Bob, Agent of HYDRA
|Bob, Agent of HYDRA|
|First appearance||Cable & Deadpool #38
|Created by||Fabian Nicieza, Reilly Brown|
|Team affiliations||Agency X
|This section requires expansion. (December 2008)|
Bob returns in Deadpool (vol. 2) #6-7 (2009), "How Low Can You Go?", which deals with the implications of Dark Reign, the Secret Invasion aftermath. Writer Daniel Way has said "From day one I was looking for a way to bring in Bob. I don't want the book to become 'Deadpool and Friends' so characters will drift in and out, but Bob was someone I definitely wanted to bring in. It just had to be at the perfect moment and when I was putting this storyline together that moment presented itself."
Way also expanded:
|“||He's like Deadpool's biggest and only fan. He thinks Wade is a guy who's got it together, which speaks volumes about how monumentally dysfunctional Bob is. He's kind of a supplicating sycophant, but I wanted to explore more of who Bob is and see if there's more to him than just that. I didn't want to do some crazy in-depth exploration of the character and his psyche, I just wanted to show another one of his facets.||”|
Fictional character biography
A cowardly young man, Bob was persuaded into joining the criminal organization HYDRA by his wife, Allison, who accused him of not being able to hold a steady job. The thought of a stable career with a dental plan also appealed to Bob, though he was disappointed to find out HYDRA does not offer full dental like AIM. During Deadpool's assault on HYDRA to rescue the captured Agent X, he ran into Bob and coerced him into helping him. Bob was hesitant, as HYDRA would not allow him back into the organization having betrayed them, but Deadpool, at the time four inches tall, tortured him with a security card until he relented. He then forced Bob to fly them to safety in one of HYDRA's jets, though Bob did not know how to pilot an aircraft.
After Deadpool, Agent X, and Bob returned to the United States, they found Outlaw and Sandi missing. Bob accompanied Deadpool on his mission to save the girls and subsequently became an honorary member of Agency X. He continues to work with the group on their various missions, and is referred to as Deadpool's "Pet" (or "Minion", because that is "more PC"). Bob was recently shot in the leg, during a raid on the very same HYDRA base Deadpool kidnapped him from, in an attempt to save Weasel from Wolverine. When Wolverine cut off Deadpool's head, Bob was the one who put it back and let Deadpool's healing factor kick in. After Deadpool and Bob rescued Weasel, they were suddenly teleported into the past, where they aided Captain America and Bucky in stopping Arnim Zola. Following that adventure, Bob accompanied Deadpool on a mission through various dimensions to help Doctor Strange save reality after it was damaged by T-Ray's novice magic.
Bob also traveled with Deadpool and Weasel to the Savage Land, where he ran away from an assortment of dinosaurs. Deadpool attempted to teleport the dinos to Genosha as a prank on Magneto, but instead they were sent to the Genoshan Embassy in downtown Manhattan, being infected with the alien Symbiotes responsible for Venom and Carnage. During the resultant battle, Bob's attempt to flee accidentally caused the death of one of the creatures while a news crew watched. Thinking his actions were intentional, they interviewed Bob who claimed the 'H' on his uniform stood for "Hero". He then received a text message from Allison who had seen the events on the news and thought it was hot. Bob is seen watching television with Deadpool and his supporting cast as the series ends.
Bob is later seen assisting Deadpool defeat Tiger Shark. When Deadpool asks him what he's doing Bob replies "U-uh saving you". Then Deadpool tells Bob to throw him the rifle, Bob throws it to him but it does not get to him and the rifle falls into the water where Tiger Shark is waiting because "Bob throws like a girl." He is then knocked into the water. However Deadpool saves him at the last second and they were able to outmaneuver Tiger Shark for a while. It was Bob, after a shot to the hand, that explained to Deadpool that he along with Tiger Shark were hired by Norman Osborn. Who Deadpool soon realizes, stole from him during the height of the Secret Invasion against the Skrulls.
During the World War Hulks storyline, Bob uses a time platform to send Hulkpool (a gamma-powered Deadpool) back in time to kill Deadpool. Unfortunately, it sends him to an alternate reality where Thing is Blackbeard. Bob tries to correct the mistakes and ends up transporting dinosaurs to that reality.
Powers and abilities
Bob has no superpowers, and no combat or tactical skills to speak of. What training HYDRA gives its minions seems primarily focused on running away and hiding when confronted with danger, making Bob a parody of the cannon-fodder henchmen frequently seen working for evil organizations in comic books. Even this training seems useless, as Bob has cited such HYDRA lessons as "Hiding behind each other" and "If I can't see them they can't see me". However, Deadpool has said that Bob is better at running away than anyone he has seen.[volume & issue needed]
Bob has had a pathological fear ingrained in him of certain characters who are particularly devastating enemies of HYDRA. Among these are Captain America, Wolverine and Elektra. Notably, Bob has mentioned HYDRA specifically trains their minions to flee as quickly as possibly upon hearing the distinctive 'snikt' of Wolverine's claws. When stressed he has a tendency to shout "Hail HYDRA!" and other propaganda of the organization such as "Cut off one head and two more will take its place!".
Despite his incompetence, Bob sometimes gets lucky. He was able to fly a plane a long distance despite having no knowledge of how to do so, and killed a Symbiote possessed dinosaur by accident while fleeing from it. He was also able to save Deadpool's life during a battle with Wolverine by staying put to reattach his head despite his cowardice. Even though he is useless in a fight, Deadpool seems to delight in taking him on dangerous missions, seemingly for his own amusement. Bob goes along with him, although it is unclear whether this is because he is afraid of Wade or genuinely considers him a friend - or because he's a committed minion and does not know what else to do.
In other media
- Bob appears in Deadpool's ending in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, celebrating Wade's victory over Galactus.
- Bob appears as an optional mini boss in Chapter 1 of the Marvel Heroes.
- Bob appears in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- Bob, Agent of HYDRA at Marvel.com
- Bob (Hydra Agent) at the Marvel Database Project
- Bob, Agent of Hydra at the Comic Book DB