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BRUUT

Real Name: Durward Hopkins

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-93060/Ultraverse) human mutate

Occupation: Enforcer, agent;
   formerly wrestler;
   formerly janitor

Group Membership: Malcolm Kort's agents (Bloodbath, Hot Rox, Supreme Soviet) (all Earth-93060)

Affiliations: Malcolm Kort; worked with Cybernoids (all Earth-93060)

Enemies: Deming's Exiles (Catapult, Deadeye, Dr. Rachel Deming, Ghoul, Mustang, Tinsel, Trax), Amber Hunt, Mastodon (all Earth-93060)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Visionary Productions, Los Angeles, California, USA (Earth-93060)

First Appearance: Exiles I#1 (August, 1993) (Malibu/Ultraverse)

Powers/Abilities: Bruut is superhumanly strong (about 40  ton range) with bulletproof durability (while high impact shells leave marks on his skin, they heal within hours), although using his expending his strength quickly can also soon tire him out. He can leap high with his strong legs. He is an excellent hand-to hand fighter, having been a wrestler, but relies primarily on his super strength. He compensates for his lower-than-average IQ through aggression, enjoying the fear he instills. He has been trained to fly and safely land helicopters.

Height: 7'
Weight: 370 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History:

(Skybox Ultraverse trading card # (fb) - BTS) - Durward Hopkins' IQ only reached the low 80s and he became a janitor. He tried out being a pro-wrestler, but was banned after injuring too many opponents. Malcolm Kort identified Hopkins as a potential and recruited him to join his organization. Hopkins was transformed into the super-strong and nigh-invulnerable Bruut, which gave him even more power to use against those who belittled him.

(Exiles I#1) - Bruut was hired by Malcolm Kort to accompany the fellow mercenary, the viciously deadly Bloodbath, to retrieve new Theta Virus victim, teenager Timothy Halloran in San Diego, but were confronted by two of Deming's Exiles team members, Mustang and Catapult, also there to get Timothy. Catapult was able to knock Bruut into Timothy's house while Bloodbath dealt with the two Exiles. Bruut grabbed Timothy's mother by the neck, but was absent-mindedly standing in water from the damaged house. Bloodbath shot the powered Mustang to electrify the water and Bruut's hand spasmed, snapping the woman's neck; the two Exiles and Bruut fell unconscious; Bloodbath made off with the traumatized Timothy.

(Exiles I#2) - Police arrived at the house quickly, including a helicopter. Recovering, Bruut attacked the police but they countered with a barrage of bullets that momentarily paused him before he charged again. Mustang and Catapult used their powers against him, but Bruut just hurled a car, wanting to go home. He jumped up, commandeered the helicopter, later landing on a truck to make his way back to Kort's base. Once there, Bruut confronted Bloodbath about being left behind, but combat-master Bloodbath downed him with with a well-placed punch followed by a warning.

(Exiles I#4) - Using the now-dead Bloodbath's gun and armor, Ghoul blasted his way around Kort's labs, angry that Tinsel was dead. Ghoul came across Bruut and, unable to hurt the powerhouse with the gun, Ghoul blasted the floor under him and Bruut fell down toward the basement. Ghoul then destroyed the upper story labs with a massive explosion.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Tom Mason, Dave Olbrich, Paul Pelletier, Ken Branch.

It's quite possible that Bruut survived when Ghoul blew up Visionary Productions as the explosion seemed to center on the top floors.
--Snood

Kansas reader Nick Williams mentioned in the Letters page in Exiles#3 that Bloodbath and Bruut look like a pair of Rob Liefeld rejects. Yikes!

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Bruut has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Exiles I#4, p19, pan3 (main image)
Skybox Ultraverse trading card #52 (headshot)
Exiles I#2, p6 (all shot up)


Appearances:
Exiles I#1 (August, 1993) - Steve Gerber, Tom Mason, Dave Olbrich (writers), Chris Ulm (writer/editor), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Ken Branch (inks)
Exiles I#2 (September, 1993) - Steve Gerber (writer), Robb Phipps (pencils), Ken Branch (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
Exiles I#3 (October, 1993) - Steve Gerber (writer), Robb Phipps (pencils), Scott Reed (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
Exiles I#4 (November, 1993) - Steve Gerber (writer), Robb Phipps (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
Skybox Ultraverse trading card #52


First posted: 06/29/2023 - celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Ultraverse!
Last updated: 06/29/2023

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