Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant (Morlocks)

Occupation: None

Group Membership: Morlocks tribe (Carver, unidentified others)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Lieutenant Tara Curson, Mole Man (Harvey Rupert Elder), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Wolverine (James 'Logan' Howlett)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: 'Furball' (nickname used by Wolverine)

Base of Operations: Subterranea,
                                  formerly the Morlock Tunnels, New York City

First Appearance: Wolverine II#157 (December, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Fugue was a giant, bestial mutant of limited intelligence. Mostly driven by primal emotions such as hunger, fear or anger he could lash out with his brute, metahuman strength. Fugue has three fingers on each hand and two toes per foot. His retractable, clawlike nails are durable enough to render flesh and bone. His razor sharp teeth were also used as an offensive weapon in combat. Fugue was a cannibal.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 7'6")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 500 lbs.)
Eyes: White
Hair: White


(Wolverine II#157 (fb) - BTS) - At an unrevealed point in time, the mutant known only as Fugue joined the Morlocks. Over time, he grew obedient to his fellow Morlock Carver who felt protective of the childlike Fugue.

(Uncanny X-Men I#212 - BTS) - While the Marauders were cutting a deadly swath through the Morlocks' underground habitat, Carver led Fugue and several others to safety by hiding deeper underground.

(Wolverine II#157 (fb) - BTS) - Eventually, Fugue and the others wound up in Subterranea where they settled down in a separate domain with Carver as their new leader.

(Wolverine II#156 (fb) - BTS) - Over time, Carver allowed Fugue to hunt and feed on anyone unfortunate enough to run into him. Unbeknownst to him, the Mole Man took notice and began work on creatures that could oppose this mysterious brute. Fugue's urges eventually drew him back to the surface world where he wound up killing six people, leading NYPD lieutenant Tara Curson to start an investigation that also got both Spider-Man and Wolverine involved.

(Wolverine II#157 - BTS) - Their quest led Tara Curson, Spider-Man and Wolverine into an encounter with Mole Man and his forces who led them to Carver's stronghold. Carver was prepared for their arrival, ordering his men to ambush the heroes and bring them to him.

(Wolverine II#157) - After meeting Carver, Wolverine and Spider-Man tried to jump the man. Carver effortlessly knocked Spider-Man away and Wolverine was grabbed by Fugue who easily worked the X-Man to the ground. Carver revealed Fugue was responsible for the series of murders, but he felt that since Fugue has a brain the size of a walnut he has no concept of right or wrong and should not be judged that way. This didn't sit well with Wolverine who used his knowledge of Morlock law to challenge Carver to a duel of leadership.

(Wolverine II#157 - BTS) - Fugue watched from a distance as Carver and Wolverine entered the fiery arena, located in the center of a seemingly bottomless chasm. At first, the two combatants seemed evenly matched, with Wolverine's claws not being able to pierce Carver's impenetrable skin. However, the X-Man soon found out the Morlock's weak spot and clawed him in the eyes.

(Wolverine II#157) - Hearing his friend's agonized wail got Fugue riled up enough to join the fight, but Wolverine deflected the ferocious attack which led to the creature falling into the chasm. Spider-Man webbed him up, but was unable to lift Fugue up before an unexpected series of tremors began to collapse the underground chamber. Carver refused to evacuate, insisting on scaling the chasm to try and grab the webbed up Fugue. Wolverine offered to serve as a tether, with his claws stuck in the rock face. But even as they were rising up, Carver lost his grip and seemingly fell to his death along with Fugue. In the aftermath, the heroes learned Mole Man had a hand in causing the tremors.

Comments: Created by Rob Liefeld & Eric Stephenson, Ian Churchill, Norm Rapmund.

What do you do when you can't come up with a reason for Wendigo to wander around New York City? Well, Fugue me!

Fugue is a bit of a tragic figure: one can assume he was just a regular guy until his mutant reverted him to a near mindless monster ready to snack on whatever moves. Making Fugue a Morlock does open a can of worms. How did they handle this barely sentient creature in the Tunnels? Did they restrain him or did Callisto allow him to wander around and snack on humans too? 

Calling a man eating brute 'Fugue' is a bit odd. It's a musical term used to describe a way to create harmony by repeating a tune in different ways. It's also used in psychiatry to describe a (mild) dissociative state which can cause temporary amnesia. No cannibalism, though.

Want another oddity pointed out? If Mole Man can cause localized tremors and he knew where Carver, Fugue and the others were holed up why didn't he take care of them sooner that way?

Cleaned up main image by Ron Fredricks.

Profile by Norvo.

Fugue should not be confused with:

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Wolverine II#157, p13, pan1) (main image)
Wolverine II#157, p14, pans6&7 (taking down Wolverine)
Wolverine II#157, p21, pan3 (falling to his death)

Wolverine II#157 (December, 2000) - Rob Liefeld & Eric Stephenson (writers), Ian Churchill (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Mark Powers (editor)

First Posted: 10/18/2021
Last updated: 10/18/2021

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