The Wicked Worm
Name: The Wicked Worm
Real Name: N/A
Former Aliases: Horde
First Appearance: Savage Dragon #9
Death Issue: Savage Dragon #72 / Savage Dragon #100 (Back-Up)
Cause of Death: Exterminated by Dragon / Exterminated by Fon~Ti
Group Affiliations: N/A
Height: A couple of inches
Date of Birth: Unknown
Place of Birth: Unknown
Base of Operations: Chicago, Illinois
Other Distinguishing Features: The Wicked Worm is a small purple leech
Marital Status: N/A
Known Relatives: Abner Cadaver (creator)
Powers: Mind-control, regeneration and asexual reproduction
Abner Cadaver and Fon~Ti have been locked in combat for ten thousand years, taking it in turns to gain the advantage for various periods of time. Fon~Ti took control when he created the entity that would later become known as Mighty Man. In the 1940s, Cadaver retaliated by giving birth to the Wicked Worm, a leech-like creature capable of possessing even Mighty Man.
After a number of incidents, which always concluded with the Wicked Worm getting defeated, the villain was assumed deceased. He did not resurface until he had created the entity known as Horde by duplicating itself hundreds of times and possessing a weakened Fon~Ti. Horde went onto gradually seize control of Chicago’s criminal organization, the Vicious Circle.
Dragon and a renegade group of Vicious Circle thugs carried out a raid on Horde which left all but one of the Wicked Worms deceased. Fon~Ti was released and escaped, preventing Horde from being recreated without its host. The final leech attempted to later reclaim the Vicious Circle by taking control of the Chelsea Nirvana Mighty Man but he was killed by Dragon.
In the other reality, Horde was drawn into conflict with Dragon much sooner in this timeline as there was no Mace to eliminate the Wicked Worm possessing the hero. Dragon decimated around half of Chicago before getting summoned back to his new master. Horde prepared to use this slave to help achieve his goals of claiming the world for himself.
Unfortunately for him, Dragon’s healing factor soon kicked in and fought off the venom flowing through his veins. The Wicked Worm was killed and Horde was punched with enough force that an angry Fon~Ti was able to escape. He eliminated all but one of the leeches so that it could confess to the crimes committed under his influence. This lone Wicked Worm was found guilty of murder in a court of law and was later executed.
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