HistoryJohn Horton was a researcher who genetically attached lion paws on his hands, along with other attributes. Although imprisoned during the years, his body began to change more and more as he pushed his body to the limit.
At some point he was imprisoned in the Fridge, but was broken out by John Garrett and Grant Ward. The climax of his transformation occurred when S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Yo Yo Rodriguez was assigned to track him down and capture him. In the battle, her Inhuman DNA was accidentally injected into his body, which turned him into an Inhuman himself by the name of the Griffin. Drunk off of the power of the Inhumans granted to him, he will now stop at nothing until he finds Slingshot and drains her completely of all her DNA so that he may achieve his ultimate mutation.
Powers and Abilities
Mutagenic and Surgical Transformation: John Horton's body has been almost completely transformed to resemble the form of the mythological beast called the Griffin. Johnny's physiology includes a combination of feline and avian features. As a result, Horton possesses various superhuman abilities:
- Superhuman Strength: Horton possesses great superhuman strength that has increased dramatically since he was first transformed. His strength has increased to the point where he is capable of lifting about 90 tons.
- Superhuman Durability: Horton's body is highly resistant to physical injury. He can withstand powerful impact forces.
- Flight: Horton possesses huge, eagle-like wings that have grown from between his shoulder blades and as a result can fly through the air at great speeds.
- Fangs and Claws: Horton also possesses extremely sharp and powerful teeth and claws that he often uses as offensive weapons. They're sufficient to rend most conventional materials such as wood, flesh, stone, and even some types of metals.
Ongoing Mutation: For some unexplained reason, Horton's body undergoes radical changes whenever he pushes his powers to their limits, resulting in further mutation. Horton's body has mutated on multiple occasions, resulting in his change from mostly human to his current form. Also, all of his physical attributes have continually increased, though his intelligence has currently been reduced to below human levels.