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TIGERSTRYKE

Real Name: Mitchell (first name unrevealed - see comments)

Identity/Class: Normal human (Canadian citizen - see comments)

Occupation: Canadian Government agent

Group Membership: Department K, Weapon P.R.I.M.E. (Double Trouble, Killspree (formerly Killjoy), Yeti (formerly Wendigo); (previously including Grizzly (Theodore Winchester), Kane, Rictor))

Affiliations: George W. Bridge, General Clarke, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Enemies: Arcade, Domino, Grizzly (Theodore Winchester), Guardian (Heather Hudson) (loose), Hammer, Northstar, X-Force (Boom Boom, Cable, Cannonball, Copycat (posing as Domino), Feral, Shatterstar, Siryn, Warpath)

Known Relatives

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile internationally

First Appearance: X-Force I#11 (June, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Tigerstryke has been trained to athlete-level fitness with excellent hand-to-hand combat training and leadership skills, but has shown trouble coping with situations outside typical combat parameters. Tigerstryke wears a technologically advanced electro-magnetic armor that works on similar principles to the Hudson Guardian armor (but with less functionality). It has hovering capability plus hip-mounted jets for flight. The suit's protective visor incorporates a special optical range that can be recalibrated to detect certain energy signatures including infrared. The armor's gloves can generate directed electromagnetic bursts. Tigerstryke controls the suit's functionalities through cybernetic circuitry in the cowl. The suit appears to have had minor design upgrades.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 190 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Unrevealed

History:

(X-Force I#11) - In cooperation with Canada's covert Department K, alongside certain freelance operatives, S.H.I.E.L.D. put together a strikeforce (dubbed Weapon P.R.I.M.E. (PRototype Induced Mutation Echelon)), of super-powered individuals to be used against super-powered individuals/groups if needed. Initial members included Tigerstryke, Rictor, Kane and Wendigo.

(X-Force I#11) - After receiving word from a confused Kane that Cable was leading both the increasingly aggressive X-Force and the terrorist group Mutant Liberation Front (actually led by Cable's clone Stryfe), S.H.I.E.L.D.'s G.W. Bridge activated Weapon P.R.I.M..E., partly also to seek revenge on Cable for a past betrayal.

(X-Force I#12) - Bridge flew the team in a S.H.I.E.L.D. assault carrier to the Australian outback to pick up Grizzly, then quickly to X-Force's Adirondacks base, which Cable and X-Force were readying to evacuate.

(X-Force I#13) - Bridge bypassed the security and Weapon P.R.I.M.E. attacked X-Force. Both airborne, Tigerstryke attacked Siryn, but her sonic scream destroyed the circuitry in his suit and he dropped to the ground. The rest of Weapon P.R.I.M.E. fell to X-Force as well. However, the traitorous Copycat (posing as Domino) detonated charges that blew apart the X-Force base. While X-Force survived thanks to Cannonball's protective shield, Weapon P.R.I.M.E. members were less fortunate and Tigerstryke was among those missing.

(X-Force I#22 (fb) - BTS) - Tigerstryke recovered and took up leadership of Weapon P.R.I.M.E. (see comments).

(X-Force I#22) - Covertly seeking more information on Cable, who had since gone missing, Domino and Grizzly, guided remotely by Hammer, broke into the Department K complex in Newfoundland, where they were confronted by Tigerstryke and the new Weapon P.R.I.M.E. team with members Double Trouble, Killjoy and Yeti (formerly Wendigo).

(X-Force I#23) - Weapon P.R.I.M.E. attacked the deceitful duo, but Domino and Grizzly escaped via a sewer duct to their jet. Unable to catch them, Tigerstryke vowed to track them down.

(Northstar#1) - Department K's General Clarke was ordered to take former Alpha Flight hero Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier) out of public view due to his troubled political past, abrasive behavior and newly out gay status. Clarke ordered Weapon P.R.I.M.E. to take care of it. The team waited near Beaubier's house and mistakenly attacked departing friend Raul instead, severely injuring him. They next attacked Beaubier's house, but he had already left after receiving a warning from Guardian (Heather Hudson), who had also profiled the team's members for him. Weapon P.R.I.M.E. eventually caught up with Northstar who, angry that his friends were being targeted, engaged and countered the team's assault. But Northstar realized he needed to get to Paris for his friends (part of an elaborate plot by assassin Arcade, who had been hired by homophobe Carl Kerridge) and zoomed off, leaving a defeated strikeforce behind. Meanwhile, the murder of reporter Richie Ward was falsely added to the charges against Northstar.

(Northstar#3) - Weapon P.R.I.M.E. tracked Northstar to Zuyevo, Russia, where the hero was frantically fighting off circus performers and an audience being mind-controlled by Arcade; the civilians began attacking Weapon P.R.I.M.E. as well. Northstar changed tactics and surrendered to the disbelieving Tigerstryke before lifting him up into the air to detect any energy source that might be Arcade's. Tigerstryke destroyed it and the Russians regained their senses, but Northstar again shot away following another clue, this time to New Orleans, USA.

(Northstar#4) - Tigerstryke tracked Northstar to New Orleans and advised his P.R.I.M.E. teammates that he was about to tackle the airborne (but exhausted) Northstar. However, Guardian defended Northstar by stopping Tigerstryke's pursuit. Although Tigerstryke was willing to fight her to compare the other's battlesuit, he admitted that he was reluctant to chase Northstar given the assistance in Russia. Guardian told Tigerstryke that bending rules was an important component for Alpha Flight's replacement team.

Comments: Created by Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, Mark Pacella, Dan Panosian.

He's probably a Canadian citizen as it seems unlikely that Canada's Department K would let a foreigner lead a Canadian super-team in a Guardian-styled armored suit.

Heather Hudson calls him Mitchell after he calls her by her surname, so I assume Mitchell is his surname.

It's assumed that the Tigerstryke who attacked the X-Force base survived the massive blast and later defended the Weapon K complex. His usual standing pose is arms crossed, so I'm guessing it's the same guy.

Northstar's battle with Weapon P.R.I.M.E. is shown in a one-panel flashback in Northstar#2.

He's referred to as Tygerstryke (double Y) in his first named appearance in X-Force I#12, then Tigerstryke in #13 onward. The double Y version is in G.W. Bridge's word balloon, so maybe Bridge just misspelled it as he spoke (?).

This profile was completed 3/26/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Tigerstryke has no known connections to:


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Northstar#1, p2-3 (main image)
X-Force I#23, p, pan (headshot)
X-Force I#13, p, pan (flying)


Appearances:
X-Force I#11 (June, 1992) - Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza (writers), Mark Pacella (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#12 ((July, 1992) - Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza (writers), Mark Pacella (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#13 (August, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writers), Mark Pacella (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#22 (May, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Kevin Conrad & Harry Candelario (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#23 (June, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Harry Candelario (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Northstar#1 (April, 1994) - Simon Furman (writer), Dario Carrasco, Jr. (pencils), Ian Akin & Jack Keefer (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Northstar#2 (May, 1994) - Simon Furman (writer), Dario Carrasco, Jr. (pencils), Mark McKenna & Brian Kane (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Northstar#3 (June, 1994) - Simon Furman (writer), Dario Carrasco, Jr. (pencils), Tim Dzon & Danny Bulanadi (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)
Northstar#4 (July, 1994) - Simon Furman (writer), Dario Carrasco, Jr. (pencils), Tim Dzon & Bruce Patterson (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)


First posted: 09/11/2021
Last updated: 09/09/2021

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