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Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1946, Johann Kraus became aware of his psychic abilities when he was ten years old. Frustrated with his inability to help the spirits that appeared to him, he sought out spiritualists in attempts to better understand his powers. Disappointed with occultism, Kraus turned to the church, which allowed him to focus on the spirits themselves rather than the occultist's focus on study and academia. In 1971, he opened an office in Munich, where he became a well-respected medium before relocating to Heidelberg.

In early 2002, Kraus was the only survivor of a seance affected by a mystical disaster. His ectoplasmic form survived when his body was incinerated, and knowing he would dissipate without a physical body, he sought out the best paranormal minds on the planet for help: the B.P.R.D.. At first, he was sustained inside a transparent tank apparatus developed by the B.P.R.D for other purposes; eventually the technology was sized down into his distinctive containment suit. Kate Corrigan has said of him that, "He's not dead. He just doesn't have a body anymore."

After the loss of Hellboy, Kraus was hired to replenish the Bureau's pool of 'enhanced talents'. Kraus soon proved an invaluable member of the team. His psychic abilities are better than ever due to his condition (similar to a musician who has lost his eyesight). Where once he could speak with the dead, now he can give them temporary physical form.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


  • Because Kraus is made of ectoplasm and has no physical body, he requires neither sleep nor food.


  • Due to his extreme sensitivity of his psychic powers makes Johann vulnerable to psychic attack.
  • His physical ectoplasm can be overtaken by stronger spirits, who are then made corporeal (This can be either dangerous or helpful, depending on the spirit's nature).
  • His meta-physical is capable of dissipating, Johann must be kept in a special containment suit or he will cease to exist.



Containment suit



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