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15 Comic Characters Who Got The Amputation And Stories Behind It

While comic books haven’t consistently been recognized for featuring various characters, amputee superheroes appear in abundance. However, it’s unlikely that the trend of missing limbs in comic books is a result of inclusion; instead, it’s almost probably a result of how vividly amputation appears on the page.

When a writer wants to give his superhero a dark and depressing moment, they may always select something that costs that character an arm and a leg. Because of the nature of comic books, unlike in the real world, any such injury can always be reversed if required – and high-tech robotic prostheses are easily accessible to anybody who wants one.

1. The Winter Soldier

Source: Marvel Studio

Bucky Barnes, also known as the Winter Soldier, was believed to have died in the same WWII tragedy that placed Steve Rogers on ice, and he was lost for decades. Barnes resurfaced as the Winter Soldier in 2005, but the entire tale of his survival was not revealed until Captain America Vol. 5 #11.

Barnes was brutally injured when defusing a booby-trapped jet aiming for America, and his left arm was entirely blasted off his body. He saw it all, only to be kidnapped by the Soviets.

They resurrected and fitted him with a new metal limb, but they also put him in suspended animation and brainwashed him into acting as their assassin for the Cold War.

2. Cable

Source: Marvel Studio

When it comes to missing limbs, Cable is in an intriguing situation because he technically possesses all of his appendages – but not in their original shape. The incident that costs him his limbs, which takes place in X-Factor #68, occurs before Nathan Summers is known as Cable.

Baby Nathan, born to Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor, a clone of Jean Grey, is much sought after because of his genetic abilities, resulting in his abduction by Apocalypse. After failing to gain control of the youngster, the would-be mutant messiah infects Nathan with a techno-organic virus that gradually replaces all of his flesh with sophisticated equipment.

Cyclops has no choice but to send his son into the future to be nurtured at a time when his disease can be healed. Nathan returns as Cable, a seasoned fighter and powerful mutant, but he must expend much of his strength to keep the techno-organic virus under control.

The virus has changed vast areas of Cable’s anatomy, including his entire left arm, by the time he reaches maturity.

3. Thor

Source: Marvel Studio

Despite his godlike longevity, Thor has gone through a lot in his millennia of existence, including some terrible maiming. Several possible future versions of the Odinson see him ascending to the throne of Asgard but losing an arm and an eye in the process. One of those scenarios comes true in Thor Vol. 4 #1.

Thor faces Malekith the Accursed during a moment when he believes he is unworthy and has been supplanted as the wielder of Mjolnir by Jane Foster, and it does not go well. Malekith obtains Thor’s new weapon, the mighty ax Jarnbjorn, and removes the god of thunder’s left arm in a single swoop at the bicep.

Thor is soon fitted with an Uru prosthesis, which he may be seen wearing thousands of years later, implying that he will never get his hands on the real piece.

4. Aquaman

Source: DC

No figure in comic book history (maybe except characters with a healing factor, such as Deadpool) has been as prone to losing limbs as Aquaman. Arthur Curry’s first brush with decapitation occurs in Aquaman Vol. 5 #2 when he keeps the enemy Charybdis below to be devoured by voracious piranhas. They devour Aquaman’s left hand down to the bone in the process.

Aquaman first replaces his magical water hand with a big and scary hook, but this only lasts until Aquaman Vol. 6 #1, when he acquires a new magical water hand from the Lady of the Lake. He maintains that one until he dies and is resurrected years later, at which point he reclaims his extremity.

This only lasts until Brightest Day #19, when Black Manta cuts off his hand once more. This time, Aquaman returns to the hook and stays there until his continuity, along with all of his body parts and the rest of the DC Universe, is entirely reset.

5. USAgent

Source: Marvel Studio

The character of John Walker, a renowned Captain America replacement now known as the USAgent, didn’t become a familiar name until The Falcon and the Winter Soldier brought him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he’s a long-established veteran in the pages of Marvel Comics.

The character of John Walker, a renowned Captain America replacement now known as the USAgent, didn’t become a familiar name until The Falcon and the Winter Soldier brought him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he’s a long-established veteran in the pages of Marvel Comics.

Walker changes and joins many superheroic teams, including the Mighty Avengers, after a long spell as one of Steve Rogers’ main opponents. USAgent fights Norman Osborn’s evil troops and their attempted Siege of Asgard as a member of that squad in Thunderbolts #142, which leads him straight into a confrontation with the super-soldier Nuke.

Nuke grabs Gungnir, Odin’s fabled spear, and uses it to slash Walker’s head off halfway through their fight.

6. Arsenal

Source: Image Comic

In his transformation from Green Arrow’s sidekick to a real hero in his own right, Roy Harper has been dubbed Speedy, Red Arrow, and Arsenal. Through the brutal events of Justice League: Cry For Justice #5, Harper witnesses a moment that would define his character for years to come.

Harper meets Prometheus, who is essentially an evil Batman while working with the Justice League. Prometheus rips Arsenal’s right arm off at the bicep during the brawl, aiming to kill him, but he lives owing to the medical help of his fellow heroes.

To make matters worse, Prometheus detonates a bomb in Star City at the same time, killing Harper’s little daughter, Lian. Nothing could ever replace the death of his child, and the character proceeds down a dark path for many years following this catastrophe.

7. Angel

Source: Marvel Studio

The original five X-Men reunite under a new moniker as Jean Grey comes back to life for the first of many times – albeit it isn’t exactly a joyous homecoming. Warren Worthington III is caught up in the “Morlock Massacre,” a massacre of sewer-dwelling mutants by the cruel Marauders, in X-Factor #14.

Angel tries his hardest to protect the Morlocks, but he gets “crucified” and has his wings forcibly pinned to a wall due to his efforts.

Angel’s life is only saved by Thor’s intervention, and he desperately needs medical help. Unfortunately, Worthington’s buddy, Cameron Hodge, proves himself to be an anti-mutant bigot by fabricating proof of a significant infection in Warren’s wings, which leads to surgeons amputating them.

Angel is depressed after losing his most distinctive feature, which is also the root of his mutant identity. He eventually obtains enhanced wings and skills, but at a horrible cost: he becomes Death, the Apocalypse’s Horseman!

8. Agent Venom

Source: Marvel Studio

Eugene “Flash” Thompson is an intriguing example since he lost his legs before becoming a superhero – and before he could be deemed a nice man. Flash was best remembered as Peter Parker’s high school bully until Amazing Spider-Man #574 when he gave up his limbs and nearly his life in service of his nation and to save his fellow troops.

When Flash returns from the war, he joins Spider-Man as a sidekick, but it’s not long until he gets his opportunity to play the costumed crusader.

Thompson is enlisted by a government organization to test a drugged version of the extraterrestrial symbiote that Parker previously wore, and the result is Agent Venom, a new persona that grants Flash the use of his legs as well as the ability to continue fighting the good fight.

9. Rick Grimes

Source: Image Comic

Fans who only know The Strolling Dead from the AMC television series may be astonished to find protagonist Rick Grimes walking about with only one hand if they pick up a comic. That’s because of a scene from The Walking Dead #28 that the show didn’t recreate: the Governor, the series’ first genuine big evil, brutally maiming Grimes.

Grimes has been enormous and powerful up until that point in the novel, but the Governor soon humbles him by outnumbering and then overwhelming him in their first encounter. When Rick refuses to bow down to this self-proclaimed post-apocalyptic tyrant, the Governor raises the stakes by chomping off Rick’s hand.

Rick is saved by prompt medical attention and is finally equipped with a smart prosthetic after the Governor’s gory demise, but he will have to live out the remainder of the zombie apocalypse with a handicap, compounding his already risky lifestyle.

10. Aaron Cash

Source: DC

Aaron Cash’s most recognizable characteristic is his missing hand, replaced with a hook-shaped prosthesis. His dismemberment had already occurred before his first appearance in a comic book.

The long-time Arkham Asylum guard lost his left hand during a riot when he came a little too near to Killer Croc, although that incident isn’t featured on page until Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #4.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s later discovered that Croc and other convicts used Cash’s severed hand to escape the asylum. Unlike most other injured characters, Cash has kept his hook hand even after DC Comics’ whole continuity was reset.

11. Galactus

Source: Marvel Studio

Galactus, Devourer of Worlds, is one of the most powerful characters in comic book history. That’s why, even though the amputation was never revealed on page, seeing him without a limb in Thor Vol. 6 #1 was so stunning.

Galactus’ missing right arm turns revealed to be the consequence of cosmic frostbite, owing to a run-in with the Black Winter, an apocalyptic storm that threatens to wipe out the whole universe.

Galactus is so weak due to the flash-freeze that Thor can knock off a few fingers on his left hand a few issues later, further hurting the Devourer – albeit the two have now made up and resolved to take on the Black Winter together.

12. Wolverine (‘Age of Apocalypse’)

Source: Marvel Studio

Wolverine has lost various body parts throughout his almost century-long existence, including the bulk of his flesh on several occasions. He’s always been able to regrow it all because of his mutant healing skills, but that isn’t the case for a version of the character from a significant parallel universe.

Charles Xavier is retroactively removed from the chronology of the Age of Apocalypse, placing the world on a much bleak course. Part of that gory past includes a fight between Logan and Scott Summers, the despotic Apocalypse’s right-hand man, in which Cyclops loses an eye but blasts away Wolverine’s left hand so horribly that it never grows back, as shown in Factor X #3.

Wolverine can at the very least snap his claws out of the stump, as he demonstrates spectacularly later in the issue. Then he becomes Apocalypse’s heir and a tyrant in his own right, but that’s another story.

13. Misty Knight

Source: Marvel Studio

Misty Knight has already lost her right arm when she initially debuts as a fierce, street-fighting cop working with Power Man and Iron Fist; her co-stars and readers are unaware of this.

The genesis tale of her missing arm was revealed long after she’d proven herself a true hero – for pay or not – and concerns a failed effort to disable a bomb planted in a bank. Knight protected citizens from harm, but he suffered injuries as a result.

Tony Stark, who heard Misty’s story and was pleased by her bravery, developed her bionic prosthesis, initially displayed in Iron Fist #4 and then explained later. She’s now embraced the prosthetic leg and accepted several enhancements, putting it to good use in her ongoing quest for justice.

14. Nico Minoru

Source: Marvel Studio

The dismemberment of Nico Minoru is one of the most shocking scenes in the Avengers Arena storyline. Arcade pits a group of youthful heroes against one another in a Battle Royale-style battle, and the audience cheers as they fall one by one.

Minoru’s old Runaways comrade Chase Stein is taken over by the perverted Apex, who orders him to remove her arm and hurl her down a cliff in Avengers Arena #10. Nico succumbs to her injuries so quickly that she dies soon after, but not before casting one more spell with her Staff of One, resurrecting her with a brand-new limb.

15. Atom Eve

Source: Image Comic

The Walking Dead author Robert Kirkman’s Invincible book for Image Comics has long prided itself on offering a more realistic take on the standard superhero plot, with the many gruesome repercussions of superpower and the like. As seen by the terrible events of Invincible #111, the comic’s regular protagonists suffer just as much as its villains in this regard.

Samantha Even though Eve Wilkins is known as Atom Eve and is the primary love interest of series protagonist Mark Grayson, she is not immune to danger. Robot, the couple’s erstwhile buddy, slashes Eve’s leg off during one particularly vicious attack.

Eve might regrow the limb under normal conditions since she can control matter; however, employing her skills in any substantial way could damage her pregnant child. Mark can bring Eve to safety in time, saving both her and their daughter’s life, and Eve is subsequently equipped with a prosthetic limb.

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