|First appearance||Marvel Graphic Novel #5 (January 1983)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont |
|Notable aliases||William Stryker, Jr.|
Jason Stryker is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is usually depicted as the mutant son of William Stryker and an enemy of the X-Men.
Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Brent Anderson, he first appeared in Marvel Graphic Novel #5 (1983). His character was later re-introduced in All-New X-Men #19 (2013) and was officially given his name "Jason Stryker" in that version.
At the time Jason's mother, Marcy Stryker, got pregnant, his father William was still a colonel and stationed on a nuclear testing facility. After the couple crashed their car in the Nevada desert, Marcy went into labor, forcing Stryker to deliver their baby. Marcy fell unconscious in the process and, upon waking up, she asked if the baby was fine, only for William to snap her neck. William saw his son's birth as a sign from God, causing him to turn into a religious fanatic that ensures the genocide of all mutants. However, Jason was kept alive and Stryker resorted to A.I.M. to treat his son's mutant condition.
As an adult, Jason joined the Purifiers to continue his father's work and faced the original X-Men's time-displaced version. Jason was defeated and arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D.
Jason Stryker possesses the ability to project a blinding white light from his body that is powerful enough to knock several people unconscious. His mutation was apparently initially unstable, as he was born horribly deformed and was also implied by his father to be deathly ill, afflictions that A.I.M. was able to somehow alleviate, though with side-effects such as chronic headaches and insomnia.
The Ultimate Marvel iteration of the character is Reverend William Stryker, Jr., the son of William Stryker, Sr. and the leader of an anti-mutant coalition armed with Sentinel technology that is possibly stolen from S.H.I.E.L.D. He has a Sentinel tech body armor that resembles Ahab from the mainstream Marvel universe and various alternate realities. His wife Kate Stryker and son John Stryker are killed during the "Ultimatum" wave through New York, leading to his hatred against mutants. His forces (that wears Crusader-esque outfits) later attack Juggernaut and Rogue. He is later seen with the advanced Nimrod Sentinels. When he attacks Times Square, executing mutants in public, the X-Men appear and the Shroud kills him via a phasing arm through his abdomen; it's revealed that he's a mutant with the power of technopathy. His father used medication in order to suppress his abilities but his powers manifest with his last breath and manipulate a wave of Nimrod Sentinels to kill every mutant on the planet. It is revealed that his last act left his brain-patterns imprinted on the Nimrod Sentinels as Master Mold, and continues to be a threat to the X-Men. Stryker led an assault against Kitty Pryde's team of mutants before Pryde managed to damage Stryker's machine body enough to destroy him permanently.
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