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Ant-Man is the codename of three characters in the Marvel Universe: Hank Pym, Scott Lang, and Eric O'Grady.

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.

Scott Lang

The second Ant-Man, Scott Lang was created by David Michelinie and John Byrne. Lang first appeared in Avengers #181 (March, 1979). He assumed the Ant-Man identity Marvel Premiere #47 (April, 1979). An electronics expert on the brink of poverty, Scott Lang turned to crime to support his family. A poor criminal, Lang is arrested during a botched robbery and sent to prison. Studying electronics in his free time, Lang earns himself a job offer from Stark International after being paroled early for good behavior.

Resuming his work in the field of electronics, Lang's life appears to be on the upswing until his daughter, Cassie, is diagnosed with a congenital heart condition. The only person capable of curing her condition was Dr. Erica Sondheim, but she was being held prisoner at Cross Technological Enterprises (CTE). Desperate, Lang breaks into Hank Pym's home and steals some of Ant-Man's equipment so he can confront the villain Darren Cross, the owner of CTE. Engaging the villain as "Ant-Man", Lang successfully uses his new powers to defeat Cross and rescue Dr. Sondheim.

Prepared to return to prison for theft, Lang is shocked when Hank Pym allows him to keep the stolen Ant-Man equipment. Recognizing Lang's true nature, Pym's only condition was that Scott must use the Ant-Man persona to uphold the law. Relieved, Scott receives more good news from Dr. Sondheim: Cassie's heart condition was successfully cured. Scott spent the rest of The Bronze Age of Comic Books as an Iron Man supporting character, and spent The Dark Age of Comic Books as a Fantastic Four supporting character. In the 21st Century he has been an Avenger, died and come back to life, returned to being a Fantastic Four supporting character, and (thanks to Nick Spencer and the Marvel Cinematic Universe) became the face of the Ant-Man brand.

Eric O'Grady

The third Ant-Man, Eric O'Grady was created by Robert Kirkman and Phil Hester. He first appeared in 'The Irredeemable Ant-Man #1'' (September, 2006).

Introduced as a low-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent assigned to the Helicarrier, Eric O'Grady was the kind of guy who would lie, cheat, and steal his way through life. Fortune struck one day when O'Grady and his best friend, Chris McCarthy, are put on guard duty outside Dr. Hank Pym's lab after Wolverine's dead body is brought aboard. Brainwashed by HYDRA, Wolverine is revived and starts killing everyone in sight. Panicking, O'Grady knocks Dr. Pym unconscious when the alarms start blaring. Messing around with the prototype Ant-Man suit in Hank's lab, Chris becomes trapped at insect size, causing O'Grady to panic again as HYDRA launches a full-scale attack on the Helicarrier. Lost in the Helicarrier, Chris returns to full size only to be shot in the head. Looking for a place to hide, O'Grady stumbles across Chris's dead body and steals the Ant-Man suit. The Helicarrier sustains heavy damage during the attack, eventually crash landing in Arkansas. Surviving the crash, O'Grady retains his job as S.H.I.E.L.D agent during the day while experimenting with the Ant-Man suit at night.

O'Grady quickly made a name for himself as the most hated superhero in the Marvel Universe, earning the ire of just about every respectable superhero (and villain) which he met. Despite this, O'Grady just rolled with the punches, and managed to land a spot on a number of super-teams, including the Initiative, Cap's Secret Avengers, and the Thunderbolts. However, this didn't last, and Eric wound up getting killed and replaced by an LMD... who, just to add insult to fatal injury, continued lowering Eric's name by acting exactly as he would, taking on the name of Black Ant.

See also The Wasp, Ant-Man's Distaff Counterpart. And note that Hank's Yellowjacket alias has no relation to the Golden Age Yellowjacket character.


  • Tales to Astonish (The original Silver Age stories)
  • The Irredeemable Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady)
  • Ant-Man & Wasp (3-issue miniseries with Eric O'Grady as Ant-Man and Hank Pym as Wasp)
  • FF Vol. 2 (Scott Lang as a central character)
  • Mighty Avengers: Hank Pym assembles and leads the second team to use this name.
  • Avengers A.I.: A team made up entirely of artificial intelligences with Hank Pym as the leader.
  • Secret Avengers (Eric O'Grady)
  • Astonishing Ant-Man (originally Ant-Man): Starring Scott in the lead role.


  • Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers: Hank Pym appears as Giant-Man, a former Avenger who was forced to retire when his powers started putting too much strain on his body.


  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Paul Rudd plays the lead as the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man, while Michael Douglas portrays an older, retired version of Hank Pym.
    • Ant-Man: The Yellowjacket persona also appears in this film, but is used by the movie's villain Darren Cross (from Scott's comic book origin).
    • Captain America: Civil War: Scott uses the Giant-Man powers for the first time in this film, but is not identified as such.
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: The movie also introduces Bill Foster, who inherited the Giant-Man/Goliath powerset from Pym in the comics (he doesn't actually use such powers in the film, but claims to have helped test them in the past).
    • Avengers: Endgame

Video Games

  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance: An unplayable Science Hero, Hank Pym appears between missions to offer advice. One objective for the Omega Base mission is to find Pym's Ant-Man helmet.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Pym appears in his Yellowjacket persona as a boss for the Anti-Registration side.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order: Scott appears as an NPC.
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Pym is a non-playable character, appearing as part of one of Hawkeye's hyper combos.
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance: Pym is the featured hero for the seventh Special Operations, in an amalgam of his various personas (notably, he's wearing his current Giant-Man uniform - at least as default). Lang is the featured hero for Special Operation 28, timed to coincide with the movie.
  • Marvel Future Fight: An update timed with the movie introduces Ant-Man (Lang), Giant-Man (Pym), and Yellowjacket (Darren Cross) as playable characters (alongside Wasp); plus a Goliath alternate costume for Giant-Man. The Bill Foster Goliath was added with the Ant-Man and the Wasp update.
  • Disney Infinity 3.0: A Captain America: Civil War-themed update introduced Lang as a playable character.
  • Marvel Heroes: Scott Lang is the playable Ant-Man character while Henry Pym is the crafting NPC in Avengers Tower. Players who buy a premium costume can play as Pym instead of Lang.
  • Avengers Academy: Scott Lang is a default character, while Hank Pym is a supporting character on the Academy's faculty. During limited-time events, Pym, Cross, and Foster could be unlocked and recruited as Giant-Man, Yellowjacket, and Goliath, respectively. Lang could also get O'Grady's suit as an alternate costume.
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2: Hank Pym plays a minor role in the main story as Giant-Man/Goliath (using the former's name and the latter's costume). A bonus level features Pym as both Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, and the Scott Lang Ant-Man can also be unlocked. DLC based on Ant-Man and the Wasp adds an additional level and the movie versions of Lang's Ant-Man and Giant-Man.
  • Marvel's Avengers: Hank Pym appears in the story, sporting a look based on his more recent 'casual' look from stories like Avengers A.I.

Western Animation

Tropes common to all versions of Ant-Man:

  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Ants.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Ant-Man, obviously. Hank Pym also used the code names Yellowjacket and Wasp.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The Pym Particles.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: A prominent example in Marvel. None of them have innate powers, but they use a special suit to both shrink and control ants.
  • Hand Blast: Each Ant-Man has blasters built into his gloves allowing him to fire bio-electric energy blasts from his hands.
  • Legacy Character: Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady are legacy characters to Hank Pym; Stature (Scott's daughter, Cassie) is this to Scott and Hank; and Hank's own Wasp identity made him a legacy character to his own former sidekick.
  • Made of Iron: Growing to giant size increases Ant-Man's density, giving him greater durability.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Each Ant-Man suit was exposed to Pym Particles, allowing it to change size with the hero that uses it.
  • Pest Controller: the Ant-Man helmet allows the user to communicate with insects and order them around.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The Ant-Men retain their normal density and strength at insect size.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Both Hank and Eric have tapped this potential in very different ways.
  • Sizeshifter: Hank Pym initially required doses of Pym Particles in order to change size, requiring him to carry special pills or gas canisters. Later, Hank's body would start to generate Pym Particles on its own, allowing him to change size at will.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Each Ant-Man has a cybernetic helmet that allows him to communicate with insects.
  • Super Strength: Only available in giant form. A portion of the strength goes to supporting Ant-Man's body, leading to diminishing returns if he grows too large.

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     Ant-Man I (Henry "Hank" Pym) 
  • 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.
  • Ascended Extra / 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The Ultimates redesigned Pym after the likeness of Matthew Mc Conaughey.
  • 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.
  • Delayed Diagnosis: Hank Pym showed signs of some mental illness for years before it was finally revealed that he was bipolar.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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 AIs 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 AIs 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.
  • Never Live It Down/Once Done, Never Forgotten:
    • He provides the picture for the comics page, slapping his wife Janet/The Wasp. 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, genuius 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.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: 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!
  • 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.

     Ant-Man II (Scott Lang) 
  • Action Dad: He has a daughter, Cassie Lang.
  • Adult Fear: He became a burglar first, Ant-Man later to properly care for his Ill Girl Cassie. He spent his life protecting and caring for her. Then Cassie followed in his footsteps becoming a teenaged heroine. She died, brutally killed in front of him. Scott was devastated.
  • 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.
  • Comic Book Death: 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Taskmaster only remembers people through the physical abilities he can copy. Scott not being a martial artist and his powers not being immitable means Taskmaster has no reason to memorise Scott.

     Ant-Man III (Eric O'Grady) 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Just two examples:
    • Having sex with Veronica, the girlfriend of his best friend Chris that 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.
  • Reality Ensues: During World War Hulk, Eric - an otherwise ordinary human in powered armor - gets between Hulk and Iron Man's fight. He's badly injured.
  • Shout-Out: To ‘’Franchise/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.
  • 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.


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