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Violet Lightner (Earth-616)

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Violet Lightner (Earth-616) 0000
Information-silkReal Name Violet Lightner
Information-silkCurrent AliasArmory
Information-silkAffiliationFormerly Initiative
Information-silkBase Of OperationsBurke Wellness Center, San Francisco; formerly Camp Hammond, Connecticut
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationPsychiatry patient; Former super-hero, adventurer, vigilante
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesScarred left arm
Information-silkOriginHuman formerly bound to the Tactigon
Information-silkCreatorsDan Slott, Stefano Caselli
First Appearance

Quote1 Your heart's racing. Good. That helps. I can feel it. Inside you. I know. Know what you're afraid of. You're an arachnophobe. Spiders. You're deathly afraid of spiders. Quote2
-- Trauma src


Raised in a foster home infested with spiders, Violet's childhood home left her emotionally scarred,[1] and rendering her arachnophobe.[2]

At some time, she was admitted for depression at the Burke Wellness Center, San Francisco, and monitored by Dr. Burke.[1]

The Tactigon

Feeling she had nothing left to live for, she jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, feeling herself become emotionally empty as she plummeted to the water below. This emptiness caused the alien weapon known as the Tactigon, an immensely powerful alien weapon that had fallen to earth at some point, to rise to the surface of the water it was buried in and latch itself to Violet. Violet was shocked to see the weapon attach itself, then save her life.[1]


Feeling she now had a reason to live, she set out to fight crime, defeating the Brothers Grimm, Flying Tiger and the Needle. She then became interested by Iron Man's Initiative.[1]

She eventually helped the Mighty Avengers by defeating their foe Ultimo on a single blast, while they were seemingly unable to scratch it, and then asking them how to join them and leading to her involvement with the Initiative.[2]

Initiative trainee

Arriving at Camp Hammond, at Stamford, Connecticut, she was still very enthusiast, promising her friends autographs of Iron Man. There she was greeted "welcome" by Yellowjacket, Gauntlet and She-Hulk.[2]

During her first training exercise with the Initiative, she successfully demonstrated her powers against combat-bots during a capture the flag exercise. She was then asked to stay on stage to allow Trauma to access his powers (based on the fear of others), but when fellow trainee Trauma became a giant spider, the thing she feared the most, Armory panicked, firing wildly, and killed MVP.[2]

Washed out

Under agreement of Gyrich and Yellojacket, the Tactigon was surgically removed from Violet, and she was sent home, to San Francisco.[2]

She had a meeting with Dr. Burke at the Burke Wellness Center]], where she was monitored by Dr. Burke, who made sure she kept her Initiative time a secret, testing her by asking her the reason of the scars of her arm (consequences of the Tactigon removal), without Violet was then readmitted and kept under surveillance. Dr. Burke then contacted Gyrich to confirm him that Violet would kept the story secret.[1]


Armory has no superhuman powers, yet she was found utilizing a weapon called the Tactigon, which is a shapeshifting weapon that appears as a glove-like attachment to her left arm. Armory's Tactigon can change into any weapon that will help her defeat her opponent, giving her the weapons--and power--that [she] need to get the job done".[2]


Armory suffers from extreme arachnophobia,[2] and of some form of depression involving cutting herself and suicidal tendencies.


Formerly wielded the Tactigon, an immensely powerful alien weapon whose history is tied in with Gauntlet's weapon.

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