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Tomoe (character)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceInvincible Iron Man #7 (May 2016)
Created byBrian Michael Bendis (writer)
Mike Deodato (artist)
In-story information
Team affiliationsSoutheast Asia Crime Syndicate
Ten Rings
Notable aliasesTomoe
Techno Golem
AbilitiesSkilled martial artist
Brilliant tactician
Technopathy: grants the ability to control technology

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Tomoe (Techno Golem) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A inhuman crime lord in Japan with the ability to control technology with nothing but her thought. The character is usually depicted as an enemy of Iron Man.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Tomoe was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato, she was introduced in Invincible Iron Man #7 (May 2016)[2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Tomoe was a nobody who considered herself to have been reborn after being exposed to the Terrigen Mists spread throughout the world by the Terrigen Bomb. The mists activated her latent Inhuman genes, granting her the ability to control technology with nothing but thought.

Using her newfound abilities, Tomoe drove away the different nefarious organizations that preyed on her land, amassing an army of "biohack" ninja in the process, made up of other people she considered to be "disowed and disenfranchised," and successfully seized control of the underworld in Osaka, Japan as the head of the Southeast Asia Crime Syndicate.[3]

During her journey to retrieve powerful mystical objects, Madame Masque crossed paths with Tomoe's ninja clan, and made enemies of them. Iron Man first came into contact with the clan when he came across several ninja while investigating Masque's operations, and they tried to murder him to remain in the shadows.

After Masque's defeat, Tony Stark enlisted the help of his friend War Machine to find out why were they trailing her. During the investigation, he was abducted by two of them and taken to a warehouse, where he encountered Tomoe. Tomoe used her abilities to strip Rhodes of his armor and don it herself, making it bulkier by additionally using other components from the warehouse.

Before she could interrogate and kill Rhodes, Iron Man and Spider-Man appeared on the scene to rescue him; however, she absorbed Stark's armor into her as well, gaining even more power and creating a devastating explosion that seemingly killed Stark.

Stark actually survived, but went under the radar and adopted the identity of "Richard Franco," an alleged former Navy SEAL and ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Under the alias of Franco, Stark made his way through the Japanese underground for weeks until Tomoe took notice of him and enlisted his help in finding War Machine and killing him in order to tie up loose ends.

When Rhodes decided to put an end to Tony's undercover operation for his own good, he enlisted the help of the Avengers. The growing presence of superheroes in Osaka worried Tomoe, thinking they had arrived to avenge Tony Stark. The heroes eventually attacked Tomoe's base of operations, disrupting her enterprise; however, Tomoe herself had preemptively escaped.

Tomoe eventually reorganized her criminal empire. Having caught notice of Ironheart having taken up the legacy of Tony Stark when he fell into a coma following the second superhuman civil war, she decided to take her down to prevent her operations from being disturbed again. Tomoe proceeded to attack Ironheart and Rescue in Chicago, backed up by an army of ninja and having stripped the heroines of her suits to encase herself in a new armor.[4]

Riri managed to slip away to get help while Pepper Potts fended off Tomoe's ninja and tried to stall for time. When Tomoe grew tired of Pepper's shenanigans, she prepared to execute her. The Techno Golem was interrupted by the apparent return of Tony Stark, sporting an Iron Man armor.[10] Tomoe absorbed the suit, only to discover that was nobody inside, and that who confronted her was a digital duplicate of Stark's mind. When Tomoe took control of the armor, the Stark A.I. uploaded a virus into her systems which disrupted her powers, knocking out her ninja in the process. Tomoe emerged from the rubble of her disarmed armor and tried to kill Riri with a sword, she was, however, knocked unconscious by Rescue's remotelly-controlled gauntlet. When S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived to the scene shortly afterwards, they apprehended Tomoe.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Tomoe is an advanced technopath, whose abilities allow her to not only interact and override even the most advanced and heavily protected pieces of technology, such as the War Machine[5] and Iron Man suits.[6] But physically assimilate them into herself gaining all manner of advanced bionic enhancements.[7] However, she can only control any given piece of technology for a limited period of time.[8] Most of the time, Tomoe uses pieces of technology she can override to form a crude suit of armor around herself.[9]


  1. Invincible Iron Man (2015) #7
  2. DeFalco, Tom; Sanderson, Peter; Brevoort, Tom; Teitelbaum, Michael; Wallace, Daniel; Darling, Andrew; Forbeck, Matt; Cowsill, Alan; Bray, Adam (2019). The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK Publishing. p. 372. ISBN 978-1-4654-7890-0. Search this book on
  3. Invincible Iron Man (2015) #10
  4. Marvel’s New Iron Man, Pepper Potts to the Rescue
  5. Invincible Iron Man (2015) #7
  6. Invincible Iron Man (2015) #8
  7. Spider-Man Vol 2 #20
  8. Invincible Iron Man (2015) #10
  9. Invincible Iron Man (2016) #3

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