Real Name: Spite
Identity/Class: Extradimensional mystical entity/demon
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Juggernaut (Cain Marko)
Enemies: Cytorrak, D'Spayre, Gomurr
Known Relatives: Dweller in Darkness (creator/father), D'Spayre (brother), D'Sprytes (nieces and/or nephews), Nightmare (first cousin once removed), Dreamqueen (second cousin), Daydream (second cousin), Trauma (Terrance Ward, second cousin)
Aliases: Empress of Illusion, "succubus" (nickname given by Gomurr)
Base of Operations: None
formerly: the Crimson Cosmos
First Appearance: X-Men Unlimited I#12 (September, 1996)
Powers/Abilities: Spite was a mystical being who thrived on the energy generated by human misery, gaining sustenance from tortured souls. To achieve her goals, she would cast large scale, lifelike but horrific illusions that evoked the emotions she desired. She could effortlessly alter her own appearance to appear in these illusions. Spite also possessed the power of teleportation, going up in a sand-like form. During her stay in the Crimson Cosmos, she wielded a portion of the power of Cyttorak and as such was able to call forth the binding Crimson Bands of Cyttorak to hold or imprison people.
She could not harm others protected by the mark of Zhou'Syn.
Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 122 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: White, no visible pupils
(Juggernaut I#1(fb) - BTS) - After an unrevealed fight with D'Spayre, Spite was imprisoned in the Crimson Cosmos by her brother for a thousand years.
(X-Men Unlimited I#12 (fb) - BTS) - During her time in the Crimson Cosmos, Spite became a servant of the dimension's ruler, Cyttorak, who granted her a portion of his powers.
(X-Men Unlimited I#12 (fb) - BTS) - After a fight with Onslaught, Cyttorak's avatar on Earth the Juggernaut (Cain Marko) was trapped inside the source of his powers: the crimson crystal of Cyttorak. Spite was tasked by Cyttorak to bring him the Juggernaut so he could take over his body and leave the Crimson Cosmos for good; in doing so she could escape the dimension as well.
(X-Men Unlimited I#12) - Spite had trapped the Juggernaut in an illusion where Cain relived an alternate reality in which he, instead of gaining the power of Juggernaut as a soldier, he instead wound up crippled after the war. Permanently stuck in a wheelchair, he felt nothing but hate for his stepbrother Charles who survived the Asian war they were in without so much as a scratch and went on to great success. Spite enjoyed torturing Cain's psyche, until her illusion was dispelled by Gomurr the Ancient who had come to save Juggernaut from the Crimson Cosmos. Because the wizard used the protective mark of Zhou'Syn, Spite was unable to directly attack him, forcing her to seemingly disappear. After Gomurr had Cain relive another part of his past he used his staff to create a doorway to which the two could return to the normal world. Just then, Spite used her powers to grab Gomurr's staff and bind his hand with the crimson bands of Cyttorak. She proposed to Juggernaut that he could also return to his world with even more power than he had possessed before if he were to follow her and help her escape from the same dimension as well. Tempted by the offer, he agreed and Spite in turn teleported the two of them to Cyttorak. Upon arrival, Juggernaut sensed he was being manipulated and became cautious. Spite, however, was grabbed by Cyttorak; suddenly fearful Spite struggled in her master's grip, moments before he devoured her as punishment for threatening to betray him. Cain managed to defeat Cyttorak in the end through the help of Gomurr and the arrival of his fellow sorcerer Tar.
(Juggernaut I#1 - BTS) - Spite somehow survived getting eaten by Cyttorak (perhaps by teleporting away at the last possible moment--or just by being a demon who could reform after apparent destruction--or Cyttorak allowed her to reform--Snood) and eventually escaped both his insides and his dimension to go look for Juggernaut. She finally located him in New Mexico, where she learned Cain had become the vessel for all the crimson energy's power, thereby becoming somewhat of a banquet for energy feeders. Spite figured she could use him to collect sufficient energy to finally confront and kill her brother, D'Spayre.
(Juggernaut I#1) - Using her powers of illusion, Spite took on the guise of Alex, a blonde and blue eyed bombshell covered in snake tattoos. Seeking out the Juggernaut in this seductive form, she ran into him at a bar where she managed to seduce the already buzzed Cain. Together, they went on a massive crime spree (fifteen counts of grand larceny, twenty-two counts of unlawful entry, animal cruelty and one hundred and sixteen counts of major property damage), which Cain called the best date he ever had. Spite's reappearance on Earth didn't go unnoticed by her brother D'Spayre, who decided to confront them disguised as Cain's best friend, Black Tom Cassidy. As Tom, the demon blasted Alex, thereby forcing Spite to drop the Alex illusion and show her true self. Outraged at being played for a fool, Juggernaut tried to kill Spite who cleverly used her own powers to reveal D'Spayre's true identity, leaving Cain dazed and confused.
Juggernaut was now ready to kill D'Spayre for messing with his head, a task Spite was more than willing to help him with. Even as D'Spayre summoned a horde of demons to defend him, Juggernaut remembered the last time Spite had offered to "help" him. He then grabbed Spite and threw her at D'Spayre's forces. Surviving the encounter, she emerged from the hordes and lunged for D'Spayre's neck. Unimpressed, he simply tossed both her and Juggernaut away. Humiliated, a spiteful Spite mentioned she was once again defeated by her brother. This really struck a chord with Juggernaut, who was reminded of his own ongoing case of sibling rivalry. Hoping to make Spite feel better, the Juggernaut charged D'Spayre once again and kept him occupied long enough for Spite to steal all her brother's mystical reserves. With no more energy left, D'Spayre was defeated and cast away by the now fully energized Spite. After dealing with her brother, she used her abilities to restore the Juggernaut's powers to normal. Flirtatious as always, Spite kissed Cain before flying away to parts unknown.
Comments: Created by John Francis Moore (writer), Steve Epting (pencils), Ariel Olivetti (pencils, inks).
Although Spite was considered an enemy of Juggernaut, there was some love/hate connection going on. The two were clearly interested in each other. It would be great to see Spite return in the pages of the X-Men, perhaps as part of the Sisterhood of Evil "Mutants".
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X-Men Unlimited I#12, p17, pan3 (main image)
X-Men Unlimited I#12, p32, pan5 (pact with Juggernaut)
Juggernaut I#1, p30, pan3 (in defeat)
Juggernaut 1997 page 8 panel 2
X-Men Unlimited I#12 (September, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Steve Epting (pencils), Ariel Olivetti (pencils, inks), Kevin Conrad (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Juggernaut I#1 (April, 1997) - Joe Kelly (writer), Duncan Rouleau (pencils), Steve Moncuse (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
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