Who the Clix? is a series of articles featuring information on comic book characters that have been made into figures for the popular tabletop game Heroclix. These articles are meant to help Heroclix players learn more about the characters behind their favorite pieces.
Today we look at he who would destroy all nations: Flag-Smasher
Appearances in Heroclix: Deadpool
First Appearance: Captain America #312
Team Affiliations: ULTIMATUM
Created By: Mark Gruenwald and Paul Neary
Flag-Smasher was the son of a wealthy Swiss banker turned diplomat and had originally intended to also become a diplomat. However, his father was trampled to death in a riot at a Latverian embassy which led the young Karl Morgenthau to believe that countries and nationalism of all stripes needed to be eliminated because of the damage they caused. After adopting the moniker of Flag-Smasher, the Swiss man tries to carry out a one man terrorist campaign in New York City. He destroys several nationalist symbols and holds hundreds hostage until he is ultimately defeated by Captain America.
Realizing that he could not carry out his goals alone, Flag-Smasher founds ULTIMATUM (Underground Liberated Totally Integrated Mobile Army to Unite Mankind) and serves as its supreme commander. Flag-Smasher and ULTIMATUM attempt to carry out several plans only to be thwarted by heroes such as Captain America, Moon Knight, Punisher and Ghost Rider.
Flag-Smasher is later installed as the leader of Rumekistan by the V-Battalion in an attempt to unite that war torn nation. It is later revealed that this was part of a ruse that set off a chain of events which led to Cable being installed as leader of that nation.