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a supervillain who fought Daredevil and Wolverine
Bushwacker is a Marvel super-villain who fought Daredevil and Wolverine. He is a former Catholic priest.
From: "Bushwacker" webpage on "Marvel Directory" website, copyright 2001 (http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/b/bushwacker.htm; viewed 10 May 2007):
Real Name: Unrevealed
Occupation: Former priest and CIA agent, now mutant hunter
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Marilyn (wife)
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Central Intelligence Agency
Base of Operations: Hell's Kitchen, New York City
First Appearance: DAREDEVIL #249
History: Most of the past of the man called the Bushwacker remains a mystery so far. It is known that at one time he was a priest, but that he quit the priesthood. He was also once an operative for the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.), for which he performed a mission in an unidentified country. It was the C.I.A. that equipped him with the gun concealed within his arm. At some point an event took place that Bushwacker now regards as a horrifying memory and which in some way motivated Bushwacker in his current war against mutants.
Bushwacker was engaged in hunting down and murdering mutants; his victims are not mutants with superhuman powers but mutants whose mutations make them especially talented in the arts, as if Bushwacker takes particular pleasure in destroying the creators of beauty. (It is not clear how these mutants' abilities differ from those of highly talented human beings who are not mutants. In the case of dancers, the mutants presumably possess physical differences from ordinary humans that in their performances. In the case of mutant geniuses, the mutants presumably enable them to make intuitive leaps of thought that most ordinary humans could not achieve. For example see Cypher, and Forge. It is not known how Bushwacker manages to identify his potential victims as mutants.) Among Bushwacker's known victims are a composer names Gerhart and an artist named Vanna Herald. Apparently Bushwacker is paid large sums of money to kill mutants, but it has not yet been revealed who pays him.
The mutant Wolverine learned of Bushwacker's murders of mutants and began hunting him down. Bushwacker's wife, Marilyn, sought aid from Matthew Murdock in committing her husband to a psychiatric institution, and Murdock, as the costumed crimefighter Daredevil, also began looking for Bushwacker. Daredevil prevented Wolverine from killing Bushwacker who escaped and slew a mutant ballerina. After finding the corpse, Wolverine and Daredevil went after Bushwacker again. They defeated him, and Daredevil again stopped Wolverine from killing Bushwacker, whom Daredevil turned over to the New York police. Since then, however, the assassin Typhoid recruited Bushwacker to join in an attack on Daredevil that nearly killed the crimefighter.
From: "Catholic Clix - Comic info needed!" forum discussion started 3 May 2003 on HCRealms website (http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-40338.html; viewed 24 May 2007):
Ok, so in recent films it's been apparent that Daredevil and Nightcrawler are Catholic...
So, who else out there could be fielded in a "Catholic" Heroclix team?
Here's some for future reference that aren't in Heroclix yet.
Firebird's is Catholic. Punisher was Catholic (I'm not sure now)... Dagger is Catholic (not sure about Cloak). Bushwhacker (a villain) is Catholic. Venom's Catholic (Eddie Brock that is ;) ).
From: "Who's Catholic in the Marvel Universe" forum discussion started 5 February 2005 on "HCRealms" website (http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=123637; viewed 10 May 2007):
I know a lot of characters are Jewish, so I was wondering who is officially Catholic?
I know Daredevil is. It's a major part of his personality and often occurs in storylines.
I also believe Firebird from the West Coast Avengers... After that, I'm pretty much stumped.
Anyone have any others?
I Am The Game
...Bushwacker didn't cut it as a priest, but is probably still faithful.
Silver Dagger is a renegade priest who hunts sinners like Doctor Strange and Werewolf By Night. I think he's too far off his rocker to ask forgiveness, though.
From: "TAN Re: Atheist superheroes?" discussion started September 1999 on "rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe" newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe/browse_thread/thread/e8d686f0b20944a6/92a1d043ac0625de; viewed 10 May 2007):
Sep 22 1999, 12:00 am
re: Anyone care to post a list of those characters whose spiritual beliefs are on record?
The Punisher was a Priest. Oh and Bushwacker (Gun Arm guy) also was religious.
From: "Religious Characters In Marvel" forum discussion started 15 September 2006 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-143850.html; viewed 25 May 2007):
09-15-2006, 09:01 PM
The other day I was thinking about religion and comic books... What I'm interested in is the way religious characters are portrayed in comic books...
I think the first step is listing what characters are what religion...
09-15-2006, 09:55 PM
Living Lightning is Christian, possibly Catholic
Sasquatch is Jewish
US Agent may have been raised Christian but is at the moment somewhat lapsed.
I believe the Atlanteans still worship Neptune
I think I remember an old New Mutants story that featured a group of people that still worshiped Hercules.
The Daredevil villian Bushwhacker was formally a priest, possibly Roman Catholic.
The Vampire Hunters from the old Tomb of Dracula series were probably Catholic to a certain degree since they used crucifixs against Dracula and if I remember correctly a person can only use a religious symbol as an effective weapon against a vampire only if they believe in the power of said symbol.
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