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Tusk (Earth-616)

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The early life and origin of the villain known as Tusk remains unclear. His true form appears to be a worm-like creature that can create a monstrous, massive form.[2]

Tusk was an original recruit of the Riders of the Storm, who served Apocalypse when he attempted to reclaim his Ship from X-Factor, and later during their fight with the Inhumans on the moon.[3]

Although Apocalypse was revived after that incident, he lost in single combat to Stryfe. This made Stryfe the stronger master, and so the Dark Riders served him until his apparent death.[4]

Afterwards, the Dark Riders carried on Apocalypse's Darwinian dogma on their own, fighting, testing, and often killing mutants who didn't meet their standards. Scott Summers was their only known target who proved to be one of the Strong.[5]

Tusk was initially seen with the Dark Riders when they were adopted by Tyler Dayspring, aka Genesis, the self-appointed heir to Stryfe and Apocalypse.[6] However, he disappeared early into Genesis's leadership and so wasn't present when Wolverine mauled and eviscerated the Dark Riders that remained.[7]

Tusk rejoined the group under its second organization under the leadership of Stryfe, but was severly crippled in a confrontation with Nate Grey.[8]


Enhanced Form: Tusk has the power to grow a monstrous, massive exo-form that possesses superhuman strength and durability, as well as additional chitinous armor material and two bull-like horns on his back.

  • Mini-Clone Production: Tusk can also grow smaller versions of himself that sprout from his back and operate independently while maintaining a psychic link with the main body. His clones also possess enhanced strength and durability, as well as enhanced agility.

  • Tusk's smaller selves are occasionally referred to as Underlings (capital "U"). This is a running error dating back to the X-Cutioner's Song when Stryfe monologued about dispatching Tusk's "underlings" in combat, but in context it was not meant to be an official "Codename" for the creatures.

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