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Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant;
UK citizen

Occupation: None

Group Membership: London Tunnel Dwellers (Carla, Compound, Croc, Cyclops, Double Helix, Harmony, Hope, Miss Saccharine, Scree, Simian, Vampyr, Warthog)

Affiliations: X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Iceman/Robert Drake, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)

Enemies: Church of Humanity, Mister Clean (Paul Botham)

Known Relatives: Miss Saccharine (mother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Morlocks Tunnel, London, United Kingdom

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#395 (July, 2001)

Powers/Abilities: Burning Puddle is a mutant who expels acidic sweat from his body.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Grey

(Uncanny X-Men I#398 (fb) - BTS) - Burning Puddle rescued his mother, who was also a mutant, out of a government facility. Hearing of a mutant sanctuary beneath the streets of London mother and son joined the Tunnel Dwellers, a group of outcast British mutants living in the tunnels underneath London.

(Uncanny X-Men I#398 (fb) - BTS) - Burning Puddle and his mother lived in the tunnels for three years.

(Uncanny X-Men I#395) - Burning Puddle and the other mutants were present when three of the X-Men (Angel, Iceman and Nightcrawler) discovered their "home." It didn't take long for their leader, the one-eyed man named Cyclops to attack and scare them off. Subsequently Burning Puddle witnessed the arrival of Church of Humanity assassin Mister Clean (Paul Botham). Clean, calling himself the genetic cleanser, was hellbent on wiping out all mutants, starting with the Dwellers. He first killed their leader Cyclops and four of his aides, which caused Burning Puddle and the others to panic and run for their lives. Clean then proceeded to pick them off one by one.

(Uncanny X-Men I#397) - Having survived the initial assault, Burning Puddle joined a number of Dwellers, including Carla and Double Helix, as they made their way through the service tunnels in an attempt to get out of London. When the group took a breather, Burning Puddle used the opportunity to expel his acidic sweat against the tunnel's wall. The group discussed if the mutant who had helped Harmony deliver her baby could have been an X-Man. However, none of them knew how to recognize one. The group ventured on when a little while later Nightcrawler teleported himself, Angel and Iceman to their exact location and offered to help the Dwellers against Mister Clean.

(Uncanny X-Men I#398) - Now under the protection of the X-Men, Burning Puddle and the other Tunnel Dweller survivors were nevertheless eventually tracked down by Mister Clean. However, Iceman protected the band of mutants with a wall of ice that kept Burning Puddle and company safe while Clean was stuck in a corner of the tunnel with the feral X-Man Wolverine who killed the killer by burning him with his own flamethrower. In the aftermath, the X-Men offered the Tunnel Dwellers sanctuary at Charles Xavier's Institute. Figuring they were not cut out to join a crusade, the Dwellers declined the offer. They revealed their plans to head for the suburbs where they were hoping to live out their lives in peace.

Comments: Created by Joe Casey, Ian Churchill, Art Thibert and Norm Rapmund.

Mr. Clean wiping out the London Tunnel Dwellers was, of course, an homage to 1986's famed Mutant Massacre during which the Marauders butchered most of the Morlocks who lived in New York's sewers.

The London Tunnel Dwellers also appeared in the X-Men Novel X-Men: Watchers on the Walls (May, 2006) during the Chlorite invasion of Earth. Tunnel Dwellers who appeared in the novel were Nessie, Madcow and Spiny Norman.

Burning Puddle, as part of the Morlocks, received a handbook profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#7 (March, 2009).

Profile by MarvellousLuke

Burning Puddle has no known connections to:

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Uncanny X-Men I#397, p9, pan4 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#395, p16, pan2 (with his friends)
Uncanny X-Men I#398, p5, pan1 (revealing his name)

Uncanny X-Men I#395 (July, 2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Ian Churchill (pencils), Art Thibert, Norm Rapmund (inkers), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#397 (October, 2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Sean Phillips, Sean Rubi (pencillers), Danny Miki (inks), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#398 (November, 2001) - Joe Casey (writer), Sean Phillips, Ashley Wood (pencillers), Danny Miki (inks), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)

First Posted: 04/06/2021
Last Updated: 04/06/2021

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