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Real Name: Mortimer Everett

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Terrorist, criminal

Group Membership: Acolytes (Kamal el Alaoui, Fabian Cortez, Exodus/Bennett du Paris, Frenzy/Joanna Cargill, Gargouille/Lavinia LeBlanc, Katu Kath, Kleinstock Brothers/Harlan & Sven Kleinstock, Seamus Mellencamp, Neophyte/Simon Hall, Polaris/Lorna Dane, Projector/Zachary Williams, Rem-Ram/Marcus Andrews, Scanner/Sarah Ryall, Senyaka/Suvik Senyaka, Static/Gianna Carina Esperanza, Spoor/Andrew Hamish Graves, Unuscione/Carmella Unuscione, Vindaloo/Venkat Katragadda, Amelia Voght, others)

Affiliations: Mayor Böerke (mayor of Carrion Cove)

Enemies: Frenzy (Joanna Cargill), Philip Moreau, Jenny Ransome, Scanner (Sarah Ryall), X-Men (Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Marrow/Sarah, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Rogue/Anna Marie, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Crusty (nickname given by Shadowcat)

Base of Operations: Genosha

First Appearance: X-Men: Magneto War#1 (March, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: Barnacle's mutant powers allow him to turn any type of moisture into a hardened shell. He can use this ability to encase people with their own bodily fluids, or enhance his durability by forming a tough shell around his own body. Though he can affect people or objects from a distance, he prefers direct contact with his victims. Barnacle is also able to generate a spray of barnacle-like crust, most likely derived from the moisture inside his own body. Barnacle's mutation has left his face and arms scarred with a series of scabwounds that also cover his left eye. An avid movie buff with an apparent taste for Hollywood classics, Barnacle also suffers from a pronounced speech impediment (see comments).

Height: 5'6"
Weight: 140 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Black (balding)


(X-Men: Magneto War#1 - BTS) - Rumors of the imminent return of Magneto led to an ideological rift within the Acolytes. Unbeknownst to Fabian Cortez this schism was instigated by Amelia Voght under orders from Magneto himself who only wanted the most loyal of his flock by his side. New member Barnacle sided with Cortez and left the fold, along with Projector, Rem-Ram, the Kleinstocks, Senyaka, Static and Spoor.

(X-Men: Magneto War#1) - Hoping to find some answers on the status of Magneto and Joseph, his mysterious young lookalike, Fabian Cortez took the Acolytes to the Xavier Institute. In the middle of the night, Cortez boosted the young Acolyte Rem-Ram's mutant dream reading powers to enter the minds of Charles Xavier, Rogue and Wolverine. Rem-Ram's presence in his mind was enough to wake Xavier and he quickly became aware of the Acolytes' presence on the school grounds. Alerting the X-Men, the battle was soon joined.

   Hoping to capitalize on Storm's claustrophobia, Barnacle jumped her and quickly began to encase the windrider. When Shadowcat attempted to phase her teammate out of his crust, she found herself caught as well. Barnacle explained that, phased or not, he could still manipulate the moisture in her body. It was up to Nightcrawler to free the two damsels in distress, like his hero Errol Flynn. When Barnacle commented on the fact Flynn never wore a nightcap like that, Kurt was surprised to face another movie buff, but still threatened to teleport Barnacle's head off if he didn't let go. Properly intimidated, the Acolyte released Storm and Shadowcat, leaving him wide open for a knockout punch to the face.

   The battle ended when Cortez almost killed Rem-Ram by willfully overloading his powers. Professor Xavier's display of selfishless aid convinced Barnacle and the others to stand down. Cortez ran off, leaving Barnacle to formally request asylum on behalf of himself and the other Acolytes, only to be be denied by Xavier and turned away. Disappointed, Barnacle left with the others.

(Magneto: Dark Seduction#1 - BTS) - The Genoshan fishing port Carrion Cove was the last town to actively resist Magneto's rule. Mayor Böerke had a valid reason for doing so: Carrion Cove housed a device that could boost mutant powers. Böerke feared what Magneto would be capable of he got his hands on it. Rather than simply destroying the machine, Böerke enlisted the aid of Barnacle and several other lapsed Acolytes to help protect the city. Böerke exposed them to the device, which granted them increased powers.

(Magneto: Dark Seduction#1) - Thanks to their power boost, the renegade Acolytes were able to hold their own against the large number of forces sent against them, including their former teammate Frenzy and Genosha's freedom fighters Philip Moreau and Jenny Ransome. 

(Magneto: Dark Seduction#2) - Properly powered up, Barnacle was effortlessly beating both soldier and Acolyte alike. His powers were even able to affect his former teammate Scanner's photoelectric form, until he lost his additional powers when he and the other renegade Acolytes were cut off from its influence via remote control.

(New X-Men I#116 - BTS) - Barnacle was on Genosha when Cassandra Nova's Sentinels laid waste to the island. It has not been revealed if he survived the massacre.

Comments: Created by Alan Davis & Fabian Nicieza (writer), Lee Weeks (pencils), Dan Green (inks).

Though it was never adressed in any sort of detail on panel, Barnacle's scars are most likely a lasting memento from the first time his powers manifested themselves. Scared and unaware how he could control these weird, crusty growths he might have accidentally caused the scarring himself. Also: His speech problems might have been the result of the inadvertent formation of barnacles in the mucous membranes that surround his vocal cords. In his later appearances, he seemed to have corrected this problem.

Barnacle, along with the other Acolytes, received profiles in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#1 and Marvel Encyclopedia: X-Men.

Profile by Norvo.

Barnacle should not be confused with

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X-Men: Magneto War#1, p27, pan1 (main image, vs. Storm)
X-Men: Magneto War#1, p30, pan4 (asks for Asylum)
Magneto: Dark Seduction#2, p9, pan1-2 (attacks Scanner & soldiers)

X-Men: Magneto War (March, 1999) - Fabian Nicieza & Alan Davis (writers), Lee Weeks (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Magneto: Dark Seduction#1 (June, 2000) - Fabien Nicieza (writer), Roger Cruz (pencils), Andy Owens (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Magneto: Dark Seduction#2 (July, 2000) - Fabien Nicieza (writer), Roger Cruz (pencils), Andy Owens (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
New X-Men I#116 (September, 2001) - Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Mark Powers (editor)

Last updated: 01/07/14

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