The Thing (Marvel Comics)

The Thing
Series Marvel Comics
Age Unknown
Birthday Unknown
Sex Male
Species Unknown
Height 6’0″ (183 cm)
Weight 500 lbs (227 kg)
Alignment Neutral Good

The Thing, real name Benjamin Grimm, is a hero who appears in Marvel Comics. He is a member of the Fantastic Four.


Ben Grimm was a fender who was the roommate of the scientist Reed Richards. He was asked to pilot a rocket that Reed built into quad before communists could beat them to it and it took some convincing, but he finally agreed to take the caper. Reed ‘s fiance, Susan, and her brother, Johnny, joined Reed and Ben as they journeyed into space in Reed ‘s rocket. however, the rocket was hit by cosmic rays and affected the crowd on board, causing the rocket to activate car pilot and revert to earth. arsenic soon as the four exited the rocket, they discovered that the cosmic rays had given them all singular superpowers. Ben had turned into a thing with rock difficult skin and superhuman strength, earning him the name, The Thing. Ben, Reed, Susan and Johnny came to an agreement that they should use their powers to help mankind, frankincense forming the group known as the Fantastic Four.

Powers and Abilities

  • Rock-Like Skin: The Thing possesses a smooth, orange, rock-like hide as a result of exposure to cosmic rays. The mutagenic process caused his musculature, bone structure, internal organ composition, soft tissue structure, and skin to greatly increase in toughness and density. After being subjected to a serum, he now reverts to human form once a year, which is now the only time he ages.
    • Superhuman Strength: The Thing’s primary superhuman power is his great physical strength. Initially, he was only strong enough to rate as a class 5. Over the years, through rigorous training and further mutation, his strength dramatically increased to the point where he rated as a class 85 (the rating system is only for comparing characters with each other, and should not remotely be taken literally). His latest rating put him as class 100. His feats include successfully holding back a giant alien spacecraft from jettisoning from Earth, lifting an oil rig and stopping a multiple story building (weighing roughly 30,000 tons) from falling over and lifting it back into place. Another feats include holding bridges main cables together for an extended period of time (which support about 10,000 tons). The Thing was also able to overpower a pile driver mechanism stated to be powerful enough to push through a planet. Underwater, the Thing proved a match for Namor’s incredible raw strength, even gaining the upper hand. Impressively, even being less powerful, the Thing proved strong enough to send an attacking Savage Hulk flying with a mighty blow, proved capable of knocking down and staggering the Savage Hulk while holding his own in battle, could also draw blood from the Green Scar, who had a much higher base strength level than the Savage Hulk’s, and to knock out the Immortal Hulk, who was also one of the most powerful incarnations of the Green Goliath (who punished the Puppet Master, and therefore was not fully consenting with the Puppet Master’s control). Indeed, the Thing has consistently been portrayed as a rival to the Hulk, even though usually being less powerful.
      • Thunderclap: The thing has the ability to perform the thunderclap, a move most commonly performed by The Hulk. By clapping his hands together hard enough, he can produce a shockwave that is powerful enough to stun the likes of Magneto.
    • Superhuman Stamina: The Thing’s advanced musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a normal human. At his peak, he can exert himself for about 24 hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to affect him. Incidentally, The Thing’s lungs are of greater volume and efficiency than a normal man’s, enabling him to hold his breath underwater for up to 9 minutes, despite the fact that he used to smoke.
    • Superhuman Durability: The rock-like composition of the Thing’s body renders him highly resistant to physical injury. The Thing’s body can resist extremely powerful impact forces, such as the force of the Hulk’s punches (the Hulk is far above class 100, which makes his punches devastatingly strong). He can also withstand exposure to high levels of explosives, such as being struck with bazooka shells or being shot point-blank with a high-caliber firearm without sustaining injury. His body can also withstand extreme temperatures. However he couldn’t withstand being slashed by Wolverine’s Adamantium claws, and sustained facial injury, making adamantium one of the few things that can pierce the Thing’s nearly impenetrable body.
    • Superhuman Sensory Adaptation: Though his senses aren’t superhumanly acute, his five senses can withstand greater amounts of sensory stimuli than he could when he was a normal human being, with no reduced sensitivity. This was demonstrated during the Fantastic Four’s first fight with the Hulk. While the sonic boom caused by Hulk’s thunderclap knocked out the rest of the group, Ben was barely phased, only sent slightly back due to the accompanying shockwaves.
    • Immortality: The Thing cannot age. The only way for him to age is by being in his human form. If he’s not turned back to human or decides not to turn back to human one day a year as he’s able to, The Thing would theoretically never die.
  • Expert Pilot: Ben is an exceptionally skilled and experienced pilot, proficient with many varieties of both conventional and exotic aircraft.
  • Experienced Astronaut: Ben has also trained as an astronaut and was piloting Reed Richard’s spacecraft during the team’s fateful bombardment with cosmic rays.
  • Master Combatant: He is uniquely gifted in the art of hand-to-hand combat (a skill Ben honed long before he became the Thing), though his fighting style tends to be a rather loose brawling technique all his own. This style often incorporates collegiate wrestling techniques, Boxing (as he has been stated to have spent hours upon hours honing his boxing skills in the gym during college), and on at least one occasion even Jujutsu. In his youth, Ben was a talented football player.
  • Peak Human Speed and Agility: Despite his abnormal size and weight, Ben is able to move as fast and as freely as he did when he was human.
  • Indomitable Will: One of Ben’s remarkable qualities is his extreme willpower. Whatever obstacles may come, he would try until he overcomes them or dies. In fact, during his fight with the Champion of the universe, despite suffering severe injuries, he kept coming back, making the Champion remark that while he could break every bone in Ben’s body, he could never defeat him, as he could never break Ben’s spirit, and forfeited the fight so that he wouldn’t be forced to hurt Ben anymore. This implacable determination was also demonstrated in the battle against the Immortal Hulk. During this battle, Ben had to overcome a superior foe, who was been controlled by the Puppet Master, in order to save himself and Alicia.
  • Musical Skill: The Thing can play the saxophone.
  • Power Cosmic: When Galactus’ Antithesis from the Negative Zone depowered the devourer of worlds and began spreading his influence over the universe, Galactus imbued the Fantastic Four with the power cosmic in order to defeat his antithesis.
    • Energy Absorption: While imbued with the Power Cosmic, Thing was able to absorb Antithesis’ energy from the possessed victims of the cosmic being.
    • Telekinesis:’ While imbued with the Power Cosmic, when Thing threw a punch the hit would echo through his enemies.



  • Is one of Marvel’s heaviest hitters and toughest characters.
  • Knocks out a T-Rex with a single punch to the face.
  • His strength is tremendous to the point where he can be seen toying with a random thug.
  • Is capable of supporting the weight of an oil rig.
  • Lifts a steel and glass pyramid easily weighing 150 tons.
  • Manhandles Luke Cage for a short period of time.
  • Casually able of going toe to toe with Namor.
  • Starts wrapping Hulk in a suspension cable and holding him, even as the Hulk is gaining strength.
  • Smashes part of a thick pillar to pieces with one hand.
  • Lifts a giant piece of equipment.
  • Pushes and destroying a hydraulic-press capable of pushing through a planet.
  • Stops a falling, multi-story building and pushing it back in place.
  • Holds together cables of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Lifts 85 tons.
  • A weakened, molecularly degenerating Thing one-shots a giant monster.
  • Makes Namor bleed with punches.
  • Made a massive shockwave when colliding with Namor.
  • Almost KO’ing Wondarr.
  • Carries a bomb on Ego the Living Planet all the way to his brain.
  • Continuously punches the Red Hulk.
  • Stops a multiple story building from collapsing, and puts it back in place.
    • The building weighs roughly around 30,000 tons.
  • Knocks Silver Surfer through a wall.
  • Trades hits with Silver Surfer in a slug-fest.
  • Fights on par with cosmically powered Dr. Doom.
  • Defeats the Sandman in battle.
  • Spars well against Miracle Man.
  • Has had many brutal fights with the Hulk, though most consisting of him loosing.
  • Holds back a giant alien spacecraft from jettisoning from Earth.
  • Holds a bridges main cables together for an extended period.
    • Which would support around 10,000 tons.
  • Was able to overpower a pile driver mechanism stated to be powerful enough to push through a planet.
  • Put out at least 7 tons per square inch with each hand during a casual test, and could “screw up a tank like a paper bag”.
  • Lifts a giant stone pillar to use as a weapon.
  • Smashes a bus into Namor.
  • Casually lifts a giant slab of experimental metal with one arm.
  • Works out by lifting what are probably 40 tons of weights.
  • Upends a giant monster.
  • Beats a giant monster back.
  • Slams Dr. Doom into cobblestone, breaking the ground beneath him.
  • Busts through a blast door with one punch.
  • Busts through another blast door.
  • OHKOs an AU zombie Hulk.
  • Punches someone through a wall.
  • Smashes the base of an execution platform to bring it down.
  • Kicks through a wall pretty casually.
  • Punches through a thick stone wall.
  • Runs through giant thick metal doors.
  • Punches over the Crimson Dynamo.
  • Punches the ground hard enough to send several Inhumans flying away.
  • Tackles and punches an Inhuman into a large stone statue powerfully enough to topple it over.
  • Knocks out the Hulk.
  • Throws Johnny far enough away that his Nova burst is harmless.
  • Holds open a giant monster’s mouth as it tries to eat him.
  • Rips out a street light and destroys a car.
  • Throws people back with a thunderclap.
  • Overpowers an upgraded Crimson Dynamo armor and rips it apart.
  • Crushes Hyperion’s fist enough to hurt him.
  • Tears open bulkhead doors.
  • Squeezes Reed so hard it causes him discomfort.
  • Crushes Dr. Doom’s helmet in his hand.
  • Makes a huge leap up toward the top of the Baxter Building.
  • Lands on a monster, crushing it into the ground and sending up huge chunks of debris.
  • Overpowers Dr. Doom. Machine Man, and Rick Jones in Captain Marvel’s armor.


  • Dodges a tire thrown at him by the Hulk at the speed of sound.
  • Catching onto a ledge of a building after being thrown by the Hulk.
  • Jumping over gun blasts.
  • Stated to be faster than the Hulk.
  • Dodges a swing from a huge monster.
  • Grabs a charging lance and unhorses the man attacking him.


  • Survives the fire breath of a monster and is up and fine again.
  • Shrugs the Wrecker off like a fly.
  • Tanks a hit from Mjolnir.
  • Forcing through Cyclops’ full strength blasts.
  • Slammed through a building at high speeds and is unharmed.
  • Falling from orbit completely unharmed.
  • Can survive in the vacuum of space with oxygen.
  • Tanking blasts from a bunch of Dooms.
  • Takes a hit from an amped Wrecker and Thunderball.
  • Smashing through an AIM facility.
  • Hulk’s thunderclap didn’t KO Thing.
  • Gets punched underwater to a Helicarrier in-flight by Namor, but is more or less unharmed.
  • Tanking hits from Namor underwater.
  • Tanked a hit from Man-Thing.
  • Gets a beating from the Champion, but is then called worthy by his opponent.
  • Withstands and pushes back a hydraulic press meant to press through planets.
  • A weakened Thing survives being chewed on and spit out.Tanking Blaastar’s blasts.
  • A heavily weakened Thing survives a blast from The Human Torch.
  • Absorbs an electric current.
  • Is completely fine after the heat of re-entry.
  • A car approaches him at full speed and slams into him, flips over him, and he’s hardly fazed by it.
  • Jumps from the top of the Baxter Building (around 50 stories) to land in the street, creating a huge crater.
  • Whipped by a giant monster’s tail through a building.
  • Punched by Namor and sent flying so hard he creates an explosion that topples two cars. And is fine.
  • Punched into a wall and craters it only to come right back.
  • Gets launched at the Silver Surfer and is fine after a bit.
  • Blasted through a stone structure.
  • Hits and hit by “neutron degenerate matter”.
  • Thrown off the Baxter Building and gets up just fine.
  • Punched by Crimson Dynamo with no effect.
  • Falls from the Baxter Building yet again and craters the ground below.
  • Knocked into a giant statue hard enough to topple it over and stands back up.
  • Takes a punch from Hyperion and seems fine.
  • Hyperion punches him into the ground.
  • Knocked through several buildings and gets up fine.
  • Thrown once more off the top of the Baxter Building to crater in the street below and is fine.
  • No sells machine gunfire.
  • Robotic bugs that pierce through normal humans do nothing to him.
  • No sells a slashing attack.
  • The only person shown cutting him could only create cosmetic damage.
  • Can’t slit his own wrists with a razor.
  • A giant shark monster can’t bite through his arm.
  • Can’t feel intense heat making everyone else sweat.
  • Unbothered by Johnny beginning to go Nova.
  • Blasted by the Crimson Dynamo to no effect.
  • Slightly hurt by an explosion of energy.
  • Tackles a flaming monster with no harmful effects.
  • Blasted away by an energy beam that destroys the vehicle he crashes into.
  • Takes an energy blast from Captain Marvel.
  • Shot by a bazooka into a wall and comes back moments later.
  • Thrown back by an explosion and gets right up.
  • Can breath a poisonous atmosphere.


  • While a member of the Fantastic Four, Ben has also been in the West Coast Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Is one of the Hulk’s sparring members.
  • Became leader of the Yancy Street Gang.
  • Became lifelong friends with Reed Richards.
  • Went to the US Air-Force and became a pilot.
  • Survived the cosmic rays that gave him his powers in the first place.
  • Was one of the many heroes chosen by the Beyonder for the Secret Wars.
  • Worked as a wrestler in the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation for a time.
  • Destroyed the Mole Man’s earth-shifting machine.
  • Returned to life from Heaven after approval from (presumably) TOAA.
  • Became a multi-millionare and dated a movie star.
    • Even got Lockjaw as a pet.
  • Joined Iron Man’s side during Civil War.
  • Defeated the Puppet Master and the Mad Thinker.
  • Performed many missions with Les Heroes de Paris.
  • Broke out of the Negative Zone.
  • With the Future Foundation, fought a Kree invasion in New York.
  • Broke out of prison with the aid of She-Hulk, Sandman, and Ant-Man.
  • Was a survivor of the Incursions.
  • Joined the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Investigated Doctor Doom to see if he really turned good.


  • Is very stubborn.
  • Handicap: Ben is limited in his capacity to use normal, everyday appliances due to his sheer size, weight and strength or interact with normal objects. His powers are also implied to have robbed him of his sense of touch.
    • Fantastic Four Power Synergism: The original members of the Fantastic Four are tethered to each other, and act as their own conduits of power. They can be apart within their own universe and retain a connection, but prolonged periods cut off from each other in other universes result in a gradual decline in power levels. If they spend too much time separated this way, they would eventually become powerless.
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