A mercenary who pilots a unique suit of armor based on a rhino.
Real Name: Grigory Kudryashov
Hometown: Magadan, Russia
Species: Male Human [Technologically Modified]
Red Rhino wears a high-tech suit of almost indestructible armor with various high-powered weaponry, rockets in the legs to allow for (VERY slow) flight. He is outfitted with machine guns, missiles and a massive horn that is capable of shooting lasers, though this attack seems to drain a lot of power. The suit is strong enough to throw a city bus with ease.
Due to his extensive treatments and surgeries, Grigory is the only person who can operate his armor. These same measures have made him highly resistant to telepathy; even Null is reportedly unable to read his mind.
Grigory is a tough, brutal and dumb mercenary whose main strategy is: “run in, throw shit, shoot guns and do my job”. He’s a very simple man but he’s good at his job.
Grigory was just another thug in the Russian Mafia living in St. Petersburg, Russia, grasping at dreams of easy money and headed for a short, brutal life. Seduced by promises of wealth and power, Grigory underwent a life-threatening series of chemical treatments and biological implants to transform him into a powered-agent for the Russian mob. In part, he did this to support his family.
Kudryashov’s powerful armor was modeled after the powerful form of a rhinoceros. Two scientists chose this form, both for its visual impact and in recognition of the fact that the rhino was the result of countless generations of evolution toward the ultimate form for armored assault. They selected Kudryashov for his muscular physique and low intelligence, which they believed would ensure his loyalty. (Spoiler alert: it did not)
Given the codename Red Rhino, his first mission was to kidnap a Russian astronaut who had been exposed to cosmic rays, to sell him to the highest bidder. He did this, killing dozens and defeating Russian paragon Iron Curtain in the process.
Feeling cocky off this victory, he turned on his benefactors and destroyed their headquarters (thus destroying any chance of creating another version of the armor) and opted to try to ransom him off himself. Red Rhino then faced off against the Protectorate—Russia’s state-sponsered super team—and nearly defeated them before suffering defeat.
He was sent to a Russian superjail, where he escaped eight months later. He continued to operate in Russia for a short time before relocating to America. Since then, he has faced off against some small-time heroes, though his main adversaries were the Blue Bombers (a San Francisco Bay area superteam) and the Machinist.