Henry Peter Gyrich (Marvel)
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Normal Human with lots of politcal influence
Henry Peter Gyrich was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When he first appeared, he was the first person to be given the title of US Government Liaison to the Avengers by the National Security Agency. With his status, Gyrich was one of only two humans (the second being the President of the United States) who could affect the Avengers in many difficult ways. During his tenure with the Avengers, Gyrich revoked their priority status after noting several (in his mind) problems with the team. The Avengers had to accept Gyrich's "suggestions" or not be able to use their Quinjets and other sensitive equipment again. He limited the Avengers' active membership to seven members, forced the Falcon to join against his will to fill a quota and installed various security measures for the team.
Gyrich oversaw the Avengers' activities for the next several months without incident, until he forbade them to go on a mission to help Quicksilver. The next incident involved a security leak. Gyrich took part in a Senate investigation involving the Avengers which claimed they were threats to national security. When the investigation was over, the Senate committee gave the Avengers new guidelines to follow; they also named Raymond Sikorski as his successor.
-- Commission on Superhuman Activities --
Gyrich became a member of the Commission on Superhuman Activities, the oversight body on superhuman activities in the United States; there he was part of the team that forced Captain America to resign. Gyrich also took part in Project: Wideawake as a special consultant. This project was a covert government commission designed to deal with the problems concerning mutants in America. The project was instrumental in creating a team of mutants to counter the threat of foreign mutants. This team was called Freedom Force.
Gyrich later became involved in the United States' war efforts against the alien Dire Wraiths. This time, he worked alongside Forge, a mutant who worked as a weapons maker for the U.S. government & S.H.I.E.L.D. Gyrich took a specially designed superhuman power-neutralizing gun of Forge's to capture the mutant Rogue because she had broken into a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility. In an encounter with Rogue, Storm, and government forces, Gyrich accidentally shot Storm. This specialized weapon stripped Storm of her powers and abilities as a mutant, although she regained them some time later. Gyrich continued attempting to use Forge's own version of the Spaceknight Rom's Neutralizer, planning to use an orbital version to wipe out all superpowers on Earth. He was stopped in the attempt by Rom and Forge, and could only watch, tied up, as Rom banished Wraithworld instead of destroying all the heroes and villains. Gyrich was also involved in hunting the Hulk after the events of Onslaught.
-- Operation: Zero Tolerance --
Gyrich became a key player in Bastion's Operation: Zero Tolerance. He was a faithful believer in the operation until he himself became a target of Prime Sentinels. After being rescued by Spider-Man, Marrow, and Callisto, Gyrich demanded the operation be shut down.
-- Destroy Earth's superhumans --
He was promoted to succeed Valerie Cooper as the head of the Commission on Superhuman Activities. While there, Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker secretly placed Gyrich under the control of nanites. Gyrich used Commission resources and remolded the vigilante Nomad into the assassin Scourge and attempted to live out his "fantasy" of killing all the world's superhumans, before being stopped by the Thunderbolts.
-- Return to the Avengers --
Following that incident, he was reassigned to the U.S. State Department and was made the liaison for Black Panther as well as the Avengers' new liaison (this time, by Captain America's suggestion) to the United Nations. During this time, he redeemed himself in the eyes of the team when he refused to deliver information on the Avengers to the Secretary of State, Dell Rusk (secretly the Red Skull). He never broke, even under severe duress, which impressed the others. Gyrich was a faithful liaison officer to the Avengers. During Avengers Disassembled, Gyrich's job came to an end after the United Nations ended their relationship with the Avengers.
First Appearance: The Avengers (1963) #165
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#35 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II (2007)
- 'Interstellar Intrigues'#57
- 'World Trust, Part 1: New Alliances'#58
- 'World Trust, Part 2: Assembled'#59
- 'World Trust Part 3: Friends & Enemies'#60
- 'World Trust Part 4: Chaos & Order'#61
- 'The Powers That Be!'#64
- 'Sight Unseen'#66
- 'The Great Escape'#69
- 'The Great Escape'#70
- 'The Great Escape'#83
- 'Once An Invader, Part Two Of Four'
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Annual 01#1 Avengers/JLA (2003)
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- 'Hero Moment'#3
- 'Bug Hunt'#4
- 'Green Zone'#5
- 'Secret Weapons'#6
- 'Persons of Interest'#7
- 'Triple Threat'#8
- 'Killed In Action Part 1 Of 4: Snafu'#9
- 'Killed In Action Part 2: First Casualties'#10
- 'Killed In Action Part 3 Of 4: Confirmed Kills'#11
- 'Killed In Action Part 4 of 4: Worst Case Scenario'#12
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#4 Black Panther (1998)
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#30 Cable (1993)
- 'The Story Thus Far'#38
- 'Noted Sword'#41
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- 'Saddles Ablaze Part 1 of 2'#47
- 'Saddles Ablaze Conclusion'#48
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#45 Captain America (1968)
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- 'Countdown, Part Three: Eternity Waits'
Captain America (1998)
Captain America (2011)
#12 Captain America Corps (2011)
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- 'Shock To The System Part 4'
#4 Captain America: Red, White & Blue (2002)
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#6 Damage Control (vol. 2) (1989)
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Giant-Size Avengers (2008)
#8 Hulk Smash Avengers (2012)
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#214 Iron Man (1998)
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#75 Iron Man Legacy (2010)
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#1 Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
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Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
#1 New Thunderbolts (2005)
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#13 Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. (1988)
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- 'Book Two of Six: Into the Depths'
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#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Avengers 2004 (2004)
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Onslaught: Epilogue (1997)
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#61 S.W.O.R.D. (2010)
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Spider-Man Team-Up (1995)
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Annual 09 The Daredevils (1983)
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- 'Steel City Nightmare!'#221
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- '... New Blood!'#227
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- 'Chain of Command!'#280
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The Incredible Hulk (1968)
#437 The Invincible Iron Man (2007)
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#27 The Last Defenders (2008)
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#4 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'What Means Everything'
HC The Marvels Channel: Monsters, Myths and Marvels (2008)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The New Mutants (1983)
#1 The New Warriors (1990)
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#29 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'World War One: This Land Must Change'#30
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#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'A: From Abomination to Avengers Quinjet'
#5 The Punisher: No Escape (1990)
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The Very Best of the X-Men (1994)
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- 'Flight Plans'#29
- 'The Fundamental Force'#36
- 'How Is Justice Best Served?'#37
- 'The Bug Bites Back!'#39#40
- 'V for Vexation!'#47
- 'Big Problems!'#49
- 'The War At Home'#102
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#3 Wolverine (1988)
- 'What If... Steve Rogers Had Refused To Give Up Being---Captain America?'
#116 Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
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#1 X-Factor (1986)
- 'The Persistence of Memory'#2
- 'Ghost in the Shell'#3
- 'X.E.R.O. Tolerance'#6
- 'A View to a Kill'#7
- 'The Harder They Fall'#8
#123 X-Force (1991)
- 'It Begins... Again!'#142
- 'Give Me Shelter'#148
- 'Sorry Is the Hardest Word!'
#5 X-Men (1991)
- 'Under the Magnifying Glass'#19
- 'The Open Hand'#20
- 'Assault On Graymalkin'#27
- 'Liberation Through Subjugation'#28
- 'The Axe Falls'
X-Men Unlimited (1993)
X-Men: Mutant Empire (1996)
X-Men: Odd Men Out (2008)
X-Men: The Manga (1998)
- 'Operation: Rescue, Part 1'
Commission on Superhuman Activities (Marvel)
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