Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman) mutate

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: Dark Riders (Barrage, Deadbolt, Dirt Nap, Harddrive, Hurricane, Lifeforce, Psynapse, Spyne, Tusk)

Affiliations: Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), Blaquesmith, Genesis (Tyler Dayspring), Stryfe (Nathan Summers), Zero;
formerly Foxbat

Enemies: Anais, Askani, Cable (Nathan Summers), Caliban, Cannonball (Sam Guthrie), Cyber (Silas Burr), Marc Dale, Inhumans (Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Crystal/Crystalia Amaquelin, Gorgon/Gorgon Petragon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa/Medusalith Amaquelin, Triton), Jamil, Charlotte Jones, Faye Livingstone, Mesmero (Vincent), Madelyne Pryor (Jean Grey of Earth-9575), Ship/Professor, Sister Salvation, X-Factor (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Henry McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Havok/Alex Summers, Iceman/Robert Drake, Polaris/Lorna Dane), X-Force (Cannonball/Sam Guthrie), X-Men (Bishop/Lucas Bishop, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Domino/Neena Thurman, Elixir/Josh Foley, Jean Grey, M/Monet St. Croix, Magneto/Max Eisenhardt, Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, Sabretooth/Victor Creed, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Triage/Christopher Muse)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Egypt

First Appearance: X-Factor I#65 (April, 1991)

Powers/Abilities: Gauntlet is an Inhuman and he likely underwent Terrigenesis, then his powers were altered and expanded by Apocalypse. It is unknown which parts of his powers were directly related to the Terrigenesis. Gauntlet has green skin and sharp teeth, and an affinity for high-tech guns, including lasers, machine guns, and rocket launchers, as well as nerve gas. He seems to possess some powers related to hunting and targeting criminals, though any superhuman skills are unrevealed. Gauntlet wears a device on his eye that lets him target criminals more effectively. He has access to teleportation technology through Harddrive.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: None

(X-Factor I#67 (fb) - BTS) - Apocalypse attacked Attilan, on the Blue Area of the Moon, and captured several Inhumans, who were connected to the Royal Family, including Gauntlet, and began experimenting on them. He corrupted his captives, enhancing their powers, and christening them his Riders of the Storm, or Dark Riders, as he continued raiding Attilan.

(X-Factor I#65) - The Dark Riders each assessed the threat of the five members of X-Factor as Apocalypse praised them while counseling them to take the mutant threat seriously. Gauntlet and the Dark Riders attacked Ship and X-Factor. During the attack, Cyclops fired an optic blast at Barrage and Gauntlet, and Jean Grey shut down Gauntlet's mind, recognizing all of the lethal tech he was carrying. Harddrive put an infection into the Celestial Ship, initiating a shut-down procedure.

(X-Factor I#66) - The attack continued and the baby Nathan Summers was kidnapped by the Dark Riders. Gauntlet grabbed police officer Charlotte Jones (girlfriend of Archangel), but Archangel saved her as the Dark Riders teleported away as Ship exploded behind them.

(X-Factor I#67) - After the Inhumans rescued X-Factor and brought them to Attilan, Apocalypse teleported Gauntlet and Foxbat in to taunt them before teleporting them back to the other Dark Riders. X-Factor and the Inhumans fought back against Apocalypse's forces, including many Inhumans who he had corrupted. (Psynapse is mentioned, Tusk/Gauntlet/Foxbat appeared)

(X-Factor I#68) - As X-Factor rushed in to attack Apocalypse and save baby Nathan, Tusk, Barrage, and Gauntlet fought back. During the fight, Gauntlet hit Archangel with gunfire before Jean Grey defeated him with a telekinetic attack. X-Factor was briefly overwhelmed when Apocalypse turned Medusa and Crystal against them, as well as his other corrupted Inhumans, but the mutants and Royal Family soon turned the tide against Apocalypse's forces. In the end, Apocalypse was defeated and baby Nathan, who was infected with a techno-organic virus, was taken into the future by the Askani to be raised.

(X-Men II#14) - The Dark Riders awakened Apocalypse from his tomb in Egypt. Though their leader stated it was too soon for him to be awakened, he listened with reason after hearing that Mr. Sinister had kidnapped Cyclops and Jean Grey.

(X-Men II#15) - Stryfe attacked the Dark Riders, easily disposing of them with little effort. Stryfe then forced Apocalypse to combat.

(X-Force I#17) - After Stryfe bested Apocalypse in combat, the Dark Riders agreed to follow a new leader.

(Uncanny X-Men I#296 (fb) - BTS) - Stryfe took the Dark Riders back to his base on the Moon.

(Uncanny X-Men I#296) - Cyclops and Jean Grey escaped. When they saved baby Nathan, Stryfe sent the Dark Riders against them, and the mutants escaped into orbit.

(X-Men II#16) - The Dark Riders and Apocalypse's soldiers stood against Wolverine, Cable, and Bishop. Apocalypse, Storm, Havok, Polaris, Cannonball, Iceman, Archangel, and Psylocke joined the fight, turning their aggression toward Stryfe and his aide, Zero. As the battle wound down, the Dark Riders stood united against a weakened Apocalypse.

(X-Force I#18 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders left a dying Apocalypse on the Moon.

(X-Men II#21 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders chose to continue Apocalypse's mission of culling weak mutants.

(X-Men II#21) - The Dark Riders hunted down Mesmero in Seattle. Mesmero hypnotized Psynapse, who began hitting the others with psychic attacks, but Gauntlet was immune and he shot Mesmero. As Psynapse coughed, Gauntlet turned his gun on him, considering him weak, and Psynapse was killed.

(Alpha Flight II#4 (fb) ) - Mesmero took control of the minds of the Dark Riders to make them believe he was really dead.

(X-Men II#23) - The Dark Riders went to Alaska to hunt down Mr. Sinister and Cyclops. When Mr. Sinister was able to best Foxbat and Barrage in combat, the Riders recognized his superiority and acknowledged him as worthy. Sinister then departed, telling the Riders to challenge Cyclops, but warned them not to harm him too badly. The Riders battled Cyclops for fifteen minutes and the hero managed to hold his own, then Harddrive appeared, saying Cyclops had passed the fight and been deemed worthy. The Dark Riders were teleported away.

(Cable II#19 (fb) - BTS) - The time-travelling Genesis (Tyler Dayspring) took over the Dark Riders, adding mutants Lifeforce, Hurricane, Spyne, and Deadbolt to the team.

(Cable II#17) - In Egypt, Foxbat was hunted down by the new Dark Riders, including Gauntlet, Lifeforce, Hurricane, Deadbolt, and Spyne, who wanted to determine his worthiness. Foxbat cried out that he was chosen by Apocalypse himself, but Gauntlet said they had a new leader now, then Lifeforce drained Foxbat's life energies, killing him. Later, with Barrage now, the Dark Riders hunted Caliban in the Morlock Tunnels, and they found a team of X-Men (Cable, Domino, Storm) there. During the fight, Barrage was hit with a concussive blast. Soon, Hard-Drive teleported the Dark Riders away, promising Gauntlet that he would be punished for engaging in battle with Cable against orders.

(Cable II#18 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders sent one of Tusk's Underlings into an Egyptian city as bait.

(Cable II#18) - In Egypt, Cable, Domino, Storm, and Caliban hunted down the Underling, who told them falsely that Tusk Prime had been killed, then he agreed to take them back to the Dark Riders. During the fight, Gauntlet nearly killed Hurricane for failing against Storm a second time, but Harddrive teleported the Riders away instead. The mutants pursued them back to the destroyed city of Akkaba, where Genesis was revealed as the leader of the Dark Riders.

(Cable II#19) - The Dark Riders battled the mutants, and Harddrive teleport them all away after Cable surrendered, leaving Storm, Domino, and Caliban behind. Genesis put Cable in stasis, next to Foxbat. Cable's allies soon attacked, taking down the Riders one at a time, with Gauntlet firing on Domino, his gunfire accidentally freeing Cable. As the base exploded around them, Genesis had Harddrive teleport them all away at the last moment.

(Wolverine II#94) - Hurricane, Spyne, and Lifeforce returned Cyber to Akkaba, where they were met by Jamil, an agent of Candra, and he led them forward into the citadel.

(X-Men Annual '95) - Genesis assembled the Dark Riders to apprehend Jean Grey, so he could use her to read the mind of Faye Livingstone, an elderly woman who held secrets about the past of Mr. Sinister. Harddrive teleported the team, who kidnapped Jean after a brief battle with the Beast.

(Wolverine II#95) - Gauntlet, Hurricane, Spyne, Lifeforce, and Genesis watched Cyber battle with a Wolverine construct.

(Wolverine II#100 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders gathered hundreds of sarcophagi and placed them in piles in a psychic ring around the tomb of Apocalypse. Genesis planned to revive the villain. Genesis also added Dirt Nap to the team.

(Wolverine II#99) - At the citadel in Akkaba, Gauntlet, Hurricane, and Deadbolt oversaw the transport of human civilians inside at Genesis' orders. Wolverine made a sound seeing one civilian get beat, and Gauntlet thought he heard him, but he assumed it was a predator. Inside, Genesis apprehended Wolverine, and Lifeforce joined the others into putting Wolverine in a containment unit. Genesis planned to use the Adamantium that had been removed from Cyber to implant on Wolverine's skeleton, then to erase Wolverine's memories and make him the leader of his Riders.

(Wolverine II#100) - Cannonball attacked but was easily defeated by the Riders, then the machine exploded, sending scraps of Adamantium across the room, killing both Lifeforce and Hurricane instantly. A bestial Wolverine attacked, severing Spyne's tail, cutting of Deadbolt's head, and slashing at Gauntlet, removing his cybernetic eye. Cable then killed Genesis.

(X-Man#46 (fb) - BTS) - Stryfe took control of the original Dark Riders including Gauntlet, Barrage, Harddrive, and Tusk, with Psynapse alive again.

(X-Man#46) - Stryfe landed a pyramid spaceship in Latveria, and ordered the Dark Riders to attack the populace, wanting to establish himself a stronghold there. X-Man and Madelyne Pryor attacked, swiftly defeating the Dark Riders.

(X-Men: The Search for Cyclops#4 (fb) - BTS) - Blaquesmith hired Gauntlet to go after Cyclops (who had the consciousness of Apocalypse within him).

(X-Men: The Search for Cyclops#1) - Gauntlet hunted Cyclops in Egypt, firing on him from the crow's nest of a ship, but Cyclops managed to cause an explosion that knocked Gauntlet into the water.

(X-Men: The Search for Cyclops#3) - Gauntlet tracked Cable and Jean Grey in Egypt, and they soon joined in the sewers with Caliban, Anais, and Cyclops. Caliban sensed Gauntlet and seized him by the neck, but Gauntlet hit Caliban with a nerve gas. Cable defeated Gauntlet and left him in the sewers, as Gauntlet hinted that someone close to Cable had hired him.


(Uncanny X-Men IV#3 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders reformed (somehow resurrecting some of their own members) and sought to pursue their mission of culling the weak from the strong. Learning that M-Pox was killing mutants, they sought to kill mutant healers so that the mutants could truly be tested and only the strong would survive.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders hunted down mutant healers Sister Salvation and Marc Dale, among others.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#1) - Gauntlet, Tusk, Spyne, and Deadbolt hunted down a mutant healer, killing him.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#2) - Barrage, Spyne, Gauntlet, Psynapse, and Deadbolt hunted down Elixir in a hospital, but found Sabretooth and M of the X-Men there. When Elixir healed the civilians, Gauntlet shot and killed the mutant, then Psynapse blocked them out telepathically from the X-Men and the Dark Riders escaped.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#4) - In Egypt, the X-Men (Archangel, Psylocke, M, Sabretooth) attacked, and Tusk and his Underlings, Gauntlet, Deadbolt, Hurricane, and Spyne fought back. The Dark Riders caved in their base and teleported away to go after Triage on Genosha, but Magneto was there to protect him.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#5) - The Dark Riders were savagely defeated on Genosha, then the X-Men blew up the Dark Riders on the remains of Genosha.

(Uncanny X-Men Annual IV#1) - In the ruins of Genosha, Elixir, who'd revived himself, raised Gauntlet from the dead and killed him again, repeatedly. The X-Men arrived to take Elixir away.

Comments: Created by Jim Lee, Chris Claremont, While Portacio, and Art Thibert.

Profile by Chadman.

Gauntlet has no known connections to:

  • Gauntlet (Alfredo Morelli), Spider-Man foe @ Amazing Spider-Man I#282
  • Gauntlet, Psi-Ops agents @ X-Man#37
  • Gauntlet, dimension-hopping organ thieves @ X-Man#63
  • Gauntlet (Joseph Green), of the Initiative @ Avengers: The Initiative#1
  • Gauntlet of Earth-6023, inspired Southpaw to become a hero @ She-Hulk II#3
  • Gauntlets of Forever, magic item sought by Jihad @ Fantastic 4th Voyage of Sinbad#1
  • gauntlest of Zuulda Thaal, enchanted gauntles @ Savage Sword of Conan I#87
  • or any other "Gauntlet" characters

images: (without ads)
X-Men IV#1, p22, pan1 (Gauntlet main)
Wolverine II#99, p12, pan4 (Gauntlet face)
X-Factor I#65, p4, pan3 (first appearance)
X-Factor I#68, p2 (jumping)
X-Men II#21, p10, pan2 (eye wires)
X-Men II#23, Cover (head plate)
X-Men: The Search for Cyclops#3, p21, pan3 (face)

X-Factor I#65-68 (April-July, 1991) - Jim Lee, Chris Claremont (writers), Whilce Portacio (penciler), Art Thibert (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#14 (November, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark Pennington (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#17 (December, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (penciler), Harry Candelario (inker), Bob Harras (Editor)
X-Men II#15 (December, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark Pennington (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#296 (January, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Brandon Peterson (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#16 (January, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark Pennington (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#21 (June, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Brandon Peterson (penciler), Dan Panosian (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#23 (August, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark Pennington (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Cable II#17 (November, 1994) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Mike Sellers, Matt Ryan, Kevin Dvorak (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Cable II#18 (December, 1994) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Mike Sellers, Matt Ryan, Hilary Barta, John Lowe, Ken Branch, WC Canani (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Cable II#19 (January, 1995) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Mike Sellers, Kevin Conrad (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men Annual '95 (October, 1995) - JM DeMatteis, Ralph Macchio (writers), Terry Dodson, John Paul Leon (pencilers), Jon Holdredge, Shawn Martinborough (inkers), Mark Powers (editor)
Wolverine II#95 (November, 1995) - Larry Hama (writer), Adam Kubert (penciler), Dan Green, Matt Ryan (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#99 (March, 1996) - Larry Hama (writer), Val Semeiks (penciler), Dan Green, Dan Panosian, Chad Hunt (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#100 (April, 1996) - Larry Hama (writers), Andy Kubert (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Alpha Flight II#4 (November, 1997) - Steve Seagle (writer), Scott Clark, Martin England (pencilers), Chris Carlson, Howard Shum (inkers), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#46 (December, 1998) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), J.H. Williams III (penciler), Mick Gray (inker), Glenn Greenberg (editor)
X-Men: The Search for Cyclops#1 (December, 2000) - Joseph Harris (writer), Tom Raney (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men: The Search for Cyclops#3-4 (February-March, 2000) - Joseph Harris (writer), Tom Raney (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
Uncanny X-Men IV#2-5 (February-May, 2016) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Greg Land (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Uncanny X-Men Annual IV#1 (January, 2017) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Ken Lashley (artist), Daniel Ketchum (editor)

First Posted: 08/10/2020
Last updated: 08/10/2020

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