Real Name: Azazel.
Other Aliases: Semihazah, Duma, Keriel, Mastema, Beliar, Belial, Gadreel, Beelzebub, Demon, the Devil, Satan, Ruler of the Neyaphem, and numerous others Demonic names over the years.
Affiliation: Leader of the Neyaphem, and part of the Hellfire Academy.
Known Relatives: Nils Styger (Abyss) (son with unknown mother), Kiwi Black (son with unknown mother), Ginniyeh (daughter with unknown mother, deceased), Jillian (daughter with unknown mother), Ophis (son with unknown mother, deceased), Yidrazil (son with unknown mother, deceased), Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) (son with Raven Darkholme (Mystique) as the mother, deceased), Talia Wagner (Nocturne) (alternate reality granddaughter) and numerous other unnamed children (deceased).
Species: Human Mutant, Changeling, Neyaphem. Possibly Demon or part Demon.
Citizenship: Neyaphem. Inapplicable on Earth. Potentially ancient Roman nationality.
Identity: Azazel has no dual identity. Azazel’s existence is not widely known through out the general public or populace of Earth aside from multiple superhuman groups and various government organizations.
Marital Status: Single.
Occupation: Leader of the Neyaphem, and Would Be World-Conqueror. Demonic Overlord, Ruler, General, and Swordsman.
Place of Birth: Brimstone Dimension (alternate realm which was located in a dimensional rift with a tear that was situated in Islas de Demonas and was connected to all points on the Earth). Formerly La Isla des Demonas, Bermuda, Caribbean Sea on the planet Earth.
Base Of Operations: Brimstone Dimension (alternate realm which was located in a dimensional rift with a tear that was situated in Islas de Demonas and was connected to all points on the Earth). Formerly La Isla des Demonas, Bermuda, Caribbean Sea on the planet Earth.
Weight: 149 lbs to 150 lbs (67.5853 kg to 68.0389 kg).
Eyes: Yellow or Red on black background (formerly Blue).
Hair: Greyish Black, formerly Black.
Unusual Features: Unlike his son Nightcrawler, Azazel has five fingers and five toes. However, like Nightcrawler, Azazel has a prehensile tail, pointed ears, fang-like canine teeth, and his body is coated with red-colored fur. Azazel also has a goatee.
Azazel possesses all of his son, Nightcrawler's powers, but to a much greater degree along with others of his own. It has been rumored that Azazel is actually a demon, or is at least holds the blood of one. Many mystical beings such as Mephisto, Blackheart, Hela, Satannish, and Dormammu have made slight references to the leader of the Neyaphem to being much more than he seemed and has had a strange set of 'ties' to mortals. Though Mephisto has openly stated that Azazel possesses a great strength unattainable by true demons. Azazel has even claimed that he once battled Mephisto and others for the title of "Satan". Azazel has display a number of superhuman powers during his appearances some of which could possibly be through dark magic including, but not limited to:
Teleportation: Azazel has unparalleled teleportation powers and is able to psionically transport himself, his clothing, and any other additional mass across inter-dimensional distances by opening a portal into another dimension, traveling through it, and returning through another portal back to his originating dimension. Azazel’s teleportation powers are clearly greater than Nightcrawler’s as Azazel does not suffer from the same limitation that Nightcrawler does such as needing to see or know where he is going before Azazel transports. While Nightcrawler has the ability to teleport by jumping into the Brimstone dimension and hopping back out at a different location, Azazel has the inverse of these powers as he can jump into the real world for stints of time. Azazel can hold this for longer periods than Nightcrawler, staying in the real world for up to a day at a time through intense concentration.
Darkforce Manipulation: In the dimension where he was exiled, Azazel appears to be able to manipulate the Brimstone Dimension itself allowing him to open small viewing portals to Earth that allow him to see what was happening or generate devastating energy blasts.
Energy Projection: Azazel is able to generate and project streams or bolts of paralyzing energy from his hands towards others which can last for 10 minutes at most. Azazel can also generate and project streams destructive energy attacks as well which can also wound others and even cause a form of disintegration towards normal humans.
Shape-Shifting: Azazel possess limited shape shifting abilities allowing Azazel to disguise his appearance through some unknown means and Azazel has shown to be able to gain the appearance of a normal human which he has generally used to seduce and impregnate women and can also disguise himself as other people as well.
Limited Telepathy: Azazel posses limited telepathic abilities and has a slight telepathic influence over those around him which he can use for different effects including:
Hypnosis: Azazel is able to hypnotize others which he has used in order to seduce and impregnate women allowing him to charm and relax others.
Empathy: As a by product of his telepathic abilities such as hypnosis, Azazel is capable of manipulating the emotions of other people to some degree influencing their moods and physiological responses. This greatly allows Azazel to seduce women.
Will Bending: Azazel is able to manipulate the minds of other giving him some degree of influence over the minds of other which can allow him to charm and relax others. Combining this with his own persuasive manner this makes him a natural leader. Azazel also shares a telepathic mental bond with his children through which he can control their minds to a limited degree giving them remote telepathic orders even across barriers such as the Brimstone Dimension and Earth. Azazel also has shown being able to mentally control anyone that is of inferior mental capacity to himself as well as the creatures or individuals that live in the Brimstone Dimension, such as the monsterous Firedancers that occupy the Brimstone dimension.
Enhanced Durability: Azazel’s bodily tissue is somewhat harder, tougher, and more resistant to all forms of physical injury than that of the bodily tissues of a normal human being as his bones, muscles, and skin tissues are all harder and more denser than that of the bodies of normal humans. As a result of that, Azazel possesses a higher degree of resistance to pain and physical injury than that of normal humans. Azazel is able to withstand powerful impact forces and blunt force trauma such as direct physical blows from superhumans or falls from great heights with mild to moderate discomfort and little physical injury to that of what a normal human would receive as a normal human being would be severely injured if not killed. However Azazel can still be injured by many types of conventional weapons such as standard firearms and bladed weapons.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his body's superhuman durability and his resistance to physical injury, If injured, Azazel’s metabolism can apparently enable him to rapidly regenerate and heal injured or missing cells with much greater speed and efficiency than that of what normal humans are capable of allowing him to regenerate and heal from large amounts of damaged or even destroyed bodily tissue that would be near-fatal to normal humans regardless of the cause within much less time. It’s unlikely that Azazel can fully regenerate lost limbs or missing internal organs.
Immortality: Azazel is an extremely long-lived mutant whose aging process is greatly reduced if not halted due to the absorption of energy from the “Brimstone Dimensionas itself. Azazel could be literally immortal for all intents and purposes in the sense that he is completely immune to the effects of aging and would never die by old age while remaining in his physical prime as Azazel is one of the first and oldest known mutants who have ever been born as he has been alive since biblical times and it has been stated by some sources that he is over 6,300 years old, but it is possible that the Brimstone dimension has no element of time. Weather he is or isn’t immortal, this does not mean, however, that Azazel can't be killed although with his powers it would be difficult to do so.
Black Magic: Azazel is a master of the Dark Arts and has a vast amount of knowledge over dark magic or black sorcery as some of his powers could be through magic. Azazel is a knowledgeable sorcerer. Unlike most practitioners, Azazel does not invoke power from within or from alien entities, instead Azazel taps into the power of blood sacrifice and energy from the Brimstone Dimension itself for spells involving portals, summoning, and scrying.
Due to Azazel’s appearance, he does posses other physical powers that both him and his son Nightcrawler share including:
Superhuman Reflexes: Azazel’s reflexes and reaction time are enhanced to a level that is beyond and superior to that of the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.
Superhuman Agility: Azazel’s agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond that of the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.
Micro-Suction Discs: Azazel can stick to objects with the surface of his hands and feet due to the natural micro-suction discs over them. This enables him to scale and climb the surfaces of walls.
Night Vision: Azazel’s always glowing eyes grant him a marked degree of heightened night vision as well.
Prehensile Tail: Like Nightcrawler, Azazel’s also possess a prehensile tail allowing him to grab onto objects with relative ease. Azazel’s tail could be strong enough to not only support his whole body weight, but also lift an adult human completely off the ground.
Camouflage: Azazel possess limited camouflaging abilities due to his connection to the light-bending attributes of the dimension through which he teleports through and his red-colored fur allowing him to blend into shadows.
Gifted Intellect: Azazel possesses a gifted intellect as Azazel is a gifted leader, and master of manipulation. Azazel is also well aware of history and academic disciplines, and has managed to muster enough skill to build a tower in the strange Brimstone dimension.
Skilled Combatant: Azazel is a master swordsman and a skilled athlete with a somewhat twisted code of honor and ethics as Azazel’s long lifespan has allowed him the time to studied swordsmanship to such a degree that he has become a near unparalleled master with bladed weapons as well as many other academic studies. Azazel has shown that his swordsman skills are likely on par and maybe even greater than Nightcrawler's in his kick heavy fighting style.
Magical Knowledge: Azazel is a master of the Dark Arts and has a vast amount of knowledge over dark magic or black sorcery as some of his powers could be through magic though he prefers to use swords rather than magic. Azazel does have a developed powerful working knowledge in sorcery, as he has tutored Margali Szardos for some time in some of her magical studies.
Azazel possesses the normal physical human strength of a man of his height, and build that engages in intensive regular exercise allowing him to lift more than twice his bodyweight, hence Azazel can physical lift over 330 pounds of weight.
Azazel is anchored to the Brimstone Dimension itself, and he can only stay in the real world for brief stints of time in order to perform acts such as seduction or manipulation. The longer Azazel stays in our world, the more time he must take to recover. Azazel can only manifest in the real world for more than a day if a mystical practitioner is willing to anchor him. So Azazel can only spend a limited amount of time on the Earth without the assistance of his children.
Although a master of the Dark Arts or Black Magic Unlike most sorcerers, Azazel has no personal power to call upon for such feats as levitation or mystical energy attacks. Most of the magic Azazel knows is based upon complex rituals, as Azazel is not able to cast magic swiftly, as someone like Doctor Strange.
Azazel along with all the other Neyaphem are negatively affected by the blood of mutants that are related to the angelic clan of Cheyarafim which is caustic to them and begins to cause their bodies to breakdown despite it’s regenerative properties in others. The only known versions of this mutation as of right now are Jamie Guthrie (Icarus) and Warren Worthington (Angel). However, it is likely that Logan’s (Wolverine) healing factor may also be caustic, given his relationship with Baal and the Hand of God. However Azazel appears to have knowledge of a way to reverse that curse.
No known equipment.
No known means of transportation. However, Azazel can transport under the use of his own power in order to travel and cover over vast distances within much less time.
Azazel usually wields two Bastard Swords of equal length into battle. They are made of a strong, light variety steel. Azazel wields them with great and skilled precision, in a kick-heavy fighting style.
Personality And Origins
Azazel claims to be the devil that is referred to by many religious texts. Stating that he comes from Biblical times around 9,000 BC, Azazel is part of a race of mutants who are collectively known as the Neyaphem an ancient horde of demonic humanoid mutants. They originally lived on La Isla des Demonas, an island located in the Caribbean. The Neyaphem believed that Earth was theirs to own and that humans were to be ruled over and used as slaves. However, another group of mutants known as the Cheyarafim a group of angelic xenophobic mutants were against this and eventually defeated and imprisoned the Neyaphem, including Azazel, in an alternate dimension. Ironically, this dimension, which smelled heavily of brimstone, was the one accessed by Azazel when using his teleportation powers.
Over the centuries, Azazel learned more about this dimension and his powers to manipulate its energies. Although this gave him the ability to view the Earth, he realized that he would never be able to teleport back to Earth without help from the other side.
At some point in the recent past, the sorceress Margali Szardos accidently created a portal to Azazel's dimension, allowing him to pass through to Earth. Due to his appearance, Maragali believed that Azazel was a demon, a mistake which he used this to his own advantage. In exchange for teaching her magic, Azazel was able to visit Earth on multiple occasions. With the ability to visit Earth for short periods at a time, Azazel devised a plan to allow himself and the rest of the Neyaphem to return properly and conquer the Earth. On each visit to Earth, he intended to impregnate as many women as possible to spawn a generation of mutants with powers like his own, linked to the "brimstone" dimension.
One such woman was the mutant called Mystique, who was living in the guise of Raven Wagner and was also the wife of the German baron, Christian Wagner. Although it is unknown how Baron Wagner and Azazel originally met, Azazel was invited to the baron’s home to discuss business between their nations. However, when the baron introduced Azazel to his wife Raven, it was obvious that he was more interested in her than any business relationship. Although Mystique was not entirely innocent herself, Azazel seduced her and she soon fell in love with him. During their short time together, Mystique became pregnant. When she revealed this to Azazel, Azazel coldly told her to raise it as it was the baron's, revealing, he had no real interest in her, just their offspring. With his mission complete, Azazel abruptly left Mystique because the Cheyarafim had learned of his location in Germany, and thus would attempt to kill Azazel, Mystique, and their unborn child. Knowing that Mystique would be safe - having her resources and being the woman she was - Azazel left her to protect her and their child. Mystique, however, would never know of Azazel's true intentions and hated him for leaving her. When Mystique gave birth to his child a few months later, the baby was born visibly mutated. Due to the strain of giving birth, Mystique accidentally revealed her true, mutant appearance and was chased away by an angry mob who believed her to be a demon. Barely escaping, she tossed the baby down a ravine. Azazel managed to save the child and gave it to Maragali, who named the infant Kurt Wagner and raised him along with her own children.
Once enough of his children were fully grown, Azazel subverted them, controlling their minds and forcing them to travel to La Isla des Demonas. Once they had all congregated on the island, a ceremony was performed to open a portal from Earth for Azazel and the Neyaphem to return. As the X-Men had followed one of his “sons”, Kurt Wagner AKA Nightcrawler, they learned of his plans and were able to disrupt the ceremony. Most of Azazel’s children died as the portal collapsed. However, all the survivors including the X-Men were trapped in the dimension. Once inside, Azazel took great pleasure in toying with the team, having them believe that he was actually Satan.
Azazel took the X-Men prisoner, letting the Neyaphem toy with them while he tried to convert his three remaining sons, Nightcrawler, Kiwi Black and Abyss, to his cause. All three refused to join Azazel and as the X-Men made their escape, Kurt engaged his father in a sword fight. Kurt rejected Azazel as his father due to his evil ways and Azazel was equally appalled that a son of his could be so virtuous. Thanks to Polaris' manipulation of the dimensional rift within Abyss’s body, Kurt and the others were able to escape the brimstone dimension. Just before the X-Men teleported away, the tower upon which Azazel and Nightcrawler were fighting collapsed and Azazel fell into one of the many dimensional rifts within the brimstone dimension, laughing maniacally. His whereabouts are unknown but it appeared that the X-Men left Azazel and the surviving Neyaphem still trapped within the brimstone dimension. In the end, Azazel was not able to be free and free the Neyaphem because the portal had to be opened in an area where Cheyarafim blood could not be found. Archangel was present at the time and as such the portal was destroyed. Azazel vanished in grief and has not been seen since he eventually returns to Earth many years later thanks to Frankenstein's Monster's former ally Carcabria (a witch of The Winding Way that is affiliated with Margali Szardos). Azazel and his Azazel-like Bamfs side with Kade Killgore and the Hellfire Club where he works at the Hellfire Academy. Azazel also claimed that he took over Heaven and Hell.
It has been rumored that Azazel is actually a demon, or at least partly holds the blood of one. Many mystical beings such as Mephisto, Blackheart, Hela, Satannish, and Dormammu have made slight references to the leader of the Neyaphem to being much more than he seemed and had a strange set of 'ties' to mortals. Though Mephisto has openly stated that Azazel possesses a great strength unattainable by true demons. Azazel has even claimed that he once battled Mephisto and others for the title of "Satan".
Azazel is, in a word, cold. Though not the Devil himself as he claims, Azazel is not far off as he is cunning, calculating, cruel, vengeful, ruthless and, more than anything, arrogant. Azazel views himself as a tragic figure who has suffered a great injustice, and views everyone else including his own children as either as pawns or enemies and Azazel is willing to use treachery and murder to obtain what he feels is rightfully his; such as the position of absolute ruler of Earth. Azazel, despite usually presenting himself as a suave gentleman, is horrifically sadistic and bloodthirsty, as most of his plans involve violence of some kind even threatening his own son, Kiwi Black that if he will not join him, he will die.
The warlord's contempt for humanity (including mutants who look like humans) is second to none, having flat out refered to them a stupid, spineless disease of a race that is unfit to exist on his world as they have built buildings and cites that have diseased the against the colourful brilliance of the planet and even comparing humanity as a cancer. Azazel also despises the Cheyarafim (a group of mutants to which Angel (Worhtington) and possibly others are related to) whom as he considers them his tribe's natural enemies.
Surprisingly enough, it would appear Azazel is not utterly inhuman as he genuinely fell in love with Mystique and wanted Nightcrawler, his favourite child, to conquer the world alongside him and was mad to find that Nightcrawler harbours the same notions of the Cheyarafim.