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Abe Sapien is a character from the Hellboy series. He takes his name from "Ichthyo sapien", the fanciful species designation chosen for him by his colleagues in the 19th-century Oannes Club, and from Abraham Lincoln, on whose assassination date the Oannes Club abandoned Abe's body, leaving only a cryptic note as explanation, in a suspended animation tank beneath a Washington D.C. hospital. He is occasionally referred to as an "amphibious man."

In the first two live-action films directed by Guillermo del Toro, the animated films and the 2008 video game, he was portrayed by actor Doug Jones, who also played The Asset in The Shape of Water as they both look similar.


Abe is a super-intelligent "icthyo sapien" and Hellboy's best friend. He began his life as Langdon Everett Caul in the 19th Century, but after getting involved with the Oannes Society (an occult organization who believed in life and all knowledge having come from the sea), he transformed into a fish man. He was found in 1978 in an abandoned laboratory beneath a Washington, D.C. hospital. After some efforts to wake him up (and some grueling tests from curious scientists) the amnesiac fish man took a new name and became an agent.

After an encounter with the Black Flame, getting shot by Fenix Espejo, and a second mutation, Abe left the B.P.R.D. and started wandering the post-apocalyptic United States.

Powers and Abilities

Abe Sapien is an amphibian who can survive and breathe underwater. He is proven to be an excellent marksman and a formidable hand-to-hand combatant. He also has genius-level intelligence, and is adept at telepathy and psychometry. Information revealed in B.P.R.D.: The Dead suggests he is ageless, and has been since before his transformation, and in possession of a superhuman durability, having survived numerous wounds that would be fatal to humans.

Film Appearances

Live Action

Main article: Abe Sapien (2000s Films)



  • Originally, Hellboy was to be a member of a superhero team Mignola conceived. In the conceptual drawing for the planned team, featuring a more monstrous, taller Hellboy, you can see Abe Sapien among the teammates.
  • Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who is an acknowledged major fan of Mignola’s work, personally claims that Abe is his favorite “Hellboy” character.
  • In the films, Abe describes his body as 'a temple' and avoids 'impurities', but does get drunk in Hellboy 2 when Hellboy 'bullies' him into having a drink with him. However, in the comics he is often seen enjoying cigars and sometimes drinking.
  • In the comics, Abe is said to enjoy chess, sometimes pulling Kate into playing with him and saying that she's a sore loser.



B.P.R.D.: Hellboy | Liz Sherman | Tom Manning | Abe Sapien | Kate Corrigan | Johann Kraus | Ben Daimio | Trevor Bruttenholm | Roger | Panya | James Henry O'Donnell | Izar Hoffman | Ashley Strode | Fenix Espejo | Carla Giarocco | Nastassja "Stazz" Hansen | Nichols | Joseph Vaughn | Russell Enos |
The Lobster's crew: Lobster Johnson | Harold McTell |
Cynthia Tynan |
Special Sciences Service: Iosif Nichayko | Leonid |
Other humans: Sir Edward Grey | Alice Monaghan | Ota Benga | Sarah Jewell | George Washbrook |
Supernatural heroes: Mohlomi | oshei the Deathless | Vasilisa | Dagda | Queen Mab | The Visitor | Frankenstein's Monster | Perun | Thor |

Hellboy (2004): Hellboy | Liz Sherman | Tom Manning | Abe Sapien | John Myers | Ben Daimio
Hellboy: Sword of Storms: Hellboy | Liz Sherman | Abe Sapien
Hellboy: Blood and Iron: Hellboy | Liz Sherman | Abe Sapien | Trevor Bruttenholm
Hellboy II: The Golden Army: Hellboy | Liz Sherman | Tom Manning | Abe Sapien | Johann Kraus | Ben Daimio | Trevor Bruttenholm
Hellboy (2019): Hellboy | Ben Daimio | Lobster Johnson | Trevor Bruttenholm | Abe Sapien