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|Aliases:||Benjamin Jacob Grimm; Benjamin J. Grimm; The Thing|
|Location:||Manhattan, New York City, New York|
|Relatives:||See Family members|
|First:||Fantastic Four, Vol. 1 #1|
Overview[edit | edit source]
Biography[edit | edit source]
Ben Grimm was leaving a Broadway play with Alicia Masters when he was attacked by a water elemental - one of four such creatures created by Diablo. The being encased Ben inside a sphere of water and he began to drown. His strength could not punch through the fluid material, so he raced into a sporting goods store, where a clerk named Jan saved him by feeding an air hose from a SCUBA tank into the water sphere. Free of the creature's hold, Ben then had to return the favor by repeating the same gestures to the clerk as the water elemental attacked her. He then ended up fighting the earth elemental outside and dispersed it by soaking it down with water from an underground pipe. 
Powers[edit | edit source]
Equipment[edit | edit source]
- Exoskeleton: For a while, the Thing reverted back to his human form of Ben Grimm. However, in order to remain active on the team and to keep the group's enemies from learning about his vulnerability, Reed constructed an exoskeleton armor that mimicked the appearance and abilities of the Thing. The suit compensated for Grimm's diminished strength levels and also provided him a high degree of resistance to physical damage as well as thermal and radiation damage. Grimm could even survive in the vacuum of space for limited periods of time while wearing this suit.
Family members[edit | edit source]
- Daniel Grimm - Father, deceased
- Elsie Grimm - Mother, deceased
- Daniel Grimm, Jr. - Brother, deceased
- Jake Grimm - Paternal uncle and former legal guardian
- Petunia Grimm - Paternal aunt-in-law.
- Alyce Grimm - Paternal aunt and former legal guardian.
- Sophie Grimm - Paternal aunt, deceased.
- Franklin Richards - Godson
- Valeria Richards - Goddaughter
Nicknames[edit | edit source]
- Bashful Benjy
- Ever lovin' blue-eyed Thing
- Mama Grimm's favorite boy
- Mister Grimm (usually by Willie Lumpkin)
- Uncle Ben (by Franklin & Valeria)
- The Idol of Millions
- Big Ben
- Numerous uncomplimentary names given to him by Johnny Storm over the years.
Other versions[edit | edit source]
- The Thing, Michael Chiklis character from Fantastic Four film series.
- The Thing, Ben Grimm from the 1978 Fantastic Four cartoon series and The Thing cartoon series.
- The Thing, Ben Grimm from the 1994 Fantastic Four cartoon series.
- The Thing, Ben Grimm from the 1994 Fantastic Four live-action film.
- The Thing, Ben Grimm from the 2006 Fantastic Four cartoon series.
- The Thing, Ben Grimm from the Heroes Reborn universe.
- The Thing, Ben Grimm from the Ultimate Universe.
- The Thing, Ben Grimm from the Marvel Zombies Universe.
Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]
OHOTMU profiles[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Amazing Spider-Man 5
- Amazing Spider-Man 300
- Amazing Spider-Man Annual 16
- Civil War 1
- Fantastic Four 5
- Fantastic Four 48
- Fantastic Four 175
- Fantastic Four 176
- Fantastic Four 177
- Fantastic Four 178
- Fantastic Four 179
- Fantastic Four 237
- Fantastic Four 247
- Man-Thing Vol 3 2 (Cameo appearance only)
- Marvel Team-Up 100
- Marvel Two-In-One 3
- Marvel Two-In-One 30
- Marvel Two-In-One 31
- Marvel Two-In-One 42
- Marvel Two-In-One 50
- Marvel Two-In-One 54
- Marvel Two-In-One 55
- Marvel Two-In-One 100
- Uncanny X-Men 135