Hand Size 5 (30)
Calling: Responsibility of Power
Hyper-Breath, Sonic Slam, Wrestling
Piloting, Repair (Aircraft)
Body Armor +4
Resistance +4 to all Energy Attacks
A street tough turned ace pilot, Ben served as pilot on the famous space flight that bombarded its crew with cosmic rays and created the super-team known as the Fantastic Four. The most physically altered by the accident, Ben became a being of orange rocky skin and amazing might. Calling himself “the Thing,” Ben became one of the world’s most recognizable super heroes.
Ben has been “cured” of his inhuman appearance before, but he always reverts back to it out of necessity or some twist of fate. He’s traveled the cosmos, worked with numerous heroes, and even found love a few times. He’s left the Fantastic Four periodically, only to return to the team he sees as his true family. The Thing’s brawls with various villains and powerful menaces are legendary. He’s gone toe-to-toe with everyone from the Hulk to the Champion of the Universe. In the latter matchup, the Thing’s dogged determination and refusal to quit saved the whole planet from destruction. The hero’s battle cry of “It’s Clobberin’ Time!” is welcomed by allies and feared by enemies. No one ever forgets Ben Grimm, the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing.
Underneath the Thing’s rocky orange hide and gruff attitude is a hero’s heart and adventurer’s spirit. He’s loyal and brave, and refuses to quit even in the face of impossible odds. Despite his inherent goodness, the Thing’s own disgust at his inhuman appearance is his key weakness. On some level he cannot bring himself to believe he isn’t the monster he appears to be. This makes him try even harder to be a good and decent person, but it often makes him angry and deeply wounded by any rejection, real or imagined.
Abilities & Resources
The Thing’s orange rocky skin is incredibly durable. He is capable of withstanding amazing punishment, such as being knocked through several buildings by a devastating blow, only to emerge slightly woozy and very annoyed. He’s one of the stronger heroes in the Marvel Universe, capable of lifting great weights and slugging it out with giant monsters and other menaces.
The Thing is an experienced brawler and pilot. He can fly nearly anything and is at home in the middle of a scrap. No scientist, he has nevertheless become familiar with many alien races and strange phenomena from his adventures with the Fantastic Four.
The Fantastic Four aren’t just the Thing’s friends—they’re his family. The Thing has teamed up with nearly every hero on Earth—and beyond—at some time or another. He’s worked closely with the likes of Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, Captain America, and also with little-known heroes such as the Aquarian and Skull the Slayer. His good reputation means he can even call upon resources from organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D. occasionally. He has a longstanding and sometimes troubled romance with blind sculptor Alicia Masters, whom he loves dearly. The Thing is surprisingly wealthy, having gained a share of the Fantastic Four’s patents over the years, but he’s done little with this wealth.