From Superhero Wiki Encyclopedia
Home Books Clothing DVDs Posters Toys Video Games
Comic Book News
Link to us
Online Comic Books
Supersoldier is a term often used to describe a soldier that operates beyond normal physical human limits. Supersoldiers are common in science fiction literature, films, TV programs, computer and video games, but have also made appearances in other related genres, such as military fiction and spy fiction. Many depictions of supersoldiers treat them as shock troops or heavy infantry, although others feature them as elite commandos or special forces personnel.
Supersoldiers are usually heavily augmented, either through eugenics (especially selective breeding), genetic engineering, cybernetic implants, drugs, brainwashing, an extreme training regime (usually with high casualty rates, and often starting from birth or a young age), or other scientific and pseudoscientific means or a combination of any of those. Occasionally, some instances also use paranormal methods, such as black magic, and/or technology and science of extraterrestrial origin. The creators of such programs are viewed often as mad scientists or stern military men, depending on the emphasis, as their programs will typically go past ethical boundaries in the pursuit of science or military might.
- Captain America was to be the first of an army of Super-Soldiers, a plan that was derailed when the creator of the Super-Soldier serum was assassinated, and the serum itself destroyed. Other characters in the Marvel Universe, such as Wolverine and Nuke are continuations of those experiments, as part of the Weapon Plus program. Other Marvel Super-Soldiers include the mutant Cable, Omega Red, X-23, and Deadpool.
- The Galadorian Space Knights of toy adaptation Rom: Spaceknight were a form of Super-Soldier, cybernetically enhanced to fight the alien Dire Wraiths.
- OMAC, the One-Man Army Corps, is a superhero created by Jack Kirby and published by DC Comics. Set in the near future, OMAC is a corporate nobody named Buddy Blank who is changed by an A.I. satellite called Brother Eye into a super-soldier. Sasha Bordeaux, Checkmate's Black Queen, is a Super-Soldier produced by OMAC technology.
- The Wildstorm Universe, Team 7 was exposed to the Gen-Factor in order to turn them into super-powered soldiers. This is, directly or indirectly, the origin of many of Wildstorm's major superheroes.
- The Authority's Apollo and Midnighter were black ops soldiers surgically modified by Henry Bendix of Stormwatch.
- T.A.O. of the WildCats was genetically designed by the Halo Corporation to be the perfect Tactically Augmented Organism.
- Rogue Trooper and the other G.I.s are genetically modified troops designed to be resistant to all known NBC dangers.
- Lobster Random of 2000 AD was adapted to never feel pain or need to sleep. This was originally believed to be through gene therapy and neurosurgery, but it was later revealed that the lobster claws grafted to him were the real cause.
- Marvel UK character Killpower was genetically engineered by Dr. Oonagh Mullarkey as a prototype footsoldier for the Mys-Tech corporation.
- Pow!, a British comic magazine featured the Esper Commandos, a group of powerful psychics secretly working for the British government, in their 1971 annual.
In the GI Joe: A Real American Hero comics and cartoons released by Marvel Comics and Sunbow Productions respectively, a number of supersoldiers or supersoldier-like characters make appearances, the most supersoldier like being the Strato-Vipers and the Star-Viper of Cobra; pilots whom have been exposed to extreme gravity and have had cybernetics implanted in their brains to increase their reflexes. Also supersoldier like are the powerful Royal Guards and Nemesis Enforcer of the pre-human civilization Cobra-La. Zartan, with his holographic and camouflage abilities, (the nature of which are something of a mystery) may be considered a supersoldier by some. Although not strictly superhuman or artificially enhanced, some might consider the characters of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow to be akin to supersoldiers due to their great skill, which has come from rigorous, at times quasi-mystical ninja training. The genetically engineered characters Serpentor and venomous Maximus can be consider supersoldiers due to their highly enhanced attributes.
In the TV series Justice League Unlimited, the superpowered Ultimen (along with an army of mindless Ultimen clones), and a clone of Supergirl called Galtea, were created by the secretive, quasi-legal Project Cadmus as a deterrent against the Justice League, whom were seen as a threat by some factions of the U.S. government. The Project is implied to also have a hand in creating the Royal Flush Gang, Volcana, another version of Doomsday, and later Terry McGinnis.