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Quote1 Look around, Pryde. Face my reality. My race is fighting for its very survival. What else do you expect? Quote2
-- William Stryker src
 

Early Life

William Stryker was a sergeant in the army and may have been involved in the Weapon X Program, which resulted in Logan being given his Adamantium skeleton. While Sgt. Stryker was stationed on a nuclear testing facility, his wife, Marcy Stryker, had become pregnant. After his tour, Sgt. Stryker and his wife decided to visit her parents, in Phoenix, Arizona, but a car crash left them in the Nevada Desert. Marcy went into labor and Sgt. Stryker was forced to deliver the baby himself. At birth, the child was physically mutated and Sgt. Stryker, believing it was a monster, stabbed the newborn. When his wife woke from unconsciousness and asked if the baby was okay, Sgt. Stryker hugged her and snapped her neck. Horrified at his actions, Sgt. Stryker noticed that the car was leaking gasoline and placed his family back in the car, sat in the driver's seat, and lit a match. The car exploded, but Sgt. Stryker was thrown from the car and spared from death. After the funeral, Sgt. Stryker turned to the bottle and was ultimately honorably discharged, after his drinking caused him to lash out at his trainees.

After hitting rock bottom, months after the accident, Stryker was reading a news article, written by Professor Charles Xavier and realized that his child was a mutant. Styker became convinced that Satan had a plot to corrupt humankind, by taking over their souls while still in the womb, resulting in their mutations. Stryker further concluded that the only reason God would have allowed his son to be a mutant was to direct him to his true calling: ridding the world of mutants. That day, Stryker came to the realization that he was saved from the explosion to do God’s work, in destroying all the monsters that Satan created: the mutants.[2]

God Loves, Man Kills

Driven by this new-found conviction, Stryker then became a popular but controversial preacher and televangelist. While his followers, including a secret paramilitary group called the Purifiers, committed hate crimes against mutants, Stryker arranged a spy to gather information about the X-Men from FBI agent, Fred Duncan. After having a televised debate with Professor X, Reverend Stryker ordered his Purifiers to kidnap Xavier, Scott Summers, and Ororo Munroe and fake their deaths. Reverend Stryker and Phillip Ramsey placed the mutants in tanks and had them hooked to machines that tortured Scott and Ororo and transferred their pain to Professor X. Professor X was hooked to a machine that attempted to turn him against mutants, with illusions of the X-Men killing him and Reverend Stryker saving him. After Professor X was brainwashed, he fired mental bolts at Scott and Ororo, seemingly killing them, and Stryker had him taken to Madison Square Garden, where he was attached to a machine that would use his brainpower to kill all living mutants. In order to stop this scheme, the X-Men were forced to join forces with their nemesis, Magneto. Protected by his psi-shielded helmet, Magneto was able to distract the Professor enough for the X-Men to destroy the machine. Cyclops entered into a televised debate with Stryker about his actions and Stryker pulled a gun, attempting to kill Ariel. Before he could fire, Styker was shot down by a police officer.[2]

William Stryker (Earth-616) from New X-Men Vol 2 26 0001

God Loves, Man Kills II

Stryker had been serving a prison sentence as a result of the events of his previous actions. Lady Deathstrike, Stryker's lover and a villain with ties to the X-Men's Wolverine, made her way onto the airplane where Stryker was being transferred. Once there, she killed his guards and rescued him. Stryker immediately began a crusade against the X-Men, focusing on Wolverine, Cannonball, the X-treme X-Men team, and Shadowcat, towards whom he apparently held a grudge.[3]

Stryker sent a group of followers against several of the X-Men, and kidnapped Kitty Pryde. Along the way, Kitty convinced Stryker that mutants were not an abomination, and he seemed to turn over a new leaf.[4]

Decimation

Stryker returned following M-Day, deeming the sudden massive reduction in number of the mutant population a sign of God, saying "He made the first step and now we have to take the next", basically rallying for genocide on TV.[5] With the help of Icarus, one of the Xavier Institute's students, he caused a bus to explode, killing about 1/4th of the depowered students from the academy.[6][7]

Then he planned the assassination of Wallflower, ordering one of his snipers to shoot her in the head. Next he tried to kill Dust, though X-23 foiled the attempt by dressing in Sooraya's cloths and taking the bullet herself.The deaths of Wallflower and Dust were Stryker's prime objectives, as he had been informed by Nimrod that both girls would be fundamental in the destruction of his army.Finally he attacked the institute with his "purifiers," killing Quill, leaving Onyxx and Cannonball critically wounded, and hurting Bishop, Emma Frost and other students.[8] After Stryker's Purifiers were defeated, he was killed by Elixir.[9][10]

Second Coming

Stryker was later resurrected by the Purifiers using Technarch technology and controlled by Bastion. He has re-assumed control of The Purifiers now combined with the Sapien League. When Bastion located Hope Summers and Cable, he dispatches the Reverend and his Purifiers to eliminate them. They are intercepted by a group of X-Men with the help of a "weaponized ritual" weapon, he is able to take Magik out of the fight. He also temporarily neutralizes Nightcrawlers' teleportation. With the X-Men unable to teleport at will, they are surrounded by the Purifiers. Sensing the battle has shifted and no longer in their favor, Wolverine instructs Angel to transform into his Archangel persona. He was able to quickly dispatch of the Purifiers, and killed William Stryker by slicing him in half.[11][12][13][11][14][15]

Weapons of Mutant Destruction

Several years later, Reverend Stryker resurfaced alive, as the director of a new incarnation of the Weapon X program, which set its sights on the eradication of mutantkind with the creation of deadly Adamantium cyborgs. These cyborgs were created from regular humans Stryker lured into his cause.[16] As part of the process to refine their cyborgs, Weapon X targeted several mutants with special abilities of their interest, namely Logan, Sabretooth, Warpath, Domino and Lady Deathstrike.[17]

Once Weapon X captured Lady Deathstrike and harvested genetic material for their cyborgs, they sent their robots after the remaining four targets. While they failed to capture Logan and Sabretooth, they acquired tissue samples.[18] Meanwhile, Warpath was successfully apprehended.[19] By the time Weapon X's cyborgs attacked Domino, Logan and Sabretooth had joined forced to investigate their attackers, and managed to rescue her. In order to improve the resistance and strength of the cyborgs, Weapon X's scientists convinced Stryker to set his sights on the Hulk.[20]

Even though the cyborgs that attacked the Hulk managed to have a blood sample sent to their command center before being defeated and forced to self-destruct, their attack prompted Cho to investigate the situation and join forces with Weapon X's other targets. Data retrieved from a partially preserved cyborg allowed Hulk and his new allies to determine the location of one of the cyborgs' production centers.[21] When said facility was raided by Hulk and the mutants, Stryker had it self-destruct, killing its employees in the process. The mutants and Hulk survived, and even managed to rescue Warpath and Lady Deathstrike from containment.[22] With the Hulk's blood sample still in their possession, Weapon X moved to the creation of mutant-Hulk hybrids.[16]

After further investigating Weapon X, Hulk and the mutants located and raided their central command. While evacuating, Stryker was intercepted by Sabretooth, Logan and Lady Deathstrike, who attempted to kill him. Stryker's life was saved by the Hulk, as the young hero was unwilling to let any of his allies kill around him.[23] That brief dispute between allies gave Stryker enough time to complete his escape.[24] After the escape, Stryker started tracking a rogue Hulk-mutant named H-Alpha to regain control of him. He sent out Weapon X cyborgs to retrieve him, but H-Alpha killed all the cyborgs and badly injured Stryker before fleeing. Stryker was found by Weapon X team and the new Wolverine. Too damaged to move, Stryker agreed to tell them everything they needed to know in order to defeat H-Alpha.[25]

Powers

  • Cyborg: Stryker has been converted into a cyborg, equipped with with adamantium parts:
    • Superhuman Durability: His adamantium construction gives him a high level of superhuman durability, enabling him to survive being grievously wounded by H-Alpha, though he was unable to move.[1]

Abilities

Skilled soldier and military unit leader.[26][27][28][29]

Strength level

Average



Equipment

Implant capable of blocking Telepathy.

Weapons

Cybernetic right forearm, taken from a Nimrod Sentinel.

  • At one point, Stryker's "mutants killed" count is 414.[30] It is unknown if that corresponds to the total of mutants he personally killed, or includes those killed by his organization.

Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weapon X Vol 3 #9
  2. 2.0 2.1 Marvel Graphic Novel #5
  3. X-Treme X-Men #25-27
  4. X-Treme X-Men #28-30
  5. House of M The Day After #1
  6. New X-Men Vol 2 #21-29
  7. New X-Men Vol 2 #36
  8. X-Force Vol 3 #3-5
  9. X-Force Vol 3 #6-7
  10. X-Force Vol 3 #12
  11. 11.0 11.1 New Mutants Vol 3 #12
  12. X-Force Vol 3 #21
  13. X-Men: Second Coming #1
  14. Uncanny X-Men #523
  15. X-Men: Hellbound #1
  16. 16.0 16.1 Weapons of Mutant Destruction: Alpha #1
  17. X-Men Prime Vol 2 #1
  18. Weapon X Vol 3 #1
  19. Weapon X Vol 3 #2
  20. Weapon X Vol 3 #3
  21. Totally Awesome Hulk #19
  22. Weapon X Vol 3 #4
  23. Weapon X Vol 3 #6
  24. Totally Awesome Hulk #22
  25. Weapon X Vol 3 #7-9
  26. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #11
  27. Wolverine: Weapon X Files #1
  28. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #11
  29. Marvel Encyclopedia #X-Men
  30. X-Force Vol 3 #3
  31. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 11



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