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Ajax is the codename belonging to two different characters in Marvel Comics.

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Character biography

Ajax is a member of the Pantheon, and is one of the descendents of the immortal Agamemnon, along with Achilles, Atalanta, Cassiopea, Delphi, Hector, Paris, Perseus, Prometheus, and Ulysses. Ajax was born in Texas. He was named after Ajax, the Greek warrior who fought in the Trojan War.

When the Pantheon first encountered the Hulk, Ajax fought him.Incredible Hulk #379 Ajax accompanied the Pantheon in bringing the captive Hulk to the Mount, but fought the Hulk again and was this time defeated by him.Incredible Hulk #381 He attacked the Hulk once more, but as the Hulk had joined the Pantheon, Atalanta helped Ajax reconcile with the Hulk.Incredible Hulk #382

He served on many of the Pantheon's missions while the Hulk was part of the team. Ajax fought rioters in New York City alongside Atalanta.Incredible Hulk #385 Alongside the Hulk and the Pantheon, he battled SHIELD and the forces of Farnoq Dahn in the Trans-Sabal war,Incredible Hulk #391-392; X-Factor #76 and battled the People's Protectorate.Incredible Hulk #393 When Atalanta was injured and invalid, Ajax visited her.Incredible Hulk #395 He battled Dracchiss alongside the Pantheon,Incredible Hulk Annual #18 and was badly burned in a fight with the U-Foes.Incredible Hulk #397

When he discovered Atalanta and Achilles making love, Ajax flew into a jealous rage. He tried to kill himself, but was calmed down by the Hulk.Incredible Hulk #405

Powers and abilities

Ajax is so massive that he cannot move quickly without a special exoskeleton, which grants him superhuman strength, reflexes, and durability. His strength increases as his anger builds, much like that of the Hulk. Like other members of the Pantheon, Ajax has a fast healing ability and an extended life span. Without support from his battle-suit, Ajax's legs and spine would collapse under his tremendous weight. His body is disproportionate in shape. He also has poor vision.

Mentality

He has the mentality of a young child, making him sometimes difficult to control. Atalanta has always been able to calm him down, as he idolizes her and will do anything she says. Of course, this sometimes leads to other problems. For a time, he did not understand the difference between romantic love and platonic friendship love and this drove him into a rampage, where he even threatened Atalanta herself. The rampage was ended before anyone was seriously hurt (in Pantheon terms) or killed. Ajax took his rage out on an inanimate mountain, not realizing he was endangering himself as well. The Hulk managed to talk him into calming down.

The Hulk has also gotten into trouble when he fails to treat Ajax with the proper mind frame. At first he attacks Ajax again when he mistakes a simple hug for another threat against Atlanta. Then the Hulk let it slip that Bambi's mother had died, distressing Ajax who had been told, by Atalanta, she had run away and come back after the movie had ended.


Character biography

The man known only as Francis was the former enforcer at Doctor Killebrew's laboratory, known as the Workshop, part of the Hospice for failed supersoldiers at the Weapon X Project. Francis acted as the strongarm for Killebrew, reigning in the project's "washouts" that were fodder for Killebrew's sadistic experiments whenever they stepped out of line. This included one Wade Wilson, who would later take on the codename of Deadpool.

Francis himself had been modified by Killebrew - his nerves had been removed for better pain management, he had enhanced strength and intuitive capability, as well as having received subcutaneous implants for super-speed and agility, making Francis a fearsome opponent.

After endless taunting from Wilson, Francis was given permission by Killebrew to kill him when he manipulated events to have Wilson mercy kill one of the other inmates, which was against the rules as devised by Killebrew. After removing his heart Wilson's healing factor first manifested itself, regenerating the mercenary a new heart but also costing him his sanity in the process. Taking the codename Deadpool, he hunted down and seemingly killed Francis.

Somehow Francis survived, and resurfaced years later as Ajax when he hunted down and killed many of the surviving members from the Weapon X project in order to exact his revenge on Deadpool. After torturing Killebrew at his mountain home in the Alps to obtain Wade's teleporter frequency, Ajax teleported Wade next to a nearby cliff and sucker-punched him, sending Deadpool to his death, again.

In a near death experience, however, it was revealed that because Wade came back from the dead once to kill Francis, he was now bound by honor and destiny to finish the job he began those many years ago, urged by the ghosts of Francis' victims who had also been Wilson's friends. The battle continued as Deadpool rescued Killebrew and sought shelter at Killebrew's neighbor's house. This was owned by Ilaney Bruckner who was reluctantly dragged into the conflict when Deadpool destroyed the house to slow down Ajax.

Ajax caught up with the trio and proceeded to punch Deadpool repeatedly at super-speed. Before he could kill Deadpool, however, Killebrew doused him with gasoline and lit up a flare, destroying Ajax's head and neck protection. For doing this, Killebrew was shredded at super speed.

Once again catching up with the fleeing Deadpool, Ajax fell victim to a trap laid by his intended victim which resulted in his armor's circuitry being exposed. Taking advantage of this, Deadpool arranged for Ajax to plunge both of them into a lake, short-circuiting his armor and giving Deadpool the opportunity to kill him, which he did so by snapping his neck. Ajax "re-appeared" years later in one of Deadpool's nightmares, more specifically on a television set, as seen in an issue of Cable & Deadpool. However, Ajax still remains dead.

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