Zero (comics)

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For the anthology comic, see Zero Zero (comics). For Kenji Uedo, the Marvel Comics mutant, see Zero (Marvel Comics).
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New Mutants volume 1 #86 (1990)
Created by Louise Simonson
Rob Liefeld
In-story information
Alter ego ADAM unit Zero
Team affiliations Mutant Liberation Front
New Canaanites
Abilities Enhanced strength, computerized intelligence, open teleportation portals, energy damping and absorption, scan for bio-mechanical and technological weapons and neutralize them.

Zero is a fictional android in the Marvel Comics Universe. It first appeared in New Mutants as a member of the Mutant Liberation Front and was killed in Excalibur #80.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Zero was created 2000 years in the future by the Askani as a prototype for the Ambient-energy Damping Automated peacekeeping Mechanisms (ADAMs)[citation needed]. Only one other ADAM has appeared in comics: Eleven, who worked for the Askani Clan Chosen[volume & issue needed]. Zero was damaged and found by the mutant Stryfe, who opposed both the Askani and their enemies, the Neo-Canaanites.[citation needed] Stryfe reactivated Zero, but didn't repair its speech-functions, leaving Zero mute[volume & issue needed]. Zero would function as Stryfe's most trusted ally, bodyguard and, due to its ability to teleport, transportation as Stryfe's "displacement unit." Its programming ensured complete obedience to Stryfe[citation needed]. When Stryfe's armies were defeated by the Neo-Canaanites, Stryfe and Zero fled, traveling back in time to the late 20th century[volume & issue needed].

In the 20th century, Stryfe gathered several young mutants like himself, who were displeased with the way mutants were treated and formed the terrorist organization, the Mutant Liberation Front. Stryfe's technology and Zero's teleportation made the MLF one of the most dangerous organizations in existence,[citation needed] and they were opposed by Cable and the New Mutants (later known as X-Force. In the team's first appearance, Zero teleported the Mutant Liberation Front on an arson mission.[2] Zero also teleported the Mutant Liberation Front members to safety after their liberation of Skids and Rusty Collins from federal custody.[3] Zero also teleported Stryfe and the Mutant Liberation Front members away from a confrontation with X-Force,[4] and teleported them on their mission to liberate the Nasty Boys from custody.[5] Zero was also shown teleporting Stryfe seven years in the past, and teleported the Mutant Liberation Front members on museum thefts in the present.[6] Zero later brought Cyclops and Jean Grey to Stryfe.[7] Stryfe's reason to return to the 20th century was revealed during the crossover, the X-Cutioner's Song; he wanted to take vengeance on everybody who had hurt him in his life[citation needed]. It was also revealed by Zero accompanied Stryfe in traveling from the 40th Century to the present.[8] During the crossover, most of the MLF was dismantled and captured. Stryfe was defeated on the moon and Zero disappeared and was deactivated.[volume & issue needed]

Zero ended up in the possession of the arms dealer, Tolliver, an alias of Tyler Dayspring, son of Cable[volume & issue needed]. Zero was reactivated when the mercenaries Deadpool, Copycat, Garrison Kane and Slayback were all looking for "the ultimate weapon", which turned out to be Zero[volume & issue needed]. Zero was now capable of speech and following his original programming: peace-keeping. It scanned its surroundings for any object and person who were a threat to peace on Earth and eliminated Slayback.[volume & issue needed] He was about to eliminate Deadpool as well, but Deadpool convinced Zero that he had potential for good as well by saving Copycat's life. Zero agreed and left.[volume & issue needed]

Zero joined Tyler Dayspring for a short while, helping him in finding out the true relationship between Cable and Stryfe[volume & issue needed], but it left Tyler to go on its own quest: to achieve full sentience and become "alive"[volume & issue needed]. It sensed the potential to be alive in the techno-organic being known as Douglock and gave it independence from the Phalanx.[9] Zero set out to teach Douglock about his new existence, but Zero was now hunted by killer androids, programmed by Stryfe to destroy Zero in case of his death[volume & issue needed]. Zero and Douglock were assisted by Excalibur and together they tried to deactivate the androids from Stryfe's secret base below The Pentagon. Here, Zero realized that he had become sentient and also the reason why Stryfe wanted him killed: locked within his databanks, Zero had all the secrets of the Legacy Virus, Stryfe's final "gift" to the world. This revelation activated Zero's self-destruct sequence and the killer androids in Stryfe's base. Shadowcat managed to remove the self-destruction device, but Zero realized that his sentience was a cruel joke played on him by Stryfe; it was just programmed to think it was alive. Zero sacrificed itself to protect Excalibur, Douglock and a family of innocents from the base's self-destruction, but in its last few moments on Earth, Stryfe showed his cruelty again: Zero was granted full sentience and had become truly alive, but also set off a self-destruct device in the base to kill Zero. As this happened, a recording of Stryfe delivered the taunting message, "Congratulations. You're human. For the next eight seconds." In its last moments on Earth, Zero transferred all of its memories to Douglock.[volume & issue needed]

So while its body is destroyed, the data that made up Zero's mind is still contained within the mind of Douglock (currently known as Warlock). After Zero's destruction, the Mutant Liberation Front reappeared[volume & issue needed]. At one point they had multiple Zero androids working for them[volume & issue needed], but these probably were copies of the original.[citation needed]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Zero's primary task was peace-keeping and to do so it was equipped with scanners, capable of determining a person or objects capabilities, purpose and potential. It could then use its ability to damp and project energy to neutralize any threats, turning most advanced weapons useless and killing any potentially dangerous humans.[citation needed]

Zero also had the ability to teleport: it creates teleportational warps between two different points through which it and others could travel, but it could only keep these portals open for a short period of time as Reaper found out to his regret[volume & issue needed]. Zero cannot teleport to any location it has never been.

Other versions[edit]

Ultimate Zero[edit]

In Ultimate X-Men #84, the leader of the Mutant Liberation Front, Ultimate Stryfe, is saved from a Sentinel attack by a young teleporter named Zero. This Zero appears to be a pale-skinned young man or teen with no mouth, but otherwise normal facial features. Whether Zero is a mutant or an artificial being remains to be seen. Zero is used multiple times as a getaway plan for Stryfe; his leader was simply a shill for the company Fenris International. Said company actually controlled the Sentinels.

When Stryfe again used Zero to teleport away from an attacking fleet of Sentinels and encountered the X-Men, Zero fled, teleporting himself away to an unknown location and leaving Stryfe at the mercy of the X-Men [10]

In Ultimate Comics: X-Men #18, during the mutant liberation a character identified as 'ADAM a.k.a. ZERO.' is seen aiding in the dismantling of Stryker Camp 14. However unlike the previous appearance the character is able to speak.[11]


  1. ^ Excalibur #80
  2. ^ New Mutants #86
  3. ^ New Mutants #87-88
  4. ^ X-Force #1
  5. ^ X-Factor #77
  6. ^ Cable: Blood and Metal #1-2
  7. ^ X-Force #16
  8. ^ X-Force #17
  9. ^ Excalibur #77 (May 1994)
  10. ^ "Ultimate X-Men" #87
  11. ^ Ultimate Comics: X-Men #18


  • Zero at the Comic Book DB

External links[edit]

Monolith. " character bio on Zero". Retrieved April 14, 2006