceeding the heights of even the tallest buildings in New York. He can grow past the barriers of the "Microverse" to enter Overspace, a point above and apart from all other realities where it is possible to confer with abstract cosmic entities.
  • Entering other planes of existence: Pym can use the Pym Particles to shrink to sub-microscopic stature. When 99.99 + % of his mass was extra-dimensionally shunted, he was sent into a "subatomic universe" or "microverse," one of countless alternate universes accessible to Earth only by the mass-shunting process. Such as shrinking down to enter the Microverse, and on one occasion growing into the plane inhabited by such cosmic beings as the Living Tribunal and the In-Betweener.
  • Super-Genius Intelligence: Dr. Henry Pym is one of the world's foremost biochemists and also possesses considerable expertise in numerous scientific fields such as subatomic physics, robotics, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, programming, emergency medicine, optics and entomology. He has also referred himself one of the five smartest people on the planet which makes him capable of rivaling others such as Reed Richards and is regarded by the Eternity as the Earth's "Scientist Supreme". During his career, he created robot Ultron, explored and repaired the Vision often, and created much of the Avengers' equipment. Another robot, Rover, was a jet with rudimentary artificial intelligence and sophisticated offensive capabilities.
  • Skilled Combatant: Hank is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant using special styles of unarmed combat depending on his size. If he is small, he takes advantage of the opponent's larger form by assaulting points of his/her body that they would not expect and move to another before they detected him. If he was giant, he would take advantage of his own massive form and use attacks that would either throw them off balance or render them unconscious before they could concoct a better strategy against him. Has had some training in judo, karate and wrestling. He was also trained by Captain America in unarmed combat making him a very formidable fighter. A trained scuba diver. Capable pilot of aircraft ranging from conventional helicopters to high tech vehicles such as the Avengers Quinjets.
  • Martial Arts: Hank had received training in judo before becoming Ant-Man. He used a judo move to overpower an ant which was larger and stronger than himself.

Equipment

  • Ant-Man Suit: Hank's superhero uniform, which allows him to shrink and grow without experiencing the mind-altering effects of the Pym Particle.
  • Cybernetic Helmet: As Ant-Man, Pym wore a "cybernetic helmet" which permitted him to achieve rudimentary telepathic communication with ants and other higher insects and to control their minds. Also, Pym formerly required gas capsules or potions to shrink, grow, or return to normal size.
  • Toolbot: A small multi-tool device that stores hundreds of tools for Hank to use, such as a key, a minicomputer, and even an energy sword.
  • The Stinger: A small firearm that converts Hank's bio-electric aura into powerful stun beams.

Alternate Forms

Giant-Man

After learning of the Pym Particle's ability to increase the size of objects as well, Hank Pym became Giant-Man. As Giant-Man, Pym uses his size-changing to grow to massive sizes, knocking foes off-balance with staggering blows.

  • Enhanced Strength: While in his giant form, Pym's strength increases with his size.
  • Enhanced Durability: Pym's durability increases as he gets bigger.

Goliath

Despite fighting crime as Giant-Man for a while, Pym eventually retired the identity due to the strain growing placed on his body. However, to save his wife when she was kidnapped, he decided to use his growing powers again, becoming the superhero Goliath. Despite the change in name and appearance, Goliath's abilities are pretty much the same as Giant-Man's.

Yellowjacket

After being exposed to various unknown gases, Hank's personality underwent a radical change, and he took on the identity of Yellowjacket. Even after returning to his normal personality, Hank stayed as Yellowjacket for a while due to the strain of growing into his Giant-Man persona. As Yellowjacket, Hank retains the size-shifting and insect controlling abilities of Ant-Man, with some new powers as well.

  • Bio-Energy Projection: Yellowjacket can shoot powerful bursts of bio-electricity from his gloves.
  • Flight: Using artificial wings, Yellowjacket can achieve flight while shrunken down.
  • Cowl Communicator: This enables Giant-Man a two-way radio contact, as well as cybernetic communication with insects, or with other people using his insect communication technology. He can communicate with and command higher insects such as ants, wasps and bees.
  • Wasp Goggles: Pym wears a pair of specially designed goggles that enhanced his peripheral vision and could make video recordings of whatever he saw, they also contained a retinal scanner and analytical sensors, including devices that analyzed different kinds of energy, even magical energy, transmit his thoughts as radio frequencies to receiving radio equipment such as his Ant-Man helmet, and communicate with insects when not serving as eye protection.

Wasp

After the death of his wife Janet van Dyne, Hank took on her superhero persona of the Wasp. As the Wasp, Hank still can change his size and control insects, but now has Janet's abilities as well.

  • Wasp Stings: Pym is capable of firing powerful, bioelectric energy blasts from his hands much like his deceased ex-wife.
  • Bio-Synthetic Wings: As Wasp, synthetic specialized cells implanted beneath his shoulder blades expand into insect-like wings as he shrinks; when he returns to normal size, the wings disappear beneath a nearly undetectable layer of genetically engineered callus. He could presumably match Van Dyne's top flight speed, flying up to 38 mph for up to an hour before tiring. Able to maneuver in flight much like a real wasp, he can hover and dart forwards and backwards in addition to sustained forward flight. since abandoning the Wasp identity, Pym no longer uses his wings, although it is unknown whether he still retains them.
  • Wasp Goggles: Synthetic goggles Pym made that enhance his peripheral vision, let him record whatever he sees, or analyze different objects.

Ultron

During an attempt to kill his creation Ultron, Hank accidentally merged his body with Ultron's. This turned Hank into a cyborg, with his only remaining organic parts being his head and upper torso, though he can cover his organic parts in Ultron's upper body as armor. While merged with Ultron, he has all of Ultron's abilities. See the Ultron page for info on Hank's abilities as Ultron.

Feats

Strength

  • Has peak physical strength for a human, and retains it while shrunk.
  • At ten feet tall, can press around 1000 pounds.
  • At twenty-five feet tall, can lift 10 tons.
  • At one-hundred feet tall, can lift 50 tons.
  • Knocked back both Black Panther and Beast.
  • Grabbed a wrecking ball and threw it backwards.
  • Pulverized Ultron.
  • Tore a building in half and lifted it over his head.
  • Lifted Absorbing Man over his head.
  • Lifted multiple people with ease while tearing a large ray gun apart.
  • As Ultron, is just as strong as the original Ultron.

Speed

  • While giant, can travel several feet with one step.
  • Shrunk and grew in quick succession to dodge attacks from Red Hulk.
  • Flies at speeds up to 38 miles per hour as Wasp.
  • Can easily dodge incoming projectiles.
  • As Ultron, is just as fast as the original Ultron.

Durability

  • Stayed standing after being hit by a large boulder.
  • Survived hits from a wrecking ball.
  • His durability increases with his size.
  • As Ultron, is composed of adamantium, the toughest metal in the Marvel universe.

Skill

  • Invented the Pym Particle and Ultron.
  • One of the five smartest people on the planet.
  • Trained by Captain America in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Has training in judo, karate, and wrestling.
  • Has had six different superhero identities.

Weaknesses

  • Has had a series of mental difficulties over the years.
  • Growing places strain on Pym's body, making it so he can't maintain his big forms for a long time.
  • Suffers from Bipolar Disorder.
  • Changing size without his specialized helmet can affect his brain chemistry.

Fun Facts

  • Hank has had 6 different superhero identities over the years.
  • He is considered the Marvel Comics counterpart of DC Comics the Atom.
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