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Omega Red

Real name: Arkady (rest of name unrevealed)
Other aliases: None known
Identity: Secret
Occupation:(current) Warrior serving Matsuo Tsurayaba, (former) Special "super-soldier" operative of Soviet intelligence
Citizenship: Russia (formerly USSR) with no known criminal record
Place of birth: Unrevealed location in Russia
Marital status: Unrevealed
Known relatives: None
Base of operations: (current) Unrevealed, presumably bases used by Matsuo Tsurayaba, (former) Moscow, former USSR; East Berlin, former East Germany
Group affiliation: (current) Operative of Matsuo Tsurayaba's renegade faction of the Hand, (former) KGB operative
First appearance: X-MEN (second series) #4

History: Omega Red is a Russian mutant formerly employed as a "super-soldier" by the country known previously as the Soviet Union. He possesses superhuman strength and durability, and has long coils made of carbonadium implanted in his arms which he can project from openings in his wrists to ensnare an opponent. He secretes pheromones that are lethal to other persons and then drains their life forces to sustain his own.

Omega Red currently serves Matsuo Tsurayaba who revived him from suspended animation to capture Wolverine. Omega Red defeated Wolverine and brought him to Tsurayaba. Omega Red had previously battled Wolverine, along with Maverick and Sabretooth, thirty years earlier when this trio tried to rescue double agent Janice Hollenbeck and the carbonadium synthesizer.

Omega Red battled the X-Men and was wounded in combat by Psylocke and then defeated by the X-Men and Maverick, though he still managed to escape. Later, Omega Red battled and fell under the mental control of the Soul Skinner in Siberia. The Soul Skinner then used him to battle Wolverine and the X-Men. Omega Red captured Wolverine and Jubilee but escaped after the Soul Skinner's death.

Omega Red also had a brush with the Generation X team, was defeated by them, and disappeared.

Height: 6 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 425 lbs.
Eyes: Red
Hair: Blonde
Other distinguishing features: Omega Red has chalk-white skin. Implanted within his arms are long coils made of carbonadium, an alloy that resembles adamantium but is more malleable and considerably less resistant to damage. Omega Red can cause the coils to shoot forward from openings in the undersides of his wrists in order to ensnare his victims. He can also use the coils as a conduit for his lethal pheromones.

Strength level: Superhuman Class 10

Fighting skills: Excellent hand-to-hand combatant, with extensive training in unarmed combat by the KGB

Known superhuman powers: Omega Red has the ability to secrete pheromones from his body that will kill people in his immediate vicinity. He can also drain the life forces from these victims in order to sustain his own.

Special limitations: Due to his mutant "death factor" Omega Red must drain the life forces of others in order to remain active. However, if he found the carbonadium synthesizer, he could use it to synthesize carbonadium, the only metal that can neutralize the "death factor," thereby stabilizing it within his body.

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