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[[VerbalTic Describe Death's Head here, yes?]]

->"His name is Death's Head. He kills people for money. If you're one of his targets then that's all you're going to know about him; if you're thinking of hiring him then be warned -- he's expensive and he ''always'' collects on his debts!"

Death's Head is a Creator/MarvelComics ComicBook character created by ''[[Comicbook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comic scribe Simon Furman and Geoff Senior. He was originally intended as a one-shot throwaway character for Marvel UK's ''Transformers'' series, but proved [[AuthorAppeal sufficiently intriguing during creation]] that the original script was rewritten so he would survive.

Death's Head's second published appearance was in ''Transformers UK'' #113 (May, 1987) when he was contracted by various Transformers to assassinate members of the opposing faction. During a battle between the Transformers and Unicron, Death's Head fell into a time portal and crashed into [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]'s TARDIS. In defense, the Doctor (then in [[Creator/{{Sylvester McCoy}} his seventh incarnation]]) shrank him to human size and sent him off through time, leading to a confrontation with the Dragon's Claws, a futuristic militia group. Though nearly destroyed in battle, Death's Head was recovered and rebuilt by a [[MrFixit tinkerer]] named Spratt. After settling his score with the Dragon's Claws, Death's Head (with Spratt in tow) left to resume business as a [[BountyHunter Freelance Peacekeeping Agent]]. Prior to all that, however, Death's Head appeared in the one-page story "High Noon Tex" in several Marvel UK comics to ensure the character rights remained with Marvel rather than ceding to Hasbro.

His appearances have included crossovers with the [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1 Transformers]] (in ''Comicbook/TheTransformers''), ''Series/DoctorWho'' (in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strips), the ComicBook/FantasticFour, ComicBook/SheHulk, and ComicBook/IronMan 2020. He starred in a ten-issue comic book series in 1988, along with a graphic novel (''Death's Head: The Body In Question''), assorted stories in ''Strip'' magazine, and several reprint compilations.

Death's Head has been redesigned and spun off several times by Marvel UK, most notably as Death's Head II, Death Wreck and Death Metal. In 2005, Simon Furman returned to the character by creating Death's Head 3.0 for ''Amazing Fantasy''. In 2009 Death's Head I appeared in the S.W.O.R.D. mini-series penned by Kieron Gillen. In March 2011, issue #33 of Marvel UK's ''Marvel Heroes'' featured "Hulk vs. Death's Head," written by Ferg Handley and Simon Furman. In 2013, Death's Head I reappeared as a supporting character during two storylines of Kieron Gillen's ''ComicBook/IronMan'' run, and again as an antagonist of Jeff Loveness' ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' run.



[[folder: Death's Head I]]

!!Death's Head (the original, yes?) exhibits the following tropes:

* AnArmAndALeg: Lost an arm to [[ComicBook/TheTransformers Galvatron]] at one point.
* ArchEnemy: Many, most notably Big Shot, who became AxeCrazy in his vendetta against Death's Head.
* BerserkButton: Death's Head insists on being called a "freelance peacekeeping agent"; people calling him a BountyHunter never do so twice.
* BlackComedy[=/=]DeadpanSnarker: Death's Head's preferred form of wit, usually delivered with a BondOneLiner after completing his latest assignment.
* CranialProcessingUnit: Death's Head can continue to control his body even after being decapitated. In ''Death's Head II'' issue #1, he gets "assimilated" by being stabbed in the head.
* {{Crossover}}: Going by the stories, Death's Head has encountered the {{Transformers}}, [[Series/DoctorWho the Seventh Doctor]], and the mainstream Marvel universe (both present and future). Best to just chalk it up to the multiverse...
-->'''Geoff Senior:''' "He really was the ultimate intergalactic, time and space hopping, hitch-hiker of the Marvel Universe playing a role kind of similar, in some respects, to Lobo in Creator/DCComics."
* DeathIsCheap: During an appearance in ComicBook/IronMan, he is stuck inside a self-destructing superweapon, and isn't shown making it out. He shows up in a different title a few months later, [[UnexplainedRecovery completely intact]].
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Death's Head stands as one of the few beings to ever walk away from a battle in the center of the mind with ''Unicron'', even after provoking him repeatedly.
* TheDogBitesBack: When he was hired by a group of rebels to assassinate an oppressive king, Death's Head discovers he was actually set up by the King and expected to die in an ambush. Death's Head proceeds to kill the palace guards and the King -- completing the original contract.
-->''Rule One: Always honor a contract but never trust a client!''
* EverythingIsRacist: A RunningGag during his crossover with Comicbook/IronMan. He repeatedly accuses Tony Stark of being [[FantasticRacism prejudiced against robots.]]
* [[BountyHunter Freelance Peacekeeping Agent]]
-->"Anyway, client's money is good, eh? Beyond that, I don't care who I kill. Who they are, what they've done, doesn't concern me."
* [[FutureMeScaresMe Future Me Annoys Me]]: Doesn't think too highly of his 'successor'.
* GrandTheftMe: Forms part of his origin story.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: As long as he's paid, anyway.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Death's Head is willing to improvise weapons from whatever is at hand, including furniture, barbecue skewers, and doors.
-->"Skilled warrior is only out of ammo when room is empty, yes?"
* InsistentTerminology: "Freelance peacekeeping agent," yes? Not a mistake anyone will make twice if I can help it, right?
* LawEnforcementInc
* LetsYouAndHimFight:
** Occurs in ''Death's Head'' #10, when an UpperClassTwit manipulates Death's Head and Iron Man 2020 to fight each other while he bets on the outcome.
** Occurs again in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #338, when Death's Head is hired to investigate a temporal anomaly and runs into the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Thor.
** And in Kieron Gillen's ''ComicBook/IronMan'' run. First time was gladiatorial combat, second was because Death's Head was being controlled.
* LosingYourHead: In their first encounter, ComicBook/IronMan 2020 decapitates Death's Head in battle. Annoyed, Death's Head used his headless body to beat up Iron Man and work off his aggression.
* {{Magitek}}: Death's Head was created with a mixture of technology and magic, originally intended as a replacement body for his creator.
* MindRape: Was on the receiving end of this from Unicron.
* MrFixit: Spratt is competent with a toolkit, but not to the level of a GadgeteerGenius.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: This is Death's Head's primary motive; he considers revenge to be unprofitable, and selfless heroism to be a weakness. When he does perform "good" deeds, he'll justify it in terms of profit or reputation, such as taking down a rampaging mechanoid for free before a large crowd for the publicity.
-->''Rule Three: Never kill for free, but it pays to advertise!''
** This goes so far that when he was told he had to save his future self he ''refused'' at first because he doesn't do jobs for free. After a bit of convincing, he settled for doing it as "life insurance".
* RoboticPsychopath
* RocketBoots
* SamaritanSyndrome: Averted; on the rare occasions when Death's Head acts altruistically, he either has an ulterior motive or {{Lampshade}}s himself for "being soft".
** This point is hammered home at the end of ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #54, after [[spoiler:sacrificing the ComicBook/FantasticFour and several other Marvel heroes in a fight to the death against Minion/Charnal]]:
--->"It's strange, this hero thing. Whole lives devoted completely to helping others. For no financial reward whatsoever. Struggling ceaselessly against impossible odds, risking almost certain death to help those in trouble. I...I just hope it's ''not catching,'' yes?"
* SecondLawMyAss
* {{Sidekick}}: Spratt.
* SkullForAHead: Though it's more robotic and alien than most examples.
* SpinOff: From the Marvel UK [[ComicBook/TheTransformers comic book series.]]
* SwissArmyAppendage[=/=]SwissArmyWeapon: Death's Head has several different weapons that he can swap his right hand with. His most common ones are a mace, an axe, a blaster, and several different types of missiles.
* TimeyWimeyBall: The first incarnation has made numerous appearances after Death's Head II came into being, including the two meeting (and fighting) each other. The chronology of the appearances from his perspective is anyone's guess. To quote KieronGillen: "If you can't bring back a time-traveling dimension-skipper, who can you bring back?"
* UnexplainedRecovery: Death's Head surviving a collapsing superweapon in ''Iron Man'' wasn't adequately explained the next time he appeared in ''Revolutionary War'', though he mentioned something about "backups".
* VerbalTic: Death's Head often uses terse sentences, and ends most of his sentences with questions, and more frequently with "Yes?", "Right?" and "Eh?"
** WordOfGod is that this is modeled after a RealLife British politician, though Simon Furman refuses to reveal who it is.
* WhatIf: To address the personality change of Death's Head II, Simon Furman and Geoff Senior wrote ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #54, "What If Death's Head I Had Lived?" In it, [[spoiler:Death's Head survives Minion's attack with an emergency teleportation device. He rebuilds his body into a larger, more heavily-armed form, then recruits various Marvel heroes in a HeroicSacrifice against Minion's OneWingedAngel form before destroying him personally.]] Simon Furman has said that writing the story was "deeply satisfying and cathartic".
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: He gets annoyed when organics treat intelligent robots like they are just unfeeling machines.
-->"You’re not one of those guys who has a code against killing 'except for robots'? I hate those krypto-fascists."

[[folder:Death's Head II]]


Death's Head II was originally a cyborg named Minion, created in 2020 by AIM scientist Dr. Evelyn Necker to protect the organization from a vague psychically predicted threat. In preparation, Minion was sent to assimilate the knowledge and personalities of the 106 most deadly individuals in the galaxy, killing them in the process.

The original Death's Head was one such target; after assimilation, however, he overwhelmed Minion's programming before it could take out its final target, Reed Richards of the ComicBook/FantasticFour. Calling itself Death's Head II, the Minion cyborg proceeded to have various adventures as a traditionally heroic (and less amoral) figure.

!! Death's Head II exhibits the following tropes:

* ArchEnemy: Charnel, the corpse of the original Death's Head possessed by Baron Strucker IV.
* ArcWelding: With the 3.0 versions. See, during ''Planet Hulk'', several 3.0 style Death's Heads were working for Hulk, and he brought them to Earth in ''World War Hulk''. A few months later, in the ''Nova'' tie-in for ''Secret Invasion'', it turned out some of those 3.0s had wound up in the care of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., and one Doctor Evelyn Necker, who was later shown to be working on her own little secret project for AIM...
* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks
* FollowTheLeader: Death's Head II's design is clearly meant to invoke the Creator/RobLiefeld style popularized during UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks.
** You'll also be forgiven if you mistake Death's Head II for a Franchise/{{Predator}} at first.
* HeroicBuild
* HotScientist: Evelyn Necker.
* InNameOnly: Most fans of the original Death's Head felt that Death's Head II was ''not'' the same character -- he was not written by the original writer, exhibited none of the mannerisms and personality quirks of the original, and ended up as a generic DarkerAndEdgier BoringInvincibleHero. The backlash was so great that the ''original'' creators of Death's Head, Simon Furman and Geoff Senior, wrote ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #54 for Marvel just to show ''their'' take on what should have happened instead.
** Oddly, the handful of appearances he has had post-2000 have shown him lapsing back to old speech patterns and profit-oriented thinking. Given the amount of time travel in his backstory, some fans theorise that these stories show the original Death's Head before his fatal encounter with Minion.
** It's not just a fan theory in S.W.O.R.D. - not only is it set before Death's Head was shrunk to human size, but it's even set before his Transformers appearances - Beast suggests that instead of 'Bounty Hunter' or 'Personal Recovery Specialist', Death's Head should call himself a 'Freelance Peacekeeping Agent'. Death's Head likes the term.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: Death's Head II's right arm can shapeshift into different weapons as needed.
* {{Sidekick}}: Tuck, an artificial human from the planet Lionheart.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: Death's Head II is the collected personalities and knowledge of the personalities he's assimilated, with the original Death's Head being the most dominant.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Tuck.
* TemporalParadox: Necker's project to develop a protector against the predicted threat to AIM directly results in the creation of said threat as Baron Strucker IV fuses himself magically with the remains of the original Death's Head and becomes Charnel. ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #54 played a variation of this, as Death's Head survives, but Strucker then fuses himself with Minion instead, preserving the paradox.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Not Death's Head II, but his creator, Dr. Necker, during ''Revolutionary War''. In her appearances in ''Nova'', she'd been a surprisingly benevolent mad scientist (due in part to having the hots for Richard Rider). In RW, she attacks both Death's Heads.
* WolverinePublicity: Death's Head II was ''very'' popular in the UK market for a while.