Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutant (Hong Kong)
Group Membership: Hellions (Bedlam/Christopher
Aaronson, Feral/Maria Callasantos, Magma/Amara Aquilla, Switch/Devon
Alamar, Tarot/Marie-Ange Colbert)
Enemies: Armageddon Man, Koga, X-Force
(Jesse Aaronson, Boomer/Tabita Smith, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie,
Domino/Neena Thurman, Danielle Moonstar, Sunspot/Roberto DaCosta,
Syrin/Theresa Rourke, Warpath/James Proudstar)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Mister Machine" (nickname used by Jesse
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Koga's attack vessel,
formerly a ranch house in Santa Lucia, California,
formerly a lab in Hong Kong
First Appearance: X-Force
I#87 (March, 1999)
Powers/Abilities: Paradigm was born a mutant who
possessed a powerful form of technokinesis. He could manipulate
machinery with his mind. When he was 13, he was injected with a sample
of alien techno-organic material that turned his body into living metal
and circuitry. In this new form, his abilities expanded exponentially.
Now no longer human, he went on a constant drive for self improvement,
studying mutant DNA to look for ways to upgrade his capabilities. He
could "infect" others with his techno-organic matter, either covering
them with the matter to restrain them or use it to force them into doing
his bidding. Those "infected" by Paradigm's techno-organic tendrils
temporarily gained his immunity to radiation and temperature extremes.
Paradigm was vulnerable to EMP attacks and Jesse Aaronson's powers,
though he had an effective internal repair sequence. Paradigm could fly.
Even in death, his enhanced brain could be used as a powerful CPU to
operate machinery, control dozens of cybernetic operatives and pilot at
least one advanced attack vessel.
Height: 6'1"(by approximation)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
(X-Force I#89 (fb) ) - The mutant who would become known as Paradigm was recognized as a technokinetic at a young age. Forced to live in a Hong Kong laboratory where he endured years of painful, invasive testing, his only friends were his electronic toys. When he was 13 years old, the scientists tending to him injected the boy with alien, techno-organic material. His entire body was transformed into living metal, and thanks to his mutant powers he was able to gain control over his newly mutated form. Now powerful enough to escape, he fled the facility to search the world for new biological and technological systems to integrate into his being.
(X-Force I#87 (fb) - BTS) - At an unrevealed moment in time, he encountered Christopher Aaronson and accepted his offer to join his new Hellions as Paradigm. He moved to Aaronson's ranch in Santa Lucia, California, while they prepared to revive the Armageddon Man.
(X-Force I#87) - Paradigm and his teammate Magma tried to stop Domino and Jesse Aaronson, who had come to the ranch hoping to find his long-lost brother. However, the electronics manipulating Jesse caused Paradigm to malfunction and lose control over his form, inadvertently knocking out Magma with a stray strand of techno-organic matter. Before Domino and Jesse could flee, they were incapacitated by King Bedlam who introduced them to Paradigm and the other Hellions. He then stunned the heroes by offering them membership.
(X-Force I#88 - BTS) - Paradigm waited while Jesse contacted the other members of X-Force to come to the ranch to discuss Bedlam's offer.
(X-Force I#88) - As soon as X-Force arrived, Paradigm began to quietly study and analyze them. Starting with their physical characteristics, though he was eager to acquire DNA samples. This disturbed Moonstar and Sunspot who felt they were being studied as lab specimens under a microscope. King Bedlam offered the team to stay over for the night and mull over his offer, which the team agreed to. Some time later, Paradigm was standing guard outside of Bedlam's quarters and refused to allow Jesse to see his brother until Christopher explicity okayed his presence. Inside, the two brothers discussed Paradigm, with Bedlam describing his teammate as "an unclassifiable hybrid of man and machine in a constant state of growth and transformation." Some time later, X-Force discovered that Domino had been possessed by the mind swapping Switch, causing them to attack the Hellions. Before they could carry out their threat, Paradigm was ordered by Bedlam to intervene. He covered the heroes in his techno-organic filaments, which not only incapacitated them but also put the mutants under his control. Bedlam told Paradigm to use X-Force to help them transport the Armageddon Man to the Summerfield Canyon nuclear power facility where they would awaken the powerful mutant. It also allowed Paradigm to conduct further tests on their individual genetic curiosities.
(X-Force I#89) - Paradigm guided X-Force as they mindlessly helped transport the Armageddon Man from Santa Lucia to the Summerfield Canyon plant where Bedlam planned to wake up the mutant by dunking him into the reactor coolant vat. All the while, he studied the team's genetic structure and was particularly fascinated by Danielle Moonstar's unique powers. For a brief moment, Moonstar connected with Paradigm and relived his tragic early years through his eyes. A little while later, with everything at the ready, Hellions member Tarot had a change of heart. Her precognitive abilities had shown her reviving the Armageddon Man would lead to nothing but destruction. She approached Paradigm and touched him, thereby releasing the magic infused characters from her tarot deck into his system. Paradigm became overwhelmed by the new entities introduced into his mainframe, entities that immediately emerged from him and caused the techno-organic hybrid great distress. This gave Dani Moonstar the chance to free herself and attack the techno-hybrid with the quantum energies she controlled at the time. So overwhelmed by the sudden influx of uncontrollable power, Paradigm temporarily returned to a fetal state while he tried to reconfigure his external and internal biology. As a result, X-Force was freed. They opposed the Hellions, but were unable to stop the resurrection of the Armageddon Man.
(X-Force I#90) - Paradigm didn't involve himself in X-Force and the Hellions' attempts to restrain and defeat the Armageddon Man. After the young mutant heroes proved victorious, he briefly appeared before them to announce he didn't wish to fight and was moving on to continue his journey of self exploration.
(Astonishing X-Men III#33 (fb) - BTS) - At an unrevealed point in time, Paradigm was kidnapped and killed by the brilliant, twisted mutant inventor Koga. He decapitated Paradigm and used his head to infiltrate the X-Men's computer systems, stealing data on the DNA of their enemies like the alien Brood and Krakoa. Koga used the information to clone a small army of the X-Men's foes that he sent out to kill the team. Paradigm's head was then installed as the CPU of Koga's ionospheric cruiser carrier that he used as a base of operations.
(Astonishing X-Men III#33 - BTS) - Eventually, the X-Men and their ally Abigail Brand boarded the Paradigm-controlled carrier and located his head at the core of the ship. Emma Frost was the only one to recognize him, regretting the fact she never got to teach him. Beast correctly analyzed it was Paradigm's brain that had been responsible for the hacks into the mansion's mainframe.
(Astonishing X-Men III#34 - BTS) - The X-Men left Paradigm's
head be while they moved their attention to finding and defeating the
man responsible for his death.
Comments: Created by John Francis Moore (writer), Jim Cheung (pencils), Mark Morales (inks)
In his earliest appearances, the name of the
techno-organic race that infected Paradigm wasn't mentioned. In Astonishing
X-Men III#33, Warren Ellis has Abigail Brand confirm it was
indeed the Phalanx.
Poor Paradigm, not only was he a barely second-rate copy of Douglock and Prosh, even in death he wasn't used in any truly original way. Back in Excalibur I#99, the Hellfire Club was using the head of Douglock to reanimate and control a demon that slumbered under London. I'm sure it's purely coincidental Warren Ellis penned both those issues.
Profile by Norvo.
Paradigm should not be confused with
images: (without ads)
X-Force I#89, p3, pan1 (main image)
X-Force I#89, p9, pan3 (infected by the Phalanx as a child)
X-Force I#89, p19, pans3,4,5 (reverts to fetal stage)
X-Force I#90, p18, pans5&6 (up for next level of evolution)
Astonishing X-Men III#33, p23, pans1&3 (discovered by the X-Men)
X-Force I#87 (March, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jim Cheung (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
X-Force I#88 (April, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jim Cheung (pencils), Mark Morales & Rob Stull (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
X-Force I#89 (May, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Terry Shoemaker (pencils), Bud LaRosa (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
X-Force I#90 (June, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jim Cheung (pencils), Mark Morales, Scott Koblish, Derek Mei & Rob Stull (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Astonishing X-Men III#33 (February, 2010) - Warren Ellis (writer), Phil Jiminez (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Axel Alonso & Daniel Ketchum (editors)
Astonishing X-Men III#34 (March, 2010) - Warren Ellis (writer), Phil Jiminez (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Axel Alonso & Daniel Ketchum (editors)
Last updated: 06/29/15
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