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Real Name
Helmut J. Zemo
Current Alias

Helmy, Baron, Phoenix



Hydra; former leader of Masters of Evil

Harbin Zemo (ancestor, deceased);
Hademar Zemo (ancestor, deceased);
Heller Zemo (ancestor, deceased);
Hilliard Zemo (ancestor, deceased);
Herman Zemo (grandfather, deceased);
Heinrich Zemo (father, deceased);
Several other from the the Zemo bloodline


Base Of Operations
Castle Zemo, Leipzig, Germany




Blonde, (mostly burned away)

Unusual Features
Helmut's face has in the past been disfigured, looking like molten wax.


Marital Status

13th Baron of Zeulniz, adventurer, mastermind, would-be world savior with world conquest inclinations; former professional criminal, assassin, engineer

College graduate


Place of Birth


First appearance


Quote1.png Guide my hand, my father -- as I avenge your death! Quote2.png
-- Helmut Zemo


Baron Helmut Zemo, the 13th Baron Zemo and the son of Baron Heinrich Zemo, the master Nazi scientist and enemy of Captain America during World War II. Heinrich brought his son up to believe in the Nazi ideals of a master race, and that only the Zemo line should be ruling the world.


Learning of his father's death, Helmut, now an accomplished scientist and strategist himself, blamed Captain America, and adopted the guise of the Phoenix in order to kill him in revenge. Zemo was defeated, however, falling in a vat of chemicals, horribly disfiguring him.

He resurfaced years later as Baron Zemo, now working with Dr. Arnim Zola's monstrous creations. He allied with Primus, and kidnapped Steve Rogers childhood friend Arnold Roth in order to lure him into a trap. He forced the Captain to fight hordes of mutates before revealing that he knew his secret identity.

Masters of Evil

Helmut returns and continued to either try to take over the world or gain revenge on Captain America, but was always defeated by his archenemy. One scheme in particular led him to recreate his father's team of super-villains known as the Masters of Evil.

Powers and Abilities


Slowed Aging: Like his father, Zemo makes use of the Compound X serum to retain his youth and vitality, despite his considerable chronological age.

Helmut also gains a variety of highly potent abilities when using the moonstones.


Genius-level intellect: Helmut is a strategic and tactical genius, as well as a brilliant planner and organizer. He also has an impressive scientific and inventive ability, but not at the level his father was.

Expert Combatant: He is a masterful combatant, surpassing his late father in physical skill and prowess, but is only slightly under the level of Captain America.

Expert Swordsman: He is a world-class fencer portraying phenomenal skill ability with rapier, medieval broadswords, and possibly other weapons used in Medieval Europe.

Expert Marksman: Helmut is an Olympic-level marksman with firearms.

Expert Tactician: He is very skilled in field tactics, close range combat, and even turning the tide of any debate that he is involved in to his favor.

Master of Deception: Although he can be truthful in simple conversations with his peers, it is hard to deduce what Helmut is really thinking or planning in his mind. He can appear and appeal as an ally to any felon or hero, but may simply be using he or she do his bidding; it can vary from using them as a shield against another foe, or even getting him past security inside a highly secure structure such as the U.N. He has gone as far to earning respect and acceptance from former enemies such as Captain America to ensure the success of any scheme he hatches. Helmut Zemo is truly a dangerous individual who will travel any distance to achieve his goals.

Influential Expert: He is a dangerous influence to any individual he meets. He has used his ability to morally change persons with even the greatest of good intentions to ruthless human beings. His tactics have sometimes even caused individuals to question their own morality, and judgment towards other individuals.

Strength level

Normal human male with Intensive regular exercise.


None known.


Equipment: He sometimes wears circuitry in his hood guarding against psychic assault, and occasionally uses weapons or traps incorporating his father's Adhesive X, which forms an unbreakable bond with any substance unless it is subjected to a special solvent. Zemo has recently usurped Karla Sofen's moonstones, alien power gems which enable him to manipulate energy on a massive scale for effects such as strength/durability augmentation, space warp creation, gravity manipulation, light manipulation, molecular phasing, and more.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: Zemo makes use of much of the same devices invented by his father, including particle, formula, and adhesive X, as well as his dad's disintegrator gun and anti-psychic headband. In close-combat, he prefers an Adamantium sword. He also makes use of various energy weapons and mind-control devices.


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