- I can create. That's my gift. I can make anything I can imagine. Out of metal. Glass. You name it. With people, I can't create. I just destroy. I betray. I want to be with her. But I know I can never be. I know that if I'm with her, she'll just be hurt again. ... And she was dead an hour later. Four days after that, I put her in a glass box. The separation is better for us.
- -- Madison Jeffries src
Much of Madison's past is unknown. He and his brother served in the US army during Vietnam. Madison worked as a mechanic, Lionel as a medic. While Madison had always been uncomfortable with his powers, Lionel seemed to relish using his. Their unit was heavily damaged after a mission and Lionel seemed to go insane. He used his powers on the dead and wounded with horrific results. Madison had to use his powers to restrain his brother and had him committed. After returned home, he became a mechanic in the Canadian town of Harbordale, where post traumatic stress disorder caused his powers to go out of control and take over the entire town. The Canadian government sent Wolverine, who was working for Department H at the time, to investigate. He found and woke up Jeffries, freeing the town. After bringing him back to Department H, Madison was checked into a clinic where he met Roger Bochs.
Madison was apparently recruited by Guardian and was part of the Gamma Flight training group. He became romantically involved with Diamond Lil, also part of Gamma Flight. Madison's first major action was to dismantle Delphine Courtney when Omega Flight attacked Alpha Flight.
Madison worked on a new version of the Box robot with Roger Bochs. He was able to find or make a special type of living metal that allowed the operator to merge into the armor rather than control it via remote. Bochs and Jeffries then both officially joined Alpha Flight.
When Bochs started to go insane, Madison took possession of the Box robot. With his powers he could form weapons and devices to augment it as needed.
While James Hudson was presumed dead, Madison and Heather became close, and even became engaged. However, he continued to secretly see Lillian and eventually realized that he loved her and not Heather. He also helped James Hudson when he was captured by Roxxon.
Heather began looking into Madison's past and discovered his brother Lionel in a mental ward. Madison knew his brother was a danger and tried to stop her. Lionel was accidentally freed. Calling himself Scramble, Lionel escaped and set up a "New Life clinic" where he would work on others, claiming he could cure any ailment. Bochs was one of the ones who showed up, wanting new legs. The two then merged into Omega, wanting to use their combined power and skill. Although Persuasion was able to briefly separate the two, Scramble lobotomized Bochs and reformed Omega. Madison felt that his brother could never be rehabilitated, so he formed a large cannon and destroyed Omega.
He and Diamond Lil retired and married. Lillian attempted to keep him from using the Boxbot. Madison finally admitted he was becoming addicted to using it, as well as being an adventurer.
He still rejoined Alpha Flight after it was reinstated by Department H, although his wife asked him not to. However, she was able to convince him not to use Box unless it was absolutely necessary. On a mission with the team, Jeffries was knocked out battling the Zodiac. They brainwashed him into being Gemini and had him create a robot duplicate to control. Despite Puck finding and unmasking him, he seemed to still think Alpha Flight were his enemies.
Jeffries was then taken by Weapon X. He was manipulated to think that Director Colcord was his ally and not to question what the intended use of his projects were for. He was working on a new generation of Sentinels as well as using Box robots to keep the Neverland prisoners in line. He didn't even realize that his wife Diamond Lil was one of the detainees in the camp. With Neverland now abandoned, Madison and his prototypes accompanied Colcord.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Inorganic Psionic Transmutation: allows him to mentally restructure glass, plastic, and metal to anything within his imagination. He can psionically levitate objects made of any of these three substances. Jeffries can psionically rearrange parts of machinery into various forms, and he is particularly skilled at psionically restructuring machinery into duplicating the form and functions of parts of the human body. Jeffries can also psionically manipulate metal on the atomic and molecular levels.
Fraternal Psychic Link: Madison could psychically sense the presence of his brother Lionel within a certain range.
Intuitive Inventor: He also seems to have a talent for design similar to that of Forge. It has been remarked by telepaths that his mind seems more like a machine than man.
|Power Grid |
|* Heightened ratings as Box|
AbilitiesMadison has experience as both a soldier and as a mechanic and machinesmith.
Strength levelWhen not inside the Box robotic body, Madison Jeffries possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height and build who engages in moderate regular exercise. The Box robot possesses superhuman strength and at its normal size can lift (press) roughly 85 tons. Jeffries can cause the Box robot to grow to enormous size, thereby increasing its strength. The uppermost limit of Box's strength is unknown.
It can become difficult for a person to separate after being merged for long periods of time. While Jeffries' body is not physically harmed if Box is damaged, he will suffer feedback.
Jeffries' mental state has been severely damaged due to brainwashing and manipulation over the years. He seems to be under considerable strain from constant work on projects.
Box Robot: Through an act of will, Madison Jeffries can "phase into" the humanoid robotic body called Box in order to control it from within. The Box robotic body is principally composed of a "living metal," whose exact nature has not been revealed. Jeffries mentally controls Box from within its body, and he can perceive whatever its sensors perceive. Although Jeffries cannot actually feel physical pain while within Box, his psychic link with Box is so strong that he can feel psychic pain if enough force is inflicted upon Box.
The Box robot has vast superhuman strength and is highly resistant to physical damage. Powerful jets in the soles of its feet enable the robot to fly.
Box also contains many different devices to fill various functions. In fact, Jeffries can use his psionic powers to create new equipment for Box, or to modify existing devices within Box, or to alter Box's shape, in any way that he can conceive that is physically possible. For example, he has caused part of Box's body to become a cannon. When Box flies, he causes its arms to become wings and a rudder to appear on its feet. He has caused a drill to emerge from Box's feet.
Jeffries is able to alter the robot as needed such as forming weapons or adapting sensors. By drawing upon outside material, he can increase the size of the robot to unknown limits. When last seen, he had developed prototypes for the Weapon X Project and seemed able to control them simultaneously.
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