Fenris (Andreas Strucker)
Real Name: Andreas von Strucker
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Andreas and his twin sister Andrea are the children of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the leader of the Nazi terrorist organization HYDRA. While the two are still in their mother's uterus they are genetically modified, giving them bio-energy powers which they can use when in physical contact with one another (usually when holding hands). Baron Strucker teaches his children to believe in white supremacy, Nazism, and the Fourth Reich. In adulthood, the twins become the supervillains known as Fenris, and lead a terrorist organization which shares their codename.
As Fenris, Andreas and Andrea seek to continue their father's legacy and fight against the X-Men, X-Factor, and Magneto. However, when Andrea discovers that Citizen V is secretly Baron Helmut Zemo, he kills her to prevent her from telling anyone the truth.
Following Andrea's death, Baron Zemo has the Purple Man brainwash Andreas into becoming the new Swordsman. The Purple Man has Andreas flay the skin from her corpse, tan it, and incorporate the resulting leather into the hilt of his sword. This allows him to channel the powers they shared through his sword. Andreas breaks free of the Purple Man's control and joins the Thunderbolts.
Andreas continues to be a member of the Thunderbolts under its new leadership. As a term of his continued participation, his sister is being cloned using cells taken from the skin wrapping his sword hilt. Norman Osborn, his superior, notes that Andreas loved his sister in "many ways", implying another, more disturbing aspect to their relationship. Fellow teammate and current field leader Moonstone has approached Andreas with a reassurance. If he helps her kill Songbird, Moonstone would be able to make a move to usurp the mentally fragile Osborn as the New Thunderbolt director. Thus two factions seem to be forming amongst the Thunderbolts with Swordsman and Moonstone on one side while Songbird and Dr. Chen stand on the other.
Despite his considerable skill, he has been defeated twice; first, when Jack Flag hit him with the flat of his own sword, and second when Steel Spider threw him through a window and a flat-screen television using a metal limb.
Andreas has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who appear on the cover of the comic book Avengers: The Initiative #1.
Brother of Fenris (Andrea Strucker)
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #194
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#11 Alpha Flight (1983)
- 'Stranger to Ultimo'
#121 Citizen V and the V-Battalion (2001)
- 'The Return of the Brass Bishop!'
#307 Excalibur (1988)
- 'Part 2: Blind Openers'#308
- 'Part 5: Dealing From The Bottom'#309
- 'Part 7: Cards On The Table'
#34 Gambit (1999)
- 'Part 3: School Spirit (or Cheerleaders From Heck)'
#10 Generation X (1994)
- 'Waiting For the Princess'
Marvel Limited: The X-Men Chris Claremont Collection (1994)
HC Nomad (1992)
- 'Marvel Limited: The X-Men Chris Claremont Collection'
#4 Quicksilver (1997)
- 'Neon Knight'#5
- 'Suicide Kings'
#8 Secret Warriors (2009)
- 'Rescue Mission(s)!'#9
- 'Escape From the Savage Land'
The Avengers (1963)
The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger (1988)
#8 The New Warriors (1990)
- 'Pink Elephants on Parade!'#9
- 'To Battle the Avengers'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
#4 The Punisher War Journal (1988)
- 'Doctor Strange to Galactus'
#46 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Dead Man's Hand, part 6: Hot Chrome And Cold Blood'#47
- 'Dead Man's Hand, part 9: Say Goodbye To Vegas'
#194 What If...? (1989)
- 'Juggernaut's Back in Town'#196
- 'What Was That?'#200
- 'The Trial of Magneto!'#260
- 'Star 90'#268
- 'Madripoor Knights'
#46 Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
- '...What If Cable Had Destroyed the X-Men?'
#32 X-Men (1991)
- 'Child's Play (First Move): With a Roll of the Dice'
X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Saga (2010)
#1 X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook (2010)
- 'X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Saga'
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