Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Mutant? human , multiple personality disorder
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Doc Samson, Vengeance
Enemies: Doc Samson, Vengeance
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Abuse-Monger, Derrick+wife, Lord of Discipline, Manny+Moe+Jack, Marjorie, Painkiller, Postman (splinter personalities)
Base of Operations: Pendleton Institute for the Criminally Insane; formerly Reno, Nevada
First Appearances: Incredible Hulk Annual II#20/2 (1994)
Powers/Abilities: Psychobabble suffers from a multiple personality disorder. Each of the splinter personalities (see bottom of page) can take control of his form, physically transforming it into a manifestation of its personality traits. In addition, under certain conditions, all personalities can be manifested simultaneously, either as a number of different forms, or as one large composite form. There may be countless other personalities yet unobserved. Psychobabble also can apparently assume any human form at will, as when he took the form of a prison guard at Pendleton to deceive Doc Samson. The forms with superhuman strength are at least Class 50-70, strong enough to grapple with Doc Samson.
The core personality is a young, presumably teenage male. It manifests no known superhuman powers, nor does it display any overt aggression. However, under periods of stress, it may relinquish control to any of the other personalities. It is not even certain that this is the original personality, but it would appear to be.
History: Psychobabble may be a mutant, or a mutated human. No explanation for his abilities has been given. He was first observed when he went on a shooting spree and took a number of hostages in a post office in downtown Reno, Nevada. Realizing that Psychobabble was both insane and a superhuman, the swat team called in Doc Samson, a super-powered psychiatrist. Doc Samson fought and negotiated with Psychobabble's splinter forms, individually and then as a group, to no success. However, when Marjorie's from took control, He was able to convince her to reabsorb the other personalities, allowing the core one to become dominant. The core form collapsed and was taken to the Pendleton Institute for the Criminally Insane.
A short time later, an electrical storm caused a power blackout at Pendleton, causing the core form to panic and allow the various splinter personalities to assume dominance. Either the warden of Pendleton, or one of the splinter personalities, called Doc Samson for assistance (or as part of a trap). Samson was at the time conducting a session with Michael Badalino (Vengeance), and invited him to come along in case he needed assistance. Upon arriving, Samson asked Badalino to hang back to maintain the confidentiality of the patients. A guard led Samson to Psychobabble's cell, kicked him in and locked the door, and then took the form of the Lord of Discipline, revealing himself as Psychobabble.
Badalino, hearing the fight, ran to help and transformed into Vengeance to battle the LoD. However, after defeating him, Vengeance was then attacked by the various other forms. Samson, unable to escape, directed Vengeance to locate the form of Marjorie. Vengeance did so, gained her trust by reverting to Badalino, and convinced her to re-merge the other forms again. The core form was taken into custody again.
Comments: Created by Jerry Novick and Kevin Kobasic
The Abuse-Monger, also known as the Lord of Discipline, is a large, belligerent man, bent on beating anyone and everyone it sees as deserving, acting out the role of an abusive father or husband. It possesses superhuman strength and durability, and uses a belt as a weapon.
Derrick and his wife is a two-headed form which spends the bulk of its time with the large wife's head yelling at the small, meek male head.
Manny, Moe, and Jack are three small men who attempt to be so helpful that they get in your way. However, when need be, they are more than willing to join in on a brawl.
Marjorie is a calm personality in the form of a teenage girl. It is able, with effort, to cause all of the other splinter personalities to merge together, and/or submerge themselves within the core personality, allowing it to regain ascendance.
Painkiller is a large, bald male with the appearance of a professional wrestler. It possesses superhuman strength and durability.
The Postman appears to be a middle-aged, balding male, armed with a gun. It can alter the gun to anything from a high-powered rifle to an Uzi to a bazooka. The gun is a direct extension of the identity, and is powerful enough to penetrate Doc Samson's skin.
In addition to these forms and that of the guard, Psychobabble also took the form of an Elvis lookalike televangelist.
Incredible Hulk II Annual#20/2 (1994) - Jerry Novick (writer), Kevin Kobasic (pencils), John Lowe (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#170-171 (December, 1994 - January, 1995) - Chris Cooper (writer), Reggie Jones (pencils), Fred Harper (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Last updated: September 8, 2001.
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