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Prorcupine is the name of three characters in the Marvel Universe, two who are villains and one who was hoping to become a superhero.

Alexander Gentry[]

Alexander Gentry was a villain known as the Porcupine. Alexander Gentry was originally a scientist who worked as a weapons designer for the United States Army. He conceived the idea of designing a battle-suit in imitation of a porcupine: it would be covered with quill-like projections for defense. Moreover, it would be able to shoot its quills, or gases, flames, chemicals, paralysis-inducing pellets, or weapons from quill-like tubes, at an opponent. Gentry spends months working overtime to create his porcupine battle-suit. He is proud of his achievement when the suit was finished, and believes his invention is worth a fortune. Yet Gentry also believes that the government would pay him, one of its employees, virtually nothing for his creation. Angrily, Gentry decides to keep the porcupine battle-suit and to use it to become wealthy through crime. Thus Gentry became the Porcupine, one of the first costumed professional criminals of his generation.

Power and abilities[]

Skilled automotive mechanic Porcupine suit grants: Enhanced strength and durability Razor-tipped quill-like surface Short-distance flight via belt jets Wide variety of offensive and defensive weapons

Roger Gocking[]

A person using the Porcupine identity and battle armor appeared in Daughters of the Dragon #3. Porcupine and other villains are attacked by Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, who were seeking information in the bar. Porcupine is quickly felled and thrown into Doctor Bong. During the Civil War event, he is apprehended alongside Eel in San Francisco by the three rookie Beetles and their leader, MACH-IV. This group forms Thunderbolts Team A. The Porcupine appears again in Thunderbolts #107 alongside the likes of the Eel, Doctor Octopus, Boomerang, Whirlwind and others who in separate teams of the new Thunderbolts face massive hordes of empowered people. These were everyday people empowered by an out of control cosmic source of energy called the Universal Well Spring. The Thunderbolts entry in Volume 12 of the Marvel Universe A-Z Handbook hardcovers reveals the new Porcupine's real name is Roger Gocking.

Power and abilities[]

Porcupine suit grants: Minimal resistance to injury Helmet with a 6 hour air supply and night vision lenses Flight via boot jets Ability to fire 3 bombs/knock out gas bombs at once

Billy Bates[]

A relatively normal teenager before manifesting his powers, Billy inadvertently killed a group of human patrons at the Cafe Des Artistes who were harassing the mutant waitress Sylvie, on whom he had a crush. He took her "hostage" which led to a police standoff. Rather than allow the situation to become a catalyst for anti-mutant strife in Mutant Town, and because one of Billy's victims was one of the leaders of the Louisiana chapter of Purity, Alexei Vazhin hired Sashenka Popova to assassinate Billy Bates. Vazhin then paid Sylvie and her father off to keep them quiet about the incident. While he never officially took the name "The Porcupine," Billy intended to use it as his superhero name.

Power and abilities[]

Offensive morphing power grants: Ability to sprout retractable razor tipped spikes from his face, body and right arm, fire them as projectile bolts and distort his left arm into a misshapen, extended form with elongated fingers and claws

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