Antiochus Epiphanes was a Greek leader,[1] a king from Syria and, as Antiochus IV, ruled over Judea as a tyrant.

He oppressed the Jews, including the Maccabees led by Judah the Maccabee, who eventually resisted and,[2] though the Jews were outnumbered and did not stand a chance,[3] regaining their independence,[1] ousting his hordes from Judea and reconsecrating the temple which had been filled with idols.[2]

  • In an attempt to tell the story of Chanukah to a dissipated Aleph class, Doc Samson had to describe Antiochus IV as an Ultron-like evil robot, the fourth of his kind (hence the name).[2]
    • He possibly had hordes of demons from the pits of Hell, presented as "ugly creatures, called from the pits of Heck",[2] but that could only a lie to have him look like Shredder on TV.
    • Samson's story also mentions Antiochus attacking Santa Claus, but is unknown if it is true or not.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Marvel Holiday Special #2006; Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Santa Claus
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Marvel Holiday Special #1992; Revisionist History
  3. Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1; The Impossible Enemy

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