Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human (mystical mutate)
Occupation: Cannibal; Government agent
Affiliations: General Clarke,
Department K; Weapon: P.R.I.M.E. (Double Trouble, Killspree (formerly
Killjoy), Tigerstryke; (previously including Grizzly (Theodore
Winchester), Kane, Rictor))
Enemies: Arcade, Domino, Grizzly
(Theodore Winchester), Hammer, Northstar, X-Force (Boom Boom, Cable,
Cannonball, Copycat (posing as Domino),Feral, Shatterstar, Siryn, Warpath)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Department K headquarters, Canada
First Appearance: X-Force I#11 (June, 1992) (see comments)
Powers/Abilities: Yeti appeared to have superhuman strength, though it's not for certain what level he is at. He also has a healing ability that allows him to survive various injuries, including having his chest clawed out. It can be assumed that he possesses any of the other powers and abilities possessed by the Wendigo. During his stint with Weapon: P.R.I.M.E., he also wore a sort of neck collar and nose-ring, of which at least the collar can be assumed to have placed him under the control of Department K. How this affected his powers is unknown.
(X-Force I#11) - Yeti (unnamed) was seen with the rest of the Weapon: P.R.I.M.E. (PRototype Induced Mutation Echelon) team, preparing to go after Cable.
(X-Force I#12) - Referred to as Wendigo, Yeti was present again with the Weapon: P.R.I.M.E. team, while in the process of joining up with Cable's former friend Grizzly.
I#13) - Now using the codename Yeti, attacked Cable and X-Force with
the rest of the Weapon: P.R.I.M.E.. Yeti targeted X-Force member Feral,
proceeded to rip a large part of Yeti's chest out. The X-Force base
detonated; while X-Force survived, Yeti was amongst those missing.
(X-Force I#19 - BTS) - Henry Gyrich reported Yeti as "missing" in action.
(X-Force I#22) - Along with a reformed Weapon: P.R.I.M.E., Yeti confronted Domino and Grizzly (secretly guided by Hammer), who had sneaked into Department K to steal data on Cable.
(X-Force I#23) - Yeti and Weapon: P.R.I.M.E. attacked Domino and Grizzly, who escaped through Department K's sewer system.
(Northstar I#1) - At Department K's base in St. John's, Newfoundland, Yeti and the rest of Weapon: P.R.I.M.E. were commissioned by General Clarke to take down Northstar. They attempted to ambush him as he was driving in a car, but it turned out to be a diversion. They tracked him to his home, but found him already gone. Finally, they found him, and Yeti got in one good punch, but Northstar evaded further attacks from him. When Tigerstryke and Yeti charged him from opposite directions, Northstar flew away at great speed and the two crashed into each other.
(Northstar I#3) - Along with the rest of Weapon: P.R.I.M.E., the Yeti journeyed to Zuyevo, Russia to confront Northstar. Weary from a previous battle, Northstar surrendered as a change in tactic, but surrounding circus members and audience (mind-controlled by assassin Arcade as part of an elaborate plot) attacked the invaders. Yeti fought the circus members who swarmed over him. Northstar helped Tigerstryke destroy the mind-control power source but then again escaped when Vindicator (Heather Hudson)--from a hiding spot--shut off the lights and neutralized Tigerstyke's armor.
Comments: Created by Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, and Mark Pacella
Yeti's origin and background can be considered a somewhat convoluted one. As there was no obvious attempts to establish who, or what, he was, it can be left to the readers to assume that he is most likely one of the various humans possessed by the mystical entity, the Wendigo. This theory is given credence by his original codename.. However, even that presents questions.
As you can see, Yeti did not do much in his many appearances. In his five different appearances in X-Force alone, he only showed up on-panel at most eight times.
Weapon: PRIME (later spelled P.R.I.M.E.)? --What the H!@$# does that stand for?
For a Wendigo, he was quite verbose in his Northstar appearances.
Given that the Handbooks have identified Weapon:
P.R.I.M.E. to stand for PRototype Induced Mutation Echelon, it could be
that Yeti is a different kind of Wendigo mutate, possibly a
controllable mutation or he just looks like one.
Madison notes: While a Wendigo speaking anything other than its name is rare, it has been seen before. The Wendigo that possessed Michael Fleet was able to speak the name of Fleet's lover Tamara, while Mauvais was able to speak fairly well (most likely due to his mystical strength). Perhaps the inhibitor collar Yeti wore pacified him to a point he retained some of his human mind, thus enabling his speech.
In Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses
Bloodstone and the Monsters Hunters it was revealed that this Yeti was
really a Wendigo.
YETI, so far as we know, should not be confused with any of the following:
X-Force I#11-13 (June-August, 1992) - Rob Liefeld (#1-2) & Fabian Nicieza (writers), Mark Pacella (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#19 (February, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Harry Candelario (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#22 (May-June, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Kevin Conrad (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#23 (May-June, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Kevin Conrad & Harry Candelario (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Northstar I#1 (April, 1994) - Simon Furman (writer), Dario Carrasco Jr. (pencils), Ian Akin & Jack Keefer (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Northstar I#3 (June, 1994) - Simon Furman (writer), Dario Carrasco Jr. (pencils), Tim Dzon & Danny Bulanadi (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
First Posted: 12/08/2003
Last updated: 08/12/2004
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