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The New Avengers


Real name: Henry "Hank" Peter McCoy
Occupation: (current) Adventurer, (former) Biochemist, college lecturer
Identity: Publicly known
Legal status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Other aliases: None
Place of birth: Dunfee, Illinois
Marital status: Single
Known relatives: Norton (father), Edna (mother), Robert (uncle)
Group affiliation: (current) X-Men, (former) X-Factor I, Avengers, Defenders Extent of education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Base of operations: (current) Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York State; (former) Brand Corporation facilities, Long Island; Avengers Mansion, New York City; Defenders Mansion, Colorado; X-Factor I headquarters, New York City; "Ship"
First appearance: X-MEN (first series) #1, (in furry form) AMAZING ADVENTURES #11

Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 355 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: (originally) Brown, (currently) Blue-black
Other distinguishing features: Covered with fur, unusually large hands and feet, pointed ears, fang-like teeth

Known superhuman powers: The Beast has the superhuman strength, agility, endurance, speed and dexterity. He is strong enough to lift (press) 2,000 pounds. His legs are powerful enough to enable him to leap 14 feet high in a standing high jump, and 22 feet in a standing broad jump. He is able to crawl up brick walls by wedging his fingers and toes into the smallest cracks and applying a vise-like grip on them. He has enough power to smash through a four-inch thick oaken door with a single blow or tie a three-inch solid steel bar into a knot.

He has the agility of a great ape and the acrobatic prowess of the most accomplished circus aerialist and acrobat. Ha can walk a tightrope or a slack rope as easily as most people can walk on a sidewalk. He can walk on his hands for many hours, or perform a complicated sequence of gymnastic stunts such as flips, rolls, and springs. He can easily match or top any Olympic record at gymnastics apparatus (such as flying rings, climbing ropes, horizontal bars, trampolines). Further, his manual and pedal dexterity is so great that he can write using both hands at once or tie knots in rope with his toes.

The Beast is quite fast, able to run on all four at approximately 40 miles per hour for short sprints. His stamina is approximately triple that of a well-trained athlete in his prime. His physiology is durable enough to permit him to take a three-story fall without a broken bone or stain (providing he lands on his feet).

At the time of his further mutation into his present furry form, his metabolism underwent a period of accelerated change. As a side effect, he was able to metabolize and recover from penetration wound to his body within a matter of hours. Since then, his body's metabolism has stabilized and he no longer has quite such a rapid recovery rate. He is still able to recover from a wound at about twice the normal human rate.