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The Adversary is a powerful demon of the highest order and possesses vast supernatural powers. He is essentially invincible to anything but the most powerful magic and metal. He has superhuman strength and endurance which, being magical in nature, are potentially incalculably high.
He can enter and leave different planes of existence and dimensions at will and has reality warping powers. He can also summon demons and other supernatural creatures to do his bidding.
The Adversary is a demon who was initially summoned by the X-Men member Forge several decades ago and has since come back to antagonize the X-Men and threaten the entire world.
During the Vietnam War, the Native American mutant known as Forge saw his company slain by the North Vietnamese. Forge tapped into his long-suppressed shamanic heritage to summon the Adversary to destroy the attackers, but then regained his senses and banished the demon. Nevertheless, the Adversary had a foothold on the Earth thanks to Forge's actions.
Years later, Forge's mentor Nazé was killed and his form and memories stolen by a Dire Wraith, an alien parasite. The Nazé impostor summoned the Adversary, only to be destroyed by the demon. The Adversary was then able to escape the dimension to which he was bound, capturing Forge and his ally, Storm of the X-Men, and imprisoning them in the otherworldly stronghold of the goddess Roma, whom he subdued.
The Adversary then travelled to Dallas, Texas and battled the combined forces of the X-Men and Freedom Force during the Fall of the Mutants crossover. Ultimately, the only way to permanently banish the Adversary was for nine souls to willingly sacrifice themselves in a magical spell. The X-Men agreed, and Forge cast the spell. The X-Men died, but Roma secretly returned them to life.
The Adversary later returned to Earth, having been born physically on Earth as the son of the mutant Haven, but was again banished by Forge, who was at the time affiliated with X-Factor.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #188
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Cable And X-Force (2013)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities (2007)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
#1 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Adversary to Chameleon'
Annual 12 Wolverine (1988)
- 'Legacy of the Lost'#220
- 'Unfinished Business'#221
- 'Death by Drowning!'#222
- 'Omens & Portents'#224
- 'The Dark Before the Dawn'#225
- 'False Dawn!'#226
- 'Go Tell the Spartans'#227
- 'The Belly of the Beast!'
#86 Wolverine Saga (1989)
- 'Claws Along the Mohawk'
#4 X-Factor (1986)
- 'Book Four: The Hero Triumphant'
Video Game Appearances:
X-Men 2: The Fall of the Mutants (1990)
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