- My father was a fairly wealthy man. He owned his own island in the Aegean Sea where we'd spend our family holidays. My father and mother. Brothers and sisters. Aunts and uncles. Cousins galore. They all died screaming on that island. All but me. The pirates came during the night. What would prove to be the longest night of my life. I was nine years old. I had never prayed before. I had never even seen it before. I prayed for death and power and revenge. I prayed until my bones ached and my eyes bleed. I prayed the whole night through. And sometime in the early morning... My prayer was answered. But it wasn't the voice of God I heard ringing in my ears. I was a roar. A roar I eventually realized... Was coming from my own lips.
- -- Dario Agger src
Dario Agger was born in Greece to rich parents. He spent most of his life on an island in the Aegean Sea. When he was 9 years old his entire family was killed by pirates. He alone escaped, hid in a nearby cave, and prayed for help. When the pirates found him the next morning his prayers were answered and before a statue of a bull he was transformed into the Minotaur of legend. He decided to keep the pirates to torture them forever. He is able to return to his monstrous form at will. He used his family fortune to gain the best education money could buy.
Dario became the CEO of Roxxon Energy Corp, the wealthiest and most powerful multi-corporation in the world. He strives to make as much as money as possible, regardless of the effects on the environment, and uses Roxxon's vast financial resources to pay for lobbyists and lawyers in order to exploit and pollute without consequence.
One of his most frequent critics was S.H.I.E.L.D. environmental agent Rosalind Solomon. Agent Solomon learned that Dario and Roxxon had mined ice from Europa, one of the moons of the planet Jupiter, and were planning to sell it for a lot of money. Solomon decided to teach them a lesson by convincing Thor, the god of thunder, to bring an even larger chunk of ice from the realm of Jotunheim and give it away for free. Dario brushed off Thor's interference at first.
However, Dario was forced to deal with Thor after Agent Solomon explained the Roxxon's negative effects on the environment to him. Thor's first act against Roxxon was to destroy some of its factories with a blast of lightning. Dario angrily asked his lawyers what they should do. When his lawyers didn't give a satisfactory answer, Dario fed some of them to bloodthirsty bears.
While Thor was away helping the Avengers, Dario got back at him for destroying his factories by building a floating island full of factories above Broxton, OK, which heavily polluted the town. Dario knew this would infuriate Thor and waited for the god of thunder to appear on the floating island he built. When Thor arrived, Dario and his remaining lawyers slapped Thor with a lawsuit for destroy Roxxon's factories, and an injunction forbidding him from entering Broxton.
Thor was undeterred by the injunction and snuck into Broxton looking for a way to stop Dario. Thor eventually confronted Dario as he was ordering people out of a diner he planned to tear down. That was when Dario sprang his trap. Dario had made a secret deal with the leader of the Rock Trolls, Ulik, that allowed Ulik and a large group of Trolls to live beneath Broxton in exchange for attacking Thor. The Trolls attacked and killed Dario's remaining lawyers.
Dario told the Trolls they could do what they want to Broxton. Dario also revealed his true form as the Minotaur to Thor and explained his ultimate goal was to exploit all of Earth's natural resources before moving on to a new area. The Trolls were ultimately defeated by the combined forces of the Asgardians and S.H.I.E.L.D., but Ulik was able to flee and Broxton was left in ruins. Dario pleaded ignorance to the whole incident.
Through a media campaign, Dario was able to pin the Trolls' attack on Broxton on the Asgardians and their presence in the United States. After giving a speech that blasted the Asgardians, Agent Solomon confronted him and punched him in the face. Dario threatened legal action against Solomon, but Solomon reminded Dario that he had killed off all of his lawyers. Dario later met with Ulik and asked the Troll about the Nine Realms, as he would like to exploit them next.
A New Thor
Following Odinson's loss of his hammer, Agger came into possession of Laufey's skull and a fight ensued between him, Malekith - who seemed to recognize the source of Agger's power and was intrigued by it - and the Frost Giants, as well as the new Thor. After the Frost Giants' defeat, he forged a pact with Malekith the Accursed, giving Roxxon the mineral rights to all realms conquered by Malekith and his allies, in exchange for giving Malekith Laufey's skull. At the same time, he revealed his past and how he became the Minotaur. As a child, his family owned a small island, which was attacked by gunmen. Agger fled to a small cave in which he found a statue and prayed for revenge, unknowingly making a pact with what Malekith called a dark god.
Dario was recruited on to the Dark Council. Their first act of war was the massacre of the Light Elves of Alfheim, an event Malekith surely expected would bring the attention of the new Thor. Because of this, they tasked one person that was seeking admittance in the council, Loki, with carrying out the murder of the Goddess of Thunder.
As CEO of Roxxon, Dario represented the company at the Universal Bank, where the world's richest people met to discuss matters. In one such meeting, the heads of various companies came from across the globe to discuss Dario's and Roxxon's operations in the Ten Realms. The real reason for the meeting was revealed when Shingen attacked Dario. They were about to fight when Oubliette Midas, a.k.a. the Exterminatrix, of the Midas Foundation, arrived, knocked him out, and declared herself a new member of the group. He was then abducted and tortured for information by Oubliette about the newly activated Agger Imperative which sent Roxxon Island hurtling towards New York City unless Dario was freed. He freed himself just as Obliette and Harada got onto the island. Though he survived, Roxxon stock took a heavy tumble despite the Agger imperative being averted.
Superhuman Strength: Agger possesses vast strength in his Minotaur form that Thor has described as Hulk-like.
Superhuman Durability: When he is a Minotaur, Agger can withstand being hit by Thor and is left only stunned for a few minutes.
Shapeshifting: Agger can shift between a human form and his Minotaur form. He has not revealed if he can transform into other forms.
Thor described his strength as similar to the Hulk's.
- Malekith noted that while Dario is not the original through him.
- He seems to be something of a reference to a Bull market phase in stock markets.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thor Vol 4 #3
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Thor Vol 4 #6
- ↑ Jean Grey #2
- ↑ Thor: God of Thunder #19.NOW
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Thor: God of Thunder #20
- ↑ Thor: God of Thunder #21
- ↑ Thor: God of Thunder #22
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Thor: God of Thunder #23
- ↑ Thor: God of Thunder #24
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 3 #40
- ↑ Mighty Thor Vol 2 #1
- ↑ Mighty Thor Vol 2 #8
- ↑ Mighty Thor Vol 2 #9
- ↑ Mighty Thor Vol 2 #11
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