MOLE

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Mutant human

Occupation: Homeless

Affiliations: Morlocks, friend of Chickenwings and Opal Tanaka, acquaintance of Iceman, enemy of Sabretooth

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Morlock Alley, formerly streets of Manhattan, New York City

Appearances: X-Factor#51 (February, 1990); (52, 53

Powers: Mole possesses the ability to energize anything he touches. He can temporarily make the matter immaterial, allowing him to pass through it, and then reform it. In addition, he can disintegrate the matter permanently. This is effective on stone, steel, wood, and most conventional materials. This enables him to "burrow" virtually anywhere he desires, as well as to leave barriers behind him to prevent others from following him. His eyes are sensitive to bright light, forcing him to where sunglasses when on the surface.

History: Mole was a member of the Morlocks, a group of mutants and other humans who established a society in the sewers beneath Manhattan. During the events of the Mutant Massacre, a gang of mercenaries known as the Marauders attacked and slew many of the Morlocks. Mole, along with his friend Chickenlegs, fled the Morlock Alleys, and lived for a time in the alleys on the streets of Manhattan. However, one of the Marauders, a mutant known as Sabretooth, continued to hunt down and kill off any Morlocks he could. Sabretooth located and attacked Mole and Chickenwings. Mole's friend attempted to fight off Sabretooth and met his end, giving Mole enough of a lead to escape Sabretooth using his burrowing power.

Mole made his way to the basement of Acme Records, which he established as a temporary hiding place. He was discovered by an employee, Opal Tanaka, who felt sympathy for him, allowing him to hide there and bringing him food and clothing. Soon after this, Opal began dating the mutant member of X-Factor, Bobby Drake, the Iceman. Both jealous of Opal's interest in Drake, and fearing that he may be seeking to harm her, Mole followed the two on their date. Growing angry watching Opal and Drake interact, Mole inadvertently disintegrated a portion of a crane, causing it to drop on the two. Believing it to be an attack from an evil mutant, Drake fought back, although Opal stopped the fight as soon as she recognized Mole.

Opal and Drake explained their relationship to Mole, who feeling sorry for himself, returned to the Morlock tunnels. Unfortunately, Sabretooth was waiting for him there.

Comments: Created by Louise Simonson and Terry Shoemake

Mole is presumably dead, although it is possible he managed to again escape Sabretooth.

Clarifications: Mole is of no relation to:
Mole, a criminal spy who sought the costume of the Black Tiger @ Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#23.

Last updated: September 8, 2001.

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