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Plague (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceUncanny X-Men #169 (May 1983)
Created byChris Claremont
Paul Smith
In-story information
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsHorsemen of Apocalypse
Notable aliasesPestilence
Abilitiesadapt to and absorb any disease, then spread it through touch

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Plague is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She was originally a member of the Morlocks before joining the Horsemen of Apocalypse.

Publication history[edit]

Plague first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #169-170 (May-June 1983), and was created by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith.

The character subsequently appears as Pestilence in X-Factor #10 (November 1986), #15 (April 1987), #17 (June 1987), #19 (August 1987), #22-25 (November 1987-February 1988), Power Pack (February 1988), and Daredevil #252 (March 1988.

Plague appeared as part of the "Morlocks" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #9.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Plague is an old woman that was a member of a large community of mutants who felt they were outcasts who live in the tunnels beneath New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut known as the Morlocks.[volume & issue needed]

Plague was present during the Morlock massacre by the Marauders and was terrorized by Sabretooth, who was unaware of her abilities and left weakened and might have died if not for his healing factor.[volume & issue needed] Apocalypse arrived and saved Plague from the massacre, stating that he had plans for her to serve him as the Horseman Pestilence.[1]

After being transformed into Pestilence, Plague, War, and Famine battled X-Factor in Central Park and were defeated by Iceman, but not before they killed countless humans.[1] After the fourth Horseman, Death, was revealed, Apocalypse had the Horsemen battle each other, to find the leader and Death beat them all.[volume & issue needed]

After Apocalypse teleported X-Factor on his Celestial Ship, they battled the Horsemen again and, after their defeat, the Horsemen were sent into Manhattan to incite chaos.[volume & issue needed] X-Factor and the Power Pack battled the Horsemen and Lightspeed knocked Pestilence off her flying steed, whereupon she fell to her death.[2]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Plague's immune system made her essentially immune to all known diseases. However, she could be exposed to a disease, alter it to be more lethal, and then spread it by touch. Her power was augmented by Apocalypse to an unknown degree.[volume & issue needed]

As Pestilence, she also utilized an electric flying robotic steed constructed by Apocalypse's Ship.[volume & issue needed]

In other media[edit]


  • Plague first makes a cameo in the X-Men episode "Captive Hearts", voiced by Judy Marshak. She appears as one of the Morlocks fighting the X-Men and incapacitating Gambit. She returns in the episode "Come the Apocalypse" wanting a cure and is eventually transformed into the Horseman Pestilence.


  1. 1.0 1.1 X-Factor #10
  2. Power Pack #35

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