Doctor Manhattan's Brother Biff
"Saving the world, one beer at a time"
Biff Manhattan is the younger brother of the famous superhero,
Like his older sibling, Biff is invulnerable, immortal, and has
a wide range of powers, including the ability to fly, teleport, perceive
events in other places and other times, create or destroy objects of any
size, and rearrange the fundamental atomic structure of himself and the
things around him.
Appearance and characteristics
In appearance, Biff Manhattan takes the form of a bald, overweight human
male of below-average height, with blue skin. He could almost certainly
make himself taller or assume a more athletic form, but he doesn’t seem to
feel this is worth the effort. He could also produce copies of himself,
but he only bothers when there are several good games on the tube. Like
his older brother, Biff tends to go around in his underwear, when he
bothers to wear clothes at all, but this may be due to laziness rather
than a colossal, unbridgeable gap of perception between himself and the
rest of the human race.
Biff was born Robert Osterman in 1938. The last of four children, Robert
was a poor student and chronic underachiever, known to his siblings as ‘that
no-good younger brother of yours’. After dropping out of high school,
Robert left home to take a
succession of low-paying jobs, finishing up as a part-time auto mechanic in
Hackensack, New Jersey. It was there that he had the accident that
transformed him from a less-than-ordinary mortal into... Biff Manhattan.
Unlike his older brother Jon, who obtained his powers from a dramatic
accident involving the Intrinsic Field Remover -- a high energy physics
experiment at the top secret government facility at Gila Flats -- Biff
obtained his by stumbling over a lawn chair. Indeed, it appears that the
Osterman children were genetically predisposed to acquire superpowers after
any sort of accident whatsoever. While Biff’s oldest sister Atlanta
(Professor Manhattan) acquired her powers while trying to adjust the
quantum phase processing core of ATHENIAC, a successor to the ENIAC
computer, her sister Victoria (Vicky Manhattan) gained hers after an
unexpected mishap involving exotic lingerie.
History and Activities
Because of his careless habits and erratic behavior, the American government
has done everything it can to discourage Biff Manhattan from using his
powers to fight crime, defend his country, or save the human race. For his
part, he seems content to laze around the yard, drink beer, watch football,
and use his powers to look through women’s clothing. But he did manage to
destroy Krang the Merciless’s Robot Legions while on the way to the store
to pick up some brewskis. And he wiped out an alien invasion fleet,
entirely by accident, when he was ‘lighting off an atom-powered flamer’ in
an attempt to impress his neighbor Amber ('Boom Boom') Felicito.
For her role in this achievement, Ms Felicito was later awarded the World