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The Palmer-Thing is a minor antagonist in the 1982 American horror film The Thing.

When Palmer is exposed as an imposter by the team's blood test experiment, he transforms into a toothy creature and attacks (and infects) Windows.

Appearance

At first, the Palmer-Thing resembles Palmer, but with grotesquely swollen boils covering his face and swollen eyes that ooze blood. Eventually, the Palmer-Thing's head splits in half vertically, revealing a vertical toothy mouth with a long tongue.

Powers and Abilities

The Palmer-Thing possesses the following powers and abilities:

  • Mimicry
  • Teeth
  • Tentacle-like tongue

Fate

The Palmer-Thing is killed after MacReady burns it alive and then blows it up with dynamite.

Trivia

  • The scene of the Palmer-Thing bursting through the wall is likely a reference to a similar scene from the 1951 film The Thing From Another World.

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