St. John Allerdyce
Former government agent, terrorist, bodyguard, novelist, journalist
Pyro was a mutant with the psionic ability to cause any fire he could see within a 100-yard radius of himself to grow in size and intensity and to take on any form that he could imagine, even living creatures. Pyro could then mentally direct a creation to do anything he wished by concentrating, the degree necessary being directly proportionate to the size, power, and intensity of the creation. Pyro was unable to create fire himself.
Pyro was an accomplished journalist and novelist.
St. John Allerdyce was originally a money-hungry young man who drifted from job to job around the South Seas before eventually becoming a journalist for an Australian wire service. He also became a popular, if not critically acclaimed, Gothic romance novelist. Allerdyce eventually met Mystique and was recruited into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, as Pyro. As Pyro, John wore a specially insulated costume that gave him a certain degree of protection against fires he did not control. He also wore a kerosene-based flame-thrower on his back that could generate a stream of flame of up to 25 feet away. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants' first public appearance was when they attempted to assassinate an outspoken anti-mutant activist Senator Robert Kelly. But, the team was defeated by the X-Men. (To learn about the teams and characters above, just click on their names. Note: Beware of the revealing and tight-fitting clothing on Mystique's picture.)
At one time, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants assisted the U.S. government under the name of the Freedom Force. The government ultimately disbanded the Freedom Force after a disastrous mission in the Middle East during which they battled the Arabic super-team Desert Sword. Pyro and his teammate the Blob were captured by the Iraqi military and forced to serve as personal bodyguards to the Iraqi commander until Toad bartered for their freedom and they joined his new incarnation of the Brotherhood. (To learn about more teams and characters above, just click on their names.)
Pyro eventually left the Brotherhood after contracting the deadly mutant-killing Legacy Virus and went to join the mutant “leper colony” for Virus sufferers to ease his pain. Later, Pyro left the colony and turned to crime to finance a treatment until the Virus caused his powers to begin flaring out of control. He then briefly joined a team of other Virus sufferers in an unsuccessful search for a cure for their condition. (If you would like to learn about the Legacy Virus, just click on it above.)
Pyro ultimately opposed Mystique and her new Brotherhood during their second assassination attempt on Senator Robert Kelly. Pyro sacrificed his life to stop the assassination which made Senator Kelly change his stance on mutants and he became a pro-mutant activist from then on. (This is very different from what happened to Senator Kelly in the X-Men movies. He was the one senator that Magneto turned into a mutant who later died because of his mutation. And in the movies it shows Senator Kelly begin to be pro-mutant, but this is because Mystique shape-shifted herself into the senator. So, very different from the comics.)
Recently, Pyro was revived with an alien techno-organic virus.
To learn a little bit more in detail concerning Pyro, click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Pyro.