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Information-silkReal NameThomas Samuel Eamon Cassidy
Information-silkCurrent AliasBlack Tom Cassidy
Information-silkRelativesLiam Cassidy (ancestor, deceased);

Banshee (cousin, deceased);
Maeve Rourke Cassidy (cousin by marriage, deceased);

Siryn (first cousin once removed);
Information-silkAffiliationFormerly Black Air, Brotherhood of Mutants, former partner of Juggernaut
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMobile
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkHeight6' 0" (formerly variable)
Information-silkWeight200 lbs (91 kg) (formerly variable)
Information-silkHairBlack (formerly none)
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesUsed to be made out of wood.
Mutant, depowered on M-Day,[2] currently powered[citation needed] (unknown/unclear if currently repowered,[citation needed] technology user[citation needed] or if he simply lost his Secondary Mutation on M-Day]])[citation needed]
Information-silkPlace of BirthDublin, Ireland
Information-silkCreatorsChris Claremont, Dave Cockrum
First Appearance
X-Men #99
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Quote1 Tis about time, it is, then... I was beginnin' t'wonder when y'r actions would match y'r reputation! Sorry t'say f'r you , boyo -- my actions speak louder than y'r words! Quote2
-- Black Tom Cassidy src 

Tom and his cousin Sean (Banshee) were rivals over a woman named Maeve Rourke. Maeve married Sean. However, her death seemed to revive their dislike for each other, not to mention Tom secretly raising Sean's daughter Theresa.[3]

The X-Men initially clashed with Tom and Juggernaut at Cassidy Keep. He and Juggernaut were involved in many schemes. On one occasion Juggernaut sought to share his power with Tom, in essence creating two Juggernaut-like beings.[4]

Tom somehow contracted a type of plant mutation. He sought to use Deadpool's healing factor as a cure. He later attacked Sean and Generation X in a partially transformed state. He was defeated by Banshee, and the source of the plant was removed. However, when the X-Men later encountered Tom as part of the Brotherhood, he had become fully plantlike. Like the rest of the Brotherhood, Black Tom was sucked into Shen Xorn's head and transported to the Mojoverse, where they sold Juggernaut and Nocturne to Mojo and, in return, they were sent back to Earth.[5]

Black Tom lost his powers during M-Day.[2]

He blasted Dazzler of Excalibur, using technology to replicate his powers.[6] Tom has since shown remorse for the death of Squid-Boy and claimed to have had his mind affected by the plant mutation. He also urged Juggernaut to recover his lost strength and return to his full strength, feeling that Juggernaut couldn't become reformed and pointing out that Juggernaut had yet to tell his new allies of his full past.

He was seemingly repowered, using his powers during an encounter with Deadpool.[7]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


Black Tom is a mutant, who was seemingly depowered on M-Day, replicated his powers via technology and then was somehow repowered. His powers included:

  • Bio-Organic Thermokinetic Blasts: Cassidy has ability to generate blasts of concussive force or heat by using wood as the focus for his power; typically a wooden shillelagh. Following genetic engineering, Cassidy can channel the energy he generates directly through the parts of his body that were grafted to a wood-like substance.

Black Tom formerly mutated furthermore,[8][9] allegedly undergoing a Secondary Mutation.[9][10] He lost that mutation on M-Day.[citation needed] The powers granted by it were:

  • Plant-Form Secondary Mutation:
    • Plant Growth: Cassidy could grow to immense size.
      • Superhuman Strength
      • Healing Factor: Cassidy could regenerate damaged or destroyed body parts with great speed.
    • Chlorokinesis: He could also mentally control all plant life within his vicinity.
      • Plant Consciousness: He could distribute his consciousness amongst plants he controlled.
      • Life-Force Absorption: Cassidy could drain the life force of organic beings.

Possible Genetic Immunity: Black Tom is highly resistant, if not immune, to Banshee and Siryn's sonic screams, and they are similarly protected from his bio-blasts; which is similar to Cyclops and Havok's sibling power defunction to each other.

Power Grid [11]
Energy Projection*
Fighting Skills
* Lower ratings represent depowered status



His 'shillelagh', a wooden club.


Steve (Earth-616)

Steve (Earth-616)


Steve was the self-proclaimed leader of a mercenary unit who was sent in New York City to capture Deadpool, but it was defeated by the timely intervention of Banshee and Syrin.[12]

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