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TROLL

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, mystically enhanced

Occupation: Assassin

Group Membership: Deathspawn

Affiliations: Blackout (Lilin), Carver, Centurious, Deathwatch, Hag, Steel Vengeance, Steel Wind

Enemies: Michael Badilino, Johnny Blaze, Demogoblin, Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch), Guardsmen, Hobgoblin (Jason Macendale), Father Martin, Snowblind, Spider-Doppelganger, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Venom (Eddie Brock), Zarathos

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York, USA

First Appearance: Ghost Rider III#23 (March, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Troll had various mystical abilities to manipulate energy. He could reshape his hands into an elongated whip-like appendages in order to grapple opponents, making it easier to drain their life force.

Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Dark blue
Hair: White

History: (Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Hag and Troll were two humans who sacrificed a portion of their life force in order to help summon the demonic Translord Deathwatch into Earth's dimension. Deathwatch rewarded them by granting them mystical abilities to similarly drain energies.

(Ghost Rider III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Hag and Troll received their codenames from Deathwatch and worked for him in his guise as a human businessman. At some point, they worked with his ally Blackout. At another time, they encountered the demon Zarathos.

(Ghost Rider III#23) - After one of his ninja assassins was captured by the police, Deathwatch called upon Hag and Troll to help him clear up the loose ends. Hag, Troll and Deathwatch invaded the police station where the assassin was being interrogated. After Hag shut off the building's lights, Troll joined the others in slaughtering the police in the dark, with only officer Michael Badilino putting up an effective resistance. Although the mission was a success and the trio intended to move on to the Middle East for an assassination assignment, Deathwatch learned his supposedly-dead foe Ghost Rider was still alive and instructed Hag and Troll to aid him, correctly surmising this Ghost Rider had a connection to their old mutual foe Zarathos.

(Ghost Rider III#24) - Hag and Troll helped Deathwatch kidnap his former underling Snowblind, who had recently failed in combat with Ghost Rider and given up information on Deathwatch. Deathwatch, Hag and Troll began a mass feeding on human lives to invigorate themselves with Snowblind held back as their final treat. Hag and Troll helped torture Snowblind before turning him over to Deathwatch to be killed (or so it seemed). When Ghost Rider burst upon the scene, Troll proved no match for his power. Ghost Rider wound up delivering a mortal blow to Deathwatch which caused him to explode. Ghost Rider believed Hag and Troll were likewise killed in the explosion.

(Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Troll dragged Hag into the fire exit just before Deathwatch exploded. Once Ghost Rider left the scene, they retrieved Deathwatch's body.

(Web of Spider-Man I#94) - Hag and Troll went out to feed on people's life energies. Attracting the attention of a federal vehicle manned by two armored Guardsmen, the duo quickly killed the Guardsmen and consumed their energies along with the other federal agents. By doing so, they unwittingly released Venom from captivity inside the vehicle.

(Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance I#4) - Hag and Troll went seeking "the Others" (Deathspawn) to restore Deathwatch but needed to feed on more life energy before continuing. The duo drained a pair of passersby but Ghost Rider was drawn to them by the innocent blood they had shed, with Ghost Rider's ally Johnny Blaze close behind. Blaze's hellfire shotgun blasted one of Troll's tendrils in two but before Hag and Troll could be defeated the Deathspawn appeared to spirit them and Deathwatch away.

(Web of Spider-Man I#95) - Hag, Troll and the Deathspawn were followed into the sewers by Ghost Rider, Blaze and Venom, the latter of whom had sworn vengeance for the Guardsmen they had killed. Venom tied up Hag and Troll in his webbing but before he could take further action the scene was intruded on by the hero Spider-Man, who was in the midst of an altercation between the Demogoblin and Hobgoblin which had also involved the Demogoblin's Spider-Doppelganger ally and a Catholic priest, Father Martin. While Spider-Man battled Venom and Demogoblin assaulted Ghost Rider, the Deathspawn escaped again with Hag, Troll and Deathwatch.

(Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance I#5) - Venom caught up to Hag and Troll again but when he saw the Deathspawn were threatening Spider-Man, he let the murderers go, unwilling to see his old enemy perish. Not trusting Venom, Blaze attacked him and in the confusion, the Deathspawn spirited away everyone concerned except for Venom, Ghost Rider and Blaze, intending to use Spider-Man, the Spider-Doppelganger, Demogoblin, Hobgoblin and Father Martin as victims to revive Deathwatch. Blaze, Ghost Rider and Venom rescued all of the Deathspawn's prisoners but Hag, Troll and the Deathspawn again escaped with Deathwatch.

(Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance I#6) - While Spider-Man and the others exited the scene, the Deathspawn imprisoned Venom, Blaze and Ghost Rider while Hag and Troll prepared the ceremony to revive Deathwatch, explaining to their prisoners how Deathwatch had given them their powers. Many of the Deathspawn sacrificed their life energies to revive Deathwatch but he remained in a semi-conscious state, unable to speak. Blaze, Venom and Ghost Rider were offered as the final energies needed to restore Deathwatch to full power but Spider-Man returned in time to restrain Deathwatch. Spider-Man freed the other heroes and Blaze restrained Hag and Troll by holding his mystical shotgun to their heads. Another team of Guardsmen arrived to recapture Venom but Ghost Rider and Blaze insisted they be allowed to retain custody of Hag, Troll and Deathwatch. Fastening his mystical chain around his three foes, Ghost Rider drove away, dragging them behind his motorcycle.

(Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance I#7) - Ghost Rider transported Deathwatch, Hag and Troll back to Johnny Blaze's base at the Quentin Carnival. While monitoring his foes in the snowy outdoors, Ghost Rider was attacked by Steel Vengeance and Steel Wind, who took the three prisoners away just as the demon Mephisto began a confrontation with Ghost Rider and Blaze.

(Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance I#9) - The captured Deathwatch, Hag and Troll were turned over to Centurious and his spare parts man Carver for analysis to see if Deathwatch could be fully revived.

Comments: Created by Howard Mackie and Mark Texeira.

Web of Spider-Man I#94 is the first time Troll's powers were made clear - his power seemed to be some kind of cable he fired from his wrist in his early appearances but in Web of Spider-Man I#94, it became clear he could transform his entire arm into a tentacle.

It's pretty amazing that Hag and Troll's entire saga played out across just a single year, isn't it? It was easily the busiest year for Ghost Rider as a franchise but somehow Mackie told all the Hag and Troll stories he wanted to tell.

It should be noted that when the Deathspawn were introduced in Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance I#4 they were a bit different there than in the rest of the 'Spirits of Venom' crossover - they're seen in a high-tech room full of monitors viewing Hag and Troll's battle with Ghost Rider and holding a conversation about getting involved, referring to someone who had given them "orders." But in the rest of the crossover they're basically mindless monsters and have no master (beyond Deathwatch) and certainly no technology. It feels as though Mackie didn't know quite who the Deathspawn were going to be when he introduced them and was writing the story by the seat of his pants.

Pretty sure nowadays, Troll is that guy online who's always penning "Ghost Rider sux" messages online. Here's a sample of his handiwork.

Profile by Prime Eternal.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Troll has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Ghost Rider III#23, page 6, panel 5 (Troll, main image)
Ghost Rider III#23, page 9, panel 3 (Troll, Hag & Deathwatch)
Web of Spider-Man I#94, page 11, panel 1 (Troll extending his tentacles)


Appearances:
Ghost Rider III#23-24 (March-April, 1992) - Howard Mackie (writer), Mark Texeira (pencils/inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#94 (November, 1992) - Howard Mackie (writer), Alex Saviuk (pencils), Don Hudson (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance #4 (November, 1992) - Howard Mackie (writer), Adam Kubert (pencils), Art Adams (inks), Joe Kubert (inks), Tom Mandrake (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#95 (December, 1992) - Howard Mackie (writer), Alex Saviuk (pencils) Joe Rubinstein (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance #5-7 (December, 1992-February, 1993) - Howard Mackie (writer), Adam Kubert (pencils), Bill Reinhold (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance #9 (April, 1993) - Howard Mackie (writer), Adam Kubert (pencils), Bill Reinhold (inks), Klaus Janson (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)


First Posted: 09/19/2018
Last updated: 09/19/2018

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