List of Marvel Comics characters: V
Priscilla Lyons (Vagabond) is a superhero in the Marvel Universe. Created by Mark Gruenwald and Paul Neary, the character first appeared in Captain America #325 in January 1987 and is an ally of Jack Monroe.[volume & issue needed]
Valinor is the Black Knight's steed. Created by Steve Parkhouse and John Stokes, the character first appeared in Hulk Comic #1 in March 1979. Within the context of the stories, Valinor is a magically enhanced horse from the extra-dimensional realm of Avalon. He serves as a steed of the Black Knight after he had given his previous steed Aragorn to the Valkyrie. Bloodwraith rides him in battle against the Black Knight and the Avengers.
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Vamp is a Corporation agent in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Roy Thomas, Don Glut, and John Buscema, first appeared in Captain America #217 in January 1978. Within the context of the stories, Vamp has an evil alter-ego called Animus and infiltrates S.H.I.E.L.D. She is killed by the Scourge of the Underworld,.
Rachel Van Helsing
Rachel Van Helsing is a vampire hunter, created by Archie Goodwin and Gene Colan, who first appeared in Tomb of Dracula #3. She is the granddaughter of Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula turns her into a vampire. Overcoming his control, she asks Wolverine to kill her, which he does. Frank Drake later avenges her death by aiding Doctor Strange in destroying all vampires on Earth.
Rachel Van Helsing in other media
- Rachel Van Helsing appears in the Toei Tomb of Dracula anime TV movie (Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned), voiced by Mami Koyama in the original Japanese and by Melanie McQueen in the English dub.
Michael Van Patrick
Vanguard (Nikolai Krylenko) is a mutant in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Bill Mantlo and Carmine Infantino, first appeared in Iron Man #109 in April 1978. Within the context of the stories, Vanguard is one of the Soviet Super-Soldiers and the son of Sergei Krylov. He is trained as a soldier and comes into conflict with Iron Man, Jack of Hearts, and other Avengers. After dying and being resurrected by his father, Vanguard becomes the new Red Guardian and leads the Winter Guard.
Vargas is a supervillain in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Chris Claremont and Salvador Larroca, first appeared in X-Treme X-Men #1 in 2001. Within the context of the stories, Vargas comes into conflict with the X-Men while searching for the diaries of Destiny and even managed to kill Psylocke. He's not a mutant, since he lacks the X-Gene in his DNA, but is not fully human either, much like Captain America is a relatively perfect human physical specimen. He is genetically perfect and claims to be "homo superior superior", humanity's "natural response" to the emergence of mutants, and possesses super-strength and speed in addition to highly advanced combat skills. After obtaining one volume of Destiny's journals he discovered that he would be killed by Rogue, however Rogue realized that the diaries could trap you into doing what it stated, or into committing great atrocities to avoid the "prophecies". She was seen preparing to stab Vargas, but the video camera that was the sole witness to the event lost power at the critical moment, so the people that viewed the footage of the live invasion were under the belief that Rogue did in fact, kill him. Some time later it was eventually revealed that Rogue left Vargas alive after all in order to discredit the diaries, but because he had possessed one of Destiny's diaries and therefore had knowledge of future events, he was, under Mr. Sinister's orders, targeted by the Marauders and apparently eliminated after being stabbed by one of Harpoon's harpoons.
Varnae is a vampire in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Steve Perry and Steve Bissette, first appeared in Bizarre Adventures #33 in December 1982. Within the context of the stories, Varnae is the first vampire and is the one who created Dracula. At various times in his life, he is an enemy of King Kull, Frank Drake, and John Blaze. He eventually tired of his eternal life and committed suicide by walking into sunlight and disintegrating, but he was resurrected years later by the voodoo priestess Marie LaVeau. He was then confronted by Doctor Strange. The Sorcerer Supreme and the Lord of the Vampires battled, Varnae changing shape and revealing he had formerly sought to be Sorcerer Supreme before he became a vampire. Strange cast an "incantation of oblivion" on Varnae, making the undead mage relive his oblivion of five centuries. Embracing his existence as a vampire again, Varnae fled, claiming, with Strange, he finally had a reason to live again: A worthy foe.
Veil, also known as Madeline Berry, was created by Christos Gage and Mike McKone. She first appeared in Avengers Academy #1. She has the ability to change into a gaseous form, which enables her to sneak around without being detected and renders her immune to most forms of attack.
Tragically, she learns that her powers are causing her molecules to drift apart, so she will eventually die or fade from existence. She decides to enjoy the limited time she has left, quitting the academy and joining Jeremy Briggs' corporation. She soon finds a cure, but it renders her powerless. She then returns to regular high school, using her training to defend herself from bullies.
Within the context of the stories, Gabriel is a 16-year-old mutant from Mexico City. He is unable to control his mutant powers until assisted by Hope Summers. Gabriel follows Hope on her mission to find other young mutants, and they ally with Oya and Primal. He and his friends relocate to Utopia, where they are trained by more experienced X-Men. Gabriel and Hope begin a romantic relationship, but it ends when Hope discovers him kissing Pixie. Because Velocidad's powers work by accelerating him through time, the use of his powers causes rapid aging. A four-hour mission can last several days from his perspective, and he is capable of burning through several days of his life in a matter of minutes.
Other versions of Velocidad
Lt. Michael Badilino
Robert "Bobby" M. Blackthorne
Venus Dee Milo
Venus Dee Milo is a mutant in the Marvel Universe. Created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred, the character first appeared in X-Statix #1 in 2002. Within the context of the stories, Venus Dee Milo is a member of the mutant group X-Statix. She exists as pure energy and must wear a containment suit at all times. Her energy state allow her to teleport and fire concussive blasts.
Within the context of the stories, Veritas is a mysterious being who embodies truth, and has precognitive powers. Veritas helped Doctor Strange defeat Umar, and assisted Nova and the New Warriors against the Sphinx while using the name "Sayge".
Count Otto Vermis
Count Otto Vermis was the leader of HYDRA's European branch. His only appearance (in main Marvel continuity) was in Marvel Spotlight #32 (February 1977), the book that featured the first appearance of Spider-Woman.
Vermis recruited Jessica Drew (whom by that time went by the name "Arachne") into HYDRA at a time when she was suffering from amnesia and had no clue about her own past. He then manipulated her into falling in love with fellow agent Jared and attempting to kill Nick Fury.
Vermis promised to find out the truth about Arachne's past and did a sincere effort in that direction, although the findings were incomplete and misleading. Ultimately, he kept what little he knew hidden from Arachne until soon before his death.
Savage Land Mutate
Verna is one of the Inheritors, the eldest daughter of Solus, and sister to Daemos, Jennix, Morlun, Karn, Brix and Bora. Like the rest of the Inheritors, Verna has the ability to drain the life force from other beings through physical contact. Depending on the power of the individual she drains, Verna's powers and vitality can increase substantially. Verna also has superhuman strength, speed, reflexes and durability. Whenever she goes on a hunt, Verna prefers the company of her "hounds" (enslaved alternate versions of Spider-Man's enemies).
Vesper is an Indian woman, who joined Genetix at the age of 20. She is cool, calm, and reflective, and serves as the mediator and leader of the team.
A cell sample taken from Vesper by Death Metal was combined with the genetic material of Madison Jeffries, and artificially implanted into Krista Marwan. This was done in the hopes that she would conceive a child that could destroy him.[volume & issue needed]
Vesper possesses telepathic and technopathic abilities that allow her to communicate with and control machines and computers. Vesper can convert her mind into a form able to enter "Cyberspace," leaving her body at great risk to outside attack.
Vesta or Hestia is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, goddess of the hearth in the Olympian pantheon. She first appeared in Thor #301 (November 1980), and was adapted from mythology by Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio, and Keith Pollard. She was present when Thor came to Olympus to ask Zeus to help resurrect Asgardians who were slain in battle with the Celestials.[volume & issue needed] She was present at Hercules' funeral when Athena laid claim to the throne of Olympus, and did not oppose her because she had no desire to rule.[volume & issue needed]
Vibranium (Baru) is a superhero in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Pat Graphy, Mike Gustovich and Tom Palmer, first appeared in Deathlok vol. 2 #23 in May 1993. Within the context of the stories, Baru is the former king of Canaan, and is turned into living vibranium by Diablo.
Vibro, also known as Alton Vibereaux, was created by Denny O'Neil and Luke McDonnell and first appeared in Iron Man 186. Working as a seismologist and engineer, he fell into the San Andreas Fault during the testing of an experimental nuclear-powered apparatus, giving him superpowers and leaving him mentally unstable. He battles James Rhodes as Iron Man. He is later sent to the Vault, a prison for superpowered individuals. Alongside the Griffin, he attempts to escape, encountering the Falcon and Nomad.
Vibro has the ability to generate high-level seismic vibrations and fire them from his hands as vibratory or concussive force, causing shockwaves, opening chasms, and/or generating earthquakes. He can harness the energy of his vibratory force emissions for flight at subsonic speeds, and he has the ability to generate shields of vibratory force around himself. His powers decrease in magnitude as his distance from the San Andreas Fault increases. He also wears body armor of an unknown composition and synthetic stretch fabric. As Vibreaux, he has a Ph.D. in geological engineering.
Vienna is a fictional character. Created by Steven Grant and David Mazzucchelli, she first appeared in Master of Kung Fu 21, as a stewardess on a plane where Shang-Chi is being threatened by a man named Kiley. Vienna helped him to defend himself. She is attracted to him and wants to become his crimefighting partner, but Shang-Chi refuses to put her life in danger.[volume & issue needed]
Some time afterward, she poses as a nun to help Luke Cage and Iron Man take down a villain named Stoneface.[volume & issue needed] At one point she posed as the wife of the mobster Joey Tortelli.[volume & issue needed] It was here that she met Colleen Wing and Misty Knight and manipulates them into bringing down a rival mobster. They later worked together against a villain named Impasse, for which she was paid $20,000.[volume & issue needed]
Vienna appears in Heroes for Hire vol. 2 #1 helping the Heroes for Hire to capture Grindhouse and other unregistered villains by offering fake identification. The plot also tests the trustworthiness of the new Heroes for Hire Humbug and Tarantula (Maria Vasquez).[volume & issue needed]
Ophelia Sarkissian (Madame Hydra)
Viv, along with her brother Vin, was created by Vision, using a combination of his and his wife Virginia's brainwaves, as part of an attempt to create a family. The siblings are sent to Alexander Hamilton High School, but assigned different schedules. Both children are attacked by Eric Williams (Grim Reaper), with Viv more seriously damaged than her brother. Vision repairs her with the help of Tony Stark.
When Viv learns that her mother killed a classmate she befriended, she becomes distraught and begins to resent her mother. When both her brother and mother die, she and Vision try to carry on with their family life.
During the story arc Worlds Collide, Viv is captured by the High Evolutionary, who evolves her into a human. She later apparently sacrifices herself to save Earth and counter-Earth, but is actually transported into another dimension. Believing Viv to be dead, Vision constructs a second Viv. The original Viv manages to return to reality, but not before the second Viv is activated. Later, the second Viv attempts to kill the original but is damaged and becomes brain-dead. The original Viv transplants her consciousness to the other Viv's body, effectively restoring the character to her android state.
Powers and abilities of Viv Vision
Viv possesses the same powers as her father, including super strength, intangibility and flight. She also possesses a jewel on her forehead that absorbs solar energy. When she was a human she had no special abilities.
Viv Vision in other media
- Viv Vision is a playable character in Marvel Avengers Academy.
- Viv Vision is a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.
Vivisector can become a feral werewolf-like creature by focusing emotions, both negative and positive. When in this form, he becomes animal-like, with enhanced senses, agility, and strength. He also gains sharp claws that can cut metal.
His powers were first triggered when a group of college buddies harass him. At first, extreme emotions trigger his animal form but he learns to control it at will. He later joins the newly revamped X-Force. In their first outing, they are confronted by the old X-Force and a fight breaks out. Myles suffers broken glasses and an injured arm. He has a brief relationship with his teammate Phat.
Desiring to return to a normal life, Vivisector takes a serum to strip him of his powers. The doctor who created the serum, Alex Finlay, uses it to give himself Myles' abilities. The procedure drives Dr. Finlay insane and gives him Myles' feelings of resentment toward his father. Myles kills Finlay, regains his powers, and rejoins X-Statix.
Myles helps the team when Doop's brain becomes lost, parts of it in various spots on Earth. The team confronts the Avengers over Doop, as the Avengers know he is very dangerous. Myles loses his piece of the brain to Hawkeye, who lies to fool Myles into believing a partnership with the Avengers was possible. However, the team's willingness to do what they perceived was right convinces Captain America to hand over custody of Doop.
After this mission, the team decides to retire. During a going-away party, they are convinced to take one last final mission, clearing a billionaire's house of gunmen. Various circumstances lead some of the team to believe this final mission is a set-up designed to kill X-Statix. The team is killed one by one, though they kill a large portion of their attackers in return. Myles is seen sprawled on the floor, having been shot dead off-panel.
Philip Nolan Voigt
Lucia von Bardas
The character is a Latverian woman who used to teach at the University of North Carolina in the United States. After Victor von Doom was deposed as the leader of Latveria, the Americans help von Bardas get elected as the country's new prime minister. She then begins publicly mending the ties between the two countries. In truth, she is secretly funding American technology-based supercriminals through the Tinkerer. The United Nations espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. uncovered this, but the President of the United States declines to take action, believing that relationship is relatively good and that they can simply negotiate. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury subsequently gathered a group of superheroes consisting of the Black Widow, Captain America, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, as well as superpowered S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson, for an undercover mission to overthrow the Latverian government and assassinate von Bardas. In Latveria, Johnson used her seismic powers to take down Castle Doom, apparently killing the prime minister.
Von Bardas survives to become a deformed cyborg. A year later she attacks Cage, leaving him in a coma, and is eventually defeated once more by Johnson.
She has recently resurfaced, having regained a far less deformed-looking body, working with the Red Ghost on a plan to use KGB super-spies placed in suspended animation to frame Doctor Doom for starting a nuclear war. She later returns to Latveria to rule it and help rebuild it.
Von Bardas is a cyborg whose abilities include flight and generation of a force field. Prior to this, she was a skilled diplomat. While at first her cybernetic implants were mostly external, currently she sports a more organic look with only a cybernetic eye exposed, suggesting some degree of vision enhancement.
Lucia von Bardas in other media
- Lucia von Bardas appears in the animated television series Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes voiced by Venus Terzo. She is an assistant to the supervillain Doctor Doom, and revealed to be an android in the episode "Doomsday Plus One". She is destroyed by Invisible Woman while the team is confronting Doctor Doom.
- Lucia von Bardas appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes voiced by Kristen Potter. In the episode "The Breakout" Pt. 1, she is seen representing Doctor Doom in a meeting with A.I.M. to purchase stolen Stark-based technology. The meeting is crashed by Iron Man, who defeats the A.I.M. agents, and von Bardas withdraws to Latveria. She reappears in the episode "The Private War of Doctor Doom" where she is killed by the Black Panther.
- Lucia von Bardas is referenced in Season 4, Episode 10 / Season 4 Remix, Episode 18 of Arrested Development by Emmett Richter in reference to a planned Fantastic Four musical directed by Tobias Fünke with Lucille Bluth cast in the role.
- Lucia von Bardas appears in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, voiced by Lani Minella. A main villain on the first mission during the Secret War, she has been funding the Tinkerer's supplying technology to supervillains. Nick Fury and the heroes (the same line-up of the comics continuity minus Daisy Johnson but also including Iron Man, Storm, Gambit, Iceman, and the Fantastic Four) confront her to get her to surrender, but her castle ends up exploding due to the heroes defeating one of Tinkerer's superpowered machines. She later attacks New York as a deformed cyborg. When the heroes (helped by Ms. Marvel) attack her on a ship, she starts to activate herself as a bomb, taking Diamondback, Scorcher, Shocker, and Wizard along for the ride, only to be defeated and deactivated by the heroes. In the PSP, Wii and PS2 versions of the game, she invades the New York streets directly. This eventually culminates in the superheroes following her to Times Square where she has planted a massive bomb that has to be destroyed within 5 minutes. Upon the bomb's destruction she collapses, lamenting her failure to Latveria.
Baron Von Blitzschlag
Friedrich Von Roehm
Andrea and Andreas von Strucker
Werner von Strucker
Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
Va Nee Gast
While pacing Avengers Mansion, Edwin Jarvis notices something out of place with the statue of the team's founding members outside. He ignores it, but to it is apparent to the reader that it suddenly has an extra female member. When the Earth and moon mysteriously disappear and half of the world's superheroes suddenly freeze, the remaining heroes are called together via a distress signal. Voyager reveals herself as the one who sent it, and all of the heroes noticeably recognize her.
Voyager's supposed origin is revealed; she claims that her real name is Valerie Vector; that she is the daughter of Arthur Vector, a scientist who studied quantum entanglement; and that she had gained the abilities of flight and teleportation after falling into his machinery. She is apparently a founding member of the Avengers who was erased from existence during a battle with Kang the Conqueror. When the Earth was stolen, she was apparently jolted back to reality.
However, after Beast and Nadia help Jarvis recover from a mysterious cranial parasite that had put him in a coma at the start of the crisis, he reveals that Voyager does not and has never existed, prompting her to reveal her true identity and attack the latest pyramid.
She is actually the daughter of the Grandmaster, and often serves as an ace in the hole in his games. She had "teleported" an impression of herself into the Avengers' memories. Fed up with him controlling her and inspired by the Avengers' heroics, she decides to fight with them instead. She then uses her memory-altering powers to give a morale boost to the Avengers and defeat the Challenger. She declines a spot on the team, but hopes to earn it one day.
Voyager in other media
Raniero "Blackie" Drago
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