Hand Size 4 (25)
Hindrance: Reduced Manipulation
Brawling, Climbing, Wrestling
Acrobatics, Fast Exit, Martial Arts, Ricochet
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Electronics, Physics
Enhanced Senses (Vision, Hearing, Smell, Infravision) 8
Goggles 9 – Detection (Life, Mutant)
Born a mutant with ape-like features and limbs, Henry “Hank” McCoy, codenamed Beast, was the founding member of the X-Men. Already mentally gifted, he studied biochemistry and genetics under Professor Xavier and eventually became the X-Men’s resident science expert.
Eventually, Hank left the X-Men to work in the private sector. He made great strides in understanding the nature of human mutation while he was employed by the Brand Corporation. This changed when Hank discovered his boss was stealing classified government documents. Determined to stop the espionage himself, he took an experimental formula to augment his abilities and mask his appearance. His heroics succeeded, but the formula permanently changed him.
Now a blue, furry, simian-like mutant, Hank left the private sector. He returned to super heroics first a member of the Avengers, then the Defenders. He eventually rejoined his original X-Men teammates in X-Factor. During this time he briefly regained his more human appearance, though his body suffered frequent mutations, with effects such as a temporary decrease in intellect and increase in strength. Finally, Beast returned to his blue, furry form and his original home with the X-Men. During his later time with the X-Men, Beast eventually mutated again into his current form-one larger, stronger, and more cat-like.
Beast’s personality has changed wildly based on his current state of mutation. In his more human-looking guise, he tended to be bookish and fairly serious. After he turned himself into a blue-furred creature, he started to joke and wisecrack more to cover up his insecurity he felt in looking less human. In his current furry blue feline form he’s a combination of the two— prone to academic musings as well as self-deprecating witticisms and bon mots. In any form, Hank McCoy is a dedicated scientist and a loyal friend.
Abilities & Resources
Beast possesses superhuman strength, durability, endurance, speed, and agility. He is an amazing acrobat and able to use his clawed hands and feet to cling to surfaces and climb walls, though his current cat-like state doesn’t possess the same heightened dexterity as his other forms. Beast heals somewhat faster than normal and can emit pheromones attractive to the opposite sex. Beast is also a trained geneticist and biochemist and considered one of the greatest scientific minds in the world.
With the possible exception of Wolverine, no mutant has as diverse a collection of allies as Beast. A founding and long-time member of the X-Men, Beast can count most members of that team as close friends, especially the other founders and their mentor, Professor X. As an Avenger, Beast often found public acceptance even during various periods of anti-mutant hysteria and worked alongside Captain America, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, and others. As a Defender, he befriended mystical heroes such as Dr. Strange and the Valkyrie.
Hank’s scientific reputation, expertise, and connections allow him access to some of the most advanced laboratories in the world.