The Controller's real name is Basil Sandhurst. As a young child suffered from a particularly bad bout of meningitis, leaving him bedridden. It was during this time that his controlling nature was revealed, the young boy developing a a desire to control his surroundings as a coping mechanism. Basil worked as an electromechanical chemical research scientist. He possessed an obsession with control however this obsession with attempting to maintain every facet of his experiments and tests and his stubborn refusal to abide by ethical standard and practices had him banned from most legitimate research labs. His brother Vincent Sandhurst who was as ethically challenged managed to find employment for Basil at Cord Industries, a competitor and rival business to Stark Industries. However after an incident in which Vincent tried to calm his brother, who was prone to losing his temper, down, Vincent accidentally causes a chemical explosion in the lab. The explosion was devastating and seriously injured Basil, and would even cause Basil to be crippled and scarred. Vincent was unharmed, and harbored massive guilt over the incident. Vincent would go on to embezzle money from Cord Industries to give his brother his own specialized automated personal laboratory. Basil would go on to create a mental wave absorbatron as well as a super durable and tough specialized exoskeleton. The mental wave absorbatron would drain and absorb mental and psychic energies, and this would be used to power the customized exoskeleton power suit. Basil need not be paralyzed anymore using his unique exoskeleton power suit to grant him mobility. Now with his suit Basil Sandhurst would become known as the Controller and later now with his power suit which would lead him to his criminal career. He created specialized slave discs, which when attached to people would broadcast there mental energies to the mental wave absorbatron, relaying it back to the Controllers power suit. He would first try to take over New York City, but would later be stopped by Iron Man and SHIELD.
The Controller also known as Basil Sandhurst, is a Marvel comics character and made his first appearance in the first Iron Man volume Iron Man #12 released in 1969. He was created by writer Archie Goodwin and artist George Tuska.
Basil has not only been a reoccurring Iron Man villain, he has had many confrontations with different heroes through-out the years. Basil has also worked for Thanos, when he fought Captain Marvel and the Avengers, and has also worked for the Master of the World, and went-up against Heroes for Hire. The character like many of Iron Man's classic foes has had his technology updated and improved on with time to stay consistent with modernized ideas and technology.
Major Story Arcs
Defeated by Iron Man more than once, the Controller find himself imprisoned. Rescue came from an unlikely source when the mad titan Thanos released the Controller, Thanos offered Controller the rule of Earth, and greatly augmented and enhanced Controllers technology at the time, with Thanos expertise and Titanian technology. Now the Controlled needed not to rely on his mental wave absorbatron to relay peoples cerebral energy to his power suit, his new upgrades allowing immediate access from those neutralized with his slave discs cerebral energy, directly to his suit. With this newfound power Controller begun to enslave people magifying his strength before daring an invasion of Avengers mansion defeating the Avengers and defeating Thanos foe Captain Mar-vell. Captain Mar-vell fights the Controller again not long after this though defeating him, and Controllers massive ego issues had ended his temporary alliance with Thanos as well. Basil took part in the first Armor Wars. Recently Basil has joined the Hood's Gang during the Secret Invasion and Dark Reign story arcs, where he and some of the others are constantly challenging the Hood's leadership.
Powers and Abilities
Originally, the Controller had no known superhuman powers as he solely relied on his exoskeleton. Eventually over time, however, the Controller developed limited psychokinetic and telepathic abilities due to the mental energies he had previously absorbed giving him telepathy for certain uses including reading ones’ mind or taking control over the minds of others. The Controller’s telepathic abilities have increased over time and from the absorption and use of the mental cerebral energies from his victims. He can telepathically communicate with any being he has placed a slave disc on. When the Controller utilizes the mental energies of the psychic Sarah Jessup, the Controller could mentally dominate almost any of his victims without the need of slave discs or cybernetic systems.
Through concentration, The Controller can also mentally control the actions of any person wearing one of his slave discs up to several dozen people at a time and can even control some people that could be weak willed individuals that are not even wearing his slave disks even taking over the mind of multiple people at the same time, once allowing the Controller to arranged for his own prison transfer. The Controller can direct a subject’s actions mentally for as long as he concentrates upon him or her. The Controller is only able to concentrate on one person at a time, but the Controller has shown to take over the minds of multiple beings, once taking over a sanitarium’s staff and patients.
The Controller designed a stainless steel exoskeleton body armor which had been micro-surgically attached to the Controller, covering his entire body from head to toe in a durable armor granting him mobility. The exoskeleton body armor is outfitted and covered with micro-circuited power converters designed to receive cerebral energies (latent psychic energies all people have had stored inside of them) and convert it into physical strength granting him physical superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, and enhanced durability from his power suit. The discs increases his physical attributes in geometric progression to the numbers of victims wearing his slave discs. It needs 20 people to lift 2 tons of weight, 200 people to lift 20 tons of weight, etc. The more people the Controller has attached the neutralizing slave discs to, the more peoples’ cerebral energy he has access to. The more people empowering him, under his control, the greater the Controller's physical strength can increase. There is, however, a practical limit to both the number of people the Controller can control at a time (determined by how many slave discs he has manufactured), and how much power the exoskeleton's receptors and actuators can transform and use at one time. Strength augmentation is not the Controllers only powers, At the full limits of his full absorption, the Controller has even exhibited other powers such as levitation or flight, mind control, and the ability to project bolts of pure force from his mind.
The Controller’s exoskeleton body armor allows the Controller to physical left about 1 ton of weight allowing the Controller to easily overpower and kill normal humans in a number of physical ways such as physical lifting them up with one hand easily and send them flying or hurl them around. The Controller could also crush metal locks with just one hand, physical break steel chains and handcuffs and can physical lift, move, and throw heavy objects such as large boulders. However when using his slave disks on people, the Controller’s armor will receive cerebral energies making his strength increase. At full power the Controller is strong enough to physical lift over 50 tons of weight possibly more allowing him to physical lift, move, and throw objects as big and as heavy as semi trucks or tanks with ease, bending or breaking most types of thick metal that are far more than several inches thick with ease, physical uproot objects like large trees and use them as weapons, and go though most forms of reinforced man-made barriers such as glass, wood, most types of metal, brick or concrete walls with ease This includes physical ripping through very thick steel that is more than several inches thick as if it was made out of paper with his bare hands effortlessly and climbing sheer surfaces of brick or concrete walls by digging his fingers into the walls allowing him to create his own handholds into them if he wishes. Captain Marvel once thought during a fight with the Controller, that a punch from the Controller had almost took his head off and that another punch like would have beaten Captain Marvel. The Controller once showed being strong enough to destroy a building with a single punch.
The Controller’s exoskeleton body armor also increases his endurance and stamina to superhuman levels that are much more efficient than that of the musculature of normal humans As a result of that; the Controller can fight, run, and perform other physical activities that will allow him to physically exert himself at peak capacity for at least several hours on end before the build up of fatigue toxins in his bloodstream begins to impair him and affect his overall capabilities.
In addition to his greater strength. The Controller’s exoskeleton body armor makes him somewhat harder, tougher, and more resistant to all forms of physical injury than that of the bodily tissues of a normal human. While not bulletproof as he can still be injured by many types of conventional weapons such as standard firearms and bladed weapons. The Controller is able to withstand stronger forms of impact forces or blunt force trauma than most normal humans and his armor has shown to be able to withstand a blast from Ironman by drawing in more cerebral energies from the slave disks he puts on others.
The Controller can fire mental bolts of force from his helmet. The more people the Controller has attached to his slave discs more powerful it is.
When at full power the Controller can levitate himself in mid air at will and move around at a speed of over 10 miles per hour (16.0934 kilometres per hour).
The Controller uses his "slave discs" to control the actions of any one person when affixed to a human being’s brow. Someone wearing one of the Controller’s slave discs and using the micro-circuitry in his helmet, the Controller will siphon and receive a large part of that person’s cerebral and mental energy from his "slave discs" which the Controller places on his victims to power his exoskeleton armor and magnify his own physical strength as well as duplicate his victim's abilities. The slave discs divert 85% of the person’s cerebral energy to the Controller, making them act and appear somewhat zombie like. The Controller has used slave disks to control up to several dozen people at a time and once even had several hundreds of people under the Controller’s command. Statistically, the larger the population under his control, the more likely the Controller is able to benefit from such high potentials. The discs formerly needed the medium of the Mental Wave Absorbatron, but after having his technology upgraded with more advanced technology later on, with the help of Titanian technology from Thanos. The Controller no longer needed the mental wave absorption to empower him as the discs could broadcast cerebral energies directly into his exoskeleton from those he would attach slave discs to as well as allow him a direct a mental link to telepathically communicate with each victim as long as it was one person at a time. If one of the subjects has an actual psionic power, the Controller can Power Drain it (although with a shorter range than run of the mill cerebral energy). Some slave disks have appeared undetectable and have allowed the Controller to leave his body to share the sensations of the bodies that he mentally controlled.
Boot Jets: The Controller flies via boot-jets.
The Controller has employed image inducers, stun mists, hormonally-modified cyborgs to serve as combat drones, and other technology as needed.
On one occasion, The Controller once used a Molecular Negatizer or Canceller. A powerful beam capable of slicing through virtually any material by making molecules break apart, separating the molecules that compose it.
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 565 lbs.
Iron Man (1994)
The Controller appears in Iron Man's 1994 animated television show appearing in the episode Armor Wars. The character is very similar to his mainstream comic appearances, his slave discs are based on Iron Man technology, which he uses to control people, however he is defeated by Iron Man who uses manages to negate his powers. The Controller is voiced by Jamie Horton.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2009)
The Controller appeared in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. He was an A.I.M. scientist who tried to use Tony Stark to create "slave discs" and enslaved his friends. He also took control of the Hulk. Controller is also who activates MODOK, however MODOK, turns on Controller, unconvinced of his dedication to AIM. He is voiced by Michael Kopsa.
Iron Man (2008)
The Controller appears in the video game based on the successful 2008 Iron Man movie as an agent of A.I.M. He is in command of a group that attacks a US military ship in the Arctic. He is defeated by Iron Man.