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Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym

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The original Ant-Man, Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. Making his Silver Age debut in Tales to Astonish #27 (January, 1962), Hank Pym was an ordinary, but brilliant biochemist. Happily married to Maria Trovaya, a political refugee, Hank was devastated when she was murdered on a trip to Hungary. Her death led to Hank's first mental breakdown, one of his defining attributes in later years. After recovering, Hank threw himself into his work, leading to the creation of a rare group of subatomic particles. Pym then uses the particles to create two serums: one that shrinks objects and one that makes them larger. Testing the first serum on himself, Pym shrinks to insect size for the first time but is unable to reverse the procedure. Now trapped in a nearby anthill, Pym nearly drowns in honey before being rescued by a friendly ant. The new friends fend off an attack by other ants looking for an easy meal before Pym makes it back to his lab. Using the second serum to return to normal size, Pym recognizes the danger of his discovery and decides to destroy the serums before they can do more harm.

Realizing that he was destroying a breakthrough, Hank recreated his serums a few weeks later. Inspired by his experience in the anthill, Pym uses the shrinking serum to become the superhero Ant-Man in Tales to Astonish #35 (September, 1962). He would pick up a partner a few issues later in the form of Janet van Dyne, a young socialite who closely resembled his dead wife. With her father dead thanks to the arrival of the creature from Kosmos, Janet volunteers to undergo genetic alteration at the hands of Pym to become "The Wasp". Together, the heroes defeat the Kosmosian and become partners. Later, the duo would join Iron Man and Thor in battle against the Hulk until the heroes realize that they've been manipulated by Loki, the God of Mischief. Banding together, the heroes defeat Loki and officially become The Avengers.

Pym soon tinkered with his serums further, complementing his shrinking abilities with ones that would make him grow larger; as a result he tweaked his codename to Giant-Man. He also experimented with other superhero identities through the Sixties, calling himself Goliath (which exclusively used the growth powers) and Yellowjacket.


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  • 10-Minute Retirement: Pym has retired several times over the years, sometimes taking Janet with him, but it never stuck.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Has occasionally shown these tendencies, especially early in he and Janet's relationship.
  • Action Dad: As revealed in All-New, All-Different Marvel, he has a daughter with his deceased first wife, Nadia Pym.
  • Agent Scully: Sometimes, he insists that magic isn't real and that there are no gods.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: As Yellowjacket.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Hank Pym is a confessed atheist. He dismisses "gods" like Thor and Hercules as extra-dimensional heroes. But he either knows of or has met Eternity, the living spirit of the universe and is still an atheist.
  • Arch-Enemy : Originally it was rival scientist Egghead, but then became Ultron.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Ultron.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's much more "Bookworm" than most other scientists in the Marvel Universe.
  • Battle Couple: With Janet, and later with Tigra.
  • The Beastmaster: Thanks to his helmet, he can control insects.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": When he hit Janet in Avengers #213.
  • Bitch Slap: During a moment when he was Not Himself, Hank infamously slapped his wife Janet Van Dyne like this.
  • Breakout Character: Hank's first appearance in Tales to Astonish #27 was a seven page story where as a scientist, he just tests his shrinking experiments on himself and runs afoul of some ants. "The Man in the Ant Hill" was intended as a one-off story, but positive response led to bringing him back almost a year later as a superhero.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: On his better days, Hank can still be a little... quirky, but a genius scientist nonetheless.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Has become kind of a Running Gag both in and out of the comics, though it's technically not really deserved considering it stemmed from maybe two bad judgment calls on Pym's part at the most.
    • At one point, Hank got abducted and replaced by Skrulls. Due to their method of infiltration, the Skrulls replacing him (yes, plural, there's a reason) inherit Hank's mental issues, and their superiors refuse to listen to them and their warnings that the Skrulls aren't going to win simply because they look like Hank Pym.
  • Catapult to Glory: Only capable of shrinking early in his career, Hank used a catapult to launch himself around town.
  • Control Freak: Has some of these tendencies, wanting to control the actions of those around him, the world and most of his scientific advancements are in an effort to take more control over things he previously couldn't. It gets worse during his breakdowns.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Hank Pym built the Killer Robot Ultron, which became one of the Avengers' most dangerous enemies.
  • Deader Than Dead: Presumably as of Infinity Countdown #5 Hank's soul was removed from Pymtron's body by the Soul Stone. And then his soul ended up getting devoured by a beast within the Soul Stone. This gets pushed even further in Tony Stark: Iron Man #19 wherein Tony shuts down any possibility that Hank is still somewhere in there in the Fusion Dance he's had with Ultron. Tony confirms that Ultron had been faking Hank's presence the entire time.
  • Delayed Diagnosis: Hank Pym showed signs of some mental illness for years before it was finally revealed that he was bipolar.
  • Didn't Think This Through: While Ultron turning out to be murderously misanthropic wasn't Hank's intention, he did think it was apparently a good idea to build the tin-can with the ability to fire off energy blasts.
  • Disappeared Dad: To Nadia, though in fairness he never even knew his wife had been pregnant in the first place.
  • Domestic Abuse: Hank, who developed the persona Yellowjacket during a mental breakdown, marries Janet but their initially-happy marriage quickly deteriorates and culminates in Hank slapping Janet hard enough to bruise her face. For this, he is booted off of The Avengers, he and Janet are divorced, and their superhero partnership is broken.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Occasionally, when in his Giant Man form, Hank might forget he's much stronger, at one point cracking the Avengers' meeting table just making a dramatic exclamation. Seeing this, Hawkeye asks that he not slap the archer on the back any time soon.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: As seen in the opening description, the very first Hank Pym story was a science fiction-horror story with no superheroics and wouldn't feel out of place in an episode of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. It wasn't until his second appearance where the concept was retooled into a superhero adventure story, with superhero comics undergoing a revival and the Fantastic Four being a big enough hit from a year before that Marvel was ready to start branching out with other heroes and costumed adventurers.
  • Enemy Without: "Rage of Ultron" establishes that Ultron turned out like it did because Hank used an engram of his brain as a base and Ultron inherited all of his suppressed misanthropy.
  • Engineered Heroism: As Yellowjacket in Avengers #212, Pym unleashed a giant robot called Salvation I that only he could stop in an attempt to appear heroic in front of his fellow Avengers. When the actual incident happened, he failed, nearly got killed, and had to be saved by Janet.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hank's feelings of inadequacy, and later discovered he was bipolar, which caused seemingly every problem in his life outside of Ultron. Among other things, this led to him:
    • Becoming Giant-Man after comparing himself to people like Iron Man, The Mighty Thor, and the The Incredible Hulk. This gave him an increase in strength but made him clumsier and a much bigger target, as well as causing serious health risks if he grew beyond his limit.
    • Not proposing to Janet when both of them were clearly interested in each other, since he figured she'd be more interested in celebrities and millionaires as opposed to a scientist. This led to him developing a split personality and becoming Yellowjacket for the first time.
    • Causing the breakdown of his marriage, as Jan's success and money coupled with his failures in science (most notably, Ultron) led to him becoming more bitter and angry towards her.
    • Becoming desperate to prove himself as a meaningful member of the Avengers, which led to him attacking a super-villain after the conflict was resolved and being kicked out of the Avengers, as well as creating Salvation-1 to attack the Avengers so he could stop it.
    • Very nearly outright committing suicide early during his run in the Avengers' West Coast title while alone in their headquarters, when his body would no longer take the strain of changing size and he felt that without actual superpowers he'd just be The Load. Occasional guest heroine Firebird showed up just in time to talk him out of it.
  • Flight: Hank uses artificial wings to fly as part of his Yellowjacket and Wasp personas.
  • For Science!: The ultimate motivation for most of what he does.
  • Freudian Excuse: His feelings of inadequacy and desire to prove himself come from his Fantasy-Forbidding Father, who was a scientist that stifled his fanciful imagination as a child to work on "something practical" in direct conflict with his grandmother who was a fantasy author and encouraged him to follow his dreams. This only got worse when her influence was removed by her death, leading him to be lead by his father to take a dull job in science that would continue to stifle his whims.
  • Fusion Dance: Hank and Ultron fuse into one being during Rage of Ultron. At first, Ultron's mind is dominant over Pym's, but Starfox forces the more human side to wake up. However, all later appearances have Ultron in the driver's seat.
  • Genius Bruiser: Is a scientist who studies biology, robotics, and minerals. As Giant-Man he gains super strength.
  • Happily Married: He and his first wife, Dr. Maria Trovaya, were happy together until her death. His relationship with Janet had happy moments but was not as fulfilling.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Hank denounces Thor and Hercules as divine at most times but in his darker moods dismisses faith in anything through a perspective of rationalism.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Pym took to riding Korr, his flying ant companion, after Janet's flying power made the catapult superfluous.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: When he was Giant-Man and Janet, Wasp.
  • I Am What IAM: At the climax of Avengers #229 (written by Roger Stern) where he confronts Egghead:
    Hank: I did a pretty good job of screwing up my life recently. You just about finished the job for me! You used me, egghead...and you tried to make me a criminal! But you couldn't, you see. I've come to terms with myself in the past month. I know who I am, and who I'm not! I'm not Ant-Man anymore, I'm not Giant-Man...or Goliath...or Yellow-Jacket! I am Henry Pym! And it was Henry Pym who beat the Masters of Evil!
  • I Have Many Names: His superhero identities include Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket and Wasp. He even went as Dr Henry Pym for a while. After Rage of Ultron, he becomes Ultron.
  • Instant A.I.: Just Add Water!: Hank is uncannily good at programming AI; Even with a brain engram starter, Ultron is both self-evolving and propagating, making A.I.s of its own. Heck, the deactivation subroutine time travel events led him to install into it kept developing once their task was completed into six fully sentient A.I.s of their own whose conflict motivated its own miniseries to resolve.
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for every sin committed by Ultron. He also tends to be extremely hard on himself, even for things out of his control, as a symptom of his general self-hatred.
  • The Masochism Tango: His relationship with Janet was this long before they got divorced. Janet was far younger than Hank and was a Replacement Goldfish who resembled his first wife, Dr. Maria Trovaya. Personality wise, Janet was an extroverted socialite interested in fashion and invested in being a public superhero. She was often playful and flirty with her fellow male team-mates and insensitive to Hank. Hank was introverted and insecure, preferred staying in the laboratory and rarely communicated openly to her. This in part led to his breakdown as a "bad-boy" Yellowjacket. Janet consented to marry him in this state knowing that he was normally too shy to do it despite both of them wanting to. While Janet believed she was helping Hank, he would backbite and hurt her emotionally during their marriage until the incident when he slapped her led her to call it quits.
  • May–December Romance: His relationship and subsequent marriage to Janet. At nineteen, Jan was an adult but closer to Rick Jones' age rather than Hank and the other original Avengers’ ages.
  • Monster Protection Racket: At his lowest point, he built one of his lesser-known robots (Salvation-1) to stage a fight and make himself look good. He ultimately failed. The Wasp defeated it and Hank was kicked out of the Avengers.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to Ultron's decision that humans need to be purged.
  • Omni Disciplinary Scientist: While starting out as "merely" a brilliant biochemist, Hank's story arc eventually led to him becoming an innovator in numerous fields, including particle and quantum physics ("Pym Particles"), electronics/robotics/programming (Ultron) and of course, entomology. Eternity (later revealed by Loki to actually be Loki in disguise) told Hank he was Earth's "Scientist Supreme" because his prowess with wide-spread scientific disciplines allow him abilities akin to magic, a claim that tends to lose some credibility given the fact that Reed "I Can Make Cosmic Cubes For The Lulz" Richards exists. Eternity lampshades this in-universe, pointing out that Reed Richards uses science to facilitate his main goal (exploration), as does Tony Stark (futurism/engineering). It's Pym who explores and expands science simply because that's what he, as a scientist, is driven to do.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten:
    • To this day, Hank is still accused of being a "wifebeater" and people that don't read comics frequently claim that he's a repeat offender. In actuality, he hit Janet only once while he was in the midst of a mental breakdown. The way people both in-universe and out talk about the incident, you'd think he'd been beating her since the day they met, or that all his relationships are like that, when his first marriage was perfectly happy. Jim Shooter intended for the blow to be an accident, with Janet being in the way when Hank angrily gestured, but the artist interpreted his script directions incorrectly.
    • Invoked in Secret Empire when it's used by Tony as a reason why the Avengers don't feel so much like a family unit anymore. Tony saying that is a Berserk Button to Hank, who goes a tirade on how he's accomplished so much and yet judged by one moment when Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and slews of others have made far worse and more destructive mistakes yet are Easily Forgiven.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: In-universe, it was established via retcon that Hank first came up with the Giant-Man identity because he felt his shrinking abilities were useless when compared to the raw power the other Avengers brought to the table. This becomes a Mythology Gag of sorts in Marvel Adventures: The Avengers when Janet, here as Giant-Girl, thought the shrinking powers were incredibly lame and when she accidentally discovered she could grow with them, she decides to stick with that.
  • Passing the Torch: Pym usually gets a chip on his shoulder when someone adopts one of his identities, but he ultimately decided to become Giant-Man fulltime to give Scott Lang the Ant-Man mantle.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: in his origin story, he tested his Pym Particles on himself.
  • Questionable Consent: Hank Pym married Janet during an emotional breakdown where he claimed the identity of Yellowjacket, a supervillain who claimed to kill "Hank". Janet knew all along that Yellowjacket was Hank, and that Hank in his normal state was too insecure to pop the question, but she married him while he was in this altered state. While Hank was happy to be married to her when he snapped back, later writers, such as Kurt Busiek, have him and Janet discuss how messed up it was for her to marry him in that situation.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Hank's initial attraction to second wife Janet was because she bore a strong resemblance to his first wife Maria. Years later, Hank reflects that his attempt to have Janet take the role of Maria in his life was probably the cause for their relationship not working out.
  • Robotic Spouse: Hank's relationship with Jocasta, the robot bearing some of the memories of his ex-wife. And who was created by Ultron, essentially making her his granddaughter.
  • Sanity Slippage: The stress from the amount of work he had on himself, his crushing self-doubt mixed with the disrespect of his teammates, and Janet's emotional abuse of him ultimately lead him down a disastrous spiral which has defined his superhero career since. It was ultimately revealed that these moments were caused by an undiagnosed case of bipolar disorder.
  • Science Hero: For a short time, he has ditched the costume, code name, and powers altogether and fought crime in a lab coat and civvies (or, more famously during his stint with the West Coast Avengers, a red jumpsuit) with nothing but his tool-belt full of super-tech. Recent plot developments have brought back the scientific acumen in full force. He's even got a fully functional pocket dimension lab on him at all times.
  • Science Hero's Babe Assistant: Janet VanDyne used to be nothing more than a source of fanservice and a Sidekick to Dr. Hank Pym, genius inventor, before decades of Character Development got hold of her. She frequently served as Damsel in Distress and target for Hank's Insufferable Genius tendencies (and once his punches).
  • Second Super-Identity: Hank Pym has a habit of juggling multiple superhero personae. Some attribute this to his insanity.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: The instability of the Pym Particles trapped Hank at various sizes over the years.
  • The Smart Guy: Plays this role in the original Avengers line-up, and a lot of traditional team builds.
  • Spear Counterpart: As Wasp after she was killed in the Secret Invasion.
  • Straw Nihilist: In his worst depressive episodes Hank doesn't believe in the value and meaning of anything and becomes callously pragmatic.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Legacy-wise he technically has 4 "grandchildren": Cassie Lang (by being Scott Lang's daughter and inspired by his heroism), Victor Mancha (built from Ultron Tech and human DNA) and both versions of the Vision (as the original was built by his "son" Ultron, and the second was a back-up copy of the original's programming). Mind you before their deaths in Avengers: The Children's Crusade Cassie and the second Vision dated, making them something of Kissing Cousins.
    • Also, if Ultron is his "son", Jocasta, his "robotic wife", can be considered both a robot clone of Janet and both Pym's niece, as Ultron created her, with some of Janet's memories, to satisfy his budding Oedipal Complex.
      • Jossed in-universe: Jocasta doesn't consider Henry Pym to be her grandfather, but, having created one of the first and the most powerful AI running rampant in the Marvel Universe, and being Ultron her creator, she staunchly and vocally believes that Henry Pym has to be regarded as the "God of Robots", and thus, when they dated, she claimed that her experience was more akin "Kissing God".
  • Wedding Smashers: The Ringmaster and the Circus of Crime attack during Hank's wedding to Janet, prompting a return of Pym's Giant Man persona.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Hank has held two positions on sentient robots. In Avengers A.I., he fully believes in civil rights for artificial intelligences while later on in "Rage of Ultron", he's so bitter over Ultron that he callously executes a group of A.I. terrorists who were simply fighting for their rights.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Pym has gotten this more than a few times, but probably the biggest came when Pym led the Mighty Avengers. It turned out a member of their team, the Scarlet Witch, had in fact been Loki in disguise as part of one of his trademark evil schemes. Pym's response was to ask the God of Evil to join the Avengers for real. Every person in the room, including Loki himself, reacted this way, and his Avengers team actually broke up for a time on the grounds that Pym was either too crazy or too stupid to lead them.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Before it was finally established that he was bipolar, his moments of insanity were explained away as being due to Pym Particles altering his brain chemistry, a detail carried over into the MCU adaptation. No one else ever having such a problem is probably why he was made bipolar via retcon.
    • In an oft-forgotten part of the reviled The Crossing, the story that tried to say Iron Man was a Manchurian Agent for Kang, it attempted to retcon the cause of Hank's mental issues, saying that Tony's was Kang's second choice and Hank was Kang's first, the various issues Hank suffered were really the result of this attempt at brainwashing Hank. However, much like retconning that it was really Immortus manipulating Tony and only since the events of Operation: Galactic Storm, Avengers Forever also revealed that Immortus lied and really did nothing of the sort to Hank, simply adding that lie to reinforce the deception as it was something Hank would have wanted to be true.
  • World's Smartest Man: Hank Pym is sometimes labelled the smartest man depending on the media. However, he's usually overshadowed by other scientific minds and remains reclusive. Generally accepted these days is that he's one of the smartest men in the world, probably top ten, just not the smartest.
  • Working with the Ex: Hank and Janet continued to work together as Avengers even when she started dating other men. It was awkward for both.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In Infinity Countdown, Pymtron touches the Soul Stone, dragging part of Hank into the Soul World. He refuses to accept he's stuck there, and finagles a way back to the real world, apparently succeeding... Nope, he hasn't. A demon in the Soul World is messing with his head. Then it eats him.


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    Scott Lang 

Ant-Man II

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Alter Ego: Scott Edward Harris Lang

First Appearance: As Scott Lang: The Avengers #181 (March 1979); As Ant-Man: Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979)

Scott Lang was the second man to take up the mantle of Ant-Man. He has been a member of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four.


  • Action Dad: He has a daughter, Cassie Lang.
  • Amicable Exes: Averted, like how. Scott's ex-wife really doesn't think very highly of him, even successfully taking him to court of custody of Cassie.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: According to Word of God Scott Lang excels at electrical engineering as well as some other fields but never quite applies himself.
  • Butt-Monkey: After coming back from the dead, or more specifically after his time in FF, Scott becomes a barely functional doofus who endangers everyone around him through his own thoughtlessness and stupidity.
  • Costume Copycat: Scott stole the Ant-Man suit from Hank Pym's house, using it to break into CTE to confront Darren Cross as "Ant-Man".
  • Dating Catwoman: He had a fling (and slept) with Janice Lincoln, the Lady Beetle. Lampshaded:
    (thoughts, as Janice is about to kiss him) "One rule that can never be broken no matter what—and no matter how many times Tony Stark may tell you otherwise—if you want to be an Avenger, you do not sleep with the super-villans." (Gilligan Cut to him and Janice in bed the next morning)
  • Death Is Cheap: He was killed at the beginning of Avengers: Disassembled, and brought back during Avengers: Children's Crusade, by his daughter and some time-travel shenanigans.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Jack of Hearts, during his time on the Avengers. The two never got along, bickering at the drop of a hat over everything. And then Jack died in the process of saving Scott's daughter.
  • Hurting Hero: Scott is one after Cassie's death.
  • Ill Girl: Cassie Lang. At least when she was a child.
  • Insistent Terminology: During Geoff John's Avengers run, Scott keeps repeating that he's not really an Avenger, he's just helping them. No-one listens. Eventually, a judge asks him just how often the Avengers have a problem they need help with.
  • Loser Protagonist: In Nick Spencer's run.
  • Justified Criminal: Scott turned to burglary as a last resort after his daughter is diagnosed with a congenital heart condition. His Earth's Mightiest Heroes incarnation provides the page image for Health Care Motivation.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives one to Dr. Doom in Matt Fraction's FF run after Dr. Doom killed his daughter.
  • Papa Wolf: Go after Cassie and Scott will make you regret it.
  • Part-Time Hero: Scott only donned the Ant-Man costume for brief periods early in his career, preferring to raise his daughter and, later, run his own electronics store.
  • Profanity Police: In the 2020 miniseries, Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and Stinger (his daughter Cassie) are stopping a drug operation by AIM. Stinger attacks them with Symbol Swearing, and Scott objects "Whoa! Language!"
  • Remember the New Guy?: In Avengers Vol 3 #62, Scott Lang's ex-wife Peggy Rae appears when she obtains a court ruling limiting Scott's time with Cassie to supervised visits for one month. She has a strained relationship with Scott both because of his past as a criminal and his career as a superhero, feeling it's too dangerous for their daughter. This despite the fact that in Scott's first appearances his wife, and Cassie's mother, never appeared or was mentioned, with it being implied that Scott was raising Cassie alone. And with him having custody of Cassie with no problems.
  • Retcon: In Scott Lang's first appearance, his daughter Cassie suffered from a congenital heart defect. To save her life, Scott stole Hank Pym's Ant-Man equipment and Pym Particles, which he used to rescue Doctor Sondheim, the only doctor able to cure Cassie's condition, from Cross Technological Enterprises. Scott's wife, and Cassie's mother, never appeared or was mentioned, with it being implied that Scott was raising Cassie alone. In fact, when Scott was in prison, his sister Ruth Lang and her boyfriend Carl were the ones that took care of Cassie, and have since disappeared. Then in Avengers Vol 3 #62, Scott's ex-wife Peggy Rae appears when she obtains a court ruling limiting Scott's time with Cassie to supervised visits for one month. Despite the fact that before that issue, Cassie was under his custody with no problems.
  • Reformed Criminal: Scott is a former thief.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Lang dated Jessica Jones for months but she ended up with Luke Cage.
  • Unknown Rival: During his most recent series, he says that after multiple fights, he considers Taskmaster to be his arch-enemy. Taskmaster barely remembers fighting him, and only attacked Scott because he was in town anyways.
    • Justified: Taskmaster only remembers people through the physical abilities he can copy. Scott not being a martial artist and his powers not being immitatable means Taskmaster has no reason (or ability) to memorize Scott.

    Eric O'Grady 

Ant-Man III

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Alter Ego: Eric O'Grady

Notable Aliases: Slaying Mantis, Derek Sullivan, G.I. Ant-Man

First Appearance: Irredeemable Ant-Man #1 (December 2006)

After stealing prototype Ant-Man armor from SHIELD, Eric O'Grady became the Irredeemable Ant-Man; the world's most unlikable superhero. After spending some time as a member of the Initiative and later the Thunderbolts, Steve Rogers personally chose him for his steam of Avengers giving him a chance to redeem himself.


  • Achilles' Heel: Eric's Achilles tendons become vulnerable when he's in giant form.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: The Irredeemable Ant-Man.
  • The Atoner: The reason why he joined the Secret Avengers. That, and Steve Rogers decided to give him a second chance.
  • Clear My Name: Subverted. O'Grady did indeed steal the Ant-Man suit and evade SHIELD while on the run. But in order to get back into their good graces after he was found, he passes most of the blame for the serious stuff onto Mitch Carson (who was revealed to actually be a serial killer and about to brutally kill O'Grady anyway when SHIELD caught up to where Carson was holding him) and sold out Black Fox at the end of his series as well.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Although by Secret Avengers he is doing this less often.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Eric is a very selfish man, and he uses his superpowers to get what he wants at the expense of others.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Eric is ultimately killed while saving a young child from the Descendants. In his final moments, he notes that it was worth it, since after a lifetime of being an asshole, his last moments on Earth were spent finally doing the right thing.
  • Dirty Coward: O'Grady has a tendency to shrink and hide in the face of danger. He also shoved his best friend out of the way when they were trying to flee some rampaging supervillains, which led to his friend's brains being blown out.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Less then a few issues into Remender's start on Secret Avengers, after being given a back story that didn't even fit his previous history well, he is killed off and replaced.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Black Fox was this for O'Grady early on, aiding in crimes as well as playing video games in their down time. The relationship went south however after Black Fox stole his Wii.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time he appears, he smashes Hank Pym (well, a skrull replacing Hank Pym) in the face with a rifle, when he's supposed to be guarding him, because he was jumpy.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite his long list of disreputable traits and general awfulness, Eric was horrified by Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts, and was looking for any opportunity to get out.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: During the events of Secret Invasion, he hides when the going gets tough, allowing him to gain some key intel on the Skrulls by accident. As a reward, he's assigned to the Thunderbolts by Norman Osborn, and spends his entire time there surrounded by amoral psychoes.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Taskmaster from his days in the Avengers Initiative.
  • Handsome Lech: He's pretty perverse and not above using his status as a superhero to pick up women. Best way to describe him would be Barney Stinson with superpowers.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Eric went through a trial-and-error stage after he stole the Ant-Man suit, burning Mitch Carson's face with his rocket boots and nearly killing an attempted rapist because he underestimated his own strength at insect size. He didn't even know the suit had size-changing abilities until he was sent to Camp Hammond.
  • Jerkass: Just two examples:
    • Having sex with Veronica, the girlfriend of his best friend Chris, who was dead, leading to her pregnancy and ultimately abandoning her.
    • At Camp Hammond, Eric provoked Stature when he slandered the name of her father and his predecessor, Scott Lang, blaming him for Eric's own voyeurism.
  • Jet Pack: The G.I. Ant-Man suit flies using a set of rocket boots. They can also be used as a weapon in the right circumstances.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: While never out-and-out villainous, O'Grady was on both the Shadow Initiative and Osborn's second Thunderbolts team. Never mind playing Disappeared Dad to his kid. With his death finally karma has caught him.
  • Kill and Replace: Eric ends up being killed by the Descendants and replaced by a Life Model Decoy.
  • Marshmallow Hell: O'Grady snuck into the cockpit of Air Force One hidden in Black Widow II's cleavage.
  • Odd Friendship: Struck up one with Taskmaster during their time at Camp Hammond, starting when they both decide to sit out KIA's rampage and watch Chuck on Eric's iPod.
  • The Peeping Tom: A complete pervert, Eric used the Ant-Man's shrinking powers to spy on Ms. Marvel (when Carol was in the role) while she was in the shower.
  • Powered Armor: O'Grady's stolen Ant-Man suit. Later, Hank Pym would add the power to grow to the suit, renaming it the G.I. Ant-Man suit.
  • Shout-Out: To ‘’Batman’’ When Eric was hiding inside Ms. Marvel's purse he mentioned all the cool stuff she must have at her lair like a dinosaur or a giant penny.
  • Spider Limbs: The G.I. Ant-Man suit has two retractable limbs used for balance and wall crawling.
  • Sticky Fingers: Eric has no compunctions about simply taking whatever he wants.
  • Stealth Pun: His original suit's official name is "G.I.ANT-MAN" which could be read as General Infantry Ant-man or Giant Man, could also be considered Fun with Acronyms on Skrull Hank Pym's part.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: During World War Hulk, Eric - an otherwise ordinary human in powered armor - gets between Hulk and Iron Man's fight. He's badly injured.
  • Tagalong Kid: His role in the Secret Avengers seems to be this, though he tries hard to prove himself.
    War Machine: Let's go, kid.
    Ant-Man: I got a codename, you know?
    War Machine: Not to me. Not until you live up to it.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: A man of very few morals and willingness to lie, cheat, steal and manipulate in order to get ahead in life, O'Grady immediately steals the Ant Man armor for his own selfish plans, which include using his status as a "super-hero" to stalk women and facilitate his thievery.

Giant-Man

    Raz Malhotra 

Giant-Man III

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Alter Ego: Raz Malhotra

First Appearance: Ant-Man Annual #1 (September 2015) note ; Ultimates Vol 2 #3 (March 2016) note 

A technician expert in A.I. who received the Giant-Man suit.


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Goliath

    Bill Foster 

Giant-Man II

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Alter Ego: William "Bill" Foster

Notable Aliases: Goliath, Black Goliath, Giant-Man, Rockwell Dodsworth

First Appearance: The Avengers #32 (Sept. 1966) note ; Luke Cage, Power Man #24 (April 1975) note ; Marvel Two-in-One #55 (September 1979) note ; The Thing #1 (January 2006) note 

Brilliant and tough, Goliath fought evil using a variation of the Pym Particles. He was killed during the Civil War by Ragnarok, a clone of Thor. He was succeeded by his nephew, Tom Foster.


  • Affirmative Action Legacy: To Hank Pym, being African-American to Hank's Caucasian.
  • Back for the Dead: After several years away, he reappeared in issue 3 of Civil War. Guess what happens in issue 4.
  • Color Character: Sometimes known as Black Goliath. Because... y'know... he's black.
  • I Have Many Names: His superhero identities include Black Goliath, Giant-Man and Goliath.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gets a hole blown through his chest by Ragnarok, partway through Civil War. As of 2020, he hasn't gotten better from it.
  • Sizeshifter: Following from Hank Pym, Bill took the identity of Giant-Man, allowing him to grow to the size of a large building.

    Clint Barton 

Goliath III

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Alter Ego: Clinton "Clint" Barton

Notable Aliases: Goliath, Golden Archer, Ronin

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #57 (September 1964) note ; Avengers #63 (April 1969) note ; Captain America #179 (November 1974) note ; New Avengers #27 (April 2007) note 

See Hawkeye for more info.


    Erik Josten 

Goliath IV

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Alter Ego: Erik Josten

Notable Aliases: Power Man, Smuggler, Goliath, Atlas

First Appearance: The Avengers #21 (October 1965) note ; Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #49 (December 1980) note ; Iron Man Annual #7 (October 1984) note ; The Incredible Hulk #449 (January 1997) note 

See Thunderbolts Founding Members for more info.


    Tom Foster 

Goliath V

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Alter Ego: Thomas "Tom" Foster

Notable Aliases: Black Goliath, Black Buck, Big Brother, Big Black

First Appearance: Black Panther Vol 4 #23 (February 2007) note ; Incredible Hulk Vol 2 #107 (August, 2007) note ; World War Hulk Aftersmash: Damage Control #1 (March 2008) note ; World War Hulk Aftersmash: Damage Control #2 (April 2008) note 

Tom Foster is the nephew of Bill Foster a.k.a. Black Goliath. After his uncle died, Tom took on the identity of the hero known as Goliath.


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Stature

    Cassandra "Cassie" Lang 

Cassie Lang

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Alter Ego: Cassandra Eleanor "Cassie" Lang

Notable Aliases: Stature, Stinger, Ant-Girl, Giant-Girl

Species: Human mutate

Team Affiliations: Secret Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Young Avengers

First Appearance: Marvel Premiere #47 (April, 1979) note ; Young Avengers #6 (May, 2006) note ; The Astonishing Ant-Man #6 (May, 2016) note 

Cassie is the daughter of Scott Lang, better known as the second Ant Man 1. In fact, she served as his primary initial motivation to be a superhero, when her ailing health came with medical bills he couldn't quite afford.

After her father was killed during the Avengers' disbandment, Cassie was inspired to become a superhero in her own right, and —after having stolen Pym Particles for years— finally manifests the ability to grow and shrink in size at will, without the need of a suit. With this ability, she becomes one of the very first Young Avengers, christening herself as Stature.

She later joins the Mighty Avengers, as part of the The Initiative started because of the Superhuman Civil War, but unfortunately dies just as her father is brought back to life during the The Children's Crusade.

Cassie's death would remain permanent until 2014, when Doctor Doom (morally inverted from AXIS) resurrects her as reparation for having been responsible for her death in the first place. With a new lease on life, she reunites with her father and later returns to her life of superheroics, this time operating under the name Stinger.

Cassie has appeared in other media, most notably in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Abby Ryder Fortson originated the role in Ant-Man, where she's introduced as Scott's young daughter, later time-shifted into a teenager in Avengers: Endgame, as portrayed by Emma Fuhrmann. The role was recast again for her appearance in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, now set to be portrayed by Kathryn Newton.


Cassie Lang appears in the following works:

Notable Comic Books

Live-Action Films

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Western Animation


Cassie Lang provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Collateral Angst: Her death at the hands of Dr. Doom is what fuels Iron Lad's Start of Darkness, putting him on the path to becoming Kang.
  • Comic-Book Time: She was apparently aged up several years in the brief period between Geoff Johns' Avengers run and the debut of Young Avengers.
  • Daddy's Girl: She adores her father and wants to follow his footstep.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu??: After she thinks he killed her father, she grows to the size of God Mode Doom and knocks him over.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father, Scott Lang. As of Children's Crusade, not so disappeared.
  • Domino Mask: She wore one — see the image.
  • Fake Defector: She pretends to work for the Power Broker in order to trick him into giving her superpowers. She agrees to do one legitimate job for him though after she learns that the target is Darren Cross.
  • First Father Wins: Cassie greatly adores her father Scott Lang and wants to follow in his footsteps in being a superhero. However, she has a strained relationship with her stepfather Blake Burdick, a police officer who cannot stand the world of superheroes the young girl loves, and he unsuccessfully tries to keep Cassie and Scott apart. In the events of Avengers Disassembled, when Scott is killed due to the actions of an insane Scarlet Witch, Cassie retreats into herself, blaming Blake for being unable to understand her as her father always did. Though Blake does try unsuccessfully to be a caring stepfather, despite sometimes being distant toward her and seeing her as a "less than brilliant" girl, it is clear that Cassie favors her father over him.
  • Got the Call on Speed Dial: After being killed, when she was resurrected she found that she'd lost her powers. When the Power Broker launched Hench X (in Astonishing Antman), which offered the chance to get superpowers to use against the heroes, Cassie applied, intending to get her powers back and then bring the organisation down. She is given Pym Particles, a new uniform, a new codename: Stinger.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde haired and she's a pretty nice and caring girl.
  • Heroic BSoD: She has one in Young Avengers Presents when she accidentally indirectly injures her stepfather. She shrinks herself to microscopic size and keeps shrinking the more she talks. Eli snaps her out of it.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: After her resurrection, she becomes increasingly bitter and resentful over no longer having powers. She ends up forming an alliance with the Power Broker in exchange for a new costume and Pym Particles.
  • In-Series Nickname: Cassie is short for Cassandra.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Jonas, a synthezoid.
  • Jumped at the Call: Was originally planning to join the Runaways but forced her way into the Young Avengers after she found out about them.
  • Junior Counterpart: She has the powers of her father, Scott Lang.
  • Psychoactive Powers: She grows when she gets angry and shrinks when she feels guilty.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Killed near the end to hammer in that Children's Crusade is a tragedy.
  • Sizeshifter: Her power is to make herself grow or shrink at will.
  • Spin-Offspring: She became a superhero after Scott's death, and effectively took his place as far as the Lang family goes. This ended upon his revival, where she died, but quickly got better.
  • Superior Successor: While Scott needs a special suit to access his shrinking and growing abilities, Cassie's powers are completely innate.
  • Younger than She Looks: She's the youngest of the team but it's hard to tell.

Yellowjacket

    Rita DeMara 

Yellowjacket II

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Alter Ego: Rita DeMara

First Appearance: The Avengers #264 (February 1986)

Rita DeMara became Yellowjacket after stealing the identity from the former Avenger, Hank Pym. She was a member of the Masters of Evil and the Femizons but ultimately joined the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy in their quest to keep the universe safe.


  • Action Girl: Is female and is a badass in her own right.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: She took Henry Pym's former Yellowjacket identity.
  • Animal Theme Naming: She's named after a species of wasp, a recurring theme for Ant-Man and his related identities & partners.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: All of Yellowjacket's powers derive from her costume.
  • Color Character: Yellowjacket.
  • Dating Catwoman: Yellowjacket had a flirtatious, possibly romantic, relationship with the Black Knight.
  • Flight: Her original costume (which was a straight modification of Pym's) included cybernetic wings that let her do this. When she revamped it in the Guardians' time, it was modified to allow her to fly without wings.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She was part of the Masters of Evil, though she ultimately turned on them, and was even named an honorary Avenger after helping out during the Evolutionary War. She did pass through the Heel–Face Revolving Door a couple of times, though, before she turned face for good and eventually joined the Guardians of the Galaxy and time-traveled to the 31st century where she became a hero.
  • Killed Off for Real: In The Crossing, having gotten homesick for her own time, she came back to the modern era, found out along the way that something bad was about to happen to the Avengers, and was promptly killed by Iron Man.
  • Legacy Character: DeMara stole one of Hank Pym's old costumes to become a villainous version of Yellowjacket.
  • Sizeshifter: Inherited from the original Yellowjacket identity, she uses Pym Particles to manipulate her size and the size of others.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She was resurrected during the Chaos War, and was one of the few returned Avengers to survive the event, but hasn't been seen since.

    Darren Cross 

Yellowjacket III

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Alter Ego: Darren Agonistes Cross

Notable Aliases: Darren Cross

First Appearance: Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979) note ; The Astonishing Ant-Man #12 (September 2016) note 

The ex-CEO of Cross Technological Enterprises and the first enemy of Scott Lang in his role as the second Ant-Man.


  • Back from the Dead: After being dead for decades, he was brought back to life by his son Augustine Cross.
  • Legacy Character: He's the third person to don the Yellowjacket identity.
  • Ret-Canon: Being brought back and taking the Yellowjacket identity references his role during the Ant-Man movie, in which Cross was the main antagonist.
  • Powered Armor: Being based on his MCU incarnation, his Yellowjacket suit is bulkier and is better armed.

The Wasp

    In General 

Tropes seen in multiple versions of the Wasp include:

  • Action Girl: At first Janet was the weak link of the team, but later on became one of the smartest and craftiest of its members. Nadia was trained in the Red Room all her life.
  • Animal Theme Naming: As The Wasp.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Based on Wasps, obviously. Nadia is shown to take this to heart as she looks to real wasp's ability to build nests from paper for inspiration.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The Pym Particles.
  • Decomposite Character: In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rather than being one woman, the Wasp is a Legacy Character: Jan was the original Wasp in the 80's, and her daughter Hope carries on her legacy as the new Wasp in the present.
    • Now subverted as in Marvel Comics there's been at very least two other Wasp in 616 not named Janet, with Hank for a short while taking over after her supposed death at the end of the event Secret Invasion and now Nadia Pym.
  • Flight: When she shrinks, and can use her wings. Sometimes even at normal sizes, depending on the writer.
    • While Jan's wings are implanted in her back, both Hank and Nadia had/have mechanical wings in their suits. Nadia has since created a "portable" version of her wings, giving her more freedom to use them.
  • Hand Blast: The Wasp can fire bio-electric energy blasts from her hands. At first Janet required special wristbands, but years of exposure to the Pym Particles allowed her to generate the blasts naturally.
    • Hank during his as Wasp time developed a gun version of this ability.
    • The gloves of Nadia's suit work similarly to Jan's old wristbands.
  • Legacy Character: Janet was the first and for over 40 years the only person in 616 marvel to take up the name.
    • Hank Pym as Wasp II, also Petra Larkov as Red Wasp in the Ultimate Marvel continuity after the respective deaths of their versions of Janet. Janet got better in 616.
    • As mentioned above, Hope Van Dyne is the Wasp II in the movies.
    • While Janet is still active as the Wasp, another girl has also taken up the mantle of the Wasp in All-New, All-Different Marvel. This other girl is named Nadia Pym, the daughter of Hank and his first wife, Maria Trovaya. She's basically movie!Hope as a Canon Immigrant down to her name meaning hope.
  • Made of Iron: The Wasp's density increases in her giant form, giving her greater durability.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The Wasp retains her normal strength and weight in insect form.
  • She's Got Legs: The Ladies (especially Janet) when giant through the fact that they wear very form fitting tights or dresses with their costumes that highlight their legs.
  • Sizeshifter: Initially someone requires doses of Pym Particles in order to change size, requiring them to carry special pills or gas canisters. Later, the body would start to generate Pym Particles on its own, allowing a person to change size at will. Every version of the Wasp so far has gotten to this point.
  • Super Strength: Only available in giant form. A portion of the strength goes to supporting the Wasp's body, leading to diminishing returns if she grows too large. Janet, after a power upgrade in the Seventies, had the same strength in tiny size that she does at regular height, leading some to mistakenly assume it's super.
  • Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: Averted Janet with her relationship with Nadia, who is the daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife. While Nadia fears this trope may be in play the two actually become extremely close.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: While Nadia is based on the Red Queen and Hope van Dyne, she's isn't the biological daughter of Janet like she is in those universes, instead being Maria Trovaya's daughter. That said, while not her biological mother, Janet is a surrogate one for Nadia.
  • Winged Humanoid: Hank Pym implanted two tiny wings on Janet's back, giving her the power to fly when she shrinks to insect size. Nadia has mechanical wings built into her suits.

    Janet van Dyne 

The Wasp

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The Wasp is a Marvel Comics superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Making her debut in Tales to Astonish #44 (June, 1963), Janet van Dyne has been featured in more than five decades of Marvel comics history. One of the founding members of The Avengers, the Wasp famously gave the team its name after the heroes take down the villain Loki. Aside from a few solo adventures in Tales to Astonish, Janet is the only original Avenger never to receive her own series.

When her father was killed by an alien attack, Janet turned to his colleague Hank Pym aka Ant-Man. After revealing his secret identity to her, Hank gave her access to the same size-changing Pym Particles that he used, plus genetic augmentation for insect wings that would allow her to fly once she shrank small enough. Over time the size-changing would become an innate power (and, like with Ant-Man, began retaining her strength despite how small she gets, resulting in proportunate super-strength; at an inch in height, she's capable of bending steel), plus she developed the ability to fire bio-electric "stings" from her hands.

Though initially presented as a flighty, somewhat typical token female character at the time, with the same trappings as Lee and Kirby often struggled with at the time, Janet later went through considerable Character Development. After her volatile marriage to Hank ended, Janet (humiliated by the events), returned to the Avengers and became their new chairperson and taking over as Leader, in order to try and prove herself a serious superhero. Under her leadership, the Avengers expanded their roster's gender ratio and recruited several heavy-hitters, and survived Baron Zemo's siege of the Avengers Mansion; during which, Janet herself took on Absorbing Man and Titania, demonstrating just how much her combat ability had improved by this point.

While she took a leave of absence after this, she returned to active duty several times over the years, and after some time eventually returned to leading the Avengers when Captain America stepped down. Her leadership here continued (with Captain America eventually rejoining when the Avengers restructure themselves into a larger unit, the two becoming Co-leaders), lasting throughout the Kang Dynasty storyline (during which Janet's leadership again proves vital for Kang's final defeat).

After Disassembled, Janet stepped back from the Avengers, but eventually rejoined following Civil War, as part of the pro-Registration Mighty Avengers. However, her return didn't last long, as Janet was seemingly killed during the Secret Invasion storyline. In the last arc of Brian Bendis' Avengers run, she's found having been trapped in the Microverse, and returns to the Avengers under the new Uncanny Avengers title.

The Wasp name was also briefly used by Hank himself during a time when Janet was considered dead, during which he would co-lead the limited series "Ant-Man & Wasp" with then-current Ant-Man Eric O'Grady. Tropes regarding him can be found over on the Ant-Man page.

Janet Van Dyne/The Wasp appears as one of the main characters in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey. Despite the fact she was mostly the same as her comic book counterpart in this adaptation (only without the destructive overtones of her relationship with Hank, or the resulting emotional baggage, which allowed her to remain The Heart of the team throughout the series), it still managed to increase her popularity with the fans.

Janet appears —briefly, via flashback— in Ant-Man, one of the many properties that form the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In that film's stinger, Hank gives his daughter Hope van Dyne (played by Evangeline Lilly) a suit he designed with Janet prior to her death.

She surely enough donned the suit in Ant-Man and the Wasp, but she wasn't alone —- her mother Janet appeared in the film as well, played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Ant-Man & The Wasp was also be the first MCU film with a female character in the title. Fitting, since The Wasp was also the first female Avenger in the comics.

Hope was then used as the inspiration for a new Wasp in the comics, who appeared as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch. Pym's first wife was a Hungarian political refugee, but she was murdered by the Russians before he met Janet. However, unknown to Pym she had given birth to a daughter, Nadia, who was taken into the Russian "Red Room" program that had produced the Black Widow. Showing herself to have inherited Pym's aptitude for science, Nadia escaped using Pym Particles acquired from the black market and sought out her father, only to find out he had supposedly died in battle. She then steals some of his unclaimed gear and is working to prove herself his successor.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, all media appearances below are presumed to feature Janet Van Dyne as the Wasp.

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Not to be confused with the Golden Age hero.


Tropes Pertaining to Janet:

  • Action Fashionista: Probably has the largest wardrobe in comic book history. Justified, as she actually is The Fashionista. See portrayals of and information about each costume here.
  • Arch-Enemy: In as far as her own solo adventures get focus, Whirlwind takes this role - being a villain who is obsessed with her and who most commonly faces her specifically. In true Marvel fashion, the two have something of a complicated relationship in that she'll put up with his presence if she has to, or even get jokey towards him, but the second he starts getting creepy, it's time for a "New Jersey beatdown."
  • Badass Adorable: Depending on the Writer, but Jan can kick ass and her quirky personality makes her adorable as she does so.
  • Baleful Polymorph: For a very brief period in the late 1990s, Jan was stuck in a mutated insect-woman form.
  • Battle Couple: With Hank Pym, and later with Havok.
  • The Beastmaster: Rarely used, can communicate with and control insects via tiny implants she received when she first became a hero.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Janet really wanted to be the second Mrs. Pym, and in a moment of extreme selfishness took advantage of his unstable mental state to finally get hitched. The marriage failed, due in no small part to her methods.
  • Bio-Augmentation: The origin of her wings; they were added to her by Hank Pym when she volunteered for his experimentation.
  • Brain Uploading: The Killer Robot Ultron tried to upload Janet's mind into Jocasta, his newly-built female companion. Though the Avengers intervene before the procedure is complete, Jocasta retains enough of Janet's brain engrams to turn against her creator.
  • Casual Kink: Uncanny Avengers establishes that Janet and Hank used to visit the Hellfire Club "to spice things up".
  • The Chessmaster: A very downplayed example, but she has learned a lot over her history about how important connections can be, and has learned multiple languages to use them more effectively.
    "My superpower is I get things done."
  • The Chick: Her early role in the Avengers. She develops into The Heart, throwing herself at heroism with an enthusiasm that rubs off on those around her.
  • Clothing Damage: In the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! episode "Gamma World", her costume is torn apart when she mutated to an actual Human Wasp, only pieces that cover her ladies part remain.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The Ultimates redesigned the Wasp after the likeness of Zhang Ziyi.
  • Cute Bruiser: Jan is so very, very, very much this, especially on Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • Death by Origin Story: The death of her father at the hands of the creature from Kosmos is what inspired Janet to contact Hank Pym, resulting in her transformation into the Wasp. Jan herself supposedly died during the early days of Hank Pym as Ant-Man in the Ant-Man film.
  • Death Is Cheap: The Mighty Thor gave Jan a Mercy Kill during Secret Invasion. Years later, after Avengers vs. X-Men, the Avengers learned that Jan did not really die, but got transported to the Microverse.
    • Also the potential fate of MCU!Janet after the finale of Ant-man but she went into a bomb instead of being made into one.
  • Depending on the Artist/Writer: A number of aspects of her character have varied depending on who's drawing and writing her:
    • Her competence, maturity, and intelligence varies depending on how much the writer likes her.
    • Her hair varies from being reasonably long, short and springy, to even boyishly cut.
    • Her abilities also vary; usually she has to shrink to fly and use her hand blasts, but some writers let her fly and blast at full size.
  • Domestic Abuse: Her relationship with Hank ventured into this, in a particularly infamous manner. Unlike most examples in fiction they worked through it and were eventually able to get to a healthy, stable relationship, and despite being the victim Janet has often accepted some of the blame for not minding Hank's mental state as well as she could to prevent things going the way they did. A lot of attention tends to be disproportionately drawn to the instance where Hank slapped Janet, which in itself was ambiguous as to if it was intentional, which has lead to real-life discussions on if the relationship was really abusive, and to some extent argued that Janet was the also at fault as she took advantage of his mental state by pushing him into marriage during a time where he was having a psychotic break, with everyone including himself believing he was another person entirely as the Yellow Jacket persona. On top of this ranting about Hank's focus on science and her wealth stood in the way of HER happiness and their relationship, one she pushed to even begin. Though there's a case it is a back and for as before this, Hank spent the majority of their relationship talking down to her and being emotionally and verbally abusive towards her (Values Dissonance was in play, given this was the 60s).
  • Fashion Designer: Her constant Costume Evolution is justified by her make up new outfits all the time.
  • The Fashionista: Janet is a fashion designer in her free time.
  • Faux Action Girl: Depending on the Writer, some people just don't know how to write a competent Jan.
  • Good Stepmother: Janet is kind and supportive step-mother for Nadia Pym. They're fond of each other, so much so Nadia eventually decides to officially take Janet's last name rather than Hank's, due to not really knowing much about Hank.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: The original pin-up girl of the Marvel Universe. One of her earliest appearances has her drooled over by the residents of a veterans' hospital.
  • Hidden Buxom: In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, where she seems normally endowed in her costume, but her bikini scene reveals she is very busty indeed.
  • The Host: Janet was the host of two TV shows in the Marvel Universe: "America's Next Superstar" & "America's Newest Superhero".
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: This was taken Up to Eleven in the years that she was still The Wasp, but Hank was Giant Man. Most of her other relationships tend to be this too, since even at normal height she's usually dwarfed by everyone.
  • Improvised Clothes: On the occasion that her clothing has failed to change size with her, either because she forgot it hadn't been treated, or the chemical process that was supposed to cause the change had somehow been disrupted.
  • Instant Costume Change: Depending on the writer and artist, Jan's costumes and clothes can work like this, as there's no way she could simply hide the costumes under the outfits without someone noticing (i.e. a full bodysuit under a short sleeveless dress.)
    • Generally explained - on the rare occasions that it is explained - as to do with her shrinking powers, although the explanations are never long on specifics.
  • Jerkass Ball: Occasionally she'll grab this in order to make her butt heads with someone or do something to cause trouble.
  • Joisey: Averted. She was born and raised in Creskill, but years and years of finishing school left her with a no detectable accent. She's perfectly willing to go full New Jersey on a villain's ass, though, especially if that villain is Whirlwind.
  • Jumped at the Call: She was much more excited at the prospects of forming a team than the others, and was even the one who coined the name "The Avengers".
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: While she'd rather have a second to switch to a costume if possible, she will not hesitate to throw a hell of a right hook in her wedding dress or chuck a table in a short skirt if necessary.
  • The Leader: Its often forgotten, but Janet's been leader of the Avengers three times in total, for very long stretches of time. Her tenures combined, she's actually the second-longest serving leader, only behind Captain America himself.
  • Mama Bear: Alternate Bad Future timelines notwithstanding, she has absolutely no desire for biological children. Adoption, as is the case with Nadia, is not off the table, however, and she will move mountains for anyone she takes under her wing.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: For Hank. Eventually becomes a deconstruction of the trope, considering how that relationship ends up.
  • Missing Mom: While her father suffered Death by Origin Story, nothing was known about her mother for decades, as was common in comics at the time. It was eventually revealed in Avengers Academy that her mother was in a car crash when Janet was very young, and spent years essentially braindead before finally succumbing. Her fate and the fate of Jan's father are the root of most of her issues with becoming a parent, as she's very aware of the danger in her life and wouldn't want to leave a child in the same position she was in when she was little.
  • Most Common Superpower: Under most artists, she has a very nice bust.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not nearly as much anymore, but her most common role in the original line-up; her role as a fashion designer was used to justify as many bikini, clothes changing and skimpy outfit scenes as possible. She also tends to change size in civilian clothes more than her husband, which leaves her naked since the clothes don't change with her.
    • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode in “The Casket of Ancient Winters”, we see her in bikini and in the episode “Gamma World” her uniform is shredded.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Janet's various outfits can shrink and grow with her thanks to the Pym Particles.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Her fashion empire is such that she could live comfortably without lifting a finger. Instead she's personally involved in designing new lines, funding new projects, and social/political networking on top of her heroing.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Wasp is fully capable of kicking villains around; in fact, she can more than handle herself against most villains, unless said villain is a Big Bad or Person of Mass Destruction, such as Graviton, Loki, Enchantress, or Executioner. Unfortunately for Wasp, she's the weakest member on the team, but they're Earth's Mightiest Heroes after all. The weakest of the mightiest is still one of the mightiest.
  • Power Perversion Potential: More than just potential. Janet and Hank have used their powers to pleasure each other in creative ways.
  • Race Lift: The Wasp is Asian American in the Ultimate Marvel universe (except when she isn't).
  • Rich Bitch: Janet's personality when she was first introduced. Hank Pym cited this as one of the reasons he was so hesitant to marry Janet in the first place. After Character Development beginning in the 70's, she eventually Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: A number of Janet's costumes have holes in the back for her wings, which are too tiny to see when she's at normal height.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Most versions of The Wasp have this; Janet Van Dyne usually has a tiny superhero outfit to wear when she turns into the Wasp. If she doesn't? Well, then she has to fight starkers.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Janet became trapped at insect size for a time after leaving the Avengers.
  • She's Got Legs: She tends to wears costumes or other outfits that show off her nice legs (particularly when she is featured in the comics that are drawn by Frank Cho).
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Janet was generally treated as Ant-Man's young, flighty sidekick/partner at the beginning of her career. As a member of the Avengers, the Wasp gained considerable experience working alongside Iron Man and Captain America, eventually becoming Chairman and, later, leader of the Avengers.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Most notable with her The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, Ultimate Marvel and Ultimate Avengers counterparts.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the original Avengers.
  • Stalker with a Crush: David "Whirlwind" Cannon developed a romantic obsession with her way back in Marvel Feature #6, and has held the torch all the way through her supposed death and return. Any time Whirlwind shows up in a book, usually some attention is drawn to it, either by having other villains chastise him for his Wasp obsession or comment on how much it creeps them out, and whenever he gets a girlfriend, they usually mention how uncomfortable they are about him wanting them to dress like her.
    • Even Marvel Adventures wasn't exempt. Erik Josten (Atlas in the 616-verse) was a coworker of Hank's who noticed her whenever she would come visit the lab and became infatuated enough that he was willing to make Hank disappear and fight the Avengers just to have her.
  • The Story Teller: Many solo stories feature "the Wonderful Wasp" in Tales to Astonish showed her entertaining in various venues by performing as a raconteur. One of the stories had her using Hank to evaluate her story. She was really upset when she learned he wasn't listening.
  • The Tease: She always flirts with every member of the team, especially the male ones. In general though, she's more like their little sister most of the time. In Tony Stark: Iron Man, when her and Tony began dating again, she outright claims one of her main talents is being able to flirt and fight at the same time.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Janet received a power-up in the early 1980s in a Marvel Team-Up plotline, due to Hank Pym refining her particular formula of Pym Particles, receiving more powerful "stings" and higher strength when she was shrunken down, and again in the early 2000s when she gained the ability to grow to giant size as well as shrink. She also spent much of the 1980s as the chairwoman of the Avengers, where she scored several impressive wins one right after the other. During this time, she also learnt that her powers advanced enough that she could bend steel while at Wasp size due to her strength being compressed, and at the cost of mobility could keep her wings at higher sizes, up-to 4 feet.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Eventually grows into a better person from her original Rich Bitch persona, gladly funding ventures by both superheroes and civilians. (Notably, her Giant-Girl persona in Marvel Adventures was this from the very beginning.)
  • Ultimate Universe: She has a counterpart in the Ultimate Marvel universe. This version of Janet is an Asian mutant who has the power to shrink down to insectile size and fly via wings — as well as a few other implied "drawbacks" that Pym references, like eating bugs and laying "egg-like constructs" once per month instead of going through her period. The Ultimate version of Pym actually retro-engineered his size-shifting technology from her biology, and she let him take the credit for it.
    • Marvel Adventures also has a counterpart of her who rather than choosing to shrink and use insect-themed powers, instead was known as 'Giant Girl' and used them to grow. She later developed the Wasp as a secondary power-set and identity, to use when that power-set was needed.
  • Unfinished Business: Hercules and Amadeus Cho encounter Janet's soul in Erebus, stubbornly trying to win resurrection on one of the slot machines. This created a Plot Hole when Bendis later established that Jan had never really died in the first place.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: The Wasp has hundreds of different costumes thanks to her career as a fashion designer. almost all the costumes she's made are listed here.
  • Vague Age: How old she's actually meant to be, even by superhero comics standards, varies. Sometimes she's written like a 20-something, usually when writers emphasise her ditzy side. However, other times, she's written to be in her 30s if not older, such as in Uncanny Avengers, when Rogue — who is definitely in her 20s in modern stories — insults Jan regarding her supposed old age.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Frequent, given that her clothes need to be specially prepared to change size with her.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: She bankrolls an entire laboratory to help girls in STEM and is often called on to help with funding for superhero matters.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Skrulls turn Janet into one of these during Secret Invasion, prompting Thor having to seemingly Mercy Kill her to save the planet.
  • Wedding Smashers: Janet nearly died when the Ringmaster and the Circus of Crime attacked during her wedding to Hank Pym.
  • Willfully Weak: Janet is fully aware of the power and durability that come with growing to giant size, but she prefers to fight at insect size. She'll only break out the big guns when the shit really hits the fan.
  • Working with the Ex: Happened quite often given the "on again, off again " nature of her relationship with Hank Pym. Also with Tony Stark, who remained one of her closest friends after they briefly dated.

    Nadia van Dyne 

Nadia van Dyne / The Wasp III

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Alter Ego: Nadia Van Dyne note 

Notable Aliases: Baby Wasp, Nadia Pym, Wicked Wasp

First Appearance: Free Comic Book Day' Vol 2016 Civil War #II (May, 2016)

Joined In: Secret Empire: Uprising #1 (June, 2017)

Daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife, Maria Trovaya. After escaping from the Red Room, she decided to use the alias of the Wasp.


Notable Comics

Prose Books

  • The Unstoppable Wasp - Built on Hope (2020)


  • Adaptation Name Change: Her name is "Nadia", the Russian word for "hope", instead of the English one—though Mark Waid said this wasn't intentional.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Red Queen, her MC2 counterpart, was a villain.
  • Age Lift: Nadia is younger than either Red Queen, her MC2 counterpart, or Hope van Dyne, her MCU counterpart. Then again, MC2 is set in an alternate future, while MCU!Hope undergoes Age Lift (older than her MC2 counterpart) since her father in MCU is also older than his Earth-616 counterpart.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Nadia" is the Russian form of "Hope," which is the name of her counterparts in both the MC2 and Marvel Cinematic Universe continuities.
  • Canon Immigrant: Nadia is basically the 616-version of the Red Queen and Hope van Dyne.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Nadia can often seem off in her own world at times. Justified by being a Fish out of Water.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While Nadia's Wasp suit carries a black and dark red palette, she's easily one of the cheeriest characters in the Marvel Universe yet.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her poor Hungarian mother's abduction and murder by the Russians was used to kickstart both her and her father's superhero career.
  • Ditzy Genius: Nadia might be a genius like her father, but she can be a little air-headed at times.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Not only were Nadia and Riri Williams both seen in #1 of Champions (2016), Nadia actually appeared in every issue from #11 onwards except for #12. #11 was a Secret Empire tie-in, #13-#15 featured the Avengers, she was on that team at the time, and #16-#18 had her and Vision dealing with Viv Vision. After that was resolved at the end of #18, she joined the team.
  • Meaningful Name: Nadia means "hope" and she is very much a optimist.
  • Mythology Gag: Nadia's Wasp suit is obviously inspired by her MC2 counterpart Red Queen. There are also nods towards Janet's classic Wasp costume and the Wasp costume seen in Ant-Man.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Finding a surrogate family was one of Nadia's major motivations in becoming the new Wasp.
  • Perky Goth: Nadia prefers dark clothing and makeup, but her personality doesn't reflect that at all.
  • The Pollyanna: How she comes across, in spite of her upbringing.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Despite being based on the Red Queen from Marvel Comics 2 and Hope van Dyne from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Maria Trovaya, Hank's first wife, is her biological mother with Janet as a surrogate one.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Nadia Pym appears in All New All Different Avengers' crossover with Civil War II, she watches a news report about the event which causes her to start angrily asking why the hell heroes are fighting each other instead of talking things out.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Nadia is perhaps a bit too optimistic for her own good.


Alternative Title(s): Cassie Lang, The Wasp

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