Hugo Danner is the protagonist of Philip Wylie's 1930 novel Gladiator. Born in the late 19th century with superhuman abilities via prenatal chemical experimentation, Danner tries to use his powers for good. He is a precursor to, and the main inspiration for Superman.
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Name: Hugo Danner, Le Colorado
Classification: Biologically modified human
Attack Potency: Small Building level (Effortlessly uprooted trees and ripped a bank vault door off its hinges, stated that he could rip apart buildings and is capable of destroying a train)
Speed: Subsonic (Outran a train and traveled 37 miles in 30 minutes, while carrying two thousand pounds of food and ammunition)
Lifting Strength: Class 5 (Casually lifted a French 75mm gun with one hand, lifted a car, and lifted a four ton stone with ease)
Striking Strength: Small Building Class (Killed a bull with one punch, punched through a brick and mortar wall, can bend steel railroad tracks easily, and claimed he could tear apart buildings and destroy trains)
Durability: Small Building level (Survived being shot at by artillery)
Stamina: Superhuman (He is able to do far more work than regular humans can, and healed from being bombarded with artillery)
Range: Several meters
Standard Equipment: None
Intelligence: Average (He dropped out of college)
Weaknesses: Lightning, heat (Although fire cannot harm him he can face heat damage). His abilities require him to eat lots of food, and not eating weakens him and slows down his regeneration.