Jacques Duquesne (Earth-616)


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Jacques Duquesne [ 1 ]

Current Alias


Affiliation and Relationships



Legion of the Unliving ( Grandmaster ), Legion of the Unliving ( Grim Reaper ) Avengers, Carson Carnival, former ally of the Mandarin, the Black Widow Power Man, the Red Skull Batroc and Egghead ; Former member of the Lethal Legion, the Emissaries of Evil and the Legion of the Unliving (Kang)



René Duquesne (ancestor);

Armand Duquesne (father, deceased);
Mantis (wife);
Adelynn Duquesne (daughter);
Quoi (son by Mantis and the Cotati possessing his body);
Gabrielle Duquesne (cousin)[2]

Marital Status


Physical Characteristics[22]




6′4″ ( 1.93 megabyte )


250 pound ( 113.4 kilogram )



  • Blue



Origin and Living Status



Living Status




Place of Birth

Sin-Cong, Southeast Asia [ 3 ]

Personal Information


Known to Authorities [ 3 ]





mercenary, thief, carnival performer, freedom fighter



Secondary school

Base of Operations

Avengers Mansion

Creators and Appearances


Stan Lee, Don Heck



Avengers # 19
( June, 1965 )
Chaos War # 5
( January, 2011 )
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Jacques Duquesne was a performer at diverse circuses and carnivals. His act demonstrated his mastery of knives, swords, and early bladed weapons. At one carnival he met a young Clint Barton. Seeing big electric potential in him, Swordsman and Trickshot trained the boy in blades and archery respectively, with Clint much being a junior-grade performer in the Swordsman ‘s act. Swordsman ‘s gamble trouble left him heavily in debt. One day the carnival paymaster was robbed, and Barton subsequently found Swordsman with the money. Barton ran from him and climbed the high wire. Swordsman cut it by hurling his sword. Barton fell to the ground and the Swordsman left thinking he was all in. Barton survived and grew up to become Hawkeye. [ 4 ] ( It is presumed that he and Barton reconciled years subsequently. )

The Swordsman committed diverse crimes around the universe, causing him to be barred from several nations. He sought out the Avengers thinking that posing as a hero would lead to much bigger crimes. His offer of service was refused. angry, he attacked Captain America but was soon surrounded. [ 4 ] The Mandarin teleported Swordsman to his placement, thinking he would make a useful double agentive role against Iron Man. He outfitted the Swordsman ‘s sword with several embedded devices through Makluan technology. He besides sent a fudge message from Iron Man asking the Avengers to allow the Swordsman to join them. Although they suspected a trap, he was allowed to become a member. amazingly, Swordsman fit in well and tied developed a jam on the Scarlet Witch. Ordered by Mandarin to lure the Avengers to a turkey, he feared she would be injured and tried to dismantle it. When the other Avengers arrived, it looked like he had been caught setting the fail rather. [ 5 ] Swordsman fled, and although he had regrets, he soon fell back into a radiation pattern of crime. He served alongside a brainwashed Black Widow and Power Man on many occasions. [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ] He still longed to be a contribution of the Avengers and evening joined them in Asgard to fight Ares and the Enchantress. [ 9 ] His heart was no longer in crime, and he began to drink heavily while serving Monsieur Khruul. [ 10 ] The beautiful Mantis was besides working for Khruul as a barmaid. She convinced him he could be a hero again. He was however reluctant until becoming injured on one of Khruul ‘s assignments. Mantis helped him recover and the two left to the United States. Revitalized, Swordsman asked to rejoin the Avengers, and his sincerity won them over. [ 11 ] Swordsman was a valuable member although he still doubted himself. He fell in love with Mantis but his feelings were not reciprocated by her. An angry Khruul captured Duquesne and tortured him on one occasion. [ 12 ] It was soon uncover Mantis was the Celestial Madonna. Kang began a huffy quest to make her his bride. He was stopped by the Avengers and another interpretation of himself, Rama-Tut. Kang decided that if he could not have Mantis, no one would and aimed a beam accelerator at her. Swordsman instinctively jumped in front of his beloved while Tut was able to grab the accelerator and alter his purpose. The blast traveled up Swordman ‘s sword, fatally wounding him. Mantis realized that she in truth loved Duquesne as he died. [ 13 ] Swordman ‘s soundbox was buried in a garden maintained by the Priests of Pama near where Mantis had grown up. [ 14 ] This garden contained sentient plants known as the Cotati. It was actually the eldest ‘tree ‘ that was destined to mate with Mantis. It inhabited Swordsman ‘s consistency and approach Mantis, explaining itself to her. Immortus married the two, then they apparently transformed into energy and left Earth. [ 15 ] It was late revealed that the spirits of Mantis and the Prime Cotati had actually left their human forms behind when their spirits left Earth to procreate and that the Priests of Pama had reburied the Swordsman ‘s cadaver in his original scratch and had buried the body of Mantis, immediately in a state of matter of suspended animation, beside him. [ 16 ] The Celestial Messiah was by and by born. [ 17 ] Years late, Mantis approached the West Coast Avengers seeking their aid because she had no memory of what had happened to her since she first gear left Earth. [ 18 ] The search for answers soon led them to the temple of the Priests of Pama where the Swordsman ‘s body burst up out of its grave accent, once again inhabited by the spirit of the Prime Cotati. After a cutthroat battle, the reanimated Swordsman killed Mantis and the shock of this death caused her awareness to transfer from the plant-simulacrum soundbox it had unwittingly been inhabiting and second into her original human body that was buried nearby. With her awareness returned to her genuine shape and her memories restored, Mantis dug her way out of her grave and revealed what had happened to her since she had left Earth. Having restored his erstwhile wife, the Prime Cotati vacated his host-form and, without its alien life-force to hold it together, the Swordsman ‘s cadaver disintegrated. [ 16 ] The Swordsman was resurrected by the Chaos King, and he fought the Grim Reaper alongside other dead Avengers, but he perished again in the end of the Chaos War. [ 19 ] [ 20 ] [ 21 ]


Power Grid[23]



The Swordsman was a brilliant athlete and an excellent unarmed combatant. He was a master of bladed weapons, most notably all forms of the sword. When it comes to pure swordsmanship, he may have been alone.



  • Makluan Sword: The Mandarin equipped the Swordsman’s sword with special devices adapted from Makluan technology. By pressing one of the buttons on the sword’s hilt, the Swordsman could project an energy beam with great concussive force, a disintegrating ray, a large jet of flame, electrical blasts or a stream of gas capable of rendering opponents unconscious
  • Throwing Knives: Aside from his sword, the Swordsman usually carried throwing knives.


  • It was revealed in Avengers World #8 that Swordsman has a daughter named Adelynn Duquesne who was a member of Euroforce as Swordswoman.

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