Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutate (Warpie)

Occupation: Former government agent

Group Membership: RCX (Aberdeen Angus, AC-DC, Beetroot, Bison, Butane, Cabbage, Celery, Chili, Chlorine, Cyanide, Damson, Fern, Gabriel, Giggles, Gourd, Graphite, Iris, Mr. Jordan, Kobold, Lens, Lodestone, Luke, Lump, Malachite, Memo, Michael, Mustard, Nettle, Nicholas, Oak, Ocelot, Parsnip, Peanut, Peccary, Peter/Nigel Orpington-Smythe, Pumice, Prune, Quill, Raphael, Salt, Scan, Scope, Serpents, Shrew, Silkworm, Skink, Snoop, Sonar, Sponge, Static, Syphon, Tadpole, Weasel, Wire, Zebedee, others)

Affiliations: Excalibur (Captain Britain/Brian Braddock, Cerise, Kylun/Colin McKay, Meggan Puceanu, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde), Micromax (Scott Wright), Alistaire Stuart

Enemies: None (he captured Shadowcat, but only because he was ordered to)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Cloud Nine, beneath St. Oswald's Church, Liverpool, UK

First Appearance: Excalibur I#64 (April 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Ferret had a small, wiry body covered in fur, and possessed about a third the length of his body. He had large yellow eyes, and may have had some degree of night vision. Despite his small size he is stronger than he looks, as he was able to carry the larger Shadowcat with ease.

Height: 4'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 55 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Yellow
Fur: Brown

Excalibur I#64 (fb) - BTS) - Ferret was Warpie, a child transformed by interreality mutagenic radiation released in the UK by Mad Jim Jaspers' reality warp. After Jaspers died and the warp ended the U.K. government' Resources Control Executive (RCX) gathered as many of the Warpies as they could find and housed them in an underground facility called Cloud Nine, beneath an abandoned church in Liverpool. There the Warpies were given codenames, mostly along animal, vegetable or mineral lines since there were so many Warpies to name, and were assessed for useful powers, with those possessing any being trained to become government operatives.

   Members of the superhero team Excalibur had been bought to Cloud Nine, where RCX's leader, Peter, was trying to convince the heroes that his agency was benign. When one of Excalibur, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde) snuck into the air vents to investigate for herself, RCX agent Luke ordered Ferret to locate and subdue her, giving him a fazer gun to do so. Ferret worried that he might hurt his target, but Luke assured him that the fazer would merely knock her out.

(Excalibur I#64) - Ferret located Shadowcat as she was spying on Peter's interactions with her teammate Captain Britain. Sneaking up on her, Ferret shocked her with the fazer. Apologizing to his unconscious captive, Ferret hauled her up onto his shoulders, and, fretting and explaining himself as he went, he carried her out of the vents to the waiting Luke. The agent reassured Ferret that Shadowcat was uninjured, and rewarded Ferret by granting him time in the video arcade. 

 (Excalibur I#65) - Having discovered that Peter had dangerous plans for his Warpie charges, Excalibur attempted to depose him, and battle broke out between the elite Warpie combat teams working for Peter and the superheroes. A number of the other Warpies, tired of the elite teams getting favored treatment, decided to assist Excalibur. Ferret was caught up in the ensuing brawl, presumably on Excalibur's side, and so was present when Peter was finally overthrown and replaced by agents more interested in the Warpies' wellfare.

(Excalibur I#65 - BTS) - Some of the Warpies had been spontaneously reverting back to being normal humans as the disruption to reality Jaspers had caused slowly abated; it is unrevealed whether Ferret was among those who depowered after the change in command at RCX.

(Excalibur II#4 (fb) - BTS) - The remaining RCX Warpies were later transferred into the custody of the ruthless Black Air, then rescued from same by the Mastermind computer located under Braddock Manor. Mastermind molded these Warpies into an army to attack Otherworld. If not already depowered, Ferret was presumably among them.

(Excalibur II#4 - BTS) - After defeating Mastermind, Captain Britain used the mystical Sword of Might to transform all the Warpies on Otherworld back into normal humans. If Ferret was part of that army, he was presumably depowered at that juncture.

Comments: Created by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer.

   This profile was completed 09/14/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.

Profile by Loki.

Ferret has no known connections to:

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X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes Handbook, Warpies entry, p2, pan7; recolored from Excalibur I#64, p18, pan1 (main image)
Excalibur I#64, p18, pan4 (headshot)
Excalibur I#64, p18, pan5 (rear view, showing tail clearly)

Excalibur I#64-65 (April-May 1993) - Alan Davis (writer, pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)

First Posted: 09/15/2021
Last updated: 09/14/2021

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