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Concept Origin and History

Ex-Mutants are mutants who once possessed the X-Gene, a genetic trait that enabled superhuman abilities in otherwise normal humans.

These mutants lost their abilities after the Scarlet Witch (the Avengers' Wanda Maximoff) used a powerful spell during an attempt to remove all mutant powers, including her own, in order to stop the ongoing human-mutant conflict (see The House of M). Doctor Stephen Strange intervened and with the help of Emma Frost's telepathy the two did their best to counter the spell. Unfortunately, they were largely unsuccessful and 90-98% of the mutant population lost their powers. The events of this day are generally known collectively as the mutant Decimation or more commonly, M-Day.

The lucky few to remain unaffected by the Scarlet Witch's spell, dubbed by the media as " The 198", make up only a few hundred of the once millions of mutants on Earth.

Ex-Mutant Diaries

Since M-Day, many Ex-Mutants were targetted and attacked, which could be attributed to prior fear and current vulnerability. A section of New York formerly dubbed " Mutant Town" has since been all but cleared out of all mutants, despite being under the watchful eye of X-Factor Investigations.

In the wake of a series of Ex-Mutant killings, staff writer for the newspaper The Alternative, Sally Floyd, followed several Ex-Mutants to showcase their lives without powers. Among her interviewees were former X-Men Jubilee and Stacy X (both of whom would later join the Ex-Mutant, anti-registration group the New Warriors under the monikers Wondra and Ripcord, respectively). It was through these interviews that the X-Man Angel was able to track down the Ex-Mutant serial killer, a mutant named The Ghoul.

Enter The New Warriors

While some Ex-Mutants were able to land on their feet, many felt lost and defenseless without their mutant abilities. Some were no longer the freaks they once were, but were still largely unsatisfied with their lives. Some, including the X-Men's Chamber, whose mutant powers burned a hole through his face and torso, were even suicidal without the thing they once considered a curse.

Shortly after M-Day, the Superhuman Registration Act came into effect following the events of the Stamford, Connecticut and the Marvel Civil War.

Donyell Taylor, a former mutant himself, had lost his brother, the original Night Thrasher, in the events that lead to the Civil War. To clear his brother's name and legacy, Donyell began to put together a group to combat the registration act and take it to the streets. Exploiting his fellow ex-mutants' sense of hopelessness, he recruited several former X-Men characters ( Jubilee, Chamber, Wind Dancer, and Stacy X) as well as three rehabilitating rebellious teenagers that caused a riot at the Xavier Institute-- the Omega Gang. Donyell supplied them technology to supplement their powerless states and the team went on to successfully defeat several villains before disbanding.

Attempts at Repowering Since M-Day

While some Ex-Mutants have been able to replicate their former abilities, few, if any, are proper mutants again with an X-Gene proper.

Polaris, Gazer, and Sunfire were implanted with alien technology by Apoalypse to replicate and enhance their previous abilities.

Abyss

,

Fatale

, and

Reaper

were artifically granted their abilities via

Terrigenesis

. Their abilities will likely fade, like

Callisto

,

Wicked

,

Freakshow

, and

Shola Inkosi

before them. Nonetheless, their powers would be derived in the same fashion as the

Inhumans

and would not be considered mutants. However,

Quicksilver

, who also used the process, spontaneously regained his abilities some time after the effects of the Terrigenesis had already worn off. It is not known if the resurgence of his power was due to the

Terrigen Crystals

.

Beast took an extended quest at attempting to find the answers behind M-Day. However, he found no leads during his lengthy expedition, despite encountering the Dark Beast, several brilliant experts, conducting lab research experiments, and even confronting the Scarlet Witch himself.

Beast

, along with

Madison Jeffries

,

Dr. James Bradley

, and several other brilliant scientists formed the

X-Club

, a group whose goal is to work toward finding a cure for M-Day. Beast and

Dark Beast

had previously worked together to find a solution, but were unable to find any leads to the problem. The group has failed to provide any answers following several missions.

Minor Success at Repowering

As mentioned in the previous section,

Quicksilver

's super-speed abilities returned during a time of dire need. This "repowering" is akin to

Iceman

's resurgence of his mutant abilities after he thought he had lost them after M-Day. After brain scans conducted by the X-Men, it was revealed he had merely placed a mental block on himself from using his powers. It is not known if this applies to Quickisilver's case or any other depowered mutants.

Oddly enough some mutants retained physical aspects of their mutation.

Polaris

, whose original mutation was her green hair, seemingly lost only her magnetic abilities. Those former abilities were artificially replicated via technological implants imparted by Apocalypse while she was serving as Pestilence for his Horsemen. These abilities, while no longer mutant in nature, seem to be permanent.

Marrow

still retains protruding bones on her forehead and presumably elsewhere on her body. Without her mutant healing factor, Marrow would likely die of infection but was able to still fight at her peak alongside the ex-mutant group

X-Cell. It is unknown what these implications hold for Marrow if she still retains her healing factor or if she is merely suppressing her mutant abilities.

Former

Generation X

and X-Men member

Chamber

received a blood transfusion from

Apocalypse

, which led to unspecified changes to the young ex-mutant. Following the transfusion, power readings from his location detected an omega-level mutant. While masquerading as

Decibel

with the New Warriors, Chamber refrained from using his natural abilities and instead opted to using the technology supplied by the team's benefactor,

Donyell Taylor. During the Age of X reality warp, Starsmore's powers and appearance were that of his original mutation. When reality was restored, Jono's "Chamber" abilities remained in tact. Any other consequences of the reality warp have yet to be explored.

Professor X

made contact with the reality-altering

M'Kraan crystal

to restore his mutant abilities and X-Gene. His arch-rival,

Magneto

, has since made contact with the

High Evolutionary

to use experimental procedures to return his abilities. Working alongside his former teammate and fellow depowered mutant

Blob

, Magneto's magnetic abilities returned.

Selene

and her partner,

Eli Bard

, have recently begun a quest at resurrecting mutants via Selene's sorcery and Bard's ability to infect and control others with the

Transmode virus

. The mutants revived have all displayed their mutant powers, including confirmed depowered mutants

Feral

,

Tarot

, and

Unus

. It is not known if these mutants powers are being mimicked by the Transmode virus or if their mutant gene has been restored due to Selene's immense magical abilities.

List of Notable Ex-Mutants

The following is a list of notable mutants who lost their abilities during M-Day, the issue where their status is confirmed, and other relevant, power status-related updates:

- A -

Abyss

(Nils Styger) -

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z

#1; repowered

via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

Aero

(Melody Guthrie) -

New X-Men vol. 2

#20

Angel

, now known as Tempest (Angel Salvadore) -

Exiles

#72

Angel Dust

(Christine) -

New Avengers

#18

Artie

(Artie Maddicks) -

New Avengers

#18

- B -

Beak

, now known as Blackwing (Barnell "Barry" Bohusk) -

Exiles

#72

Black Tom Cassidy

(Thomas Cassidy) -

New Avengers

#18

Blind Faith

(Alexis Garnoff) -

New Avengers

#18

Blob

(Frederick J. Dukes) -

Decimation: House of M: The Day After

Bloodlust

(Beatta Dubiel) -

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z

#4

Boost -

New Avengers

#18

Bora

-

New Avengers

#18

Brass

(Sean Watanabe) -

New Avengers

#18

Bugman -

Mutopia X

#5

- C -

Caiman -

New Avengers

#18

Callisto

-

Decimation: House of M: The Day After

; temporarily repowered via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

Chamber (Jonothon Starsmore) - Regained mutant abilities during the Age of X reality warp (X-Men: Legacy #248)

Conquistador

(Miguel Provenza) -

New Avengers

#18

- D -

DJ

(Mark Sheppard) -

New X-Men vol. 2

#23; deceased

Dryad

(Callie Betto) -

New X-Men vol. 2

#23; deceased

- E -

El Aguila

(Alejandro Montoya) -

New Avengers

#18

- F -

Falcone, Arturo -

New Avengers

#18

Fatale

(Pamela Greenwood) -

New Avengers

#18; repowered via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

Feral

(Maria Callasantos) -

Decimation: House of M: The Day After

; had mutant feline appearance restored by

Romulus

; deceased

Flambe

-

New Avengers

#18

Flex

(Adrian Corbo) -

All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update

#3

Freakshow

-

Son of M

#5; temporarily repowered via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

- G -

Garrett, Jeffrey

-

New X-Men vol. 2

#21; deceased

Gazer

- deceased

Gloom

-

New Avengers

#18

Golden Child (Paul Patterson) -

New Avengers

#18

- H -

Hack

-

Son of M

#5; temporarily repowered via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

Harpoon

(Kodiak Noatak) -

New Avengers

#18

Hazard

(Carter Alexander Ryking) -

New Avengers

#18; deceased

Hub

-

Son of M

#5; temporarily repowered via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

- I -

Inkosi, Shola - Son of M #5; temporarily repowered via Quicksilver and the Terrigen Crystals

- J -

Jubilee

, now known as Wondra (Jubilation Lee) -

Decimation: House of M: The Day After

The Juicers -

Mutopia X

#5

- K -

Key

-

New Avengers

#18

King Bedlam

(Christopher Aaronson) -

New Avengers

#18

Kiwi Black

-

New Avengers

#18

- L -

Lara the Illusionist

(Lara King) -

Mutopia X

#5

Levy, Hannah

-

Decimation: House of M: The Day After

Lightning Rod -

New Avengers

#18

Lobo, Maximus

-

Young X-Men

#1

- M -

Magneto

(Max Eisenhardt) -

House of M

#8; repowered via Celestial Technology and potentially a proper mutant again

Marrow

(Sarah) -

X-Factor vol. 3

#18; while depowered, Marrow maintains some aspect of her abilities, such as the bone protrusions and potentially a healing factor

Mary Zero

(Mary) -

New Avengers

#18

Maverick

(Christopher Nord) -

New Avengers

#18

Mesmero

(Vincent) -

X-Men Unlimited vol. 2

#13

Mirage

(Danielle Moonstar) -

House of M

#8

Mist Mistress

-

New Avengers

#18

Monsoon

(Aloba Dastoor) -

New Avengers

#18

\

Murmur

(Arlette Truffaut) -

New Avengers

#18

Murmur

II -

New Avengers

#18

- N -

Network

(Sarah Vale) -

New X-Men vol. 2

#23; deceased

Nightwind

-

New Avengers

#18

- O -

Ortega, Armena

-

Mutopia X

#5

Overrider

(Richard Rennselaer) -

New Avengers

#18

- P -

Paralyzer

(Randall Darby) -

New Avengers

#18

Phantazia

(Eileen Harsaw) -

New Avengers

#18

Polaris

(Lorna Dane) -

X-Men vol. 2

#177; repowered via

Apocalypse

and implanted alien technology; still technically not a mutant

Postman

(David) -

New Avengers

#18

Preview

(Jessica Vale) -

New X-Men vol. 2

#20

Prodigy

(David Alleyne) -

New X-Men vol. 2

#20; knowledge gained by power has been restored via telepathic unlocking by the

Stepford Cuckoos

but remains depowered

Professor X

(Professor Charles Xavier) -

X-Men: Deadly Genesis

#5; repowered via the

M'Kraan Crystal

; possibly restored

X-Gene

Purge

-

Son of M

#5; temporarily repowered via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

- Q -

Quicksilver

(Pietro Django Maximoff) -

Decimation: House of M: The Day After

; temporarily repowered via the

Terrigen Crystals

; mysteriously but permanently regained mutant abilities; possibly restored

X-Gene

Quill (

Resistants

character) -

New Avengers

#18

- R -

Radian

, now known as Phaser (Christian Cord) -

New Avengers

#18

Radius

(Jared Corbo) -

New Avengers

#18

Razorback

(Buford T. Hollis) -

All-New Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe A-Z

#9

Reaper

(Pantu Hurageb) -

New Avengers

#18; repowered via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

Redneck

, now known as Skybolt (Vincent Stewart) -

New Avengers

#18; deceased

Rictor

(Julio Esteban) -

X-Factor vol. 3

#1; temporarily repowered via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

Rubbermaid

(Andrea Marguiles) -

New X-Men vol. 2

#23; deceased

- S -

Scanner

(Sarah Ryall) -

New Avengers

#18

Shatter

-

New Avengers

#18

Shire, Randall

-

New Avengers

#18

Slick

-

New Avengers

#18

Slipstream

(Davis Cameron) -

New Avengers

#18;

Shi'ar

hybrid

Specter

(Dallas Gibson) -

New X-Men vol. 2

#20

Spectre, Jon

-

New Avengers

#18

Spoilsport

-

New Avengers

#18

Stacy X

, now known was Ripcord (Miranda Leevald) -

Generation M

#2; deceased

Strobe

-

New Avengers

#18

Sunfire

(Shiro Yashida)

New Avengers

#19; repowered via

Apocalypse

implanted technology

- T -

Tag

(Brian Cruz) -

House of M

#8; deceased

Tantra

(Reuben) -

New Avengers

#18

Tarot

(Marie-Ange Colbert) -

New Avengers

#18

Tattoo

, now known as Longstrike (Christine Cord) -

New Avengers

#18; deceased

Tether -

New Avengers

#18

Thornn

(Lucia Callasantos) -

Decimation: House of M: The Day After

; had mutant feline appearance restored by

Romulus

Tremolo

-

New Avengers

#18

- U -

Unus the Untouchable (Gunther Bain/Angelo Unuscione) - Marvel Legacy: The 1960's; repowered via Quicksilver and the Terrigen Crystals; deceased

- V -

Vague - New Avengers #18

- W -

Wall

Wicked

-

Son of M

#5; temporarily repowered via

Quicksilver

and the

Terrigen Crystals

Wild Child

(Kyle Gibney) -

New Avengers

#18; while depowered, he maintained the physical aspect of his mutation; repowered by

Romulus

Wildside

(Richard Gill) -

New Avengers

#18

Wind Dancer

, now known as Renascence (Sofia Mantega) - House of M #8

Windshear

(Colin Hume) -

New Avengers

#18

Wiz Kid

(Takashi Matsuya) -

New Avengers

#18

Wraith

(Hector Mendoza) -

New Avengers

#18

- X -

Xorn (Shen Xorn) - New Avengers #18

- Y -

- Z -

Zach - New Avengers #18

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