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Baoh is the most formidable biological weapon our organization has created!
—Dr. Kasuminome, Baoh Chapter 1: Baoh, the Ultimate Weapon

The "Baoh" parasite (寄生虫バオー Kiseichū Baō) is a worm-like creature, featured in Baoh: The Visitor.

Created by Dr. Kasuminome as a bio-weapon under the orders of the Dress Organization, the Baoh parasite is the origin of Ikuro Hashizawa's fighting abilities as "Baoh" (バオー Baō), and of the Baoh Armed Phenomenon (バオー武装現象(アームド・フェノメノン) Baō Āmudo Fenomenon).

Appearance

The Baoh parasite, in its larval stage, takes the form of a long, segmented worm of indeterminate evolutionary origin. Between its sixth and seventh bodily segment, a thin tendril emerges from the left side of its body, and trails down past the length of it.

Summary

The parasite is stated to be a product of "artificial evolution", by means of a special drug which allowed the manipulation of genetic material within cell nuclei; and the exposure of over a hundred different species of animals to extreme environmental conditions (e.g. extreme temperatures, minimal or limited oxygen, etc.). The survivors of these experiments, having adapted to their environment(s), would then reproduce. Resultantly, their offspring would be stronger due to the development of neoplasms reflective of their parents' biological and environmental adaptations. [1]

Of what is known of the parasite's life cycle, it parasitizes the arteries leading to the brain.[2] It is said to be able to live up to 110 days in its larval stage, before growing into an imago. Subsequently, it lays its eggs inside of its host's body. Upon hatching, these larvae will tear their way out of the host's body, and disperse into the wild.[3]

Abilities

Baoh Armed Phenomenon (バオー武装現象(アームド・フェノメノン) Baō Āmudo Fenomenon): By measuring the level of adrenaline produced by their host's adrenal medula, Baoh is capable of detecting when their Host is in danger. Subsequently, it will transform their host into a "Baoh", and subsume their consciousness (likened to "mental anaesthesia") in order to assume direct control of their bodily functions. In this state, their Host's cellular tissues are altered by a chemical secretion administered through the bloodstream, granting them a number of superhuman abilities, not including the individual "Phenomenon" (フェノメノン Fenomenon) forms of attacks. Chief among them are superhuman strength and agility; regeneration; and the use of an unique extrasensory organ, the "Tactile Sensor".

Basic Powers

Superhuman Strength and AgilityLink to this section
User(s): All Baoh
Hosts of the Baoh parasite demonstrate exceptional strength and agility due to an enhanced musculoskeletal system. A dog who had been a Host for one month was capable of making cracks in 48 millimetres (1.9 in) glass Additionally, Hosts have demonstrated the ability to leap several meters straight in the air, as well as cling to walls and throw stones hard enough to kill on impact.
Hardened SkinLink to this section
The Host's skin is rendered superhumanly durable, able to deflect small arms fire at point-blank, and even shield the Host (in the case of Ikuro Hashizawa) from the damage inflicted by a head-on collision with a vehicle.
Suspended AnimationLink to this section
User(s): All Baoh
When the parasite or its Host ceases pulmonary respiration, such as when fully submerged in water, it undergoes a state of apparent death, and ceases aging. It can maintain this state theoretically for an indefinite amount of time, allowing it (and/or its host) to live up to hundreds of years without requiring sustenance or oxygen. Notably, the Host does not need to transform in order to make use of this ability.
RegenerationLink to this section
User(s): All Baoh
Debut: Baoh Chapter 4 - Evil Beast Martin
The body is able to live even after having vital body parts amputated. It will regenerate, and the body parts can reattach themselves upon contact. Hosts may use their blood to heal non-Hosts as well. However, Hosts can still die if their brain is destroyed, and the Baoh parasite subsequently incinerated.
Tactile SensorLink to this section
Superseding ordinary senses of sight, hearing, and smell, Baoh is gifted with a Tactile Sensor, which allows them to perceive all animal emotions (e.g. "murderous intent", "sadness", etc.) as a sort of scent. This sense may be disturbed by means of special compounds, as demonstrated by Dordo. The maximum effective range of this sensor is unknown, but is demonstrated to faintly detect enemies several meters away from the Host (as in the case of Martin's Master).

Armed Phenomenon

Baoh Meltedin Palm Phenomenon(バオー・メルテッディン・パルム・フェノメノン Baō Meruteddin Parumu Fenomenon)Link to this section
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Allows a Baoh to secrete a special corrosive fluid (similar to a specialized digestive enzyme) from their hands, dissolving anything from human flesh, glass, or even metal. This has been shown capable of melting objects together (such as a handgun with a human hand), rendering both inoperable in the process.
Baoh Reskiniharden Saber Phenomenon(バオー・リスキニハーデン・セイバー・フェノメノン Baō Risukinihāden Seibā Fenomenon)Link to this section
By manipulating the hardened skin tissue at both of his wrists, Baoh is capable of producing two blades that can cleanly slice through nearly any material. Baoh is also capable of using a ranged variation, known as Saber Off (セイバーオフ Seibā Ofu), wherein he is able to launch the blades towards opponents at a distance. Kars' blade was based on this attack.

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