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The Most Violent Moments From 'Hellboy' Comics

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Gore may not be the first thing to come to mind when most people think of Mike Mignola's long-running Hellboy comic series from Dark Horse, but the R-rating of Neil Marshall's film adaptation is a reminder that there are plenty of violent Hellboy moments in the comics. In order to fight monsters, you sometimes have to become a monster. Disturbing scenes are present even in ordinary superhero series, let alone horror comics like Hellboy. While Mignola's comics may emphasize atmosphere, there's no shortage of graphic imagery within their pages, from Hellboy's appearance on Earth during WWII to his apocalyptic fight with the Blood Queen to his adventures in Hell itself.

The most violent Hellboy scenes from Seed of Destruction to Hellboy in Hell and beyond certainly set the groundwork for Marshall's motion picture. 

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    Hellboy Takes His Anger Out On Giants

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    Hellboy rides out with the titular hunting party in The Wild Hunt and is betrayed with an electrified lance. When he comes to, he is surrounded by a band of giants who have slain the rest of the members of the Hunt. In one of the worst encounters of his career, Hellboy flies into a rage, takes up the broken sword of one of the giants, and slays all of them. 

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    Frankenstein's Monster Tears A Guy's Leg Off

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    During Hellboy's "lost weekend," a months-long bender that Hellboy took in Mexico in 1956, he ran afoul of a mad scientist who had acquired Frankenstein's monster from a traveling circus. Of course, the scientist, egged on by demons, wants Hellboy to face the monster in a wrestling ring, which he does. 

    When the two contenders are not entertaining enough for his liking, the scientist's hunchbacked sidekick, Tupo, whips the poor monster. In response, the creature grabs Tupo by the leg and tears it off.

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    There Is More Than One Way To Slay A Vampire

    Photo: Dark Horse

    Hellboy has encountered all manner of strange creatures in his travels, but he hasn't run across too many vampires. There's a reason for that, as revealed in several of the B.P.R.D. comics which tie in to Hellboy's adventures. One of the few times that he does cross paths with a vampire is in the story "The Sleeping and the Dead."

    There, he also encounters a ghost girl and her mummified cat. While they face off, Hellboy manages to maneuver the ghost girl into the vicinity of the vampire who made her what she is, and she transforms into a giant specter, her hands fastening around the vampire's body and squeezing him until he loses his head. 

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    Hellboy Finishes Satan

    Photo: Dark Horse

    Hellboy finds that peace is elusive in the underworld. He faces family drama and spirits, and among other things, he ends the life of the dark overlord while he sleeps. 

    The blow, which is framed by quotes from Macbeth, produces a river of blood, which Hellboy's sister Gamori follows back to Pandemonium, the capital city of Hell. Once there, she goes mad, ultimately taking down the whole city.  

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