BEAST

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Demon (see comments)

Occupation: Nihilist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Chuck the Dwarf, Erynys, Hand, Arthur Perry, Snakeroot, True Believers;
    former hosts:
Lyle Crawford, ambassador Reich, Ken Wind;
    indirectly all allies of the Hand

Enemies: Chaste (Claw, Flame, Shaft, Star, Stick, Stone, Trahn, Wing), Chastity McBride, Elektra, John Garrett, SHIELD (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division);
    indirectly all enemies of the Hand

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: the Jackal's son, the Lord

Base of Operations: Some extradimensional realm, possibly a branch of Hell

First Appearance: Elektra: Assassin#1 (August, 1986)

Powers/Abilities: The Beast has magical power to an unspecified degree. It can possess or psychically assault others, empower agents to do its will, etc.  It creates an unidentified liquid known as the milk of the Beast; consumption of this "milk" typically assimilates others into its sway, though beings with strong enough discipline can sometimes use the milk solely to commune directly with the Beast.

    As a magical creature, it apparently cannot be destroyed by conventional means, though it can be injured or temporarily dispersed.

    The Beast, its human hosts, and its "milk" all give off a nauseating odor frequently compared to rotten mayonnaise.

Possessed by the Beast, Wind had unspecified superhuman abilities including telepathy and superhuman strength; it may be that his psychic powers granted him the illusion of strength.

History: The origins of the Beast are unknown.

(Elektra: Assassin#7 (fb) - BTS) - The Beast was present before the rise of humanity, during the cold and endless darkness, which it enjoyed. It viewed humanity as a corruption of this purity and sought to destroy it.

BTS - At least a millennium ago it came to be worshipped by a sect known as the Hand, from which eventually branched off the Snakeroot (or perhaps the Hand branched from the Snakeroot) and the True Believers.

(Elektra: Assassin#1 (fb)) - Elektra was duped by the Hand into killing her former sensei, weakening her so that she would join them. As Elektra sat, chained to the ground, the Beast appeared before her, pouring a chalice of its milk over her. The milk soaked into her body, filling her with the stench of the Beast.

(Elektra: Assassin#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Beast initiated a plot whereby it would cause a nuclear war and destroy all life on Earth. As one of the first steps in this plot, it possessed Mr. Reich, the US ambassador to San Concepcion.

(Elektra: Assassin#1 (fb)) - Reich was present at the funeral of Carlos Huevos, president of San Concepcion, who had been assassinated by Elektra. The ninja was also present; she recognized the nauseating stench of the Beast on Reich, and so that night she went to the American embassy to kill him. However, the Beast instead overpowered Elektra, forcing her to drink its milk, and her mind shattered as a result. She was taken to the the Valley of Peace Institution for the Criminally Insane where she was to have a frontal lobotomy, but she regained her mind and broke free.

(Elektra: Assassin#3) - Presidential candidate Ken Wind traveled to San Concepcion, South America for a banquet in his own benefit. There he met with ambassador Reich, who secretly transferred the Hand's demon, the Beast, into him. The Beast took control of Ken Wind, whom the Hand felt was destined to become the next president of the United States.
    Elektra assassinated Reich, but realized too late that the Beast was now within Wind.

(Elektra: Assassin#4) - Wind met with SHIELD agents Garrett, Honda, and Minelli, while pressuring Senator Bob Willing to oppose funding of SHIELD. Having been linked to Elektra, Garrett, was able to detect the nauseating mayonnaise smell emanating from Wind. When Garrett realized the threat Wind posed and considered assassinating him, Wind revealed that he could read Garrett's mind and then crushed his cybernetically enhanced hand.

    Meanwhile, Elektra attempted to infiltrate Wind's operations by using a ninja mind trick to submerge her mind within that of comatose girl Sandy Newton. However, the Beast detected her and actually pushed Elektra's mind deeper, causing Newton's mind to become dominant, while Hand agents led her towards certain death. Garrett pursued the Hand, stopping them from killing Elektra and enabling Elektra's mind to emerge once again before Sandy died in the hospital. Garrett hurled some plastique at the car containing the Hand agents holding Elektra. The Beast caught just as it detonated, but Elektra used the explosion to escape their clutches.

(Elektra: Assassin#5 (fb) - BTS) - Ken's wife, Margaret, collapsed into a stupor after spending her first night with Ken after he had been possessed by the Beast.

The Beast psychically assaulted Elektra while she and Garrett were fighting some Hand agents, incapacitating her and rending her flesh. However, it found it was unable to affect the mostly cybernetic body of Garrett, which drove the Beast off, allowing Elektra to recover. She and Garrett finished off their attackers.

(Elektra: Assassin#5 - BTS) - Ken Wind achieved a commanding lead over the incumbent president in the polls, while Senator Willing him joined him in opposing SHIELD funding.

(Elektra: Assassin#6 (fb) - BTS) - The Beast took control of Chuck the Dwarf.

(Elektra: Assassin#6 (fb) - BTS) - Wind denounced SHIELD's ExTechOp division and also slammed the incumbent president for supporting SHIELD and ExTechOp.

(Elektra: Assassin#6) - Wind met with a US General, discussing his political agenda, and sharing a glass of the Beast's "milk" with him. The General then felt the Beast's direction to launch all of America's warheads. The General prepared to follow out the Beast's commands, but managed to resist at the last second and shot himself in the head.

    Chuck whispered in the ear of Arthur Perry during his reconstruction, seducing him towards the path of the Beast. As soon as Perry was completed, Perry and Chuck escaped the SHIELD helicarrier.

(Elektra: Assassin#7 (fb) - BTS) - Wind's face became the most popular choice of mask for young trick-or-treaters.

(Elektra: Assassin#7) - Ken Wind and the Beast communed with the cyborg warrior Arthur Perry after he drank milk offered by Chuck the Dwarf. Wind revealed his plan of genocide via nuclear annihilation. Wind then won the election; Elektra and Garrett were present at his victory party, preparing to kill him.

(Elektra: Assassin#8 (fb) - BTS) - Upon learning of Wind's election, the former president attempted to launch a full scale nuclear attack on Russia. Former presidential aide Jeff Rictus and his associates had to pry the "box" (the device with which he could commit nuclear weaponry) from his fingers.

(Elektra: Assassin#8) - Garrett and Elektra's presence was discovered by SHIELD agent Chastity McBryde; she led a squadron of agents to engage the would-be assassins while Wind was spirited away in an escape shuttle. Elektra managed to directly assault the Beast itself, after which she and Garrett destroyed the helicopter carrying Wind's shuttle. Wind crashed in the Lincoln Memorial, where he was defended by Perry, who quickly dismantled Garrett when he approached Wind. Perry then battled Elektra, while Wind stepped on Garrett's throat to prevent him from telling Elektra how to kill Perry by destroying his brain. Elektra succeeded in slaying Perry, after which Wind knew he was defeated (see comments).

(Elektra: Assassin#8 / Daredevil I#319 (fb) - BTS / 321 (fb) - BTS) - Elektra actually just used her hypnotic abilities to make Garrett believe that he was Wind and living the life of the president. In reality, Garrett remained in his dismantled form, which was placed in a stasis tube in a SHIELD facility.

(Daredevil I#190 - BTS) - Daredevil managed to purge the darkness and corruption from Elektra in a failed effort to resurrect her. Unbeknownst to Daredevil, Stone then resurrected Elektra himself.

(Daredevil I#319-325 - BTS) - The Snakeroot (allied with the Hand) abducted Garrett and used the psychic essence of Elektra imprinted on his mind to create Erynys, a reanimated corpse possessing Elektra's dark/Beast-tainted persona. They sought the virus known as About Face to permanently resurrect Erynys, but Erynys was slain by Daredevil, and in the process Elektra reaborbed her own dark essence, losing the purity she had gained.

(Elektra: Root of Evil#1-4 - BTS) - When the Snakeroot's leader, Lord Daito, committed suicide with his clan's sword, Sakka, Tekagi became the new leader and sought to restore the sword's power, and thus the power of the Snakeroot by slaying three strategic innocents. This plot was foiled by Elektra, who slew many of the Snakeroot members, including Tekagi.

(Elektra: Glimpse & Echo#1-3 - BTS) - Led by Takashi, the Hand sought to use basketball star and political hopeful Lyle Crawford to serve as a vessel to resurrect countless agents of the Hand slain by Elektra and others. Elektra was guided to oppose this by the spirit of Lyle’s dead father, jazz musician “Black Cat” Buddy Crawford, who had been killed by the Hand years before.

(Elektra: Glimpse & Echo#4) - The spirits of the Hand entered the body of Lyle Crawford, which proved unable to contain so many souls, and instead began to transform into an Earthly incarnation of the Beast. However, before the transformation was complete, Elektra decapitated Crawford, banishing the Beast and the spirits of the Hand.

 

 

 

 

Comments: Created by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz.

    I sincerely doubt I have all of the appearances of this character listed, as well as whether Elektra: Assassin is actually its first appearance. It is certainly at least behind-the-scenes in every appearance of the Hand, but for this profile I want to only list those where it is actually seen, directly felt, or at least invoked. The Hand will have OHotMU profiles at some point. I believe the Hand summoned a demon in Wolverine Annual 1999, but it did not appear to be the Beast.

    It is unclear what sort of demon the Beast is. I'd guess it would be Class II, meaning one of the demons of Hell, along the line of Mephisto, Satan, Satannish, Thog, etc. (it could even be one of them), but it could just as easily be some extradimensional creature, more like Shuma-Gorath.

    At the end of Elektra: Assassin series, Elektra apparently did a mind-swap, placing Garrett's mind in Wind's body, and Garrett was the next president of the USA. This was later revealed as an illusion, but Wind's real fate remains unknown (I'd have to think Elektra decapitated him).

    We can actually nail down when some of the events of Elektra: Assassin took place thanks to George Olshevksy's Avengers Index#3. In that issue, he discusses Avengers I#61, and notes that some freak weather conditions, such as the abnormally premature snowstorms seen in Elektra: Assassin, were caused by the battle between Ymir and Surtur in Avengers I#61, as well as by the events of Incredible Hulk I#109-110 (in which a large machine that affected the Earth's rotation existed in the Savage Land--this machine was the Planet-Destroyer, which was a weapon of the Sagittarians, used in the service of the Galaxy Master. It is seen in the profile for Umbu the Unliving).
    Thus, some of the events of Elektra: Assassin took place around the time of other stories with premature snowstorms, such as Amazing Spider-Man I#85, Incredible Hulk I#115, and Daredevil I#52-53. These premature snowstorms came ever now and then during a period of two or three months following the events of Avengers I#61.
    Further, Avengers I#61 took place towards the end of the third week of September of Peter Parker's sophomore year in college. So, we can nail things down ever further.
    --Per Degaton

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:


Ambassador Reich

US Ambassador to San Concepcion, he somehow became possessed by the Beast, which enabled him to survive Elektra's first assassination attempt. The Beast subsequently transferred itself into Ken Wind, and Reich was killed when Elektra--unaware of the transfer--impaled him with a short sword from behind a wall.

--Elektra: Assassin#1 (1(fb)-BTS, 1, 2


images:
Elektra: Assassin#1, p19, panel 3;
    p26, panel 2 (Reich);
Elektra: Assassin#5, p7, panel 1 (claw);
Elektra: Assassin#7, p17 (face)
Elektra: Glimpse & Echo#4, p14, panel 2


Appearances:
Elektra: Assassin#1-8 (August, 1986 - March, 1987) - Frank Miller (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (artist), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Daredevil I#319-325 (August, 1993 - February 1994) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Hector Collazo & Harry Candelario (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#320 (September, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Michael Avon Oeming (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#321 (October, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Hector Collazo (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#322-323 (November-December, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Hector Collazo & Rich Rankin (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#324 (January, 1994) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Hector Collazo & Michael Avon Oeming (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#325 (February, 1994) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Hector Collazo (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Elektra: Root of Evil#1-4 (March - June 1995) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Hector Collazo & Nando Prud-homme (#4) (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)


Last updated: 06/27/04

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