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|“||I used to fight my fears. But now I've tasted its true power, I'll never go back!||„|
|~ Hector Hammond|
Hector Hammond is a DC comics villain and an enemy of the Green Lantern.
Hector Hammond was nothing more than a petty criminal. While he was laying low in the California Hill of Nebraska, he discovered a glowing meteor (simply called the "Meteorite") that had been evolving nearby plants into a form that would not exist for over 100,000 years. The other half of the meteorite landed in North America years ago and evolved the local apes into the scientific race that would found Gorilla City. Hector took the meteorite back to his hideout, and then decided to captured four prominent scientists and exposed them to the meteor. Being exposure to the meteorite the scientists evolved into future-men who he forced to create fantastic inventions. This allowed Hector to take credit for the work and become a celebrity. Eventually Hector decided to exposed himself to the rays of the meteor, evolving himself into a future-man.
Hector Hammond also makes an appearance as the secondary antagonist in the live action movie Green Lantern and was portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard, who also portrayed Bartholomew Bogue.
Differing from the comic book origins slightly, Hector Hammond is an average biology teacher who was an old friend (yet also a rival) of Hal Jordan's along with Carol Ferris, and also the estranged son of United States senator Robert Hammond. He has been in love with Carol since they were children. In the movie, he could talk even with his bulbous cranium, unlike the comics. He was summoned by the U.S. Government (mainly by Hammond's father and Amanda Waller) to conduct an autopsy of Abin Sur due to his father's influence. However, his rather estranged relationship with his father (who thinks he wastes his life away with his current job), as well as the influence of Parallax's DNA causing his head to grow larger while also granting him the ability to read minds and move objects with his thoughts, resulted in his being driven insane, eventually killing his father by burning him in a chamber. After his infection by Parallax, Hammond appeared to have difficulty moving, wheezing as he breathed and walking rather slowly, to the point that he was shown using a wheelchair in his final confrontation, referencing the comic incarnation's inability to move. He later abducts Carol with the intention of infecting her with a DNA sample of Parallax and making her like him. Hal defeats him by pretending to give him the ring in exchange for Carol's freedom, only for Hal to reveal that he retains control of the ring even when it is on Hammond's finger as the ring chose him rather than the other way around. When Parallax arrived on Earth, Hammond was subsequently killed by Parallax after he failed to kill Hal Jordan.
Powers and Abilities
Being exposed to the Meteorite, Hector was granted psychic powers such as telepathy, telekinesis, and superhuman intellect. However, Hector eventually became paralyzed, making him unable to move, so he uses his telekinesis to move himself while on his chair. Hector was also gifted (or rather cursed) with immortality from being exposed to the meteorite.