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Quote1 My father has often said to me: 'A man may not be too careful in his choice of enemies, for once he has chosen... he has forfeited a friend.' These are words my father has lived by, for he is Fu Manchu, and his life is his word. Quote2
-- Shang-Chi src
 

Origins

Zheng Zu and his twin brother were once blacksmiths in ancient china. They forged the magical Eyes of the Dragon, which drew power from an unknown deity. He then betrayed his brother and sacrificed him as part of a ritual using the eyes in order to gain immortality. His origins were forgotten in time and he adopted many aliases over the years to hide this.[1]

Over the years, Zheng Zu learned martial arts, the various scientific disciplines, and esoteric knowledge at a monastery.[6] In the modern day, Zheng Zu adopted the name Fu Manchu and created a false origin saying that he was empowered by the Elixir of Life. He became a crimelord, the shadow emperor of a worldwide invisible empire with a globe-spanning army of highly trained fanatical killers.[7][8][9][10] At his command were the killers of various cults and secret societies, including; the Dacoits, the Thugees, the Phansigars, the Hashishin, and others. Zheng Zu had the intellect of three geniuses and the world's most beautiful women as his pawns.[8]

Modern day

He attempted to take over the United States and the world on numerous occasions. One of his earlier attempts global domination by kidnapping the leaders of the League of Nations[11] and controlling the minds of the representatives[citation needed] in 1933 was stopped by Denis Nayland Smith, Lyman Leeks, and James Petrie.[11] His first attempt to conquer the United States by dispersing a mind control chemical via the exhaust produced by automobiles was defeated by his son Shang-Chi.[12] Later Spider-Man and Shang-Chi stopped his attempt to brainwash the citizens of the United States via television using a transmitter installed on the Empire State Building.[13] Fu Manchu then attempted to manipulate China and the United States into a war against each other, but was foiled by Iron Fist, Shang-Chi and the Sons of the Tiger.[14]

Shang-Chi and MI6 later stopped Fu Manchu from knocking the Moon out of orbit, thereby bringing chaos to Earth and giving him the opportunity to conquer it.[15] Fu Manchu then brought together several shadowy and criminal secret societies (Thugees, Leopard Cult, Three-Cornered Sight, Hashishin, Twenty-Third Sect, Light-Seekers, Templars, Phansigars, Followers of the Left-Hand Path, and his own Celestial Order of the Si-Fan) under an umbrella secret society, the Order of the Golden Dawn.[16] Using these new assets he attempted to sow chaos and a World War 3 via using mind control on UN representatives, creating "UFO" incidents, and attempting to detonate a nuclear weapon in New York before being stopped by Shang-Chi.[16][17][18]

For almost two decades he was inactive and believed dead, and upon his return he recommenced his war with Shang-Chi. First he had Zaran retrieve a chemical agent from A.I.M Who infiltrated an A.I.M. facility, killed everyone in it, and brought him the chemical agent.[19] He then had Zaran lead a team of Daicots against Shang-Chi and his allies. Which was a diversion, as the true target, Spector Tower was destroyed in a great explosion.[20] He later built the Hellfire Weapon which could destroy cities, before being foiled once again by Shang-Chi and MI6.[21]

Seeking alliance with Black Panther

As the Black Panther was touring in the United States, looking for a wife, Fu Manchu had him followed by his ninjas to Luke Cage's flat.[22] Those attacked the two heroes but were forced to retreat, allowing the pair to infiltrate their ship and then Fu Manchu's Fortress.[2]

Going now by the name of "Han", he offered his daughter Kwai Far to T'Challa, hoping to unite their kingdoms. But as the Panther refused the offer, feeling he was bound to someone else, Han got mad, rejecting his daughter and unleashing his ninjas over the two heroes, soon rejoined by his son Shang-Chi. Cage, T'Challa, and Shang-Shi managed to defeat the ninjas and dodge the Dragon, and all left the fortress along with Kwai Far.[2]

Shadow Council

The Shadow Council would resurrect Fu Manchu some point after his death. However, without the proper materials, he was stuck in a temporary undead state. In order to fully resurrect him, they needed to collect the Eyes of the Dragon and sacrifice a relative. After the eyes were located, they decided to capture and sacrifice Shang-Chi by creating a diversion to draw out him and the Secret Avengers. After Shang-Chi was captured, he told Shang-Chi he planned on killing him. Shang-Chi then revealed he had discovered his true origins, but Zheng Zu dismissively said it did not matter. His plans were foiled by Moon Knight, who had infiltrated the Shadow Council located the to the hidden temple of the ritual. The Secret Avengers arrived to fight them off. The Prince of Orphans, an old enemy of Zheng Zu destroyed the glyph on the ritual grounds so that it couldnt be finished. As a result, Zheng Zu died and his body turned to stone. To ensure his death, his body was shattered. This created a magic backlash that caused the whole temple to collapse.[23]

Powers

Magician with several magic-based abilities; striking / moving human targets from a distance, and causing explosions[1]

Abilities

  • Genius-Level Intellect: Fu Manchu invented the mind control mimosa which could be dispersed in the atmosphere,[12] developed a transmitter to brainwash people via television,[13] built a huge subterranean mountain fortress, made plans to knock the moon from its orbit, built the Hellfire lighting ray weapon which could destroy cities,[21] genetically engineered "aliens",[18] created giant arthropods (spiders, praying mantis, scorpions),[24][25] and mutate human-animal hybrids.[26]
  • Unarmed Combat: Skilled in all of the martial arts that were known to mankind.[6]
  • Master of Disguise: Being able to fool Shang-Chi, his own son.[12]
  • Hypnotism: Skilled in animal magnetism (aka, mystic hypnotism).[6]


Equipment

Elixir of Life, orbiting satellite,[17] mind control devices,[27]

Transportation

space shuttle, UFO-like vehicles, space station, and stealth bombers (similar to the F-117 Nighthawk).[28][18][15][21]

Weapons

Directed energy cannons,[29] lightning weapon,[21] giant mutated creatures (insects, arachnids, and reptiles),[30][25] human-animal hybrid mutate,s[31]

  • Fu Manchu was originally created by British pulp novelist Sax Rohmer (real name Arthur Sarsfield Ward) and was the eponymous antagonist in several novels and anthologies published between 1913 and 1959. Fu Manchu's greatest adversaries were Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Doctor Petrie (also creations of Sax Rohmer). Fu's infamous son, Shang-Chi, is a character unique to the Marvel Universe and has no pulp era counterpart. As Marvel Comics Entertainment no longer maintains the license to use Fu Manchu as a character; he is seldom referenced in comics but does occasionally appear under an assumed name. The Marvel Comics version of Fu Manchu was first developed by Roy Thomas and Steve Englehart.
  • on Earth-616, Fu Manchu is a real person, but most people believe him to be a fictional character:

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Secret Avengers #8
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Black Panther Vol 4 #11
  3. Master of Kung Fu #19
  4. 4.0 4.1 Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #1
  5. Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #5
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Master of Kung Fu #124
  7. Marvel Encyclopedia #Marvel Knights; Shang-Chi's entry
  8. 8.0 8.1 Special Marvel Edition #15
  9. Master of Kung Fu #21
  10. Master of Kung Fu #27
  11. 11.0 11.1 Master of Kung Fu #81
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Master of Kung Fu #18
  13. 13.0 13.1 Giant-Size Spider-Man #2
  14. Kung Fu Special #1
  15. 15.0 15.1 Master of Kung Fu #48-50
  16. 16.0 16.1 Master of Kung Fu #83
  17. 17.0 17.1 Master of Kung Fu #86
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Master of Kung Fu #89
  19. Marvel Knights #4
  20. Marvel Knights #12-14
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #6
  22. Black Panther Vol 4 #10
  23. Secret Avengers #7-10
  24. Master of Kung Fu #49
  25. 25.0 25.1 Master of Kung Fu #118
  26. Master of Kung Fu Vol 2 #3
  27. Master of Kung Fu #84
  28. Master of Kung Fu #48
  29. Master of Kung Fu #48-49
  30. Master of Kung Fu #116
  31. Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #4



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