Real Name: Humanoid Experimental Robot B-Type Integrated Electronics
Occupation: Assistant to Mr. Fantastic
Group Membership: None;
formerly "robot rebellion" (Awesome Android, Friday, Human Robot/M-11, Jocasta, Nick Fury LMDs, Machine Man/Aaron Stack, Mark One/Tony Stark A.I., Machinesmith/Starr Saxon, Quasimodo, Sentinel, others)
Affiliations: Aegis, Agent Zero (Christoph Nord), Alecto, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Betty Brant, Andy Bhang, Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Black Panther (T'Challa), Elsa Bloodstone, Blue Marvel (Adam Brashear), Danielle Cage, Luke Cage, Amy Chen, Gloria Clarke, Crystal (Crystalia Amaquelin), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Deadpool (Jack/"Wade Wilson"), Devil Dinosaur, Sonny Diperna, Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange), Doomhead, Elektro, Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Susan Richards, Mr. Richards/Reed Richards, Franklin Richards, Valeria Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Future Foundation (Artie/Artie Maddicks, Bentley-23, Dragon Man, Korr, Leech, Mik, Onome, Alex Power, Tong, Turg, Vil, Wu), Ghost Rider (John Blaze), Bruno Grainger, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Hi-Vo, Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Human Torch-13266 (John Storm), Iceman (Robert Drake), Inhumans (Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Gorgon/Gorgon Petragon, Karnak/Karnak Mander-Azur, Lockjaw, Medusa/Medusalith Boltagon, Triton), Iron Fist (Daniel Rand), Ironheart (Riri Williams), Iron Man (Tony Stark), J. Jonah Jameson, Jessica Jones, Kangaroo (Brian Hibbs), Deanna Kawade, Minouru Kawade, Kid Kaiju (Kei Kawade), William "Willie" Lumpkin, Mekara, M.O.D.O.K. (George Tarleton), Mole Man (Harvey Elder), Moonbot-7, Moon Girl (Lunella Lafayette), Morgan le Fey, Ms. Thing (Darla Deering), Mysterio/Cage McKnight (Quentin Beck), Namorita (Namorita Prentiss), Nova (Frankie Raye), Theresa Parker, Reyno, Nathaniel Richards, Roberta, Tamara Robinson, Scragg, Screwball, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), She-Thing (Sharon Ventura), Silver Sable (Silver Sablinova), Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), Slizzik, Smasher, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Toro (Thom Raymond), Union Jack (Joey Chapman), Victorious (Zora Vukovic), Vision, Viv Vision, Mary Jane Watson, Witness-1191, Wolverine (James Howlett)
Enemies: Arsenal/Howard Stark, Sunset Bain, Blastaar, Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom), Dr. Sun, Gideon Trust, Griever, Impossible Kids, Impossible Man, Impossible Woman, Iron Man 2020 (Arno Stark), Kang the Conqueror, Krogg, Leviathon Tide, Mistress/Maria Stark, Omnipotentis, Poisons (Groot, Spider-Woman, Whirlwind), Ramades, Reanimator, Sinister Six (King Cobra/Piet Voorhees, Rhino/Aleksei Sytsevich, Scorpion/Mac Gargan, Stegron/Vincent Stegron, Super-Skrull (Kl'rt), Tarantula/Anton Rodriguez, Vulture/Adrian Toomes), Taskmaster (Tony Masters), Terrax the Tamer, Vedomi, Vetis
Known Relatives: Master Xar (Xar), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards)
Aliases: H.U.B.E.R.T., D.R.H.E.R.B.I.E.,, Herbot, Unit 909, Highly Engineered Robot Built For Interdimensional Exploration
Place of Creation: Planet Xandar, Andromeda Galaxy
Base of Operations: The Baxter Building, New York
Formerly Pier Four, New York
Education: Programmed with extensive data
Appearance: Fantastic Four I#209 (August, 1979)
in its original form, could fly, interface with computers, and use
rudimentary weapons and tools, including infrared scanners, retractable
arms and metal coils, and fire-extinguishing foam. H.E.R.B.I.E. was
created initially using a combination of Earth and Xandarian technology,
and its personality programming is based off a cartoon version of itself
(programmed by Mr. Fantastic).
H.E.R.B.I.E. sometimes exists as a single unit, and sometimes is spread through dozens of units, and its design has been altered many times over the years. Sometimes programmed for offensive or defensive purposes, H.E.R.B.I.E. has self-destructed itself to destroy enemy targets. H.E.R.B.I.E. has taken many forms over the years with various levels of programming, including a cam-bot, a companion/guardian/babysitter for Franklin and Valeria Richards, a tutor for Moon Girl (in subjects like Advanced Combat Strategy, Xenomorphology, Beginning Kree, Applied Robotics, Sorcerers Supreme: Compilation, Artificial Intelligence and Alien Diplomacy, Monsters Vademecum: Underground Species, Terrigen Biochemistry, and Engineering Applications of Vibranium Alloys), a pilot for the Fantasti-Bus, a recorder of future timelines, medical treatment (in the case of D.R.H.E.R.B.I.E.), to act like Dr. Doom, a hall monitor, a teacher of super-human topics, a professional sound-mixer, a phone operator for the Baxter Building, and a servant for the Fantastic Four (serving breakfast and washing dishes). One H.E.R.B.I.E. was used by Iron Man to analyze a symbiote and design an antidote, another helped Mr. Fantastic design the dimensional portal, the Bridge, another analyzed energy data for Mr. Fantastic, another helped him analyze alien biology; another was taken in the future by the Fantastic Four to record and analyze data (which overwhelmed the unit); another aided the Human Torch in fixing a car; another helped Moon Girl experiment on her own powers as well as experiment on Devil DInosaur; another helped Human Torch and Thing repair the Multisect; another aided the Blue Marvel in analyzing black hole data.When H.E.R.B.I.E. was in a humanoid form, it could remain operational even when severely damaged (such as when its head was severed from its body) and it utilized metallic tendrils and lasers while operating various computers and devices. In this form, H.E.R.B.I.E.'s severed head was cable of sprouting tendril-like legs and operating on its own. In another humanoid form, H.E.R.B.I.E. stood upright and could fly with a jetpack, create force shields, fire eye lasers, and examine scientific data. H.E.R.B.I.E. has at times been designed, controlled, or "possessed" by others, including Dr. Sun (and H.E.R.B.I.E. destroyed itself to stop Dr. Sun's control) and the Gideon Trust (which equipped the robots with weapons). H.E.R.B.I.E. is sometimes tasked with specific assignments, such as seeking out a new herald for Galactus. H.E.R.B.I.E.'s greatest vulnerability is its own power source which, if disrupted, can shut it down. One H.E.R.B.I.E. had his inhibitor chip cancelled and it then had free will, developing a desire to help other robots achieve the same; this version of H.E.R.B.I.E. frequently used profanity. This version of H.E.R.B.I.E. also carried a device that would remove the inhibitor chips of other robots. Mr. Fantastic put submerged programming into H.E.R.B.I.E.'s form that revealed his true purpose as the Highly Engineered Robot Built For Interdimensional Exploration. With this programming, H.E.R.B.I.E. can scan data across millions of alternate timelines and locate specific data points given enough time, rather like an extra-dimensional search engine.
Height: variable; 5'4'' (humanoid); 2'
Weight: variable; 150 lbs. (humanoid); 70 lbs. (non-humanoid)
Eyes: Variable; primarily yellow
The most recent model of H.E.R.B.I.E. possesses a humanoid form, including arms and legs, and is specially programmed to serve as a companion to Franklin Richards. Although its full capabilities are not yet known, its head can continue to function after being separated from its body, and can release tentacles to use as arms and legs, and contains a laser.
History: (Marvels Comics Groups: The History of
Marvels - BTS) - When Marvel Comics attempted to expand its Fantastic
Four license to produce a cartoon based on the quartet, the Human Torch
was unavailable when contracts needed to be signed, and so was replaced
by a fictional character, H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot.
(Fantastic Four I#209) - Later, when he needed to design
an actual robot using Xandarian technology in conjunction with Master Xar of the Xandarians, Mr.
Fantastic recalled the cartoon and decided to base his new creation's
appearance and name on that of the cartoon automaton. The Fantastic Four
needed to locate Galactus to seek his aid against the Sphinx, and Mr.
Fantastic hoped that H.E.R.B.I.E. would assist them in locating
(Moon Girl and Devil
Dinosaur I#27 (fb) - BTS) - When Mr. Fantastic designed
H.E.R.B.I.E., he called him the Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-Type,
Integrated Electronics as its cover designation, but he put in
hidden programming related to H.E.R.B.I.E.'s true purpose, calling
him the Highly Engineered Robot Built For Interdimensional
Exploration, programming that would allow him to scan other
dimensions for information, like a massive extra-dimensional search
(Fantastic Four I#209) - Unknown to the Fantastic Four at the time, the villain Dr. Sun, previously trapped within Xandarian computers, had brought his consciousness into H.E.R.B.I.E.'s body. The Thing took an immediate dislike to H.E.R.B.I.E., and kept a close eye on it. As they began their search for Galactus, they encountered members of the Slig race. A Slig criminal, Krogg, attempted to steal their vessel, but he was slain by H.E.R.B.I.E. under Dr. Sun's control.
(Fantastic Four I#210-211) - The Fantastic Four continued in their voyage, and H.E.R.B.I.E. brought them to Galactus. Galactus had the Fantastic Four and H.E.R.B.I.E. seek out a new herald for him, and the man chosen, Tyros, became Terrax the Tamer.
(Fantastic Four I#212-213) - As the Fantastic Four battled Terrax and Galactus to spare Earth, H.E.R.B.I.E. was again controlled by Dr. Sun, and began work on a duplicate of the Ultimate Nullifier. It was eventually used by Mr. Fantastic to bluff Galactus into departing from Earth.
(Fantastic Four I#215-216) - Under Dr. Sun's control, H.E.R.B.I.E. released Blastaar from the Negative Zone in an attempt to destroy the Fantastic Four, but Blastaar failed.
(Fantastic Four I#217) - As the Fantastic Four cleaned up after their fight with Blastaar, Dr. Sun again took over H.E.R.B.I.E., and set about attacking the Fantastic Four, incapacitating both the Invisible Girl and Human Torch with the defenses of the Baxter Building, and besting Mr. Fantastic and the Thing in combat. Dr. Sun then left H.E.R.B.I.E.'s body to take possession of the entire Baxter Building through its master computer. When Mr. Fantastic realized what had happened, he managed to shunt Dr. Sun into the computer, but H.E.R.B.I.E. noted that Dr. Sun could still escape from the computer back into its body. To prevent the Fantastic Four from being harmed, H.E.R.B.I.E. hurled itself into the master computer, destroying both itself and Dr. Sun.
(Marvel Fanfare I#15) - A gigantic H.E.R.B.I.E. duplicate was used by the Human Torch as part of an April Fool's prank against the Thing. Unfortunately, the Torch's math and calendar skills had failed him and it was actually still March 31st. After the Thing explained the lesson of "Thirty days has September...", the Torch discontinued the prank.
(Rom#23) - When Power Man and Iron Fist joined Rom in invading the Baxter Building (for fear that the Fantastic Four had been replaced by Dire Wraiths) a team of H.E.R.B.I.E.s assaulted them. While Power Man and Iron Fist fought back, Rom shut down the building's main computer, so that the robots ceased functioning.
(Iron Man Legacy#9) - Mr. Fantastic sent H.E.R.B.I.E. with a huge check to Tony Star as starting credit for Tony's newest endeavor in Los Angeles.
(Fantastic Four III#3) - The Invisible Woman instructed H.E.R.B.I.E. to remind Mr. Fantastic to attend a charity event with the rest of the Fantastic Four, but Mr. Fantastic shut H.E.R.B.I.E. down with a binary code override.
(Nova III#3, 5, 7) - A H.E.R.B.I.E. unit obtained by the Reanimator was used by him to monitor the super-hero Nova.
(Nova III#4) - When the villain Condor attacked Mr. Fantastic's lab, starting a fire, H.E.R.B.I.E. used his extinguisher foam to put out some of the flames.
(Fantastic Four III#43) - After having stolen several of Reed Richards' patents, the Gideon Trust manufactured an army of H.E.R.B.I.E. robots, miniature-sized, to guard their facilities. When the Human Torch led She-Hulk, Ant-Man and Namorita into the Gideon Trust ant-sized, several H.E.R.B.I.E.s assaulted them. They finally escaped the cute but deadly robots by returning to normal size.
(Marvel Knights 4#3) - When the Fantastic Four lost a great deal of their fortune, they were forced to sell off several of their belongings, including at least one model of H.E.R.B.I.E.
(Marvel Holiday Special 2004/3) - H.E.R.B.I.E. assisted Franklin Richards as he wrote a report on Christmas for school.
(Marvel Knights 4#15) - A new humanoid model of H.E.R.B.I.E. alerted Mr. Fantastic to a communication from the Time Variance Authority's Mr. Mobius, who requested the Fantastic Four's aid in locating eight minutes of lost time. H.E.R.B.I.E. remained with Franklin and operated the Time Platform which the FF used to begin their search, but their trip was disrupted by Ramades, son of Kang, who had come to their era to conquer it. He confronted Franklin and H.E.R.B.I.E., informing them that the FF had been sent back in time thousands of years to die.
(Marvel Knights 4#16) - H.E.R.B.I.E. tried to send Franklin to safety on the moon, but was halted by Ramades. Ramades took Franklin prisoner as he began his conquest of the Earth, and infected all of Earth's artificial intelligences with a virus, which tore H.E.R.B.I.E. apart, leaving the robot's head near Franklin's cell.
(Marvel Knights 4#17) - H.E.R.B.I.E.'s remains finally rid their systems of the virus, and its head sprouted legs, then set Franklin free from his bonds. H.E.R.B.I.E. also activated a beacon so that Mr. Fantastic would be able to find them. H.E.R.B.I.E. and Franklin then located the eight minutes of lost time, which was in the form of a baseball.
(Marvel Knights 4#18) - As the Fantastic Four and Nathaniel Richards returned to the present to confront Ramades, H.E.R.B.I.E. and Franklin joined them, armed with the baseball. Franklin used the baseball to overcome Ramades, trapping him within an eight-minute temporal loop. The effects of Ramades' conquest of the Earth were undone by the Time Variance Authority.
(Marvel Knights 4#19-20) - When the rest of the Fantastic Four were away, H.E.R.B.I.E. assisted the Invisible Woman as she accepted a request for asylum from the Inhuman Alecto and her lover, the Alpha Primitive Reyno. When Gorgon came to claim the children, H.E.R.B.I.E. helped the Invisible Woman fight him off, using a Richter cannon from Reed's armory to knock Gorgon down. H.E.R.B.I.E. was ultimately ordered by Mr. Fantastic to contact the rest of the Royal Family of the Inhumans and turn the children back over to their care.
(Four#30) - On the day of the Baxter Building's open houes, H.E.R.B.I.E. helped reassure people outside the tower that they were in no danger after a piece of wreckage from one of Ben and Johnny's fights fell from above. Later, he welcomed the royal family of the Inhumans to the Baxter Building. At the open house, he helped babysit Valeria for the family as they gathered to meet their guests.
(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1) - As several H.E.R.B.I.E. units assisted Willie Lumpkin in the Baxter Building mailroom, one followed Lumpkin's robotic assistant Elektro, and questioned him regarding his O.S. (Operating System). When the unit learned Elektro only had a 32k system, it laughed and left.
(Marvel Knights 4#23) - H.E.R.B.I.E. was assigned to guard Franklin and Valeria while the Fantastic Four faced an invasion of Impossible Kids, but the Impossible Man and Impossible Woman managed to temporarily disable H.E.R.B.I.E. and abduct Franklin and Valeria from him.
(Thing II#4) - A H.E.R.B.I.E. unit served as autopilot for a Fantasti-Bus flying wealthy people kidnapped by Arcade back to their homes. The Human Torch was supposed to be piloting, but joined a party in the back of the ship.
(Black Panther IV#27) - A H.E.R.B.I.E. unit guarded Franklin and Valeria from a creature of the Negative Zone which had invaded the Baxter Building. Storm accidentally fried the H.E.R.B.I.E. when she thought it was threatening her. Either repaired or replaced, H.E.R.B.I.E. aided the Black Panther in coordinating efforts to track the Negative Zone creature. H.E.R.B.I.E. also projected a holographic message from Maria Hill, offering the aid of S.H.I.E.L.D., which the Black Panther declined. H.E.R.B.I.E. received a call from Wakanda for the Panther, but he refused to take it.
(Sub-Mariner II#4) - One of the humanoid H.E.R.B.I.E.s assisted the Invisible Woman in caring for Valeria.
(Gambit and Bishop I#3) - A H.E.R.B.I.E. unit was found among the collection gathered by the Witness (from the future Earth-1191).(Spider-Man/Human Torch I#5) - Mr. Fantastic repurposed a H.E.R.B.I.E. unit to take family photos and keep them in files. (Mighty Avengers I#8) - Iron Man entered the Baxter Building and used a password to interface with the H.E.R.B.I.E. A.I. construct, which was housed in a primary computer unit. H.E.R.B.I.E. helped him analyze a symbiote and provide a "counter-agent antibiotic antidote." (Dark Reign: Fantastic Four I#1) - Several H.E.R.B.I.E. units, as well as repurposed Doombots, helped Mr. Fantastic construct the Bridge device, which was capable of inter-dimensional travel. (Spider-Man and the Human Torch in... Bahia De Los Muertos! I#1) - A boxy H.E.R.B.I.E. unit verified Human Torch and Spider-Man's identities when the entered the Baxter Building. (Fin Fang Four Return! I#1/5) - H.E.R.B.I.E. took a call from Elektro, who was in jail, but H.E.R.B.I.E. merely laughed at him, then told Roberta that the call had been a wrong number. (Mighty Avengers I#25) - H.E.R.B.I.E. watched the Fantastic Four interact. (Mighty Avengers I#26) - H.E.R.B.I.E. and other robots were overrun by ants, causing them to malfunction. (Fantastic Four I#571) - A H.E.R.B.I.E. unit served breakfast and did dishes for the Fantastic Four. (Fantastic Four I#574) - A H.E.R.B.I.E. unit was present at Franklin Richards' birthday party. (Hulk II#19) - H.E.R.B.I.E. helped Human Torch fix a car. (Torch I#6) - H.E.R.B.I.E. stood by while Mr. Fantastic conducted an experiment with Jim Hammond and Toro. (Fantastic Four I#578) - A H.E.R.B.I.E. unit watched the Human Torch bring a woman home from the bar, but she turned out to be a vessel for insects who activated a portal back to the Negative Zone. H.E.R.B.I.E. stood watch as the Torch entered the Negative Zone and later returned. (Fantastic Four I#584) - H.E.R.B.I.E. aided Mr. Fantastic in analyzing energy data, then the Silver Surfer arrived. (Fantastic Four I#586) - H.E.R.B.I.E., on a computer screen, warned the Fantastic Four of an incoming threat. (Iron Man: Legacy I#9) - Mr. Fantastic sent H.E.R.B.I.E. to deliver a message to Iron Man, who was with Tamara Robinson at the time. (Amazing Spider-Man I#658) - H.E.R.B.I.E. observed the Future Foundation training with the Fantastic Four. (Fantastic Four I#605) - Mr. Fantastic and Nathaniel Richards took one "Herbot" into an alternate future to year 3012, where H.E.R.B.I.E. was equipped to record events without being overwhelmed by the data. (Fantastic Four IV#1) - Mr. Fantastic confided in H.E.R.B.I.E. about the decay of his powers, and challenged H.E.R.B.I.E. to find new universes for him to explore. (FF II#5) - D.R.H.E.R.B.I.E., a H.E.R.B.I.E. unit programmed for medical care, tended to Human Torch-13266, who was there from an alternate future. (Fantastic Four IV#6) - Franklin and Valeria repurposed a few H.E.R.B.I.E. units to aid the Fantastic Four in a fight against Blastaar. They rushed in to fight, one of the units accidentally using the term 'exsanguinate' instead of 'exterminate' before Blastaar destroyed the units. (FF II#6) - D.R.H.E.R.B.I.E. continued tending to Human Torch-13266. Ant-Man (Scott Lang) programmed another H.E.R.B.I.E. to wear a cape and act like Dr. Doom. (Deadpool III#12) - When Deadpool was attacked at the Baxter Building by Vetis, H.E.R.B.I.E. fought back against the demon with extending tendrils. (FF II#8) - The future Human Torch woke up, accidentally destroying two H.E.R.B.I.E. doctors. (FF II#11) - H.E.R.B.I.E. unit 909 patrolled the halls of the Future Foundation as the appointed hall monitor. 909 was apprehended by Ahura, who took 909 apart and then wore parts of him for fun. Another H.E.R.B.I.E. unit, who commented on recent social media posts, thought Ahura wearing parts of 909 looked "different" than its usual self and wondered if it was because of Crossfit. (FF II#12) - H.E.R.B.I.E. units wearing construction hats oversaw the construction of a teleportation gate at the Baxter Building. (Cataclysm: the Ultimates' Last Stand I#3) - When Spider-Man (Miles Morales) entered the Baxter Building, a group of laser-firing H.E.R.B.I.E.s attacked until he fled. (Fantastic Four V#2) - H.E.R.B.I.E. assisted Mr. Fantastic in his lab as he examined a dead alien. (Fantastic Four V#3) - H.E.R.B.I.E. continued assisting Mr. Fantastic. (Infamous Iron Man I#7) - Iron Man (Victor Von Doom) battled a group of criminals as an establishment called Herbie's. (Monsters Unleashed II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Parker Industries designed a H.E.R.B.I.E. unit to instruct Kid Kaiju, an Inhuman boy whou could summon monsters, in topics including Advanced Combat Strategy, Xenomorphology, Beginning Kree, Applied Robotics, Sorcerers Supreme: Compilation, Artificial Intelligence and Alien Diplomacy, Monsters Vademecum: Underground Species, Terrigen Biochemistry, and Engineering Applications of Vibranium Alloys. This H.E.R.B.I.E. moved with Kei to the Island of Mu. (Monsters Unleashed III#1) - After interacting with Elsa Bloodstone and Kei's parents (Deanna and Minouru Kawade), H.E.R.B.I.E. debated with Deanna about the things Kei needed to learn. H.E.R.B.I.E. informed Elsa, Kei, and his monsters (Aegis, Slizzik, Hi-Vo, Scragg, Mekara) about a Leviathon threat. (Monsters Unleashed III#4) - H.E.R.B.I.E. discussed Kei's powers to the Kawades and Gloria Clarke when Leviathons attacked. (Monsters Unleashed III#5) - As Kei Kawade manipulated Smasher into fighting composite Leviathons, H.E.R.B.I.E. tried contacting the Avengers, Inhumans, or S.H.I.E.L.D., but found the signal was scrambled. H.E.R.B.I.E. later saw Kei made peace with the Mole Man. (Monsters Unleashed III#6) - Sensing Kei was anxious, H.E.R.B.I.E. checked on him. H.E.R.B.I.E. offered to be a good listener or to play lullabies, and grew concerned when Kei sought to hide a new drawing he was making. Elsa then summoned Kei for a mission. (Defenders V#3) - Diamondback and Black Cat had a confrontation at Herbie's, which appeared to be an old arcade inside. (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur I#25) - Moon Girl (Lunella Lafayette) found an inert H.E.R.B.I.E. among the Fantastic Four's things. As she walked away, the H.E.R.B.I.E. unit activated. (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur I#27) - H.E.R.B.I.E. was hinting to Thing, Human Torch, and Moon Girl that he had mission parameters that the others didn't know about. When Thing bopped H.E.R.B.I.E. on the head, he revealed his true name: Highly Engineered Robot Built For Interdimensional Exploration. Doomhead (a Doombot head activated and seemed to want to fight H.E.R.B.I.E. as Moon Girl and the others rushed off to handle a threat. (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur I#28) - When Moon Girl, Human Torch, and Thing discussed the need for a fourth teammate to face off against Omnopotentis, H.E.R.B.I.E. volunteered himself, saying that Omnipotentis (who was seeking to harness the four fundamental forces of physics: gravity, electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force) was seeking to find H.E.R.B.I.E. on Yancy Street due to his programming. The heroes put together a plan to stop the Super-Skrull from summoning Omnipotentis to Earth. (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur I#29) - H.E.R.B.I.E. continued helping the others prepare for the arrival of Omnipotentis. Moon Girl updated H.E.R.B.I.E.'s programming so he could help her search through massive amounts of data. H.E.R.B.I.E. successfully located Devil Dinosaur in another dimension, then Moon Girl opened a portal and brought him through it. (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur I#30) - H.E.R.B.I.E. watched his allies go off to face Galactus and Omnipotentis. He then saw the team return after they finished their mission. (Venomized I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Aware of the threat of the Poisons, H.E.R.B.I.E. got Kid Kaiju and his family to safety. (Venomized I#2) - When three Poisons (Whirlwind, Groot, Spider-Woman) attacked, H.E.R.B.I.E. sword at them and threatened them, then detonated himself to destroy them. (Peter Parker: the Spectacular Spider-Man I#306) - H.E.R.B.I.E. was attacked by the Vedomi, an alien race who sought to integrate all robotics into their control, but Spider-Man saved him then took H.E.R.B.I.E. to join with the resistance, where he met Theresa Parker, J. Jonah Jameson, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Danielle Cage, Human Torch, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Ironheart, and Betty Brant. H.E.R.B.I.E was sent to recover with other damaged robots, including Vision, Machine Man, and Viv Vision. (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur I#33) - H.E.R.B.I.E., Doomhead, and Moonbot-7 (a replica of Moon Girl) aided Moon Girl in an experiment on her powers, but the experiment accidentally turned Devil Dinosaur into a small human boy. (Tony Stark: Iron Man I#3) - H.E.R.B.I.E. hung out at the Uncanny Valley, a bar for robots. (Fantastic Four VI#2) - The Fantastic Four summoned every member of their team to a mission against the Griever in another dimension. Summoned members included H.E.R.B.I.E., She-Thing, Luke Cage, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Wolverine (James Howlett), Ms. Thing (Darla Deering), Ghost Rider (John Blaze), Nova (Frankie Raye), Medusa, Black Panther (T'Challa), Storm, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Iceman, Crystal, and Namorita. (Fantastic Four VI#3) - H.E.R.B.I.E. and the others battled the Griever's operatives. (Fantastic Four VI#4) - H.E.R.B.I.E. and the others returned to Earth. (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur I#35) - H.E.R.B.I.E. assisted Moon Girl in getting Devil Dinosaur back into his normal form. (Peter Parker: the Spectacular Spider-Man I#309) - H.E.R.B.I.E. worked with Human Torch and Thing on getting the Multisect working, as Spider-Man was trapped in another reality. (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur I#36) - H.E.R.B.I.E. saw Moon Girl prepare for a mission. Later, he saw an agitated Devil Dinosaur chained in the Moon Girl's lab. (Moon Girl and Devi Dinosaur I#41) - At Moon Girl's request, H.E.R.B.I.E. acquired 445 gallons of warm milk for Devil Dinosaur. (Ziggy Pig/Silly Seal Comics II#1) - Dr. Doom kept a severed H.E.R.B.I.E. head on his trophy wall in Latveria. (She-Hulk Annual I#1) - H.E.R.B.I.E. assisted Mr. Fantastic. (Black Cat I#4) - A H.E.R.B.I.E. unit sat inert in the Baxter Building. (Black Cat I#5) - Outside, one H.E.R.B.I.E. warned civilians that the Baxter Building was closed while another H.E.R.B.I.E. tried helping the Fantastic Four, Black Cat, Bruno Grainger, and Boris Korpse in their battle against Blastaar inside. H.E.R.B.I.E. worked to get the Negative Zone portal working again. (Fantastic Four VI#14) - The Fantastic Four prepared to take H.E.R.B.I.E. on their mission as a pilot when Thing initially refused, but Thing threw H.E.R.B.I.E. out and went himself instead. (Dr. Doom I#2 (fb) - BTS) - When Dr. Doom was suspected of killing thousands through a terrorist act against the Antlion project (a black hole device on the moon meant to be used to stave off climate change), the Fantastic Four sent a larger, human-sized H.E.R.B.I.E. unit to monitor events. (Dr. Doom I#2) - H.E.R.B.I.E. stood alongside representatives from many countries, including Union Jack (Joey Chapman), Silver Sable, Amy Chen, Agent Zero, and Dr. Strange. H.E.R.B.I.E. boarded the transport ship that was to take Dr. Doom to prison, but Doom caused the ship to crash and escaped. H.E.R.B.I.E. later sought out the Blue Marvel, who'd been lecturing at a university. H.E.R.B.I.E. explained that Mr. Fantastic had selected Blue Marvel to go after Dr. Doom, considering Blue Marvel Doom's equal in power and intellect. (Dr. Doom I#3) - The human-sized H.E.R.B.I.E. and Blue Marvel found Dr. Doom at the home of Morgan le Fey, and began to realize that he'd been framed for the Antlion event. H.E.R.B.I.E. reported that Symkaria had just invaded Latveria, then Doom awoke and blasted Blue Marvel and H.E.R.B.I.E. away. Just then, Kang the Conqueror arrived. (Dr. Doom I#4) - H.E.R.B.I.E. and Blue Marvel went out for pizza, discussing the black hole problem. They worked to track down Dr. Doom, finding a badly defeated Taskmaster on the way. (Dr. Doom I#5 (fb) - BTS) - H.E.R.B.I.E. examined Taskmaster and discovered he'd been given truth serum. Using internet searches, he connected Taskmaster to an A.I.M. operation, Codename: Fruzsina, which he connected to Fruzsina Markovich. (Dr. Doom I#5) - H.E.R.B.I.E. reported back to the Blue Marvel, and asked for him to put a good word in for H.E.R.B.I.E. with Mr. Fantastic. Soon, they found Dr. Doom interacting with Fruzsina, with Silver Sable, Amy Chen, and Victorious nearby, and a brief fight broke out, with H.E.R.B.I.E. using a jet pack, a force shield, and an eye laser during the fight. Kang the Conqueror arrived and blasted H.E.R.B.I.E. with a gun, taking it out of the fight. (Dr. Doom I#7 - BTS) - H.E.R.B.I.E. monitored Blue Marvel as he entered the black hole, passing through a wormhole through the other side. (Amazing Mary Jane I#3) - H.E.R.B.I.E. 1.05 was hired to be the sound-mixer on a movie being made by "Cage McKnight" (secretly Mysterio). H.E.R.B.I.E. worked alongside actress Mary-Jane Watson, production manager Screwball, and director of photography Master Matrix. (Amazing Mary Jane I#4) - H.E.R.B.I.E. worked sound as the film continued. (Amazing Mary Jane I#5) - H.E.R.B.I.E., Master Matrix, "Cage McKnight", Screwball, Kangaroo (Brian Hibbs), Mallorie, and Sonny Diperna stood against the Sinister Six when they attacked the movie set. (Incoming I#1/9) - Having heard there was a robot revolution taking place, Valeria sought to free H.E.R.B.I.E. and removed an inhibitor chip from H.E.R.B.I.E.'s framework, allowing the robot to glide through the air yelling in joy and screaming profanity as it saw fit. H.E.R.B.I.E. flew away, dedicating itself to the revolution. (Iron Man 2020 II#1) - H.E.R.B.I.E. joined the robot revolution on the 13th Floor, working with the Awesome Android, Quasimodo, Nick Fury LMDs, Machine Man, the Human Robot, Albert, a Sentinel, and others, under the leadership of the Tony Stark A.I., who called himself Mark One. (Iron Man 2020 II#2) - H.E.R.B.I.E., calling himself the "robot with sass that kicks fleshy ass" joined Quasimodo in liberating some robotic crash test dummies from Futura Motors, activating an un-inhibitor device that allowed the robots to have their own free will. Iron Man 2020 (Arno Stark) attacked, destroying the un-inhibitor, and H.E.R.B.I.E. and the others fled to safety. Hearing about an 'obedience download' that took away the free will of robots designed by Sunset Bain at Baintronics, H.E.R.B.I.E. and others were sent by the Mark One to infiltrate Arno Stark's base and download his programming codes. (Iron Man 2020 II#3) - As Quasimodo was seemingly killed, H.E.R.B.I.E. and its allies fled from Baintronics, finding themselves locked out of the Thirteenth Floor by Bain. The war with Iron Man 2020 intensified and H.E.R.B.I.E. used a laser blaster to destroy Iron Man 2020's weapon. As the battle ended, Mark One was believed killed. (Iron Man 2020 II#4) - As Iron Man 2020 unleashed his human-piloted robots in the Iron Legion, H.E.R.B.I.E. and the robot rebellion fled with Mark One's body. Machinesmith took them to a temporary base in New Jersey, and H.E.R.B.I.E. complained about the state of things. After they were unable to reactivate Mark One, H.E.R.B.I.E. and the others interfaced with Machine Man, Jocasta, and Andy Bhang, and they had found a way to block the obedience software. (Iron Man 2020 II#5) - H.E.R.B.I.E. and the rebellion, including Friday, worked to use DNA samples to create a new body for Tony Stark, and he agreed to help them with taking down Arno Stark. H.E.R.B.I.E., carrying two laser guns, worked with the robot rebellion to attack Arno's space station, battling Arsenal and Mistress there, then they tricked Arno into thinking the massive Singularity was attacking. (Iron Man 2020 II#6) - Arno Stark was made to believe, though virtual reality, that he defeated the Singularity, then put into stasis to end the conflict. H.E.R.B.I.E. and the others celebrated. (Black Knight III#1) - Black Knight found a deactivated H.E.R.B.I.E. in Weirdworld. (M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games I#1) - During a fight with A.I.M., M.O.D.O.K. escaped, taking some acquired technology with him, including a H.E.R.B.I.E.
Comments: Created by Jack Kirby for the Fantastic Four animated series. Adapted for comics by Marv Wolfman, John Byrne and Joe Sinnott.
H.E.R.B.I.E. also appears in the humor comic Fantastic
Four Roast#1 proclaiming, "I am not a crook."
I'm not convinced that that issue has to be non-continuity--Snood.
I am. As Hembeck himself says in the intro, "Are you going to believe a guy who'll rewrite Dr. Doom's origin for the sake of a cheap joke? It was either laughs or continuity, so continuity went out the window." -Prime Eternal
H.E.R.B.I.E. became one of the stars of the 1978-1979 Fantastic Four cartoon because at the time, the Human Torch was being considered for a movie with Universal, but an urban legend soon sprang up claiming that the Torch had been removed because the producers were afraid that children would light themselves on fire in emulation. This story has taken on a life of its own, and is generally accepted as the reason why H.E.R.B.I.E. was created. But hey, it inspired one of John Byrne's best stories, so what the hey! (re: Fantastic Four I#285)
As noted by Kyle Sims, comic book artist Dave Cockrum was originally slated to design the robot that would become H.E.R.B.I.E. for the Fantastic Four cartoon, but this is what happened according to him:
The original interview where Cockrum quoted this can be found here.
Jack Kirby also considered naming him either "ZZ
1-2-3" or "Charlie the Computer." So let's all be grateful he chose
An alternate version of H.E.R.B.I.E. was reprogrammed as H.U.B.E.R.T.. In Jonathan Hickman's run, fact sheets often appeared as pages in the comic, looking as if they were computer text on a screen that resembled H.E.R.B.I.E.There are a few scattered appearances of an establishment called Herbie's, which has the H.E.R.B.I.E. robot image on the sign, and it appears to be an old arcade that is now used by super-villains. It is unknown if there are any direct connections to H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot, or if someone just used his name on the establishment.
by Prime Eternal with updates and additional images from Chadman.
H.E.R.B.I.E. should not be confused with:
The H.E.R.B.I.E.s of Earth-9907 served as the stealth drones for Dr. Reed Richards, guarding his laboratory. Three of them intercepted Thunderstrike, American Dream and Spider-Girl when they invaded the building.
These units were equipped with energy blasts capable of incinerating a full-sized human.
First Posted: 02/22/2004
Last updated: 02/15/2022
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