FIN FANG FOOM
Real Name: Unpronounceable
Name Meaning: He Whose Limbs Shatter Mountains and Whose Back Scrapes the Sun (Rough Translation)
Home Planet: Kakaranthara, Andromeda Galaxy
Realm: Earth-616 (Mainstream Marvel Universe)
Featured in: Pet Avengers vs Avengers, Iron Man (Comics/Cartoon)
Voiced By: Neil Ross (Iron Man Cartoon)
Fin Fang Foom, like Lockheed of the X-Men/Pet Avengers, is an alien dragon but whereas Lockheed is the atypical dragon as far as form and function are concerned, there is no such thing as atypical for the likes of Fin Fang Foom. To start with, he is a member of an alien race known as the Makluan of the planet Kakaranthara located somewhere in the reaches of the Andromeda Galaxy. As a species, Makluans are all draconic in form insomuch that each and every member of them all resemble a dragon from Earth legends from the East to the West with Fin Fang Foom himself resembling an anthropomorphic Chinese dragon wearing purple shorts.
No. I have no idea as to why just… just go with it people…
What I found to be particularly interesting about Makluans is that they don’t actually breathe fire but a type of combustible mist that is in actuality a highly corrosive acid. The strength of this combustible mist is variable by the Makluan but Foom himself has shown that he can channel it into powerful, combustible blasts.
Makluans are also incredibly hardy with some members, such as Fin Fang Foom himself, being nigh immortal. If their spirits be strong enough, Makluans regenerate their bodies so long as their consciousness finds a suitable host to house them before restoring their original bodies by means of amassing enough quantities of similar DNA. Fin Fang Foom once had to do this when he had been slain by the joint efforts of the Mandarin and Iron Man.
Speaking of the Mandarin, those “Rings of Power” of his? They belonged to Fin Fang Foom or, more specifically, he and his people whom had arrived on Earth somewhere about 4,500 years ago. Originally, Fin Fang Foom and a select number of his kin whom shared his beliefs intended to conquer Earth and had, in a way, succeeded. For a time, they were revered before being nearly driven into extinction with many being forced to disguise themselves as humans. Fin Fang Foom, refusing to allow such an indignity to befall him, was instead tricked into eating a rare herb that would put him into a state of hibernation for several centuries to come.
Fin Fang Foom has also demonstrated abilities that could be almost magical in nature though are likely an inherent ability distinct to his race. Sad as it is for me to admit, magic, as far as Marvel and even DC Comics are concerned, has undergone so many changes and retcons it’s hard to keep track of what is actual magic versus technology/abilities beyond our mere mortal comprehension.
I’m looking at you Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Fin Fang Foom is… an odd character to say the least. It’s difficult to say if he is outright evil or not for though he has done bad things, he has never crossed certain lines. Case in point, in his more recent return involving the Pet Avengers and the Avengers themselves, Fin Fang Foom had been confronted by the likes of Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America (or Bucky as the case actually was at the time). Rather than kill them for interrupting him and despite assuring them that despite their peaceful intentions that they would die, Fin Fang Foom chose instead to turn them into frogs.
There’s a joke hidden in there somewhere, I just know it…
Fin Fang Foom is a bad person but… I can’t in good conscience call him a villain to the same degree as characters like Carnage or the Red Skull. He has done bad things but in the end, there were done strictly for the well being of his people be it because he believed himself to be the last or, again in a recent storyline, to continue their legacy. As it turns out, Makluans eggs can only hatch after hundreds of years incubating in a specialized pocket near the core of a planet as the heat and pressure on the surface can kill the young inside.
Upon approaching their time to hatching, a psionic signal is sent out amongst the adult Makluans on or near the planet and the adults must find the eggs and carry them back out into the depths of space in order for them to hatch. Of course, the eggs are still sensitive to the outside heat and pressure so a Makluan must first devour them and protect them before expelling them out in a cloud of their combustible mist, weakening the outer eggshell enough for the young within to finish the rest on their own.
If Fin Fang Foom is guilty of anything it is arrogance. The entire affair involving the Makluan hatchlings that ultimately led to the Avengers and Pet Avengers fighting with one another could have been avoided if Fin Fang Foom had simply explained the situation. Instead, he kept instigating if not outright aggravating the situation by way of speaking in a way that could be taken the wrong way. True, he and his kin were pressed for the time but would it have been so hard to simply say that his young were in danger of dying and they needed to be excavated from near Earth’s core posthaste?
Ah well, even if the situation had begun badly, at least it ended well for all parties involved. The Makluan hatchlings were born and they alongside their parents left for the stars once more, the Pet Avengers were officially recognized by the Avengers and given their own lucrative mansion besides the Avengers’ own, and Fin Fang Foom…
Well, in the immortal words of Throg, “he has found peace.”