- Why do I always do this? I simply must remember to order dessert before I kill everyone in the restaurant.
- -- Mister X src
Born into wealth, the man known only as Mister X became fascinated with death as a child when he saw a woman get hit by a car. The experience triggered his latent telepathy, forming a bond with the dying woman. He subsequently spent years attempting to recapture the thrill through other pursuits but finally sought out death again when he placed his pet dog in an oven. He slew his appalled parents shortly thereafter, beginning a life dedicated to the killing arts.
In an effort to become the greatest killing machine in history, X traveled the globe to train with various combat teachers, slaying each after surpassing their skills and scarring himself in a ritual fashion for each life he took. Destroying all records of his life, X then vanished from public view to embark upon his next goal of slaying fighters who professed to being the best.
Eventually, he learned of the mutant adventurer Wolverine and sent his operatives to test Wolverine's battle prowess. Subsequently defeating Wolverine himself, X sought his signature in order to achieve the title of "The Best There Is," then invited Wolverine to join him in a new murder avant-garde. Enraged, Wolverine broke free and engaged X in a savage battle, losing control in a berserker rage.
The fight was interrupted by X's super-strong bodyguard Blok who, much to X's annoyance, knocked Wolverine unconscious. Feeling that the fight ended unfairly, X released the unconscious Wolverine with a note promising a rematch. Soon after, X secretly aided Wolverine against the clandestine Weapon X program, not wanting them to interfere.
X's rematch with Wolverine came weeks later when both entered the annual Bloodsport tournament on the island nation of Madripoor of which X was the reigning champion. Before his duel with Wolverine, Mister X managed to defeat the Taskmaster, who happened to be one of the most proficient fighters on the planet. Both Mister X and Wolverine fought their way to the championship bout, during which Wolverine realized that X was a telepath who used his ability to anticipate an opponent's moves. After Wolverine succumbed to another berserker rage, X began losing his fight but was again saved by Blok and escaped.
Mister X was the reigning champion of Madripoor's Annual Bloodsport Fight Tournament. He was very rich and very bored. So he faked his own death and joined Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts for the sole purpose of finding an opponent capable of testing his skills.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Mister X is a low-level telepath capable of reading an opponent's mind in order to anticipate their moves in combat.
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AbilitiesMister X is a master of all known forms of both armed and unarmed combat, including numerous martial arts, boxing, and swordplay. He is also an expert assassin and escape artist, and is highly proficient with many weapons.
Strength levelMister X is a highly conditioned athlete and possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height and build that engages in intensive regular exercise. While the exact amount of weight he is ultimately able to lift isn't known, it is known that he can press lift at least 310 lbs, which is twice his own body weight
From THUNDERBOLTS #137 it was shown that Mister X powers only work in one on one encounters, fighting multiple enemies doesn't allow him the time to multitask and read all their minds. He is also incapable of predicting and reading an opponents mind if the opponent doesn't even know where they are going to strike themselves. The Iron Fist was able to use the Drunken Style to exploit this weakness and Luke Cage with a scrambled brain left Mister X's powers useless. Supergenius Amadeus Cho was able to successfully attack Mister X using a complicated pattern of ricocheting arrows; while Mister X could read Cho's mind, he was unable to understand it well enough to avoid the attack. Mister X's telepathy is ineffective against minds that are shielded against psychic probes or are animalistic in nature. His telepathy is also only helpful if his reflexes can keep up. This is how Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) made quick work of him: Mister X was able to read Quicksilver's mind but was not able to react to his attacks, allowing Pietro to break several bones and render him severely crippled.
Mister X keeps a trophy room stocked with various weapons including John Dillinger's tommygun, an ancient African tribal spear, and a semi-automatic flamethrower given to him by Saddam Hussein.
- 24 Appearances of Mister X (Earth-616)
- 13 Images featuring Mister X (Earth-616)
- 2 Quotations by or about Mister X (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Mister X (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Mister X (Earth-616)
- Mister X (Earth-616) at Wikipedia.org
- The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe 2004: Wolverine
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