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Governor-General James Howlett displaying his Adamantine claws

Little is known about this reality, but it appears to be technologically and socially similar to the late 1890s or early 1900s. It is the home to both Governor-General James Howlett and Hercules. Howlett served for many years as the Governor-General of Dominion of Canada and Viceroy of Her Majesty's Expedition to Shangri-La. He had several adventures with Hercules the pair becoming their world's greatest heroes.[1] They eventually began a romantic relationship, but were forced to keep it secret because her majesty forbid homosexual relationship[2] and Zeus forbid any god but himself from consorting with mortals.[1] Hercules gave Howlett the mystical Adamantine metal, which was later bonded to his skeleton.[3]

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Hercules and Howlett battling damned souls in Tartarus

On the day Howlett and Hercules defeated a large dragon-like monster attacking Canada, they revealed their love. As punishment, Zeus banished the couple to the pits of Tartarus where together they fought damned souls near nearly four years,[1] until Howlett was abducted by Savior.[3] Hercules was later rescued and recruited by Charles Xavier's head to join his X-Force.[4]

  • Howlett is familiar with his world's version of Scott Summers, who is nineteen. He also knows his world's version of Kitty Pryde, who is also very young.[7]
  • When Cyclops mentions the "X-Men", Howlett replies "X-what?" suggesting that Howlett is not affiliated with the X-Men is his universe, and possibly that there are no X-Men in his universe.
  • Upon seeing Creed in Graymalkin, AZ, Howlett commented "How many worlds I'm gonna have to kill you in?" suggesting that he killed Victor Creed in his own realilty and possibly others.[6]
  • Also, this world seems to have suffer from the Nazis, as when Kurt Waggoner ask about them, Howlett answer "I'll show you what you do to nazis" before stabbing the fascist Xavier (mistook for a Nazi).