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Real Name
Helmut Zemo
Current Alias

Helmy, Zemo the Thirteenth, Mister Zemo, Mark Gruler, Iron Cross, CV, Baron, Phoenix, Citizen V, Colonel Zemo, The Colonel


Thunderbolts; formerly Hydra (undercover), S.H.I.E.L.D. (undercover), EKO Scorpion

Baron Heinrich Zemo (father; deceased), Hilda Zemo (mother; deceased), Herman Zemo (grandfather; deceased), Heike Zemo (wife; deceased), Melissa Gold (ex-fiancée)


Base Of Operations






Marital Status

Former terrorist, ruler of Germany, 13th Baron of Zeulniz, adventurer, mastermind, would-be world savior with world conquest inclinations; former professional criminal, Hydra assassin, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, engineer, wealthy criminal entrepreneur

Several college degrees


Place of Birth

First appearance

Modern Comics:
Ultimate War Vol 1 1

(as Mark Gruler)
Modern Comics:
Civil War Vol 1 1

(as Helmut Zemo)


Quote1 What have you ever earn redemption...? Quote2
-- Baron Zemo

Early Years

Baron Helmut Zemo, born at some point between the middle and late 1970s, is the thirteenth Baron in the German Zemo family lineage. Following his father’s footsteps, he became the Baron of Germany after his father's death, doing all his very best in correcting all of his father's wrong deeds. Before the rightful heir of Baron was given to him in his adulthood, Zemo grew up to be both a German and Sokovian intelligence officer and commander of EKO Scorpion, an elite Sokovian and German allied paramilitary tactical unit. Helmut and his own family lived a happy life in the city of Leizpig, his birthplace, and even maintained good relationship with his father and mother in the peaceful German countryside.

Losing Everything

He furiously sought revenge against S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, and especially the Avengers themselves after unfortunately losing his entire family after a group of surviving Chitauri (at some point after the Chitauri Invasion) had somehow arrived through a Tesseract-summoned wormhole and raided a portion of their nation, destroying half of their buildings and other structures and taking too many lives for him and his surviving people to handle.

Ultimate War

Zemo 61615 Mark Gruler Suit

Helmut, in his tactical
Hydra suit disguised as
"Mark Gruler"

He set about his plan to tear apart S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra by joining as one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s undercover agent by the name of Mark Gruler and joined as one of HYDRA’s highly-skilled assassins just so he could steal all the organization's information which started the HYDRA Uprising and it's alleged downfall that also started the Nimrod Crisis, a prelude event during Ultimate War. This eventually led for the government to start the Superhuman Registration Act, which inevitably started the Superhuman Civil War, only a few months later.

He also led his own Masters of Evil and formed and lead the Thunderbolts super-team, where he met and formed a romantic relationship with Melissa Gold, who is also often known as the villain-turned-hero Songbird, whom he would later proposed to, after ending his villainy, in a much later time after the intense follow-up conflict that he consequently caused, the Great Superhuman Civil War.

Superhuman Civil War

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Helmut Zemo, unmasked

He later revealed his real identity to Captain America as the new Baron Zemo and told him that he caused all of the Superhuman War as an act of revenge against the "corrupt" and "tyrannical" united government and S.H.I.E.L.D. for not helping the ruined nation of Germany to rise again from the Chitauri Invasion, but was later defeated and imprisoned for indirectly causing all of the following wars to happen. Rogers responded that he was very sorry about the loss of his family and some of his people, but that they shouldn't be blamed for their demise because they were doing the best they could to help the lives of the innocent, and finally explained that Helmut still has to pay the price for his ruinous acts for almost causing the Third World War. Time after time, Helmut would finally realize and regretted what he has done, had changed the world forever, albeit still believing that he had somehow successfully avenged his family's death in the process.

A Seed of Redemption

After several months, and almost entire year, of imprisonment and interrogation by S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody, he was later freed by the remaining members of his own founded team, the Thunderbolts, which is led by his fiancee while he is not around leading the team. He later had a change of heart and became a more heroic man, even rejoining the Thunderbolts with even more heroic intentions and wanting to make amends for his former villainous deeds since the prelude to Ultimate War and its consequence, the Civil War.

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.
Power Grid [1]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Heightened stats when empowered


  • Genius-Level Intellect
  • Master Combatant
  • Master Swordsman
  • Master Marksman
  • Master Tactician
    • Master of Deception
    • Influential Expert

Strength level

  • Class 8+


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.
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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  1. Modern Comics: Avengers Vol 1 76


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