RAPIDO

Real Name: Roussel Dupont

Identity/Class: Human cyborg;
   citizen of France

Occupation: Mercenary;
    former French Foreign Legionnaire

Group Membership: Batroc's Brigade (Batroc the Leaper, Machete, Zaran)

Affiliations: Architect, A.I.M., Batroc the Leaper, Chauffard, French military, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), MODOK 2.0 (George Tarleton clone), Snakebite, Tarantula (Luis Alvarez), Kashmir Vennema of Earth-12083;
    formerly Peregrine

Enemies: Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Microchip, Jack Oonuk, Outlaw (Nigel Higgins), Peregrine, Punisher (Frank Castle), Morgan Sinclair

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Europe;
    originally France

First Appearance: Punisher II#65 (early June, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Rapido is strong and powerful, but his primary weapon is his right arm, which has been replaced with a limb in the form of a chain gun, of which he has mental control.
    After being further enhanced by the Architect's men, he gained a laser sight over his right eye, as well as other weaponry such a grenade launcher.
    A.I.M. later upgraded his right arm to a laser cannon.

Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 290 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

History:
(Punisher II#65) - The Kingpin gathered his allies in the plot to use the European Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) as a means towards establishing an international crime network in Europe, with Fisk as its leader. Rapido, the Weaponsmith, met with Chauffard (computer hacker and wheelman), Snakebite (field leader), and Batroc the Leaper. Rapido joined this group in a series of assassinations of criminal lieutenants. One of these missions--the assassination of Phillipe Delon--brought them into conflict with the Punisher and Morgan Sinclair in France.

(Punisher II#67) - Rapido and his allies again engaged Sinclair and Castle, and managed to kill another group of criminal lieutenants in Geneva. Castle managed to rescue one of the lieutenants and escape with him, leaving Fisk's agents temporarily incapacitated.

(Punisher II#68) - In Spain, Rapido and his allies once again fought Castle, Sinclair, and the Tarantula. They succeeded in killing another lieutenant, Sinclair's uncle, Paco Cardenas, but Castle and his allies escaped. The Kingpin called Rapido and his allies back to London.

(Punisher II#69) - Castle, Sinclair, and the Tarantula, joined by Outlaw, assaulted the Kingpin's London meeting in which he had planned to slaughter the head crimelords, so that Fisk's own men could replace them. Rapido attacked Outlaw, sending the vigilante fleeing.

(Punisher II#70) - Rapido chased Outlaw, who led him over an area where his chain gun's bullets had weakened the floor, and he fell through, incapacitating himself in the process.

(Punisher War Journal I#61) - Rapido was in attendance at a large meeting of criminals in New York, organized by Vito Vaducci, in which they plotted the death of Frank Castle, the Punisher. However, the Punisher learned of this meeting and set his own trap. Lacing the ground floor of the building with explosives, Castle confronted the criminals, armed with a dead man's switch that would detonate the explosives if he released.

(Punisher War Zone I#23) - Unable to use lethal force on Castle at the risk of their own lives, the criminals were mowed down by Castle. He managed to get the drop on Rapido, put a gun in his mouth and then forced him to turn his chain gun on the rest of the crowd. When the chain gun ran out of bullets, Castle saw Rapido's usefulness as having ended, and he shot the Frenchman.
    Eventually, Castle detonated the explosives, collapsing the entire building on their heads.

(Punisher Annual I#7) - Shielded from most of the bullets by his own armor plating and protected by the collapsing building by a folding stairwell, Rapido was one of the only criminals to survive Castle's assault. As he crawled out of the wreckage, Rapido escaped from a few investigating policemen and fled into the city. He encountered Chauffard and the Architect, both of whom had missed the above meeting due to traffic. The Architect invited Rapido to join him, and Chauffard's presence relaxed the Frenchman sufficiently to agree. Rapido then accepted the Architect's offer to join his revised plot to unite the European criminal network via the Chunnel. The Architect's doctors rebuilt Rapido, better than ever.

    At the Architect's meeting of international criminals, Rapido followed the Architect's orders to kill Mr. Cooley, the sole American criminal present, when he denounced the plan. Rapido then followed the Architect's orders to take out those who might oppose the plot. Believing the Punisher to have died in the above explosion, Rapido ambushed Morgan Sinclair in the Chunnel, and he left her to drown when the Chunnel flooded. Rapido attacked Jack Oonuk on a snow-covered mountain in the Pyrenees, Spain. Rapido launched a fragmentation grenade that caused a landslide which buried Oonuk.

    Rapido also supervised the transport of the Architect's crime network's contraband imports attached to the bottom of the trains. When one of these transport pods arrived demolished, Rapido watched the security tape, which appeared to show his old ally Snakebite supervising its destruction. As Snakebite had been almost certainly killed in a fight with the Punisher in the previous Chunnel Plot, Rapido decided to be certain about this before volunteering the information to the Architect. Rapido then led an assault on Outlaw, blowing up his van when he fled.

    As the opening ceremony of the revised Chunnel approached, Rapido told the Architect about Snakebite, and the two planned a meeting with him. However, when Snakebite arrived, he revealed himself to really be the Punisher, and then revealed himself to be allied with Oonuk, Outlaw, and Sinclair, all of whom had faked their deaths to give Rapido and the Architect a false sense of security. Enraged at the deception, Rapido leapt blindly into the fight. He ended up duking it out with the Punisher on one of the train tracks and, unlike Castle, he failed to get completely off the tracks in time. A passing train smashed him against the wall, breaking both of his legs and his good arm, and leaving him paralyzed. From his hospital bed, Rapido plotted vengeance against the Punisher.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1) - Along with other mercenaries like Peregrine and the French military, Rapido fought American superhumans that attempted to infiltrate France's borders.

(Fear Itself: Black Widow) - Peregrine helped Black Widow (Romanoff) against Rapido and other mercenaries, rescuing the hostages Rapido was about to kill.

(Captain America and Iron Man#633 (fb) - BTS) - Rapido joined Batroc's Brigade, who were hired to steal the Harvester Protocol, a software and nanoware that could render any technology useless while gathering information and schematics from the technology it corrupted.

(Captain America and Iron Man#633) - Rapido joined Batroc's Brigade in an attack on a weapons expo in Madripoor to steal the Harvester Protocol. They had a run-in with Captain America and Iron Man, who had been after their secret employer Kashmir Vennema. Iron Man knocked out Rapido with a repulsor blast. After Kashmir revealed herself to Batroc as their secret employer she used the Harvester Protocol against Iron Man and Captain America, leaving both at the mercy of Batroc's Brigade.

(Captain America and Iron Man#634) - Due to the Harvester Protocol Rapido lost control over his gun arm, firing blindly at everyone. Kashmir called it a sufficient test of the Harvester Protocol and told Batroc to help her get away, which he complied with after he was paid. Rapido was in shock because his gun arm was severely damaged, but Zaran promised him they would buy him a new one. Using jet packs provided by Kashmir Batroc's Brigade and Kashmir escaped.

(Captain America and Iron Man#634 - BTS) - A.I.M. provided Rapido with an upgraded gun arm.

(Captain America and Iron Man#634) - Rapido rejoined Batroc's Brigade when Iron Man and Captain America found Kashmir and her allies of A.I.M., led by MODOK 2.0.

(Captain America and Iron Man#635) - Using his new gun arm Rapido fired energy blasts at Captain America, who blocked them with his shield then knocked him out with the same shield. Rapido remained unconscious during the remainder of the battle and was ultimately wrapped up in a steel girder by Iron Man along with Machete and Zaran.

Comments: Created By Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Dougie Braithwaite.

Rapido's real name was created by our own Kyle Sims, and was revealed in the Marvel Knights Encyclopedia.

Captain America and Iron Man update by Markus Raymond.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Rapido has no known connection to:


images: (without ads)
Captain America & Iron Man#634, Cover (main)
Punisher II#65, Cover (upper body)
Punisher Annual I#7, p14, pan4 (upgraded arm)
Captain America & Iron Man#635, p5, pan3 (A.I.M. gun arm)


Appearances:
Punisher II#65 (early June, 1992) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Dougie Braithwaite (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Don Daley (editor)
Punisher II#67-70 (August-September, 1992) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Dougie Braithwaite (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Don Daley (editor)
Punisher War Journal I#61 (December, 1993) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Gary Kwapixz (artist), Don Daley (editor)
Punisher War Zone I#23 (January, 1994) - Larry Hama (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Val Mayerik, Art Nichols & Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Don Daley (editor)
Punisher Annual I#7 (1994) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Andrew Currie (pencils), Art Nichols (inks), Don Daley (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1 (2007) - Anthony Flamini (head writer), Ronald Byrd (writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Fear Itself: Black Widow (August, 2011) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Peter Nguyen (art), Charlie Beckermann (editor)
Captain America and Iron Man#633 (August, 2012) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Barry Kitson (artist), John Denning & Jake Thomas (assistant editor), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Captain America and Iron Man#634 (September, 2012) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Barry Kitson (penciler/breakdowns), Jay Leisten (finishes/inker), John Denning & Jake Thomas (assistant editor), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Captain America and Iron Man#635 (October, 2012) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Barry Kitson (artist), John Denning & Jake Thomas (assistant editor), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)


First Posted: 08/26/2003
Last updated: 06/17/2018

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