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I am Ben Grimm, or as people call me "The Thing". I am part of the Fantastic Four and I like to clobber enemies! After the Merc with a Mouth, the big green guy that steals my thunder, Grimace, Vic and Wolvie have their own Self-Demonstrating pages on TV Tropes, it's time to have a page of my own!


The stuff I appear in:

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    Comic Books 
  • Fantastic Four (various runs):
    • vol. 1 (1961 — 1996, 2002 — 2012, 2015)
    • vol. 2 (1996 — 1997)
    • vol. 3 (1998 — 2003)
    • vol. 4 (2013 — 2014)
    • vol. 5 (2014 — 2015)
    • vol. 6 (2018)
  • Marvel Two-in-One (various runs):
    • vol. 1 (1974 — 1983)
    • vol. 2 (2017 — present)
  • The Thing (various runs):
    • vol. 1 (1983 — 1986)
    • vol. 2 (2006)
  • FF vol. 1 (2011 — 2012)
  • Secret Wars vol. 2 (2015 — 2016)
  • Uncanny Inhumans (2015 — 2016)
  • Uncanny Avengers vol. 3 (2015 — 2017)

    Film 
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    Animation 

    Video Games 

It's troperin' time!:

  • Affectionate Nickname: I call Reed "Egghead" and "Stretcho" and Susan "Susie" because they are great friends. Sometimes I call Johnny "Matchstick" when I'm angry with 'im, too, which is a lot of the time.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: In the picture books, my full name is Benjamin Grimm.
  • Berserk Button: I get pissy when Johnny asks me about my love life with Alicia.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: If you have seen the extended cut of the 2005 flick, I sweat flakes.
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  • Blatant Lies: I told a group of kids "don't do drugs" because they were scared of me.
  • Breakout Character: Even Johnny sponsored me as the team mascot! I even got my own series of comic books for two runs, one after the 2005 movie became a hit.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Yep, I am from Brooklyn.
  • Can't Stay Normal: Vic made me human one time and I learned that staying human won't last forever. So the machine helped me back to my rocky self.
  • Catch Phrase: You all know this one by now. "It's CLOBBERIN' TIME!"
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: I occasionally wear one o' these, but I'm a lot more comfortable with my rocky self than I used ta be, so I don't wear 'em as much nowadays.
  • Cursed With Awesome: The cosmic rays permanently changed me, but I learned to live with it.
  • Dagwood Sandwich: My favorite food!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like my skin, I do plenty of dry humor.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the sequel film, you don't see my beautiful mug as much.
  • Determinator: The Champ called me the best hero on the planet. I took that as a compliment.
  • Genius Bruiser: Hey, Reed may The Smart Guy of this outfit, but I'm no Dumb Muscle! For one thing, I'm a fully qualified aerospace engineer. Furthermore, do you know how many academic degrees and training certifications you need to be even considered becoming a test pilot, let alone as an astronaut? I've earned a whole bunch of them, although it helped to have Reed helping me study as my roommate at Empire State University.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: I quit smoking after learning it was bad for me.
  • I Choose to Stay: Yeah, when Egghead, Matchstick and I got sent back to the age o' pirates ta get Blackbeard's treasure for Dr. Doom, I kinda wanted to stay with the pirates who thought I was Blackbeard 'cause that was back when everybody was still thinkin' of me like a monster in the 20th century and those pirates accepted me. It took a storm to knock some sense into me.
  • Large Ham: When "JOHNNY" and I quip at each other, I lose my cool.
  • Layman's Terms: Stretcho needs to speak proper English.
  • Monster Modesty: I wear pants even though I look like a pile of rocks, but the reboot flick has me with no pants on!
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Don't judge me because my last name is "Grimm".
  • The Nicknamer: I like making some nicknames such as "Stretcho" and "Egghead" for Reed; "Bic-head", "Tinker Bell" and "Matchstick" for Johnny; "Suzie-Q" and "Susie" for Susan; "Vic" for Doom; "Jade-Jaws" for Hulk; "Webs" for Spider-Man, etc.
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real: I was part of Unlimited Championship Wrestling, where Jade-Jaws was a part of the federation.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Tinker Bell threw some fire at me, that's when I got really mad.
  • The Rival: Me an' Hulk have gone toe-to-toe more times than I can count.
  • Translator Buddy: Egghead does the technobabble, so I try to translate.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Matchstick gets on my nerves a lot, but he's a great pal.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: I never liked wearing the full-on monkey suits Susie made me (I mean, it's not like people ain't gonna recognize me no matter what I wear anyway!)

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