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Real Name: Ben Hamill

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Student

Group Membership: None; formerly the Paragons (D.J./Mark Sheppard, Pixie/Megan Gwynn, Preview/Jessica Vale, Trance/Hope Abbott, Wolf Cub/Nicholas Gleason)

Affiliations: Adam X (Adam Neramani), Avalanche (Dominikos Petrakis), Lorelei (Lorelei Travis), Meld (Jeremiah Muldoon), Runaways (Karolina Dean, Victor Mancha, Nico Minoru, Klara Prast, Chase Stein), X-Club (Dr. Nemesis/James Bradley, Madison Jeffries, Kavita Rao), X-Men (either faculty members from Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Jean Grey School for Higher Learning or other X-Men teams) (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Henry McCoy, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Doop, Emma Frost, Firestar/Angelica Jones, Frenzy/Joanna Cargill, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Husk/Paige Guthrie, Iceman/Robert Drake, Karma/Xi'an Coy Manh, Magik/Illyana Rasputin, Magma/Amara Aquilla, Marvel Girl/Rachel Summers, Danielle Moonstar, Namor McKenzie, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Northstar/Jean-Paul Beaubier, Phoenix/Jean Grey, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Rogue/Anna Marie, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Sunspot/Roberto Da Costa, Toad/Mortimer Toynbee, Warbird/Ava'Dara Naganandini, Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett), "time displaced X-Men" (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey), X-Men students (Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, Greymalkin Industries, Utopia and Jean Grey School for High Learning) (Anole/Victor Borkowski, Armor/Hisako Ichiki, Blindfold/Ruth Aldine, Bling!/Roxy Washington, Broo, Caput/Abraham Verne, Cipher/Alisa Tager, Crosta, Dust/Sooraya Qadir, Dryad/Callie Betto, Elixir/Josh Foley, Ernst, Eye-Boy/Trevor Hawkins, Face, Gelatin/Carlo Brewster, Genesis/Evan Sabahnur, Gentle/Nezhno Abidemi, Glob Herman/Robert Herman, Greymalkin/Jonas Greymalkin, Hellion/Julian Keller, Hope/Hope Summers, Icarus/Joshua Guthrie, Indra/Paras Gavaskar, Ink/Eric Gitter, Ziggy Karst, Kid Gladiator/Kubark, Kid Omega/Quentin Quire, Kidogo/Lazaro Kotikash, Loa/Alani Ryan, Mercury/Cessily Kincaid, Nature Girl/Lin Li, Network/Sarah Vale, No-Girl/Martha Johannson, Onyxx/Syndey Green, Oya/Idie Okonkwo, Primal/Teon Macik, Prodigy/David Alleyne, Quill/Maxwell Jordan, Rockslide/Santo Vacarro, Rubbermaid/Andrea Margulies, Sapna, Scorpion Boy/Rico, Sharkgirl/Iara Dos Santos, Specter/Dallas Gibson, Sprite/Jia Jing, Surge/Noriko Ashida, Tag/Brian Cruz, Three-In-One/Celeste, Mindee, Phoebe Cuckoo, Transonic/Laurie Tromette, Velocidad/Gabriel Cojuelo, Viskid/Adrian Defoe, Wallflower/Laurie Collins, Wind Dancer/Sofia Mantega, Wither/Kevin Ford, X-23/Laura Kinney)

Enemies: Bastion, Belasco, Dark X-Men (Black Queen/Emma Frost, Cloak/Tyrone Johnson, Dagger/Tandy Bowen, Mimic/Calvin Rankin, Namor McKenzie, Weapon Omega/Michael Pointer, Wolverine/Daken), Dragoness (Tamara Kurtz), Emplate (Marius St. Croix), Evolutionaries, H.A.M.M.E.R., Hellfire Club (Black Bishop/Maximilian Frankenstein, Black King/Kade Kilgore, White King/Manuel Enduque, White Queen/Wilhelmina Kensington), Hummingbird (Maria Aracely Penalba), Litterbug, N'astirh, Purifiers, S'ym, Scarlet Spider (Kaine Parker), Sentinels, William Stryker, Zero (Kenji Uedo)

Known Relatives: None

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, Westchester County, New York

First Appearance: (Cameo) New Mutants II#7 (January, 2004); (fully-seen) New Mutants II#8 (January, 2004)

Powers/Abilities: Match is a mutant with the power of pyrokinesis, which allows him to create and control fire with his mind. The fire he generates is powerful enough to incinerate demons and make cars explode. He can also use his powers to absorb pre-existing fires. Match's entire body is covered in flame 24/7 with a flaming head, it's been unrevealed whether or not he will be able to douse his own flame upon full control of his powers.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: White
Hair: None


(New X-Men II#5 (fb) - BTS) - While spending some time in the park Ben Hamill suddenly manifested his mutant powers, unable to control them he torched his town's park.

(New Mutants II#7 - BTS) - After Hamill's mutant powers manifested themselves he enrolled at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. While at Xavier's he chose the codename Match.

(New Mutants II#7) - Match was present at a special assembly where the Institute's headmaster Charles Xavier informed the student body about last night's explosion (caused by Magma who'd awoken from a coma due to Josh and Julian's involvement), Xavier preached there was more to becoming a hero than mere bravery.

(New Mutants II#8) - Match was present during Parents Week at Xavier's, although it was unclear wether his own parents arrived Match seemed to fully enjoy the joyous gathering.

(New Mutants II#10) - While in the class of Karma she asked Match and the other students if they'd seen Josh Foley, who was out with his teacher Rahne Sinclair.

(New X-Men II#2 - BTS) - Hamill was among the students selected to join one of the special training squads mentored by members of the X-Men. He was placed on the Paragons, which was led by Wolfsbane.

(New X-Men Yearbook Special#1 - BTS) - Match became the leader of the Paragons.

(New X-Men II#5) - Match was among the students seen sitting at one of the lunch tables while Hellion spoke up on behalf of Kevin Ford, who was being questioned for crimes. Hellion made an example of the other students whose powers had been responsible for questionable deeds, reminding everyone Match had torched his town's park while manifesting his mutant abilities.

(New X-Men II#12 (fb) - BTS) - As part of the Paragons, Match participated in a Danger Room session where they had to fight a Hulk construct. After completing the exercise, the New Mutants squad tried the same challenge and beat the record set by the Paragons.

(New X-Men II#12) - During a meeting with their advisor Rahne Sinclair, the Paragons expressed their disappointment that the New Mutants squad had beaten their time. Rahne gave the squad a much needed peptalk, reminding them they still would have saved a lot of lives if the situation had been real. Not much later Xavier Institute's headmasters Cyclops and Emma Frost found out and confronted Rahne about her affair with sixteen-year old Josh Foley. Rahne then decided to leave the academy, not wanting to wait around for them to fire her.

(New X-Men II#13) - Xavier's Institute was attacked by Wolverine (mind controlled by the Hand at the time) who killed one of Match's teachers Northstar. The following morning, all students were informed of the tragic news by the headmasters. Sometime later, Match also attended Northstar's funeral.

(New X-Men Yearbook Special#1 - BTS) - Amara Aquilla (Magma) became the Paragons new adisor.

(New X-Men Yearbook Special#1) - Alongside his fellow Paragons and their advisor Magma, Match posed for a group photo for the Xavier yearbook. In the yearbook, Match was voted to have the shortest temper. He liked to be in charge and winning and disliked indecisions.

(House of M#8 - BTS) - When millions of homo superior lost their powers when a reality altering spell cast by the Scarlet Witch reduced the number of gene active mutants to a mere 300 worldwide, Match was one of the select who kept his mutant powers.

(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 choose a team who would go on to train as New X-Men. Match took on Anole in the battle royale but was subsequently defeated by X-23. After Emma chose her six "winners" and Cyclops had added a surprise seventh, 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#24) - Match was present during the funeral of the deceased students, even in death fourteen of the forty-two deceased students were unwelcome to return home and were buried at Xavier's cemetery.

(New X-Men II#25) - Match, Anole, Indra, Pixie and Armor waited outside the Danger Room until they could start another training session when New X-Man Rockslide suddenly crashed through one of the walls. Match and the others quickly took a peek through the hole in the wall and witnessed how Emma Frost was training the New X-Men. The New X-Men in turn failed to work as a team to defeat X-Man Colossus, much to Frost's disapproval.

(New X-Men II#26) - Following the screams of Elixir (Josh Foley), Match and Quill arrived to see the lifeless body of Laurie Collins (Wallflower) who had just been shot by Matthew Risman, one of the Purifiers.

(Astonishing X-Men III#13) - Match was selected alongside Indra, Wolf Cub, Anole, Pixie, Amor and four of the New X-Men to participate in another Danger Room session with Wolverine. But when Match noticed the Danger Room now just was a normal room (since it's conscience had mutated, escaped and fought the X-Men as Danger) Wolverine quickly turned off the lights. In the pitch black Wolverine fought the students and easily defeated them and testing Hisako's armor in the process.

(Astonishing X-Men III#18) - Match, Anole, Blindfold and possibly Hellion witnessed how S.W.O.R.D.'s flagship took off after they'd teleported the X-Men and their opponents Danger and Ord of Breakworld aboard.

(New X-Men II#28) - Match and several students witnessed the arrival of Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) who had come to tell the X-Men they had found the corpse of Icarus (Joshua Guthrie).

(New X-Men II#31) - Match was enjoying a cartoon of the Black Panther when Hellion suddenly came crashing through the wall, Hellion's powers had been pushed to their limits by Frost as he tried to reach Xavier's as quickly as he could to save X-23's live.

(New X-Men II#32) - Thinking Foley to be gone Rockslide was already scouting for a new member for his team, the overly eager rock-like mutant asked Match and Anole if either of them had already died and come back to life. The puzzled teenagers listened while Rockslide went on thinking Match would most likely be a bad match for the team as he would be rubbish during a stealth mission in a dark room. Later that night Match was present amongst other students, the X-Men and their allies during a memorial service to remember all those who had fallen in the X-Men's long struggle in achieving Xavier's dream of co-existence.

(New X-Men II#37) - Match, Anole, Wolf Cub, Loa, Pixie, Nezho 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. When Blindfold finished her tale, the students realized that her "story" was real and Belasco was coming for them as the floor opened up beneath them. Belasco had sensed his former apprentice Illyana Rasputin was alive again and took them prisoner as a first step to retrieve her.

(New X-Men II#38) - While all other students had been captured by Belasco and S'ym, Match and his group found themselves in the wastelands of Limbo. After realizing where they were in the hellish place the demons appeared to devour the teenage mutants. Match used his flame projection to disintegrate several demons while his fellow friends also fought to stay alive, but things seemed to go bad when Rockslide exploded and Anole's arm was cut off by another demon. Just than Illyana Rasputin, the Darkchilde and her pet N'astirh appeared.

(New X-Men II#39) - After toying around with Match and his friends for a bit Magik offered to help the group find their friends if any of them would offer his soul to her. Revealing she would need a soulsword to defeat the demon-king as she finally focussed her attention on the young Pixie. Match and Wolf Cub prepared to attack the Darkchilde but with one snap of her fingers all students but Pixie were encased in stone. Pixie then offered her soul to Magik.

(New X-Men II#40) - Match could do nothing but watch while Magik used her sorcerous abilities to steal Pixie's soul. But when she had taken but a part of her soul and formed one soulstone, Anole managed to break free and attack Magik, thus stopping the spell. Eager to kill the young student, Magik prepared to kill Anole but he was in turn saved by Rockslide who had reformed his body with the lava-like rock of limbo, resistent 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#43) - Fellow student Indra learned he was the youngest mutant on school campus. Scared it would make him a target the students vowed to keep him save. Unable to sleep Indra joined a group of students around Match who used his powers to make an indoor campfire unexpectedly it was Rockslide who managed to ground the students by explaining it wouldn't matter if they were the oldest or youngest mutant on the world as he would still go to war for them. Next, Beast arrived to give out new bulletproof uniforms.

(Uncanny X-Men I#500 - BTS) - After the destruction of Xavier's Institute Match and the other students moved to Graymalkin Industries in San Francisco, the new home of the X-Men.

(X-Men: Manifest Destiny#2/3) - Match was seen talking with Loa, Indra and several other students while Emma Frost feared the students would hate her for what had happened at Xavier's Institute.

(X-Men: Manifest Destiny#3/3) - Match was less than pleased when he was used to create another indoor campfire.

(Runaways III#10) - While out in the city of San Francisco, Match and the other students came across the teenage team the Runaways. The Runaways had just dropped off their friend Molly Hayes to get a tour of the X-Men's facility while the Runaways decided to wait whether she would return or not. To kill the time the Runaways and X-Men students decided to go out and enjoy themselves at the X SF Dance Club on Harrison.

(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. While holding Match, Angel flew over the city's riots as Match would use his abilities to stop the fires. 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.

(Uncanny X-Men I#513) - Having had enough Match, Hellion and Sunspot met up with several other mutants (Adam X, Lorelei, Meld) at Avalanche's bar the Sunset. Convinced that humankind was out for their blood they decided to take a stand to avoid a future where they would be put in concentration camps. To make a big impact the group decided to break the curfew by protest in a "peaceful assembly" so they could get arrested in a highly visible manner to let everyone see what would come if they demanded their constitutional rights. Match decided they should make their splash at the Union Square Park and upon arriving Match used his powers to turn the square into an inferno. Just than Norman Osborn's newly formed Dark X-Men appeared to deal with Match and his friends.

(Dark Avengers I#7) - During their fight with the Dark X-Men Match was defeated by Mimic after which he was teleported to the H.A.M.M.E.R. base by Cloak. After placing power dampening devices on Match and the others they were incarcerated.

(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. Match 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 - BTS) - When the X-Men had become aware of super-villain Emplate's presence on Utopia they gathered all mutants present to warn them of the predatory mutant. Cyclops ordered the students to stick in groups as he might kidnap them if they would wander off alone. It was eventually fellow student Bling! that was kidnapped by Emplate.

(X-Men Legacy I#228) - Match was present when Onyxx and Hellion told Cyclops that Emplate captured Bling!.

(X-Men Legacy I#230) - Match witnessed how Emplate's headquarters became visible in mid-air and crashed on Utopia. After the X-Men had dealt with the threat of Emplate Match and the male students participated in a friendly game of volleyball while the girls made sure Bling! was feeling okay after her abduction.

(Nation X#4/2) - Feeling bored on Utopia the Stepford Cuckoos began to telepathically bully their fellow students by re-creating scenarios from "evil child" horror movies in their heads. The Cuckoos trapped Match at the bottom of the well with the ghost girl from the Ring.

(Nation X#4/3) - Loa, Match and Rockslide were hungry for a midnight snack and decided to break into the kitchen at 3am. Loa gained access by using her abilities to crumble a wall with a mere touch. However, they soon realized Warpath was on guard duty in the kitchen. He playfully approached them, which angered the three young mutants who felt they were still being treated like amateurs and freshmen even though they'd help save the world. Rockslide and Match first tried to hide, but a defiant Loa stepped up and called Warpath a backup dancer for the Village People. Warpath jumped towards the students with a grin on his face. Match unleashed his firepower, but the experienced X-Man grabbed Match, knocked him out and shoved the flaming boy in a nearby stove. He then attacked Rockslide, temporarily incapacitating the highly durable rocklike student by crushing his head. Before Warpath noticed her, Loa snuck up on him and threatened to dissolve his chest cavity with a mere touch if he didn't yield. Warpath realized the girl was serious and relented. He then assisted her in getting the icecream from the fridge.

(X-Men Legacy I#234) - Match was training with several other students while Rogue was giving Surge some advise.

(New Mutants III#13) - Match 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 Legacy I#236) - In an effort to exterminate all mutants, Bastion, a super-sentinel from the future enveloped the X-Men's base Utopia within an impenetrable energy dome. Match like all other mutants was trapped inside with no means of communicating with the outside world. Match later witnessed how a squad of mutant-slaying Nimrod Sentinels penetrated the energy dome.

(X-Men: Second Coming#2) - After Cable's funeral Match, Loa, Bling! and Prodigy discussed whether or not to comfort Hope who thought of Cable as her father.

(X-Men III#13) - When the X-Men were under attack by the Evolutionaries, Match and the students took shelter in their base while Cyclops revealed the Evolutionaries' origin to the students. The Evolutionaries, who believed humanity was preying on mutantkind and intended on defending them by destroying all of humanity. In the meanwhile several more criminal residents of Utopia (Toad, Masque, Bliss, Litterbug and Dragoness) took a liking to the Evolutionaries' plan and tried to stop the X-Men from within.

(X-Men III#14) - Match joined Rockslide and Anole to save the X-Club from Litterbug and Dragoness while Dust, Trance, Surge and Pixie rescued Irma Cuckoo from Toad, Masque and Bliss.

(X-Men III#15 - BTS) - Thanks to the help of Match and the students Madison Jeffries and the X-Club managed to activate a machine that helped Cyclops to defeat the Evolutionaries.

(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, not soldiers, had made their way to the young X-Men in training on Utopia. While Match and the other students played a game of baseball the students were clearly divided on the subject. Match decided he didn't want to be trained as a soldier and would follow Wolverine to his new school.

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

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#4) - While taking a stroll around campus headmaster Wolverine was greeted by Match and Glob Herman.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#5) - Match was surprised to see how a group of Bamfs wrote "Wolverine eats boogers" on the campus walls.

(Wolverine and the X-Men II#10 (fb)) - While Warbird prepared a camera to take a class photo, Match and the students gathered on the school's front lawn. Moments later headmaster Wolverine arrived dragging Quentin Quire with him to pose in the photo.

(X-Men Legacy I#260.1) - Match and other students followed "Mutant Literature 101" from their teacher Paige Guthrie when Rogue stumbled into their classroom. Since the X-Men were in the midst of fighting the extradimensional N'Garai she needed Paige to help the X-Men while she took over the class. Rogue did her best to keep the news from the students whom she told they were doing some demolition outside.

(X-Men Legacy I#261) - Match was seen walking through the school's 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 subsided Match and the students returned from the neutral dimension.

(X-Men Legacy I#265) - While playing around in the gardens Quentin Quire used his powers to shoot Match through the air, unamused Match screamed to put him down.

(Uncanny X-Force I#25) - Match was seen walking the school grounds while Quentin Quire was being a bully to Evan Sabahnur.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#11) - Match followed Kitty Pryde's five part lecture on the physiology of dragons. But while she was teaching the students used their tablets to watch the X-Men battle the Avengers. To keep the students sheltered Pryde ordered them to turn the tablets in. Not much later they witnessed the arrival of the Majestor of the Shi'ar Empire, Gladiator who was in search of his son.

(X-Men Legacy I#266) - She-Hulk, Moon Knight and the Falcon of the Avengers arrived at the Jean Grey School to keep an eye on the mutants as several teachers of the Jean Grey School had joined up with the Phoenix Five. However former X-Men villain and current teacher at the school, Frenzy was less than pleased to be policed by the Avengers and got in a fight with them. While Match, Hellion and Glob Herman watched on from the windows they were upset as well and wanted to help Frenzy in her fight. The three students quickly ran outside to join the battle while Match used his powers to light Glob Herman on fire. Seeing all but a flaming skeleton attack She-Hulk used her full strength to create a shockwave that caught up and rendered the students unconsciousness. Only when they stayed down She-Hulk realized she had attacked mere students, causing an enraged Rogue to attack the Avengers as well.

(X-Men Legacy I#267) - While the Jean Grey School's teaching staff fought the Avengers, Chamber and Husk helped Match, Hellion and Glob Herman out of the rubble.

(Astonishing X-Men III#51) - Alongside his fellow students Match attended Northstar's wedding to Kyle Jinadu in Central Park.

(Astonishing X-Men III#52) - That night Match was also one of the many guests during the wedding party.

(Wolverine II#309) - Match is being trained by Cyclops. (see comments)

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#19) - Match was seen walking between classes as Toad was cleaning the hallways.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#21) - Match and his classmates were having fun in their classroom while all of the teaching staff was absent, unaware they had been taken prisoner by the Frankenstein Monster and his Murder Circus.

(All-New X-Men I#10) - The Jean Grey School was shocked by the sudden arrival of the other X-Men team lead by Cyclops, Match and the other students witnessed how Cyclops explained they had also opened a school the New Charles Xavier School for Mutants (in the former Weapon X facility in Canada). Cyclops offered anybody who was willing a place in their new school (enraging Wolverine and his staff they actually used Xavier's name), to give the mutants some time to deliberate he would return later that day.

(All-New X-Men I#11) - Later that day Cyclops returned to see if anyone would join them, Match was present and saw how the time displaced Angel and the Stepford Cuckoos decided to join Cyclops.

(Scarlet Spider II#17) - The Scarlet Spider (Kaine) was on a mission to kill Wolverine (in order to pay a coerced debt to the Assassins Guild) and took the young heroine Hummingbird with him to the Jean Grey School to infiltrate the facility. But when Hummingbird was spotted by Rachel Grey a strange reaction was triggered, taking out all telepaths and inducing severe fear (Hummingbird was an empath) in Match and all of the students who ran away with fear for their lives. The X-Men intervened and attacked the Scarlet Spider and Hummingbird.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#29) - Match joined the Jean Grey School staff and students in the school's garden for a special ceremony. Headmaster Wolverine gave an elaborate speech while each student would put something of value in a time capsule. To be opened twenty-five years from now.

(Young Avengers II#11) - Prodigy (David Alleyne) had started a phone tree to ask several teen heroes to help the Young Avengers in their fight against the evil Mother. Match was called by Indra and in turn then called Crosta.

(X-Men IV#1) - While putting his stuff away in his locker Match witnessed how Mercury punched Bling! in the face. Not much later Match was walking the school grounds when they received a surprise visit from villain John Sublime who had come to surrender himself to the X-Men.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#32) - Match was shocked to see headmaster Wolverine pulverize a pillar with his claws to vent some frustration. Wolverine was unsuccessful in tracking down Hellfire Club's Kade Kilgore who, with his new Hellfire Academy, had successfully snatched away several students.

(Amazing X-Men II#1) - Match was on his way to class when Angelica Jones (Firestar) started her first day as a teacher at the Jean Grey School.

(Wolverine and the X-Men I#42) - Match was present during the Jean Grey School's graduation day where he received a hug from a possible family member.

(Wolverine and the X-Men II#1) - Match and Glob Herman were seen walking through the school's hallways in between classes.

(Wolverine and the X-Men II#2) - Match was present when Oya started a discussion with Armor.

(Wolverine and the X-Men II#3 (fb)) - While in Storm's class Match listened to Genesis' report on the search for unique beings.

(Nightcrawler IV#5) - Match was seen walking around the school in his gym wear during Nightcrawler's first day as a teacher at the Jean Grey School.

(Nightcrawler IV#8) - Match was seen in class as their teacher Iceman showed how he could create snowballs.

(Storm III#10) - Match and several other students witnessed how Storm flew down to the front lawn of the Jean Grey School. Amazed by her appearance, several students waved at her. Later that day Match also followed Storm's class right before the Jean Grey School came under attack by former student Kenji Uedo who engulfed the school in his living techno-organic flesh.

(Storm III#11) - Match and Nature Girl tried to flee from Kenji's attack who was eventually stopped by Storm.

(Extraordinary X-Men#1) - As the Terrigene mists swept the planet Storm founded X-Haven, a sanctuary in Limbo to protect mutantkind from the mists' toxic effects on mutants. Match was one of several students to join them.

(Extraordinary X-Men#6) - Match was seen in X-Haven when Magik was on her way to talk with the X-Men's newest student Sapna.

Comments: Created by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Carlo Barberi (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks).

The "Quest for Magik" storyline from New X-Men II#37 till 41 is easily my favorite story-line since it really gave the underused students a chance to shine, great story and beautiful artwork.

In Wolverine II#309 (September, 2012) by Ivan Brandon a student similar to Match appears who is being trained by Cyclops. The boy although not aflame but with a light flame coming from his head wears a similar costume as Match did as one of the Paragons. I would definitely say this isn't Match but some other student since our hothead has never been able to douse his own flame since manifesting it.

The scene in question is after M-Day, but prior to any repowerings, which cuts down the options dramatically - we know ALL the remaining students at this juncture, and Match is the only one with powers that fit, though he shouldn't be able to turn his flames down to the point where we can see his skin color or hair. However, the costume fits Match too - ribbed top, short sleeves - albeit the wrong color (yellow rather than green). The general consensus was that it probably was Match. In real world terms, he's probably been misdrawn or miscolored, hence him looking more human. In universe, there might be some unspecified reason that he was temporarily restored part way to being human looking (powers fluctuating post M-Day, or maybe he'd been exposed to some power dampening device, or perhaps he was working hard on minimising his flame).

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

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New X-Men II#23, p7, pan4 (main image)
New X-Men Yearbook Special, p24, pan2 (closeup)
New Mutants II#8, p7, pan2,3 (first full appearance)
New X-Men II#23, p12, pan1 (battle royale)
New X-Men II#38, p15, pan1 (disintegrating demons)
New X-Men II#43, p11, pan1,2 (indoor campfire)
X-Men Legacy I#230, p11, pan1 (leather jacket)
X-Men III#14, p11, pan3 (fighting Litterbug and Dragoness)
X-Men Legacy I#266, p16, pan2 (setting Glob Herman on fire)

New Mutants II#7 (January, 2004) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Carlo Barberi (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks), C.B. Cebulski (editor)
New Mutants II#8 (January, 2004) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Carlo Barberi, Chary Randolph (pencils), Wayne Faucher, Rich Perrotta, Juan Vlasco (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New Mutants II#10 (May, 2004) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Carlo Barberi (pencils), Wayne Faucher, Juan Vlasco (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#5 (November, 2004) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Michael Ryan (pencils), Avalon Studios (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#12 (June, 2005) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Michael Ryan (pencils), Rick Ketcham (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#13 (July, 2005) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Michael Ryan (pencils), Rick Ketcham (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men Yearbook Special (December, 2005) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Georges Jeanty (pencils), Don Hillsman (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#23 (April, 2006) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Mark Brooks, Paul Pelletier (pencillers), Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Astonishing X-Men III#13 (April, 2006) - Joss Whedon (writer), John Cassaday (pencils, inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#24 (May, 2006) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#25 (June, 2006) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#26 (July, 2006) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#28 (September, 2006) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Astonishing X-Men III#18 (December, 2006) - Joss Whedon (writer), John Cassaday (pencils, inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
New X-Men II#31 (December, 2006) - Craig Kyle (writer), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Vlasco (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)
New X-Men II#40 (September, 2007) - Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle (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#43 (December, 2007) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Skottie Young (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Manifest Destiny#2/3 (December, 2008) - Chris Yost (writer), Paco Diaz (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Manifest Destiny#3/3 (January, 2009) - Chris Yost (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Carlos Cuevas (inks), Joe Caramagna (editor)
Runaways III#10 (July, 2009) - Chris Yost (writer), Sara Pichelli (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia#1 (August, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#513 (September, 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 Regia, Jon Sibal, Ryan Winn (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Dark Avengers I#7 (September, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Luke Ross (pencils), Rick Magyar, Mark Pennington, Luke Ross (inkers), Jeanine Schaefer, Tom Brevoort, Axel Alonso, Nick Lowe (editors)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus#1 (November, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils, inks), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#228 (December, 2009) - Mike Carey (writer), Daniel Acuna (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#230 (February, 2010) - Mike Carey (writer), Daniel Acuna, Mirco Pierfederici (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#234 (May, 2010) - Mike Carey (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Michael Lacombe (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Nation X#4/2 (May, 2010) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Harvey Tolibao (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Nation X#4/3 (May, 2010) - Ivan Brandon (writer), Rael Lyra (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
New Mutants III#13 (July, 2010) - Zeb Wells (writer), Ibrahim Roberson, Lan Medina (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#236 (July, 2010) - Mike Carey (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Second Coming#2 (September, 2010) - Mike Carey, Matt Fraction, Zeb Wells, Chris Yost, Craig Kyle (writers), Ibraim Roberson, Esad Ribic, Greg Land, Terry Dodson (pencillers, inkers), Nick Lowe, Jeanine Schaefer, Axel Alonso, Daniel Ketchum (editors)
X-Men III#13 (August, 2011) - Christopher Yost (writer), Paco Medina, Dalibor Talajic (pencillers), Juan Vlasco, Dalibor Talajic (inkers), Axel Alonso, Nick Lowe (editors)
X-Men III#14 (September, 2011) - Christopher Yost (writer), Paco Medina, Dalibor Talajic (pencillers), Juan Vlasco, Dalibor Talajic (inkers), Axel Alonso, Nick Lowe (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#4 (March, 2012) Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#5 (April, 2012) Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw (pencils, inks), Walden Wong (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)
X-Men Legacy I#265 (June, 2012) - Christos Gage (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Jordi Tarragona (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Uncanny X-Force I#25 (July, 2012) - Rcik Remender (writer), Mike McKone (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#11 (July, 2012) Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw (pencils, inks), Walden Wong, Norman Lee (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#266 (July, 2012) - Christos Gage (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Jordi Tarragona (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#267 (July, 2012) - Christos Gage (writer), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Jordi Tarragona (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Astonishing X-Men III#51 (August, 2012) - Marjorie Liu (writer), Mike Perkins (pencils, inks), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Daniel Ketchum, Jeanine Schaeffer, Nick Lowe (editors)
Astonishing X-Men III#52 (September, 2012) - Marjorie Liu (writer), Mike Perkins, Gabriel Hernandez Walta (pencillers), Jay David Ramos, Cris Peter (inkers), Jeanine Schaeffer (editor)
Wolverine II#309 (September, 2012) - Ivan Brandon (writer), Rafael Albuquerque & Jason Latour (artists), Jeanine Schaefer & John Barber (editors)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#19 (December, 2012) - Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw, Steven Sanders (pencillers), Walden Wong (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#21 (January, 2013) - Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
All-New X-Men I#10 (June, 2013) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
All-New X-Men I#11 (June, 2013) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#17 (July, 2013) - Christoper Yost (writer), Carlo Barbieri (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Tom Brennan (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#1 (April, 2014) - Brian Wood (writer), Kris Anka, Clay Man (pencils, inks), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#32 (August, 2013) - Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw (pencils), Walden Wong (inks)
Amazing X-Men II#1 (January, 2014) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ed McGuinness (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men I#42 (April, 2014) - Jason Aaron (writer), Nick Bradshaw, Pepe Larraz, Ramon Perez, Shawn Crystal, Steven Sanders, Nuno Alves, Chris Bachalo (pencillers, inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men II#1 (May, 2014) - Jason Latour (writer), Mahmud Asrar (pencils, inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Wolverine and the X-Men II#2 (May, 2014) - Jason Latour (writer), Mahmud Asrar (pencils, inks), Tom Brennan, Mike Marts (editors)
Wolverine and the X-Men II#3 (June, 2014) - Jason Latour (writer), Mahmud Asrar (pencils, inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Nightcrawler IV#5 (October, 2014) - Chris Claremont (writer), Todd Nauck (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum, Mike Marts (editors)
Wolverine and the X-Men II#10 (December, 2014) - Jason Latour (writer), Robbi Rodriguez, Ian Bertram, Ronald Kimberly, Kris Anka, Ariela Kristantina, Declan Shalvey, James Harren (pencillers, inkers), Katie Kubert (editor)
Nightcrawler IV#8 (January, 2015) - Chris Claremont (writer), Todd Nauck (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Storm III#10 (June, 2015) - Greg Pak (writer), Victor Ibanez, Al Barrionuevo, Neil Edwards (pencillers), Victor Ibanez, Ed Tadeo (inkers), Daniel Ketchum, Alanna Smith, Mike Marts (editors)
Storm III#11 (July, 2015) - Greg Pak (writer), Victor Ibanez, Neil Edwards (pencillers), Victor Ibanez, Neil Edwards (inkers), Daniel Ketchum, Mike Marts (editors)
Extraordinary X-Men#1 (January, 2016) - Jeff Lemire (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Daniel Ketchum, Christina Harrington, Mark Paniccia (editors)
Extraordinary X-Men#6 (March, 2016) - Jeff Lemire (writer), Victor Olazaba (pencils, inks), Daniel Ketchum, Christina Harrington, Mark Paniccia (editors)

First Posted: 06/30/2016
Last Updated: 07/03/2016

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