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Information-silkReal Name Andreas von Strucker
Information-silkCurrent AliasSwordsman
Information-silkAliasesFenris, Swordsman, Baron Strucker
Information-silkRelativesWolfgang von Strucker (Baron Strucker, father), Elisbeth von Strucker (stepmother, deceased), Andrea von Strucker (fraternal twin, deceased), Werner von Strucker (half-brother; deceased), Jan (brother-in-law; deceased), Andrea von Strucker (clone of sister; deceased)
Information-silkAffiliationThunderbolts, Initiative, formerly Fenris, Upstarts, Strikeforce, Assembly of Evil, HYDRA
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationLicensed super hero; former adventurer, terrorist leader
Information-silkHeight5' 9"
Information-silkWeight165 lbs (75 kg)
Information-silkOriginMutant[1] experimented on in the womb by the Nazi scientist Arnim Zola.
Information-silkCreatorsChris Claremont, John Romita, Jr.
First AppearanceAppearance of Death

Fenris Twins

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Fenris Twins: Andreas and Andrea von Strucker

Andreas von Strucker and his twin sister Andrea were the children of Nazi supremacist Baron Strucker, who saw great potential in their future.[2] While still in-utero, the children were bio-engineered to have superpowers, with each gaining the ability to fly and fire beams of concentrated plasma as long as they were in physical contact, usually accomplished by holding hands.

Now known as the Fenris Twins, the two came into conflict with the X-Men and their enemy Magneto numerous times, believing the latter to have been responsible for the death of their father.[3] They would later join of group of mutant millionaire supervillains known as the Upstarts, led by the telepathic Gamesmaster, until they were defeated by X-Factor.[4]

Resurfacing several years later, the two took on the Thunderbolts, secretly led by the villainous Baron Zemo disguised as "Citizen V". Zemo would kill Andrea, leaving Andreas both powerless and distraught. Seeing potential in his abilities and the opportunity to exploit his fractured mental state, Zemo employed Zebediah Killgrave, the Purple Man, to train him as the new Swordsman.

The Thunderbolts

While receiving his training from Killgrave, Andreas was given a leather strap made from his sister's skin which he used as the grip on his sword to harness his powers. Wanting to strike back at Zemo, he infiltrated his team of Thunderbolts under his new identity, even appearing to aid the team by Songbird from Killgrave's sick games. However, he showed his true alliances at last, stabbing both Atlas and Mach IV.

When the Purple Man was eventually defeated by the Thunderbolts, Andreas was confronted by Zemo, who revealed himself as the mastermind behind his training. Despite this revelation, Andreas stayed with the group. He would continue his activities with the team even after their transformation into a government-sanctioned organization during the Initiative.

Secret Invasion and Osborn

When Norman Osborn was made leader of the new Thunderbolts, he attempted to give the team a new image in the public eye as a legitimate hero organization despite having an all-villain lineup. While active on this squad, Andreas was seemingly re-united with his deceased sister Andrea, who claimed to have been resurrected by Arnim Zola's cloning process. The two began a physical relationship while Osborn became suspicious of how quickly Zola was able to create her. When it was later revealed that Andrea was in fact a Skrull shapeshifter attempting to infiltrate the team as part of its people's invasion, she was killed by Bullseye.[5]

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Live by the sword...

When the Skrulls launched a full-scale attack against Earth, the Thunderbolts were among the combatants present during the final push in Central Park, with Norman Osborn landing the killing blow against their queen, Veranke.[6] After he is promoted as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Osborn announces that he will dismantle the current Thunderbolts program. While overseeing the shutdown of Thunderbolts Mountain, an irate Swordsman confronted Norman, who seized his sword and murdered him in a psychotic tantrum.[7]


Sympathetic Bio-Blasting: As a result of in utero genetic engineering, Andreas and his twin sister Andrea could project bio-energy discharges, but only when they had physical contact with each other. Andreas could generate plasma-based concussive force blasts, while Andrea could generate disintegrative beams. His blasts can knock the Manhattan power-grid offline.

Post-mortem Bio-Blasting: As Swordsman, Andreas's sword hilt was wrapped with his late twin sister's tanned skin. This allowed him to continue accessing his bio-blast, releasing powerful bio-electric blasts of concussive force through that sword.


His powers only work when in contact with his sister's skin.


Various bladed weapons; One sword is wire-detachable for use as a grappling hook. The strap is mounted onto the hilt of a blade for use of his power.

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