Real Name: (First name unrevealed) Locke
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Assistant to Arcade
Group Membership: None
Mr. Chambers, Cressida
Desford, Dominic Desford, Destiny (Irene Adler), Amos
Mystique (Raven Darkholme), Roak;
indirectly the Crazy Gang (Executioner, Jester, Knave, Red Queen, Tweedledope), Major Domo, Mister Milbury (allies of Arcade and Miss Locke whom Miss Locke did not meet personally)
(Lockheed, Meggan, Nightcrawler
(Kurt Wagner), Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde)), Elaine Grey, John Grey, Stevie
Moira MacTaggert, Illyana Rasputin, Judith Rassendyll, Courtney
Amanda Sefton, Shatterstar
Southern, Betsy Wilford, Colleen Wing, X-Men (Banshee (Sean
Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Havok (Alex
Summers), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Rogue (Anna Marie), Storm (Ororo Munroe),
(James Howlett), X-Treme
indirectly Beast (Hank McCoy), Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Iceman (Bobby Drake), Meggan, Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), (she aided Arcade during Arcade’s capture of them but did not meet them personally)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Doctor Doom" (impersonated Dr. Doom while trying to kill Arcade); "Dragon Lady" (Arcade’s nickname for her)
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout various Murderworld locations
First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up I#65 (January, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: Miss Locke was quite skilled at various forms of martial arts and often carried firearms to use if needed. She also had access to Arcade's Murderworld technology and robots, once even wearing a robotic shell of Doctor Doom in an effort to pose as Doom.
(Avengers Arena#7 (fb) – BTS) – Despite working for Arcade, Miss Locke hated Arcade and attempted to kill Arcade every year on her birthday, as suggested by Arcade himself.
(Uncanny X-Men I#197 (fb) – BTS) – At some point, Miss Locke moved from trying to kill Arcade on her own birthday to attempting to kill Arcade on his birthday.
(Marvel Team-Up I#65) – As the British Commission members Roak and Moran arrived at Britain’s Heathrow Airport to meet with Arcade, Miss Locke greeted them and explained that Arcade was expecting them. She then ushered them inside Arcade’s private 747 jet to meet Arcade in person.
(Marvel Team-Up I#66) – Arcade, Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers watched on video as the captive Captain Britain and Spider-Man were launched into Murderworld’s giant pinball machine. Overhearing Spider-Man ask what their captivity was all about, Arcade replied to Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers that it was about murder, gloating about how Roak and Moran had paid Arcade $1 million to kill Brian Braddock, hoping that Braddock was one of 50 people the Commission thought to be Captain Britain. Arcade then monologued to Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers about how much more Roak and Moran would pay him for actually killing Captain Britain, and Spider-Man as well. Arcade then told his assistants that he had a feeling this would be a night to remember. After Spider-Man and Captain Britain had been in Murderworld for a while, Miss Locke reported to Arcade that Spider-Man had gone off their computer grid. Shortly after, Miss Locke reported that Spider-Man had reappeared on their grid right outside the control room door. As Spider-Man rescued Captain Britain in a nearby room, Arcade flooded the room with gas, causing Murderworld’s computer systems to overload, causing explosions that destroyed Murderworld. Escaping to safety, Miss Locke later informed Arcade that she had learned of Roak and Moran’s death, meaning that Arcade would not get paid for the attempted assassination of Spider-Man and Captain Britain, who had also escaped.
(X-Men I#123) – As part of a plot to kill the X-Men on behalf of Black Tom Cassidy and Juggernaut, Miss Locke visited New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, where she led Nightcrawler and Colossus (as well as their dates) into a cell disguised as a private opera box. Once they had entered, Miss Locke had the cell airlifted away with the two X-Men inside. She then reported back to Arcade on the heroes’ capture. Once all of the X-Men had been captured and placed inside Arcade’s newly-rebuilt Murderworld, Miss Locke reported that the X-Men were regaining consciousness.
(X-Men I#124/Marvel Team-Up I#89 (fb)) – As the X-Men fought their way through Murderworld, Miss Locke informed Arcade that she had taken care of the captive dates of the male X-Men members who had been captured alongside the X-Men. Arcade then ordered her to start a search pattern, as he had lost Cyclops and Nightcrawler within Murderworld. When Nightcrawler teleported into the control room, Miss Locke opened fire on the mutant, who knocked Miss Locke out and took her shotgun, tossing it into Arcade’s visual screen.
(Marvel Team-Up I#89) – Recovered, Miss Locke accompanied Arcade as he met with Amos Jardine to discuss why Jardine had replaced Arcade as the proposed assassin of Spider-Man. When Amos monologued that no one treated him like Arcade had, Miss Locke warned Jardine that Arcade was to be feared as she also was. Laughing, Jardine threatened Miss Locke, who tossed Jardine on top of the hood of Jardine’s car. She then warned Jardine not to make Arcade more angry, as Jardine might find himself inside Murderworld.
(Uncanny X-Men I#145/Uncanny X-Men I#147 (fb)) – Miss Locke confronted Storm and Stevie Hunter at the Metropolitan Opera House, where she admitted that she had drugged them both. As Storm began to pass out, Miss Locke revealed that she had kidnapped the X-Men’s loved ones in order to force them to rescue X-Men from Doctor Doom (secretly a Doombot disguised as the true Doom).
(Uncanny X-Men I#146) – When a substitute X-Men team invaded Murderworld to stop Miss Locke, she appeared to them as a hologram, welcoming them to Murderworld. She then activated trap doors that sent each of them to a different area of Murderworld. Later, when Havok escaped into the maintenance tunnels, Mr. Chambers reported a system malfunction in Sector 12 and prepared to investigate. After blasting Mr. Chambers, Havok confronted Miss Locke and blasted the gun from her hand. The substitute X-Men then rescued the hostages Miss Locke had taken
(The Daredevils#4) – Miss Locke brought Arcade the phone while Arcade was watching the "Sgt. Bilko" television show. She informed Arcade that it was the British criminal mastermind, the Vixen, who had called to inform Arcade that the Slaymaster had failed to kill Captain Britain.
(Uncanny X-Men I#177) – Miss Locke accompanied Arcade in visiting Mystique following a Murderworld duel.
(Wolverine/Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection) – After having trapped the X-Men in Murderworld once more, Arcade (secretly a robot) was told that the X-Men had found the control room and were in the direct access tunnel by Miss Locke. When the X-Men burst into the control room, "Arcade" excused Miss Locke, claiming he would deal with the X-Men himself.
(Uncanny X-Men I#197) – Miss Locke accompanied Arcade for breakfast after he had captured the X-Men’s Colossus and Shadowcat in hopes that they could protect him from a hit placed on his head by Doctor Doom. When a hunter-seeker missile smashed through the window, Miss Locke ran from the table as Shadowcat disabled the missile with her phasing powers. Soon after, Arcade explained the situation to Colossus and Shadowcat, revealing that Miss Locke was ordered to kill Colossus and Shadowcat’s loved ones in the same fashion as Arcade’s death should they fail to protect Arcade. After Colossus and Shadowcat had defeated “Doctor Doom,” Miss Locke emerged from the shell of “Doom,” revealing that she had been posing as Doom in an attempt to kill Arcade on his birthday. Arcade then explained to Colossus and Shadowcat that every year on his birthday, Miss Locke was allowed 24 hours to attempt to kill Arcade. Sharing a glass of wine and celebrating Arcade’s birthday, Miss Locke exclaimed that next year, she would dance on Arcade's grave.
(Uncanny X-Men I#204) – After Arcade was paid to kidnap Judith Rassendyll, the unknowing queen of Ruritania, Miss Locke reported to Arcade that Murderworld was online and ready. Running the student through the rigors of Murderworld, Arcade was surprised when Nightcrawler teleported in to rescue the girl. Using one of Murderworld’s planes, Nightcrawler left the girl, prompting Miss Locke to remind Arcade that Nightcrawler’s desertion of the girl seemed uncharacteristic and that it could be a deception on Nightcrawler’s part. Arcade then replied that whether or not it was a deception would not matter once Miss Locke had found and killed Nightcrawler. Miss Locke and Arcade were shortly thereafter surprised when the “X-Men” busted in and attempted to take Arcade into custody for kidnapping Judith and Nightcrawler, but Arcade was not fooled and soon realized that Nightcrawler had located Arcade’s X-Men robots and sent them after Arcade in order to mask Nightcrawler’s escape.
(Marvel Fanfare I#50 (fb)) – Miss Locke was present by Arcade’s side when he met with Cressida Desford, who had earlier hired Arcade to kill Warren Worthington III for posing as part of the mutant-hunting X-Terminators. As Arcade viewed film footage of Warren as the Angel, whom he hurled darts at, Miss Locke reminded Arcade that he was ripping holes in the film screen. Arcade reminded her that they were on Cressida’s expense account and assured Miss Locke he was not worried about money to buy a new screen. Arcade eventually explained to Ms. Desford that he would agree to kill any two of Warren’s teammates in place of the supposedly-deceased Angel and shortly thereafter disguised himself, reporting to Miss Locke that the Beast and Iceman had been led into Murderworld by following Ms. Desford’s son Dominic into the trap. Once Beast and Iceman had entered the main entrance, Miss Locke warned the two heroes via loudspeaker not to linger at the entrance and continue into the Murderworld maze. When Beast and Iceman found their way into the laser projector areas, Miss Locke reported to Arcade that the heroes seemed to have found their way out of the first maze area and Arcade reminded her that they couldn’t have the heroes escaping so soon, throwing a switch that opened the trap door floor of the maze area. As Dominic Desford was nearly shot by lasers trying to help Iceman, Cressida pushed her way past Miss Locke and Arcade to hit a switch to turn the lasers off. Warning Cressida not to touch his controls, Arcade ordered Miss Locke to allow Cressida access to their loudspeakers to tell Dominic to stay out of danger. Dominic refused, wanting to help Iceman, and Arcade then allowed Cressida to enter Murderworld to retrieve Dominic. Once Dominic was placed back in Murderworld’s control room with Arcade and Miss Locke, Arcade began draining the air out of the maze area to continue his efforts to kill Beast and Iceman. Not caring whether Cressida died with them, Arcade and Miss Locke were stopped by Dominic, who briefly managed to get control of the loudspeakers and warn his mother that Arcade had tricked her. At Cressida’s request, Arcade agreed to terminate their agreement to kill Beast and Iceman, warning the heroes and Cressida that the Murderworld maze area had been rigged to explode in 10 minutes. When Arcade commented that Dominic had spunk, Miss Locke exclaimed that she had rather Dominic been Murderworld’s target, rather than one of their clients.
(Excalibur I#4) – Miss Locke was present when Arcade kidnapped Excalibur’s banker and Captain Britain’s ex-girlfriend Courtney Ross to his newly built British Murderworld complex. Arcade soon forced Courtney into a room where she was forced to perform stand-up comedy or die by being crushed by a giant foot. Watching Ross perform the comedy, Miss Locke smiled, much to the shock of Arcade, who demanded to know what was going on. Surprised that Ross was actually funny, Arcade asked where Ross got off being like Bette Midler and Miss Locke replied that perhaps necessity was the mother of invention. Excalibur soon came in search of Courtney, where they battled Arcade’s allies, the Crazy Gang, who switched their minds with some of the Excalibur members. Miss Locke reported a miscalculation on Arcade’s part when Phoenix defeated the Crazy Gang’s Executioner. Arcade reminded Miss Locke that Phoenix would get hers in the end then ordered Miss Locke to scan for Phoenix and the missing Shadowcat. Miss Locke then reported that there was no need to scan for Phoenix, as she was on the video screen assuming the mantle of the Executioner. As Locke watched, Arcade then switched his focus to Courtney Ross, who fell through a trap door while Arcade gloated over a large video screen that he had not forgotten about Shadowcat.
(Excalibur I#5) – Miss Locke was present with Mr. Chambers and Arcade as Excalibur (in the Crazy Gang’s bodies) battled the Crazy Gang (in Excalibur’s bodies) inside a "Wizard of Oz" themed room in Murderworld. Locke asked Arcade if Arcade was growing bored and Arcade warned Locke to be quiet or she might become Murderworld’s next victim. Miss Locke and Arcade’s argument was interrupted by Shadowcat, who phased through Arcade’s control computer and pulled him into Murderworld, leaving Lockheed to guard against Locke and Chambers. When Chambers failed to defeat Lockheed while wearing a semi-fireproof suit, shield and mace, Miss Locke seduced Lockheed, allowing Locke and Chambers to escape while Excalibur brought Arcade into custody.
(X-Force I#29) – Observing his potential target, X-Force’s Shatterstar, from afar, Arcade asked Miss Locke of Shatterstar’s location and she replied he was in Phoenix, Arizona. When Miss Locke informed Arcade that it was his idea to take their assassinations on the road, Arcade explained that at least they could see the sights. After Miss Locke commented that they could always see the Petrified Forest National Park, Arcade told her that no one liked a "Weisenheimer" and asked for audio on Shatterstar. Arcade then decided that Shatterstar would make for lots of fun and ordered Miss Locke to get the day’s other participant into “makeup and wardrobe.” He then told her contact their clients and inform them that Arcade was ready to begin. Shortly after Shatterstar had been captured and dropped off in Murderworld, Arcade had Miss Locke prod Shatterstar to wake up.
(X-Force I#30) – As Arcade forced Shatterstar to battle another captive, X-Treme, Miss Locke watched as Arcade gloated about how his client, Major Domo of the Mojoverse, had provided Shatterstar’s wife, Windsong (actually a crystalline-based laser holo-image), without explaining to Arcade of Windsong’s relationship to Shatterstar. Shortly after Shatterstar directed X-Treme to take out Arcade’s cameras, Arcade demanded to know from Miss Locke what was going on inside his portable Murderworld. Miss Locke replied that if she could venture a guess, the two heroes were on their way to slice Arcade into pieces. Arcade then began ordering his crew to call the clients to inform them of a failure but Miss Locke reminded Arcade that while both she and Arcade knew that they did not have actual physical access to Windsong, Shatterstar and X-Treme did not. Content to continue plotting against the heroes with that knowledge, Arcade continued to manipulate Shatterstar and X-Treme until the heroes made their way near Arcade’s control room, at which point Arcade ordered Miss Locke to contact Major Domo and their other client, Mr. Milbury, that Arcade would be returning the money he was paid to kill the two heroes. Shatterstar immediately demanded that Miss Locke turn “Windsong” over or risk a horrible death. Miss Locke agreed to do so, pulling up the Windsong holo-image once more and having it plead with Shatterstar to kill X-Treme and gain freedom. Miss Locke then explained to Shatterstar that “Windsong’s” manacles were rigged to explode and warned that if Shatterstar made one move, she would kill “Windsong.” Not wishing to kill X-Treme or put “Windsong” in further danger, Shatterstar impaled himself with his own swords, much to the shock of Miss Locke. X-Treme then prepared to kill Arcade, who was stabbed by a recovering Shatterstar, revealing that Arcade had replaced himself with a robot facsimile at some point to cover his escape. Shatterstar then confronted Miss Locke, warning her that both Arcade and his clients had made a big mistake that would not be forgotten.
(Wolverine/Gambit: Victims#4 (fb)/Avengers Arena#7 (fb)) – During another attempt on Arcade’s life on his birthday, Miss Locke grabbed a kitchen knife and came dangerously close to succeeding at her attempt to kill Arcade, horribly disfiguring Arcade’s face. Fighting back, Arcade killed Locke with her own weapon. Unable to cope with actually killing Locke, Arcade devised a game, using Wolverine robots in an attempt to frame Wolverine as a new “Jack the Ripper”-style London killer, placing Locke’s body amongst those slain by the Wolverine robots.
(Colossus#1 (fb) – BTS) – Arcade created a robot of Miss Locke and programmed her with Miss Locke’s personality.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Dave Hunt.
After Miss Locke’s death by Arcade’s hands, she was replaced by a robot with her personality. Any of “Miss Locke’s” appearances since (namely Thing II#1-3) would be considered the robot and therefore, are not appearances of the actual Miss Locke. As such, they are not included in this profile.
Roak and Moran's deaths were reported right after Jean DeWolff told Spidey and Captain Britain that heads of the European Maggia crime families had been wiped out (by Sabrina Morrel, according to some fan sources, but never specified in any actual book as far as I know).
Profile by Proto-Man.
Miss Locke has no known connections to:
Roak and Moran were members of the Commission, the European hierarchy of the Maggia crime syndicate. After having narrowed down a list to 50 people that could been Captain Britain, Roak and Moran contacted Arcade to kill a person on their list: Brian Braddock. Flying to London’s Heathrow Airport, Miss Locke led Roak and Moran to meet with Arcade aboard Arcade's private jet, where they discussed having Braddock assassinated via Arcade's Murderworld theme park. Roak and Moran got killed during a lone wolf's attack on the Maggia's Commission. (see comments) Their deaths were reported to Arcade by Miss Locke after he failed to kill Captain Britain.
--Marvel Team-Up I#65 (#66d - BTS
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X-Force I#30, p19, pan1 (Miss Locke, main image)
Wolverine/Gambit: Victims#4, p17, pan2 (Miss Locke, headshot)
Wolverine/Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection, p9, pan3 (Miss Locke, classic red outfit)
Uncanny X-Men I#197, p20, pan2 (Miss Locke, updated red outfit)
Uncanny X-Men I#204, p8, pan4 (Miss Locke, with fishnets)
Marvel Fanfare I#50, p10, pan1 (Miss Locke, green outfit)
Excalibur I#4, p13, pan5 (Miss Locke, black outfit)
Marvel Team-Up I#65, p4, pan5 (Roak & Moran)
Marvel Team-Up I#65 (January, 1978) – Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (art), Dave Hunt (inks, colors), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#66 (February, 1978) – Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (art), Dave Hunt (inks, colors), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#123 (July, 1979) – Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
X-Men I#124 (August, 1979) – Chris Claremont (writer, plot), John Byrne (plot, pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#89 (January, 1980) – Chris Claremont (writer), Michael Nasser, Rich Buckler (pencils), Josef Rubinstein (inks), Allen Milgrom (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#145 (May, 1981) – Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum, Joe Rubinstein (art), Louise Jones (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#146 (June, 1981) – Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum, Josef Rubinstein (art), Louise Jones (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#147 (July, 1981) – Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum, Josef Rubinstein (art), Louise Jones (editor)
The Daredevils#4 (April, 1983) – Alan Moore (writer), Alan Davis (art), Bernie Jaye (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#177 (January, 1984) – Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), John Romita, Sr. (inks), Eliot Brown (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#197 (September, 1985) – Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita, Jr., Dan Green (art), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#204 (April, 1986) – Chris Claremont (writer), June Brigman (pencils), Whilce Portacio (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Wolverine/Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection (1989) – Archie Goodwin (writer), Howard Chaykin (art), Gregory Wright, Mark Gruenwald (editors)
Excalibur I#4 (January, 1989) – Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Paul Neary (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur I#5 (February, 1989) – Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Paul Neary (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#50 (April, 1990) – Jo Duffy (writer), Joe Staton (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras, Al Milgrom (editors)
X-Force I#29 (December, 1993) – Fabian Nicieza (writer), Matt Broome (pencils), Bud LaRosa (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#30 (January, 1994) – Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tony Daniel (pencils), Kevin Conrad, Jon Holdredge, Jason Gorder (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine/Gambit: Victims#4 (December, 1995) – Jeph Loeb (writer), Tim Sale (art), Mark Powers (editor)
Colossus#1 (October, 1997) – Ben Raab (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils), Paul Neary (inks), Matt Idelson (editor)
Avengers Arena#7 (June, 2013) – Dennis Hopeless (writer), Alessandro Vitti (art), Bill Rosemann (editor)
First Posted: 09/15/2013
Last updated: 09/10/2016
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