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Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (Genoshan) mutant,

Occupation: Former terrorist

Group Membership: Unus' gang (Caiman, Glamour, Hub, Lightning Rod, Shocker/Randall Darby, Toad/Mortimer Toynbee, Unus the Untouchable/Gunther Bain)

Affiliations: X-Corps (Jean Grey, Polaris/Lorna Dane, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Sabra/Ruth Bat-Seraph, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Thunderbird/Neil Shaara, Professor X/Charles Xavier)

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

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "That teenage tosser" (nickname used by Toad)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
                                  formerly Genosha 

First Appearance: New X-Men I#132 (November, 2002)

Powers/Abilities: Toad-In-Waiting is a mutant who possesses remarkable agility, reflexes and stamina. His leg muscles allow him to perform remarkable acrobatic feats. He has a large, prehensile tongue he can use to catch objects and people, functioning as both a lasso and a restraint. His hands are webbed and his enlarged eyes grant him superior eyesight, able to spot and catch a fly within a fraction of a second.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Blonde

Toad-In-Waiting with Toad


(New X-Men I#132 (fb) - BTS) - Through unrevealed ways, the mutant known only as
Toad-In-Waiting came to live on Genosha some time before Cassandra Nova's Sentinels devastated the island. He joined up with Unus the Untouchable's gang, even meeting the real Toad. Unus felt he was the uncrowned ruler of the decimated mutant population and decided to retool the abandoned giant killing robots into a monument to Magneto. While they worked, they took up residence in one of the robot's heads. For several weeks, they were haunted by ghostlike whisperings. Toad-In-Waiting watched helplessly as their leader Unus was almost driven insane by the whispers of Genosha's dead.

(New X-Men I#132) - Some time later, after Unus was found ranting and raving by X-Corps relief workers, Toad-In-Waiting, Shocker and Toad were visited by Xavier and his allies. Eager for a fight, Toad-In-Waiting was held in check by Toad who learned that Xavier was only there to see if they could help him find Polaris, who was lost on the island and presumed responsible for the current crisis. Some time later, Toad-In-Waiting and his fellow gang members were surprised by the slightly deranged Polaris who used her magnetic powers to finish the work they had started, effortlessly turning the Sentinel head into Magneto's visage as a tribute to her father.

(Excalibur III#1 - BTS) - For unrevealed reasons, Toad-In-Waiting missed Unus' gang's first fight against Charles Xavier who had moved to Genosha to assist in the island's rebuilding efforts. The confrontation ended with Xavier mentally incapacitating the gang while his young ally Freakshow swallowed Unus whole.

(Excalibur III#2) - With their leader Unus still stuck inside Freakshow's belly, the gang returned to their headquarters to discuss their defeat. They were joined by fellow members Toad-In-Waiting, Hub and Toad  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,
Toad-In-Waiting 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 Toad-In-Waiting'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 peacekeeping force realized what they'd done, they mounted a full scale attack to get their property back.

Toad-In-Waiting tongue lasso (Excalibur III#4) - Believing the battalion of Magistrates attacking Genosha were trying to regain control of the island, Unus led Toad-In-Waiting and the others against them. Toad used his agility to rescue a young girl from Magistrate strafing fire before using his prehensile tongue to take on the soldier himself. In the end, the Magistrates proved too powerful until Shola Inkosi and the Prime Sentinel Karima Shapandar arrived. Karima took out all the Magistrates. Xavier took the soldiers prisoner, which didn't sit well with Unus who took Toad-In-Waiting 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#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, Toad-In-Waiting 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, accompanied by Callisto, officially asked Unus and his followers to join them. Callisto showed her skill by catching a fly with one of her tentacles before Toad-In-Waiting could reach it with his tongue. Despite this subtle powerplay, they laughed in the professor's face. When Xavier left, they agreed to wait around for Charles to do all the work before they took it all away from him.

Comments: Created by Grant Morrison (writer), Phil Jiminez (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks).

You'd think the Marvel Universe's quota of hopping, long tongued insect eaters would have been filled with the original Toad or even Frogman, but who am I to question the mind of Grant Morrison? There's no hinted (familial) relationship between Toynbee and his would-be successor. Nor has it been revealed whether or not he kept his powers after M-Day... without any evidence to the contrary, it's likely to assume he's still one of the few gene active mutants.

Profile by Norvo.

Toad-In-Waiting should not be confused with

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Excalibur III#4, p7, pan3 (main image)
Excalibur III#4, p7, pan4 (lasso tongue)
New X-Men I#132, p13, pan1 (with Mortimer Toynbee)

New X-Men I#132 (November, 2002) - Grant Morrison (writer), Phil Jiminez (pencils), Andy Lanning (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#8 (February, 2005) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)

First Posted: 07/15/2015
Last Updated: 07/11/2015

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