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GENTLE

Real Name: Nezhno Abidemi

Identity/Class: Human mutant; citizen of Wakanda

Occupation: Student

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: B'Chaku, Black Panther (T'Challa), X-Men (either faculty members from Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Jean Grey School for Higher Learning or other X-Men teams) (Beast/Henry McCoy, Bishop/Lucas Bishop, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Dazzler/Allison Blaire, Danger, Doop, Frenzy/Joanna Cargill, Emma Frost, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Rachel Grey, Hepzibah, Husk/Paige Guthrie, Iceman/Robert Drake, Karma/Xi'an Coy Manh, Krakoa, Magik/Illyana Rasputin, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Psylocke/Elisabeth Braddock, Rogue/Anna Marie, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Toad/Mortimer Toynbee, Warbird/Ava'Dara Naganandini, Warpath/James Proudstar, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett), X-Men students (Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, Greymalkin Industries, Utopia or Jean Grey School for Higher Learning (Anole/Victor Borkowski, Armor/Hisako Ichiki, Blindfold/Ruth Aldine, Bling!/Roxy Washington, Broo, Cipher/Alisa Tager, Dust/Sooraya Qadir, Crosta, Elixir/Josh Foley, Ernst, Face, Genesis/Evan Sabahnur, Glob Herman/Robert Herman, Graymalkin/Jonas Graymalkin, Hellion/Jullian Keller, Hope/Hope Summers, Indra/Paras Gavaskar, Kid Gladiator/Kubark, Kid Omega/Quentin Quire, Loa/Alani Ryan, Match/Ben Hamill, Mercury/Cessily Kincaid, No-Girl/Martha Johansson, Onyxx/Sidney Green, Oya/Idie Okonkwo, Pixie/Megan Gwynn, Primal/Teon Macik, Prodigy/David Alleyne, Quill/Maxwell Jordan, Rockslide/Santo Vacarro, Sprite/Jia Jing, Surge/Noriko Ashida, Three-In-One/Celeste, Mindee, Phoebe Cuckoo, Trance/Hope Abbott, Transonic/Laurie Tromette, Velocidad/Gabriel Cohuelo, Wallflower/Laurie Collins, Wolf Cub/Nicholas Gleason, X-23/Laura Kinney)

Enemies: Bastion, Belasco, Dark Avengers (Ares, Hawkeye/Lester, Iron Patriot/Norman Osborn, Ms. Marvel/Karla Sofen, Spider-Man/MacDonald Gargan), Dark X-Men (Mimic/Calvin Rankin, Weapon Omega/Michael Pointer, Wolverine/Daken), Hellfire Club (Black Bishop/Maximilian Frankenstein, Black King/Kade Kilgore, White King/Manuel Enduque, White Queen/Wilhelmina Kensington), Juggernaut (Cain Marko possessed by Kuurth), N'astirh, Nimrods, Purifiers, Predator X, S'ym, Sack, Sentinels, Shadow King, William Stryker;
    formerly Black Panther (T'Challa), Dora Milaje, Quentin Quire

Known Relatives: Unidentified mother, unidentified father, N'Baku (half-brother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, X-Haven, Limbo (Otherplace);
     formerly Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, Westchester County, New York;
     formerly Utopia, coast of San Francisco Bay, California;
     formerly Graymalkin Industries, Marin Highlands, San Francisco, California;
     formerly Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, Salem Center, New York;
     foremrly Wakanda (place of birth)

First Appearance: New X-Men II#23 (April, 2006)

Powers/Abilities: Nezhno's mutant ability grants him superhuman strength, increased size and density, however his mutation also came with several severe side effects. When his abilities manifested, Nezhno lost his sense of touch with the exception of his fellow student Mercury. Another side effect are seizures that occur once he uses his powers for extended periods, these attacks are potentially fatal. The Wakandans used an ancient technique to alleviate seizures and tremors: raw vibranium was melted and applied to the skin. Although the paint was meant to be temporary Nezhno's dense epidermis caused the metallic paint to draw into his flesh, down to the muscle. This was seen as a sign from the gods. To keep his calm, Nezhno spends nearly every waking hour meditating, going to great lengths not to provoke himself.

Height: 6'2" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Gray
Hair: None

History:

(X-Men: Divided We Stand#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - Nezhno was born in Wakanda to a Russian outsider and a Wakandan mother. Because of his mixed heritage, Nezhno was not accepted by his fellow Wakandans.

(X-Men: Divided We Stand#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - When Nezhno's mutant powers emerged, no one judged him for it because mutation was known and accepted in Wakanda. However, it became obvious Nezhno's powers posed a serious health risk to the boy. When he would use them, he would drastically increase his muscle mass causing him not only to grow in strength but also in size. Unable to control this power he would suffer a seizure and faint. To help save his life, the shaman decided to use an ancient technique for alleviating seizures and tremors. Raw, vibration absorbing vibranium was melted and applied to the skin. Although the paint was meant to be temporary Nezhno's mutation caused the paint to bond to his flesh, drawing it into the muscle. The shaman called it a sign from the gods.

(X-Men: Worlds Apart#1 (fb) - BTS) - Storm of the X-Men convinced King T'Challa to send Nezhno to Xavier's Institute.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#13: Xavier Institute entry - BTS) - Nezhno travelled to America to enroll at Xavier's Institute for Higher Learning where Storm was to be his mentor.

(X-Men: Divided We Stand#1/2 (fb)) - At the Institute, Nezhno passed fellow student Cessily Kincaid (Mercury) in the hallways. She put her hand on his shoulder, which shocked the Wakandan because he actually felt her touch. This was the first time since his mutation that he could experience the caress of others.

(House of M#8 - BTS) - When millions of homo superior lost their powers due to a reality altering spell cast by the Scarlet Witch, Nezhno was one of the select who kept his mutant abilities.

(New X-Men II#23) - Two weeks after the global depowering, Xavier Institute headmaster Emma Frost pitted all remaining students against each other in a battle royale to select the members of the New X-Men. But because of his special limitations, Nezhno was deemed unfit for battle by Frost who also excused students Wallflower, Blindfold and Ernst for similar reasons. After the big fight, Emma chose her six "winners", with Cyclops adding a surprise seventh in the form of X-23. Later that night the headmasters announced all depowered students would be sent home. A first busload of students had already left when a second, carrying another 42 former mutant teens, was blown up. The attack was carried out by the Purifiers who were acting on the orders from their leader, the Reverend William Stryker.

(New X-Men II#29) - Nezhno was seen around the X-Men's Blackbird when David Alleyne tried to warn the X-Men Nimrod was back, Cyclops however was certain the machine was destroyed.

(New X-Men II#32) - Nezhno was present along the other students, the X-Men and their allies during a memorial service dedicated to the fallen during the X-Men's long struggle in achieving Xavier's dream of co-existence.

(New X-Men II#37) - Nezhno, Anole, Wolf Cub, Loa, Pixie, Match and Blindfold had gathered around the fireplace while Rockslide was telling stories about the X-Men's recent victories. But when it was Blindfold's turn she told the story of Illyana Rasputin and the demon-lord Belasco. After Blindfold finished her tale, the students realized she was actually foretelling the future and that Belasco was really coming for them. Moments later, the floor opened up beneath them as Belasco brought them all to Limbo because he'd sensed his former apprentice Illyana Rasputin was alive again. The demon lord figured Xavier's students would help lead him to her.

(New X-Men II#38) - Though all other students had been captured by Belasco and S'ym, Nezhno and his group found themselves in the wastelands of Limbo. Shortly after realizing where they were, demons appeared to devour the teenage mutants. While his friends fought the demons, Nezhno decided to hide behind Rockslide while telling him to watch his side. However, things went haywire when Rockslide exploded and Anole's arm was cut off by another demon. Just then, Illyana Rasputin, the Darkchilde and her pet N'astirh appeared.

(New X-Men II#39) - Magik unleashed N'astirh, ordering the demon to retrieve Pixie. Nezhno finally decided to use his super strength and grew to grotesque proportions. Nezhno beat on the demon until his body couldn't handle its power and he was struck by seizures that forced him to the ground. Shortly after toying with them, Magik promised to help the group find their friends if any of them would offer their soul to her so she could craft a soulsword necessary to defeat the demon-king. Nezhno was still unconscious when Magik settled on Pixie. She trapped everyone in Limbo stone, until Pixie offered her soul to Magik.

(New X-Men II#40) - When Nezhno awoke he found himself trapped. Blindfold pleaded with him to use his strength, but he was unable to. The students could do nothing but watch Magik steal Pixie's soul by crafting soulstones from it. After the first one was created, Anole managed to break free and attack Magik, stopping the spell. Eager to kill the young student, Magik prepared to lash out. Anole was saved by Rockslide who had reformed his body with the lava-like rock of limbo, resistant to her magic. Rockslide beat her senseless until she apparently regained a piece of her Illyana-persona. Now clear heads could prevail Magik and the students decided to stand together in an effort to defeat Belasco and save the other students.

(New X-Men II#41) - After a fierce and ferocious fight, Illyana Rasputin with the help of several New X-Men, reclaimed her control over Limbo, sending all the mutant students home.

(New X-Men II#42) - After their ordeal in Limbo, the students received a medical exam from Hank McCoy. After the doctor left, Nezhno, Dust and Pixie got to talking. Pixie asked Dust why she would wear her burqua. That led Nezhno to jump to her defense, explaining Sooraya's headgear was an abaya with a niqab veil and that Pixie could show respect by learning about her. In return, Pixie asked him what had happened to him during the fight against N'astirh. Nezhno told them he'd had a seizure, revealing his body was unable to contain its own power and that the vibranium tatoos were the only things keeping him from dying. This brought the mood down, until Mercury came in on her quest to find out which student was the youngest.

(World War Hulk: X-Men#1) - Nezhno, Anole and several other students were guided to safety by Charles Xavier when they learned the Hulk was on his way to attack the Xavier Institute.

(Giant Size Astonishing X-Men III#1) - Nezhno and several other students were present at the SWORD headquarters when Earth's heroes tried to save Earth from the giant space bullet originating from Breakworld.

(Uncanny X-Men I#493) - Some time after the first mutant birth since M-Day (as part of events known as the Messiah Complex), the giant Sentinels charged with protecting the Xavier Institute malfunctioned. Realizing the X-Men were seriously undermanned Nezhno decided to use his powers to attack one of them. Afraid Nezhno might kill himself by using his powers Cyclops, Bishop and Hepzibah joined him to defeat the Sentinel as quickly as possible. However, one of the Sentinels blasted Nezhno in the back, forcing him to return to his normal size. Bishop rescued the unconscious boy and the X-Men eventually defeated the Sentinels but not before the Xavier Institute was destroyed.

(New X-Men II#46) - Nezhno and Armor came crashing through Henry McCoy's medical bay fighting one of the Predator X's. Nightcrawler did his best to teleport the injured out of harm's way but when he seemed unable to teleport everybody Pixie quickly used one of her teleportation spells. However, the untrained Pixie had accidentally teleported Nezhno, the other students and the Predator X right to Muir Island where the X-Men had been fighting the Marauders. Suprised by their sudden teleportation the Predator X immediately grabbed the first mutant he saw and bit Vertigo of the Marauders in half.

(X-Men II#207 - BTS) - The X-Men successfully defeated the villains and killed Predator X, right after doing so Cable took the baby to the future and Charles Xavier was shot by Bishop who was aiming for Cable.

(X-Men: Divided We Stand#1/2) - With the mansion destroyed Storm decided to take Nezhno back to Wakanda. Upon arrival the two were welcomed by the Black Panther although the other Wakandan citizens seemed less than pleased about his return. They didn't accept Nezhno as one of their own since his father had been an outsider. The Black Panther decided a medical exam was in order to check on Nezhno's condition, the doctor easily established his condition had been aggravated and decided he would need more vibranium tattoos. Several shaman convened to supply Nezhno with additional markings which also instantly bonded to his flesh. As time passed Nezhno began to appreciate the solitude until a small boy named N'Baku approached him. Unaware that he wasn't to speak to Nezhno, N'Baku asked why nobody wanted to talk to him until his mother called him away. As the boy ran across the road Nezhno noticed he was about to be hit by a fast-moving truck and intervened. Grabbing the boy with his right arm he transformed into his large self and smashed the truck before it could hit the boy. When N'Baku ran towards his approaching mother, he realized it was his own mother which meant N'Baku was his baby brother. However, despite his act of bravery, Nezhno's mother refused to accept her oldest son, still feeling he was an outsider. That very night, sitting on the porch, Nezhno realized the only people who ever truly accepted him were the students at Xavier's.

(Marvel Digital Holiday Special#1/1) - Nezhno returned to the new home of the X-Men at Graymalkin Industries in San Francisco to celebrate Christmas. During the festivities he wished a young boy a joyous Kwanza. The celebration ended with a spectacular performance by Dazzler.

(X-Men: Worlds Apart#1 (fb)) - The Shadow King took possession of Nezhno who still resided in Wakanda, under his evil influence Nezhno killed B'Chaku the so-called Soul Reader. The mystic would've been able to identify the Shadow King's presence and needed to be dealt with. After killing the mystic, the possessed Nezhno looked straight into the security camera and winked.

(X-Men: Worlds Apart#1(fb) - BTS) - Nezhno was imprisoned in a Wakandan cell for murdering B'Chaku.

(X-Men: Worlds Apart#1) - Upon reviewing the security footage, Storm noticed Nezhno's winking and confronted him about it. When Nezhno told her he didn't even know what a wink was, the wind rider knew for certain something was wrong. Storm quickly ordered Nezhno's release and prepared to leave the building but they were stopped by T'Challa who was now possessed by the Shadow King. The Black Panther addressed the gathered citizens, denouncing Storm as a traitor and their union a farce. He then winked at Storm, who realized who he really was just seconds before the Shadow King pulled her on to the Astral Plane.

(X-Men: Worlds Apart#2) - The Shadow King taunted Storm with details of his latest scheme, including taking control of both Cyclops and the Black Panther as part of a bigger plot to kill Emma Frost and take control over Wakanda after which he returned her mind back to her body. Nezhno hid behind Storm as she tried to drive the Shadow King out of T'Challa. However, "Black Panther" ordered his soldiers to attack Nezhno after which Storm grabbed the boy and flew off. Still possessed, T'Challa sent his Dora Milaje after them. Feeling relatively safe in the Wakandan jungle, Storm concentrated and managed to manifest a lightning bolt all the way in the United States to destroy the Blackbird Cyclops was flying, knowing he'd survive somehow. Just then, the Dora Milaje arrived to deal with them. Nezhno's immediate response was to surrender to them, but after seeing Storm oppose them he finally decided to step in and easily defeated the non-powered female warriors. When the dust settled, Storm thanked Nezhno for saving her. They failed to see the Black Panther was approaching. The king of Wakanda wound up slashing Nezhno's back with his claws.

(X-Men: Worlds Apart#3) - Nezhno regained consciousness when Storm had finally defeated the Black Panther after which they went to the temple of the Panther God. After initially being angered by her arrogance, the Panther God aided Storm by sending a pack of panthers to her side, which proved his support and earned her the trust of the Wakandans. Under Storm's instruction, they kept T'Challa sedated, while she and Nezhno headed to the X-Men's base at Greymalkin Industries to confront the recently returned Shadow King-possessed Cyclops had just declared Emma a traitor and blasted her.

(X-Men: Worlds Apart#4) - Nezhno and Storm arrived at the X-Men base and immediately attacked "Cyclops". But before Nezhno could do any serious harm he and the other X-Men present were also possessed by the Shadow King. Storm created a massive tornado that hurled Nezhno and the rest of the X-Men away, leaving only Cyclops. After a fierce, brief struggle, Storm struck Cyclops with a lightning bolt that stopped his heart. The Shadow King then possessed Storm only to find she was still bound to the Panther God who confronted the entity on the Astral Plane. The King was devoured by the Wakandan deity even as Storm used CPR to revive Cyclops. Several days after the ordeal Nezhno and the X-Men visited Storm and the Black Panther in Wakanda.

(Uncanny X-Men I#509 - BTS) - Nezhno permanently moved to Graymalkin Industries in San Francisco, the new home of the X-Men.

(Uncanny X-Men I#509) - Nezhno and Loa enjoyed a beautiful day in San Francisco's Haight district.

(New Mutants III#1) - Out on the lawn of Greymalkin Industries, Nezhno and the students were surprised when a severely injured Magik suddenly teleported in. Seeing the girl that was responsible for dragging them into a conflict with Belasco angered the students with Anole and Pixie particularly ready to beat her to a pulp. The students, however, were stopped by Cannonball and Sunspot who managed to diffuse the situation.

(Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia#1) - When the Humanity Now! Coalition marched on San Francisco, they were quickly met by anti-Proposition X protestors. As violence and riots erupted Cyclops dispatched his X-Men to restore order. Later that day Nezhno and the X-Men watched a news report about the situation. Later that night Norman Osborn (head of the national peacekeeping organization H.A.M.M.E.R.) publicly branded Cyclops an instigator and deployed his "Dark Avengers" to quell the conflict and arrest anyone who stood in their way.

(Dark Avengers I#8) - Nezhno was present when Pixie arrived to reveal Cyclops had given the order to attack Osborn's forces.

(Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus#1) - After facing off against Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers the X-Men decided to leave San Francisco. Nezhno and all of the student body moved to their own nation called Utopia on the former Asteroid M that floated in the waters surrounding San Francisco.

(X-Men Legacy Annual I#1) - Nezhno was seen on Utopia when the X-Men had become aware of super-villain Emplate's presence. They gathered all mutants present to warn them of the predatory mutant. Cyclops ordered the students to stick in groups to limit the risk of being kidnapped if they wandered off alone. Eventually, fellow student Bling! was kidnapped and fed on by Emplate until she was saved.

(Psylocke I#1) - One of Utopia's more unpleasant citizens Sack had put Anole, Loa and Dust under his influence and threatened to kill them. Nezhno, Rockslide, Mercury, Surge and Pixie prepared to attack him, but before they could act Psylocke and Dazzler arrived. After dealing with Sack, Psylocke ordered the students to take him to the cellblock.

(Uncanny X-Men I#517) - Nezhno and several students took refuge while the X-Men fought several Predator X's. However, one of the beasts managed to reach the students. To protect them, Rogue asked Nezhno and the others to touch her so she could take their abilities, after which she killed the beast.

(Nation X#2/4) - Nezhno was taking a walk when he suddenly noticed Iceman shouting they were in great danger but in a strange voice. Unaware Iceman's psyche had been taken over by floating brain Martha Johansson who sensed Quentin Quire's presence on the island. Surprised by his strange voice Nezhno asked if Drake was alright prompting Martha to reveal her true identity, but before Nezhno could react his mind was taken over by Quire himself. Quire used his influence to activate Nezhno's super strength to attack Iceman. After beating the hero, Martha decided to leave Iceman's psyche to find another way to defeat Quire. Quire then also left Nezhno's psyche to hunt Martha on his own.

(Nation X: X-Factor#1) - Gentle and Hope were seen on Utopia when X-Factor visited the island.

(Doomwar#1 - BTS) - When former King of Wakanda T'Challa came to ask for the X-Men's help in the Wakandan revolution he revealed the main reason for Doom's involvement in the matter was Vibranium. T'Challa showed several instances in which Vibranium had been used, one of them being the Vibranium tattoos on Nezhno's body.

(Doomwar#6 - BTS) - When Doom had empowered himself with Vibranium he recalled how particles of it had been scattered around the globe like Nezhno's Vibranium tattoos.

(New Mutants III#13) - Gentle was in Utopia's mess hall when Danielle Moonstar got into a fight with Hope and witnessed how Cyclops ordered Cable to stop them. But all present were suddenly surprised by a giant fuel explosion courtesy of Donald Pierce who acted on Bastion's orders.

(X-Men: Hellbound#2) - Nezhno and several students were present in the X-Men's sick bay when Trance arrived to warn the X-Men several of their friends had been trapped in Limbo. However, Mercury explained they couldn't help since Bastion had sent his super powered Nimrod's to Utopia.

(New Mutants III#14) - During the Second Coming, Nezhno helped Cyclops fight off the Bastion Nimrods.

(New Mutants III#24) - When all the mutants on Utopia awoke from the Age of X reality, Nezhno did his best to comfort Pixie.

(Uncanny X-Men I#541) - After being possessed by Kuurth, the Breaker of Stone, the Juggernaut went on a rampage, one that Cyclops intended to stop by all means. Part of Cyclops' third plan involved Nezhno and several other students. They arrived so Hope Summers could tap into their powers, empowered by all the mutants present Hope managed to get the Juggernaut's helmet off.

(X-Men: Schism#1-4 - BTS) - The X-Men were abroad dealing with malfunctioning Sentinels activated after an international incident (caused by the new Hellfire Club's Black King Kade Gilgore). Cyclops' personal team was also taken out, kept unconscious by face-sucking alien brain slugs. Leaving only Cyclops, Wolverine and the students to deal with Kade's brand-new style of self-assembling Sentinel that attacked their home on Utopia. While Cyclops rallied the children to make a stand for their home and race, Wolverine refused to go along with the plan and was locked in deadly battle with Cyclops over the future of the X-Men.

(X-Men: Schism#5) - As Wolverine and Cyclops fought each other Nezhno and several X-Men students decided to come together to fight the Sentinel in a joint effort. They finally managed to defeat the Sentinel after which the students celebrated.

(X-Men: Regenesis#1) - Following the events of X-Men: Schism the news Wolverine had quit the X-Men to start a school where young mutants would be students instead of soldiers, like Cyclops planned to turn them into on Utopia. While Nezhno and the other students played a game of baseball, the students were clearly divided on the subject. Nezhno decided he didn't want to be trained as a soldier and would follow Wolverine to his new school.

(X-Men: Schism#5 - BTS) - Nezhno left Utopia in the Blackbird.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#1 - BTS) - Nezhno enrolled at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#1) - Nezhno and Hope asked Doop for directions after which he told them to see the nurse for their legacy vaccinations, it's unknown if they understood Doop's language.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#4) - Nezhno attended Kitty Pryde's class on the Future with such subjects as Cable, Bishop, Rachel Grey and the Age of Apocalypse with guest lecturer Deathlok. Deathlok began to share percentage chances of various possible events including mortality for several of the students, including Idie Okonkwo, Quentin Quire, Kubark and Broo. Upon looking at Evan (Genesis), Deathlok was silenced and then announced that the lecture was concluded.

(X-Men Legacy I#260.1) - Nezhno and other students were shocked when their ethics teacher Cannonball showed up, drenched in N'Garai blood. The X-Men were in the midst of fighting the extradimensional demons from overtaking the school. Rogue did her best to keep the news from the students, claiming all the noises were the result of some demolition work going on outside.

(X-Men Legacy I#261) - Nezhno was in a hallway when Exodus attacked the X-Men. To keep the students save they were put in a special panic room that would be teleported to a neutral dimension.

(X-Men Legacy I#263) - When Exodus' threat had passed, Nezhno and the other students returned from the neutral dimension.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#5) - Nezhno and the others rushed off to safety with the help of Warbird, Husk and Doop when the Brood attacked the mansion.

(Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#2) - Nezhno arrived to class alongside Cipher.

(Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#3) - Nezhno and the students were send to their panic rooms by Rachel Grey when the school was under attack by a berserker Wolverine.

(Astonishing X-Men III#51) - Nezhno attended the wedding of Northstar and Kyle Jinadu.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#15) - The coming of the Phoenix Five led all of Utopia's students to enroll at the Jean Grey School. This led to crowded hallways. As Nezhno was trying to make his way through the crowds, he received a telepathic message from Charles Xavier endorsing Quentin Quire for the office of student council president.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#17) - In between classes Nezhno checked his locker to find Doop sleeping in front of it, wearing Wolverine's costume.

(Uncanny Avengers I#1) - Nezhno was present during the funeral services for Charles Xavier who had been killed by the Phoenix-possessed Cyclops.

(All-New X-Men I#2) - Nezhno attended Wolverine's class on how to defeat a ninja master. Halfway through his instruction, Logan picked up a familiar scent and took off, telling the class to talk amongst themselves so he could deal with it.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#29) - Nezhno joined staff and students in the school garden for a special time capsule ceremony. Everyone was invited to place something of value in the capsule that would be opened twenty-five years from now.

(Young Avengers II#11) - Prodigy (David Alleyne) had set up a phone tree to ask several teen heroes to help the Young Avengers in their fight against the evil Mother. Pixie contacted Nezhno who in turn called Hellion.

(Young Avengers II#13 - BTS) - Nezhno helped the Young Avengers in their fight against the evil alternate Earth versions of Young Avengers sent to Earth by the extradimensional parasite Mother.

(X-Men IV#16) - After Sprite (Jia Jing) and Primal (Teon Macik) had been mortally wounded by the Future, Nezhno and several other students demanded to be part of the response team.

(Uncanny X-Men I#600) - Nezhno and the other X-Men were about to stage an intervention for Beast when Dazzler received word the still fugitive Cyclops was spotted in Washington D.C. This led Magik to teleport everyone to the nation's capital to confront their former leader. Instead, they witnessed him deliver a powerful speech to prove to the world they had nothing to fear from mutants.

(Extraordinary X-Men#1 - BTS) - As the Terrigene mists swept the planet, Storm founded X-Haven, a sanctuary in Limbo to protect mutantkind from the toxic effects of the mists. Nezhno was among the students who joined them.

(Extraordinary X-Men#1) - Nezhno was seen in X-Haven, carrying a large bag while several others helped mutant refugees.

Comments: Created by Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Mark Brooks, Paul Pelletier (pencillers), Jaime Mendoza (inks).

During an interview with Comic Book Resources Nezhno's creators Kyle & Yost revealed they'd initially wanted to kill the character:
Is there any character who you wanted to kill, but the X-office wouldn't let you?
Yost: You know, they stopped us from killing Onyxx back in "New X-Men," but we finally got him in "X-Force."
Kyle: That's true!
Yost: I hated that character. No offense to Peter Milligan, who I think is great, but I was not a fan. But we never do anything maliciously - it's all within the story. Hm, let's see, anyone else we wanted to kill, but didn't, because they wouldn't let us...
Kyle: Oh, Nezhno!
Yost: Yeah, we wanted to kill Nezhno, just to show people that we would.
Kyle: Yeah, people thought we got all precious. Now, I'll be the first to admit we favor X-23, but that's because she's awesome! But, yeah, we were going to kill Nezhno, and they said, "Nnnooo, we like him." Now, we liked him too, but that's why we thought we had to ace him...

The moment in X-Men: Divided We Stand#1/2 where Nezhno saved his little brother by smashing into a truck is a bit of an homage to the moment in Giant-Size X-Men#1 when Colossus saved his young sister Illyana from being hit by a tractor.

Gentle received a profile as part of the Xavier Institute entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#13 (2008).

Profile by MarvellousLuke

CLARIFICATIONS:
Gentle has no known connections to


mother

Nezhno's mother is a Wakandan citizen who at a certain point met a Russian outsider with whom she fell in love with. After the two had a romantic affair they each went their separate ways. After giving birth to Nezhno she decided her son was nothing but an outsider and like all other Wakandans didn't accept him. After several years Nezhno's mother gave birth to another boy who was pure Wakandan.

--X-Men Divided We Stand#1/2











father

Nezhno's father was a Russian man who at one point visited Wakanda. During this time he met Nezhno's mother and after the two had a romantic affair they each went their own separate ways. It's been unrevealed if he was aware she was pregnant with his child.

--X-Men Divided We Stand#1/2













N'Baku

N'Baku is Nezhno's little brother although neither one of them were aware of their relation or existence. When Nezhno visited Wakanda he saved N'Baku from being hit by a truck, after which it became clear they shared the same mother.

--X-Men Divided We Stand#1/2














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Doomwar#6, p6, pan1 (main image)
X-Men Divided We Stand#1, p13, pan1,2 (receiving vibranium tattoo's)
New X-Men II#23, p8, pan3 (first appearance)
New X-Men II#39, p8, pan3,4,5 (fighting N'astirh)
New X-Men II#42, p6, pan3 (truth)
X-Men: Worlds Apart#2, p4, pan2 (attacked by the Black Panther)
Nation X#2, p28, pan1,2 (possessed by Quentin Quire)
X-Men Regenesis, p24, pan4 (choosing Wolverine's side)
X-Men Divided We Stand#1, p15, pan5 (mother)
X-Men Divided We Stand#1, p16, pan2 (father)
X-Men Divided We Stand#1, p14, pan3 (N'Baku)


Appearances:
New X-Men II#23 (April, 2006) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Mark Brooks, Paul Pelletier (pencillers), Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#29 (October, 2006) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Duncan Rouleau (pencils, inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#32 (January, 2007) - Craig Kyle (writer), Mike Norton (pencils), Dave Meikis (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
New X-Men II#37 (June, 2007) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Skottie Young (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
New X-Men II#38 (July, 2007) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Skottie Young, Niko Henrichon (pencillers), Sean Parsons (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
New X-Men II#39 (August, 2007) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Skottie Young (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
World War Hulk: X-Men#1 (August, 2007) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Andrea Di Vito (pencils, inks), Andy Schmidt (editor)
New X-Men II#40 (September, 2007) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Skottie Young (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum, Nick Lowe (editors)
New X-Men II#41 (October, 2007) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Skottie Young (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
New X-Men II#42 (November, 2007) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Skottie Young (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
New X-Men II#43 (December, 2007) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Skottie Young (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#493 (February, 2008) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Danny Miki, Allen Martinez (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
New X-Men II#46 (March, 2008) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Carlos Cuevas, Dave Meikis (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Divided We Stand#1/2 (June, 2008) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Sana Takeda (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Marvel Digital Holiday Special#1/1 (December, 2008) - Jim McCann (writer), Todd Nauck (pencils)
X-Men: Worlds Apart#1 (December, 2008) - Christopher Yost (writer), Diogenes Neves (pencils), Edgar Tadeo (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men: Worlds Apart#2 (January, 2009) - Christopher Yost (writer), Diogenes Neves (pencils), Edgar Tadeo (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men: Worlds Apart#3 (February, 2009) - Christopher Yost (writer), Diogenes Neves (pencils), Edgar Tadeo (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men: Worlds Apart#4 (March, 2009) - Christopher Yost (writer), Diogenes Neves (pencils), Edgar Tadeo (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#509 (June, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
New Mutants III#1 (July, 2009) - Zeb Wells (writer), Diogenes Neves (pencils), Cam Smith, Edgar Tadeo (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia (August, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussaro, Eric Basaldua, Tyler Kirkham, Sheldon Mitchell (pencillers), Joe Weems, Marco Galli, Eric Basaldua, Rick Basaldua, Jason Gorder, Jay Leisten, Sal Regla, Jon Sibal, Ryan Winn (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Dark Avengers I#8 (October, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Luke Ross (pencils), Rick Magyar, Mark Pennington, Luke Ross (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus (November, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils, inks), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy Annual I#1 (November, 2009) - Mike Carey (writer), Daniel Acuna (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Psylocke I#1 (January, 2010) - Chris Yost (writer), Harvey Talibao (pencils), Paul Neary (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#517 (January, 2010) - Matt Fraction (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Nation X#2/4 (March, 2010) - John Barber (writer), David Lopez (pencils), Alvaro Lopez (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Nation X: X-Factor (March, 2010) - Peter David (writer), Valentine De Landro (pencils), Pat Davidson (inks), Jody Leheup (editor)
Doomwar#1 (April, 2010) - Jonathan Maberry (writer), Scot Eaton (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Doomwar#6 (October, 2010) - Jonathan Maberry (writer), Scot Eaton (pencils), Robert Campanella, Jaime Mendoza, Dave Meikis (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
New Mutants III#13 (July, 2010) - Zeb Wells (writer), Ibrahim Roberson, Lan Medina (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Hellbound#2 (August, 2010) - Chris Yost (writer), Harvey Tolibao, Tom Raney (pencillers), Sandu Florea, Scott Hanna (inkers), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
New Mutants III#14 (August, 2010) - Zeb Wells (writer), Ibraim Roberson, Lan Medina, Nathan Fox (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum, Nick Lowe, Jeanine Schaefer, Axel Alonso (editors)
New Mutants III#24 (June, 2011) - Mike Carey (writer), Steve Kurth (pencils), Allen Martinez (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#541 (September, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Schism#5 (December, 2011) - Jason Aaron (writer), Adam Kubert (pencils), Mark Roslan (inks), Nick Lowe, Daniel Ketchum, Jordan D. White (editors)
X-Men: Regenesis#1 (December, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Billy Tan (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe, Sebastian Grimer (editors)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#1 (December, 2011) Jason Aaron (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#4 (March, 2012) Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#260.1 (March, 2012) - Christos Gage (writer), David Baldeon (pencils), Jordi Tarragona (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#261 (March, 2012) - Christos Gage (writer), David Baldeon (pencils), Jordi Tarragona (inks), Daniel Ketchum, Nick Lowe (editors)
X-Men Legacy I#263 (May, 2012) - Christos Gage (writer), David Baldeon (pencils), Jordi Tarragona (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#5 (April, 2012) - Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw (pencils, inks), Walden Wong (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#2 (April, 2012) - Brian Wood (writer), Roland Boschi (pencils, inks), Mark Brooks (pencils), Andrew Currie (inks), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega#3 (May, 2012) - Brian Wood (writer), Roland Boschi (pencils, inks), Mark Brooks (pencils), Andrew Currie (inks), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Astonishing X-Men III#51 (August, 2012) - Marjorie Liu (writer), Mike Perkins (pencils, inks), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Daniel Ketchum, Jeanine Schaefer, Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#15 (October, 2012) - Jason Aaron (writer), Jorge Molina (pencils), Norman Lee (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#17 (November, 2012) - Jason Aaron (writer), Mike Allred (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny Avengers I#1 (December, 2012) - Rick Remender (writer), John Cassaday (pencils, inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
All-New X-Men I#2 (January, 2013) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#29 (July, 2013) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ramon Perez (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Young Avengers II#11 (December, 2013) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Jamie McKelvie (pencils, inks), Kris Anka, Mike Norton (inkers), Lauren Sankovitch, Jon Moisan (editors)
X-Men IV#16 (September, 2014) - Brian Wood (writer), Matteo Buffagni, Gerardo Sandoval (pencillers), Matteo Buffagni (inks), Daniel Ketchum, Mike Marts (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#600 (January, 2016) - Sara Pichelli, Mahmud Asrar, Kris Anka, David Marquez (pencils, inks), Frazer Irving, Chris Bachalo, Stuart Immonen (pencillers), Wade von Grawbadger, Mark Irwin, Tim Townsend (inkers), Mike Marts, Mark Paniccia (editors)
Extraordinary X-Men#1 (January, 2016) - Jeff Lemire (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Daniel Ketchum, Christina Harrington, Mark Paniccia (editors)


Last updated: 08/13/16

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