ARMADILLO

Real Name: Antonio Rodriguez

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Adventurer;
    formerly professional criminal, fighter; wrestler

Group Membership: None; formerly Army of Evil (Absorbing Man/Carl Creel, Anaconda/Blanche Sitznski Baron Blood, Blackout/Marcus Daniels, Baron Zemo/Helmut Zemo, Boomslang/Marc Riemer Bruto the Strongman, Bulldozer/Henry Camp, Bushmaster/Quincy McIver, Clown/Eliot Franklin, Coachwhip/Beatrix Keener, Cottonmouth/Burchell Clemens Cyclone/Pierre Fresson, Death Adder/Theodore Scott, Dragonfly/Veronica Dultry, Fera, Fer-de-Lance/Teresa Vasquez, Fire Eater/Tomas Ramirez, Graviton/Franklin Hall, Great Gambonnos/Ernesto & Luigi Gambonno, Grey Gargoyle/Paul Duval, Ironclad/Mike Steel, Klaw, Kraven the Hunter/Sergei Kravinoff, Living Laser/Arthur Parks, Madame Masque/Whitney Frost, Mr. Hyde/Calvin Zabo, Nitro/Robert Hunter, Piledriver/Brian Calusky, Puff Adder/Gordon Fraley, Princess Python/Zelda DuBois, Ringmaster/Maynard Tiboldt, Rock Python/M'Gula, Sidewinder/Gregory Bryan, Skein, Slither/Aaron Solomon, Squid/Don Callahan, Teena the Fat Lady/Mary Stensen, Thunderball/Eliot Franklin, Tiger Shark, Vapor/Ann Darnell, Vector/Simon Utrecht, Viper/Jordan Dixon, Whirlwind/David Cannon, Wizard/Bentley Wittman, Wrecker/Dirk Garthwaite, X-Ray/Jimmy Darnell, Yellowjacket/Darren Cross);
    formerly Baron (Helmut) Zemo's Hydra (Baron Blood/John Falsworth, Baron Zemo/Helmut Zemo, Batroc the Leaper/Georges Batroc, Cobra/Piet Voorhees, Crossbones/Brock Rumlow, Sin/Sinthea Shmidt, Taskmaster, Viper/Madame Hydra/Ophelia Sarkisian)
    formerly Hood’s Army (Answer/Aaron Nicholson, Brothers Grimm/Barton & Percy Grimes, Bushwacker/Carl Burbank, Centurious, Chemistro, Constrictor/Frank Payne, Corruptor/Jackson Day, Crossfire/William Cross, Cutthroat/Daniel Leighton, Deathwatch, Griffin/Johnny Horton, Hood/Parker Robbins, Jigsaw/William Russo, Living Laser/Arthur Parks, Piledriver/Brian Calusky, Rampage/Stuart Clarke, Razor-Fist/Douglas Scott, Shockwave/Lancaster Sneed, Slug/Ulysses Lugman, Thunderball/Eliot Franklin, Vermin/Edward Whelan, Whirlwind/David Cannon, Wizard/Bentley Wittman, Wrecker/Dirk Garthwaite);
    formerly MODOK's 11 (Chameleon (later impersonated by Ultra-Adaptoid), Deadly Nightshade/Tilda Johnson, Living Laser/Arthur Parks, Mentallo/Marvin Flumm, Puma/Thomas Firehart, Rocket Racer, Spot/Johnathan Ohnn);
    formerly Rangers (Firebird/Bonita Juarez, Phantom Rider/Hamilton Slade, Red Wolf/William Talltrees, Shooting Star/Victoria Star, Texas Twister/Drew Daniels);
   Sinister Sixteen (Beetle/Janice Lincoln, Bi-Beast, Boomerang/Fred Myers, Clown/Eliot Franklin, Cyclone/Pierre Fresson, Human Fly/Richard Deacon, Kangaroo/Brian Hibbs, "Man Mountain", Mirage/Desmond Charne, Overdrive, Scorcher/Steve Hudak, Shriek/Frances Barrison, Speed Demon/James Sanders, Spot/Johnathan Ohnn, Squid/Don Callahan);
    formerly Ultimate Fighting League, Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation;
    former Vil-Anon (Big Wheel/Jackson Wheele, Equinox/Terrance Sorenson, Hypno-Hustler/Anton Delsoin, Man-Bull/William Taurens, Schizoid-Man/Chip Martin)

Affiliations: Axum, Avengers (Ares, Hawkeye/Bullseye, Iron Patriot/Norman Osborn, Ms. Marvel/Karla Sofen, Sentry/Robert Reynolds, Spider-Man/Mac Gargan), Baron Brimstone Bison (Billy Kitson), Black Mamba (Tanya Sealy), Black Racer (Ariana Saddiqi), Bloodlust, Captain American/Captain (Steve Rogers), Constrictor (Frank Payne), Consultant, Deadpool (Jack/Wade Wilson), Flying Tiger, Grandmaster (En Dwi Gast), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Human Fly (Richard Deacon), Iguana, Ironclad, Jack O' Lantern (Steve Levins), King Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Mad Dog (Buzz Baxter), Man-Ape (M’Baku), Man-Bull, Mandrill (Jerome Beechman), Masked Marauder, MODOK, Orka, Owl (Leland Owsley), Puma (Thomas Firehart), Razorback (Buford Hollis), Rhino (Alexei Sytsevich), Rogue, Rose (Philip Hayes), Sandman (William Baker), Scarecrow, Daisy Schilling, Scorpia (Elaine Coll), She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), She-Thing (Sharon Ventura), Snake Marston (Sylvester Marston), Stegron (Vincent Stegron), Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day), Tiger Shark, Toad (Mortimer Toynsbee), True Believers (Battalus, Headtrip, Red Zone), Vagabond (Lyons), Whirlwind, White Rabbit (Lorina Dodson);
    formerly Coach Cady, Dr. Doom, Lennie J. Feitler, Dr. Karl Malus, Rey Trueno

Enemies: A.I.M., Avengers (Luke Cage, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Sentry, Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Spider-Woman/JessicaDrew), Avengers Unity Division (Cable/Nathan Summers, Deadpool/Wade Wilson, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Rogue/Anna-Marie), Big Papi, Black Panther (Shuri), Luke Cage, Captain America (Sam Wilson), Chameleon, Champions (Brawn/Amadeus Cho, teen Cyclops/Scott Summers, Ironheart/Riri Williams, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Nova/Sam Alexander, Spider-Man/Miles Morales, Viv Vision), Chupacabra, Controller, Daughters of the Dragon (Misty Knight, Colleen Wing), Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Doom Stomp and the Vill Kill Korps, Doombots, Fantastic Four (She-Thing, Human Torch, Thing/Ben Grimm), Fat Cobra, Groot, Hercules, Hunter-Bots, Infinicide, Ironheart (Riri Williams), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Iron Man (Victor von Doom), Jackpot (Sara Ehret), Jessica Jones, Klaw, Kobik, Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff), London, Eric Lynch, Dr. Karl Malus, Mandarin (Temujin), Mister Hyde, Monster, New Warriors (Microbe, Namorita, Night Thrasher, Nova, Speedball), Punisher (Frank Castle), Nomad (Ian Rogers), Ramon, Redwing, Maria Bonita Rodriguez, Scarlet Spider (Kaine), She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), S.H.I.E.L.D., Spot, Thieves Guild of New Orleans, Thing (Ben Grimm), Thunderbolts (most notably Atlas), Titania (Mary MacPherran), Ultra-Adaptoid, unidentified ex-Hydra agents, Venom (Eddie Brock);
   formerly Axum, Ironclad, She-Thing

Known Relatives: Maria Bonita Rodriguez (estranged wife)

Aliases: Awesome Armadillo, 'Dillo, Mr. A, Tony

Place of Birth: San Antonio, Texas

Extent of Education: High school graduate

Base of Operations: A prison in Upstate New York;
    formerly the Raft, Ryker's Island;
    formerly Fairbury, Illinois;
    formerly the Raft, New York;
    formerly Ultimate Fighting League building, New Jersey;
    formerly the Vault, Colorado;
    formerly Los Angeles, California;
    formerly San Antonio, Texas

First Appearance: Captain America I#308 (August, 1985)

Powers/Abilities: Armadillo can lift (press) roughly 25 tons under optimal conditions. His thick hide can resist most forms of injury (fire, acid, bullets), short of light anti-tank weapons or prolonged exposure. He possesses sharp claws on each hand which are strong enough to gouge medium-grade steel. He now possesses only four toes/claws on each foot. He can roll his form up into a ball-like shape, which protects him even further during an attack.

Height: 7' 6" (formerly approximately 5'10") 
Weight
: 540 lbs. (formerly approximately 165 lbs.)
Eyes
: Brown  
Hair
: None (formerly black)

History: (Captain America I#308 (fb)) - Antonio Rodriguez returned home from a short prison stint to find his wife Bonita unconscious on their home's floor, stricken with an unknown illness. He took her to several physicians, with no success. He eventually met Karl Malus, who offered to cure Bonita, but only if he would allow himself to be transformed into a superhuman creature. Malus used his equipment to transform Antonio into Armadillo, and sent him to the West Coast Avengers compound to retrieve Goliath (Erik Josten), who was being held there.

(Captain America I#308) - Armadillo made it onto the Avengers West Coast compound's grounds, where he encountered a visiting Captain America. The two fought for a while until Cap managed to knock Armadillo into a trap net. Stuck, he explained his situation. Convinced that Armadillo was no true threat, Cap let him out of the net, and let him return to Malus. Cap followed him, and confronted Malus. Armadillo pleaded with the Avenger not to arrest Malus because he was the only one that could cure Bonita. Cap agreed to leave without Malus, but called the police department shortly afterwards.

(Captain America I#316 (fb)-BTS) - Bonita was cured, and Armadillo went to work for the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation, where he was given the name Awesome Armadillo. Unbeknownst to him, Bonita struck up a romance with a man named Ramon.

(Captain America I#316) - Armadillo and Bonita arrived to Manhattan hotel in preparation for his upcoming UCWF match against Doc Sawbones. Bonita wished to sight-see, and left with Ramon. Armadillo beat Sawbones, and Captain America, who was in the crowd, went backstage to congratulate his former foe. Later, Armadillo learned of Bonita's adultery, and went on a maddened rampage through the New York streets. His manager, Lennie J. Feitler, tried to calm him down, but was tossed away. Captain America arrived and tried to do the same, but ended up engaging the enraged wrestler. A suicidal Armadillo then began to climb the side of the Empire State Building, with Cap right behind. Captain America caught up with him and pleaded with him to calm down, but when Hawkeye arrived to find out what was happening, Armadillo took the opportunity to jump from their high perch. He crashed through the street, breaking something in the process. Captain America called for an ambulance.

(Captain America I#340 (fb)-BTS/Avengers: Most Wanted Files#1) - Due to his actions, Armadillo was placed in the superhuman criminal facility the Vault.

(Captain America I#340) - When Iron Man's assault on the Vault during the "Armor Wars" caused a power outtage in the facility, Armadillo was among the inmates that were freed from their cells. He tried to escape with Titania and Mr. Hyde, but Titania knocked him away, fearing he'd slow them down. He escaped on his own, walking past several guards who tried ineffectively to bring him down. Elsewhere, Hyde and Titania (as well as fellow escapees Vibro and the Griffin) were fighting the Captain (Steve Rogers), Nomad, D-Man and the Falcon nearby. Armadillo found the Captain's team's van, where Vagabond (Priscilla Lyons) sat waiting for her teammates. She talked him into surrendering, and brought him to the Captain. He returned willingly to the Vault.

(Avengers Spotlight#26) - Armadillo was presnt in the Vault when the Wizard was escorted in after being captured. When a disguised Loki appeared to help the Wizard escape, the rest of the inmates were set loose. When Iron Man (Stark) arrived to help round them up, Armadillo was one of the escapees that attacked him.

(Fantastic Four I#336 (fb)-BTS) - Armadillo was one of the super-villains that managed to escape the Vault before Iron Man sealed it off.

(Fantastic Four I#336) - Armadillo was among many super-villains who were mind-controlled by Dr. Doom during the Acts of Vengeance movement to attack the Fantastic Four while they were in Washington, D.C. for congressional hearings. He, along with many of the others, was defeated by Ben Grimm, She-Thing, and the Human Torch.

(She-Hulk II#30) - Armadillo was among the super-villains brought forth from various points in the past by Isbisa and his students. Armadillo and the others briefly battled She-Hulk before being sent back to their original timelines. (see comments)

(Avengers: Deathtrap - The Vault) -
When Venom tried to engineer a mass breakout at the Vault, Armadillo did not support the escape and only wanted to serve out his sentence. He joined with the Rhino and Scarecrow and tried to take Venom down, but the Klaw and the Controller stopped them.

(Spider-Man: Breakout#3 (fb)) - Armadillo was seen to still be residing in the Vault.

(Thunderbolts I Annual ' 97 (fb)) - When the Masters of Evil, in their first outing under their new Thunderbolts personas, sought to free Moonstone from the Vault, they masterminded the escape of numerous inmates there, including Armadillo, as a diversion. The Thunderbolts then defeated and rounded up the escapees.

(New Avengers I#4 (fb) – BTS/Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys the Marvel Universe I#6 (fb)) – Armadillo was revealed to have been one of the inmates to have escaped the Raft during the battle.

(Avengers: Most Wanted Files#1) - Armadillo claimed to have not been trying to escape, but rather, stop the escapees, as he had previously done. He was subsequently released after serving his sentence.

(Deadline#2) - Armadillo was present at the Bar with No Name when Kat Farrell arrived seeking answers on the murder of Judge Michael Hart.

(Thunderbolts I#76 (fb)-BTS) - At some point, Armadillo became the regional champion for an underground superhuman MMA-style fighting-sports league called Underground Fighting League.

(Thunderbolts I#76) - Armadillo beat another (unidentified) contender for his belt. Later, He and Coach Cady discussed his upcoming match with Monster, which Armadillo also won.

(Thunderbolts I#77) - Rey Trueno, owner of the Jersey branch of UFL, wanted fresh blood in his organization, and hired Daniel Axum, the former villain known as the Battler. Knowing that Trueno was grooming Axum, Cady turned his back on Armadillo and refused to help him prepare for the upcoming fight with Axum. During their match, Armadillo grew angry with how he was betrayed and decided he wanted to kill Axum, whom he had already severely beat.

(Thunderbolts I#78) - Axum ended up winning the match, and won the regional title. Bloodied and bruised, Armadillo was left alone by his trainers in the lockerroom.

(Thunderbolts I#79) - Some time later, Axum found Armadillo living in the alleyway behind the UFL's building, begging for change.

(Thunderbolts I#80) - A trio of children harrassed the homeless Armadillo, and Coach Cady ignored him while welcoming Axum into the building.

(Thunderbolts I#81) - Axum, who was contemplating joining a group of super-villains in a revenge scheme against Spider-Man, bought Armadillo some food and spent time talkng with him. By talking about how he didn't hold a grudge against Axum for beating him, nor any of the heroes who had beaten him in the past, Armadillo unwittingly talked Axum out of his own revenge plan.

(She-Hulk III#9 (fb)) - Armadillo, along with the Constrictor and Jack O' Lantern, tried to rob an armored vehicle, but were defeated by Hercules.

(New Avengers I#1 (fb)-BTS) - Armadillo was placed on the Raft prison facility.

(New Avengers I#1) - Armadillo was among the prisoners who gathered when Electro assaulted the Raft to break Sauron out.

(New Avengers I#2) - When Spider-Man and Captain America arrived to investigate the situation, Armadillo was among the prisoners that attacked the two of them.

(New Avengers I#3 - BTS) - Armadillo was most likely still among the group of criminals battling what would become a new team of Avengers.

(New Avengers I#4 (fb)-BTS) - Armadillo was revealed to have been one of the inmates to have escaped the Raft during the battle.

(New Warriors III#1 (fb)-BTS) - After the breakout, Armadillo and Tiger Shark, whom he was chained to, went into hiding in the town of Fairbury, Illinois.

(New Warriors III#1) - The New Warriors, working with a reality television show, set up a sting after learning of the criminals' whereabouts. Posing as a pizza delivery boy, Speedball identified the two, mostly when Armadillo crashed through the door/wall and said he would not go back to prison. During the fight, Armadillo was knocked unconscious and instinctivley rolled into a ball-like shape. Tiger Shark then used Armadillo, with whom he was still chained, as a living mace. The New Warriors still defeated Tiger Shark, and the two criminals were re-imprisoned.

(Spider-Man Unlimited III#12/1 (fb)) - At some point, Armadillo joined the group Vil-Anon (aka Villains Anonymous), in which former criminals worked a twelve-step program to get over their criminal tendencies.

(Underworld#5) - Armadillo visited the Consultant in hopes of spiffing up his image.

(Punisher War Journal II#4) - Armadillo attended the wake of Stilt-Man, who had been killed by the Punisher. The wake was held in a bar, and was attended by many current and former criminals. Armadillo nearly came to blows with Rhino. Several attendees started feeling sick, and the villains and ex-villains realized too late the Punisher had been there disguised as the bartender, and had poisoned their drinks. As the Punisher walked away from the bar, it blew up.

(Civil War#7) - Armadillo survived, registered and became as part of the Initiative a member of Texas' super-hero team the . Alongside his team he was introduced to the press by Yellowjacket.

(Super-Villain Team-Up II#1 (fb)) - For unrevealed reasons Armadillo was fired from the Rangers. 

(Scarlet Spider II#16 (fb) - BTS) - Because of getting kicked out of the Rangers, Armadillo grew distant from his girlfriend Daisy Schilling and began calling himself a monster.

(Super-Villain Team-Up II#1 (fb)) - Armadillo returned to wrestling. He went to Mexico because no manager wanted him in the USA anymore because of his criminal life. Big Papi became his manager in Mexico, who only gave him 30% of the money.

(Super-Villain Team-Up II#1) - In Acapulco Armadillo beat Chupacabra in a wrestling match. After the show he received 10.000 peso from his manager and wasn't happy. When Big Papi was gone Armadillo was contacted by MODOK (in form of Holy Mary), who told him to come to an address in Brooklyn at midnight on the 5th of May.

  Armadillo went to Brooklyn where he met his new team. A fight broke out between the villains as Spot tried to steal MODOK's money. MODOK intervened and told them what he wanted them to do to earn the money -- steal from the Infinicide.

(Super-Villain Team-Up II#2) - Armadillo trained along with his teammates in a simulation of their attack on the Infinicide. They failed miserably and MODOK told them his superior plan.

  Some time later Armadillo waited with the rest at a pier for their ride to China.

(Super-Villain Team-Up II#3) - Armadillo dug a tunnel near enough to the Infinicide's flying beacon to allow Spot to create a portal that led inside the fortress which had already been infiltrated by Chameleon (actually the AIM controlled Ultra-Adaptoid). Only Armadillo, Nightshade and Spot stayed behind. Armadillo and Nightshade didn't realize Spot's sudden disappearance until it was too late to warn their fellow teammates (Spot stole the Hypernova and sold it to Mandarin). Upon leaving the tunnel Armadillo and Nightshade saw the crash of the Infinicide's beacon right on them.

(Super-Villain Team-Up II#4) - Armadillo, Nightshade and the rest of their team that had been on board were saved by a force-field created by the Ultra-Adaptoid. Rocket Racer appeared with Big Wheel (not the guy, just the giant wheel) and gave his team a ride to Mandarin's ship. Armadillo stayed behind to drive Big Wheel while the rest of the team went on board Mandarin's ship to get the Hypernova. Some time later Armadillo saw Rocket Racer pass by with the Hypernova followed by Chameleon (Ultra-Adaptoid). The diversion led to Armadillo accidentally crashing Big Wheel into Mandarin's ship. The damaged ship then crashed.

(Super-Villain Team-Up II#5) - Without a ride Armadillo rolled down the mountain by himself and inadvertently destroyed the Ultra-Adaptoid, whose controller Monica Rappaccini, had just lost connection to it a second before thanks to Puma blocking the signal with a part of Mandarin's ship. Living Laser told his team and Mandarin that he was in possession of the Hypernova and that Rocket Racer's Hypernova was just an illusion created by Living Laser. In hope to turn himself into a human again he then used up the Hypernova's energy, which destroyed it.

  Armadillo, Nightshade and Puma returned to Brooklyn to tell MODOK that they didn't get the Hypernova. They were angry because half of their team had betrayed them and MODOK never had the money to pay them. MODOK then showed them the Hypernova and explained how he had created a replica of it while Puma passed it to Spot through the Dark Dimension. A Death's Head Unit then appeared because MODOK had told AIM where he was to sell the Hypernova to them. MODOK was now able to pay his remaining agents. Armadillo and the others each received 10,250,000 dollars instead of 5 million because MODOK redivided the shares of the traitors as well.

(New Avengers#35) - Armadillo was one of a large number of super-villains who met with the Hood, hearing and apparently accepting his position as the new Kingpin of super-villain crime. For his attendance, he was given $25,000.

(Secret Invasion#1 - BTS) - Armadillo was confirmed to be a prisoner aboard the Raft when a tehchnological malfuction hit the prison.

(True Believers#4) - A group of unidentified former Hydra agents kidnapped Armadillo. Chained to a wall they demonstrated the effect of the neurotoxin Anathema on him to Madame Hydra, to get back in touch with their former employers. Anathema turned the ferocious fighter Armadillo into a cowering victim unable to fight the agents. The True Believers hacked into the video conference between Madame Hydra and the former agents and found the location the former agents hid out. Red Zone used a holographic projector to look like Armadillo to distract the agents. Battalus came to his aid and together they defeated the former Hydra agents and brought Armadillo to safety.

(Dark Reign: The Cabal#1/3) - Armadillo was at the funeral where the Hood delivered a short eulogy that acted more like a warning to members of his army.

(Dark Reign: The Hood#1-2) - Armadillo hung out at one of Hood's safe houses and partied.

(New Avengers I#56) - When the Hood's powers failed, his army revolted, under the leadership of Jonas Harrow, who used a device to cancel out the powers of the New Avengers (Ronin, Mockingbird, Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage) and Osborn's Avengers (Iron Patriot, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ares, Sentry, Hawkeye), Members of the Hood's army gathered to make their demands, including Crossfire, Cutthroat, the Brothers Grimm, Mr. Hyde, Mandrill, Razor-Fist, Armadillo, Scarecrow, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Wrecker, Thunderball, Chemistro, and Dr. Demonicus.

(New Avengers I#57) - Armadillo watched Osborn agree to Harrow's terms. The power dampener switched off, allowing the New Avengers to escape via a Quinjet that blasted the assembled army of villains.

(Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Jackpot#3) - Hired by Rose (Hayes) Armadillo fought Jackpot and Spider-Man. He tossed the former out through a window and caught the latter to that Rose could talk with him.

(Incredible Hulks#616/2) - Armadillo fled to Pueblo for solitude, but was turned in by a villager to the Vill Kill Korps led by Doom Stomp, who sought to kill him to boost their reputation. Elsewhere, the Hulk and the She-Hulk registered his presence and jumped across to stop him. Realizing what had happened and recognizing that while he was a wanted felon, he was not evil, She-Hulk stopped the fight with the Hulk and told him that he would not be turned in as long as he helped the locals, such as digging wells. She-Hulk also scared off the Vill Kill Korps to ensure some level of safety for Armadillo.

Armadillo charges the rodeo(X-Men: To Serve and Protect#4/3) - Armadillo was one of the many participants in Chadmaster's (a younger Grandmaster) cosmic roller derby and lost to Dazzler (Alison Blaire) and the Daughters of the Dragon.

(X-Men Legacy I#275 (fb) - BTS) - Armadillo was transferred from the Raft to a prison in Upstate New York.

(X-Men Legacy I#275) - Imprisoned at the Raft Armadillo volunteered to have a portion of his powers absorbed by X-Men member Rogue. His powers enabled her to thwart a prison break at the Raft.

(Scarlet Spider II#16) - Armadillo attacked a Houston rodeo, drunk and looking for his former girlfriend Daisy. Scarlet Spider intervened and the two fought until the appearance of Daisy stopped the Armadillo. He and her hugged and kissed with onlookers cheering their rekindled love.

(Infinity: Heist#1) - Armadillo was working at the Black Market bar as a bouncer.

(Superior Foes of Spider-Man#12) - The Owl had Armadillo join Boomerang's Sinister Sixteen in a raid on Chameleon's hideout.

(Superior Foes of Spider-Man#13) - When the police arrived most members of the Sinister Sixteen including Armadillo surrendered.

(Fantastic Four V#9) - In the Raft, She-Thing was the prison yard leader. She directed Ironclad, Armadillo, Bloodlust, Man-Bull and Sandman to bring her new inmate, the Thing.

(Fantastic Four V#12) – Armadillo was incarcerated at Ryker’s Island.

(All-New Captain America I#4 (fb) – BTS) – Armadillo joined Baron Zemo’s Hydra, alongside Batroc the Leaper, Taskmaster, Cobra, Sin, Viper, Baron Blood, and Crossbones. They set up a base in Bagalia. Zemo promised to find Armadillo a cure for his condition.

(All-New Captain America I#1) – The members of Hydra, including Armadillo, were waiting when Captain America (Sam Wilson), Nomad (Ian Rogers), and Redwing attacked.

(All-New Captain America I#2) – Armadillo, and Hydra, captured Nomad while Captain America escaped.

(All-New Captain America I#4) – Armadillo attacked Captain America directly, with the Cobra joining him. Captain America convinced Armadillo to switch sides, and he promised that he would help find a cure for him. Armadillo knocked out Cobra, then told Cap where to find Hydra bombs that had been set. Cap was able to stop all the bombs.

(All-New Invaders I#15) – The battle between Captain America and Armadillo was viewed by the Invaders.

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(Captain America: Sam Wilson I#2 (fb) – BTS) – When Captain America was unable to find a cure for Armadillo, he returned to crime, working with Dr. Karl Malus on finding a cure.

(Captain America: Sam Wilson I#2) – When Captain America tried to interrupt Malus’s mission, so Armadillo attacked savagely. Redwing hit Armadillo with a sonic attack, then Cap knocked Armadillo into the path of an oncoming train.

(All-New, All-Different Avengers I#8 (fb) – BTS) – Armadillo was imprisoned at Pleasant Hill, his mind rewritten by Kobik as he lived life as a civilian alongside many other super-criminals.

(All-New, All-Different Avengers I#8) – The criminals gained their minds and powers back, then attacked the heroes who had arrived to stop them. Armadillo worked with Man-Ape and Flying Tiger, fighting members of the Avengers Unity Division.

(Deadpool and the Mercs for Money I#3) – Alongside many criminals, Armadillo attended an auction for a future-telling Recorder held by Deadpool. A fight soon broke out.

(Deadpool vs. Gambit I#2) – Armadillo and others agreed to spar with Fat Cobra for money.

(Guardians of the Galaxy IV#16) – Armadillo robbed a bank and battled police, then Groot attacked, fighting Armadillo in the streets while protecting civilians, including young London. Groot left Armadillo unconscious.

(Captain America: Steve Rogers I#13) – Baron (Helmut) Zemo found Armadillo eating pancakes in a diner, and recruited him to join his massive Army of Evil.

(Guardians of the Galaxy IV#19) – The Thing defeated Armadillo on the Brooklyn Bridge.

(Infamous Iron Man I#7) – The Hood assembled his Army, telling them about Dr. Doom operating as the new Iron Man. Iron Man then attacked, defeating all of the villains there with magic and technology.

(Invincible Iron Man IV#6) – Ironheart defeated Armadillo during a crime, and Armadillo asked her not to make fun of him, telling her he was having a bad year. The Champions arrived to help clean up the mess.

(Secret Empire I#0) – Armadillo, with the Army of Evil, attacked New York City, battling many heroes. Baron Zemo soon had Blackout trap the entire city in the Darkforce Dimension.

(Free Comic Book Day 2017: Secret Empire I#1) – Armadillo and the Hood’s Army battled heroes in New York City.

(Jessica Jones I#18 (fb) - BTS) – Armadillo began dating and eventually moved in with Daisy Schilling.

(Spider-Men II#1) – Spider-Man battled Armadillo, ripping off the helmet of his carapace to defeat him.

(Jessica Jones I#13) – Luke Cage defeated Armadillo in a brawl.

(Invincible Iron Man I#594) – Prepared this time, Armadillo and Hood’s Army attacked Iron Man/Doom.

(Spider-Man I#234) – Armadillo was taken, in restraints and under armed guard, to the courthouse.

(Spider-Man I#235) – Armadillo escaped police custody, but was stopped by Spider-Man (Miles Morales, out of costume), then arrested again.

(Defenders V#10) – The Hood’s Army gathered to talk about making a power play, but they were attacked by an enormous assemblage of heroes.

(Invincible Iron Man I#597) – Armadillo and Hood’s Army battled and defeated Iron Man/Doom again.

(Jessica Jones I#18) – Daisy Schilling went to Jessica Jones for help. After interviewing many of the people that Armadillo had battled over the past months, Jessica found him at a home the Owl had set up for criminals in hiding. She told him Daisy had sent her and that Daisy loved him, but Armadillo said Daisy only pitied him, and that he wondered if he could be the next Kingpin. Jessica taunted Armadillo, so he punched her through a wall, but then he returned home to Daisy and agreed to go to couples counseling.

(Invincible Iron Man I#600) – The Hood’s Army, including Armadillo, tried forcing Eric Lynch to sign over stakes in Tony Stark’s company, but then Doombots attacked. Iron Man then countered by attacking with a series of armor drones.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#9 (fb)) – The Thieves Guild attacked Armadillo, collecting on an old debt.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#17 (fb) – BTS) – Armadillo was captured by Kraven the Hunter or some of his operatives.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#17) – Armadillo and many other animal-themed super-heroes and villains were placed under a dome in Central Park, where Hunter-Bots controlled by rich operatives were sent to exterminate them.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#18) – Armadillo and the others went running from the Hunter-Bots.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#19) – Armadillo hid in the tunnels with several other animal-themed villains, including Owl, Black Mamba, Scorpia, Constrictor, Toad, the Human Fly, Razorback, Rhino, Stegron, White Rabbit, Iguana, Bison, Mad-Dog, King Cobra, Mandrill, Black Racer, Puma, and Snake Marston. Several of the villains were killed. Vulture took leadership of the criminals, though Spider-Man warned them not to follow him.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#20) – Vulture led the villains, including Armadillo, in fighting back against the Hunter-Bots.armadilllo-tuxedo

(Amazing Spider-Man V#20.HU) – The criminals, including Armadillo, proclaimed Vulture their leader as they fought the Hunter-Bots.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#22) – Armadillo and the others fought the Hunter-Bots to the point of exhaustion. When they finally triumphed, they celebrated, giving Vulture the success.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#23) – Armadillo and the other criminals fled from Central Park and found the police and many heroes waiting for them. Armadillo tried to run, but She-Hulk knocked him out.

(Loki III#1) – Armadillo, working as a security agent in a high-stakes casino, was sent to escort Loki out, after Loki was believed to be cheating. Loki sprayed snake venom in Armadillo’s eyes, and Armadillo went mad, tearing out of his suit and destroying part of the casino as he chased Loki away.

(Hawkeye: Freefall#6) - Hood invited Taskmaster, Tombstone, Fancy Dan, Ox, Armadillo, Shocker, and Rhino over, offering them three million dollars to hunt down Hawkeye, but Hawkeye instead showed up and beat up the Hood, humiliating him.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Paul Neary and Dennis Janke.

    For a guy that is considered a joke, Armadillo sure busts out of a lot of prisons. Even if he doesn't really want to.

    The time-travel bit in She-Hulk is a bit fuzzy to place. I've opted to place it only in the "current" time period of when he's drawn forth to, as it's never explicitly stated when he was plucked from time.

    Bonita's name was given as "Maria" in Armadillo's entry in the OHotMU Deluxe Edition#1. It was later corrected in their Data Corrections section. Later on, the Avengers: Most Wanted Files handbook "Robert Bruce Banner-ed" her into Maria Bonita.

    Yes, he looks different in the T-Bolts issues. Blame it on the artist's urge for creativity.

    It was Armadillo's first battle with Captain America that persuaded the Beyonder (who was watching the incident while invisible) to take on Cap's form.

    Armadillo's size changes a LOT depending on who's drawing him.

    In She-Hulk II#21 Earth-721's Antonio Rodriguez was among the clients of Albert E. DeVoor. He traveled from Earth A (Earth-721) to Earth B (Earth-616) for a superpowered vacation. This means, that for some time two Armadillo's were active on Earth-616. At this point it is unrevealed at which point Earth-721's Armadillo was active, but it is possible that in some of the appearances in the history it was Earth-721's version instead of Earth-616's.

    Big thanks to Chadman for providing the Avengers: Deathtrap info.

    Oh, for the record, I liked the "Fightbolts" issues. They just never should have been tagged onto the end of the Thunderbolts run.

Profile by Madison Carter. 2013-9/2014 entries by Grendel Prime; 12/2014 - 2019 entries by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Armadillo has no known connections to


Maria Bonita Rodriguez

 

Antonio Rodriguez's wife, Bonita fell to a mysterious illness while Antonio was serving prison time. After his release, he tried to find a doctor to cure her, winding up with Karl Malus. Malus turned Antonio into the Armadillo and promised to cure Bonita if Antonio did his bidding. After Captain America intervened, the Avengers made Malus cure Bonita. When the Armadillo became a professional wrestler, Bonita began an affair with a man named Ramon, and the Armadillo went berserk when he learned of it. He broke out of the Vault at one point in hopes of finding and killing his unfaithful wife, but was talked out of it by Vagabond.




--Captain America I#308 ( Captain America I#308 (fb), 316, [340]


Daisy Schilling

Daisy Schilling

Daisy Schilling was Antonio Rodriguez's girlfriend and they loved each other greatly. However, Armadillo became distant when he was fired from the Rangers and she left him. Later, as Texas model, she became engaged to Wyatt Taft. This was reported at a Houston rodeo. Drunk, Armadillo charged in, calling for Daisy. Seeing Armadillo in a sudden battle with Scarlet Spider, she jumped into the ring, stopping the fight, and the two lovers hugged and kissed, much to the applause of the crowd.

 

 

 

 

--Scarlet Spider II#16


images: (without ads)
Captain America I#308, page 6, panel 1 (main image)
Captain America I#308, page 12, panel 2 (human form)
Captain America I#316, page 18, panel 5 (lifting car)
Thunderbolts I#76, page 10, panel 5 (Ultimate Fighting League)
New Warriors III#1, page 14, panel 1 (rolled up in ball)
Scarlet Spider II#16, p10, pan 1 (RRRRAAA! at the rodeo)
Loki III#1,p5, pan1 (in suit)
Captain America I#316, page 7, panel 6 (Bonita)
Scarlet Spider II#16, p7 pan3 (Schilling)


Appearances:
Captain America I#308 (August, 1985) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#340 (April, 1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#26 (December, 1989) - Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Dwayne Tuner (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Fantastic Four I#336 (January, 1990) - Walter Simonson (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Mike De Carlo (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
She-Hulk II#30 (August, 1991) - Louise Simonson (writer), Tom Morgan (penciler), Jim Sanders & Keith Williams (inkers), Renee Witterstaetter (editor)
Avengers: Deathtrap: The Vault (1991) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Jim Sanders & Fred Fredericks (inkers), Kelly Coverse (editor)
Thunderbolts I Annual '97 (1997) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Chris Marrinan (penciler), Andrew Pepoy (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Deadline#2 (July, 2002) - Bill Rosemann (writer), Guy Davis (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#76-81 (April-September, 2003) - John Arcudi (writer), Francisco Ruiz Velasco (artist), Andrew Lis (editor)
She-Hulk III#9 (January, 2005) - Dan Slott (writer), Paul Pelletier (penciler), Rick Magyar (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengerrs I#1-4 (January-April, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (penciler), Danny Miki (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Man: Breakout#3 (August, 2005) - Tony Bedard (writer), Manuel Garcia (penciler), Raul Fernandez (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
New Warriors III#1 (August, 2005) - Zeb Wells (writer), Skottie Young (artist), Mackenzie Cadenhead (editor)
Spider-Man Unlimited III#12 (January, 2006) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Larry Stucker (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Underworld#5 (August, 2006) - Frank Tieri (writer), Staz Johnson (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Civil War#7 (January, 2007) - Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines, John Dell & Tim Townsend (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#4 (April, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Mike Deodato (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
New Avengers#35 (December, 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Yu (artist), Molly Lazer  (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
True Believers#4 (December, 2008) - Cary Bates (writer), Paul Gulacy (artist), Molly Lazer & Bill Rosemann (editors)
Dark Reign: The Cabal#1/3 (June, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Max Fiumara (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#1-2 (July-August, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
New Avengers I#56 (October, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Wade von Grawbadger (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#57 (November, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Jackpot#3 (June, 2010) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Adriana Melo (pencils), Mariah Benes (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Incredible Hulks#616/2 (January, 2011) - Tim Seeley (writer), Al Rio (artist), Jordan D. White (editor)
X-Men: To Serve and Protect#4/3 (April, 2011) - Jed Mackay (writer), Sheldon Vella (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#275 (2012) - Christos Gage (writer), David Baldeon (penciler), Jordi Tarragona (inker), Dan Ketchum (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#16 (June, 2013) - Chris Yost (writer), Khoi Pham (pencils), Pallot & Olazaba (inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Infinity: Heist#1 (2013) - Frank Tieri (writer), Al Barrionuevo (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Superior Foes of Spider-Man#12 (August, 2014) - Nick Spencer (writer), Steve Lieber (artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Superior Foes of Spider-Man#13 (September, 2014) - Nick Spencer (writer), Steve Lieber (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Fantastic Four V#9 (October, 2014) - James Robinson (writer), Marc Laming (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Fantastic Four V#12 (December, 2014) – James Robinson (writer), Leonard Kirk (penciler), Karl Kesel (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
All-New Captain America I#1-2,4 (January-February, April, 2015) – Rick Remender (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Wade Von Grawbadger (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
All-New Invaders I#15 (April, 2015) – James Robinson (writer), Steve Pugh (artist), Mark Pannicia (editor)
Captain America: Sam Wilson I#2 (December, 2015) – Nick Spencer (writer), Daniel Acuna (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
All-New, All-Different Avengers I#8 (June, 2016) – Mark Waid (writer), Adam Kubert (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Deadpool and the Mercs for Money I#3 (June, 2016) – Cullen Bunn (writer), Salvador Espin (artist), Jordan White (editor)
Deadpool vs. Gambit I#2 (September, 2016) – Ben Acker, Ben Blacker (writers), Danilo Beyruth (artist), Jordan White (editor)
Guardians of the Galaxy IV#16 (March, 2017) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Valerio Schiti (artist), Jordan White (editor)
Captain America: Steve Rogers I#13 (May, 2017) – Nick Spencer (writer), Ro Stein (penciler), Ted Brandt (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Guardians of the Galaxy IV#19 (June, 2017) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Valerio Schiti, Phil Noto, Andrea Sorrentino, Ed McGuinness, Arthur Adams, Kevin Maguire, Mark Bagley, Sara Pichelli, Filipe Andrade (pencilers), Mark Morales, Andrew Hennessey (inkers), Jordan White (editor)
Infamous Iron Man I#7 (June, 2017) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Alex Maleev (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Invincible Iron Man IV#6 (June, 2017) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stefano Caselli (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Empire I#0 (June, 2017) – Nick Spencer (writer), Rod Reis, Daniel Acuna (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Free Comic Book Day 2017: Secret Empire I#1 (July, 2017) – Nick Spencer (writer), Andrea Sorrentino (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Men II#1 (September, 2017) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Sara Pichelli (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
Jessica Jones I#13 (December, 2017) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Michael Gaydos (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Invincible Iron Man I#594 (January, 2018) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Man I#234-235 (January, 2018) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Oscar Bazaldua (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
Defenders V#10 (April, 2018) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Marquez (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Invincible Iron Man I#597 (April, 2018) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Jessica Jones I#18 (May, 2018) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Michael Gaydos (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Invincible Iron Man I#600 (July, 2018) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev, David Marquez, Daniel Acuna, Leinil Francis Yu, Jim Cheung, Mike Deodato Jr. Mark Bagley, Andrea Sorrentino (pencilers), Gerry Alanguilan, Andrew Hennessy, Scott Hanna (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#9 (January, 2019) – Nick Spencer (writer), Humberto Ramos, Michele Bandini (artists), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#17-18 (May, 2019) – Nick Spencer (writer), Humberto Ramos (penciler), Victor Olazaba (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#19 (June, 2019) – Nick Spencer (writer), Gerardo Sandoval (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#20 (June, 2019) – Nick Spencer (writer), Humberto Ramos (penciler), Victor Olazaba (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#20.HU (July, 2019) – Nick Spencer (writer), Cory Smith (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#22 (July, 2019) – Nick Spencer (writer), Humberto Ramos (penciler), Victor Olazaba (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#23 (August, 2019) – Nick Spencer (writer), Ryan Ottley (penciler), Cliff Rathburn (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Loki III#1 (September, 2019) – Daniel Kibblesmith (writer), Oscar Bazaldua (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys the Marvel Universe#6 (October, 2019) – Paul Scheer, Nick Giovannetta (writers), Todd Nauck (artist), Darren Shan (editor)
Hawkeye: Freefall#6 (September, 2020) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Otto Schmidt (artist), Alanna Smith (editor)


First Posted: 04/26/2006
Last updated: 07/08/2020

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