WeirdSpace - Culture without borders

Henry Jekyll

Henry Jekyll Alias: Edward Hyde

Date of death: August 1898
Place of death: London, England

Eyes: Henry Jekyll: Blue /Edward Hyde: Black
Hair: Henry Jekyll: Auburn /Edward Hyde: Black
Race: Human

Occupation: Scientist and adventurer
Marital Status: Single
Group affiliation: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Story: Henry Jekyll had created a potion, which could separate his good side from his bad side. The result was another person, Edward Hyde, complete with both a distinct physical shape and personality. The bad side he wanted to purge turned out to be the stronger side of him and Hyde ended up being the dominant personality. The struggle between Jekyll and Hyde was supposed to have ended with the hanging of Jekyll/Hyde for the murder of Sir Danvers Carew, but Hyde faked a suicide and escaped instead [1,3,5]

After faking his own death Hyde moved to Paris, France where he lived until Mina Murray drafted him to her League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to save England. Hyde agreed to help in the league in return for a pardon for his crimes in England [2,3].

After the league's initial mission, Hyde stayed with the league. The reason for this was not explained, but on several occations he showed that be cared about Mina Murray. When the Martians attacked Earth shortly after the league's first mission, the league was betrayed by Griffin [4]. Griffin who didn't know that Hyde could see him tried to hide in the leagues headquarters. Here he was captured by Hyde who raped and beat him to death [5].

Hyde died distracting the Martians, while Campion Bond launched the anthrax/streptococcus hybrid on London, which killed both Martians and the humans in the area. As Hyde noted, he died looking noble while all he wanted was to slaughter something, which he did [6].

Skills & abilities: Edward Hyde was twice as big as big as ordinary people, which combined with his savagery made him a formidable fighter. He also had enhanced sight and smell enabling him to see the heat signature of the Invisible Man and smell if a person has been present in a room.

Continuity: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Publisher(s): America's Best Comics
DC Comics
First app.: Comics: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 1) #1 (1999)
Movies: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Creator(s): Alan Moore
Kevin O'Neill
Country of origin: USA USA

Background notes: Jekyll and Hyde are the characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Contrary to Stevenson's original story, Dr. Jekyll somehow survived in Alan Moore's version and had escaped to France. Moore's version is bigger and more savage than the original (explained in the series as Hyde being the personality with the personal drive and thus the one to evolve), but is otherwise very true to the feel of Stevenson's original character.

When The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LXG) was released as a movie in 2003, Jekyll and Hyde was a part of the league. Jason Fleming played Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde was made by CGI.

Related links/characters:
- ABC Characters
- Allan Quatermain
- Campion Bond
- Hawley Griffin
- James Moriarty/M
- Nemo
- Wilhelmina Murray/Mina Harker/Mina Murray

Cross cultural references:
If you enjoyed this character/series, you might enjoy
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson's original story.

References: 1: Robert L Stevenson: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 1) #1
3: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 1) #2
4: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 2) #2
5: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 2) #5
6: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 2) #6