Red Wolf (Marvel Comics) later costume

Red Wolf

(William Talltrees)


The Red Wolf is an obscure Marvel Comics super-hero legacy – that is, a number of persons through history have adopted the Red Wolf identity to fight the good fight. *This* Red Wolf is the one who appeared in 1970, though there have been various rounds of modernisation to correct awkwardly dated depictions of Native Americans.

This profile is a bit old so it’s not encyclopaedic (and I think Marvel has made a few retcons  since) but heh, an efficient review of a character’s basics is a good thing too.


  • Real Name: William Talltrees aka Thomas Thunderhead.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Thomas (father, deceased), Rebecca (mother, deceased) William (uncle).
  • Group Affiliation: Rangers.
  • Base Of Operations: American Southwest.
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 240lbs.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Red Wolf is the avatar of Owayodata, a (fictional) Native American Wolf Spirit. He has superhuman speed, reflexes, strength and endurance. All of his senses have been heightened to preternatural levels.

Even before his transformation he was a highly skilled combatant, and was a successful skill-based hero for many years.


Over the centuries, the Cheyenne Indian god Owayodata, the Wolf Spirit, has inhabited various humans. His goal was to see both that the tribe prospers and justice is always triumphant.

In the modern era, Will Talltrees, son of Thomas Talltrees, a Cheyenne tribal leader, grew up on a reservation hearing tales of the Red Wolf from the spiritual leaders of the tribe.

Red Wolf (William Talltrees) throws a knife

Once he reached adulthood, Talltrees left to enlist in the US Army. During his time in the Army, he allowed his fellow soldiers to destroy a village in Việt Nam and let a young man fall to his death from a helicopter. After serving his time, he became a construction worker in NYC.

Returning home, Talltrees witnessed his father being intimidated into selling his property by a corrupt businessman, Cornelius van Lunt. That night, Talltrees became the sole survivor of the massacre of his family at the hands of Lunt’s henchmen.


Red Wolf

Swearing vengeance, Talltrees donned the ceremonial garb of the Red Wolf kept by his tribes spiritual leaders. He then performed a ritual dance he had witnessed in his youth. He was visited by Owayodata and imbued with the god’s spiritual legacy.

Talltrees also soon found a wolf cub that he named Lobo. He trained Lobo to be his companion, as in the legends of the previous Red Wolves.

Red Wolf (William Talltrees) and his pet Lobo

Stalking van Lunt back to NYC, Red Wolf exacted vengeance from him with the aid of the Avengers. Upon his return to the southwest, he began his career as a masked vigilante and champion of freedom.

Red Wolf was one of the heroes of the American Southwest to respond to a distress call from Rick Jones to rescue the Hulk from the Corruptor. This event led to formation of the loosely organized group the Rangers.

William Talltrees faced his past in the desert and was almost found wanting. The boy who fell from the helicopter came back as a character called the Bengal to avenge his family’s death against Talltrees. Lobo was killed in the fight and Red Wolf was critically injured.


Owayodata visited Talltrees as the doctors operated on him. He forced the hero to confront and conquer his guilt. The Wolf Spirit then granted him enhanced powers to aid him in his fight for justice.

Later on, wile meditating in the wilderness, Red Wolf heard gunshots and investigated. He found joyriders having target practice with a mother wolf and her cubs. He stopped the men, but stayed his hand from further violence as he picked up the only surviving cub. He has started training this cub to become the new Lobo.


More recently, after the Civil War, the Texas Rangers have become the official, registered super-team in Texas. All members have Credentials (Initiative, Low) and access to Extensive Headquarters as members.

The Rangers were the first line against a massive HYDRA attack targeting the POTUs’ private residence in Texas. They were defeated, but bought enough time for the rest of the Avengers to arrive.

When the Secret Invasion started, it was revealed that Lobo, Red Wolf’s companion, was an infiltrated Skrull. They fought against him, until Shooting Star killed him.

Texas Twister and Shooting Star joined with both the Initiative and the Skrull Kill Krew in the final combat in Fort Hammond, where the blonde Texan was apparently killed by lethal gas.


Red Wolf is a tall Native American of Cheyenne heritage . Early in his career (illo on the bottom) he went shirtless, wore buckskin leggings, moccasins, red loincloth, wristbands and arm band on right arm. He wore a wolf’s head cowl.

Currently (illo on the top) his costume has the addition of traditional Native American war garb.


Red Wolf is a stern no-nonsense type of hero. In a fight, he prefers to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible, with no wisecracks or extra remarks.

He takes his job as Owayodata’s agent on Earth very seriously. He tries to act as a link between the old Indian ways and the modern world.


“Their own fear was their undoing.”

DC Universe History

See Texas Twister’s write-up for information on the Ranger’s in the DCU. As for Red Wolf, his role wouldn’t change on DC earth as the Champion of his people.

An interesting foe for him would be Black Bison, as their goals are completely contrary.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Red Wolf

Dex: 09 Str: 08 Bod: 07 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 06 Wil: 08 Min: 07 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 07 Aur: 08 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 026 HP: 075

Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 12, Awareness: 04, Extended Hearing: 08, Jumping: 02, Running: 05, Super Hearing: 08, Telescopic Vision: 04

Acrobatics: 08, Animal Handling: 08, Martial Artist: 08, Military Science: 06, Military Science (Tracking): 10, Thief (Stealth): 08, Weaponry: 08

Lightning Reflexes, Sharp Eye.

Avengers (Low), Black Crow (High), Dr. Strange (Low), Rangers (High).

MIA (Heralding Indian Nations into the modern world), Secret Id.


  • Bow & arrows [BODY 04, Enhance (EV): 01 (cap is 05), Enhance (Range): 03 (cap is 07), Ammo: 01, Recommended STR: 04, R#02, Limitation: Low Penetration, Descriptor: Piercing].
  • Coup Staff [BODY 02, Enhance (EV): 01 (cap is 06), Descriptor: Bludgeoning].
  • Knife [BODY 06, Enhance (EV): 01 (Cap is 06), Descriptor: Piercing, Slashing].
  • Spear [BODY 03, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 06), Descriptor: Bludgeoning, Piercing, R#3, Limitation: Bludgeoning has Limited penetration]. If the spearwielder’s opposition is within a four feet range, the spearwielder gets a -1 to the final roll of their melee attacks while the opposition gets a +1 to the final roll of their melee attacks. If the range is greater, these are reversed.
  • SMALL SHIELD [BODY (Hardened Defenses) 04, Enhance (EV): 01 (cap is 03), Recommended STR 01, Descriptor: Bludgeon, Note: OV/RV bonus when using the Block Manoeuvre is 1 AP, Note: the OV bonus for the Shield Cover Manoeuvre is 1 AP].
  • Tomahawk [BODY 03, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 05), Descriptor: Slashing, Recommended STR 02, R#03].

Previous Statistics

Earlier in his career Red Wolf had no Powers, his physical attributes were as follows :

Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 05

His Motivation was Seeking Justice.

Lobo the heroic wolf

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04
Int: 02 Wil: 03 Min: 02
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 04
Init: 012 HP: 020

Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 09, Claws: 04, Extended Hearing: 05, Jumping: 01, Running: 05, Super Hearing: 05

Thief (Stealth): 06

Lightning Reflexes.

By Jackson.

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet, Capita_Senyera.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.