|The Dark Riders - deceased|
Portrayed by N/A
|Known Aliases:||Gauntlet, Foxbat, Tusk (and the Underlings), Pysnapse, Barrage, Mainframe|
|Socked By:||Rossi, Dex, Frito|
|Introduction:||Mechanisms of Revenge|
The Dark Riders were mercenaries in the employment of Apocalypse, put together from cast-offs of various mutant weapon programs around the world. Well trained, experienced and utterly ruthless, the Dark Riders served as the enforcers of Apocalypse's plans, and the generals of his thralls in battle. They - and their master - died at the hands of the Dark Phoenix in January 2015.
|Gauntlet:||Jennie Stavros during the attack on Muir Island after slaughtering Sam Guthrie.
Powers: Enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and a highly acute sensory processing ability. He also has green skin and needle like teeth.
|Foxbat:||Jennie Stavros during the attack on Muir Island after killing - Phase 1|Matt Murdock.
Powers: Augmented strength, speed, agility, and reflexes, flight, eyes adapted for nocturnal vision, clawed hooves, finger talons, and bone spears that extend themselves up past his shoulders or forward past his wrists.
|Tusk (and the Underlings)||Tabitha Smith during the attack on Muir Island.
Powers: Enormous size, strength, endurance, resistance to injury and two razor pointed tusks on his back that extend from a shell casing which can produce Underlings. These Underlings are half-sized duplicates of Tusk that possess enhanced strength, agility, and share a psychic link with the main Tusk.
|Psynapse||attack on Muir Island.
Powers: Taps into the ambient psionic energy of the planet to read and project thoughts, and unleash bursts of stunning mental energy.
PB: Dani Filth
|Barrage||attack on Muir Island.
Powers: His forearms have been transformed into organic weapons that can collect ambient energy from the environment and focus it into discharges of heat and explosive power. He can also hit people with the energy-charged arms for greater physical impact.
PB: Collin Chou
Powers: Merges his molecular structure with technology, allowing him to instantaneously download information from computer systems and manipulate them.
PB: Stock photo
The Dark Riders originally came together following individual contacts in various hotspots around the world. They quickly grew into an elite six man force, known both for their success in completing contracts and utter lack of interest in anything other than getting the job done and getting paid. Their existence has been largely secret, operating using cutaways and selecting clients carefully to keep their price high.
Apocalypse learned of them, and offered them a lucrative one year contract, to serve as his personal enforcers, a few months before Day Zero. He purposefully kept them out of the attack on Manhattan, to ensure that his organization would not collapse if something went wrong. While the Dark Riders are ruthless, they do respect the contract, and decided to break Apocalypse out from confinement.
Following the apparent death of their employer, it is unknown whether the Dark Riders have gone back to the mercenary world, or if they still maintain Apocalypse's organization. It is also unknown whether or not Sabretooth remains with them at this time.
In January 2015 they resurfaced, this time working with Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants to attack Muir Island Research Facility. Magneto's intention was to hold the residents and patients hostage against retaliation from the X-Men, but unknown to him, the Dark Riders smuggled a powerful bomb into the sub-basements. They were responsible for the deaths of several X-Men during the battle, and detonated the bomb, destroying the complex and everyone still in it.
Investigations by members of X-Force, X-Factor and X-Corps revealed the Dark Riders with Apocalypse in Africa - the destruction of Muir was part of a more detailed plan to attract and potentially harness the power of the Phoenix, a legendary cosmic force said to be able to protect against the Celestials, a race of mythical beings said to one day return and destroy the planet. They did indeed attract the Phoenix, but she was much more than they could handle. Apocalypse - and the Dark Riders - died when Dark Phoenix destroyed the Indian city of Visakhapatnam.