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In his Mirage incarnation Marlin is shown to be a very stubborn and tenacious hunter, who never allows himself to be diverted from his prey. He is after only "exotic", challenging prey and cares not a whit about how his victims must feel or whether they are capable of feelings at all (eg Leatherhead).
Marlin also does not seem to be very sociable; except for temporary allies (such as Razorback) or hired helpers he has little support (and usually not for very long), and instead names his hunting rifle affectionately "Betsy".
Mr. Marlin is a rich Australian arms manufacturers and big-game hunter who has become so good at killing animals that he was looking for a new challenge. Due to a newspaper article in which a sighting of a huge alligator in the sewers of New York had been reported, he came to New York City and went into the sewers. However, Marlin got more than he had expected when he met five intelligent mutant animals instead: Leatherhead and the Turtles.
However, this discovery only increased Marlins obsession rather than wipe it out, and now he began to hunt the Turtles and Leatherhead repeatedly. In each of his "hunting" tries he apparently perished, only to reappear and to terrorize the mutants again. During the battle his right arm and left foot were cut off, and he replaced them with bionic parts.
Marlin decided to experience the excitement of the hunt in a controlled environment according to his ideas, and he kidnapped Leatherhead, the Jersey Devil, Mothman and many other legendary monsters on a remote island off the coast of Australia, which housed one of his weapons factories. The Turtles and Emil Tendaji, a game warden and employee of an organization, which was protecting rare creatures, tracked him and managed to prevent his plan. When during the evacuation of the island the group was attacked by the wild monsters, Marlin escaped his captivity to the open sea, only to be eaten by the Loch Ness Monster.
- His obsession with trying to find the next big hunt, makes him similar to the Spider-Man villain "Kraven the Hunter". However unlike Kraven he has no problem useing guns.