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"You bend someone long enough and they break! Poor little Chan Ho Yin may have believed your lies, but not Scorch!"
―Scorch to S.H.I.E.L.D.[src]

Chan Ho Yin (Chinese: 陈浩贤) was a street magician who developed pyrokinetic powers who was recruited into the Centipede Project by Raina, adopting the name Scorch. However, when he went rogue and turned against S.H.I.E.L.D., he was subdued and killed by Melinda May.


Early Life

Gaining Powers

"Chan Ho Yin. Just a struggling street performer until a few years ago, when Mr. Chan began to exhibit moderate pyrokinetic abilities."
"So what gave him powers?"
"It's still under investigation, but Chan did live near the decommissioned Wan Tai Nuclear Plant when it caught fire."
Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz[src]

Chan Ho Yin was a native of Hong Kong, China. Taking after his idol, Harry Houdini, Chan made his living performing street magic for locals and tourists. 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.[1]

Placed on the Index

"How did we find out about him?"
"Informants saw him lighting torches in a street show, with his pinkie."
"Brought it to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s attention. We told him to keep his abilities under wraps. He's been on the Index ever since."
Jemma Simmons, Melinda May, and Phil Coulson[src]

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 Quan Chen to oversee him, recommending 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".[1]

Becoming Scorch

Recruited by Raina

Chan demonstrates his power in Hong Kong

"You need a simpler name. A more powerful name. A name like Scorch."
"Scorch? Are you joking?"
"Have you ever heard of Steve Rogers? No? But Captain America – now he's on the news, on a lunch box, on a poster on the wall."
Raina and Chan Ho Yin[src]

In 2013, Chan was approached by 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.

Scorch tests out his new increased power

After being captured by Raina, Scorch was taken to a nearby lab, where he was injected with Extremis, a component to the Centipede Serum, by Debbie. Extremis enhanced his abilities, and due to special heat-resistant platelets in his blood, he did not overheat or detonate like other users of the serum. Having gotten what they needed from him, Debbie ordered his blood be drained from his body in order for it to be replicated to stabilize the Extremis element of the Centipede Serum. A S.H.I.E.L.D. extraction team led by Quan Chen and Agent Phil Coulson came to rescue him.

Scorch brutally burns Debbie to death

Scorch was growing more mentally unstable by the minute (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 Quan by blasting a hole into him. Coulson attempted to shoot tranquilizer darts at him, but he vaporized them on approach. He then escaped from the lab. Upon confronting Debbie, Scorch incinerated her reducing her to ashes within seconds while Raina escaped.[1]

Overload and Death

Scorch moments before exploding

"Mr. Yin, we don't want to hurt you... but we have to."
Phil Coulson to Scorch[src]

Seeing no other option to subdue Scorch non-lethally, Phil Coulson ordered 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.[1]


"Your power is an amazing gift."
"And S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn't let me use it. But thanks to you, the whole world can finally see what I can do. From now on, nobody holds me back."
Raina and Scorch[src]

Chan Ho Yin craved fame, believing that it was his birthright to be as famous as other Enhanced. After he was injected with the Centipede Serum, he took the alias "Scorch", and became a hostile individual, taking sadistic pleasure in murdering Debbie.

Powers and Abilities



"You almost got scorched."
  • 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.

Former Powers

"The reason you don't burn is because your blood platelets are fire-resistant."
Raina to Scorch[src]
  • Fire Immunity: Chan Ho Yin was immune to his own powers due to special heat-resistant platelets in his blood. However, after being injected with Centipede Serum, a Centipede scientist removed some of those platelets, resulting in him losing this immunity.


"English isn't my first language."
―Chan Ho Yin[src]
  • Bilingualism: Chan Ho Yin spoke fluent Cantonese and English.



  • Grandfather



In chronological order:


  • 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.

Behind the Scenes

  • originally listed the character as Renshu Tseng.


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