Azazel is a mutant from biblical times and the ruler of the Neyaphem (a race of demonic looking mutants). He claims that the Earth and everything on it belongs to him. He sees humanity as a cancer on his world. In his time, he enslaves and kills humans in order to impose his rule and dominion. Another group of mutants, the Cheyarafim or "angels" banish him to the Brimstone Dimension that Nightcrawler uses when he teleports. He is only able to leave for short periods of time so he fathers numerous children in order to have one with the power to free him permanently from his prison. Nightcrawler was one of his children as a result of his time spent with a young Mystique who was married to Mr. Wagner. Around this time, he also fathered the mutants Abyss and Kiwi Black among others. Azazel bides his time and waited for his children's power to mature and grant him freedom.
Azazel was created by Chuck Austen and Sean Phillips and made his first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #428 in 2003.
Major Story Arcs
Azazel uses his mental link to his children to call dozens of them to one spot, the spot where he was banished, in order to use their powers to come to our world. Nightcrawler is pulled along with his other brothers and sisters and had started a ritual to open a portal to the Brimstone dimension. The X-Men followed Nightcrawler and get in a fight with Azazel and his followers resulting in them all being trapped back in his dimension. After a coordinated effort from Polaris in the real world and Abyss in the Brimstone dimension, everyone but Azazel escaped back into the real world. Azazel's current status is unknown and if M-Day had any impact on him.
Azazel has been confirmed to be the first enemy in this upcoming series, and is going to have something to do with Nightcrawler's resurrection.
Powers and Abilities
Azazel can mentally control his progeny from his dimension, fire blasts of energy, teleport, has knowledge of dark magic, is a master swordsman, is immortal and can control the creatures that live in the Brimstone Dimension. He also appeared to have the ability whether through magic or limited shapeshifting to disguise his appearance (generally used to seduce and impregnate women). The blood of "angels" is caustic to Azazel and other Neyaphem. When Angel tried to use his blood to heal Nightcrawler, it burned him and he suggests this is the same with them all.
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Eyes: Black with Yellow pupils
Nationality: Unknown, potentially ancient Roman
Unique Traits: Unlike his son Nightcrawler, he has five fingers and toes. However they share a prehensile tail, pointed ears, fang-like canine teeth, and his body is coated with red-colored fur.
X-Men: First Class
Azazel appears in the film X-Men: First Class, portrayed by British actor Jason Flemyng. In this depiction, he is apparently Russian (as evidenced by his voice and use of Russian words), and is a member of Sebastian Shaw's Hellfire Club. He is shown to be able to teleport over extremely long distances. He becomes a founding member of the Brotherhood of Mutants after the death of Shaw.