Real Name: Unrevealed
(unidentified dark dimension) creature
Occupation: Predator, supervillain
Group Membership: None
(Woodstock Schumaker), Larry,
Professor X (Charles Xavier), Dr. Brian
Bob Reilly, Venus Dee
Milo/Dee Milo, Vivisector/Myles
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Cousin Jamal" (a form he assumed);
He was mistakenly believed to be the Orphan (Guy Smith)
Base of Operations: An unidentified dark
First Appearance: X-Statix I#6 (February, 2003)
Powers/Abilities: Bad Guy could absorb energy
from living beings. He could draw power and form from fear and must
be directly tied to the fears of an individual in order to exist. The
greater the fear, the greater his power and Bad Guy was capable of
assuming the physical form of a specific individual's worst fears,
leaving behind his previous skin in favor of the new one.
He also wore various suits of armor that provided
enhanced durability and each suit had various capabilities including
firing energy blasts, generating sonic waves, projecting metallic
spikes and extending retractable tentacles.
History: (X-Statix I#6) - During a trip through one of the dark dimensions using the IMA (Interdimensional Matrix...no one could remember what the A stood for!), the teleporting Venus Dee Milo came into contact with a dark dimension alien and the alien followed her back to Earth. Secretly assuming the form of Venus Dee Milo's worst fear, the alien left behind its original form which the mutant Professor X recognized as a danger and insisted it be destroyed despite protests from his assistant Doctor Swaine that it should be preserved and studied. Applauding Dr. Swaine's scientific instincts and agreed to a scientific inquiry on the being after it had been rendered safe by several bullets, Professor X fired several rounds from a nearby security guard's gun into the alien's form, unaware it had already latched itself onto Venus Dee Milo's internal fears. Following Venus, the alien broke into Professor X's room filled with mutant containment suits and disguised itself in the Green Dragon suit, attacking the guards and stealing many other different battlesuits (including the suit for Iceclops among others). He later attacked Paramount Studios and mutant talk show host Lacuna on the set of her television show, Lacuna & the Stars, forcing Lacuna to use her powers to escape between seconds in time as he publicly declared himself Bad Guy. Thinking Bad Guy to be their rogue member Orphan, celebrity mutant team X-Statix later teleported to the rampaging Bad Guy's location and attacked him. During the battle, X-Statix's Anarchist melted Bad Guy's mask, prompting Bad Guy to feign unconsciousness until the Anarchist got in close enough for Bad Guy to pierce the Anarchist's hand with a retractable spike. Venus Dee Milo arrived to assist the Anarchist but she hesitated to attack Bad Guy, unsure if Bad Guy was the Orphan or not.
(X-Statix I#7) - While Venus Dee Milo continued to
hesitate, Bad Guy nearly crushed the Anarchist with a piece of debris
but the Anarchist was able to destroy the boulder with an acidic blast.
Dead Girl shoved Venus aside to attack Bad Guy directly but he impaled
her with a retractable tentacle. As Dead Girl's body broke apart, she
manipulated her severed hand to slash Bad Guy's face, causing Bad Guy
to cry out in pain and flee the scene. Mutant lawyer Sharon Ginsberg
later located Bad Guy and, thinking him to be the Orphan, she tried to
make a deal with him.
(X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes - Sharon Ginsberg entry
- BTS) - Bad Guy responded by ripping Ginsberg's wings off.
(X-Statix I#7) - X-Statix again later tried again to
take Bad Guy down and during the battle, Bad Guy was teleported away by
Venus Dee Milo, where he began to reveal his supposed identity to
Venus, who was unaware Sharon Ginsberg had been left near death in an
alleyway with her wings ripped off.
(X-Statix I#8) - Venus Dee Milo
recognized the maskless Bad Guy as her deceased cousin Jamal, whom she
thought she had accidentally killed when her powers first surfaced. Bad
Guy then attempted to absorb the living energy of the confused Venus
but was stopped by the arrival of the Orphan, who teleported away with
Venus. Returning to Professor X's lab, Venus learned that Bad Guy was
actually a dark dimension creature that had assumed the form of Venus'
fears of her cousin Jamal and Professor X revealed that Venus must
confront her fears to defeat Bad Guy. X-Statix later tracked Bad Guy
down to a cast and crew screening party for a new blockbuster movie and
during the battle, Venus teleported Bad Guy and herself into a desert,
where Bad Guy once again tried to absorb Venus' energy form.
Unfortunately for Bad Guy, Dead Girl had hitched a ride during Venus'
teleportation and she stabbed Bad Guy in the side with her nails. Venus
then recalled her fears about her cousin Jamal-that of Jamal dropping
insects on her as a child while she slept-and came to terms with her
fears, causing Bad Guy to lose her power over her, transforming back
into his true alien form and dying without fear to draw power from. Bad
Guy was then buried in the desert next to a Joshua tree. Dead Girl and
Venus Dee Milo then returned to their teammates, figuring that coyotes
would eventually find Bad Guy's corpse.
Comments: Created by Peter Milligan and Michael Allred.
If it's not clear: At the time of Bad Guy's first appearance, X-Statix's Orphan (Guy Smith) was being scrutinized for having directed the death of the powerful and dangerous mutant, the Mysterious Fan Boy. Guy took a leave of absence from the team and Lacuna's talk show posed the question: Is he a good guy or a bad guy? When Bad Guy showed up, he was assumed by many, including Venus Dee Milo, to have been Guy Smith.
Too many profiles
make your brain squishy. When I had been editing this profile, I was
skipping back and forth b/t messages with my friends at Spider-Fan. We
were talking about the "Guy Named Joe" and the other character Guy
Jones. I proceeded to edit this profile and misnamed Orphan as Guy
Jones all three times. Thanks to Gerald Kirby, who caught the mistake
and pointed it out to me. --Snood
Profile by Proto-Man.
Bad Guy has no known connections to:
Larry was a security guard working in Professor X's laboratory. One evening, Larry and another guard were patrolling Professor X's containment suit room discussing the recent television vote about recently rogue X-Statix member the Orphan when Larry noticed movement. Announcing that the Green Dragon suit had moved, Larry panicked but his partner suggested Larry take a vacation to calm down. Unfortunately for both, the dark dimension alien (later known as Bad Guy) was inhabiting the Green Dragon suit and attacked the two guards. Horribly injured in the attack, Larry was immediately taken in for an emergency operation and his partner was subsequently informed that Larry would likely survive after a bit of plastic surgery.
images: (without ads)
X-Statix I#6, p14, pan3 (Bad Guy, main image)
X-Statix I#6, p3, pan5 (Bad Guy's original skin surrounded by Professor X, Dr. Swaine and a guard)
X-Statix I#6, p12, pan5 (Bad Guy wearing only the Green Dragon suit)
X-Statix I#8, p3, pan2 (Bad Guy in Cousin Jamal's form)
X-Statix I#6, p12, pan1 (Larry)
X-Statix I#6 (February, 2003) - Peter Milligan (writer), Michael Allred (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
X-Statix I#7 (March, 2003) - Peter Milligan (writer), Michael Allred (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
X-Statix I#8 (April, 2003) - Peter Milligan (writer), Michael Allred (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes (July, 2011) - Jeff Christiansen, Mike O'Sullivan (head writers, coordinators), Stuart Vandal, Markus Raymond (assistant coordinators, writers), Mike Fichera (assistant coordinator, writer, art refurbishment), Sean McQuaid, Madison Carter, Rob London, Michael Hoskin, Kevin Garcia, Patrick Ryall, Ronald Byrd, Chris Biggs, Jeph York, Matt Forbeck (writers), Gally Articola (art refurbishment), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
First Posted: 03/16/2003
Last updated: 02/05/2021
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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