Character » Chuck appears in 27 issues.

    The most peace-loving member of the Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters.

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    The Hamsters are all anthropomorphic and larger than normal hamsters. Chuck can be recognized by his bare face and lack of spots around his eyes. Chuck studies philosophy and practices non-violence--until his ire is raised or his brothers ( Clint, Jackie, and Bruce) are threatened.

    Character Development

    Original Series

    Chuck and the others are originally mutated in the process of destroying a cloud of cosmic radioactive Jello for NASA. They are later trained in the martial arts by Tibetan monks.

    When they return to the outside world, they beat up a drug dealer and steal his money. Then they defeat a group of hijackers on a plane.

    Chuck beats up the roaches
    Chuck beats up the roaches

    They land as heroes, but they almost immediately lose this status as they get into a variety of scrapes in New York. The others go out on the town, but Chuck stays in their hotel room for the night, where he is attacked by a group of 10'-tall roaches. He kills them all, but then fidns out that the others had destroyed the Statue of Liberty and were jailed by the police.

    Chuck goes to the prison to buy their way out, but the others break out before he got there. They get back together and flee the state.

    They are playing video games in a mall when they get in a fight with a bully. After he beats up the other Hamsters, Chuck finally gives up on his nonviolent ways and takes him down. A professional wrestling promoter, Vincent DeLuxe, saw the fight and signs them up to fight the world champion Mighty Midgets as a tag team. The Hamsters become famous and are all over TV. Finally the fight starts. However, the Midgets couldn't get to the arena on time, so they have to wrestle four huge guys instead. The Hamsters manage to win, and get DeLuxe to give them $5 million each because of the mix-up. Chuck donates his money to several charities.

    Driving an RV, they end up at a toy store, where Jackie wants to buy the new hot toy, Flower Garden Folks dolls. However, the dolls eventually go crazy and try to kill everyone. The Hamsters manage to destroy the dolls and rescue their maker.

    They drive across country and stop in a rural area. Jackie runs off, thinking he is a WWI Flying Ace, and Bruce, Clint, and Chuck get into trouble in a convenience store (Chuck was blameless but gets caught too). They are arrested, and then they are waylaid by the C.C.C., or Coo Clucks Clan, a religious/racist cult who worships Colonel Sanders and dresses up like chickens. They prepare to cook the hamsters over a cauldron.

    Meanwhile Jackie runs into the Heap, who helps him find the others (although they destroy the RV on the way). With the help of the Heap, they quickly route the C.C.C. and escape.

    They leave the Heap. The Hamsters' original reason for driving across country was to deliver a package to their Master Lock's brother, but Chuck reveals that he already mailed it to him. They decide to go to Dizzyworld instead. The P.L.O. has been released from jail on condition of finding and killing the Hamsters. The police try to waylay the Hamsters on the bus on the way to Dizzyworld, but pretend to be dogs with the help of a human friend, Randi. They arrive at Dizzyland only to run into the P.L.O., who has been tipped off about their destination.

    Chuck and the others fight against the villains, but have a hard time until Captain Tree and Bush Boy arrived and save the day by sacrificing themselves in the act of killing the P.L.O.

    Chuck wonders what to do
    Chuck wonders what to do

    The Hamsters take a vacation in Miami, where they run into a monster, which sucks Chuck's toes. The Hamsters retreat in one of Bruce's Ferraris, and eventually end up falling into a whirlpool while battling the Toe-Jam Monster. The whirlpool sucks then down into the lair of the villain Infidel Castro. Chuck is stuck in a room with a giant robot, but it falls apart while fighting him. He realizes Jackie is inside, and rescues him. They reunite with Clint, but find Bruce too late--Castro kills Bruce with a harpoon. Castro kills Bruce. The other Hamsters are stuck in an undersea base and try to check Bruce's body in its hospital, but he seems to be gone. They end up having to leave his body behind as the base's self-destruct mechanism goes off, and the barely escape in some sea sleds. However, the explosion separates them, and at the end of the original series, they are all left in separate situations. Chuck is rescued by a Russian trawler. He is hurt the most by the explosion, but eventually recovers his spirits.

    2008 Series

    The 2008 series retcons much of the last issues of the original series. It simultaneously explains the Infidel Castro arc, and Bruce's death, as having been both a dream and having taken place in an alternate dimension. Whatever happened, the new series starts off with five new Hamsters ( Lucy, Jean-Claude, Steven, Arnold, and Rock) constituting an all-new team, and with the original four split apart--although in a different way, and for different reasons, than the split seen at the end of the original series.

    The series starts off with the invasion of the monastery by a villain known as Genghis Khann. All of the new Hamsters are killed or captured trying to defend it except Lucy, who escapes and manages to reach Master Lock. Lock then contacts Jackie, who has been living with a group of samurai and mystics underneath Mount Fuji. Jackie has been training intensely, and misses his brothers, so when Lock lies to him and tells him they're all waiting for him so they can all recapture the monastery, Jackie is glad to come.

    Chuck reminisces
    Chuck reminisces

    When it turns out that they are still split up around the world, Jackie and Lucy fly off in their jet to find them. Bruce and Chuck have not been taking care of themselves nearly so well--they are overweight and look middle-aged. They have been working together for some time in Texas, hunting Chupacabras, but haven't seen Jackie or Clint in years. Bruce rides a robot horse, and Chuck rides a normal horse. Bruce now says "reckon" a lot, and Chuck has a sheriff's badge and goatee. Bruce has a refrigerator built inside his horse, and they like to take a load off, drinking chilled root beer around the campfire.

    While they are reminiscing about their brothers, a Chupacabra catches them and ties them up in her cave. She wants to mate with them, especially Chuck. They manage to get down and fight the Chupacabra, showing the good old teamwork and banter. However, they are out of shape, and are not winning. Jackie rappels down and saves the day, quickly dispensing with the beast. Bruce and Chuck are embarrassed at how much better shape he is in, but Jackie is so glad to see them he doesn't care. They are happily reunited.

    Meanwhile, Khann has been working on a secret plan. He somehow resurrected some of the new team of Hamsters and brainwashed them into working for him. He finds a computer room under the monastery which is tracking a cloud of cosmic Jell-o, just like the one that first mutated the original Hamsters. Then he and the zombie Hamsters catch Master Lock and get the codes to use the computer room.

    Jackie, Bruce, and Chuck find Clint, who has also been living a very different lifestyle. He is now the doormat husband of an overbearing human wife. He works in a pawn shop. Jackie, Bruce, and Chuck come in to get him on the team again, but he pretends he doesn't recognize them. He is so stuck in his new pathetic life that he can't bring himself to admit that it was ever different. They all talk. It turns out that Clint was in love with Lucy, but she had a relationship with Chuck instead. The affair (which they liken to Yoko and the Beatles) made them all crazy and broke them up. Chuck is still mad at him over the whole thing: his relationship with Lucy only lasted a week, and he blames Clint for that. He clearly has a very different personality now than he used to when he was the group's pacifist and philosopher.

    Clint refuses to understand any of this and kicks them out. Clint's neighbor, Richard, sees them and invites them in, but it's a trap: he's a sex fiend obsessed with animals. Lucy finally finds Clint and knocks some sense into him, and the two of them rescue the others. The brothers want to set off to save the monastery, but Clint says no--he wants to go back to his family; as horrible as they might be, they need him.

    Without Clint, the others invade the monastery and are caught. Khann brags about his new plan to them, and points out the incoming cloud of space Jell-o. Then, without further explanation, he shoots Master Lock, Jackie, Bruce, Chuck, and Lucy in the head, killing them. It turns out that the cosmic Jell-o is the home for many other Hamsters, who are apparently alien, not mutant, in origin, and Khann uses them to take over the Earth. Clint eventually tries to get revenge on Khann, but fails, leaving Khann in complete control.

    Powers and Abilities

    Like the rest of the Hamsters, Chuck is a skilled martial artist. He often uses nunchaku.

    When he grows older, he clearly loses some of his skills, although he can still fight.


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