There was tension between the two for some time after this. Also, unlike in the comics, Johann is able to keep his ectoplasmic form together outside of his containment suit, and can also possess machines by leaving his suit and entering them. along with the other agents. for other purposes; eventually the technology was sized down into his distinctive containment suit. Like the film, Johann in the comics has shown signs of body possession powers, where he was able to take possession of any form lacking a soul. Hollow Earth Customers also shopped for. His lac… He also has greater resistance to adverse conditions, such as weather, thanks to his containment suit. Unable to add item to List. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Disappointed with occultism, Kraus turned to the church, which allowed him to focus on the spirits themselves rather than the occultist's focus on study and academia. In his current state Kraus can grant ghosts temporary physical forms to allow them to talk with non-mediums. In 2009, Johann returned to his beloved Munich for the first time since his 2002 accident during The Warning, only to see it destroyed and its inhabitants killed by a subterranean robot army, a blow from which he has found it hard to recover. He just doesn't have a body anymore.". 's Ectoplasmic Research division in Washington, D.C., and is sent to the Bureau's headquarters to take command of the team, after Hellboy embarrasses the Bureau and the government by revealing himself to the public. The cause of his condition is not explained, but he hints that it was connected with the loss of the woman he loved - a fiancée or a wife, whose ring he still carries around with him. On a commentary on the Hellboy II DVD, director Guillermo del Toro states that Johann's helmet design was an unused idea for Master Chief in the unreleased Halo movie. Johann Kraus is a fictional character in the comic book series Hellboy, created by Mike Mignola. Without it his ectoplasmic form would dissipate; left without a host body or a containment suit for too long, Kraus's ectoplasm runs the risk of dissipating itself entirely. Johann has developed a brotherly relationship with zombie Iosif Nichayko, the director of Russia's "Special Sciences Service" who also lives confined to a containment suit. It was once believed that Johann was vulnerable to psychic attack and his ectoplasm could be taken over by stronger spirits, but it was discovered that he is immune to possession and can take dominance over malevolent spirits - even an Ogdru Hem. In his ectoplasmic form, Krauss took possession of the wall of lockers to comedically beat Hellboy with the doors. Kraus's primary weakness is his dependence on his containment suit. There was a problem adding this item to Cart. With a quick punch, Hellboy accidentally shattered Krauss's suit helmet. This situation can occur even with minor damage to the suit. Krauss is head of the B.P.R.D. He has temporarily inhabited the corpses of humans, a dog, and a moose, using them as last-minute containers for his vulnerable form. His psychic abilities are greater than ever, due to his non-corporeal condition (similar to a musician's hearing improving after the loss of his eyesight). Frustrated with his inability to help the spirits that appeared to him, he sought out spiritualists in attempts to better understand his powers. Outside his containment suit, he appears as a roughly humanoid shape in whispy, ghostly form. He then taught himself to communicate with the dead, and eventually mastered the ability to send his own ectoplasmic form out of his body and into the etheric plane. along with his new comrades. Being reduced to a soul within a containment suit has not lessened either of these abilities; in many ways Kraus has become even more effective at what he does thanks to his condition. Mike Mignola Species Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Johann returned in the nick of time, saving the lives of Kate and Abe, but was himself savagely killed. Born in Stuttgart, West Germany, in 1946, Johann Kraus became aware of his psychic abilities when he was ten years old. Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews. During the battle, Krauss possessed one of the Golden Soldiers to attack the others, until the machine was sliced in half by another. He just doesn't have a body anymore.". According to the film commentary, Guillermo del Toro stated that, in the planned story for the third Hellboy film, Krauss would also have some history with the character of Nazi scientist Karl Ruprecht Kroenen. Family Eventually the technology was scaled down into a more specialized containment suit. B.P.R.D. Hellboy Wiki is a FANDOM Comics Community. The only protection Johann has from dissipation is his B.P.R.D.-built containment suit; once the suit is breached, he must find a new container for his essence or he will cease to exist. He said that his containment suit was designed by the B.P.R.D. This proved to be the worst possible time for such a lapse, as the halls of the Bureau came under attack by two separate monsters, one of them the were-jaguar form of Captain Ben Daimio. In the sequel, Hellboy is armed with an enormous new gun called "The Big Baby", which fires flare-like bullets. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. headquarters, Krauss informed Hellboy of his greatest weakness: his temper, which ignited Hellboy's anger. Kate Corrigan has said of him that, "He's not dead. Later, in the showers at B.P.R.D. Field Agent We do not have any recommendations at this time. Johann dies when he sacrifices himself to destroy the Ogdru Jahad that landed on Earth. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. After the loss of Hellboy, Kraus was hired to replenish the Bureau's pool of "enhanced talents". Once inside, Krauss tried in vain to question two trolls and their tumor, but Hellboy punched the information out of them. The spirit of a recently deceased Chinese boy reached through the etheric plane, asking Johann for help from the Chengdou disaster. Overcome by giddy euphoria at finally having regained life, at being able to taste and touch once more, Johann let himself be seduced by the pleasures of the flesh. Stalking a troll to gain entrance, Krauss and Hellboy had a disagreement over how to convince the troll to reveal the Troll Market's entrance. Please try again. Johann Kraus is a fictional character in the comic book series Hellboy, created by Mike Mignola. He is featured in the comic book B.P.R.D., published by Dark Horse Comics. NECA Shape of Water: Amphibian Man 7" Action Figure, Super 7 Hellboy Reaction Action Figures 3 Pack A, Multicolor, Zak Designs Hellboy Right Hand of Doom Ceramic Money Bank Lootcrate Exclusive, Funko Pop Comics: Hellboy No Horns Collectible Vinyl Figure (styles may vary), 1000 Toys Abe Sapien 1:12 Scale Action Figure. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. In the commentary, Guillermo del Toro said that he used the character to express his idea of the perfect bureaucrat: lacking a face, body, or any individual identity. When Kraus's suit was damaged, he temporarily inhabited the body of a dead dog and at a latter date he possessed agent Enos only seconds after he died, with enough control to talk and use a grenade launcher through the corpse. Johann Kraus is an accomplished scholar in occult lore and, since he no longer requires rest, works constantly. His lack of a body means that he does not need to eat, drink, sleep, or breathe. B.P.R.D. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 . Even before the destruction of his body, Johann Kraus was a gifted and experienced medium, possessing the ability to both communicate with spirits, and project his own ectoplasmic form out from the confines of his flesh. [1], In early 2002, Kraus was the only survivor of a seance affected by a mystical disaster. Kraus is a disembodied ectoplasmic spirit with psychic abilities, who inhabits a containment suit, without which his form would eventually dissipate and be lost forever. Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. After the battle ended with the deaths of both Nuada and Nuala, Krauss resigned from the B.P.R.D. Frustrated with his inability to help the spirits that appeared to him, he sought out spiritualists in attempts to better understand his powers. Please try again later. Kate Corrigan had said of Kraus that, "He's not dead. Disappointed with occultism, Kraus turned to the church, which allowed him to focus on the spirits themselves rather than the occultist's focus on study and academia. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.