HOWARD the ROBODUCK
Real Name: Howard the Roboduck
Identity/Class: Extradimensional / Alternate Reality (Earth-19171; see comments)
Group Membership: Legion of Howards (Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Howard the Duck of Earth-88011, Sister Howard the Duck of Earth-39251, the
Mjolnir-wielding Howard the Duck of Earth-20160, Duck-bill
costume wearing redheaded human woman Howard the Duck of Earth-89517 (presumably Beverly
Switzler?), Strangeduck of Earth-80118);
Affiliations: S.H.I.E.L.D. of Earth-616 (notably Leo Fitz and indirectly Jeremiah Warrick...and -- even less directly -- Phil Coulson);
Howard the Duck; (you know...not FROM -616, but lives there);
Known Relatives: Presumably an unidentified creator
Base of Operations: Presumably mobile thoughout the universe of Reality-19171;
perhaps across realities on a regular basis in the Legion of Howards;
possibly formerly his native reality (see comments)
S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (November, 2015)
Powers/Abilities: Howard the Roboduck was a large robot, perhaps 60-80' tall.
Howard the Roboduck spoke as if sentient, but it is possible that it had a pilot or was remotely controlled.
While only shown to casualy hold a
group of other Howards (weighing perhaps 350 lbs.) in a single hand,
Howard the Roboduck was likely much stronger, perhaps even Class 100
(lifting over 100 tons).
It's metallic form was superhumanly durable, but obviously no match for Ducanard's exploding fork...
The fins on its back made it seem likely that Howard the Roboduck (unlike most Howards) could fly, but that is unconfirmed.
Howard the Roboduck's equipment
was cannibalized to create a powerful energy-blaster, presumably
indicating that the intact Roboduck could fire energy blasts, but that
Height: Unrevealed; approximately 60'
Weight: Unrevealed; given that its composition is unrevealed, it is extremely difficult to speculate (assuming it would weigh 1000 lbs. at 6' tall, it would be 500 tons at 60' tall; by the way, this means the roughly 100' Red Ronin is insanely underestimated in terms of weight at 23.5 tons)
Eyes: Gray lenses
Unusual Features: Howard the Roboduck is an immense robot, with a duck-shaped head and three fingers, but otherwise human proportions.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS) - Howard the Roboduck's origins are unrevealed. It would seem to be a robot constructed by someone, but perhaps it is from a world/dimension in which robots such as itself came about naturally.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS) - Howard the Roboduck helped form the Legion of Howards, a "cross-existential reality force" (group of alternate reality) Howard the Ducks that fought for "hyperjustice," including <at least> the Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Howard the Duck of Earth-88011, Sister Howard the Duck of Earth-39251, the Mjolnir-wielding Howard the Duck of Earth-20160, and a Duck-bill costume wearing redheaded human woman Howard the Duck of Earth-89517 (presumably Beverly Switzler?), and Strangeduck of Earth-80118.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS) - The Legion of Howards did not invite the Howard the Duck active on Earth-616 because, well, you know...
For the rest of the profile, I'm going with the 616-dwelling Howard for conciseness/clarity/because I feel like it).
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS)
- The Multiversal "Spider-Verse" conflict involving numerous alternate
reality Spider-beings fighting the spider-totem-eating Inheritors led
to progressive spatial anomalies that apparently threatened the entire
After the "Zipper Unripper" was spat out by the chaos, Earth-616's S.H.I.E.L.D.
mystic agent Jeremiah Warrick determined that it could only be utilized
to mend the damage by a being from an alternate reality. It was
determined that Howard the Duck could be that being.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS) - The Legion of Howards gathered to oppose the threat of Ducanard of Earth-15110, who felt he was born to create a perfect pate from the blended livers of one single duck who existed in many forms across diverse realities.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 - BTS) - On Earth-616 Warrick and fellow agent Leo Fitz summoned (616-dwelling) Howard the Duck and informed him of his role, after which Warrick magically transported Howard to an alternate Earth (or perhaps a location where realities were crossing-over) to utilize the Zipper Unripper...and then he accidentally transported Fitz there as well.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS) - Strangeduck informed the rest of the Legion that the 616-dwelling Howard had the device needed to save their universes.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10) - The Legion of Howards encountered the 616-dwelling Howard and Fitz and introduced themselves.
When the 616-dwelling Howard questioned the Legion's story, asking why he had never been invited to join their group, the other Howards all looked away awkwardly (presumably preferring to avoid voicing something like, "because you're a jerk.").
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10) - Ducanard impaled Howard-20160 with his long fork deal, apparently killing him.
Ducanard then hurled his fork into and blew up Howard the Roboduck-19171.
Leo Fitz cannibalized Roboduck's remains into a weapon.
He was initially frustrated by his
math's failure until he adjusted for the ducks likely using a base 8
system due to having 8 rather than 10 digits.
Fitz then used the weapon created to blast and incapacitate Ducanard.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 - BTS) - After the Liverer-12115 arrived and incinerated Ducanard, the rest of the Legion and 616-dwelling Howard and Fitz-616 closed the Liverer's zipper ending the threat and returning the Howards to their homes.
Unconnected to the zipper chain,
it is uncertain whether Howard the Roboduck was sent back to its
homeworld or not.
Comments: Created by Mark Waid and Evan "Doc" Shaner.
Surely Howard the Roboduck could be rebuilt!
Of course, it could...but don't call me Shirley...
presumably at least partially a Robocop parody, though his giant size is likely
a homage to the giant mecha common in manga/anime. But I also wonder if he's a
nod to either Archie's Roboduck (left) or Darkwing Duck's
Profile by Snood.
Howard the Robduck should be distinguished from:
ROBO-MONKS - see TEMPLOIDS (app-temp)--Battletide I#2
ROBOS - robots built by Alkhema, based on
brain patterns of Grim Reaper + Henry Pym + Scarlet Witch + Vision +
Wasp + Wonder Man, many composite forms built, designed Robotopia,
destroyed in destruction of her base
(app)--[Avengers III#22], Avengers: Ultron Imperative (Av III#0, 19-22], Avengers: Ultron Imperative (fb), Avengers: Ultron Imperative
images: (without ads)
SHIELD #10, pg. 9 (upper body, holding other Howards);
pg. 11, panel 3 (Ducanard hurling fork-deal);
panel 5 (Roboduck exploding);
pg. 13, panel 2-3 (Fitz cannibalizing components)
S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (November, 2015) - Mark Waid (writer), Evan "Doc" Shaner (artist) Jon Moisan (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First posted: (As sub-profile) 08/01/2020; (as full profile) 08/07/2020
Last updated: 08/07/2020
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