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Origin

Benjamin Deeds was an average college student at the University of Texas at Austin until his mutant powers manifested during a pro-mutant rally on campus. Media and other students seemed to welcome him with open arms.[3]

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Benjamin's powers manifesting

The festivities were cut short by the arrival of Cyclops and Magneto to retrieve Benjamin. They were shortly followed by the original five X-Men.[3] A battle ensued, and Benjamin was left at the campus.[4] Benjamin was expelled from school for being a mutant and every time he tried to call his parents by phone they didn't answer. While leaving the school, Scott approached him again and convinced him to come with him and promised him that he could leave if he didn't like it.[1]

The Mutant Revolution

Benjamin and Scott were then teleported to the site of what was once Weapon-X, but now the new Charles Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters, the headquarters of the Extinction X-Men, and the new mutant revolution. After joining Cyclops' team, Benjamin becomes acquainted with the other students and his professors a little more. The group then receives new students: the Stepford Cuckoos and the displaced young Angel. The team is then forced into Limbo and are forced to fight for their lives against Dormammu and his mindless ones. Benjamin stands in the back of the group so they can fight as his powers aren't useful yet in a battle setting. A rock hits his head and he is nearly killed and is only saved when Magik casts them out of Limbo and while Benjamin has stopped breathing and his mind has no activity, Triage heals him and he comes to.[5]

Benjamin remained with the new X-Men, but felt insecure about his abilities and contribution to the team. It wasn't until Emma Frost took an interest in him that he discovered the full extent of his powers. Emma and Magik took Benjamin to Atlantic City to assist in training his powers. His final test was to have him hand deliver a letter to Timothy Dugan inside a secured S.H.I.E.L.D. facility. Benjamin was able to complete his task, but was caught due to the contents of the letter. He was retrieved by Magik, and with his infiltrating powers has earned his place with the X-Men.[6]

Benjamin is left behind at the New Charles Xavier School with the others students when Matthew accidentally kills Emma Frost.[7]. After Cyclops disbands the New Xavier School and requests that the students enroll in the Jean Grey School, Benjamin, along with the other students, are outraged. They assist Dazzler in capturing Mystique. Later at a gig that Dazzler is performing at, Benjamin, Fabio, Christopher, the Stepford Cuckoos and David are concocting a plan not to join the other school and creating their own group.

The students appears at a high school to stop an angry mutant, Blake, who had the powers to summon demons. The Cuckoos shifted into their diamond form and simultaneously used their telepathy at the same time to hinder Blake's assault on her mutant-hating father, while Benjamin was trying to stop her using his powers, inducing her to like him and trust him. During the onslaught, Celeste and Fabio are injured, but they are quickly healed by Triage [8]. This battle makes Goldballs an internet sensation until the public finds out he is a mutant and is injured by a glass bottle. Enraged, the Cuckoos nearly kill the mutant-hating attacker. With the other students, they return to the Jean Grey School and admits to Storm that they were not ready for the world and the world was not ready for them.

Generation X

When Kitty Pryde relocated the X-Men in New York and the school was renamed to Xavier Institute for Mutant Education and Outreach, Benjamin decided to join in along with Triage and the Stepford Cuckoos. He became part of Jubilee's team, consisted of Nathaniel Carver, Quentin Quire, Lin Li, Bling! and Eye-Boy.[9] Few days later, Nathaniel opened up to Benji about their current relationship, that he knew and noticed his signals to make a move at him. So he explained his fear with his powers and how it always destroyed the past relationships he had, with his ex-boyfriend and his ex-best friend, just to mention a few. Because every time he saw a person’s past, he ended up judging them. Nathaniel was afraid that it might happen again if he was together with Benjamin. Since he was terrified of losing him, he friend-zoned him just so their relationship wouldn’t end up a mess. Really disappointed, Benji understood and accepted the situation. [10]

When a mysterious shadow in Central Park started stealing mutants during the night, Quentin convinced his classmates to investigate. They found themselves face-to-face with Emplate, who was possessing his sister Monet's body at the time.[11] After defeating the Rat King,[12] Quentin convinced Benjamin and Nathaniel to join him for a night out. They were stuck in a villain-infested auction, where they had to destroy a priceless weapon, all without getting caught by the auctioneer, Kade Kilgore. During the mission, both Nathaniel and Benjamin discovered their feelings for each other.[13]

Monet, merged with her brother Emplate, arrived to the institute in order to try to kill the students and drain their life forces. While Jubilee, Husk and Chamber were battling the threat, inside the classroom, Roxy, Benjamin, Nathanial, and Quentin came up with a plan on how to defeat him. The students noticed that Emplate strangely did not even try to feed or copy Quentin's power. Nathaniel revealed to them that he was responsible for that. Apparently, Emplate won’t let Monet steal any other mutants’ powers because she’s already stolen Nathanial’s, which allow him to see people’s memories when he touches them. When Emplate used his power, it actually weakens the link between Emplate and Monet. So, if Monet creates that kind of connection with others, it could cause Emplate to lose control of her, so Jubilee's team formulate a plan to grab Monet and force a link.

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Roxy grabbed Monet and a connection between the two of them is formed. Monet started to freaking out, so Jubilee, in order to overwhelmed her mind, told Chamber and Husk to grab her, causing the psychometry powers stolen from Nathaniel, to display all their Generation X old memories. In the end, their memories were enough powerful to evict Emplate from Monet. Jubilee thanked Quentin for curing her, and he agreed to stay at the school, earning a hug from Benjamin. A few hours later, Benjamin and Nathanial were sitting on a bed having a nice conversation. Benjamin expressed how worried he was for him when Emplate attacked them. Nathaniel responded that being around with Benjamin and being in the school with him by his side made him feel safe. Benjamin opened up saying that he wanted to kiss Nathaniel and the two made out. This also activated Nathaniel’s psychometry power which made him see Benjamin’s past, from the time he was a student under Cyclops mutant revolution days to the time they first met and developed feelings for each other. A few days later, the team were preparing a surprise party for Roxy, who was going home to visit her family for a while. Kitty Pryde arrived to congratulate Jubilee on keeping her class alive. [14]

Powers

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Benjamin using his powers

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Benjamin using his powers

Benjamin is a new mutant activated after the Phoenix dispersion, and has displayed the following mutant powers:

  • Transmorph: Benjamin has shown his ability to fuse his looks with anyone else, not becoming that person, but a close duplicate in both appearance and sound.[3][6]
  • Transformative Psychochemical Influence: Benjamin also has the unique ability to cause someone to like him and trust him. This chemical influence allows others to feel good, smoothed, calm, pleasant, and relaxed.[6] As stated by Quentin Quire, this is part of "Benji's charm", because whenever Benjamin gets a face lift, he releases some chemical that makes people relax and lights flicker. That's why people like him and why he smells so good. [15]
    • Technochemical Disruption: Benjamin's chemicals can also be used to scramble technological/electronic devices.[6] For example, when he assumed Mandrill's appearance, he also shorted out the lights in the room.[15]




  • Benjamin had stated he is gay, though was soon caught eyeing Magik before being warned that intimacy with her would "break him;" however, this may have been a ruse to excuse himself from seducing a bystander as training.[6] Benjamin's sexuality was later confirmed when he revealed his feelings for Nathaniel.[15]

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