Andreas von Strucker is a fictional character in the Template:Marvel Universe. He and twin sister Andrea were known together as Fenris; when she was killed, he became the new Swordsman.

Andreas first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #194, though his powers and codename were not revealed until #200. His first appearance as the Swordsman was in New Thunderbolts #2, though the Swordsman's identity remained a mystery until #17 when it was revealed he was Andreas.

Character history



Andreas and his twin sister Andrea were the children of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the leader of the Nazi terrorist organization HYDRA. While the two were still in their mother's uterus they were genetically modified, giving them bio-energy powers that they could use when in physical contact with one another (usually when holding hands). Because of their father, Andreas and Andrea grew up to believe in white supremacy, Nazism, and the Fourth Reich. The two would become the supervillains known as Fenris when they became adults.

When Andrea discovered that Citizen V was secretly Baron Zemo, he killed her to prevent her from telling anyone the truth.


Baron Zemo later had the Purple Man brainwash Andreas into becoming the new Swordsman. With Andrea dead, the Purple Man had Andreas flay the flesh from her corpse, tan it, and make it the hilt of his sword, allowing him to now channel his powers through his sword. Once Andreas broke free of the Purple Man's control, he joined the Thunderbolts.

Civil War/The Initiative

Andreas has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who appear on the cover of the comic book Avengers: The Initiative #1. [1]


  • Andreas and Andrea are not Baron Strucker's only children. Wolfgang also had a son named Werner.
  • Andreas is bisexual.[2]


External links

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