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  • The Hippo used to play for Rook City's professional baseball team, the Rook City Renegades (Letters Page 10).
  • Hippo is probably their most insecure character - a dorky kid named Edward Wagner (surname pronounced the German way, like the Mars Base - he's part of the same family - his great aunt was some bigshot scientist) who now goes by Eddie Wagner (pronounced the Americanized way where the first syllable is the same as the word "wag") because he was picked on for his name as a kid. He geeked out on animals, specifically, and always wanted to go to the zoo. Once, when viewing the hippos and commenting on how cute they were he was informed by a person that actually they're very dangerous (one of the most dangerous in Africa). He internalized this knowledge of "hippos = vicious, dangerous animals". Years pass and he becomes a professional baseball player (a member of the Rook City Renegades, a team known for their thuggish behavior as they're all felons) - a relief outfielder and isn't particularly good. They're sponsored by Pike Industries, though, and part of the training involves the corporate water bottle, supplements, and steroids. They encourage not taking too many to not be too obvious about it, but he winds up taking all of them to give him an edge. This makes him very obviously on something and so he's caught pretty much immediately and is kicked out. The Organization scoops him up as hired muscle as an occasional enforcer (although he does his own jobs too). He wants more steroids to keep his edge in his new profession too, and the yardstick he uses to measure his own strength is Haka. He's not specifically out to punch Haka like Ambuscade might, but one of these days, if he gets strong enough, he'll be able to beat him in one of the occasional fights they wind up in (he doesn't). (Letters Page Interlude 7

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  • As a large, burly villain who dresses like a large, burly animal, the Hippo is a clear homage to the Rhino, a Spider-Man villain.