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MONDO

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (West Samoan) mutant

Occupation: Adventurer; former student

Group Membership: New Mutants (Boom-Boom/Tabitha Smith, Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Cypher/Doug Ramsey, Karma/Xi'an Coy Manh, Magik/Illyana Rasputin, Danielle Moonstar, Sunspot/Roberto DaCosta, Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair)

Affiliations: Archangel (Warren Worthington III), Armor (Hisako Ichiki), Briar Raleigh, Cannonball (Sam Guthrie), Deathbird (Cal'syee Neramani), Firestar (Angelica Jones), Havok (Alex Summers), Jimmy Hudson, Imperial Guard (Earthquake, Flashfire, Gladiator/Kallark, Hussar, Manta, Mentor, Quasar, Starbolt, Superguardian/Isabel Kane, Smasher, Oracle/Sybil), Kid Omega (Quentin Quire), Krakoa, Magma (Amara Aquila), Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Marrow (Sarah), Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair/Christopher Summers, Cr'reee, Mam'Selle Hepzibah, Raza, Sikorsky), Toad (Mortimer Toynbee), Wildside (Richard Gill), Xandra Neramani, X-Men (Beast/Hank McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)
formerly Black Tom Cassidy, Juggernaut (Cain Marko)

Enemies: Annihilation and demon army, Cordelia Frost, premier Ivan Prokopovych, Shi'ar Death Commandos, Tashi (Natashia Repina), formerly Generation X (Banshee/Sean Cassidy, Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Husk/Paige Guthrie, Jubilee/Jubilation Lee, Penance/Monet St. Croix, Skin/Angelo Espinosa, White Queen/Emma Frost)

Known Relatives: Mondo (clone, deceased)

Aliases: "Treebeard" (nickname used by young Iceman), "Son" (nickname used by Black Tom Cassidy)

Base of Operations: Krakoa, Sextant, Akademos Habitat,
                                  formerly New Tian,
                                  formerly mobile,
                                  formerly Black Tom's secret hideout;
                                  formerly Apia, West Samoa

First Appearance: Generation X#3 (January, 1995)

Powers/Abilities: Mondo is an omnimorph who can adopt the properties of the ambient environment, completely transforming his body into whichever organic or inorganic substances he comes across. Mondo has converted his form into water, snow, dirt, concrete, mud and plant-life. In addition, Mondo can manipulate the properties of the substance into which he transforms, adding those materials to his bulk and maintaining control over them. Mondo has used these properties to increase his strength (concrete) and to squeeze through tight places (water). Mondo maintains control of his form in its various states. Mondo is capable of using his body to store various objects, though he has to maintain a level of conscious control to not absorb its mass permanently. He is vulnerable to sonic attacks. As an inhabitant of Krakoa he's able to speak Krakoan and has access to the many Krakoan portals granting him access to the corners of the world and beyond.

Height: 6'0" (variable)
Weight: 230 lbs. (variable)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

Mondo's first appearance

History:

(Generation X#3 (fb) - BTS) - Samoan born mutant Mondo was enjoying the quiet, peaceful life on his island. Even though he was a mutant of considerable power, he preferred a leisurely existence. On Samoa, he was befriended by Cordelia Frost who realized the easy-going, slightly gullible mutant could be used for her own purposes. She seduced him and the two began what appeared to be a carefree romance. Though slightly lazy, Mondo was also heroic. He used his powers to rescue two children who had gotten themselves into trouble. His actions made him a hero.

(Generation X#3) - Cordelia congratulated Mondo, who was sitting out on the beach enjoying the sun, with saving the children. The young Samoan didn't consider himself a hero, but Cordelia insisted he really should accompany her back to the United States to become a superhero and possibly even save the world. Mondo didn't care about any of that, Samoa was his world and it didn't seem to need saving. Determined to get her way, Cordelia promised that either she had to limit her horizons, or broaden his.

(Generation X '95 (fb) - BTS) - Cordelia figured that Mondo would be the perfect means of getting inducted into Shinobi Shaw's new Hellfire Club. She planned to sell her lover to the Club.

(Generation X#61 (fb) - BTS) - Cordelia pretended to be in distress while out on a swim. Mondo dove after her, changing to water so he could easily reach her. Instead, he fell into the trap she'd set for him.

(Generation X '95) - Cordelia wheeled Mondo, restrained and unconscious in a containment pod, into Shinobi Shaw's quarters. While Shaw and Cordelia were negotiating, armed forces belonging to the mysterious Barrington (secretly Black Tom Cassidy) attacked the suite. They captured the pod containing Mondo.

(Generation X#61 (fb) - BTS) - Realizing Mondo's potential, Black Tom quickly had a clone created of the mutant which was placed back into the pod with all his memories.

(Generation X '95 - BTS) - The clone eventually freed himself and, believing he was Mondo, went to look for Cordelia who he didn't know was responsible for his capture. His search eventually led to an encounter with Generation X (who were contacted by Cordelia claiming she needed help finding her captured boyfriend Mondo). The Mondo clone ended up joining Generation X which played right into Black Tom's plans.

(Generation X#61 (fb) - BTS) - While the Mondo clone stayed at the Massachusetts Academy, Black Tom Cassidy took the real Mondo under his wing. He began to teach him into using his powers. Over time, the kind hearted Samoan developed a mean streak. When he learned of Cordelia's deceit, he was eager to have his revenge. Black Tom allowed Mondo to have his fun, and decided to accompany him along with the Juggernaut.

(Generation X#60) - Figuring Cordelia would turn to her sister Emma for protection, Mondo, Tom and the Juggernaut began to systematically stalk the girl until she indeed headed for the Massachusetts Academy. They chased her across the school grounds until she was so panicked she jumped through one of the living area windows. The stunned Generation X immediately responded to her pleas for help, going outside in costume. They were attacked by Mondo who had taken on a brickstone form, easily kicking Skin and Jubilee around until Chamber dispersed him with his bio-energy blasts. When Emma Frost and Banshee joined the team outside, Chamber voiced his suspicions they might be fighting Mondo just as Frost telepathically picked up his resurgence. Now transformed into a giant snow man, Mondo smacked the entire team around. Banshee's sonic wail caused Mondo to flee in pain, but he was back within moments in a new, rocky form in which he defeated Emma, Skin and Jubilee. Banshee renewed his attack, focussing his wail on the rocky monster. Overcome by the sonic barrage, Mondo fainted and reverted to his human form, much to Banshee's amazement. While he was out, Cordelia joined the team and begged them to kill him, which they refused. As they continued to argue, Black Tom and the Juggernaut arrived to confront Generation X.

Mondo vs Generation X (Generation X#61) - While Mondo was still unconscious, Black Tom and Juggernaut attacked and defeated Generation X and Cordelia. By the time he revived, the mutant team was trapped together with some bent iron girders courtesy of Juggernaut. Tom forced Cordelia to recount her true history with Mondo, which shocked Emma who realized she'd been duped. At the same time, Skin spotted Penance in the woods and figured she'd be able to help them. Using his powers, he slipped out of the steel trap and distracted the villains long enough for Penance to get a clear shot at freeing the others by breaking through the steel with her diamond hard claws. With Penance attacking Juggernaut and Chamber engaging Black Tom, Jubilee and Skin tried to reason with their old friend Mondo. However he, quite rightly pointed out he never met them before and therefore had no qualms about beating them into a coma. To prove his point, Mondo altered his form into an amalgam of building elements. Before he could attack, Black Tom ordered a strategic retreat after the Juggernaut was about to be mentally dominated by Emma Frost. Mondo erected a dome of Earth around Cain and Tom as he transported them to parts unknown.

(Uncanny X-Men I#600) - Mondo somehow found his way back to the Xavier Institute to join the X-Men and their associates in the intervention of Hank McCoy.

(X-Men Blue I#7 (fb) - BTS) - During Hydra's Captain America led take over of the United States, Mondo and many other mutants took refuge on the new mutant island nation of New Tian. There, he joined forces with Havok, Firestar, Toad, Marrow and Wolfsbane to form a strike team that helped keep the island safe.

(X-Men Blue I#7) - The rulers of New Tian grew concerned with the time-displaced original X-Men's continued attacks on Hydra facilities in the United States. Fearing reprisals, they had Mondo and his strike team hunt down the X-Men and their allies Jimmy Hudson and Briar Raleigh.   Catching up with the mutants in Redwood National Park, Mondo used his powers to attack their underground base. When the young mutants came out, Mondo tried to capture Angel, slightly annoyed at his attempts to set him on fire with his wings. Angel was taken out by Archangel, leaving Mondo to focus on Marvel Girl, but Jean Grey used her telepathy to invade his mind and knock him out.

(X-Men Blue I#9) - Mondo and the other members of his strike team were sent to contain the original X-Men when they broke out of their holding facilities on New Tian. Mondo was quickly dismissed by Iceman as the young heroes made their escape.

(New Mutants IV#1 - BTS) - Mondo joined most of mutantkind on the new mutant nation of Krakoa, taking up residence in the Akademos Habitat on the Sextant. There he befriended all of the inhabitants, including many former New Mutants and Generation X member Chamber.

Taken over by Krakoa (New Mutants IV#1) - Mondo was asked by Cypher to absorb part of Krakoa in hopes of trying to communicate with the sentient island. Mondo actively attempted to establish a link, but came up empty. However, when Doug prompted Krakoa to reach out via Mondo, it easily used Mondo as its conduit, forming a face on the mutant's belly and discussing the situation with a stunned Ramsey. Krakoa expressed discomfort in communicating via Mondo and retreated from shocked mutant who promised he would punch Cypher if he ever asked him to do it again.

(New Mutants IV#1 - BTS) - Excited about all of them being on Krakoa together, former New Mutant Sunspot wanted to reach out to his old teammate Cannonball, now living in Shi'ar space.

(New Mutants IV#1) - Catching up with the others at the Akademos habitat, Mondo politely refused a cup of coffee made with specials beans grown by Fauna, because he knew of the less than appealing ways his fellow mutant crafted the beans. Hearing Sunspot and Dani's pitch for a road trip to Shi'ar space, he decided to tag along. Sunspot contacted the Starjammer and arranged for a lift to Shi'ar space. In order to get back and establish a connection with Cannonball, the team took one of Krakoa's teleportation flowers with them that Mondo and Cypher wanted to plant in the ship's arboretum. Mondo expressed unease with having absorbed part of Krakoa and was eager to get rid of it. However, he was forced to absorb the teleporation flower in his own body when Ch'od concluded the plant was actively terraforming the biome, destroying his precious vegetable plants. Several days later, the Starjammer reached the space station Benevolence in Shi'ar space. Mondo attended a meeting where Corsair forbade the New Mutants from entering the station, claiming it was ran by the Nuwabi'ka, ultra orthodox religious fanatics who would imprison anyone for the slightest misstep. When Magik teleported the team on board the station anyway, they soon learned the Starjammers had lied to them in order to steal an important artifact. The team's presence disrupted the heist, alerting the Shi'ar forces who attacked the groups. The Starjammers ran, leaving Mondo and the others to be taken prisoner.

(New Mutants IV#3) - After three days in space jail, Mondo and the others were brought before a Shi'ar judge who despite Sunspot's newly appointed space lawyer was ready to sentence them all to life imprisonment. The team was saved by the arrival of Cannonball and Superguardian who used their clout to take the convicts into their custody. They then boarded a ship headed back for Earth. Mondo and the others leisurely passed the time playing alien card games they didn't quite get.

(New Mutants IV#3 - BTS) - Superguardian was contacted by Majestor Kallark with a new mission: locate the exiled Deathbird and return her to Chandilar so she could act as adviser to her niece Xandra Neramani in preparation for her eventual role as Majestrix. Figuring she needed help, Superguardian arranged for full pardons for Mondo and the others, though they did end up conscripted to help her with finding Deathbird.

(New Mutants IV#3) - Mondo and the others caught up with Deathbird and convinced her to accompany them back to Chandilar.

(New Mutants IV#5 - BTS) - Majestor Kallark's adviser Oracle was vehemently opposed to having Deathbird return to any position of power. She secretly contacted the Shi'ar Death Commandos to ambush and destroy the vessel carrying her home.

(New Mutants IV#5) - Mondo and Chamber compared notes on their space adventure so far, with Chamber lamenting their stint in space jail and wishing he'd stayed home  Starsmore wondered what Mondo's opinions on the New Mutants were. Mondo noted that they were all mostly fine, with the savagely brutal Illyana and the sneaky Cypher being noticeable exceptions. Not willing to risk getting thrown in jail again, Mondo and Chamber sat out the New Mutants' fight against the Shi'ar Death Commandos. However, even as they were quietly sipping a drink, they were pulled into the fight when the Death Commando's vessel fired on theirs, destroying the biodome and sucking both mutants into space.

(New Mutants IV#7 (fb) ) - Magik used her teleportation powers to save Mondo and Chamber from the vacuum of space.

Wants to go Home (New Mutants IV#7) - Now aboard the commandeered Death Commando's vessel rechristened 'The Deathbird', Mondo and the others continued their mission to Chandilar. Arriving on the Shi'ar homeworld after four days, the team learned of Oracle's duplicity from the Death Commando Sega. Prepared for a trap, they presented Deathbird to the Majestor and future Majestrix and were ready for the fight that broke out when Oracle made her move. During the fight, Mondo squared off against Quasar, but the combat was ultimately ended by Xandra Neramani who demanded an explanation, exposed Oracle's treason and set matters right. After achieving their mission, Mondo produced the Krakoan teleporation flower from his form and wondered where he could plant this so they could all go home.

(New Mutants IV#7 - BTS) - The flower was planted in the home of Cannonball and Superguardian, setting up a permanent teleporation portal between them and Krakoa. To celebrate the event, a party was held.

(New Mutants IV#7) - Mondo attended the celebration before joining the others in returning to Krakoa.

fused with Krakoa again (New Mutants IV#9) - Mondo was relaxing at the Sextant, watching Wolfsbane tell a jealous Boom-Boom about their recent space adventures. Tabitha was ticked off she wasn't included while outsiders like Mondo and Chamber were allowed to go. Karma chimed in, confirming they were now part of the New Mutants. Later, Mondo checked in with Armor and Cypher at Alpha House. Doug was working on connecting Krakoa's teleportation portals with Cerebro's files so they could accurately monitor who was still on the island. Reluctantly, Mondo agreed to give himself over to the island, even though the brief contact made him vehemently ill.

(New Mutants IV#9 - BTS) - Boom-Boom and the other New Mutants ran into trouble during a mission to Carnelia involving a young, reality bending mutant called Natashia 'Tashi' Repina. Moonstar contacted Doug for help.

(New Mutants IV#9) - Doug took Mondo and Armor to the Mutant Liberation Front's place on Krakoa to recruit Wildside for their mission.

(New Mutants IV#10) - Mondo, Doug, Wildside, Wolfsbane and Karma took a Blackbird to Carnelia where they met up with their fellow New Mutants. Doug quickly concluded Natashia's mutant powers was manifesting her nightmares, causing a black, swirling cloud of nightmare matter to manifest and swallow all it touched. Even as they prepared to counter it, Carnelia's premier
Ivan Prokopovych arrived on the scene to denounce the mutants and calling their rescue attempt a PR stunt. That didn't stop Armor from entering the nightmare mass, carrying Mondo, Doug and Wildside inside her energy form. Doug planned to have Wildside use his perception altering touch to give Repina good dreams instead. However, the nightmare energies overwhelmed Armor, causing her to lose control.

(New Mutants IV#11) - Stuck inside Cosmar's Nightmare Sphere, Armor and the other mutants quickly fell prey to its effects. Thinking on the fly, Mondo quickly absorbed the properties of Armor's psychic shell. Now immune to the Sphere's effects, he reached out to Wildside and brought him over to Cosmar so he could use his powers to neutralize her. As a result, the Sphere vanished and Mondo and the others found themselves surrounded by Carnelian forces ready to attack. Contact with the Sphere left the mutants completely drained, forcing them to contemplate surrender before Magik arrived to take them all back to Utopia. There, Mondo observed Healer taking care of Karma and the others.

(New Mutants IV#13) - Krakoa feared for Cypher's life when he was chosen to fight the champions of Arakko in a cross-dimensional tournament. Krakoa forcibly controlled Mondo in an attempt to reason with his friend, but Cypher assured the island sentience that this was the only way. Krakoa ultimately released Mondo.

(X of Swords: Destruction) - Mondo was among the many mutants helping Jean Grey and Cyclops mount a large-scale attack on Arakko to save their friends from Saturnyne's cross-dimensional tournament. In the end, Krakoa's mutants won the day.

(Cable IV#7) - Mondo attended a memorial service on the shores of Krakoa for Gorgon, who had perished during the tournament.

(New Mutants IV#15) - Mondo and his friend Chamber were seen chatting in Krakoa's Green Lagoon.

(New Mutants IV#18) - When Karma participated in the Crucible in an attempt to have her brother Tran Coy Manh (who shared her body) resurrected, Mondo was present in the arena on Krakoa.

(X-Men V#21) - Mondo and Skin were on hand to congratulate Synch when their friend was chosen to join Krakoa's very first X-Men team.

Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell, Chris Bachalo, and Mark Buckingham.

My my, Mondo. G-d bless Jay Faerber for even remembering that there was still supposed to be an original omnimorph walking around after Generation X#25 revealed the laid-back Samoan was actually Black Tom's evil accomplice. However, he had about 5 lines in 2 issues and then literally disappeared into nothingness again until he showed up a decade and a half later. It's a good thing Mondo is so patient and laid back...

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Mondo should not be confused with


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New Mutants IV#1, p11, pan1 (main image)
Generation X#3, p8, pan7 (can't be bothered with saving the world)
Generation X#61, p22, pans4-5 (faces Generation X)
New Mutants IV #1, p13, pan6 (taken over by Krakoa)
New Mutants IV#7, p13, pan7 (wants to go home)
New Mutants IV#09 p14, pan4 (fused with Krakoa again)


Appearances:
Generation X#3 (January, 1995) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Mark Buckingham (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Generation X '95 (November, 1995) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Wallace Wood, Shawn McManus (pencils), Steve Lightle, Shawn McManus, Bill Sienkiewicz, Vince Russell, Chalomer, Dan Panosian (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X#60 (February, 2000) - Jay Faerber (writer), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Jason Liebig (editor)
Generation X#61 (March, 2000) - Jay Faerber (writer), Kevin Sharpe (pencils), Rodney Ramos (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#600 (January, 2016) - Brian Bendis (writer), Sara Pichelli et al (pencils & inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men Blue I#7 (September, 2017) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Cory Smith (pencils & inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
New Mutants IV#1 (January, 2020) - Jonathan Hickman & Ed Brisson (writers), Rod Reis (pencils & inks), Jordan D. White (editor)
New Mutants IV#2 (January, 2020) - Jonathan Hickman & Ed Brisson (writers), Rod Reis (pencils & inks), Jordan D. White (editor)
New Mutants IV#5 (March, 2020) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Rod Reis (pencils & inks), Jordan D. White (editor)
New Mutants IV#7 (April, 2020) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Rod Reis (pencils & inks), Jordan D. White (editor)
New Mutants IV#9 (May, 2020) - Ed Brisson (writer), Flaviano Armentaro (pencils & inks), Jordan D. White (editor)
New Mutants IV#10 (June, 2020) - Ed Brisson (writer), Flaviano Armentaro (pencils & inks), Jordan D. White (editor)
New Mutants IV#11 (July, 2020) - Ed Brisson (writer), Flaviano Armentaro (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Annalise Bissa (editors)
New Mutants IV#13 (October, 2020) - Ed Brisson (writer), Rod Reis (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Annalise Bissa (editors)
X of Swords: Destruction (November, 2020) - Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard (writers), Pepe Larraz (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Annalise Bissa (editors)
Cable IV#7 (January, 2021) - Gerry Duggan (writer), Phil Noto (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Annalise Bissa (editors)
New Mutants IV#15 (January, 2021) - Vita Ayala (writer), Rod Reis (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Annalise Bissa (editors)
New Mutants IV#18 (May, 2021) - Vita Ayala (writer), Rod Reis (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Annalise Bissa (editors)
X-Men V#21 (June, 2021) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Nick Dragotta, Rusell Dauterman, Lucas Werneck, Sara Pichelli (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Annalise Bissa (editors)


First Posted: 07/30/2015
Last Updated: 02/09/2022

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