Abe Sapien in Hellboy and the Asset in Shape of Water

Don’t get your hopes up, Hellboy fans: The Shape of Water is no Abe Sapien prequel. It’s true that the creature at the center of Guillermo del Toro’s latest, known as “The Asset”, bears a striking resemblance to Abe, a character from the director’s Hellboy films – but as del Toro has shot down that’s no indication the films are connected.

In addition to the obvious visual similarities between the two characters, both the Asset and Abe Sapien are played by Doug Jones, who also played the Faun and Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, and Saru in Star Trek: Discovery. Further, the creature also shares Abe Sapien’s love of eggs and classical ...

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