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Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Forge (hardware creator), Kitty Pryde (Software designer)

Possessors: Kitty Pryde

First Appearance: X-Men: Soul Killer (1999)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Raffles is a minicomputer able to hack into and open most computer security systems. It is plugged directly into a network port.

    It is a square gray plastic device half the size of a pack of cigarettes.


(X-Men: Soul Killer (fb) - BTS) - While recovering from war wounds (see comments), Forge read a book about the gentleman thief Raffles.

(X-Men: Soul Killer (fb) - BTS) - Forge worked with Kitty Pryde to design a specialized minicomputer; he created the hardware and she designed the software. Due to its ability to bypass security systems, Forge named it Raffles.

(X-Men: Soul Killer) - Seeking to access the domestic special law-enforcement organization SAFE (Strategic Action For Emergencies)'s records on Rogue (who was being both manipulated and impersonated by Belasco and his agents), Kitty Pryde disconnected one of SAFE's computers from the other machines on the network and plugged Raffles into that port. The password request box flickered, and the SAFE computer's hard drive chattered.

    In the time it took to explain Raffles' history and function, Raffles cracked the computer's security system, and the message on the screen changed to "PASSWORD ACCEPTED."

    Via information gained from the computer, they learned that while the real Rogue was being manipulated by Belasco, there was also a Rogue imposterviolently slaughtering people to distract the X-Men from locating the real Rogue.

Comments: Created by Richard Lee Byers and Leonard Manco.

    X-Men: Soul Killer was a novel, and there were no images of the Raffles minicomputer.

    When originally created in the 1980's Forge was supposed to be a Vietnam veteran. As many more years pass in the real world compared to the Marvel Universe (in the comics, it has been less than 15 years since the Fantastic Four took their fateful space slight (which was published in Fantastic Four I#1 (1961)), it became less and less realistic to have people without superhuman lifespans/slow aging to have been active. As a result, it is considered a topical reference, and it was recently clarified in the History of the Marvel Universe#2 that most references to the Vietnam War involving characters associated with the modern era/sliding timescale instead refer to a conflict in Sin Cong, which took place shortly before and continued into the early years of the modern era. So, Forge would have been in the Sin Cong war.

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X-Men: Soul Killer (1999) - Richard Lee Byers (writer), Leonard Manco (art), Keith R.A. Candido (editor)

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First posted: 09/15/2019
Last updated: 09/15/2019

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