Count Luchino Nefaria
Lasor Emmision: Unearthly
True Invulnerability: Unearthly
Hyper Leaping: Class 3000
Hyper Speed: Monstrous
Criminology, Business, Electronics
Maggia, employer of the Ani-Men and Lethal Legion II
Count Nefaria first encountered the Avengers just after the group had formed, before he himself had any powers. Because the Avengers had interfered with Maggia operations Count Nefaria moved to America, bringing his family’s castle with him to be re-assembled in New Jersey. Once completed Nefaria opened his home to the public for an admission fee to be donated to charity. Count Nefaria invited the Avengers to the opening where he trapped with time-transcender beams. While he had the Avengers in suspended animation Nefaria create hologram images of his captives. Nefaria’s holograms announced that they intended to take over the United States, and when the Avengers escaped they found themselves at odds with the U.S. military. Nefaria was finally defeated, and the Avengers cleared of wrong-doing, but Nefaria had lost his preeminance as a Maggia leader.
Later Nefaria plagued Iron Man with a machine that could kill the Golden Avenger in his dreams. Nefaria was defeated once again. Nefaria also attempted two different blackmail schemes, but both were foiled, the first by the original X-Men and the last by the new X-Men (the X-Man, Thunderbird lost his life trying to stop Nefaria from escaping).
Finally, Nefaria set into motion his own demise. Nefaria reformed the Lethal Legion with the super criminals Power Man, the Living Laser, and Whirlwind. Nefaria had Professor Kenneth Sturdy, a former assistant to Baron Heinrich Zemo, increase the Lethal Legion’s powers before sending into battle with the Avengers. Nefaria’s real motives though were gain super powers for himself. Nefaria had had Sturdy analyze the genetic structure of the three super criminals. Sturdy then duplicated the powers in Nefaria but increased a hundred times. Nefaria repaid Sturdy by killing him, but before he died the professor told Nefaria that his new powers had accelerated his aging and that he would die within days. Nefaria flew into a rage and caused a great deal of damage in New York City before the Avengers stopped him.
In the end Nefaria was killed when his daughter tried to force Tony Stark to reverse the Count’s aging. Madame Masque hijacked Stark’s Jupiter Landing Vehicle to use as a weapon against Iron Man. In the resulting battle Iron Man pushed the JLV into the count’s life support equipment, accidentally killing him.