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Karl Striklan was an U.S. Marine but was dishonorably discharged for unspecified reasons. Striklan later became a cop but was dismissed for excessive brutality and violent towards criminals. He even joined Hydra for a short period and in that time he battled Daredevil.[1]

Striklan took up the name Crippler, quit Hydra and went freelance. He eventually joined Silver Sable's International mercenary team Wild Pack.[2]

After the Civil War, he was listed as a potential recruit for the Initiative.[3]




Weapons

Cobrabaton, a retractable club

He's a sadomasochist; he enjoys torture both as a torturer and as a victim.[citation needed]

The Crippler's overalls and speech (specifically the line "looks like I finally found someone who likes to play as rough as I do" from his first appearance) suggest he is patterned after the Willem Dafoe character in the film Streets of Fire.

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