Lady Deathstrike

Lady Deathstrike
Lady Deathstrike as seen in X-Men: Messiah Complex.
Art by Simone Bianchi.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceAs Yuriko Oyama:
Daredevil #197 (August 1983)
As Lady Deathstrike:
Alpha Flight #33 (April 1986)
Created byDennis O'Neil and Larry Hama,
Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema,
Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith
In-story information
Alter egoYuriko Oyama
Team affiliationsSisterhood of Mutants
AbilitiesExcellent athlete and hand-to-hand combatant
Superhuman strength, speed, agility, and reflexes
Adamantium skeleton and retractable claw nails
Healing factor

Lady Deathstrike (Yuriko Oyama), occasionally spelled "Deathstryke," is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is a foe of the X-Men, especially Wolverine.

Her father Lord Dark Wind created the adamantium-bonding process that was forced on Wolverine by Weapon X. A self-styled warrior, Lady Deathstrike hired the villain Spiral’s "body shoppe" to bond adamantium to her own skeleton in addition to other cyber-genetic enhancements. She has since worked as a mercenary and assassin and feels a need to prove herself by killing Wolverine. Lady Deathstrike is also the sister of Lord Deathstrike.

A mutant version of Lady Deathstrike, played by Kelly Hu and without any of Deathstrike's backstory, appeared as a brainwashed henchman of William Stryker in the 2003 film X2. She also re-appeared in X-Men: The Official Game, where she was revealed to be Silver Samurai's apprentice.

In 2009, Lady Deathstrike was ranked as IGN's 78th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[1]

Publication history

She first appeared as Yuriko Oyama in Daredevil #197 and later as Lady Deathstrike in Alpha Flight #33. Yuriko Oyama was created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Larry Hama. Writers Bill Mantlo and Chris Claremont added defining characteristics such as her cyborg abilities, while artist Barry Windsor-Smith designed her cyborg appearance.

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