Dark Beast (Marvel)(Age of Apocalypse)
Real Name: Henry McCoy
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superhuman strength, speed, agility, endurance, reflexes, dexterity, athletic prowess, and intelligence, hyper-keen senses, razor edged claws
Henry McCoy was a genius. He became one of Apocalypse's leading scientists and spent his time working on expanding genetic mutation alongside his mentor, Nathan Essex, the man known as Sinister. McCoy was responsible for creating the process needed to build the gene-spliced Infinite army used by Apocalypse to take over much of the world during the Age of Apocalypse. He would normally take those mutants deemed unfit for survival by Apocalypse and perform gruesome experiments, attempting to create an unbeatable army of enhanced mutants for his master.
McCoy also conducted experiments on himself attempting to make himself the perfect mutant. Instead, he turned himself into a monster known throughout the Breeding Pens as the Dark Beast. During the final days of Apocalypse, following the mutiny by Sinister, McCoy became even more radical in his experiments. Without Apocalypse's Horseman looking over his shoulder, the Dark Beast was free to do as he wished. He burned through thousands of mutants looking for the ideal combination of genetic power.
During the final hours of Apocalypse's rule, Jean Grey and Prelate Scott Summers freed many of the mutants the Dark Beast kept in his Breeding Pens. These freed mutants rebelled, and the Dark Beast, realizing many of his captives would be looking for revenge, went into hiding. He was found by the X-Men when they teleported into Apocalypse's stronghold. The Dark Beast, knowing Apocalypse's kingdom was falling apart, teleported himself into the M'Kraan Crystal, taking his chances on the millions of realities that lay inside of it.
The Dark Beast traveled back in time and ended up in the main Marvel Universe's reality at the same moment the boy known as Legion was attempting to murder Magneto. A young Emma Frost discovered him and they worked together briefly, but the two parted ways. It is believed he is responsible for the creation of the Morlocks and Gene Nation, as well as many others.
At one point, the Dark Beast kidnapped the good Hank McCoy from the X-Men and entrapped him. The good Beast eventually escaped and returned to the X-Men. The Dark Beast fled. He recently resurfaced in the ruins of Genosha, apparently having joined Charles Xavier's efforts to rebuild the nation.
He died after experimenting too much on himself in Uncanny X-Men #22.
Aliases: Beast, Alter Beast, Black Beast, Dark Beast, Wynter
Created by Roger Cruz & Scott Lobdell.
First Appearance: X-Men Alpha (1995) #1
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Age of Apocalypse (2015)
#1 Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen (1995)
- 'Sticks and Stones...'#2
- 'Mutually Assured Destruction'#3
- 'Too Little, Too Late'#4
- 'The Cure'
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#7 Amazing X-Men (1996)
- 'Victor Mancha to Phantazia'
Astonishing X-Men (2004)
#28 Dark Avengers (2009)
- 'Never Is a Very Short Time'
#7 Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus (2009)
- 'Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, Part 3'#8
- 'Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, Part 5'
#1 Dark X-Men (2010)
- 'Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, Conclusion'
#1 Dark X-Men: The Beginning (2009)
- 'Journey to the Centre of the Goblin: Part 1'#2
- 'Journey to the Center of the Goblin: Part 2'#3
- 'Journey to the Center of the Goblin: Part 3'#4
- 'Journey to the Center of the Goblin: Part 4'#5
- 'Journey to the Center of the Goblin: Conclusion'
#1 Excalibur (2004)
- 'Namor/Norman/Mimic/Dark Beast'#2
- 'Cloak/Dagger/Weapon Omega/Daken'
#6 Factor-X (1995)
- 'Food Fight, Part 2: Who's Better,Who's Best'#7
- 'Food Fight, Part 3: Bad Moon Rising'#8
- 'Saturday Night Fever, Part 1'#9
- 'Saturday Night Fever, Part 2: What is the Life that Late I Led…?'#10
- 'Saturday Night Fever, Part 3: Casting Fate'#11
- 'The Devil's Own, Part 1: Save the Life of My Child'#12
- 'The Devil's Own, Part 2: Gonna Have a Revolution'
#1 Gambit (1999)
- 'Sinister Neglect'#2
- 'Abandoned Children'#3
- 'Open Wounds'#4
Generation X (1994)
#-1 Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
- 'The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship!'#6
- 'Notes From the Underground'#50
- 'War of the Mutants, Part 1: Divided We Fall'
New X-Men (2004)
#41 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Quest for Magik: Part 4'#42
- 'Children of X-Men: Part 1'
HC vol. 03 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: X-Men Age of Apocalypse 2005 (2005)
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'TPB vol. 03
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'
Onslaught: X-Men (1996)
#1 Storm (1996)
- 'Traitor to the Cause'
#4 Tales From the Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines (1997)
- 'She Will Destroy You'
nn The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Sinister Bloodlines'
HC Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
Uncanny X-Force (2010)
#10 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'The Killer Among Us'#11
- 'The Dark Angel Saga Chapter One Journey To The Age Of Apocalypse'#13
- 'The Dark Angel Saga Chapter Three My World Won't Stop Without You'#14
- 'The Dark Angel Saga Chapter Four Thunder For The Next World'#15
- 'The Dark Angel Saga Chapter Five Tabula Rasa '#16
- 'The Dark Angel Saga Chapter Six No Such Thing '#17
- 'The Dark Angel Saga Chapter Seven Opens A Window '#18
- 'The Dark Angel Saga Chapter Eight Red Sky Blue'
Annual 1997 Uncanny X-Men (2013)
- 'The Splinter of our Discontent'#333
- 'The Other Shoe...'#334
- 'Dark Horizon'#335
- 'Apocalypse Lives!'#489
- 'The Extremists, Part 3'#513
- 'Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, Part 2'#519
- 'Nation X: Chapter 5'
Weapon X (1995)
#1 What If...? (1989)
- 'Unforgiven Trespasses'
#115 X-Factor (2006)
- 'Reaching Out to Yesterday'#116
- 'Home Comings'#117
- 'Havok's Fall'#125
- 'The Ticking Clock'#126
- 'The Beast Within'#131
- 'Down Under'#138
- 'Fear Walks Amongst Us'#143
- 'The Fall of the Brotherhood'#144
- 'Points of View'
#22 X-Man (1995)
- 'Chapter 7 - The Isolationist: Part 2 - Natural Order'#23
- 'Chapter 11 - The Isolationist: Part 3 - True or False'#24
- 'Chapter 15 - The Isolationist: Part 4 - Conclusion'
Annual '97 X-Men (1991)
- 'Common Ground'#-1
- 'Breeding Ground'#8
- 'Hitting Bottom'#9
- 'A Question of Power'#13
- 'The Hunted Below'#26
- 'Down to Earth'#27
- 'Blood Brothers'#28
- 'Dance With the Devil'#29
- 'Dead Ahead'#44
- 'Nowhere to Hide'#50
- 'War of the Mutants, Part 2'
#48 X-Men (1997)
- 'Five Card Studs'#49
- 'Eyes of a New York Woman'#51
- 'Deathbound Train'#52
- 'Collector's Item'#54
- 'Inquiring Minds'#74
- 'Little Morlock Lost'#201#202#203
#8 X-Men Alpha (1995)
- 'To Serve And Protect Part Two'#9
- 'To Serve And Protect Part Three'#10
- 'To Serve And Protect: Conclusion'
X-Men Omega (1995)
X-Men Onslaught Preview (1998)
X-Men Poster Magazine (1995)
X-Men Prime (1995)
X-Men Unlimited (1993)
X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
X-Men: The End: Book 2: Heroes & Martyrs (2005)
X-Treme X-Men (2012)
- 'X-Termination, Part 4'
Video Game Appearances:
X-Men: Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005)
Brotherhood of Mutants (Marvel)
Elite Mutant Force (Marvel)(Age of Apocalypse)
Gene Nation (Marvel)
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