Little is known of Roughouse past beyond the fact that he is descended from the race of trolls that inhabit the dimension of Asgard, the mythical home of the Asgardian Gods. In Wolverine vol. 2, #6, Roughouse provides the first clue to his origin by uttering the phrase, " Ymir's icy breath." This is a reference to the giant Ymir, said to be the father of the race of beings known as the Frost Giants, the primary enemies of the Asgardian Gods.
In recent years, Roughouse has come to the island nation of Madripoor along with his partner, the "pseudo-vampire" Bloodscream. They have found employment under General Coy, one of the islands' most powerful crime lords, as special enforcers used to eliminate any threats to his operations. They are sent after the woman called Tyger Tiger, Coy's primary rival as the supreme crime boss of Madripoor. This brings the two mercenaries into a number of conflicts with Wolverine. The duo are never able to defeat him.
Roughouse was created by Chris Claremont and John Buscema in 1989 and first appeared in Wolverine # 4.
It is unknown why Roughouse renews his partnership with Bloodscream, but as Bloodscream becomes increasingly cannibalistic it is unlikely Roughouse would have stayed with him as Roughouse, while a villain, still had some sense of honor and valued human life. Sure enough, when next Wolverine encounters Bloodscream, Roughouse is no longer with him, but is instead replaced by the cannibalistic imbecile, Vermin.
Acts of Vengeance
General Coy grows tired of Roughhouse's failures and literally sells him to Geist, a former high ranking agent of Nazi Germany in the United Kingdom and a cyborg. By the time Roughouse meets him, Geist is financing himself through illegal drug trade and needs a guinea pig to experiment a new drug on. Geist's men give Roughouse a dose of this experimental version of cocaine which temporarily drives him mad. Wolverine holds back in the fight with Roughouse, since Roughouse is not truly even aware of what he is doing. After helping Roughouse escape, they come upon a mysterious nun of the Roman Catholic Church known only as Sister Salvation, who possesses the ability to cure those suffering from physical or mental injuries and cure sickness just by touching them with her hands. After several "sessions" she is able to fully purge Roughouse's body of the cocaine induced suffering. Roughhouse decides to stay with Sister Salvation in Tierra Verde to help her rebuild her destroyed mission.
It would be quite a while before Wolverine and Roughouse would cross paths again. Roughhouse and Bloodscream have now renewed their partnership and ambush Wolverine after the adamantium has been stripped from his skeleton. They manage to get the upper hand and beat Wolverine unconscious. They bring him to their hideout where they beat him repeatedly over the next few days. Wolverine is able to free himself from the chains and ambushes and defeats his captors. This is the last time he crosses paths with Roughouse.
Roughouse and Bloodscream are hired as operatives for the Black Tarantula where they were suppose to run a protection racket. A five million bounty is placed on Spider-Man during the time so he creates four new identities: Dusk, Ricochet, Hornet and Prodigy. As Dusk, he spots Roughouse and Bloodscream leaving a local shipping yard. Parker changes his costume into Ricochet and later meets with Delilah, the enforcer of the Rose where they have agreed to join forces to stop Black Tarantula. The duo follow Roughouse and Bloodscream to a restaurant where they meet with a dwarf named Chesbro who works directly with Tarantula. Ricochet and Delilah crash the restaurant and come into conflict with Roughouse and Bloodscream. Delilah is severely injured by Bloodscream and Roughouse exits the restaurant through a wall after he keeps getting pummeled by Ricochet's discs. Parker follows Roughouse and Bloodscream back to the shipyard and initially confronts them as Dusk. Parker melds into the shadows and changes his costume several times during their fight to confuse Roughouse and Bloodscream. Roughouse is confronted by Prodigy and tossed over the ship. Roughouse would recover and reach the dock, where he is confronted by Hornet. Roughouse is taken out of the fight when he is stuck by several sedative stingers. Parker grants Roughouse and Bloodscream their freedom when they offer important information on Black Tarantula's next target.
Iron Man: Director of SHIELD
Tony Stark who is acting as the Director of SHIELD sets in motion a plan to enact a regime change in the sovereign island nation of Madripoor because Madame Hydra was the current ruler of the time. Tony Stark comes to Madripoor with three, female SHIELD agents and meets Madame Hydra where she injects Stark with a compound that temporarily disables his ability to control machinery with his mind. Stark and company leave for Lowtown to meet undercover SHIELD Agent Huang but a bar fight ensues when Agent Jones aka Nails is approached by a lowlife criminal. Huang tells Stark that the locals would follow a local crime boss named Tyger Tiger if she were to revolt against Madame Hydra. Roughouse and Bloodscream appear during the bar fight where Nails is injured by the pseudo-vampire assassin and the Asgardian powerhouse nearly crushes Stark with some debris. Madame Hydra appears with her police force and executes Agent Huang in front of Stark. Stark eventually meets with Tyger Tiger and persuades her to lead a revolt when he shows her a hidden HYDRA weapons lab. Stark confronts Madame Hydra at the royal palace and goads her into an one on one fight. During the fight, Madame Hydra reveals that HYDRA would use the citizens of Madripoor and steal their resources for themselves but she didn't realize her confession was being recorded and broadcast live throughout the country. Tyger Tiger leads her people while Stark manages to retrieve his Iron Man suit. Madame Hydra calls for Roughouse and Bloodscream during the chaos. Iron Man takes down Roughouse with a uni-beam blast and Tyger Tiger would take over as the ruler of Madripoor when Madame Hydra is defeated.
Powers & Abilities
Roughouse is a descendant of the Asgardian trolls so he possesses superhuman strength, durability and resistance to injury.
X-MEN: The Animated Series
Roughouse made a brief appearance in Whatever It Takes (Episode 16).