"THE STRANGER'S PRISONERS"

PURPOSE: Test subjects of the Stranger

BASE of OPERATIONS: The Stranger's Laboratory World, (later) Battleworld

Abomination(Tales to Astonish #91) - While he was battling the Hulk, the enigmatic alien known as the Stranger was observing Earth at the time, and he decided that the Abomination should be removed, snatching the villain in the middle of the battle and taking him to his planet as his prisoner.  

(Silver Surfer I #12) - After being returned to Earth by a witch coven and fighting the Silver Surfer, the Abomination was sent back to the Stranger's world.

(Thor I #178) - In an escape attempt, the Abomination battled Thor on the Laboratory World. 

(Incredible Hulk #137, BTS) - Somehow, Abomination made his way to a drifting asteroid, where he was rescued by the alien Xeron the Star-Slayer and conscripted to be one the oarsmen of Captain Cybor

Alpha the Ultimate Mutant(Quasar #14 [fb] - BTS) -While wandering through space, Alpha, an incredibly powerful mutant created by Magneto, was captured by the Stranger, who made him the subject of his experiments on his Laboratory World.  He was apparently placed alongside the Futurist.  

(Quasar #14, 15, [16]) - Eventually, while exploring the Stranger's Lab World, Hyperion passed through the environment that housed Alpha and the Futurist.  Soon after, these two, like many other of the Stranger's subjects, felt the psychic pull of the Overmind, who sent them to attack the Stranger and any who stood beside him.  However, rather than follow the Overmind's bidding, Alpha and the Futurist took advantage of their newfound freedom to escape the Stranger's Lab World.

Bi-Beast - Under unknown circumstances, Bi-Beast became a prisoner of the Stranger.  He escaped with other captives during the Overmind's assault on the Stranger.  He attacked the Stranger and was defeated by Power Princess.  He was one of those prisoners who remained in captivity after the Overmind's assault. 

(Incredible Hulk II #412) - Bi-Beast was later used as a pawn of the Stranger, coming into conflict with the Hulk and the She-Hulk when he was allowed to temporarily "escape" with the Stranger's Family Jewels.

Captive/Threkker -  (Quasar #14 [BTS], 16) - The Captive (See Comments) became a prisoner of the Stranger under unknown circumstances.  He was seen among the prisoners of the Stranger's Laboratory World.  Like many others, it was influenced by the Overmind to break out of its cell and rise up against the Stranger and his allies.  It was incapacitated by the hurricane force winds generated by Makkari.  He presumably escaped the planet, considering he was seen later with the Starblasters.

Creature from Kosmos (Quasar #14, 15, [16]) - The Creature was thought dead, but Quasar encountered Pilai on the Stranger's Laboratory World (See Comments).  He was freed as part of the Overmind's attack on the Stranger.  His subsequent fate was not revealed.

Dalabuur - a former crewman under Reptyl, he (and the entire crew) was traded to the Stranger in exchange for S'Byll

Diamondhead (Archibald Dyker) - Dyker was last seen floating in space near Xandar (in orbit?  In interplanetary space?), his altered physiology keeping him alive in the vacuum.  What happened to him after that was unknown; he knew of Xandar's decimation by Nebula so he may well have observed it.

(Quasar #14  [BTS], 15, [16]) - Diamondhead was later discovered as one of the prisoners on the planet owned by the enigmatic Stranger, although his purpose for being there remains unrevealed.  Diamondhead was among those prisoners who managed to escape when the Stranger was confronted by the hero Quasar.  

(Quasar #19 [BTS]) - Diamondhead joined with other prisoners who were natives to Earth, such as the Presence and Jack of Hearts, and managed to return to Earth with their help.

(Quasar #20) - Quasar took control of the convoy, and landed it in Siberia.  Learning that the travelers were all humans, he allowed them to remain on Earth.

Dragonfly (of the Ani-Men) - Under unrevealed circumstances, Dragonfly was captured by the enigmatic alien, the Stranger, and placed on his planet for study. She was inadvertently freed by the Avenger Quasar, who had traveled to the Stranger's world for his own purposes.  

Joining other refugees of Earth, she returned to their native planet.  

It was later revealed that the Stranger had initiated a process that was mutating her further.

Ego-PrimeEgo-Prime had apparently died on Earth.  However, under unrevealed circumstances, Ego-Prime was not destroyed, and later was seen as a prisoner of the enigmatic alien, the Stranger, who imprisoned Ego-Prime on his home world for later study.  Quasar stumbled into Ego-Prime's lair while infiltrating the Stranger's planet, but soon escaped.  It is unknown whether or not Ego-Prime escaped along with most of the other captives during the Overmind's assault on the Stranger. Either way, he has not been seen since.

Elect/Power PlatoonWhile circling Earth's sun (because it gave their alien physiologies superpowers) all but one of the Elect was taken by the enigmatic Stranger to his Laboratory Planet for experimentation.  The remaining member, who was left in place for uncertain reasons, was revived to find himself filled with vast power, and he traveled to Earth, where he became known as Quantum.  The Elect on the Laboratory World were encountered and freed during a battle between the Stranger and the Overmind.  They first encountered and attacked Hyperion when he inadvertently entered their cell.  Following their release from their cell, they were manipulated by the Overmind into attacking the Stranger and his temporary allies, Makkari and Quasar.  Following the conclusion of that battle, they apparently escaped the Laboratory World.

EthicalsThe Ethicals were taken prisoner by the Stranger under unknown circumstances. They were taken to his laboratory world and studied until freed by the Overmind during his assault on the Stranger.  By the time the conflict was over, almost all of the Stranger's prisoners escaped.  The Ethicals have since been seen conferring with cosmic/abstract entities.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Axi-Tun) - During their exile from Earth, as well as their homeworld, the Four Horsemen were captured by the Stranger and imprisoned on his Laboratory World for study.  The Four Horsemen were freed from the Stranger's prison by the Overmind, who sought allies against the Stranger and his allies.  All four of them attacked and were defeated by Quasar.

FusionIt is not certain where the Fusser twins were taken after their defeat by Spider-Man (Project: PEGASUS?), but they were next seen as prisoners of the Laboratory World of the Stranger.  The Overmind, seeking to slay the Stranger for past actions, took control of a number of the inmates, including Fusion, sending them to battle the Stranger's allies: Quasar, Makkari, and the Squadron Supreme.  Shortly thereafter, Fusion was seen along with a number of the inmates who escaped in a starship and returned to Earth.

Futurist While wandering through space, Futurist was captured by the Stranger, who made him the subject of his experiments on his Laboratory World.  He was apparently placed alongside Alpha the Ultimate Mutant.  Eventually, while exploring the Stranger's Lab World, Hyperion passed through the environment that housed Alpha and the Futurist.  Soon after, these two, like many other of the Stranger's subjects, felt the psychic pull of the Overmind, who sent them to attack the Stranger and any who stood beside him.  However, rather than follow the Overmind's bidding, Alpha and the Futurist took advantage of their newfound freedom to escape the Stranger's Lab World.

Gorr the Golden Gorilla Under unknown circumstances, Gorr somehow became a prisoner/research subject on the Stranger's Laboratory World.  When the Overmind attacked the Stranger, he released many of his subjects and sent them to attack the Stranger and his allies.  Gorr was one of those released, and he was transported by Dr. Spectrum (also a pawn of the Overmind at that time) to the site of the battle.  Gorr was battered at super-speed by Makkari but was saved by a blast from the Last Monitor.  Shortly thereafter the Overmind withdrew his power to focus on the Stranger, leaving his pawns free.
Following this struggle, many of the former inhabitants escaped the laboratory world.  Gorr's fate is unrevealed.

Jack of HeartsUnder unrevealed circumstances, after leaving Earth, Jack of Hearts was captured by the enigmatic alien, the Stranger, and placed on his planet for study.  Jack of Hearts was inadvertently freed by the Avenger Quasar, who had traveled to the Stranger's world for his own purposes.  Joining other refugees of Earth, Jack of Hearts returned to their native planet.

Jakar Jakar was captured by the Stranger while he was doing God knows what in space.  The Stranger imprisoned him and made his a research subject on his Laboratory World.  The Overmind attacked the Stranger, freeing many of his captives and sending them against the Stranger and his allies.  Quasar found Jakar on a table being vivisected (that's being dissected alive), in unendurable agony.  Jakar begged Quasar to kill him.  When Quasar tried to free him instead, Jakar was furious and blasted him out of his cell.  Jakar subsequently escaped or was released either during or after the final battle between the Overmind and the Stranger, as were many of the other prisoners.

KrakoaAfter being exiled into space by the X-Men, Krakoa was taken captive by the Stranger.  He was encountered by Quasar on the Stranger's planet.

Last Monitor/ Nygorn/Nyborn - After returning to the planet Marvan, the remaining Monitor was captured by the Stranger and placed within his Laboratory World.  According to the Last Monitor, all of the other Monitors in the universe were collected by the Stranger, vivisected, and met their deaths in the process. During the Overmind's assault on the Stranger, a number of his prisoners were released, including the Last Monitor.  The Marvanite did not restrict his rage to the Stranger.  He was outraged not only at the death of his brethren, but at having been imprisoned beside the inferior beings he used to exterminate.  The Last Monitor took out his rage on his fellow former captives, as well as those who sought to free him.  He was subdued by the combined efforts of Hyperion and Dr. Spectrum.

Magneto - After a scheme failed against the X-Men, Magneto and his then-stooge Toad were captured by the enigmatic alien Stranger, although Magneto later escaped, abandoning the Toad.

Megaman - After being returned to the future from whence he came, Megaman somehow returned to the modern era, but was captured by the Stranger, who brought him to his laboratory world for study.  During the Overmind's attack on the Stranger, Megaman was one of those freed and sent to attack the Stranger's allies. Megaman was one of several former prisoners being transported to the site of the struggle between the Overmind and the Stranger's forces.  Dr. Spectrum, of the Squadron Supreme, was the transporter, but in mid-flight he regained his own mind as the Overmind withdrew his influence to focus his full power against the Stranger.  Spectrum then dropped Megaman and the others, leaving them to fend for themselves.  Many of the Stranger's former prisoners escaped after this struggle, but Megaman's fate is unrevealed.

Mercurio the 4-D Man Mercurio was at one point or another abducted by the Stranger.  During the Overmind's assault on the Stranger, a number of his prisoners were released, including the Mercurio.  Along with many other captives, he was sent by the Overmind against the Stranger.  He was defeated by Whizzer of Squadron Supreme.

Meru the Mind-BenderAfter Thor exiled him into space, Meru (and most likely Dalia the Shape-Changer, since they were last seen merged) was captured by the Stranger.  He was returned to his original form, and imprisoned on the Stranger's Laboratory World, where he underwent various forms of tests.  During the Overmind's attack on the Stranger, Meru was one of those freed and sent to attack the Stranger's allies.  Meru was one of several former prisoners being transported to the site of the struggle between the Overmind and the Stranger's forces.  Dr. Spectrum, of the Squadron Supreme, was the transporter, but in mid-flight he regained his own mind, as the Overmind withdrew his influence to focus his full power against the Stranger.  Spectrum then dropped Meru and the others, leaving them to fend for themselves.  Many of the Stranger's former prisoners escaped after this struggle, but Meru's fate is unrevealed.

MoondancerUnder unknown circumstances, she and two of her teammates, Solar Wind and Voyager, were captured by the enigmatic being known as the Stranger, and imprisoned for experimentation on his laboratory world.  The duration of their imprisonment, and the events which occurred there are unrevealed.  When the Overmind traveled to the Laboratory World, freed many inmates, and sent them to attack the Stranger and any others assisting him, a large number of prisoners escaped.  Moondancer and her allies escaped at that time, returning to active duty in the Imperial Guard.

Overmind - The Overmind had been an enemy of the Stranger for ages.  The Overmind enslaved the Squadron Supreme members and left with them to the Stranger's planet in order to confront him as his age-old enemy.  Once there, they engaged in mortal combat (of mental energies).   At the same time, an assembly of Watchers came to ask of the Stranger's advice, and, thinking the Watchers had some agenda of their own, the Overmind allowed his paranoia run rampant and his mind, in defense, placed itself in coma.  Presumably, the Overmind remains on the Stranger's planet, as a part of his collection of specimens.

PresenceThe Presence and Starlight had left Earth, claiming that they would transform themselves into inert matter once they were far from this planet.  Instead, at some point the two were captured by the enigmatic alien known as the Stranger and placed on his planet for the Stranger's own mysterious reasons.  The Presence and Starlight  were inadvertently freed by the Avenger Quasar, who had traveled to the Stranger's world for his own purposes.

Rocket Raccoon - At some point on his journeys, the Rocket Raccoon was captured by the Stranger and taken for study on his laboratory world.  He was freed during the Overmind's assault on the Stranger along with almost everybody else.  He returned to his adventures afterward.

Shanga the Star-DancerAt some time while she was wandering through space, the Stranger took Star Dancer prisoner.  She was freed by Quasar during the Overmind's assault on the Stranger's Lab World.  She has not been seen since and her subsequent activates are unknown.

Sky-WalkerAt some point during his "space walk"  he was captured by the Stranger and imprisoned on his laboratory world.  When the Overmind attacked the Stranger on this planet, the walker was one of those sent to battle the Stranger and his allies Quasar, Makkari, and the Squadron Supreme.  His fate after the conclusion of the battle is unknown, but numerous inmates escaped, so it is entirely possible he returned to his journey.

Solar WindUnder unknown circumstances, he and two of his teammates, Moondancer and Voyager, were captured by the enigmatic being known as the Stranger, and imprisoned for experimentation on his laboratory world.  The duration of their imprisonment, and the events which occurred there are unrevealed.  When the Overmind traveled to the Laboratory World, freed many inmates, and sent them to attack the Stranger and any others assisting him, a large number of prisoners escaped.  Solar Wind and his allies escaped at that time, returning to active duty in the Imperial Guard.

SphinxorAt some point under unrevealed circumstances,  Sphinxor was captured by the Stranger, and brought to his laboratory world, imprisoned, and used as a research subject.  The Overmind attacked the Stranger, and freed many of his prisoners.  Among those freed was Sphinxor.  The Overmind drew many of the freed prisoners to battle several Earth beings who were attempting to defend the Stranger, or at least stop the madness.  Sphinxor was in the midst of being transported to the battle by Dr. Spectrum, when the Overmind withdrew his influence in order to focus on the Stranger.  Spectrum dropped the other prisoners where they were and took off to help in the battle.
Many of the former prisoners escaped the Laboratory World, although Sphinxor's fate has not been revealed.

Stardust After his defeat by Rom and subsequent release into space, he was later captured and held captive by the Stranger on his laboratory world.  During the Overmind's assault on the Stranger, Stardust was one of the captives who were freed and directed to attack the Stranger and his allies.  Stardust attacked Quasar, sensing that he, like Rom, had the power to shatter the "starstuff bonds" which kept him prisoner.  Stardust drained Quasar's energy as they struggled, until Quasar realized what was happening, reversed the flow, and drained Stardust's energy, incapacitating him.
Many of the former captives escaped the Stranger's world after this struggle, although Stardust's fate is unrevealed.

StarlightStarlight and the Presence had left Earth, claiming that they would transform themselves into inert matter once they were far from this planet.  Instead, at some point the two were captured by the enigmatic alien known as the Stranger and placed on his planet for the Stranger's own mysterious reasons.  The Presence and Starlight  were inadvertently freed by the Avenger Quasar, who had traveled to the Stranger's world for his own purposes.

StarmanA DC character who had a one page cameo.

Ten-For (?) - Although Ten-For apparently exploded after his last confrontation with the Machine-Man, Ten-For got better, and also became a prisoner and test subject on the Stranger's Laboratory World.  Ten-For and several other prisoners were freed by the Overmind, who sought to destroy the Stranger.  Ten-For was being transported to the battle by Dr. Spectrum when the Overmind withdrew his powers to focus fully on the Stranger himself.  Spectrum left Ten-For and the rest of the group to join the struggle himself.  Several of the other former inmates subsequently escaped the laboratory world, but Ten-For's fate is unrevealed

ToadAfter a confrontation with the X-Men,  Toad and Magneto were captured by the alien called the Stranger and imprisoned on the alien's distant world.  When Magneto first escaped, he callously left the Toad behind, and the Toad's attitude toward his master began to change.  After being recaptured, Magneto escaped a second time and took the Toad with him.
    In addition, the Toad stole a large amount of advanced equipment from the Stranger and has used it both when impersonating the Stranger, or in his role as the Terrible Toad-King.

TrikonAfter its banishment from Earth, the Trikon was seen among the many prisoners/subjects on the Stranger's Laboratory World.  It attacked and defeated the Eternal Makkari when he entered its cell.  At the same time, the Overmind disabled the force barriers around the cells of all of the experiments, and commanded a battalion of these former prisoners to join him as his elite strike force.  The Trikon was not seen to be part of this battalion.  Following the conclusion of this struggle, a number of the former prisoners escaped the Laboratory World.  The fate of the Trikon is unknown.

Voyager Under unknown circumstances, he and two of his teammates, Solar Wind and Moondancer, were captured by the enigmatic being known as the Stranger, and imprisoned for experimentation on his laboratory world.  The duration of their imprisonment, and the events which occurred there are unrevealed.  When the Overmind traveled to the Laboratory World, freed many inmates, and sent them to attack the Stranger and any others assisting him, a large number of prisoners escaped.  Voyager and his allies escaped at that time, returning to active duty in the Imperial Guard.

Weird Sisters(3) - The Weird sisters were agents of  Maelstrom, who were at some point taken prisoner by the Stranger and studied on his planet for an unknown amount of time.  After the Overmind's assault on the Stranger, almost all of the captives were freed, and the Weird Sisters left for Earth alongside a number of other former prisoners by Jack of Hearts.

WoodgodAt some point, under unrevealed circumstances (like almost all of the Stranger's captives), the Woodgod was captured by the Stranger and taken to his laboratory world.  He was freed by Quasar during the Overmind's assault on the Stranger.


STRANGER'S BATTLEWORLD PRISONERS

Stranger re-formed Battleworld, where he would periodically transport groups of superhumans to it and, while posing as the Beyonder, offer the contestants their wishes if they slew one another.

The following were participants at one point or another in this experiment until the final group convinced the Stranger to stop it, after which Battleworld fell apart:



COMMENTS: This is, by no means, an actual group.  No more so than "the Justice Killings," "Scourge's Victims," or "The Spider-Man Imposters."  This is just a simple way to organize who the Stranger has taken prisoner over the years.

I'll do the comments about the characters in alphabetical order:

So what exactly was the Stranger studying these beings for?  What secrets was he trying to unlock?  How did he decide who was worthy of being studied?  I know that he was doing it in the name of science.  The race that he was allegedly the composite being of excelled in science, and he was driven to do the same since he was their embodiment.  However, that has since proven to be a false origin, and not a worthy explanation.  I know that the Masters of the Obscure have some theories. Here are some of mine. I know that the Stranger concluded from his study of Magneto and Toad that humanity may grow to be a threat to other planets.  He then tried to destroy Earth.  So maybe he is seeking out potential universal threats to neutralize.  There is another possibility that he just likes to study and vivisect interesting creatures and try to gain knowledge from it, that he may be on a quest trying to gain all knowledge there is to gain.  None of those ideas sound all that great to me, but the most plausible of them is the neutralizing threats one.  They might not be good, but  they're the best I could think of.  I'm open to suggestions from any other "Masters of the Obscure," or anyone else for that matter.

Flank McLargehuge offers an idea: "I'd imagine the Stranger had so many superhumans from earth because he was studying humanity, perhaps for the plot in X-MEN FOREVER. I'm not very familiar with it however. "

PROFILE BY STUNNER

Profile updated and edited by Kyle Sims, and later updated by Luis Dantas with additions from Flank McLargehuge and Sean Curtin, and even later by Madison Carter for the Beyond/Battleworld stuff.

CLARIFICATIONS: The Stranger's Laboratory/Prison world should not be confused with:

And I'm NOT doing clarifications for each of the individuals!





Last updated: 01/30/07.

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