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"Rico" Richards[1] is the grandson of Reed Richards and Susan Richards, alleged son of Franklin Richards or Valeria Richards.

He attended MIT to receive a doctorate alongside Sophie Von Doom. Their relationship mirrored that of his grandfather Reed and Sophie's father Victor. They started out as friends but Sophie was into trying dangerous and unconventional things and one day one of her experiments literally blew up taking part of the school with it and Rico managed to save them both with his powers. They share a romantic link. They were both expelled from MIT and his granddad offered to teach him. He was not interested so his family decided that the best place for him would be the Xavier Institute.

Rico and his dad and his grandfather do not get along very well so he opts to spend most if not all his time away from them at the Xavier Institute.

At the academy he became fast friends with Oli who has the same father issues as him. The two became best friends fast with Oli always managing to get them in trouble. He became the slacker of the group despite being the potentially smartest person at the school. His other friends had no idea the depths of his mental skill. He joined his friends in rescuing No-Name and battling Shadow X and was instrumental in locating Sophie's stronghold when they journeyed to India to battle Kalima.

In the end he was returned to his normal form after spending days as an Indian man and returned to the Xavier Institute along with his friends.


Rico is a mutant:

Plasticity: Rico possesses much like his grandfather, the ability to convert the mass of his entire body into a highly malleable state at will. He can alter his form in a matter of seconds.

  • Elongation: Rico can extend his arms to great distances.

Invisibility: Rico much like his grandmother, possesses the mental ability to manipulate ambient cosmic energy for a variety of effects, including the rendering of himself and other objects invisible, and the construction of solid, invisible force fields.

  • Psionic Force Fields: Rico, through concentration, is able to project a field of psionic force which he can manipulate into a number of relatively simple forms.


Skilled guitarist: Rico can play the guitar fairly well.

Genius-Level Intellect: Rico is descended from a long line of brilliant minds, his grandfather was once considered the smartest in the world and his father likewise. He inherited their brilliance but for the most part chooses not to use it.


Lenses of X-Ray Vision: Lenses that enhance natural vision and X-Ray Vision

Rico introduced Sophie von Doom as the daughter of Victor von Doom,[citation needed] but at another time stated that Richard Reed was his grandfather and Victor is the grandfather of Sophie.[3]

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