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Roughouse
REAL NAME: Unrevealed
KNOWN ALIASES: None
IDENTITY: Secret
OCCUPATION: Enforcer
PLACE OF BIRTH: Presumably unrevealed location in the extradimensional realm of Asgard
CITIZENSHIP: Presumably Asgardian
MARITAL STATUS: Unrevealed
KNOWN RELATIVES: Unnamed father
GROUP AFFILIATION: Former partner of Bloodscream, former employee of the Black Tarantula, former employee of General Coy
EDUCATION: Unrevealed
FIRST APPEARANCE: Wolverine Vol. 2 #4 (1989)

HISTORY Little is known about the life of the man known only as Roughouse except that he is apparently a descendant of the race rock trolls native to the extradimensional realm of Asgard, home of the gods of Norse mythology, including the heroic Thor. As a child, he was beaten by his abusive father, which drove him to become bigger, stronger, and angrier as an adult so as to be the one who dished out abuse.

In recent years, Roughouse found employment alongside the pseudo-vampire Bloodscream as an enforcer for the crime lord General Coy on the island nation of Madripoor. Coy ordered the pair to destroy the organization of his rival, Tyger Tiger, which led to several clashes with Tiger’s ally, the mutant adventurer Wolverine. After several defeats, Roughouse was sold to Geist, a former Nazi scientist who had been hired by President Felix Caridad of the Central American republic Tierra Verde to create a superhuman operative to serve as a patriotic symbol for the small country. Geist used Roughouse as a test subject for an experimental batch of cocaine which induced superhuman power in its users; unknown to Geist, the cocaine had been tainted by the essence of Spore, a sentient disease created millennia ago by the offshoot of humanity known as the Deviants.

Upon his arrival in Tierre Verde, Roughouse was treated for side-effects of the drug by Caridad’s ex-wife, the healer named Sister Salvation. Her touch also calmed Roughouse’s buried rage, giving him a sense of inner peace for perhaps the first time in his life. When Wolverine, curious about his sparring partner’s fate, arrived in Tierre Verde, he was drawn into a revolution led by a young mutant named La Bandera. Together, the pair freed Roughouse and Salvation, and Roughouse subsequently saved Salvation’s son, Palo, from being injected with the experimental cocaine. Instead, Caridad himself was injected with a massive dose of the drug, releasing Spore’s physical form, which consumed Caridad then attempted to devour Wolverine. Spore was ultimately destroyed by Salvation’s touch, and, grateful for her aid, Roughouse chose to remain with her.

Many months later, Roughouse was contacted by the South American crime lord the Black Tarantula and, despite his newfound peace, pressed into service as an enforcer once more. Reunited with Bloodscream, Roughouse saved his partner’s life after a near-fatal encounter with Wolverine. The pair were late sent on missions for the Tarantula that brought them into conflict with both Wolverine and the costumed crimefighter Spider-Man.

Following Bloodscream’s temporary enslavement by Mauvais, Roughouse accompanied him to an underworld auction for the alien Venom symbiote.

HEIGHT: 6 ft. 8 in.
WEIGHT: 774 lbs.
EYES: Blue
HAIR: Brown
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: Massive bulk

SUPERHUMAN POWERS: Roughouse possesses some traits native to his ancestral race, such as great superhuman strength as well as a heightened metabolism that grants him superhuman endurance and speed. He also has extremely dense flesh that affords him an increased degree of protection against most conventional forms of physical injury.

It is unclear whether Roughouse possesses other traits native to his ancestral race. such as requiring less oxygen than a normal human. infrared vision, immunity to terrestrial diseases, and recuperative powers.

SPECIAL SKILLS: Roughouse is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, adept at street fighting and brawling.

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