Lady Deathstrike
Lady Deathstrike
Personal Info:
Real Name: Yuriko Oyama
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Japan
First Appearance: Alpha Flight Vol.1 33
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former ally of Sabertooth and Omega Red
Base Of Operations: Worldwide
Grudges: Wolverine
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Lady Deathstrike is a skilled martial artist, particularly in the art of Kenjutsu and other samurai warrior skills.
Claws: Lady Deathstrike is equipped with one-foot long Adamantium claws atop each finger of each hand; the claws can telescope to approximately two feet.
Adamantium Skeleton: Lady Deathstrike’s body has been enhanced with cybernetic parts and her skeleton has been artificially laced with molecules of Adamantium, rendering her bones virtually indestructible.
Cybernetic Interface: Lady Deathstrike can interface with computers, allowing direct data access to her brain’s memory centres.
Enhanced Abilities: Lady Deathstrike has enhanced strength, agility and endurance.
Healing: Lady Deathstrike has had enhancements made upon her physiology by Donald Pierce, she possesses a “healing factor” enabling her to regenerate physical damage sustained by her cybernetic body.
Weapons: Lady Deathstrike sometimes carries a five-foot electro-magnetically tempered steel katana and various other samurai weapons.
Yuriko Oyama is the daughter of Kanji Oyama, alias Lord Dark Wind, a former Japanese kamikaze pilot during World War II who had survived his suicidal assault on an American battleship. Kanji Oyama felt shamed by his survival. His face was scarred by the crash of his plane, and, upon returning to Japan, he likewise scarred the faces of his two sons and his daughter. Lord Dark Wind developed a means for bonding the virtually, indestructible steel alloy Adamantium to human bone, a process with which he hoped to create an army of superhuman soldiers for Japan. However, his notes were stolen, and it took him years to rediscover the process.
Lord Dark Wind despised post-war Japanese civilization, and moved to a private island off the Japanese coast. He had the assassin Bullseye, many of whose bones had been shattered in a battle with the crime fighter Daredevil, brought to his island. There Dark Wind replaced some of the Bullseye’s broken bones with Adamantium substitutes, hoping that in return Bullseye would assassinate Japan’s minister of trade for him. Arriving in Japan intent on recapturing Bullseye, Daredevil encountered Yuriko Oyama. She sought vengeance on her father, both for scarring her and for the deaths of her brothers, who had somehow perished in Lord Dark Wind’s service. Moreover, the young man Yuriko loved, Kira, served in Dark Wind’s private army, and she did not want her father to cause him harm. Yuriko guided Daredevil to her father’s private island. Bullseye escaped from the island, and Yuriko herself slew Lord Dark Wind just as he was about to kill Daredevil.
After Daredevil himself left, Kira committed suicide in despair over his master's death. The shock of Kira’s death radically altered Yuriko’s outlook on life. She came to adopt her late father’s points of view. She became convinced that the mutant adventurer Wolverine had gained his own Adamantium-laced skeleton by the process stolen from her father. Hence, garbed as a female samurai and calling herself Lady Deathstrike, Yuriko led a number of her father’s warriors to Canada where they confronted and tried to kill Wolverine.