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name: Unrevealed Former aliases: Hellhound, Death Identity: Secret Occupation: (current) Adventurer, (former) Warrior for
Apocalypse, (former) locator of mutants for the Morlocks Legal status: None known Place of birth: Unrevealed Marital status: Single Known relatives: None Group affiliation: (current) X-Force, (former) Morlocks,
X-Factor I, Apocalypse's Horsemen Base of operations: (current) The Xavier Institute, Salem
Center, Westchester County, New York State, (former) The Alley
(beneath Manhattan's surface), X-Factor I's sentient starship
"Ship," Apocalypse's secret bases First appearance: X-MEN (first series) #148
History: Caliban is a mutant who was born with a freakish
appearance which caused his father to name him (or possibly
only nickname him) after the grotesque being in William Shakespeare's
The Tempest. At
some point Caliban was recruited by the mutant Callisto
to use his superhuman ability to locate other mutants for her,
whom she organized into the underground community known as the
Morlocks. Caliban lived beneath the Manhattan streets with them,
but felt lonely even among his fellow mutant outcasts.
One evening Caliban sensed the presence of mutants in
a New York City nightclub. He entered only to find himself
in combat against the mutants Dazzler, Storm, and Kitty
Pryde (now called Shadowcat), as well as against the original
Spider-Woman. The battle ended peacefully, with the four
women allowing the pathetic Caliban, who only sought friendship,
to return to his underground home.
Sometime later, the X-Men, the team of mutant adventurers
to which Shadowcat then belonged, found itself in conflict
with the Morlocks. Shadowcat, suffering from fever, was
held captive by Caliban, who had fallen in love with her.
Intent on helping her teammates and escaping, Pryde promised
to stay with Caliban forever if he would help the X-Men
against his fellow Morlocks. Caliban agreed and carried
out his part of the bargain, but Pryde did not keep her
promise and returned to the X-Men. Weeks later the Morlocks
kidnapped Pryde on orders from the vengeful Callisto and
attempted to force her to marry Caliban, but Caliban,
realizing that she did not truly wish to live with him,
released her from her promise. Since then Caliban and
Kitty Pryde have been friends.
The original X-Factor team rescued Caliban from being
killed in the massacre of most of the Morlock population
by Mister Sinister's Marauders. Caliban vowed vengeance
on the killers of the Morlocks. Caliban took up residence
at X-Factor's headquarters and soon joined their team.
However, X-Factor's arch foe Apocalypse offered to grant
Caliban enough superhuman power to wreak vengeance on
his enemies in exchange for becoming Apocalypse's servant.
Apocalypse used advanced genetic engineering methods to
increase Caliban's size and strength. Apocalypse renamed
Caliban "Hellhound," and he joined Apocalypse's Horsemen.
Still later, Caliban took the name "Death."
Caliban and the other Horsemen later switched their allegiance
from Apocalypse to Mister Sinister. Caliban attacked his
former allies Cyclops and Phoenix
(Jean Grey), and brought them to Mister Sinister, who
turned them over to the terrorist Stryfe. Alongside the
other Horsemen, Caliban then battled the X-Men but was
defeated by them.
Removed from the influence of Apocalypse and Mister Sinister,
Caliban reverted to his original, non-violent personality.
Cable recruited Caliban into his
team, X-Force, in which Caliban continues to serve loyally
to this day. Moreover, Caliban now regards Cable as one
of his closest friends.
Caliban once again fell under the thrall of Apocalypse. He mutated
even further, becoming much more aggressive. Caliban threatened
to kill X-Force in his first act as Pestilence, First Horseman
of the Apocalypse. Following the Horsemen's defeat, Caliban
sought out Apocalypse, who had merged with Cyclops, stalwart
leader of the X-Men. By the time the amalgamated entity released
Caliban from his service, he already had begun reverting to
his original, childlike personality.
Height: 6 ft. 8 in., (before bioengineering) 5 ft. 8
in. Weight: 275 lbs., (before bioengineering) 150 lbs. Eyes: Black pupils, no apparent irises, yellow corneas
Other distinguishing features: Enormous eyes, chalk-white
skin with a light purple tinge
level: Before Apocalypse's bioengineering, Caliban possessed
the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build
who engages in minimal regular exercise. During that period,
when Caliban was panic-stricken, adrenaline was released in
his body which temporarily gave him superhuman strength. The
limits of that superhuman strength are unknown, but he proved
to be nearly a match for the original Spider-Woman, who could
lift (press) about 7 tons.
Due to Apocalypse's bioengineering, Caliban now possesses superhuman
strength at all times. He now possesses Superhuman Class 10
strength, enabling him to lift (press) around 10 tons. It has
not been revealed whether adrenaline surges can still increase
his strength even further.
Superhuman Powers: Caliban is a mutant who possesses the
psionic ability to sense the presence of other superhuman mutants
within a radius of 25 miles.
Apocalypse's bioengineering has enhanced Caliban's strength,
speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes to superhuman
Before Apocalypse's bioengineering, Caliban possessed the ability
to absorb the psionic energy in the fear radiated by humans
around them and to turn it against them, inducing more intense
fear within their minds. He has not demonstrated this power
recently and may have lost it.