Real Name: Unrevealed

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

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: Dark Riders (Barrage, Deadbolt, Gauntlet, Hurricane, Lifeforce, Psynapse, Spyne, Tusk)

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

Enemies: 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), 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), Shen Xorn

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Hard-Drive

Base of Operations: Egypt

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

Powers/Abilities: Harddrive 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. Harddrive seems to be able to interface and even merge with various forms of technology, including information networks, teleportation chambers, alien ships, and various weapons, including laser-arrays, electro-jectors, and cryto-therm relays. Harddrive is capable of controlling other technology systems, corrupting the drivers and even setting them to self-destruct. Harddrive at times uses robotic interfaces, one which he seems to call Mainframe (see comments). Though Harddrive does have a physical form, he seems to create other forms for himself out of machinery. Harddrive is vulnerable to magnetic or telepathic attacks.

Harddrive regularly served as the Dark Riders' teleporter.

Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: White, sometimes red
Hair: Hair

(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 Harddrive, 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-Men II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Apocalypse chose Harddrive to guard the master's instruments of salvation, giving him a trusted position among his followers.

(X-Factor I#65) - Apocalypse ordered Harddrive to hack into the database of Ship, the Celestial headquarters that X-Factor was using as their home, and then he downloaded data on the mutants there, severing his link when Ship fought back. 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. Harddrive piloted a ship and crashed it into X-Factor's headquarters, where the Dark Riders savagely attacked the mutants. While the others fought X-Factor, Harddrive put an infection into the Celestial Ship, initiating a shut-down procedure.

(X-Factor I#66) - Harddrive corrupted Ship's protocols, forcing it to lash out at X-Factor, and at the city around them, with electronic attacks, all while Harddrive tried shielding himself from Jean Grey's telekinetic attacks. Harddrive teleported the Dark Riders away with baby Nathan Summers as Ship exploded behind them.

(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, and he grabbed Foxbat's neck in a fury, 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 from Stryfe's captivity, and the Dark Riders went after them. Harddrive (with his remote android Mainframe) manipulated machinery around him to attack Jean Grey, but she used telekinesis to escape his attacks. 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. Soon, 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#23) - The Dark Riders battled Cyclops in Alaska, 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) - After killing Foxbat, the Dark Riders battled a team of X-Men (Cable, Domino, Storm). During the fight, Barrage was hit with a concussive blast. Soon, Harddrive teleported the Dark Riders away, promising Gauntlet that he would be punished for engaging in battle with Cable against orders.

(Cable II#18) - After the mutants battled the Dark Riders in Egypt, Harddrive teleported the Riders away. The mutants pursued them back to the destroyed city of Akkaba.

(Cable II#19) - The Dark Riders battled the mutants, until Harddrive teleported them all away with Cable, 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 and destroying their base. As the base exploded around them, Genesis had Harddrive teleport them all away at the last moment.

(Wolverine II#93) - Genesis sent Lifeforce, Spyne, Harddrive, and Hurricane to apprehend Cyber.

(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, taking down the Riders. During the fight, Harddrive (with the android Mainframe) and Barrage teleported to Alaska to kill Jean Grey, but Madelyne went after them, easily downing Barrage with a mental attack. Harddrive went online and prepared to activate multiple weapons, including laser-arrays, electro-jectors, and cryto-therm relays, but Madelyne triggered all of them with her telekinesis, shorting Harddrive out. Nate took on Stryfe directly to stop 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#3) - Harddrive teleported Barrage and Hurricane to Seattle to kill the mutant Triage, but Magneto and Psylocke were there to defend him. Magneto ripped Harddrive's tech to shreds, and Harddrive swiftly teleported the others away.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#4) - In Tibet, Harddrive, Barrage, and Deadbolt hunted down Xorn, but when Barrage shot him in the head, a huge energy discharge exploded, and Harddrive rushed to teleport the others out, but Barrage was killed. They returned to their base in Egypt. The X-Men (Archangel, Psylocke, M, Sabretooth) attacked, so 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) - Magneto hit Tusk and Deadbolt with a car while Spyne stabbed Triage and Psynapse locked down the healer's mind. After Magneto seemingly killed Psynapse and Spyne, the other X-Men (M, Sabretooth, Archangel) arrived, and savagely defeated the Dark Riders. Psylocke erased Harddrive's mind, Sabretooth ripped off Deadbolt's arm, then the X-Men blew up the Dark Riders on the remains of Genosha.

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

Initially, Harddrive is first called Mainframe when it seems like the writers forgot that his name was Harddrive. But in X-Man#46, Harddrive is controlling a unit, Mainframe, that is destroyed by Madelyne Pryor.

Profile by Chadman.

Harddrive has no known connections to:

Mainframe has no known connections to:

  • Mainframe (Ian Wajler), control mechanics and computers, former agent of Harlan Ryker @ Deathlok I#2
  • Mainframe of Earth-982, Avengers, program based on encephalograms of Tony Stark to ensure there would always be Avengers @ A-Next#1
  • Mainframe of Earth-691, alternate future version of Vision, based on Klatuu, consists of immense computer spanning the entire planet @ Guardians of the Galaxy I#5
  • any other character with a similar name


(Uncanny X-Men I#296) - Harddrive used his remote android, Mainframe, in a battle against Jean Grey.

(X-Man#46) - Harddrive took Mainframe with along with Barrage to attack Cyclops in Alaska, but Madelyne Pryor destroyed the android.

--Uncanny X-Men I#296 (Uncanny X-Men I#296, X-Man#46

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X-Men II#14, p10, pan5 (main)
X-Man#46, p16, pan3 (Harddrive, face)
X-Factor I#65, p5, pan6 (first appearance)
X-Men II#23, p20, pan1 (holographic face)
Uncanny X-Men IV#3, p5, pan1 (modern form)
Uncanny X-Men I#296, p3, pan3 (Mainframe, vs Jean Grey & Cyclops)
X-Man#46, p15, pan3 (Mainframe, vs. Madelyne Pryor)

X-Factor I#65-67 (April-June, 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)
Wolverine II#93 (September, 1995) - Larry Hama (writer), Adam Kubert (penciler), Dan Green, Matt Ryan (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Man#46 (December, 1998) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), J.H. Williams III (penciler), Mick Gray (inker), Glenn Greenberg (editor)
Uncanny X-Men IV#1 (March, 2016) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Greg Land (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Uncanny X-Men IV#3 (April, 2016) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Greg Land (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Uncanny X-Men IV#4-5 (May, 2016) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Greg Land (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Daniel Ketchum (editor)

First Posted: 08/16/2020
Last updated: 08/16/2020

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