Omega Red (Marvel)(01 - Arkady Rossovich)
Real Name: Arkady Gregorivich Rossovich
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Omega Red is a mutant with the ability to secrete bodily pheromones deadly to anyone in his immediate vicinity. This power greatly drains his energy, requiring him to absorb the life force of others. Omega Red was also granted superhuman strength from the KGB enhancement.
Omega Red's arms were implanted with long Carbonadium coils that he can extend and retract through openings in the undersides of his wrists. The coils serve as both conduit and stabilizing factor for his mutant pheromones.
Little is known of the past of Russian mutant Arkady Gregorivich before he became a serial killer. Eventually captured, Arkady was turned over to the KGB who set about transforming him into the super-soldier code-named Omega Red. The procedure was interrupted by Team X, an elite covert operations unit consisting of mutant operatives Wolverine, Sabretooth, Maverick, and Wraith. Team X stole the Carbonadium Synthesizer, a device that was used to control Omega Red’s mutant power, and as a result the KGB placed Omega Red in suspended animation.
Decades later, Omega Red was mystically revived by the ninja clan the Hand, and he allied himself with their leader, Matsu’o Tsurayaba, in exchange for the whereabouts of Wolverine and the C-Synthesizer. Omega Red clashed with both Maverick and Wolverine, but was defeated by Wolverine’s teammates in the mutant super-team the X-Men. Omega Red later fell under the psionic control of the mutant Soul Skinner who forced him to battle against Wolverine and the X-Men until the telepath’s death.
Omega Red then sought to kill the cyborg M.O.D.A.M., whom he believed was a former KGB operative that had betrayed him, but was opposed by the armored Avenger Iron Man. Omega Red subsequently clashed with the team of mutant trainees Generation X as well as the costumed crime-fighter Daredevil and the Russian super-spy the Black Widow.
Omega Red was later hired by Russian crime lord Ivan Pushkin to help incite war between the terrorist groups Hydra and A.I.M., an effort opposed by Maverick. He was subsequently employed as an enforcer for the drug lord The General, only to be recruited by Sabretooth alongside the cyborg Lady Deathstrike to attack the friends of their common enemy Wolverine. Ultimately betrayed by Sabretooth, Omega Red grew tired of being a lackey and became kingpin of New York’s Red Mafia. In this capacity, he provided Maverick, now called Agent Zero, with information on Sabretooth’s whereabouts, thus exacting a measure of revenge on his betrayer.
First Appearance: X-Men (1991) #4
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Age of X: Universe (2011)
#1 Cable (1993)
#9 Crossover Classics (1991)
- 'The Killing Field, Part 1: In Humanity'#10
- 'The Killing Field, Part 2: Like Lambs to the Slaughter'#11
- 'The Killing Field, Part 3: Divide and Conquer'
Dark Reign Files (2009)
Generation X (1994)
#7 Inferno (2015)
- 'Nights and Bolts'#8
- 'What Happened To Cassidy Keep'#10
- 'Death Wail'#11
- 'Death Wail, Part 2'#41
- 'Chain Saw Massacre'
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man & the Armor Wars (2009)
#3 Marvel Super Stars Magazine (2011)
- 'How I Learned to Love the Bomb'#4
- 'The Golden Avenger Strikes Back'
Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works (2012)
#2 Maverick: In the Shadow of Death (1997)
- 'Truth and Consequences'#10
- 'Cold Fronts'#11
- 'Raising the Stakes'#12
- 'Red Reign Part 3: Mortal Coils'
#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'The Sword Sung on a Barren Heath'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine 2004 (2004)
#6 Superheroes: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2000)
- '...Mists and Tempests...'#8
- 'Rescue Mission(s)!'#9
- '...Escape From the Savage Land!'
Team X/Team 7 (1996)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Marvel Masterpieces 2 Collection (1994)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Marvel X-Men Collection (1994)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The X-Men Prelude to Perdition (1995)
#1 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Prelude to Perdition'
#380 Weapon X (2002)
- 'Heaven's Shadow'#498
- 'X-Men: Divided, Part Four of Five'#499
- 'X-Men: Divided, Part Five of Five'
#3 What If...? (1989)
- 'The Hunt for Sabretooth Part III'
#33 White Tiger (2007)
- 'What If Phoenix Rose Again?'
#6 Wolverine (1988)
- 'A Hero's Compulsion, Part Six of Six: Payback'
#61 Wolverine (2010)
- 'Nightmare Quest!'#170
- 'Stay Alive! Part 1 of 3'#173#174
- 'The Logan Files, 2 of 3'#175#176
- 'The Logan Files, Epilogue'
Wolverine and Deadpool (2004)
#156 Wolverine And Deadpool (2010)
- 'The Black Widow!'
Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
Wolverine: Origins (2006)
Wolverine: Wendigo! (2010)
#135 X-Men (1991)
- 'A Virtual Reality'#138
- 'Fear Walks Amongst Us'
X-Men: Liberators (1998)
#2 X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
- 'Home Is Where The Heart Is'#3
- 'A Game of Hide & Seek!'#4
- 'Gifted Youngsters'
X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
Video Game Appearances:
Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter (1997)
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 : New Age of Heroes (2000)
X-Men: Children of the Atom (1994)
X-Men: Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005)
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (1994)
X2: Wolverine's Revenge (2003)
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