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Onslaught' was an agent of S.Y.S.T.E.M., a malevolent conspiracy that secretly rules the world.

Onslaught is a special operative who eliminates threats to S.Y.S.T.E.M. that are too powerful for standard SYSTEMatics.[1] To that end, S.Y.S.T.E.M. equipped Onslaught with a unique suit of high-tech battle armor that transforms him into a walking arsenal. For years, Onslaught served SYSTEM loyally and never failed a mission.

Onslaught's latest assignment was to eliminate the Dakota-based superhero, Icon. S.Y.S.T.E.M was concerned that Icon's investigation of the Big Bang would eventually reveal their role in kidnapping several "Bang Babies" spawned by that event. S.Y.S.T.E.M supplied Onslaught with special weaponry designed to kill his target.[1]

Onslaught attacked Icon at Dakota's City Hall just as the hero was questioning Mayor Thomasina Jefferson about the Big Bang.[1] Icon was seemingly wounded in the attack and left at the mercy of a gloating Onslaught. Having taken care of his target, Onslaught turned his attention to the mayor, whose role in the cover-up of the Big Bang was well known to S.Y.S.T.E.M.[2] Onslaught warned Mayor Jefferson that her son would meet the same fate as Icon if she revealed the truth about the Bang.[1] Then, the S.Y.S.T.E.M agent noticed that Icon had disappeared and realized too late that the Hero of Dakota was playing possum. A very much alive Icon punched Onslaught through the building's wall and onto the street below.[1] Having underestimated Icon, Onslaught unleashed his entire arsenal against the hero. Concerned that innocent bystanders could be killed, Icon brought the battle to a quick end by using a nearby van to bludgeon Onslaught unconscious.[1] Icon then left Onslaught for the authorities.

Onslaught has not been seen since and is likely still in the custody of the Dakota Police Department. Such a fate would be preferable to Onslaught falling into the clutches of S.Y.S.T.E.M, who do not tolerate failure.


Onslaught's battlesuit is designed to be a formidable walking weapons platform.[1] The suit boosts his strength to superhuman levels and is highly resistant to damage.[1] It also has numerous built-in armaments including two forearm-mounted autocannons, a mini-gun on the left shoulder, and a turnstile-like weapon on the right shoulder. These weapons can be customized for particular ammunition..[1] For his battle with Icon, Onslaught used bullets of unknown composition that could piere the hero's alien body armor. (These bullets proved somewhat less effective in harming Icon himself.)[1] He sometimes employs various hand-held weapons that are stored on the suit's back.[1]

The primary targeting systems for Onslaught's weapons are a telescopic sight over his left eye and a laser sight mounted on the right side of his helmet.[1] These are supplemented by another laser sight mounted on the minigun.[1]

enemy of Icon