Ant (Character)

Publisher: Image Comics

Created by: Mario Gully

1st appearance: Ant vol.1 #1 (March 2004)

Real Name: Hannah Washington

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: unknown

Legal Status: US citizen with no criminal record

Height: 5’6                     Weight: 110 lbs

Eyes: Brown                    Hair: Brown

Relatives: Big Daddy (Father, deceased), Unnamed mother (Status Unknown)

Skills and abilities: Trained hand to hand combatant.

Powers: Ant possesses the ability to generate a protective Exoskeleton which grants her enhanced speed, resistance to injury, superhuman strength and bulletproof skin. In addition she has antennae which provide her with super-human level senses and she can stick to most surfaces.

This exoskeleton, appears to be generated by use of her blood-sugar. When it wears down, it becomes brittle and breaks off easily. In order to regenerate her shell she must recharge her blood-sugar levels. Often she uses a some kind of spray-can with an ant symbol to do this.

She has precognition about her own future and destiny.

Biography

Hanna Washington was a special little girl growing up. She had a singular goal and objective since she could walk; become a superhero. Early aptitude tests confirmed that she had heroic tendencies, this brought her to the attention of the government who subtly manipulated her to meet her destiny [Ant Unleashed #3]. A simple switch of a flu vaccine with an experimental toxin was the first step. 99% of those exposed to the toxin died after developing cancer, leukemia and other diseases [Ant v2. #11]. She still remained relatively normal though so they orchestrated her parents break up and her father’s eventual death by electrical chair [Ant Unleashed #3]. She briefly fell into mental incapacitation and was sent to an asylum [Ant v2. #7] after she already chronicled her entire heroic future in her diaries [Ant Unleashed #3]. When she got out she got a grant to study at Harvard. Here she stumbled onto a breakthrough by accident as she tried to create a formula to generate skin cells for burn victims using Ant DNA. It resulted in her discovering her “ant suit” [Ant Unleashed #3].

Confusion

The first time she used her powers subconsciously was when a group of men attempted to rape her [Ant v2. # 10]. The government used the incident to have her “jailed” and taken to a remote location with other potentials to be trained extensively [Ant v2. #10]. Here they exposed her to alien bug nanotechnology which she molded into her “ant suit” which she could control with her mind [Ant V2. #11]. On the first mission alongside other operatives she apparently “died” [Ant v2. #11]. It’s unclear how she survived but she was then amnesiac and returned to using the tin spray to activate her powers. She became a stripper and a local urban legend. The government eventually tracks her down and try to take her back. Whether they were successful or not has not been revealed.

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