Chan Ho Yin, also known as Scorch, was a Hong Kong street magician who developed pyrokinetic powers.
Chan Ho Yin was a native of Hong Kong. Taking after his idol, Harry Houdini, Chan made his living performing street magic for locals and tourists.
Several years ago, 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 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. added Chan to 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 claiming that S.H.I.E.L.D. was hampering his "artistic expression".
Girl in the Flower DressEdit
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, Chan was taken to a nearby lab, where he was injected with the Centipede serum by the doctor known only as "Debbie". The serum increased Chan's powers, and due to special platelets in his blood, he did not detonate like other users of the process. Having gotten what they needed from Chan, Debbie ordered that Chan's blood be completely drained from his body.
It was at this time that Chan encountered a S.H.I.E.L.D. extraction team led by Kwan and agent Phil Coulson. Chan was growing more mentally unstable by the minute (possibly a side-effect of the serum as the same thing happened to Mike Peterson) and attacked the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, killing Kwan, claiming that S.H.I.E.L.D. was just as bad as Centipede and only wanted to imprison him.
Chan then escaped from the lab, and upon confronting Debbie, incinerated her, reducing her to ashes within seconds.
Coulson attempted to shoot tranquilizer darts at Chan, but he vaporized them on approach. Seeing no other option, Coulson ordered agent Melinda May to "minimize the damage". May injected Chan with a larger dose of Centipede, which caused him to overload and detonate, killing him.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Pyrokinesis: Chan had the ability to control and generate fire, and was himself unaffected by the flames he produced.
Chan's resistance to fire comes from his blood platelets. When these were removed, Chan could no longer withstand the heat his body generated, and burned from the inside.
- Though he shares a name with the super-villain Scorch, that character's powers were based on technology, as Wolverine put it in New Avengers "That guy who wears an idiot contraption", whereas the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Scorch seems to be more heavily based on the comic book X-Men member Sunspot.
- It seems possible that Chan Ho Yin was an Inhuman.
- In Marvel Comics, Scorch's real name is Tommy Ng. He is a mutant with Pyrokinesis.