Monday, February 11, 2008

Members of the Avengers

The Avengers is a team of comic book superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. Over the years it has featured a tremendous number of characters in a variety of combinations.

Founding members

All of these members helped form the team in The Avengers vol 1 #1 (September, 1963).
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Thor Thor Odinson
a.k.a. Dr. Donald Blake,
Sigurd Jarlson,
Jake Olsen Avengers vol. 1 #1 (1963) Disappears with rest of Asgard during Ragnarok in Thor vol. 2 #25. Returns in Thor vol. 3 #1.
Iron Man Anthony Stark Avengers vol. 1 #1 (1963) Current member of the Mighty Avengers and director of SHIELD.
Yellowjacket
a.k.a. Ant-Man,
Doctor Pym,
Giant-Man,
Goliath Dr. Henry "Hank" Jonathan Pym Avengers vol. 1 #1 (1963) (as Ant-Man) Active as Giant-Man in Avengers vol. 1 #2 (1963); active as Goliath in Avengers vol. 1 #28 (1966); active as Yellowjacket in Avengers vol. 1 #63 (1969); active as Doctor Pym in West Coast Avengers #21 (1988). Current administrator of The Initiative at Camp Hammond.
Wasp Janet van Dyne
(a.k.a. Janet Pym) Avengers vol. 1 #1 (1963) Current member of the Mighty Avengers. Once married to Dr. Henry Pym.
The Hulk Dr. Robert Bruce Banner Avengers vol. 1 #1 (1963) Resigned in Avengers vol. 1 #2 (1963).
1960s recruits
Character Real Name Joined Notes
Captain America
a.k.a. Nomad,
The Captain Steven Rogers Avengers vol. 1 #4 (March 1964) Granted retroactive founder status prior to Avengers vol. 1 #2 (1971); active as the Captain in Avengers vol. 1 #300 (1989). Killed by a brainwashed Sharon Carter in Captain America vol. 5 #25.
Wonder Man Simon Williams Avengers vol. 1 #9 (1964) (for one issue only) Gained full membership in Avengers vol. 1 #182 (1979); current member of the Mighty Avengers.
Hawkeye
a.k.a. Goliath,
Ronin Clinton Francis Barton Avengers vol 1. #16 (May 1965)
(as Hawkeye) Active as Goliath in Avengers vol. 1 #63 (1969). Killed in action in Avengers #502 (November 2004). Resurrected in House of M #3. Seemingly killed again in House of M #7, but reappeared in New Avengers #26. Appears with New Avengers as Ronin in New Avengers #27, joins team via flashback in New Avengers #30.
Quicksilver Pietro Django Maximoff
(a.k.a. Pietro Frank) Avengers vol. 1 #16 (May 1965) Collaborated with his sister to create the House of M reality, the events of which caused Decimation. He is among the mutants currently depowered due to this event.
Scarlet Witch Wanda Maximoff
(a.k.a. Wanda Frank) Avengers vol. 1 #16 (May 1965) Collapse of her sanity was the cause of "Avengers Disassembled" in which her mutant powers wreaked havoc throughout the Marvel Universe eventually leading to the dissolution of the Avengers as well as the death of Jack of Hearts, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and the destruction of the Vision. These events later led to a collaboration with her brother in creating the House of M reality and finally Decimation which stripped 99% of Earth’s mutated humans of their powers.
Swordsman Jacques Duquesne Avengers vol. 1 #20 (September 1965) Placed in the team as a mole by the Mandarin; rejoined as a reformed member in Avengers vol. 1 #114 (August 1973); Killed in Avengers vol. 1 #130 (December 1974).
Hercules Heracles Avengers vol. 1 #45 (October 1967).
Black Panther T'Challa Avengers vol. 1 #52 (May 1968) Married Storm of the X-Men in "Black Panther" vol. 4 #18 (July 2006). Current member of the Fantastic Four.
Vision Victor Shade (alias) Avengers vol. 1 #58 (November 1968) Destroyed in Avengers #500 (September 2004). Later rebuilt by Young Avengers, but based on Iron Lad's brain patterns.
Black Knight Dane Whitman Avengers vol. 1 #71 (December 1969) Reserve membership.

First wave of 1970s recruits
Character Real Name Joined Notes
Black Widow Natalia Alianovna Romanova
(a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff) Avengers vol. 1 #111 (May 1973) First joined as a reserve member; current member of the Mighty Avengers.
Mantis Brandt
Giant-Sized Avengers #4 (1975) Granted full membership after her wedding to the Cotati.
Beast Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy Avengers vol. 1 #137 (1975) (as a probationary member) Gained full membership status in Avengers vol. 1 #151.
Second wave of 1970s recruits
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Ms. Marvel
a.k.a. Warbird,
Binary Carol Susan Jane Danvers Avengers vol. 1 #183 (June 1979) Active as Warbird in Avengers vol. 3 #4 (1998); current leader of the Mighty Avengers as Ms. Marvel.
Falcon Samuel "Snap" Thomas Wilson Avengers vol. 1 #184 (June 1979)
Early 1980s Recruits
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Tigra a.k.a. the Cat Greer Grant Nelson Avengers vol. 1 #211 (September 1981).
She-Hulk Jennifer Susan Walters Avengers vol. 1 #221 (July 1982). Current advisor for the Initiative
Pulsar
a.k.a. Captain Marvel, Photon Monica Rambeau Avengers vol. 1 #227 (January 1983) (member-in-training as Captain Marvel) Gained full membership in Avengers vol. 1 #231 (1983); active as Photon in Avengers Unplugged #5 (1996).
Starfox Eros Avengers vol. 1 #232 (June 1983) (as a member-in-training) Gained full membership in Avengers vol. 1 #243 (1984).
West Coast Avengers
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Hawkeye
a.k.a. Goliath,
Ronin Clinton Francis Barton Avengers vol 1. #243 founding West Coast chair
Tigra a.k.a. the Cat Greer Grant Nelson West Coast Avengers vol. 1 #1 founding West Coast Branch member; Ex-Waco member
Wonder Man Simon Williams West Coast Avengers vol. 1 #1 founding West Coast Member; current member of the Mighty Avengers.
Iron Man Anthony Stark West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #1 Replace James Ronald "Rhodey" Rhodes as Ironman on team
Doctor Pym
a.k.a. Ant-Man, Giant-Man,
Goliath, Yellowjacket Dr. Henry "Hank" Jonathan Pym West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #21 (1988)
Scarlet Witch Wanda Maximoff
(a.k.a. Wanda Frank) West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #37
Vision Victor Shade (alias) West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #37
Wasp Janet van Dyne
(a.k.a. Janet Pym) Avengers West Coast vol. 2 # Current member of the Mighty Avengers. Once married to Dr. Henry Pym.
Recruits

Avengers members recruited and joined the West Coast Team.
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Mockingbird Barbara Barton (nee Morse) West Coast Avengers vol. 1 #1 (September 1984) West Coast founding member; ; Ex-Waco member; Killed in Avengers West Coast #100
War Machine
a.k.a. Iron Man James Ronald "Rhodey" Rhodes West Coast Avengers vol. 1 #1 (September 1984) (as Iron Man) Current base commander for the Initiative Training base.
Moon Knight Marc Spector (a.k.a. Steven Grant, Jake Lockley) West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #33 (1988) Ex-Waco member; Resigned in Moon Knight vol. 3 #50 (1993).
U.S. Agent
a.k.a. Super-Patriot John Frank Walker, Jack Daniel (alias) Avengers West Coast vol. 2 #44 (May 1989) as Government "watchdog"; Joined latter after UN Charter granted; Current member of Omega Flight.
Human Torch Jim Hammond (alias) Avengers West Coast #50 (November 1989) Died in New Invaders #9 (2005).
Living Lightning Miguel Santos Avengers West Coast #69 (April 1991) Current member of the Rangers.
Arachne
a.k.a. Spider-Woman Julia Carpenter Avengers West Coast #74 (September 1992) Current member of Omega Flight as Arachne.
Machine Man
a.k.a. X-51 Aaron Stack (alias) Avengers West Coast #83 (June 1992). Gained reserve membership; removed from roster in X-51 #4 (1999).
Darkhawk Christopher Powell Avengers West Coast #94 (May 1993) Member of Loners.
Later 1980s recruits
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Namor Namor McKenzie Avengers vol. 1 #262 (December 1985)
Doctor Druid Anthony Ludgate Druid Avengers vol. 1 #278 (April 1987) Killed in Druid #4 (August 1995).
The Forgotten One Gilgamesh Avengers vol. 1 #300 (February 1989) Killed in Avengers vol. 1 #391 (October 1995).
Mister Fantastic Prof. Reed Richards Avengers vol. 1 #300 (February 1989). Resigned in Avengers vol. 3 #1 (1998).
Invisible Woman Susan Richards Avengers vol. 1 #300 (February 1989). Resigned in Avengers vol. 3 #1 (1998).
Quasar Wendell Elvis Vaughn officially voted in vol. 1 #329 Avengers Annual #18 (1989) (Provisional Status); Killed by Annihilus in Annihilation: Nova #4 (2006).
Early 1990s recruits
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Sersi Sersi Avengers vol. 1 #314 (February 1990) An Eternal; officially voted in vol. 1 #329
Spider-Man Peter Benjamin Parker Avengers vol. 1 #316 (April 1990) Current member of New Avengers, Possibly not due to the One More Day story Arc
Sandman William Baker Avengers vol. 1 #329 (February 1991) (probationary membership) Never gained full membership; resigned in Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #4 (1999)
Crystal Crystal Amaquelin Maximoff Avengers vol. 1 #336 (as a probationary member) Gained full membership in Avengers vol. 1 #343
Thor
a.k.a. Thunderstrike Eric Kevin Masterson Avengers vol. 1 #343 (January 1992) (as Thor) Active as Thunderstrike in Avengers vol. 1 #374. Killed in Thunderstrike #24 (September 1995)
Post-Heroes Return recruits
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Justice AKA Marvel Boy Vance Astrovik Avengers vol. 3 #4 (May 1998) Joined as a reservist but promoted to full status in Avengers vol. 3 #7 (1998).
Firestar Angelica Jones Avengers vol. 3 #4 (May 1998) Joined as a reservist but promoted to full status in Avengers vol. 3 #7 (1998). Retired in the wake of the Super-Human Registration act Civil War: Front Line #4.
Triathlon Delroy Garrett Jr. Avengers vol. 3 #27 (1999) Currently a recruit in the Initiative Program.
Silverclaw Maria de Guadalupe Santiago Avengers vol. 3 #30 (July 2000) Joined as a reserve membership; never gained full status.
Jack of Hearts Jack Hart Avengers vol. 3 #43 (August 2001) Killed in Avengers vol. 3 #76 (2004)

While under the Scarlet Witch's influence, he returned long enough to kill Ant-Man in Avengers #500 (September 2004).
Ant-Man Scott Edward Harris Lang Avengers vol. 3 #62 (February 2003) Killed by a zombified Jack of Hearts under the influence of the Scarlet Witch in Avengers #500 (September 2004).
Captain Britain

(AKA Lionheart)
Kelsey Leigh Shorr Avengers vol. 3 #81 (June, 2004) Made an honorary member as Kelsey Leigh and a full member as Captain Britain. With the exception of Hank Pym (Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket), is the only member to have Avengers status both in civilian and superhero guises. Left in Avengers Finale for England. Reappeared in New Excalibur.

Non-member status

All of these heroes were granted honorary, provisional or other status with the Avengers and are not true Avengers members.
Character Real Name Notes
Edwin Jarvis Edwin Jarvis Avengers vol. 1 #2 (1963) Never an official member, but has remained with the team throughout its incarnations; Captain America has even stated that, as far as he is concerned, Jarvis is a true Avenger.
Rick Jones Richard Milhouse Jones Avengers vol. 1 #1 (1963) Honorary Member.
Captain Marvel Mar-Vell Avengers vol. 1 #86 (March 1971) (by affiliation only) Posthumously awarded honorary membership as revealed in The Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe vol. 1 #1. Transported from past to current timeline in Civil War: The Return (2007).
Moondragon Heather Douglas Steckley Avengers vol. 1 #137 (July 1975) (as a probationary member)
Hellcat Patsy Walker
(a.k.a. Patsy Hellstrom (married name)) Avengers vol. 1 #141 (1975) (probationary member as Patsy) Stayed a probationary member when she became Hellcat in Avengers vol. 1 #144.
Whizzer Robert L. Frank Sr. Avengers vol. 1 #173 (July 1978) Died in Vision and Scarlet Witch #2 (December 1982). Honorary
Two-Gun Kid Matthew Liebowitz (birth name)
Matthew J. Hawk (legal name) Avengers vol. 1 #142 (August 1975) Time traveler from the 19th century; returned to his time and was killed in Blaze of Glory #4 (March 2000), which took place in 1885. Recently returned to life and current timeline in She-Hulk #4.
Jocasta Avengers vol 1 #197 (July 1980) (as a probationary member) Left in Avengers vol. 1 #211 (September 1981); Gained honorary membership in Marvel Two-in-One #93 (November 1982).
Moira Brandon Moira Brandon Avengers West Coast vol. 2 #100 (November 1993) (probationary membership) Founding honorary member of the West Coast Team. The issue was a flashback taking place between volume 1 and volume 2 of the title.
Thing Benjamin Jacob Grimm West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #9 (June 1986) Provisional status; vote never taken. Current member of the Fantastic Four.
Firebird
a.k.a. Espirita Bonita Juarez West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #4 (January 1986) Provisional status. Current member of the Rangers.
Marrina Marrina Smallwood Avengers vol. 1 #286 (1987) Honorary membership; considered deceased as of Namor #61 (April 1995). Revealed to be in a coma in Avengers vol. 3 #47-48 (December 2001-January 2002).
Demolition Man a.k.a. D-Man Dennis Dunphy Captain America #349 (January 1989) was unoffically offered membership by The Captain (Captain America; a reservist at the time) shortly before his disappearance.
Ravonna
a.k.a. "Nebula", Terminatrix Ravonna Lexus Renslayer Avengers vol. 1 #291 (May, 1988) Posing as Nebula at the time, and better known as Terminatrix. Started placing the East Coast division under mind control as of vol. 1 #291 (May 1988). Unofficial leader as of vol. 1 #294 (August 1988). Officially joined in vol. 1 #297. Reported MIA minutes later. East Coast division consequently disbanded (November 1988).
Yellowjacket Rita DeMara Avengers Annual #17 (1988) Killed by Iron Man (Stark) in Avengers: The Crossing (September 1995); Assist a East Coast reserve team.
Stingray Walter Newell Avengers vol. 1 #319 (July 1990) His status is said to be "honorary reserve member." Caretaker, Avengers Island.
Rage Elvin Daryl Halliday Avengers vol. 1 #329 (February 1991) (probationary membership) Was discovered to be still in his adolescence in Avengers vol. 1 #341 (November 1991) and was consequently removed from the roster. Currently a recruit in the Initiative Program.
Swordsman Phillip Jarvert Avengers vol. 1 #357 (December 1992) Honorary membership.
AntiVision Avengers vol. 1 #360 (March 1993) Infiltrated the team as a representative of the Gatherers. He impersonated the Vision.
Magdalene Avengers vol. 1 #363 (June 1993) Honorary membership.
Deathcry Avengers vol. 1 #364 (July 1993) Honorary membership status gained in Avengers vol. 1 #399 (1996). Killed in Annihilation Conquest: Star-Lord #2 (August 2007).
Iron Man Tony Stark Avengers: Timeslide (1996) An alternate adolescent version of the original. Replaced him for a time and then merged with the original Stark.
Masque Guilletta Nefaria Avengers vol. 1 #397 (1996) A clone of Madame Masque. Killed in Avengers vol. 3 #32 (September 2000).
Agents of Atlas

What If? vol 1, #9 (June 1978) revealed that a prototype group of Avengers had been formed in 1958 to rescue abducted President Eisenhower from supervillain Yellow Claw. They disbanded upon completing their mission but the issue discussed what would have happened had they continued their activities. They were revealed in Avengers Forever to be a parallel world version of the Avengers. It was later revealed that a version of this team, minus 3-D Man and Jann, did exist in the mainstream Marvel Universe and remained together for several months. They reformed in the present day in the Agents of Atlas series.
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Venus What If vol. 1 #9 (June 1978)
Marvel Boy Robert Grayson What If vol. 1 #9 (June 1978)
Gorilla-Man Kenneth Hale What If vol. 1 #9 (June 1978)
Human Robot M-11 What If vol. 1 #9 (June 1978)
3-D Man Chuck and Hal Chandler What If vol. 1 #9 (June 1978)
Jimmy Woo James Woo What If vol. 1 #9 (June 1978) Government liaison; formerly of the FBI; currently an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Namora Aquaria Nautica Neptunia What If vol. 1 #9 (June 1978) Associate member.
Jann of the Jungle Jane Hastings What If vol. 1 #9 (June 1978) Associate member.

Guardians of the Galaxy

A group of superheroes from the 31st century, the Guardians of the Galaxy time traveled to the 20th century in vol. 1 #168 (February 1978) and served as honorary members during the Korvac saga.
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Yondu Yondu Udonta Avengers vol. 1 #168 (February 1978) Honorary membership.
Martinex Martinex T'Naga Avengers vol. 1 #168 (February 1978) Honorary membership.
Charlie-27 Avengers vol. 1 #168 (February 1978) Honorary membership.
Nikki Nicholette Gold Avengers vol. 1 #168 (February 1978) Honorary membership.
Starhawk Stakar Avengers vol. 1 #168 (February 1978) Honorary membership.
Aleta Ogord Aleta Ogord Avengers vol. 1 #168 (February 1978) Honorary membership.
Vance Astro Vance Astrovik Avengers vol. 1 #168 (February 1978) A younger, alternate version of him also later joined as the superhero Justice (AKA Marvel Boy). Honorary membership.
The Great Lakes Initiative

A group of second-string heroes who independently formed their own branch of Avengers, as Great Lake Avengers, in West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #46 (July 1989). Later known as the Lightning Rods, then switched their name back. In the GLA Misassembled mini-series by writer Dan Slott, the team were contacted by the Maria Stark Foundation and forced to change their name. They chose the Great Lakes X-Men. In The Thing #8, also by Dan Slott, they changed their name again to the Great Lakes Champions. Despite being led for a time by Hawkeye, the group had no formal connection to the Avengers.
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Big Bertha Ashley Crawford West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #45 (July 1989)
Dinah Soar West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #45 (July 1989) Killed in GLA #1 (April 2005)
Doorman DeMarr Davis West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #45 (July 1989) Killed and resurrected by Oblivion as the second Deathurge in GLA #4
Flatman Val Ventura West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #45 (July 1989)
Mr. Immortal Craig Hollis West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #45 (July 1989)
Leather Boy Gene Lorrene GLA #1 (April 2005) Founding member, shown in flashback in GLA #1; left very shortly thereafter
Squirrel Girl Dorreen Green GLA #2 (May 2005)
Monkey Joe GLA #2 (May 2005) Killed in GLA #3 (June 2005)
Grasshopper Doug Taggert GLA #2 (May 2005) Killed in GLA #2.
Grasshopper II Neil Shelton GLX-mas Special #1 (December 2005) Killed in GLX-mas Special #1.
Grasshopper III unknown Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular #1 (September 2007) Killed in Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular #1.
Tippy-Toe GLA #4 (July 2005)
Deadpool Wade Winston Wilson Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular #1 (September 2007) Reserve member. Kicked out by end of the issue.
Young Avengers
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Iron Lad Nathaniel Richards Young Avengers #1 Founder; left team to become Kang
Hulkling Teddy Altman Young Avengers #1 Founder
Patriot Elijah "Eli" Bradley Young Avengers #1 Founder
Wiccan(formerly Asgardian) Billy Kaplan Young Avengers #1 Founder
Stature Cassandra Lang
Hawkeye Kate Bishop
Speed Thomas Shepherd Young Avengers #12
Vision

New Avengers
Founding Members
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Iron Man Anthony Stark New Avengers vol. 1 #3 (March 2005) Current member of the Mighty Avengers and director of SHIELD.
Captain America
a.k.a. Nomad,
The Captain Steven Rogers New Avengers vol. 1 #3 (March, 2005) Founding member, New Avengers. Killed by a brainwashed Sharon Carter in Captain America vol. 5 #25.
Luke Cage Carl Lucas (birth name)
Luke Cage (legal name) New Avengers vol. 1 #3 (March, 2005) Married Jessica Jones (formerly Jewel and Knightress) in New Avengers Annual #1 (2006); current leader of the New Avengers.
Spider-Woman Jessica Drew New Avengers #3 (March, 2005) Current member of the Mighty Avengers.
Spider-Man Peter Benjamin Parker New Avengers #3 (March, 2005) Current member of New Avengers, Possibly not due to the One More Day story Arc
Early Recruits
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Wolverine James "Logan" Howlett New Avengers #6 (June, 2005) Maintains simultaneous membership in the New Avengers and the X-Men.
Sentry Robert Reynolds New Avengers #10 (October, 2005) Current member of the Mighty Avengers.
Echo
a.k.a. Ronin Maya Lopez New Avengers #11 (November, 2005) (as Ronin) Active as Ronin in New Avengers #11 (2005); active as Echo in New Avengers #27 (2007).
Post-Civil War recruits
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Doctor Strange Stephen Strange New Avengers #27 (February 2007) Current member of the New Avengers.
Iron Fist Daniel Rand New Avengers #27 (February 2007) Current member of the New Avengers.
Ronin
a.k.a. Hawkeye
& Goliath Clinton Francis Barton New Avengers vol 1. #27 Appears with New Avengers as Ronin in New Avengers #27, joins team via flashback in New Avengers #30.

Mighty Avengers
Founding Members
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Iron Man Anthony Stark Might Avengers vol. 1 #1 Current member of the Mighty Avengers and director of SHIELD.
Ms. Marvel Carol Susan Jane Danvers Might Avengers vol. 1 #1 Current leader of the Mighty Avengers
Wonder Man Simon Williams Might Avengers vol. 1 #1
Wasp Janet van Dyne
(a.k.a. Janet Pym) Might Avengers vol. 1 #1
Black Widow Natalia Alianovna Romanova
(a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff) Might Avengers vol. 1 #1

Ultimates

The Ultimates are the alternative Marvel universe, Ultimate Marvel equalivant to the Avengers.

Founding Members
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Thor Thor Odinson
a.k.a. Thorlief Golmen The Ultimates vol.1 No.6
Iron Man Anthony Stark The Ultimates vol.1 No.2
Giant-Man Dr. Henry "Hank" Jonathan Pym The Ultimates vol.1 No.2 expelled
Wasp Janet Pym The Ultimates vol.1 No.2 Once married to Dr. Henry Pym. current leader
Captain America Steven Rogers The Ultimates vol.1 No.3 original leader
Shadow Team
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Hawkeye Clinton Francis Barton The Ultimates vol.1 #4 promote to public team
The Black Widow Natasha Romanova The Ultimates vol.1 #7 promoted to public team. deceased
Quicksilver Pitero Lensherr The Ultimates vol.1 #7 promoted to public team.
Scarlet Witch Wanda Lensherr The Ultimates vol.1 #7 promoted to public team. deceased
Later Recruits
Character Real Name Joined in Notes
Black Panther The Ultimates" Vol.3 No. 1
Valkryie The Ultimates" Vol.3 No. 1

Sentry Robert Reynolds Might Avengers vol. 1 #1
Ares Ares Might Avengers vol. 1 #1

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