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Emil Hamilton

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Emil Hamilton is a normal human being and thus, has no inherent super powers, though he is a brilliant scientist and inventor. However, as Ruin he dons a "power suit". The suit allows Ruin to take advantage of his knowledge of Superman's weaknesses. From the suit powerful blasts of Kryptonian red sunlight can be fired, which essentially sap Superman of all his powers. Also, Ruin is able to transport himself to the Phantom Zone, though at a detriment to his health. If the suit is forcibly removed from Hamilton's body, it self-destructs with a massive force--apparently enough to destroy a small city.

A former employee of S.T.A.R. Labs and the US Government, it transpired he had been driven insane when all his research was bought up by Lex Luthor, who took credit for the inventions. He was placed in a mental health facility and responded well to treatment. On his release, he set up a laboratory in Suicide Slum and quickly became Superman's "scientific adviser". He was responsible for creating many devices that aided Superman, including the Phantom Zone Projector and early Superman Robots. He also provided Superboy with the visor that duplicated Superman's vision powers(x-ray vision and heat visions).

He has also theorized about how Superman's Kryptonian biology works, and deduced the best way to defeat villains based on analysis of their powers. He lost an arm during the Fall of Metropolis storyline, but replaced it with a self-designed cybernetic prosthetic.

Many years later, when John Henry Irons returned to Metropolis, just prior to the B13 Event, Hamilton felt he was being sidelined, as Superman now had access to a scientific genius who was also a fellow superhero. He disappeared during the B13 Event.

He eventually resurfaced as the Overmind, the leader of a cyberpunk gang plotting the return of Brainiac 13. He claimed, however, that the B13-technology in his prosthetic arm was controlling his actions. Presumably this claim held some truth, as he returned to his role as Superman's adviser.

Recently it was revealed that Hamilton was, in fact, the villain named Ruin, who had been targeting Clark Kent's loved ones. Ruin claimed to have discovered that Superman was sucking the sun dry of it's solar energy, and that, in 4.5 billion years, it would mean the end of life on Earth. The identity of Ruin had been kept a mystery, until it seemed that Clark's friend, and former President of the United States, Pete Ross was Ruin. Pete Ross claimed innocence, but he became even more suspect when he escaped from custody. It turned out that it had been Hamilton who had framed Ross, and kidnapped him again from prison. Hamilton then confronted and revealed himself to Superman, seemingly killing the 5th dimension imp Mr. Mxyzptlk in the process. Superman defeated the insane Hamilton, and saved Pete, Lana, and their child. Superman later cleared Ross' name and reputation.


First Appearance: Adventures of Superman (1987) #424

Other Identities:
Ruin (DC)

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Issue Appearances:
Action Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
Adventures of Superman [I] (2013)
Adventures of Superman [II] (2013)
Convergence Superman (2015)
Convergence Superman: Man of Steel (2015)
Convergence: Flashpoint (2015)
Convergence: Zero Hour (2015)
Dark Horse Comics/DC Comics: Superman (2016)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents: Superman (2010)
DC Retroactive: Superman - The '90s (2011)
Eclipso: The Darkness Within (1992)
Enginehead (2004)
JLA (1997)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
Showcase '95 (1995)
Smallville: Season 11 [I] (2012)
Smallville: The Comic (2002)
Starman (1988)
Superboy (1994)
Superman (1987)
Superman [BRA] (2002)
Superman For Earth (1991)
Superman Forever (1998)
Superman: Dark Knight Over Metropolis (2013)
Superman: King of the World (1999)
Superman: President Lex (2003)
Superman: Secret Files (1998)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995)
Superman: The Wedding Album (1996)
Superman/Shazam: First Thunder (2005)
Teen Titans (1996)
The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus (2007)
The Superman/Madman: Hullabaloo (1997)

Video Game Appearances:
Superman 64 (1999)
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (2002)

Group Affiliation(s):
S.T.A.R. Labs (DC)

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