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Quote1 Uh, hello. Gay? Quote2
-- Anole
 

Origin

Victor Borkowski was born and raised in Fairbury, Illinois, he lived a normal life despite his reptilian features, a result of his being a mutant. The close-knit community accepted the boy for who he was until anti-mutant sentiment began to spread. For his own safety, his parents sent him to the Xavier Institute where he quickly excelled academically.[citation needed]
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Anole as a New X-Men

Academy X & Alpha Squadron

When the adviser system was set up at the Xavier Institute, Victor originally chose Wolverine, but quickly realized that was not a good fit and then switched to Karma as his adviser.[2] However, during the formation of training squads throughout the school, he was reassigned to Northstar's Alpha Squadron. At first, he was quite friendly with Hellion and the other Hellions, but he became closer to his teammates. He was especially close to Northstar and was deeply affected by his death. (He, like most of the students, was unaware of Northstar's resurrection until Northstar was sent by Serafina to kill the X-Men). Victor is gay, and Northstar helped him to come to terms with his sexuality.[citation needed]

When Northstar attacked the Institute, Anole found him and was able to temporarily snap him out of the mind control set in place by the Children of the Vault. However, Victor's joy at seeing his former mentor was short-lived, as Jean-Paul returned to his mind-controlled status and viciously beat him.[citation needed]

Decimation

Anole was one of only 27 students at the Institute who didn't lose his mutant powers in the event known as M-Day. The squad system was dissolved, and the remaining students were merged into one group. Shortly afterwards, Emma Frost set up an all-out brawl amongst the remaining students to determine who would become the team of X-Men trainees; Victor was not selected, yet still resided and trained at the Institute.[citation needed]

Anole was asked by Mercury to cover the raid of the New X-Men against Nimrod at Forge's Dallas home,[3] and was interrogated by Val Cooper and O*N*E Colonel Reyes.[4] He was consequently orange-flagged by the O*N*E afterwards.[5]

...[6]

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Anole in Limbo with his brand new reptilian arm

Quest for Magik

Victor was seen with many of the other students and Rockslide telling scary stories. Santo later outed Victor as gay to some of the other students, though Loa (a fellow member of Alpha Squadron) was already aware and said that everyone knew. Later, all the students started listening to a tale Blindfold was making up for them. Soon they realized that her story wasn't make-believe, and she apologized just before the group was sucked down into the dimension of Limbo.[7] They were attacked by a large group of demons, and Victor argued with Rockslide, saying that he was supposed to lead them, since he was a "New X-Man". When Rockslide was mysteriously shattered, Victor attempted to take charge, rallying the students around the defenseless Blindfold, only to have his right arm severed at the shoulder by a demon. He wondered why he wasn't dead from losing too much blood and why it didn't hurt. Anole now had a huge reptilian arm that replaced the one he had lost. It seemed his mutation also endowed him with the ability to recover limbs, though they emerged as more completely mutated/reptilian versions of the originals. The arm itself was spiky, resembling his scalp, with razor sharp claws and appeared to be immensely powerful.[8] After defeating Belasco, Anole and Pixie were made members of the New X-Men squad on recommendation of Rockslide, who threatened to quit if they weren't appointed.[9]

Victor was later seen playing pool while Rockslide and X-23 tried to convince him to cut off his other arm. When he refused Rockslide called him a sissy. Anole got offended and pushed him out the window while Rockslide proclaimed, "I swear I didn't know! Don't be so sensitive!" After Rockslide refused to blow himself up Anole called him a sissy to get him to do it. He then offered to try and blow up Santo himself.[10]

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Anole infiltrating the Purifiers base

Messiah Complex

When Professor Xavier detected the first mutant birth since M-Day, the X-Men went to the baby's birthplace to protect the child. They found the town destroyed by the Purifiers, who abhor the child as the anti-Christ prophesied by Nimrod/the late Reverend William Stryker and sought to kill the baby. Upon discovery that the child was not dead, but missing, the X-Men divided into teams to search for it. Some of the New X-Men and Armor decided to launch a preemptive strike against the Purifers to see if they had the baby, as well as to seek revenge for their murdered classmates. Anole sneaked into the base using his camouflage powers and while he checked the Purifers' computers, Rictor, who was undercover, confronted him. They were ambushed by the Reavers, who mortally wounded Hellion in the fight. Pixie managed to teleport the team out and they were spread between Washington and the Institute. It's currently unknown if he suffered any injuries.

Divided We Stand

After Cylops had disbanded the X-Men as well as the school, Victor received a warm welcome from the citizens of his hometown, stating "The town practically threw me a parade." Northstar, contacted by Cyclops, found Anole, who went into hiding after he accidentally attacked his own father. Northstar discovered Anole on a tree limb beside a tree house, the teenager not too happy to see his former mentor. At first, Jean-Paul made jokes, thinking Victor was having a problem with fitting in, as both a mutant and as a gay teen. Victor explained that his town accepted him for who he was - his problems came from Northstar, along with the other X-Men, for stealing the New X-Men's innocence. He told Northstar that they should have been playing video games and going on dates, "...not fighting the Devil!" Victor placed a lizard-like stuffed animal at the base of the tree with a note reading "Mom and Dad. I'm sorry and I love you. Victor." He told Northstar that his parents would look for him at the tree house first once they began searching for him, and he called the tree house his own X-Mansion. Just before Anole departed, he elbowed Jean-Paul in the face - similar to how Northstar attacked him in the past - and told him to tell all of the former X-Men not to come looking for him.

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The Young X-Men

Young X-Men, Manifest Destiny, & Secret Invasion

Despite telling off Northstar, Victor accepted Dani Moonstar's offer to join the Young X-Men and move to San Francisco.[11]

Soon after arriving in San Francisco, Anole assisted Jonas Graymalkin, another member of the new Young X-Men team, with coming to terms with his sexuality, which had led him to being almost killed and buried by his bigoted father for nearly 200 years.[12] Anole and Graymalkin formed a close friendship, and Anole took on some responsibility for taking care of Graymalkin.[13]

With the Young X-Men, Anole battled Krakoa[14] and defeated of the Y-Men.[15]

Anole was an instrumental member of the X-Men in combating the Skrull invasion of Earth by using his ability to camouflage. During the initial invasion, he and the Stepford Cuckoos helped evacuate the San Francisco General Hospital and later helped take intel photos of the Skrull ships.

Utopia & Nation X

Anole was with Beast and others during the Proposition X rallies which led to the San Francisco mutant riots. He was with the X-Men against the Dark Avengers and the Dark X-Men. During the final battle, he was shot in the abdomen with one of Hawkeye's arrows. He and Graymalkin were the ones to raise the X-Flag on Utopia.

On Utopia, Anole, Loa and Rockslide went looking for help, claiming that a ghost had kidnapped Mercury. Cyclops claimed that the X-Men were too busy to deal with it because of trade negotiations. Magneto stepped up and told them he would investigate, since negotiations were never his strong suit. He took the three kids into the sub-levels. The kids were not sure if they should trust him, which seemed founded when he allowed Sentinels to attack them. He eventually took the Sentinels out. When they found Mercury, they also found a recording that Magneto had set up in the case of his death. Magneto sent all the kids away. The recording said that mutants could never live in coexistence with man, and needed a place for themselves. Magneto smiled and turned off the machine. When the kids asked what it was, Magneto said it was just an old ghost, and that he gave it what it wanted.

Anole has continued his Danger Room training while on Utopia, and, along with Graymalkin and Rockslide, help orient Dagger to X-Men training. Later Anole and the other Young X-Men helped save both Dagger and her partner Cloak from a group of anti-mutant terrorists.[16]

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Some younger X-Men speaking to Jubilee

Anole, Rockslide, Dust, Trance and Loa visited the mainland to see Jubilee. Jubilee was uncertain about going to the island, since she was no longer a mutant. The kids were extremely happy to see her. Rockslide said the Anole had a crush on her. Then Surge appeared and started arguing with Jubilee and told her she should not be there. Jubilee realized that she was still a mutant on the inside, even if she did not have powers, and showed this to Surge. Surge and the other kids left, and Surge offered her to join them, but Jubilee declined. Jubilee then finished the letter to give to Wolverine and left the docks.[17]

Anole and the younger X-Men were shown with Cannonball in Utoptia teaching them how to plant their own food, to which Anole said to Cannonball that they were wasting their time and that they could just buy their food from the store. Anole looked at Magik expecting her to agree with him, however she didn't respond and instead teleported him to Limbo for five days without food or water. Eventually she returned with water for him. Anole told her that he had learned his lesson and that without planting their own food, the mutant race could starve to death, but Magik responded that she did not intend to teach him a lesson, she had sent him to limbo because she was sick of looking at him. Magik teleported them both back to Utopia where Anole resumed his work in farming.[18]

Pixie Strikes Back

When Pixie, Armor, X-23, Mercury, and Blindfold went missing, Anole and Rockslide went in search of them. They found Blindfold alone in the girls washroom. Rockslide accidentally broke the door down. Anole and Santo talked to Ruth, but found out nothing. They took Ruth to see Emma.[19] Together with Emma, Rockslide, Nightcrawler and Psylocke, Anole was able to help save Pixie, Armor, X-23 and Mercury from Saturnine.[20]

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Anole in Limbo...again

Second Coming: Hellbound

After the return of the Mutant Messiah and during Bastion's Nimrod attacks of San Fransisco, Anole was sent to Limbo on a mission to rescue Illyana. Anole had to convince Pixie that rescuing Magik was the right thing to do, and promised he'd go to Limbo with her.[21] Along with Cannonball, Northstar, Dazzler, Gambit, Trance and Pixie, Anole went to Limbo and saved Magik.[22]

Collision and To Protect and Serve

After the returning from Limbo and the defeat of Bastion, Anole accompanied Indra, Rogue, Magneto and Loa to Mumbai, India when the Gavaskar family calls Indra back home.[23] While there Anole helped defeat the Children of the Vault and save Mumbai from destruction.

X-Dudes Victor Borkowski (Earth-616) and Santo Vaccarro (Earth-616)

The X-Dudes

In the wake of Nimrod Sentinels siege and Vampires invasion and with the dawning of a brighter age, Rockslide was able to convince Anole to patrol the streets of San Fransisco at night as masked crime fighters. Anole and Rockslide were successful in keeping their identities secret (commonly being confused for a Moon Knight Skrull and The Thing in a Jason Vorrhees-esque hockey mask) until their crime fighting activity caught the attention of Mister Negative who promptly send the Serpent Society out to assassinate them.[24]

Quarantine

Anole was the first mutant to contract the mutant flu created by Lobe and Sublime corp. Because of his physical mutation he began showing signs early on and was one of the hardest hit. When Cyclops decided to send the X-Men to attack SublimeCorp, Anole was one of the most determined to be a part of the team.

First to Last

Anole was among the New X-Men members that protected Cyclops during the attack on Utopia by the Evolutionaries. Anole was also among the other students that saved Irma from the attack of Toad, Dragoness, Bliss, and Litterbug.

Schism

During the events in Schism Anole was one of the X-Men who helped to defeat the Sentinel attacking Utopia, after he was in the group that followed back Wolverine to the ruins in Westchester, to rebuild the Xavier Institute.[25]

Graduation

After several adventures, Victor graduated as a full X-Man and Chairman of the board of Worthington Industries.[26]

In the wake of a massive wave of anti-mutant sentiment combined with the discovery that the Terrigen Mists spread in the atmosphere were harmful to mutants, Anole, as well as many other mutants, were sheltered on a sanctuary called X-Haven. Once the X-Men were rebuilt, Anole and a few other young mutants (Ernst, Glob, and No-Girl) were assembled by Colossus to be trained in order to become X-Men.[27]

Omega World

When Cerebra detected the sudden appearance of six hundred new mutant signatures in Tokyo, Storm sent Colossus and his team of young mutants to investigate it.

Cerebra took them to the warehouse where all the mutant signatures were coming from, and for their surprise, it served as the base of the Sugar Man, an old enemy of the X-Men. Sugar Man had genetically engineered six hundred mutant embryos in total isolation from the Terrigen Mists and planned to send them to the future, where they would be safe from the M-Pox caused by the Mists and would grow to become the next generation of mutants, with Sugar Man as their leader. However, Colossus' interference separated Sugar Man from his ark and Colossus, along with his team, ended up being teleported with the embryos to the future.[28]

Arriving a thousand of years into Earth's future, Colossus and his team ended up on Omega World, composed of what had remained of Earth after Apocalypse's uprising. After Colossus sacrificed himself in order to save his students from the Horsemen of Apocalypse, Anole and the other young mutants spent an entire year fighting their way through Apocalypse's Omega World to try and find a way to return to their home, but in vain.[29] While wandering a destroyed New York City, now home to one of the few races that survived Apocalypse's trials, the Moloids, Anole and his friends encoutered the X-Men, who had followed them through the timestream to there. They were attacked by the Horsemen of Apocalypse and their newest member, Colossus, soon afterwards.[28]

Power Grid [35]
Intelligence
 3
Strength*
 2
Speed
 2
Durability
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills
 3
* Heightened strength in right arm.

Powers

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Anole camouflaging

Anole is a mutant with reptilian-like physiology including:

  • Scaly Skin
  • Enhanced Agility: Anole's natural agility, balance, and coordination are enhanced to increased levels, allowing him to perform feats that those of normal agility would find incredibly hard to do.
  • Enhanced Speed: Capable of moving and running slightly faster than a normal human, but he is not on par with powered speedsters.
  • Enhanced Reflexes: He has the reaction time that is roughly half of that of normal baseline human's.
  • Enhanced Strength: Anole possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift weights to, as of yet, unmeasured levels. But we have some examples of this strength: 1) during his first journey in Limbo his strength was enough to scramble a magical force field that was imprisoning him and his friends; 2) during a fight against a Sentinel, Anole's strength was enough to break the metal armor plate of his adversary. However this power is present only in his right arm, and only appeared after regrowing his limb. The rest of his body remains in general human strength. Beast affirmed that any new limb that will regrow on Anole, it will be gifted with super strength exactly as in his right arm.
  • Enhanced Stamina: Anole's muscles produce far less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the muscles of an average human. He can exert himself at peak capacity for several hours before fatigue impairs him.
  • Long, Elastic, Sticky, Prehensile, Forked Tongue: Anole has an incredibly long tongue (apparently longer than his own body length) which he is capable of rapidly and abruptly extending out of the mouth. The tongue has a sticky tip on the end, which serves to catch anything that he would otherwise never be able to reach.
  • Wallcrawling: Similar to Spider-Man, Anole can climb vertically up walls and hang from ceilings from pads on his hands and feet.
  • Camouflage: Anole possesses superhuman ability to alter his skin color and appearance enabling him to copy the pattern of any surface he stands against.
  • Razor Sharp Spikes & Claws: As part of his physical mutation, Anole has spikes that appear on his scalp. His regrown arm also has razor sharp claws allowing for greater battle prowess
  • Reptilian Regenerative properties: Anole has a regenerative ability that can grow replacement limbs, though the full extent of this power remains unclear. After having his right arm amputated, Anole grew a larger scalier arm in its place.

He was stated to be a Low Threat by the O*N*E.[30]

Abilities

  • Skilled team leader, and talented actor. Anole is a formidable hand to hand combatant, trained by the likes of Wolverine and others who taught him at the Xavier Institute.



Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. Wolverine and the X-Men #19
  2. New Mutants Vol 2 #7
  3. New X-Men Vol 2 #29
  4. New X-Men Vol 2 #30
  5. New X-Men Vol 2 #33
  6. New X-Men Vol 2 #32
  7. New X-Men Vol 2 #37
  8. New X-Men Vol 2 #38
  9. New X-Men Vol 2 #41
  10. New X-Men Vol 2 #42
  11. Young X-Men #6
  12. X-Men: Manifest Destiny #3
  13. Young X-Men #8
  14. 14.0 14.1 Young X-Men #7
  15. Young X-Men #9
  16. Cloak and Dagger Vol 4 #1
  17. Nation X #2
  18. Nation X #3
  19. X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back #1
  20. 20.0 20.1 X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back #4
  21. X-Men: Hellbound #1
  22. X-Men: Hellbound #3
  23. X-Men: Legacy #238
  24. X-Men: To Serve and Protect #1-4
  25. X-Men: Schism #5
  26. Wolverine and the X-Men #42
  27. Extraordinary X-Men #1-8
  28. 28.0 28.1 Extraordinary X-Men #8
  29. 29.0 29.1 Extraordinary X-Men #9
  30. X-Men: The 198 Files #1
  31. New X-Men Vol 2 #34
  32. New X-Men Yearbook Special #1
  33. Originally mentioned on DeFillippis and Weir's Comixfan message board forum, now defunct.
  34. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #1
  35. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #1



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