Razor Fist

Razor Fist is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. There have actually been 3 characters, all virtually identical in appearance and ability, to go by this title. The original Razor Fist was killed off in the comic books many years ago. The next two characters to take the title were brothers. The current Razor Fist is the only surviving brother.

Razor Fist
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Razor Fist.
Art by Michael Lark.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearance(William Young) Master of Kung Fu #29 (June, 1975)
(Douglas Scott) Master of Kung Fu #105 (October, 1981)
(William Scott) Master of Kung Fu #105 (October, 1981)
Created byDoug Moench
Paul Gulacy
In-story information
Alter egoWilliam Young
Douglas Scott
William Scott
AbilitiesExtensively trained hand to hand combatants and martial artists
Peak-level physical attributes
Hands replaced by steel blades

Fictional character biographyEdit

William YoungEdit

The first Razor-Fist was an assassin, bodyguard, and enforcer employed by Carlton Velcro, working at Velcro's estate on the coast of the Gulf of Lions, southern France. Velcro surgically replaced this man's hands with steel blades. Razor Fist battled Shang-Chi, and was accidentally shot to death by Carlton Velcro's guards.[1]

Doctor Doom later constructed two robot duplicates of Razor Fist, which he pitted against Shang-Chi.[2]

Douglas ScottEdit

Called Razor-Fist because of his fast punches, this man and his brother took the same title and pretended to be only one person. Each brother lost one hand in a car accident, which were subsequently replaced by long knife-like stabbing weapons by Carlton Velcro. Velcro employed the brothers at his mansion on an island in the Marquesas. The brothers were assigned by Velcro to hunt down Shang-Chi and Pavane. This Razor-Fist was accidentally shot to death by Velcro.[3]

William ScottEdit

When the current Razor-Fist and his brother battled Shang-Chi, this one was defeated and captured by Shang-Chi and Pavane.[3] Sometime after the first brother was killed the other brother (the current Razor Fist) lost his other hand. This happened in the Daughters of the Dragon mini-series. When he came up against Colleen Wing, she managed to sever his hand.[4]

Razor-Fist later appeared with blades on both hands. He teamed with Zaran and Shockwave to attack the West Coast Avengers on behalf of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Deltites. Razor Fist was defeated by Mockingbird, but he escaped.[5]

Later, he began working for the crime lord Roche in Madripoor, was assigned to kill Wolverine. With the assistance of a mutant pseudo-vampire, he overpowered Wolverine and was able to knock the weakened Wolverine off a cliff. The mutant, Sapphire Styx, had drained all of Wolverine's strength with her vampiric powers.[6] When next they fought, Wolverine barely beat him and appeared to kill him.[7] Razor Fist's recovery from this seemingly fatal encounter has never been explained.

Fully recovered, Razor Fist fought Hawkeye in an attempt to collect a reward for Hawkeye's right arm from Crossfire. He was defeated by Hawkeye, but joined in Crossfire's mass attack on Hawkeye. He was defeated by Mockingbird again and taken into police custody.[8]

Razor Fist was also apparently killed by Elektra when he attempted to claim a bounty that had been put on her head.[9] As with his previous apparent death his survival has not been explained. When he next appeared, battling Spider-Man, he had a set of cybernetic prostheses with blades attached. These were severed and broken by another martial artist named Cat. After this encounter Razor Fist was sent to prison.[10]

In the wake of the great supervillain breakout in the pages of New Avengers, Razor Fist escaped along with all the other villains.[11] He has recently appeared in the Toxin miniseries. There, he replaced both of his prosthetic hands with actual razors, and attracted a group of young children who are victims of self-harm. He was then easily defeated by the hero and returned to prison.[12]

Razor Fist since been hired by the Hood to take advantage of the split in the superhero community caused by the Superhuman Registration Act.[13] He later attacked the Enforcers, and Mister Fear's other bodyguards. The fight is interrupted by Daredevil who takes out Wrecker and Razor Fist who is also working for the Hood, unintentionally allowing the Enforcers to escape.[14] He helped them fight the New Avengers but was taken down by Dr. Strange.[15] In Secret Invasion, he is among the many supervillains who rejoined the Hood's crime syndicate and attacked an invading Skrull force.[16] He joins with the Hood's gang in an attack on the New Avengers, who were expecting the Dark Avengers instead.[17] Scorcher, Living Laser, Griffin, and Razor Fist are sent by the Hood to retrieve Tigra and Gauntlet after they flee from Norman Osborn. They attack the heroes, who are ultimately saved by Counter Force.[18]

He was seen during the battle of Camp: HAMMER,[19] until the Hood ordered him to teleport to aid Osborn in Siege of Asgard.[20] During the battle a civilian family was hurt when the Sentry caused the entire kingdom of Asgard to collapse. The husband finds both Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers as Captain America and asked them to help locate his family in the rubble. They find his wife but see his two daughters in the clutches of Razor Fist. Both Avengers defeat Razor Fist and leave him tied up as they search for their friends who are trapped underneath the rubble.[21] After the battle was over, Razor Fist was arrested along with other members of the Hood's gang.[22]

Under the employ of White Dragon, Razor Fist murders undercover MI-6 agent Leiko Wu, the lover of his leader's rival Triad clan leader Skull-Crusher, in London's Chinatown. Razor Fist and some of White Dragon's men attempt to attack Shang-Chi, who was in London investigating Leiko's death but are thwarted by the Daughters of the Dragon and flee the fight when Shang-Chi recognizes the tattoo of the Mao Shan Pai, a powerful black magic, on one of White Dragon's men. After Midnight Sun, Shang-Chi's brother and the true mastermind behind White Dragon, accidentally resurrects Leiko with the Mao Shan Pai, Razor Fist attempts to kill her a second time, only to be brutally beaten down by the black magic wielding Leiko, who then proceeds to painfully rip the blades from his arms. Before she could finish him off, she is stopped by Shang-Chi. Razor Fist and White Dragon's men are later taken into custody by Black Jack Tarr and MI-6.[23]

During the "Search for Tony Stark" arc, Razor Fist rejoined Hood's gang and assisted in the attack on Castle Doom.[24]

Razor Fist is part of a group of Shang-Chi's enemies that includes Shen Kuei, Shockwave, Death-Hand, Shadow Stalker, Tiger-Claw and others led by Midnight Sun that ambushes the Master of Kung Fu and Domino while the two are on a date in Hong Kong.[25] The group is quickly defeated by the two. After the fight, Shang-Chi warns the group to retreat and forget the ambush ever took place or to face further attacks from Domino.[26]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Each Razor Fist has no known superhuman powers. However, each Razor Fist's physical strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes & reactions, coordination, balance, and endurance are honed to the peak of human conditioning. The first Razor Fist's hands were both surgically replaced with steel blades which he used as weapons, while the latter two Razor Fists initially had only one hand replaced with a steel blade. The last remaining Razor Fist eventually had his other hand replaced by a similar blade as well.

Each Razor Fist is highly skilled in multiple forms of hand to razor fist combat, with extensive training in hand-to-hand combat and martial arts.

Other versionsEdit

Secret Wars (2015)Edit

In the Secret Wars storyline, a version of Razor Fist exists in the wuxia-inspired K'un-L'un domain of Battleworld. In this reality, Razor Fist is a student of the Ten Rings school and an enforcer of Emperor Zheng Zu, the Master of the Ten Rings. His is a master of The Mortal Blade, a Ten Rings technique that makes his hands razor sharp. Razor Fist, along with fellow Ten Rings members Typhus and Nighthawk attempt to arrest Shang-Chi, the exiled son of the emperor, only to be easily defeated by the Master of Kung Fu. For his failure, Emperor Zu cuts off both of Razor Fist's hands as punishment. [27]

In other mediaEdit

Video gamesEdit

  • Razor Fist appears in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.[citation needed] Razor fist is found dead in Season two, chapter nine. He is killed as a part of a ritual sacrifice. The heroes who are sent to ID his body are able to do so with ease due to his hands.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Master of Kung Fu #29
  2. ^ Master of Kung Fu #59-60
  3. ^ a b Master of Kung Fu #105
  4. ^ Daughters of the Dragon #1-2
  5. ^ West Coast Avengers Vol. 2 #11
  6. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #2-4
  7. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #9
  8. ^ Avengers Spotlight #24-25
  9. ^ Elektra #5-6
  10. ^ Peter Parker: Spider-Man #81
  11. ^ New Avengers #1-4
  12. ^ Toxin #1-6
  13. ^ New Avengers #35
  14. ^ Daredevil vol. 2 #102
  15. ^ New Avengers Annual #2
  16. ^ New Avengers #46
  17. ^ New Avengers #50
  18. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #25
  19. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #34
  20. ^ New Avengers #63 (May 2010)
  21. ^ Siege: Captain America #1 (2010)
  22. ^ New Avengers: The Finale #1
  23. ^ The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Vol 2 #1-4
  24. ^ Invincible Iron Man #597. Marvel Comics.
  25. ^ Domino #4. Marvel Comics.
  26. ^ Domino #5. Marvel Comics.
  27. ^ Master of Kung Fu (vol. 2) #1-2 (2015)

External linksEdit

  • [1]
  • Razor Fist I at The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • Razor Fist II at The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • Razor Fist III at The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe