Chimera (Marvel Comics)
|First appearance||Wolverine vol. 2 #97 (January 1996)|
|Created by||Larry Hama|
|Team affiliations||Sisterhood of Mutants|
|Abilities||Generate telekinetic dragon-shaped flares|
Fictional character biography
Chimera is an interdimensional pirate from an unknown Earth who first encountered Wolverine whilst she was gaining information on him and his feral regressive state. She assisted the self-styled heir of Apocalypse, Genesis, with Wolverine's capture when Genesis wanted to brainwash Wolverine to be his first Horseman. They attempted to re-bond the adamantium to Wolverine's skeleton which had been removed by Magneto but the process failed. Wolverine's body violently expelled the metal, killing most of Genesis' followers, the Dark Riders. Dirtnap—one of the only Dark Riders to survive—teamed up with Chimera to get revenge on Wolverine. Chimera encountered Wolverine once again when he and Venom were lured into a trap set by her and Dirtnap. She and Dirtnap were both seemingly killed in an implosion.
The villains survived and attacked the Generation X school in an attempt to kidnap the M twins, but to defend themselves the twins merged back into M and then merged with Emplate, creating the being known as M-Plate. Chimera then captured Synch and fled along with M-Plate. Synch was later rescued by Generation X.
Later in Japan they dig up Kwannon's body and confront Domino who is there on other business. Domino critically injures her but she gets away with the rest of the Sisterhood and Kwannon's body. After the Red Queen heals her, the Sisterhood perform a spell involving Kwannon's body and a captive Psylocke, returning her to her original body. The Sisterhood then attack the X-Men. Chimera, along with Martinique, attacks Northstar, Cyclops and Dazzler. After taking the adult X-Men out, she tries to attack Armor and X-23 only for the girls to be teleported out by Pixie. Pixie goes and fetches the Stepford Cuckoos and Elixir and Chimera attacks the Cuckoo's who respond by savagely beating her.
Spiral then teleports the Sisterhood back to their base where they split up with Chimera going with the Red Queen to Jean Grey's burial site. There she attacks Domino only to be beaten by Colossus. When the Red Queen is defeated, Spiral teleports the Sisterhood away.
As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel event, Chimera appears as a member of the Marauders. She assists Aries, Azimuth, and Coda into pursuing Nightcrawler through the sewers in order to capture him and make him Mister Sinister's specimen.
Powers and abilities
Chimera can generate dragon-shaped flares of greenish-transparent ectoplasmic energy to strike her enemies on various planes of being (i.e. physical, astral, etc.). She has used the energy to move objects like telekinesis and also has some low-level telepathic abilities that allow her to sense astral projections and if she is being watched from behind. She is experienced in interdimensional travel and the use of weapons and technology from other dimensions.
There are several other characters named Chimera in the Marvel Universe.
The chimera of Greek mythology appeared in Marvel Comics. It is depicted as a fire-breathing monster with the heads of a lion and a goat next to each other, the front legs of a lion, the wings of a dragon, the hindquarters of a goat, and a snake-headed tail, while also possessing the power of speech. Its history of being the offspring of Echidna and being slain by Bellerophon is still mentioned. At some point, the Chimera was restored to life by Hera to guard the caverns underneath New Olympus. It was accompanied in this job by a Cyclops and some Skeleton Warriors. The Chimera encountered the Agents of Atlas. When it didn't see that they were Olympians, Chimera breathed fire at them, sparking a fight between the heroes and the minions of Hera. Gorilla-Man forced the chimera to set its second head ablaze, causing it to flail around until it was knocked unconscious.
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- Generation X #33
- Uncanny X-Men #503
- Uncanny X-Men #508
- Uncanny X-Men #509
- Uncanny X-Men #510
- Uncanny X-Men #511
- Astonishing X-Men #48-49
- Extraordinary X-Men #1
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