Raised with a hatred for Wakandans, Ulysses Klaw succeeded where his forebears didn’t—successfully killing a king of that nation, T’Chaka. In the process, he made an enemy for life in T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa. This enmity lead to the self-proclaimed master of sound physically converting himself into living sound and carrying on his criminal career by manipulating sound and people along with it.
A Lifelong Grudge
Several generations of Ulysses Klaw’s family—originally known as Klaue—experienced such terrible run-ins with Wakandan Black Panthers that he made them enemy number one in his mind. He would kill their king T’Chaka right in front of his son T'Challa and return years later to wreak havoc after the young man became Black Panther, though only to lose to the combined might of the Panther and the Fantastic Four. To escape the ensuing defeat, he jumped into his own sound converter machine which completely transformed him into a being of sound and gave him the ability to manipulate soundwaves with his mind!
Klaw wears a device on his right arm that is capable of converting soundwaves into physical objects. This capability somehow remains even after his metamorphosis into sound, after which he is able to manipulate sound on an even larger scale. Given his body's unique properties, his consciousness seems to be able to carry on even when his body—or facsimile of a body—is destroyed. In fact, Ulysses can also make copies of himself, some of which have the ability to carry out their own tasks or even take over individuals. Clearly, the full extent of his powers have yet to be explored or revealed.
Klaw’s To-Mute List
Having nursed a hatred for Wakandans and what they had done to his family, Ulysses makes a true enemy of T’Challa after killing his father. Since then, Klaw has made an unrelenting effort to kill the Black Panther and take over Wakanda on several occasions.
However, he has also had continued run-ins with the Fantastic Four—who helped Black Panther defeat him just before he turned into sound—and the Avengers, especially.
But, his foes are not limited only to squads that T’Challa is a member of. Klaw is not a fan of Dazzler for nearly killing him, nor is he partial towards Daredevil for defeating him on more than one occasion.
Klaw’s great-great-great-grandfather attempted to invade Wakanda in the 1800s, losing his life in the process. Ulysses’ father, Fritz, nearly followed in those footsteps as he attempted to learn Wakanda's secrets during World War II; although he failed and escaped with his life.
Less than effective on his own, Klaw has joined more than a few villain teams, like Ultron’s Masters of Evil, the Frightful Four, and the Intelligencia. Klaw has worked with The Wizard so many times that he considers the man family.