Art by Khari Evans
|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man #41 (October 1966)|
|Created by||Stan Lee|
John Romita Sr.
|Alter ego||Aleksei Sytsevich|
|Place of origin||Russia|
|Team affiliations||Sinister Syndicate|
Emissaries of Evil
|Notable aliases||Alexander O'Hirn|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability|
Rhino armor grants:
High-level resistance to damage and extreme temperatures
Razor sharp horns
Ability to enhance his superhuman physical attributes
Rhino is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Although more than one character has assumed the identity of Rhino, the first of these, and the one primarily associated with that identity, is Aleksei Sytsevich, who was created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita Sr., and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #41 (Oct. 1966).
Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, Rhino has been featured in other Marvel-endorsed products such as animated television series, arcade and video games, and merchandise such as action figures and trading cards.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character biography
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 Other characters named Rhino
- 5 Other versions
- 6 In other media
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Described by writer Mike Conroy as "famously one of Spider-Man's dimmest villains", the character debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #41–43 (Oct.–Dec. 1966) as a thug for hire working for an Eastern Bloc country. He volunteers to participate in an experiment that bonds a super strong polymer to his skin and also augments his strength and speed. Rhino returned in Hulk, vol. 2, #104 (June 1968), and although he dies at the end of the story, the character proved popular enough to be revived, becoming a perennial opponent for both Spider-Man and the Hulk. The character achieved significant exposure in the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in both a solo capacity and as a villain for hire in over a dozen titles. Significant appearances included starring in the limited series Deadly Foes of Spider-Man #1–4 (May–Aug. 1991); the "Flowers for Rhino" storyline in Spider-Man's Tangled Web # 5–6 (Oct.–Nov. 2001), which is told from the character's perspective; and Punisher War Journal vol. 2, #13–15 (Jan.–Mar. 2008), in which Rhino begins to rethink his lifestyle.
Fictional character biography
Aleksei Sytsevich was a thug who worked for Eastern Bloc scientists. The scientists subjected him to a process that gave him an artificial skin covering, which granted him superhuman strength. After being empowered, Aleksei Sytsevich rebels against the agents who gave him his powers and destroys their laboratory. He is subsequently hired to kidnap Colonel John Jameson in order to obtain extraterrestrial spores to which Jameson has been exposed during a space mission. Jameson is rescued and Rhino defeated by the superhero Spider-Man. Rhino is imprisoned and kept there with sedation but soon breaks out and continues to try to kidnap Jameson. Spider-Man uses a web imbued with a chemical developed by Curt Connors to melt off his Rhino hide and then knocks him unconscious.
After serving his entire prison term, Rhino is approached by the same scientists, who bombard him with gamma radiation (exposure to which granted the character The Incredible Hulk his super-powers) to increase the Rhino's strength. The scientists also equip him with a more durable, acid-proof suit that "compliments" the gamma ray procedure, granting the Rhino even more strength while he wears it. Rhino agrees to find and kidnap Bruce Banner (the Hulk's alter-ego) for his knowledge of gamma radiation; the Rhino then trains to fight the Hulk. However, the Rhino finds himself hopelessly overpowered in the ensuing battle, as the Hulk shrugs off his strongest blows, pummels him to the brink of death, and leaves him in a coma.
The character is brought out of his coma by the Leader months later. The Leader plans to interrupt Banner's wedding to Betty Ross using a ray to transform him into the Hulk and make him kill Ross; he revived Rhino to protect him from the Hulk's inevitable desire for revenge. However, Rhino betrays the Leader by attacking Banner the moment he transforms. Rhino is still unable to harm the seemingly invulnerable Hulk, and he turns on the Leader after the Leader accidentally shoots him. Rhino is caught in the explosion of the Leader's ship and again left in a coma. Leader, who was paralyzed after a previous encounter with Hulk, finds and takes mental control of the still-comatose body of Rhino and attacks Hulk. The battle eventually leads to an alien world, where Leader abandons control of Rhino and flees. Bruce and an unconscious-but-now-recovered Rhino travel back to Earth via a rocket.
Rhino reappears with Abomination, and the pair activate a gamma bomb at the Hulkbuster base in an attempt to destroy Hulk. Jim Wilson deactivates the bomb, and Hulk tricks the villains during combat, forcing them to collide and knock each other unconscious. Rhino reappears as a member of the supervillain team, the Emissaries of Evil (consisting also of Egghead, Solarr and the Cobalt Man), in search of a rare jewel. Opposed by superhero team, the Defenders, Rhino and Solarr initially hold their own until defeated by Doctor Strange, who has been possessed by the jewel and become the Red Rajah. While in hiding, Rhino is found and outwitted by scientist Doc Samson and is eventually defeated.
Rhino battles Doc Samson and Spider-Man. Rhino teams up with Moonstone; Blackout and Electro in an unsuccessful attempt to escape the research complex Project: Pegasus. Rhino also battles Fantastic Four member, the Thing, during an attempt to remove his body suit.
Rhino joins the criminal group the Sinister Syndicate to battle Spider-Man. Rhino also battles Iron Man in the city of Los Angeles. Rhino and accomplice Blacklash, in the employ of criminal mastermind Justin Hammer, also hunt and capture a fellow villain Scorpion, who has absconded with advanced weaponry.
Rhino teams with other villains in two unsuccessful attempts to kill Spider-Man. Rhino receives an intelligence boost via surgery and becomes a genius, eventually undergoing surgery again to reverse the process when life becomes dull.
When Rhino robs a bank and a security guard is accidentally killed, he is humiliated by the Punisher and saved by Spider-Man before being killed. Rhino is then captured by Alyosha Kravinoff (the son of Kraven the Hunter). Kravinoff, who is collecting a zoo of animal-themed superhumans, is defeated by Punisher, with a despondent Rhino and other villains being freed. Feeling remorse from the accidental killing, Rhino sends a letter and money to the security guard's widow. Rhino decides to make amends and repay the Punisher for the previous rescue by aiding him on a case. At the conclusion of the story, Rhino is allowed to leave and is told to "be good", eventually returning to aid the vigilante. Rhino later persuades Punisher to not kill Michael Watts, the third Stilt-Man.
During The Gauntlet storyline, Rhino decides to give up his life of crime entirely. He surrenders to the police and pleads guilty to all charges against him. S.H.I.E.L.D. removes his Rhino costume, and he is sentenced to 25 years in Ryker's Island. The Russian Mafia and other criminal gangs try to recruit him, but he denies them, even going so far as to completely avoid a breakout at one point. For his good behavior and cooperation, he is released early on parole. Upon release, he is met by Doctor Tramma, who wants to re-invent Rhino. Sytsevich declines Doctor Tramma's offer and tries to begin a new life, dating (and eventually marrying) a waitress and residing in a small apartment in Yonkers. Doctor Tramma eventually uses someone else to create a new and improved Rhino. Sytsevich feels he needs to face and kill the new Rhino to get rid of him, but Spider-Man convinces him to promise otherwise and helps Sytsevich keep his new life by defeating the new Rhino. The new Rhino attacks Sytsevich at one of J. Jonah Jameson's press meetings. Feeling he could not break his promise to Spider-Man, Sytsevich lies to the new Rhino, telling him he will agree to fight him in his suit, but he instead goes into hiding with his wife Oksana. Before they arrive at their safehouse, the new Rhino attacks again, and Oksana dies as a result. Sytsevich redons his old Rhino suit and attacks the new Rhino. With one hit, Sytsevich completely destroys the new Rhino's suit. Spider-Man begs Sytsevich to stop, but the grief-stricken Rhino disregards him and kills the new Rhino.
Rhino is invited by Doctor Octopus to join his supervillain team where he becomes involved in securing some specific items for him. He shows up after Spider-Man makes Freak collide with Vulture. Spider-Man talks him down from a fight. Rhino is later seen as a member of Doctor Octopus' Sinister Six.
During the Ends of the Earth storyline, Rhino is among the Sinister Six when Spider-Man and the Avengers engage them on the Mediterranean coasts. Rhino defeats Thor after Thor sends Electro into the atmosphere. Rhino is seen guarding one of Doctor Octopus' facilities in Korea. He fights Spider-Man, Black Widow and Silver Sable and is defeated by Spider-Man's electrical webbing. Rhino reveals he wanted to watch the world burn, stating that the loss of his wife had changed him, and that he is prepared to die. When Doctor Octopus self-destructs his own lair, Rhino pins Silver Sable to the floor in a flooding corridor, telling Spider-Man he will remain there, taking Silver Sable with him to death. Knowing Spider-Man will blame himself for his fellow hero's death, Rhino sees it as an opportunity for revenge. Rhino and Silver Sable are apparently drowned, despite Spider-Man's defeating Doctor Octopus.
While in Doctor Octopus' dying body, Spider-Man meets him and Oksana in the afterlife during a post-mortem experience.
As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel event as part of the lead-up to the Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy storyline, Rhino resurfaces months later having survived his apparent demise. He has remained in hiding in Tahuexco, Guatemala. A mysterious red-suited man approaches Aleksei and persuades him to do the red-suited man's bidding. Although Rhino was not up to it at first, he takes up the red-suited man's offer when he has a somehow-revived Oksana by his side. The red-suited man later has Rhino spring Lizard and a depowered Electro from Andry Corrections Facility. It is revealed that the revived Oksana is a clone that red-suited man had gathered to grow clones with false memories that span all the way to their deaths. Rhino and the Francine Frye version of Electro assist New U Technologies' security force into stopping Spider-Man only to be defeated. When Jackal's police contact Chief Anderson tells him about where the clone of Gwen Stacy is, Jackal sends Rhino and Electro to Horizon University. When they retrieve the Gwen Stacy clone, she tells them to bring Kaine due to his encounter with the Carrion Virus might help in Jackal's research. Anna Marie Marconi persuades them to bring her along too since she also studied Kaine and the drug. Both villains agree to the terms. When Doctor Octopus pulls a switch which activates the Carrion Virus in all of the clones and causes them to start rapidly decaying, including Oksana. Rhino was devastated when Oksana turned to dust. Rhino goes on a rampage after losing Oksana in New U Technologies, but Spider-Man manages to calm him down by convincing him to move forward with his life for Oksana's sake. The two of them agree to see each other once in a while to help the other with their pain.
In a prelude to the "Hunted" storyline, Rhino is among the animal-themed characters captured by Taskmaster and Black Ant on Kraven the Hunter's behalf. He is among those who Arcade publicly reveals as the Savage Six.
Powers and abilities
Mutagenic chemical and radiation treatments, including gamma ray bombardment, provides Rhino with superhuman strength, heightened levels of speed and stamina and a high degree of durability. Rhino's superhuman speed allows him to run and/or exercise at high velocities, especially over short distances. He frequently "charges" his opponents in this manner, enabling him to cause great harm to most enemies and the surrounding area. Rhino is notorious, however, for his lack of agility and slow reaction time. This makes it nearly impossible for him to change direction when running at such high speeds and causes him to miss his target and collide with the wrong object.
Rhino's enhanced musculature is much more efficient than that of a normal human and generates considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity. At his peak, he can exert himself physically for up to 24 hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood starts to impair him.
Rhino has some experience in hand-to-hand combat, though he is generally much more of a brawler. Even so, his extreme levels of strength, stamina and resistance to injury make him a formidable opponent regardless of a foe's superior fighting skills.
Rhino possesses a thick polymer mat suit that resembles the physique of a rhinoceros and covers his entire body except for his face. The suit is highly resistant to damage and extreme temperatures, and it is also equipped with two horns, designed to mimic the general shape and function of actual rhinoceros horns, capable of penetrating two-inch plate steel. His first suit, more crude in overall design, was originally bonded to his skin, and he was unable to remove it. This suit was eventually destroyed and a second, removable suit, more form-fitting in its design, was created by Justin Hammer. This suit was given to Rhino after he underwent additional gamma ray treatments that further heightened his powers. The new suit was also designed to enhance some of his powers, using gamma ray treatments. Without the suit, Rhino still possesses great superhuman strength and is highly resistant to conventional physical injury, such as most high-caliber bullets, extreme temperatures and impact forces. While wearing the suit, his strength is slightly increased, while his durability is enhanced to a much more significant degree. The suit also allows him to withstand high-caliber bullets, exposure to temperature extremes of cold and heat without the suit cracking or melting or his own bodily tissues suffering damage, falls from great heights, light anti-tank weaponry, explosive concussions and potent acids without sustaining injury.
Other characters named Rhino
Doctor Tramma's Rhino
When Aleksei Sytsevich declines Doctor Tramma's offer to be upgraded, Doctor Tramma finds another subject and equips him with a high-tech rhino suit that was supposed to be given to Aleksei Sytsevich. The second Rhino comes after Aleksei, feeling that he had to destroy the original Rhino if he was going to ascend. Spider-Man defeats the second Rhino who then escapes.
While lifting a makeshift dumbbell made out of a pole and two trucks, the second Rhino is called up by a mysterious person telling him where he can find Aleksei. Rhino attacks Aleksei at one of J. Jonah Jameson's press meetings. Aleksei lies to the second Rhino, agreeing to fight him in his suit but instead going into hiding with Oksana. However, before they arrive at their safehouse, the second Rhino attacks again and Oksana dies as a result. Aleksei dons his old Rhino suit, totals the new Rhino's suit as his suit was stronger, and kills the unnamed wearer.
Age of Apocalypse
In the alternate reality seen in the Age of Apocalypse storyline, Rhino was one of Death's soldiers on the Moon at Apocalypse's recovery base the Ship. Death captured superhumans and brought them to the Ship and used the Terrigen Mist to turn them into warped powerful monsters for him to control. Rhino was one of the super humans that were captured. He joined Death and other of his henchmen and fought Magneto and the X-Men on the moon. He ends up fighting Rogue but is defeated easily by one punch.
Rhino was seen as a member of the Avengers who travelled through time to stop Charnel, an entity that had been ravaging his future-Earth for decades. He had been partnered with She-Hulk for twenty years. He was killed in action.
House of M
In the alternate reality seen in the House of M storyline, Rhino is the bodyguard of Peter Parker. When Parker sends Rhino to question Crusher Hogan, wrestling under the alias "Green Goblin", Rhino injures Hogan, hospitalizing him. Now in hiding from the authorities, Rhino is approached by the Green Goblin looking for aid in defeating Parker. Rhino betrays the Green Goblin enlisting his friends Electro, Ox and Vulture to attack the Green Goblin, unmasking him to reveal Peter Parker.
Rhino was among the zombified villains that attempted to devour Galactus and joined the undead Sinister Six. When the other zombies were done eating Galactus, Zombie Hulk and Zombie Spider-Man tore off Rhino's head and body and both each eating it, also both stating that it did not taste good.
Rhino appeared within the MC2 Universe in the pages of Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man. Whilst visiting the hospital with his sick aunt, Rhino briefly loses his temper as he is told to fill in his forms in order for his aunt to receive her meds, before calming down. Waiting in line, he once again comes face to face with Peter Parker, who is with his own family. Remembering that he once threatened Peter under the orders of Harry Osborn, Rhino assures Peter what he did was simply business, and the two call a truce. They spend the remainder of Peter's visit exchanging stories of their lifestyle choices, and part with a better understanding of each other.
The Ultimate Marvel version is Alex O'Hirn who uses a suit of armor known as R.H.I.N.O. (Robotism Heuristic Intelligence Navigable Operative) that he stole from the U.S. Military. Using the R.H.I.N.O. armor's incredible strength, he robbed a Manhattan bank, charging the vault head-first, destroying it. He then rampaged through a busy street to make his escape, destroying anything in his path, including police cars, with ease. The original Spider-Man tries to escape school in order to confront him but is stopped by various incidents. Iron Man arrives, stops the R.H.I.N.O. assault and captures him by the time Spider-Man catches up. R.H.I.N.O. was then taken into military custody. R.H.I.N.O. was later seen being soundly defeated by Spider-Man. During the "Divided We Fall" storyline, R.H.I.N.O. faces off against Captain America and the U.S. Army. The new Spider-Man uses his venom blasts to create a shortcut into the R.H.I.N.O. armor and defeat him.
In the Spider-Verse storyline, the Earth-001 version of Rhino appears as a member of Verna's Hounds. He accompanied Verna and the Earth-001 version of Scorpion to Earth-21205 to hunt the Hobgoblin (who was the identity of this world's Peter Parker). Rhino, Verna, and Scorpion were stopped by the Spider-Woman of Earth-65. He later helps Verna and the Earth-001 versions of Hammerhead and Ox attack the Spider-Totems on Earth-8847. He is killed by Superior Spider-Man, Assassin Spider-Man, and Spider Punk.[volume & issue needed]
On Earth-65, Aleksei Sytsevich is a mercenary who was hired by Kingpin and Matt Murdock to kill George Stacy. Though he doesn't appear as Rhino, Aleksei is depicted as large, having gray skin, and sporting blue hair. He was stopped by Spider-Woman. Officer Frank Castle later interrogated him on who ordered the hit on George Stacy. Castle beats the information out of Aleksei that Kingpin was the one who ordered the hit.
Old Man Logan
In Old Man Logan's future where the villains rose to power, Rhino left Manhattan and formed the Rhino Gang where they managed to conquer Arizona and New Mexico while killing anyone that opposes them in the way. When it comes to a Cheyenne reservation in South Dakota, Rhino and the Rhino Gang met resistance in the form of Forge and his high-tech defenses that annihilated the Rhino Gang. While riding on an exo-skeleton, Forge managed to kill Rhino by beating him to death.
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows
During the "Secret Wars" storyline in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Rhino works as an enforcer of Regent where he, Boomerang, and Shocker beat up Demolition Man for protesting against Regent's rules. Regent later recruits Boomerang, Beetle, and Rhino to fill in the membership gaps in the Sinister Six following the deaths of Doctor Octopus and Hobgoblin and Vulture being incapacitated. He and the Sinister Six attack S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secret base after Regent probed Sandman's mind.
In other media
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- Rhino made two appearances in the first season of the 1967 Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Ed McNamara. In the episode "Horn of the Rhino", Rhino steals some military equipment to try to make an explosive weapon which Spider-Man is blamed for, but Spider-Man realizes he is hiding in the rhinoceros enclosure of a zoo. Rhino is defeated with pepper and Spider-Man baking some mud with a heating device. In the episode "The Golden Rhino", Rhino steals a shipment of gold in order to make a gold statue of himself, which he succeeds in after stealing more gold, but is captured by Spider-Man's new webbing: instant steel. He later 'returned' in a third-season budget-saving 'mishmash' episode called "Rhino" which uses footage from his other episodes and where he also attempts to make another gold statue of himself, but is again webbed up.
- Rhino appears several times in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, voiced by Don Stark. While his origin is not detailed in the series, he still retains his abilities from the comics. Here, he is shown as very unintelligent. First appearing in the episode "The Alien Costume" Pt. 1, he is hired by the Kingpin to steal a mineral from John Jameson's space shuttle after crash landing to Earth. Kingpin later sent Rhino to obtain another item where he fights Spider-Man in the black suit. Spider-Man fights the suit's urges to finish off Rhino. In the episode "The Alien Costume" Pt. 3, Spider-Man encounters Rhino on the rooftops and fights him where Rhino commented how he missed the black suit previously wore in their last encounter. Rhino was assisted in battle by Shocker managing to bury Spider-Man in rubble. By the time Spider-Man emerges from the rubble, the web-slinger finds that Rhino and Shocker have been webbed up by Venom. In the episodes "The Insidious Six" and "Battle of the Insidious Six", Rhino later becomes a member of the Insidious Six after he, Doctor Octopus, Chameleon, Mysterio, Scorpion and Shocker are sprung from prison by Kingpin. As in one episode, Spider-Man easily fools him into thinking that he is Chameleon and tricks him into attacking the other Insidious Six members (because of this Rhino unintentionally damages Shocker's electrical suit). In the "Six Forgotten Warriors" episodes, Rhino was brought back together with the Insidious Six with Vulture acting as Mysterio's replacement. When looking for the keys for Red Skull's doomsday device, Rhino attacks Robert Frank and later, when it appears the villains are victorious, boasts he will soon be "the new Duke of Jersey" (in response to which Spider-Man mocks Rhino's lack of ambition). After Kingpin was badly hurt by Electro (Red Skull's son Rheinholdt Kragov), Rhino left with Doctor Octopus, Scorpion, Shocker and Vulture as they are not going to get paid for their services and went back to their own lives.
- Rhino appeared in The Spectacular Spider-Man, voiced by Clancy Brown. Originally a common petty thug under the Big Man, Alex O'Hirn was partnered with Flint Marko. The two friends had repeated run-ins with Spider-Man while growing frustrated at constantly being dupes and punching bags. Concerned about Spider-Man's constant interference in his business, the Big Man had O'Hirn used as one of the guinea pigs in Norman Osborn's illegal experiments, in which O'Hirn's body was infused with Dr. Otto Octavius's highly durable titanium resin armor modeled after a rhinoceros. Although he proves to be one of Spider-man's most physically powerful foes, the costume has a major weakness in that it obstructs his pores. Now only able to perspire through his face, Rhino must periodically stop fighting and drink water, lest he overheat, a weakness Spider-Man utilizes to defeat him.[episode needed] The costume also inhibits his ability to manipulate small objects such as elevator buttons.[episode needed] The character appears as the Rhino in the episodes "The Invisible Hand," "Group Therapy" "Reinforcement," "Accomplices" and "Opening Night."
- Rhino appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series, initially voiced by Max Mittelman and by Daryl Sabara as both Alex O'Hirn and Rhino later on. In contrast to previous iterations, this version of Alex O'Hirn is a teenager. Introduced in his self-titled episode "The Rhino", he is shown bullied by Flash Thompson and has been drinking a vial of rhinoceros serum that he stole from Oscorp to transform into a humanoid rhinoceros. Spider-Man and Power Man encounter Rhino at the burning Oscorp building and end up rammed into a tree by Rhino, making off with some exotic animal-related chemicals. Spider-Man and Power Man later stakeout another Oscorp building and find Rhino charging towards an Oscorp train. Spider-Man and Power Man fight Rhino with the resulting fight causing Rhino to gash Power Man's leg. As Rhino charges towards Spider-Man, S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives causing Rhino to retreat with his 'medicines'. The next day, Peter Parker discovers that Rhino is Alex after seeing him with the chemicals that transforms him into Rhino. Spider-Man fights Rhino to keep him from attacking Flash while trying to reason with him to no avail. At Flash's house near a gas station, Spider-Man tries to protect as Rhino charges at Flash, informing Flash that Rhino is actually Alex. Eventually, Rhino was able to regress back to normal due to Spider-Man and Power Man's efforts. As Alex is arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D., Flash apologizes to Alex for the mistreatment. In "The Sinister Six", Rhino appears as a member of Doctor Octopus's Sinister Six along with a mind-controlled Lizard, Electro, Kraven the Hunter and Beetle. He joins in exchange for the promise of more the Rhino formula. In "Return of the Sinister Six", Rhino is sprung out of Ryker's Island and is equipped with a tank-like armor. With the Sinister Six armored and reassembled with Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven, Lizard and Scorpion, Rhino once again fights Spider-Man and then Power Man. He also assists in the Sinister Six's assault on Iron Patriot. During the chaos, Rhino ends up defeated as Spider-Man defeats the other Sinister Six members. In "Rampaging Rhino", Dr. Connors reveals that Rhino is unable to become Alex again after running an analysis. Rhino continues his old rivalry with Agent Venom when Rhino escapes from the Tri-Carrier. With help from the Hulk and the Iron Spider Hulkbuster armor, Spider-Man temporary subdues Rhino in a tunnel after a long destructive fight across the city. Upon making it to Queens, Rhino is unable to have the courage to go into his house and turns himself over to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. With Hulk's help, Spider-Man persuades Nick Fury to let Rhino be a student at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy albeit only if Spider-Man responsible for Rhino's actions. Rhino continues to make appearances in further episodes (such as "Ant-Man", "Attack of the Synthezoids", "The Revenge of Arnim Zola" [Parts 1 & 2] and "Contest of Champions" [Part 4]). In "Lizards", Rhino is revealed to be a spy for Doctor Octopus and the one that injected Dr. Connors with the Lizard, to serve as a distraction while he kidnapped Agent Venom and escaped with him and Doctor Octopus. In the episode "Double Agent Venom", it is revealed that Rhino works with Doctor Octopus so that he can be restored to his human form. When Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider arrive to free Flash after he got separated from the Venom symbiote, Rhino buys them time to escape. After Spider-Man's group escapes, Doctor Octopus plans to 'cure' Rhino of his loyalty problem. In "The New Sinister 6" Part 1, Rhino appears as a now brainwashed member of the HYDRA-backed Sinister Six alongside Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven, the Green Goblin of the Ultimate Universe, and Hydro-Man. During an assault on the Triskelion, Rhino regains a bit of his consciousness despite being made obedient to Doctor Octopus as he warns Spider-Man that someone else is the real spy. He is then subdued by Squirrel Girl's squirrels and taken away, until a cure for Doctor Octopus' brainwashing can be found. In the two-part episode "Graduation Day", Rhino fights the Web Warriors at the boathouse until he is subdued when Spider-Man knocked him into the water where Doctor Octopus was hiding. After busting out of his cell, Rhino joins Doctor Octopus' Superior Sinister Six. In the battle at Oscorp, Spider-Man used Doctor Octopus' antidote darts to regress Rhino back to Alex O'Hirn. He and Adrian Toomes then help to defeat Kraven the Hunter. In the end, Alex rejoins S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
- Rhino appears in Spider-Man, voiced by Matthew Mercer. First appearing in the episode "A Day in the Life," Aleksei Sytsevich is a student at Horizon High from Russia where he gets pricked by a serum-laced needle hidden under Raymond Warren's ring. In the episode "Party Animals," the effects of the serum turns Aleksei into the Rhino during the Horizon High dance. Spider-Man was able to subdue him and knock him out as the police arrive. Upon Anya Corazon using a device to figure out that the Rhino was Aleksei Sytsevich, Peter Parker, Harry Osborn, and Gwen Stacy had to work on a cure. After Gwen Stacy uses an antidote that turns Jackal back into Raymond Warren, Spider-Man rushes the cure back to Horizon High and uses it to restore Rhino back to Aleksei Sytsevich. In the episode "The Rise of Doc Ock: Part 3 & 4," Aleksei Sytsevich is once again duped by Jackal into turning the Osborn Academy students into Rhinos like him. Later, he joins the Sinister Five and outfitted with armor. In the episode "Hobgoblin, Part 1", Rhino helps the rest of the Sinister Five to wear down Spider-Man so that Doctor Octopus can brainwash and expand the Five to the Sinister Six. With the help of Harry Osborn in the Hobgoblin armor, Spider-Man frees Rhino, Alistair Smythe, Steel Spider and Vulture from mind control technology as they pursue Doctor Octopus. In the episode "Hobgoblin Pt. 2", Spider-Man and Hobgoblin manage to capture Rhino just as he was unleashing chaos everywhere.
- Paul Giamatti plays Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In an interview with visual-effects supervisor Jerome Chen, he states that the armor was "put together out of surplus Soviet-era military gear that Oscorp had sold back in the '80s", with Aleksei modifying the armor. In the film, Aleksei Sytsevich is a dim-witted and boastful Russian mobster whose theft of Oscorp plutonium is foiled by Spider-Man. Following the defeat of Electro and Green Goblin, Aleksei Sytsevich is given a rhinoceros-themed mecha suit by Gustav Fiers that features heavy machine guns and missile launchers. After a shootout with police, he is confronted by Spider-Man and engages in a fight, with Spider-Man using a manhole cover swung at Rhino's horn as the film ends.
- Paul Giamatti confirmed that Rhino was planned to return in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. The Amazing Spider-Man franchise was later cancelled, and was rebooted with Spider-Man: Homecoming, a new film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Rhino's first video game appearance was in the 1989 game Doctor Doom's Revenge, along with other Marvel villains such as Electro, Batroc the Leaper and Doctor Doom himself.
- Rhino appears as a boss in The Amazing Spider-Man for the Game Boy.
- Rhino makes an appearance in Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge. He and Carnage team up to defeat Spider-Man at the end of his second level.
- Rhino appears as a boss in The Incredible Hulk for the SNES, Sega Genesis, SMS and Sega Game Gear.
- Rhino appears as a mini-boss in the 1995 game Spider-Man Animated Series for the SNES and Sega Genesis.
- Rhino appears in the 2000 Spider-Man game, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. He is hired by Doctor Octopus to attack a power plant owned by Omni-Tech as a distraction while he steals a piece of high-tech equipment to aid him with his plans. Rhino fights both Spider-Man and Black Cat when they come to investigate and he severly injures the latter, but is ultimately defeated by Spider-Man and then arrested by Doc Ock. In the epilogue, Rhino is seen playing cards with the other villains in prison and gives everyone a speech about always calling him dumb after he mistakenly believes to have won.
- Rhino appears as a boss in the Game Boy Advance game Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace.
- Rhino appears in the Spider-Man 2 video game, voiced by John DiMaggio. This game's version of Rhino has spikes on parts of his costume and claws on his fingers. In the main version of the game, the player briefly engages Rhino in a "boss fight" after he steals a powerful chemical weapon and terrorizes the people on the streets of Manhattan. Serving as the game's first boss, Rhino is easily defeated by Spider-Man and left for the police, whearas the weapon is destroyed during their battle. In the PC version of the game, Rhino is also the first boss, who is fought after escaping from a maximum security prison. The police trap Rhino in an energy cage, which serves as the arena for the fight between him and Spider-Man. Rhino is easily defeated by tricking him to ram into the cage's walls, which electrocute him, but he escapes from the cage, only to ram into a gas station. The explosion knocks Rhino unconscious, but he is rescued from the police by Doctor Octopus, whom he then begins working for. Later, during Doc Ock's heist at Oscorp, he dispatches Rhino to fight Spider-Man inside a room with six generators, while he escapes. Rhino is defeated in a manner similar to the first fight, by tricking him to ram into the generators, but this doesn't stop him and he fights Spider-Man again immediately afterwards, in a room with four tubes of liquid nitrogen. Spider-Man is able to release the liquid nitrogen and then escapes the room as it freezes, leaving Rhino completely frozen. In the PlayStation Portable version of the game, Rhino is hired by Doctor Octopus to release Shocker from prison, so that they could then steal together a piece of high tech equipment, but Rhino accidentally releases Mysterio and Vulture as well, who go on with their own plans. After defeating Vulture, Spider-Man learns from him that Rhino and Shocker are at a warehouse at the docks and goes there, where he first fights Rhino alone, before facing both villains at the same time. Spider-Man manages to defeat them by tricking Shocker to attack Rhino with his vibro-shock gauntlets and by tricking Rhino to destroy the platform that Shocker is standing on, which collapses on him, and leaves both of them for the police, not before Shocker reveals him Doc Ock's plan.
- The Ultimate Marvel version of R.H.I.N.O. appears in the 2005 Ultimate Spider-Man game, voiced by Bob Glouberman. He first appears rampaging through Queens and Spider-Man is forced to chase him and save the civilians he endangers, before eventually cornering him in a parking lot, where the two fight. Spider-Man defeats R.H.I.N.O. by hitting him in a weak spot located on his back and then discovers his pilot to be a short man named Alex O'Hirn, whom Spider-Man leaves for the police. O'Hirn speaks mostly in Latin, appears to be very intelligent, and works for Bolivar Trask, as his company made the R.H.I.N.O. armor; strangely, this makes this version of R.H.I.N.O. the exact opposite of the original version. On the game's web site, it is revealed that the R.H.I.N.O. armor was originally designed to be controlled by a computer, before O'Hirn concluded that his own mind was more powerful than any computer and decided to use the suit for himself.
- Rhino appears in the touch screen app Spider-Man: Total Mayhem. He is a boss in the level "Rhino - serious rampage". Rhino first appears in level 1, throwing a car at Spider-Man after he has defeated Sandman. Although the game appears to be set in the Ultimate universe, this version of Rhino is shown to be far less intelligent, suggesting that it may be a slightly different universe.
- Rhino appears as a mini-boss in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, voiced by Peter Lurie. He is a member of Doctor Doom's Masters of Evil. Rhino and Shocker first appear working with Arcade, before later being tasked with guarding a defeated Heimdall. He has special dialogue with the Thing and Venom. Rhino also appears in the Thing's simulation disk, which takes place on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Omega Base and has the Thing protecting a frozen Mister Fantastic.
- Rhino appears as a playable character in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, with John DiMaggio reprising his role. In the game, Rhino is one of the many villains placed under mind control by Mysterio and dispatched to various locations around the globe to guard the meteor shards used by Mysterio to create his army of P.H.A.N.T.O.M.s (a combination of holographic technology and symbiotes). Rhino is sent to the mythical Tangaroa Island and is fought at an ancient temple arena located there. After being defeated and freed from the mind control, Rhino joins Spider-Man for the rest of his quest and, thus, becomes a playable character.
- Rhino appears in the Spider-Man 3 video game, voiced by Steven Blum. This version of the character does not don a full costume, but rather a large part of his body is scaly and bumpy like that of a rhinoceros, while his helmet resembles that of his traditional costume. Dr. Stillwell, the head scientist of the evil MechaBioCon corportaion, dispatches a mind-controled Scorpion to release Rhino from a police van (who was defeated by Spider-Man and caught by the police in the Spider-Man 2 game). After being released, Rhino accidentally knocks out Scorpion, who is taken away by MechaBioCon, while Rhino runs off. Witnessing the event, Spider-Man decides to look into MechaBioCon and eventually releases Scorpion from their control. Later, Spider-Man teams up with Scorpion to help him exact revenge on MechaBioCon and the two witness Rhino, whom Stillwell hired to act as her personal bodyguard, kidnapping Dr. Andrews, Scorpion's love interest. When Spider-Man and Scorpion confront Stillwell, she unleashes Rhino to kill them. Spider-Man and Scorpion work together to fight Rhino and eventually manage to defeat him, with Spider-Man tying him up with web lines and dropping several enormous ceiling blocks on top of him, knocking him unconscious.
- Rhino appears in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, voiced by Fred Tatasciore. He is imprisoned at Ryker's Island and Spider-Man runs into him while there on a mission to break out the Tinkerer to help with the current symbiote invasion at hand. Spider-Man decides to use Rhino's strength to his advantage and releases him from his cell to help him free the Tinkerer. Rhino proves to be a very useful ally, as Spider-Man needs to get through a large door in order to get to the Tinkerer, which is powered by several generators that only Rhino can destroy; however, Rhino is still very dangerous and will sometimes launch indiscriminate attacks that can hurt both the enemies and Spider-Man. After making their way past the security system and finding the Tinkerer, Spider-Man and Rhino arrive at a lift leading out of Ryker's Island, where the player is given two choices: trick Rhino into returning to his cell, or activate the lift and allow Rhino to escape, so that he could also help deal with the symbiote inavsion. Regardless the choice, Rhino then becomes one of the 7 allies in the game and the player can summon him at any time during gameplay to help them fight enemies; unlike the other allies, Spider-Man will manually ride Rhino through the swarms of enemeies. In the game's PlayStation 2 and PSP versions, Rhino is a boss fought at the end of the fourth level, where he was hired to guard Spencer Smythe's and A.I.M.'s secret underground lab. In the previous level, it is also revealed that Kraven the Hunter was hunting Rhino, having placed numerous traps through the subway that Spider-Man needs to get past in order to find the lab.
- Rhino appears exclusively in the Nintendo DS version of Spider-Man: Edge of Time, voiced again by Fred Tatasciore. Rhino takes Anti-Venom's place as the one who fuses with Walker Sloan and Doctor Octopus to become into the monster Atrocity (voiced by Fred Tatasciore).
- Rhino appears in The Amazing Spider-Man video game, with Fred Tatasciore reprising his role. This version of the character is a hybrid of a man and a rhinoceros. He was created by a corrupt Oscorp scientist using gene-splicing technology to be sold to a Russian crime syndicate as a living weapon. Alongside the other cross-species creted by Oscorp using Curt Connors' old research, Rhino escapes from Oscorp and begins terrorizing the people of New York. When he wrecks havoc in a parking lot, Spider-Man finds and defeats him, leaving him for the authorities. However, Rhino escapes before the police arrive and returns in a side mission, where he attacks the city's water treatment facility, causing all water in the city to be poisoned. When Spider-Man arrives in the sewers to help fix thet facility, he once again battles Rhino and defeats him by tricking him to ram into some electric wires, which eletrocute him, before throwing him into the facility's main generator, which subdues Rhino for good.
- Rhino appears as a boss in Marvel Heroes, voiced by Benjamin Diskin.
- Rhino appears as a playable character and a boss in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, voiced by Robin Atkin Downes. In the game storyline, Captain America, Storm, and the Thing fight Rhino and Mystique (posing as Magneto) in Savage Land, where Magneto's Asteroid M is about to be launched into space. The heroes defeat Rhino and Mystique, but Magneto manages to launch Asteroid M .
- The film version of Rhino appears as a boss in the mobile version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game, voiced again by Robin Atkin Downes. He is defeated by Spider-Man in Central Park early on in the story, before breaking of prison and donning his rhino-themed armor at the end of the story. He is the final boss of the game and attacks Spider-Man and Black Cat at the docks, but is ultimately defeated by Spider-Man and returned to police custody.
- Rhino is a boss villain in the mobile game Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2.
- Rhino is a playable character and a villain in Marvel: Future Fight.
- Rhino appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.
- Rhino appears in the 2018 Spider-Man video game, voiced again by Fred Tatasciore. This version of the character is a former enforcer for the Russian Mob whose powers come from a massive rhino-themed experimental combat suit, which increases his strength to new levels, but he is unable to remove. Alongside Kingpin, Shocker, Tombstone, Electro, Scorpion and Vulture, Rhino serves as one of Spider-Man's oldest enemies, having already fought him several times during the hero's past eight years career, and, some time prior to the events of the game, was defeated by Spider-Man and imprisoned in the Raft, a maximum security prison designed especially for super-villains. After Otto Octavius (now calling himself "Doctor Octopus") attacks both Ryker's Island and the Raft, resulting in massive prison breakouts, he releases Rhino, Electro, Scorpion, Vulture and Mister Negative and recruits them to form the Sinister Six, promising to fulfill each one's desires; Rhino wishes to have his armor removed. When Spider-Man comes to investigate the breakout, Rhino attacks the hero while he is fighting escaped inmates, and later joins his fellow Sinister Six members in ambushing the hero after Electro lured him to a landing pad. Spider-Man is easily defeated by the Sinister Six, although Octavius orders them not to kill him (because, as it is revealed at the end of the game, Octavius is aware of his secret identity). The Sinister Six then split up to fulfill their respective tasks, with Rhino being sent to destroy the medical aid stations set up by Oscorp for the people infected with the Devil's Breath virus. After Spider-Man stops Scorpion from succeding with his task - to poison the city's water reservoir - he joins forces with Rhino to help him with his task, and the two are later seen at the docks, fighting some Sable International mercenaries who are guarding the stations. Miles Morales accidentally encounters Scorpion and Rhino while he is at the docks, trying to get some antibiotics, but he manages to escape from them and then calls Peter Parker to tell him about what has happened. The police later tracks down Scorpion and Rhino at the docks and Spider-Man arrives to defeat the two villains and foil their attack. Spider-Man ultimately defeats both of them, turning them against each other and trapping them inside a shipping container, just as the police arrives to take them back into custody. In his character biography, Spider-Man states that Aleksei hates being called "Rhino", and that he needed a couple of weeks to recover after their very first battle, with Rhino destroying several city blocks in the process.
- Rhino appears in Jim Butcher's Spider-Man novel The Darkest Hours, in which he and Spider-Man are forced to ally against the family of Morlun, and the two old foes gain a deeper respect for one another. Indeed, listening to Aleksei's life story, Peter finds out that the two of them are not all that different and have had many of the same problems in life. Also, Rhino points out that he hates his costume, but must wear it because it's what his clients expect.
Toys and collectibles
- Rhino has been reproduced in action figure form several times by Toy Biz, first as part of their Spider-Man: The Animated Series line, then as part of Spider-Man Classics, and finally as part of their Marvel Legends series. The Spider-Man Classics figure was later repainted and reissued by Hasbro.
- The character has been reproduced in mini-bust form by Art Asylum (as part of their Rogues Gallery collection) and as both a bust and statue by Bowen Designs. Rhino has also been immortalized as a comiquette statue by Sideshow Collectibles.
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