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Hellboy( Egon Endrenyi / Associated Press )
The movie: "Hellboy" and its comic book-spawned sequel follow the red demon hero and his government pals in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense department as they take on supernatural crimes.
Typical villain: Evil elves, undead monks.
Ability: Superhuman strength, telepathic and pyrokinetic friends, big baby (big gun).
Longevity: Hellboy has been around as a comic book for a while. Mike Mignola's Dark Horse creation has weathered many storylines and a pair of movies, and has done solid, though not spectacular, business. If the film can keep its Guillermo Del Toro style, there could be more in its future.