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Samuel John LaRoquette (Earth-616)

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As a child, Samuel LaRoquette was born into an urban area, and his family did not have many opportunities to take trips into the country or expand his horizons. This seemed to fuel young Samuel's mind in making his own opportunites for exploration. His favorite plaything had been an old refrigerator without a door found discarded in an alleyway near his tenement. Using this, he imagined it a vessel where he was an astronaut or a submarine captain, et cetera, exploring the unexplored. This was common for boys his age, but as he grew up he refused to abandon his ideas unlike many of his friends. As a teenager Samuel studied much about terrain, as well as famous men such as Esteban, Ponce de Leon and Fridjof Nansen. As a full-grown man Samuel Laroquette "conquered" many different parts of Earth to include desert, tundra, ocean, snow, and so forth, surviving the worst of Earth's ecosystems. He then became a college professor, where he gave lectures about his experience and survival in these environmental areas titled "Man and His Worlds". This was well received among scientists and geographers, and bolstered LaRoquette's academic reputation.

When one of his Hulkbusters team-mates was killed in a training mission that was interrupted by Dr. Leonard Samson, LaRoquette swore vengence against anything with gamma-irradiated blood.

Though having to work with Dr. Samson as part of a deal with SHIELD, he still wished to kill both the Rick Jones version of Hulk and the Bruce Banner version.

When Nick Fury shut down the Hulkbusters, the Leader offered him and his former team-mate Craig Saunders Jr. to help him to defeat the Hulk.

Leader changed LaRoquette into a stone-exoskeleton wearing machine of destruction.

Abilities

LaRoquette is a survival expert with experience in many harsh climates and terrains.



Equipment

As a Hulkbuster, LaRoquette had access to advanced technology such as battlesuits, planes and large land vehicles outfitted with weapons powerful enough to threatean the Hulk. As Rock, LaRoquette is permanently bonded to a shape-shifting, rock-like exoskeleton that responds to his thoughts. The exoskeleton grants him immense durability, superhuman strength (Class 25) and flight. Rock can shape the exoskeleton into various forms, including a spiked form and a giant human shape over 30 feet tall. Because Rock is mentally linked to his exoskeleton, any harm done to it will also be felt by Rock.

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