|Real Name||Chan Ho Yin|
|Date of Death||October 13, 2013|
|TV series||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1 episode)|
|Portrayed by||Louis Ozawa Changchien|
Chan Ho Yin, also known as Scorch, was a Hong Kong street magician who developed pyrokinetic powers. He was killed by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Melinda May after he went rogue and joined the Centipede Project under encouragement from Raina.
Chan realized that he had developed pyrokinetic abilities when a dish towel burst into flames in his hands. The origin of Chan's abilities is still under investigation, but he was a nearby resident when the decommissioned Wan Tai nuclear power plant caught fire. There are no other known cases of powers developing near Wan Tai.
Chan came to the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. when informants saw him using his abilities in his street show, lighting a torch with his pinkie. S.H.I.E.L.D. listed him on The Index, and assigned him a case worker, Hong Kong based Agent Kwan Chen, who recommended that Chan not use his abilities in public. Chan violated this arrangement on at least three different occasions.
In 2013, Chan was approached by a woman named Raina, who offered to increase his power and give him the fame that he craved. She suggested that he take the alias of "Scorch" to further his fame. However, Raina was just using him to further her own ends and the ends of her mysterious employers.
After being captured by Raina, Scorch was taken to a nearby lab, where he was injected with Extremis (a key component to the Centipede Serum) by a doctor named Debbie. Extremis enhanced his abilities, and due to special heat-resistant platelets in his blood, he did not overheat and consequently detonate like other users of the serum.
Having gotten what they needed from him, Debbie ordered that his blood be completely drained from his body in order for it to be replicated to stabilize the Extremis element of the Centipede Serum. After this was completed, a S.H.I.E.L.D. extraction team led by Kwan Chen and Agent Phil Coulson came to rescue him.
Scorch was growing more mentally unstable by the minute (possibly a side-effect of the serum as the same thing happened to Michael Peterson) and attacked the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, killing Kwan. Coulson attempted to shoot tranquilizer darts at him, but he vaporized them on approach. He then escaped from the lab, and upon confronting Debbie, incinerated her, reducing her to ashes within seconds.
Seeing no other option to subdue Scorch non-lethally, Coulson ordered Agent Melinda May to sneak up behind him when he was distracted and overdose him with Extremis, which caused him to overheat and detonate, killing him.
Powers and Abilties
- Fire Manipulation: Chan Ho Yin had the power to create and manipulate small flames, usually using his powers as part of his street magic performances. However, the injection of the Centipede Serum greatly enhanced his powers, and using the codename "Scorch", he became able to create stronger burst of flames, powerful enough to burn a hole in a person's chest or burn another to ashes. He also used his powers in a defensive manner, creating a shield of flames around him that was able to melt the bullets shot at him.
- Multilingualism: Scorch spoke fluent Chinese and English.
- Centipede Project - Allies turned Enemies
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- In the comics, there are many characters that use the "Scorch" codename. Among them are Tommy Ng, a pyrokinetic mutant; Ross Jonas, former Air Force Major mutated by adrenalin taken from Prime Skrull; and a former member of A.R.E.S.