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The Hellfire Chain are metal chains that served as Hellfire's weapon of choice after he underwent Terrigenesis, and as Ghost Rider's former weapon. It was often used in conjunction with his fire-infusion powers in a whip-like manner. After saving Quake and Jemma Simmons from Hellfire, Ghost Rider decided to take Hellfire's chain for himself, using it against its former owner.

History

Hellfire's Weapons

Hellfire prepares to battle the Watchdogs

The chain became Hellfire's primary weapon while working under Hive's sway. After baiting a group of Watchdogs to chase him into an alleyway, James grabbed a chain off a dumpster to defend himself. When the assailants began to threaten him, he infused the chain with his flames and lashed out, disarming and burning his attackers. After the Watchdogs were cornered by Hive, Hellfire used the chain to entangle the men and capture them.

Lash getting killed with Hellfire's Chain

Upon returning to his hideout, Hellfire used the chain to lock a shipping container's doors together, trapping the Watchdogs inside for Holden Radcliffe's experiments. Later, upon seeing Lash attacking the hideout, James grabbed the chain and infused it with flames, using it to impale and kill the beast.[1]

Ghost Rider's Weapon

Ghost Rider using Hellfire's chain

During the Ambush at Primed and Ready Fireworks, Hellfire, now an ally of the Watchdogs, ripped a chain off of a storage door in order to kill Quake and Jemma Simmons. However, it was grabbed by Robbie Reyes, who took a liking to the weapon and decided to use it himself. Without the chain, the treacherous Inhuman stood no chance against Reyes even before he transformed into Ghost Rider, and was eventually entangled in the chain. Hellfire's last-ditch effort to defeat the Rider only resulted in the two causing an explosion which destroyed Primed and Ready Fireworks, knocking the treacherous Inhuman unconscious and allowing Ghost Rider to drag him out and hand him over to S.H.I.E.L.D., officially taking ownership of the chain.[2]

Ghost Rider destroying Vincent's body

A few time later, Reyes used a chain during the South Ridge Penitentiary Riot to fight against the "ghosts" Vincent and Hugo. He alongside Alphonso Mackenzie managed to trick Vincent into allowing Reyes to incinerate him with the chain. Following that Reyes dropped the chain still smoking to the floor.[3]

Capabilities

Hellfire's Chain is a simple, industrial high-tensile chain that can also be used as an effective weapon in battle. The chain can be used to increase Hellfire's or Ghost Rider's reach, allowing either man to physically attack targets from much farther away. It is used similarly to a whip or flail, being swung around to beat, entangle, or even impale opponents. The chain is also flexible enough to be wrapped around victims to capture or disable them.

When charged with flames from Hellfire's Inhuman powers or Ghost Rider's hellfire, the chain, being highly conductive of heat, is able to burn opponents on contact, briefly incapacitating them from the pain. The flames also seemingly increase the kinetic energy of the chain, allowing it to pierce and burn through Lash's flesh, who has been shown to withstand various attacks.[1]

Appearances

In chronological order:

Trivia

  • In the comics, the Hellfire Chain is the weapon used by several Ghost Riders.

References

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