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CAIMAN

Real Name:  Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (Genoshan) mutant (depowered)

Occupation: Former terrorist

Group Membership: Unus' gang (Glamour, Hub, Lightning Rod, Shocker/Randall Darby, Toad, Toad-In-Waiting, Unus the Untouchable/Gunther Bain)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Chimere, "Excalibur" (Book/Annika, Callisto, Freakshow/Kevin, Shola Inkosi, Magneto/Max Eisenhardt, Omega Sentinel/Karima Shapandar, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Wicked), Genoshan Magistrates

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
                                  formerly Genosha 

First Appearance: Excalibur III#1 (July, 2004)

Powers/Abilities: Caiman was a mutant who resembled a giant, antropomorphized caiman. His large frame offered him a certain measure of superstrength and endurance. His large, detachable jaw and teeth were powerful enough to snap through armor and flesh with ease. He could use his prehensile tail for both offensive and defensive purposes, swatting enemies and using it to propel himself forward like a projectile. Caiman was not above cannibalism.

Height: 6'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 400 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Yellow
Hair: Bald (green scales)

Caiman vs Unus

History:

(Excalibur III#1 (fb) - BTS) - Through unrevealed ways, the mutant known only as Caiman came to live on Genosha, possibly some time after Cassandra Nova's Sentinels devastated the island. He joined up with Unus the Untouchable who felt he was the uncrowned ruler of the decimated mutant population (see comments).

(Excalibur III#1) - From his headquarters inside the head of the abandoned giant Sentinels left on Genosha, Unus spotted Charles Xavier's arrival on the island. Acting on rumors the coffin he had brought contained the body of Magneto, Unus rallied Caiman and the others to go teach "baldy" who really owns the island. Unus led Caiman and the gang against Xavier and his new allies Freakshow and Wicked. However, before the ferocious reptilian mutant could strike, Xavier had telepathically taken control of him and his fellow teammates, leaving them paralyzed while Freakshow turned into a giant monster and swallowed Unus. Xavier and his companions continued on their way.

(Excalibur III#2) - With
Unus still missing, Caiman and the others returned to their headquarters. They were joined by fellow members Toad, Hub and Toad-In-Waiting who were convinced Unus would survive this ordeal though Hub wondered if they should take him back as their leader. Some time later, after Unus proved indigestible and was vomited out by Freakshow, Caiman and the others attacked their leader whose forcefield withstood all their blows, proving he still had what it takes to lead them. Unus swore vengeance on Xavier and his allies.

(Excalibur III#3 - BTS) – One of Caiman's fellow gang members, Hack, left with the teleporting mutant Hub to free two superhumans (Shola Inkosi and Karima Shapandar) kept in stasis by the Genoshan Magistrates. When the island’s former peace-keeping force realized what they'd done, they mounted a full scale attack to get their property back.

Caiman eats Magistrate (Excalibur III#4) -
Believing the battalion of Magistrates attacking Genosha were trying to regain control of the island, Unus led Caiman and the others against them. Caiman used his reptilian strength and agility to fight the opponents, even biting one of the Magistrates' heads clean off. In the end, the Magistrates overpowered him and used his bulk to take out Freakshow. The day was saved by the arrival of Shola Inkosi and the Prime Sentinel Karima Shapandar who took out all the Magistrates. Xavier took the soldiers prisoner, which didn't sit well with Unus who took Caiman and his other troops to confront Charles in his beachside headquarters. Unus demanded that the professor handed his prisoners to him, claiming there was no law on the island. Xavier, flanked by Magneto, Callisto, Karima and his young allies, told off Unus and made him turn away.

(Excalibur III#5) - Plagued by nightmares of the Sentinels' carnage on Genosha, the mildly telepathic combat telekinetic Shola Inkosi went on a midnight run. In the end, he was so overwhelmed by the images of death and destruction he involuntarily picked up that he released a massive telekinetic blast at the giant Sentinels that still stood like skyscrapers on the island. The blast rocked the construction, waking Caiman and the others who briefly believed they were under attack.

(Excalibur III#8) - Eager to start rebuilding Genosha, Xavier realized he needed the help of Unus and his gang. Early one morning, he had Shola fly up to their Sentinel statue headquarters to rouse Unus, Caiman and the others. They watched as Xavier's forces started to clear out the ruined buildings to make room for new houses and farmland. Xavier officially asked Unus and his followers to join them, but they laughed in his face. When Xavier left, they agreed to wait around for Charles to do all the work before they took it all away from him.

(House of M I#8 - BTS) - Caiman was one of the victims of the Scarlet Witch's reality altering spell that reduced the millions of gene active mutants to less than 200 worldwide.

(New Avengers I#17 - BTS) - Caiman's mutant energies became part of the Collective (Michael Pointer).

(New Avengers I#18 - BTS) - SHIELD analyzed the Collective's multiple energy signatures and traced them back to Caiman and 50+ other former mutants who had all lost their powers on M-Day.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks).

He never got named during his appearances in Exclibur, but his name is visible in the list of the individuals whose mutant energies are detected within the Collective on p1 of New Avengers I#19. It is out of alphabetical position, in between Jubilee and Key, suggesting someone initially thought it was Kaiman with a K and then realised and corrected it.
--Loki

It's hard to determine whether or not Caiman was on Genosha when the Sentinels attacked. It's possible he arrived after the fact, because he wasn't seen with Unus and the others in New X-Men I#132. Also, most species of crocodiles are carrion eaters, making it all the more likely he came to the island to feast.

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Caiman should not be confused with


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Excalibur III#1, p13, pan6 (main image)
Excalibur III#2, p22, pan2 (hits Unus)
Excalibur III#4, p6, pans5&6 (eats a Magistrate)


Appearances:
Excalibur III#1 (July, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Excalibur III#2 (August, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Excalibur III#4 (October, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Excalibur III#5 (November, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Excalibur III#8 (February, 2005) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
House of M I#8 (December, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Oliver Coipel (pencils), John Dell, Scott Hanna & Tim Townsend (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#17 (May, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#18 (June, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 07/14/15

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