Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian)

The Religious Affiliation of
Ophelia Sarkissian

Religion: nihilist CBR Scale: M

Name: Viper

Alter Ego: Ophelia Sarkissian

Other Names: Viper II; Madame Hydra; Madame Viper; White Princess; "Leona Hiss"; "Merriem Drew"; Mrs. Smith

Classification: villain villain  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: (as Madame Hydra) Captain America (vol. 1) #110 (Feb. 1969): "No Longer Alone!"; (as Viper) Captain America (vol. 1) #180 (Dec. 1974): "The Coming of the Nomad!"

Creators: Jim Steranko, Joe Sinnott

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 153

   Comic Book Appearances: 152

   TV, Film Appearances: 1

Teams/Affiliations: Fangs (leader); HYDRA; Serpent Society; Serpent Squad; The Inner Circle

Enemy of: Captain America, Chainsaw, The Avengers, Hugh Jones, X-Men

Ally: Seraph
Ally: Silver Samurai
Employer: Red Skull

Ally: Wolverine

Nation: Hungary

Race: white

Gender: female

Note: former servant of Chthon

Tony Stark (Iron Man Annual #1, 2007, page 3): "Other aliases [for Madame Hydra] include The Viper, Leona Hiss, Merriem Drew, and Ophelia Sarkissian, which just might be her real name."

A second incarnation of the Serpent Squad appeared in Captain America #s 180-182, comprised of Viper (Dixon), the Eel, Princess Python, Cobra and Krang. The group tried to use the Serpent Crown to take over the world. In Captain America #180, the original Viper (Jordan Dixon) was replaced by a savage new up-and-comer of a super-villain: Madame Hydra. She fought and killed Viper so she could become the new "Viper," and she assumed his place in the Serpent Squad. Viper also battled Cobra and defeated him (but did not kill him) so that she could take his place as leader of the Serpent Squad.

In Captain America (vol. 1) #419, Viper utilized super-villain team she organized called Fangs. They were essentially pawns in her latest nihilist scheme. The team consisted of Bludgeon, Heatray, Razorblade, and Slither).

Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian) Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian)

This character is in the following 57 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Avengers (vol. 1) #500 (Sep. 2004): "Chaos: Part One of Four" (mentioned)
Avengers: The Initiative #22 (Apr. 2009): "Avengers: The Initiative Dissasembled: Part 2" (mentioned)
Captain America
Captain America: Reborn #4 (Jan. 2010) (1-panel cameo)
Captain America: The Legend #1 (Sep. 1996)
Daredevil Annual #5 (Sep. 1989): "A Friend in Need"
Dark Reign Files #1 (Apr. 2009)
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Annual #1 (Jan. 2008): "Regime Change"
Nomad (vol. 2) #1 (May 1992): "Where Nomad Has Gone Before..."
The Punisher Annual #2 (Sep. 1989): "Knight Fight"
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #15 (Aug. 1993): "Vipers in Our Midst"
X-Men (vol. 2) #81 (Nov. 1998): "Jack of Hearts, Queen of Death!" (mentioned)
X-Treme X-Men

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