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Real Name: Venkat Katragadda

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Terrorist

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

Affiliations: Absorbing Man (Carl Creel), Azimuth, Boomerang (Frederick Myers), Ferris, Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Scrambler (Kim Il Sung), Stinger (Wendy Sherman), X-Ray (James Darnell)

Enemies: High Evolutionary (Herbert Edgar Wyndham), Genoshan Magistrates, X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, 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: Vindy (nickname given by Seamus Mellencamp)

Base of Operations: Mobile;
formerly Genosha;
formerly India (presumably)

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#366 (March, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: Vindaloo excretes a highly flammable gel from his pores that ignites once exposed to oxygen, creating a fiery stream of napalm he can shoot from his hands or throw as fireballs. Using both hands to fire a blast apparently intensifies its effects significantly, although he cannot melt Adamantium or Colossus' organic steel skin. Revelling in his power and apparently a bit of a pyromaniac, Vindaloo has no problems using his deadly fire against people.

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


(Uncanny X-Men I#366 - BTS) - Vindaloo joined the Acolytes, eager and willing to prove himself.

(Uncanny X-Men I#366 - BTS) - In preparation for his latest world conquering scheme, Magneto (Max Eisenhardt) ordered his Acolytes to keep the X-Men busy and distracted until his preparations for shifting the Earth's magnetic poles were completed.

(Uncanny X-Men I#366) - Vindaloo and the Acolytes struck a series of genetic research facilities by order of Magneto, as they moved north towards their master's base. After the Acolytes hit a genetic research lab in central Minnesota, the X-Men were tailing them. Eventually, the two teams met and fought at a remote Canadian chemical processing lab. The fight proved to be a trap however, when the X-Men were lured to the bottom of a holding tank, while the superstrong Acolyte Kamal al Aloui tossed a reservoir of liquid flame retardant into the bassin, hoping to drown their fellow mutants. Vindaloo and the others made a clean escape inside their ship, yet moved at such a deliberately slow pace the X-Men could keep up with them. Figuring the Acolytes were luring them to somewhere, the X-Men's suspicions were confirmed when over the icy wastelands of the North Pole their Blackbird got hit by Magneto's global EM-pulse and crashed, while the Acolytes looked on from the safety of their shielded aircraft.

(X-Men II#86) -Vindaloo didn't really care about what happened to the X-Men, trying to survive both the freezing cold and the electromagnetic storm outside. Casually reading a book, he noticed how his fellow Acolytes argued the merits of letting the X-Men die out there. The team was alarmed by the sudden appearance of Charles Xavier's astral form inside the ship, Vindaloo at the ready to blast him. However, it was Scanner who rebuffed the professor's plea to aid them, using her powers to force him back in his body.

(X-Men II#86 - BTS) - In the brief moment he had telepathically communicated with the Acolytes, Xavier had worked his way into most of their minds, subtly influencing from a distance. His first act was to have Cargill unknowingly extend the shields of the Acolytes' vessel to protect the X-Men.

(X-Men II#86) - Moments later, X-man and Acolyte alike were surprised by the detonation of several nuclear missiles near Magneto's tower, fired by the UN in retaliation.

(Uncanny X-Men I#367) - Thanks to Xavier's mental influence, the Acolytes' shielding had protected the team from the nuclear fall out. Ordering the X-Men to play dead, he then stimulated the minds of their more agressive members so they would agree to leave the ship and make sure their enemies were really finished. Vindaloo was the first to realise they were being played and tried to shoot Xavier and Shadowcat with his fiery napalm, but her phasing powers kept them both safe. Forced to pick another target, Vindaloo took several shots at Storm, who dodged his blasts with ease. Vindaloo and the others were knocked out when Colossus used his organic metal form to serve as a giant lightning rod, attracting enough electromagnetic energy to stun their enemies. By then, Kitty Pryde had been able to penetrate the Acolytes' ship, taking out the Acolytes who had stayed behind to guard it with relative ease. The X-Men entered the craft and went on their way, leaving Vindaloo defeated and stranded during his first outing as an Acolyte.

(X-Force I#94) - While on a covert mission in Magneto controlled Genosha, X-Force watched from a safe distance how Vindaloo and a group of his fellow Acolytes fought against the Genoshan Magistrates who were still struggling to reclaim the island.

(Uncanny X-Men I#379) - Vindaloo and the other Acolytes fainted in agony as a result of the High Evolutionary activating his global mutation-neutralization program.

(New X-Men I#116 - BTS) - Vindaloo survived the genocide on Genosha committed by Cassandra Nova's Sentinels.

(Uncanny X-Men I#492 - BTS) - Following an undocumented falling out with Exodus (Bennett du Paris), Vindaloo and several of his fellow Acolytes left the fold and struck out on their own.

(Uncanny X-Men I#492 - BTS) - When Mr. Sinister and his Marauders, among them new member Exodus, kidnapped the first mutant baby born since M-Day, the X-Men decided their best bet to getting a lead on Sinister was by chasing down other former followers of Magneto.

(Uncanny X-Men I#492) -  Angel spotted the Acolyte Gargouille leaving the safe house Vindaloo and the others had been using and signalled Colossus to slam through the wall. He immediately faced Neophyte and Vindaloo, while the former phased out, the latter immediately attacked, hoping that his napalm would be sufficient to burn through his enemy's organic steel skin. Vindaloo was taken out when Wolverine manoeuvred his Acolyte teammate Projector to land on him. The scared Neophyte then told the X-Men all they needed to know.

(X-Men Legacy I#225 - BTS) - Vindaloo was seen in the image Exodus generated of the Acolytes, when he tried to convince Charles Xavier his crusade on behalf of mutantkind was just.

(Deadpool v Gambit#4 (fb)) - Vindaloo joined a supervillain support group where he met other superhuman criminals Scrambler (Kim Il Sung), Azimuth, Stinger (Wendy Sherman) and X-Ray (James Darnell).

(Deadpool v Gambit#3) - Scrambler hosted a BBQ-party for his friends: several well-known superhuman criminals like Absorbing Man, Azimuth, Boomerang, Scalphunter, Stinger, Vindaloo and X-Ray. During the party Deadpool and Gambit showed up to get Scrambler. However, seeing the heroes the other superhuman criminals immediately engaged the heroes providing Scrambler with an opportunity to flee the scene. Gambit and Deadpool were unable to follow Scrambler when Fat Cobra suddenly appeared.

Comments: Created by Alan Davis & Fabian Nicieza (writers), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils & inks)

Considering Vindaloo and the other Acolytes moved to Genosha with Magneto in the late 90s and stayed there for at least a little while after the Cassandra Nova incident, one could reason he was there for the Eve of Destruction event, not to mention the two Magneto limited series. 

I always wondered why Venkat was named after vindaloo, a type of Indian curry... That is, until I actually had some chicken vindaloo and one bite was all it took to convince me it was the perfect name for a napalm throwing baddie. Still, to name the one Indian supervillain in many a moon after the food his native land is known for? That's as silly as having a Spanish amphibian running around with a codename like Paella, or wait til you meet the Scottish superhero Haggis. I really don't wanna know, smell or taste his superpower, though.

Vindaloo, 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.

Vindaloo should not be confused with

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Uncanny X-Men I#367, p9, pan3 (main image)
X-Men II#86, p12, pan3 (reading)
Uncanny X-Men I#492, p9, pan4 (versus Colossus)

Uncanny X-Men I#366 (March, 1999) - Alan Davis & Fabian Nicieza, Leinil Francis Yu, Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men II#86 (
March, 1999) - Alan Davis & Fabian Nicieza (writers), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#367 (April, 1999) - Alan Davis & Fabian Nicieza, Leinil Francis Yu, Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men II#87 (April, 1999) - Alan Davis & Fabian Nicieza (writers), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Force I#94 (September, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jim Cheung (pencils), Mark Morales, Rodney Ramos, Scott Koblish, Robert Stull (inks), Jason Liebig (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#492 (January, 2008) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Danny Miki & Allen Martinez (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#225 (August, 2009) - Mike Carey (writer), Phil Briones (pencils & inks), Nick Lowe (editor)

Deadpool v Gambit I#3 (October, 2016) - Ben Acker, Ben Blacker (writers), Danilo Beyruth (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Heather Antos (editors)
Deadpool v Gambit I#4 (October, 2016) - Ben Acker (writer), Danilo Beyruth (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Heather Antos (editors)

Last updated: 11/26/17

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