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TUSK
Earth-92131

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-92131) human mutant (see comments)

Occupation: None; former owner of car repair shop

Group Membership: None;
formerly Magneto's army (Arclight/Philippa Sontag, Blockbuster/Michael Baer, Callisto, Copycat/Vanessa Carlysle, Dawnsilk, Feral/Maria Callasantos, Forearm/Michael McCain, Garrison Kane, Kangaroo/Frank Oliver, Marianna, Mole, Moondragon/Heather Douglas, Reaper/Pantu Hurageb, Sunder, Sunfire/Shiro Yoshida, Toad/Mortimer Toynbee and unrevealed others)

Affiliations: Ape, Lady Gardener, Magneto (Erik Lehnsherr), Peeper (Peter Quinn), Dr. Taylor Prescott, Senyaka, Slither (Aaron Salomon), Strobe, Dr. Darrell Tanaka, Tommy, Watchdog, X-Men (Cyclops/Scott Summers)

Enemies: Chet Lambert, Sentinels, Solarr (Bill Braddock);
formerly Toad (Mortimer Toynbee)

Known Relatives: Unidentified wife and children

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Hammer Bay, Genosha;
   formerly Skull Mesa, Nevada, United States of America

First Appearance: X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Secrets, Not Long Buried" (February 17, 1996)

Powers/Abilities: Tusk is a mutant who possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina and resistance to physical harm. Tusk also has a biological shell on his back that produces smaller versions of himself called the Underlings.

Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:
(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Secrets, Not Long Buried" (fb) - BTS) - Tusk moved to Skull Mesa, Nevada where Dr. Taylor Prescott had established a community where mutants could live in peace. Tusk even established his own company repairing cars, married and raised a family.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Secrets, Not Long Buried" (fb) - BTS) - At an unrevealed point in time Dr. Prescott helped Tusk get out of a real jam.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Secrets, Not Long Buried" - BTS) - The town was soon taken over by the villainous Solarr and his allies Chet Lambert and Toad after learning of it's underground goldmine. Dr. Prescott opposed the villains but was placed in suspended animation and soon had all of the town's residents living in fear by attacking anyone who questioned his authority, forcing some of them to work in the goldmine.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Secrets, Not Long Buried") - When the X-Man Cyclops had come to Skull Mesa to meet his old friend Dr. Prescott he was confronted by Solarr and his allies. Learning Solarr had taken over the city forcing the residents to live in fear he reached out to Tusk, asking for his help. Tusk explained that though he'd like to help he was just one man. However, before Cyclops could convince Tusk to help, Solarr's goon Chet Lambert arrived reminding him of his wife and kids. Intimidated Tusk quickly got back to work after which Cyclops left.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Secrets, Not Long Buried") - Determined to stop Solarr, the temporarily depowered Cyclops finally fought back. Tusk, Sunder, Copycat and several other mutants gathered at the town's square when Solarr openly confronted Cyclops. Solarr falsely claimed Cyclops was one of the subversives who wished to destroy their lives, something he'd warned the townspeople of before. Solarr continued, explaining that a crystal sculpture Cyclops was carrying was in fact a transmitter to summon his friends. Cyclops, who was bound to a large golden sculpture of Solarr with Toad's green muck urged the townsfolk to see Solarr for who he really was, a tyrant who held the innocent Dr. Prescott in the goldmine. Deciding to finally stand up to Solarr, Tusk attacked Solarr and freed Cyclops. As a full fledged fight erupted other townsfolk like Lady Gardener and Dr. Darrell Tanaka helped Cyclops while others stood with Solarr. Cyclops, repowered thanks to Tanaka used his optic blast on the crystal sculpture to take them out with a single blast. When Solarr was defeated the mutants realized what he'd put them through. Meanwhile Dr. Prescott had been freed and was reunited with Cyclops after which he told the X-Man they would deal with Solarr and his men in Skull Mesa.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Graduation Day" - BTS) - Tusk moved to Genosha where former slave-workers had built their own civilization who viewed Magneto as their leader.

(X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Graduation Day") - When mutant uprisings were seen throughout the world following the televised attack on Charles Xavier over a "mutant containment bill", Tusk and other mutants impatiently wondered when their enigmatic leader Magneto would finally lead them into war against humankind. Then, moments later Magneto addressed his people and calling all mutants from around the world to stand beside them.

   However, the X-Men also picked up the message which led them to send a small strike team consisting of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Wolverine to try and persuade Magneto to stop. During the night when Tusk was sleeping, Sunfire and Feral noticed suspicious movement in the encampment, discovering the X-Men. However, because it was night, both mutants didn't recognize the mutant heroes and inadvertently woke up the sleeping mutants who gathered round the X-Men. But just then Magneto appeared again which allowed the X-Men to sneak away. The X-Men successfully reached Magneto after which they revealed Charles Xavier was dying and could be saved if he'd help them send a message to Shi'ar empress Lilandra. Determined to help Xavier, Magneto called off the impending mutant war and left with the X-Men.

(X-Men '92 I#5 - BTS) - When the combined form of Cassandra Nova and Shadow King attacked Charles Xavier on the Astral Plane he used telepathic constructs of Tusk and the Dark Riders to attack Jean Grey and Cyclops of the X-Men.

Comments: Created by Mark Onspaugh (writer) and AKOM Productions. (see Appearances list for full list of artists)

Over in Japan, X-Men: The Animated Series had a much different opening and ending, in it the X-Men faced many different famous X-Men villains like the Brood, Omega Red, Genoshan magistrates, Sentinels, Magneto, Apocalypse and oddly enough the Dark Riders as Tusk and Foxbat fight the X-Men.

Although this Tusk was clearly meant to be a mutant he's actually an Inhuman on Earth-616.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tusk has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Secrets, Not Long Buried" (powers)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Secrets, Not Long Buried" (talking with Cyclops)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Graduation Day" (in Genosha)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon Japanese intro (Japanese intro)


Appearances:
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Secrets, Not Long Buried" (February 17, 1996) - Mark Onspaugh (writer), Frank Brunner (model design), Mark Lewis (model design, prop design, storyboard clean-up), Darrel Bowen, Russell Chong, Steve Olds (prop design), Frank Squillance (prop design, layout design, storyboards), Cesar Magsombol, Wayne Shulz, Zhaoping Wei (layout design), Patrick Archibald, Francis Barrios, Romeo Francisco, Curt Geda, Greg Garcia, Adrian Gonzales, Rick Hoberg, Jim Janes, Doug Murphy, Tom Nesbitt, Michael Swanigan, Dan Veesenmeyer (storyboards), Patricio Agnasin, Abel Laxamana, Romeo Lopez, Tec Manalac, Andre Nieves, Phil Stapleton (storyboard clean-up), AKOM Productions (animation studio), Sue Peters (animation director), Larry Houston (producer, director, storyboards), Sharon Janis (associate producer, editor)
X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon - "Graduation Day" (September 20, 1997) - James Krieg (writer), Roy Burdine, Mark Lewis (model design), James Agnasin (model clean-up), Marcos Borregales, Vadim Sokolov (prop design), Patricio Agnasin, Zhaoping Wei (layout design), Joe Dempsey, Romeo Francisco, Bob Fuentes, Rick Hoberg, Aleta Kozak Tom Nesbit, Danny Taverna, Thomas Tholen, Danilo Tolentino, Dan Veesenmeyer (storyboard design), Patricio Agnasin, Ernie Chan, Vinton Heuck, Abel Laxamana, John T. Miller, Kirk Van Wormer (storyboard clean-up), Trish Mendelson (color key), Ladonna Hannover, Trish Mendelson (ink and paint), Kelly Akins, Rey Zipagan (color backgrounds), Philippines Animation Studio Inc. (animation), Tom McLaughlin (producer)
X-Men '92 I#5 (August, 2015) - Chad Bowers, Chris Sims (writers), Scott Koblish (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Heather Antos (editors)


First Posted: 05/07/2020
Last Updated: 05/07/2020

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