Bean was stolen, along with 22 other frozen embryos, from his parents and was genetically altered by his half-uncle, Volescu, to have the genetic trait known as Anton's Key 'turned'. The Key, once turned, caused him to have an ever growing body and mind. He learned faster than normal humans, and had a perfect memory. However, since his body was growing constantly, he would remain small as a child but eventually grow so tall his organs would give out. On being discovered for his illegal testing, Volescu discarded of the other infants. However, Bean escaped and hid in a toilet tank at around the age of one. He was found by a janitor later, and was taken home, however he ran away from home after being seen he wasn't wanted.
Bean lived on the streets of Rotterdam by himself until he was approximately four years old, when he devised a pass-or-fail plan to help him survive. He chose a 'crew' boss, Poke, who wasn't too intelligent, and convinced her to scare a bully into helping her. Even at this young age, she know she chose wrong when she chose a crippled yet intelligent bully named Achilles. Achilles charmed the crew into liking him, and began to 'civilize' the streets while keeping his 'family' safe. Bean saw, however, that he held grudges, and was weary of him. When Sister Carlotta, who was testing street children for traits necessary to attend Battle School, came to check on Achilles off a tip a soup kitchen owner had, she discovered Bean.
She taught a school for a short period of time and realized that Bean was the intelligent one. His secret of being able to read revealed, Bean temporarily left the 'family' in the threat of possible reprisal. But when he learned of a threat to Achilles and the 'family' by another bully named Ulysses, a bully that Achilles had beat up to get his 'family' into the soup kitchen, Bean returned. With this knowledge, Achilles left to go into hiding with the additional purpose of carrying out his sinister plan of revenge - killing Poke and blaming it on Ulysses. Bean, having witnessed Poke's death and knowing he was also subject to Achilles' vengeance, ran off to live with Sister Carlotta. Sister Carlotta, who was looking for gifted children for the International Fleet (IF), took him in to continue his education and test him. Because of his mental powers given by Anton's Key, Bean easily passed the preliminary tests, so well that at Hyrum Graff, the administrator of Battle School, thought that they were faked.
Starting out in Battle School Bean didn't have any friends. He was small enough to sneak around in the vents allowing him to gain special access to parts of the vents. Bean's intellect also allowed him to hack the desk giving him access to different parts of the school's systems. Colonel Graff and the other administrators eventually discovered Bean's tampering, but decided not to stop him.
Graff eventually allowed Bean to decide who would be in Ender's army. This was also a test of Bean. If Bean didn't put himself in the army with everyone else he would have failed. Bean selected some of the top students from Battle School, which included Crazy Tom and Hot Soup, for Ender's Army. Bean also selected his friend Nikolai Delphiki to be in the army even though he wasn't as good as the others he selected.
Ender's army became a success, and after eight battles Bean asked Ender for his own toon. Ender eventually assigned Bean to head a toon that would develop and execute stunts and tricks that could be deployed in the Battle Room. For this, after the formation of his toon, Bean found some deadline that could be used to move an individual swiftly in unexpected directions.
After Ender left for Command School, Bean was given command of Rabbit army till he was ordered to Command School as well.
Bean eventually went to Command School and was part of Ender's Jeesh during the Third Invasion. In Command School Bean worked along many of Ender's friends, including Petra and Alai, and the more strategic commanders and toon leader's who were good friends of Ender as well, including Carn Carnaby, Crazy Tom and Hot Soup. The IF had reasoned that Bean needed experience of command in case Ender failed. For several weeks at Command School Bean was put in command of the child commanders before Ender joined them, as the IF had reasoned that Bean needed experience of command in case Ender failed. During this period of training, Bean also traded positions with each of these students that each would better understand that position and the orders issued from it to the position they would eventually hold while commanding their own fleets.
Later they had simulator battles, which ended up being actual battles with the Bugger's. Petra wiped out at one point from exhaustion, and later Vlad, then, after Petra's return, Ender himself. After Ender's return from recuperation, they faced one final battle. Bean saw a victory as hopeless, but knew if it was not, Ender would find a way as he had done in his final battle in Battle School. Ender had found the Bugger's weakness and, eventually, they won the war.
Life in GreeceEdit
After winning the war, Bean was told by Graff that he had parents who lived in Greece, and his brother was Nikolai Delphiki. Furthermore, Bean was told he was the result of an illegal experiment of turning Anton's key, and Bean was 1 of 23 fertilized eggs stolen from his parents. The other 22 babies were killed by Volescu before he was imprisoned, but Bean had escaped.
Resurgence of AchillesEdit
- In the book Hidden Empire on page 233 (another book by Orson Scott Card), a talk show host searches his brain for the name of a Command Device. He first thinks of it as the "Bean", then realized it was called the "Noddle". This most probably is a reference to Bean, as Bean was a great strategist and the helmet gave the wearer full of observance of battles and a strategic advantage.