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Arcade has no superpowers, but he has an inherant knowledge of mechanics which he puts to use in the form of murderous theme parks.
A combination of evil genius and hitman, Arcade affects a manner of dress and speech that makes him appear to be a comedic character. This is part of his overall theme, which extends into his preferred method of murder, an underground complex of deathtraps, disguised as an amusement park, which he has dubbed "Murderworld".
Arcade's backstory, up to and including his real name, remains largely unknown even to this day. This is mainly the result of his uncanny knack for escaping once he has been defeated. Because of this dubious talent, Arcade has never once been captured and, consequently, all information about his life prior to his first appearance is what he has decided to disseminate. Given his propensity for deception, this origin story can hardly be taken at face value.
According to the man himself, he was born into an extremely wealthy family and lived for much of his early life in, depending on the telling, a ranch in Texas or a mansion in Beverly Hills. At the age of either eighteen or twenty-one, again depending on the telling, his allowance was cut off by his father, who declared that he did not deserve it. In retaliation, Arcade allegedly murdered his father, thus inheriting all of the man's supposedly vast estate.
Now independently wealthy and free to do as he pleased, Arcade became a freelance assassin, traveling across the world, killing people in rather mundane fashions, and amassing even more wealth than he already had. Eventually, he grew bored with doing business as an ordinary hired killer and resolved to find a way to continue his work in a manner more suited to his sensibilities.
Discovering an aptitude for technology, Arcade designed and built Murderworld, a subterranean evil lair disguised as a very deadly amusement park. From this base, and with the help of two mysterious assistants named Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers, he reemerged as the world's most expensive hitman. For the price of $1 million (actually a token sum, since Arcade doesn't need the money and, in any case, never turns a profit), he will tailor Murderworld to exploit the specific weaknesses of his target and then watch, with unconcealed glee, as they are killed by the variety of traps strewn throughout the facility.
Since his first attempt to slay the unlikely duo of Spider-Man and Captain Britain, Arcade has tangled, at one time or another, with a large number of heroes and teams of heroes. In addition to battling the X-Men, X-Factor, Alpha Flight, and Excalibur as groups, he has attempted to kill many individual members, usually in pairs. Examples of this include Gambit and Wolverine, Colossus and Shadowcat, and Iceman and Angel. Other would-be victims of Murderworld have included Longshot, Green Goblin (Phil Urich), Doctor Doom, Ghost Rider, and the Micronauts.
First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up (1972) #65
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Agent X (2002)
#5 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
- 'Dead Man's Switch, Part 5: A Little Crazy'
#1 Alpha Flight (1983)
- 'Amatsu-Kami (Japanese Gods) To Walker'
#121 Avengers Academy Giant-Size (2011)
- 'The Return of the Brass Bishop!'
Avengers Arena (2013)
#1 Blaze (1994)
- 'Worse Things'#2
- 'Deadly Allies'#3
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- 'Born Leader'#6
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- 'Rock Bottom'#8
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- 'Game On Part 5 Of 5'#13
- 'The Devil's Greatest Trick'#16
- 'Boss Level Part 3 of 5'#17
- 'Boss Level Part 4 of 5'#18
- 'Boss Level Part 5 of 5'
#8 Captain Britain Summer Special (1979)
- '...No Laughing Matter!'
Classic X-Men (1986)
#28 Claws (2006)
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- 'Listen--Stop Me if you've heard it--But this One Will Kill You!'#30
- 'He Only Laughs When I Hurt!'#44
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#2 Colossus (1997)
- 'Claws, Part 2 of 3'#3
- 'Claws, Part 3 of 3'
#1 Dark Reign Files (2009)
- 'A Most Dangerous Game'
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2012)
Deadpool Team-Up (2010)
#899 Die Spinne Comic-Album (1979)
- 'Merc With A Myth'
#43 Equipe Marvel (1983)
- 'Leben und Leben Lassen'
#8 Excalibur (1988)
- 'Presentant: Captain Britain'
#4 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Still Crazy After All These Years'#5
- 'Send in the Clowns'#125
- 'Tying the Knot'
#580 Fantastic Four Adventures (2010)
- 'The Frank-tastic Four'
Green Goblin (1995)
#10 Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man -spesiaali (1983)
- 'A Maniac in Murderworld!'
Les Mystérieux X-Men (1981)
Madness in Murderworld (1989)
#1 Marvel Annual & Quarterly Reports (1992)
- 'Madness in Murderworld'
#3 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'Marvel 1993 Annual Report'
#31 Marvel Fanfare (1982)
- 'A Heart Attacked!/Chances/Operating Theater/Having a Wild Weekend'#38
- 'There's No Place Like Home/Something In The Air/Art For Art's Sake/The Killing Ground!'#99
- 'D'Spryte Times, D'Spryte Measures/Has Anyboy Seen My Gal?/Razer's Edge/Hauntings'
#50 Marvel Knights: Spider-Man (2013)
- 'If I Had The Wings of An Angel...'
#1 Marvel Tales (1964)
- '99 Problems... One of Five'
#201 Marvel Team-Up (1972)
- 'Introducing, Captain Britain - Unlucky Buck$... or The Illegal Eagle'#202
- 'Murder World'#242
#65 Micronauts (1979)
- 'Introducing, Captain Britain'#66
- 'Murder World'#89
- 'Shoot Out Over Center Ring!'
#45 Mutants Vs. Ultras: First Encounters (1995)
- 'Blinded By the Light!'
#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Fast and Loose!'#2
- 'Fast and Furious!'#3
- 'The Quick and the Dead!'#4
- 'Running On Empty!'
Ryhmä-X / X-Men (1984)
Secret Avengers (2010)
#29 Spider-Man (1990)
- 'A Council Of Masters'#30
- 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'
Super Spider-Man and Captain Britain (1977)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
#665 The Daredevils (1983)
- 'Infested: The Road to Spider-Island - Crossroads'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Night Man Vs. Wolverine (1995)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'A: From Abomination to Avengers Quinjet'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Abomination to Batroc's Brigade'
The Sensational Spider-Man (1996)
The Thing (2006)
#1 The X-Men Collector's Edition (1993)
- 'Fun 'N' Games, Part 1: Money Changes Everything'#2
- 'Fun 'N' Games, Part 2: Abusement Park'#3
- 'Fun 'N' Games, Part 3: Playing For Keeps'
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#122 What If...? (1989)
- 'Cry for the Children!'#123
- 'Listen -- Stop Me If You've Heard It -- But This One Will Kill You!'#124
- 'He Only Laughs When I Hurt!'#145
- 'Rogue Storm!'#177
- 'To Save Arcade?!?'#204
- 'What Happened to Nightcrawler?'
#59 What The--?! (1988)
- 'What If Wolverine Had Remained a Captive of Alpha Flight?'
Wolverine & Black Cat: Claws 2 (2011)
Wolverine, Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection (1989)
Wolverine/Gambit: Victims (1995)
#2 X-Factor (2006)
- 'In Deep'#3
- 'No Way Out'#4
- 'A Woman Scorned'
#29 X-Force (1991)
- 'The Only Game In Town: Part 1'#30
- 'The Only Game In Town: Part 2'#31
- 'The Middle East Side is Burning'
#29 X-Force and Cable '95 (1995)
- 'Toy Soldiers'#30
- 'Something Worth Fighting for'#76
- 'Bittersweet Reunions'
X-Men Classic (1990)
X-Men Prime (1995)
X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
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Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006)
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