James Arthur "Jamie" Madrox
Private investigator, adventurer, former laboratory assistant, farmer
Place of Birth
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Daniel Madrox (father, deceased), Joan Madrox (mother, deceased)
Madrox creates an identical physical living duplicate of himself upon any physical impact, possibly via extradimensional mass acquisition similar to the process used by Ant-Man or the Hulk. This process is spontaneous and cannot be prevented by Madrox. Although he can create multiple duplicates, and the duplicates themselves can also replicate, each is only able to create one duplicate at a time; he has been seen to produce around forty duplicates before no more would be created. The duplicates think, feel, and act independently, though usually guided by the original. Each tends to manifest one aspect of Madrox's personality, which increases in strength with lengthier separation from the original; these traits have recently become more extreme. Madrox is telepathically and empathically linked to his duplicates, suffering severe, potentially fatal, trauma if one dies. Madrox can "reabsorb" his duplicates, gaining their new knowledge and skills. Similarly, he will acquire any physical injury - though not any actual toxin - from a duplicate; symptoms are typically lessened by half during absorption. If Madrox himself were killed, it is not known whether any existing duplicates would continue to function independently; it is virtually impossible to distinguish the original from the duplicates.
Madrox has acquired extensive knowledge and skills via his duplicates' experiences, such as human anatomy, speaking Russian, and Shaolin monk stealth techniques.
James "Jamie" Madrox's mutant ability was apparent at birth when a duplicate was created upon his being slapped by the doctor. Two weeks later, Jamie's father resigned from the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center and moved his family to an isolated farm in Kansas at the suggestion of Professor Charles Xavier. (To learn about Professor X, click on his highlighted name.)
From a young age, Madrox was given a special suit to wear that would neutralize his mutant power; however, before this could be explained to him, a tornado killed his parents when he was 15 years old. (Madrox's original costume absorbed kinetic energy, preventing accidental duplication. Madrox's strength was proportionately increased via this absorbed energy.) Madrox spent the next six years alone caring for his parents' farm. When he was 21, malfunctioning control elements in the suit caused a power surge that released his inhibited power and caused the suit to begin absorbing ambient electrical energy. Confused and frightened, Madrox left for New York City. (Multiple Man in his first suit is shown in the third picture posted.)
Once in New York, Madrox clashed with the Fantastic Four until Xavier arrived to defuse the situation. With the help of Xavier and the Fantastic Four's Reed Richards, Madrox's suit was repaired and he accompanied Xavier back to his mansion in Westchester. There, Multiple Man learned to cope with his powers and was invited to join the X-Men. However, he declined and accompanied Xavier to Muir Island instead. At the island, Madrox became a laboratory assistant to mutant researcher Doctor Moira MacTaggert. (To learn about the teams, people, and place above, just click on their names.)
Later, Multiple Man again declined another offer to join the X-Men, and remained on Muir Island with Moira and her lover (the X-Man Banshee). Soon after, Banshee's daughter Siryn came to live on Muir, and she and Madrox eventually grew close together. (To learn more about the above characters, click on their names.)
After some time, one of Multiple Man's duplicates sought to remain apart from the original and live his own life. To do so, the duplicate drugged the original Madrox and joined Moira and Siryn on a trip to the U.S. to search for Sunspot and Warlock (two missing members of the New Mutants.) Eventually finding the runaway mutants as members of the Vanisher's teenage gang, the Fallen Angels, the duplicate and Siryn were persuaded to join the team. During their time with the group, the duplicate Madrox and Siryn engaged in a brief romance. Eventually, the team returned to Earth and disbanded soon after. The duplicate and Siryn rejoined Moira at the Xavier Institute to return to Muir; however, the duplicate had no desire to be reabsorbed and so created another duplicate to take his place on the return trip while he secretly remained in the U.S. (Click on the highlighted characters, team, or places above, to learn more about them.)
Years later, the original Multiple Man joined the government-sponsored X-Factor team. Unknown to Madrox, the duplicate that had joined the Fallen Angels earlier had since found a place in the Nasty Boys (a team of super-powered mercenaries employed by geneticist Mister Sinister). With the help of Senator Stephen Shaffran (aka Ricochet--a mutant with the ability to turn other mutants' powers and fears against them), the duplicate convinced the Nasty Boys, and Madrox himself, that he was the original. Therefore, Madrox merged with the duplicate; however it was a trick and the original Madrox "disassembled" the duplicate from the inside and remained the dominant personality in order to expose Shaffran and stop Sinister. (Click on the highlighted people and teams above, to learn more about them. Also, the first picture posted is Multiple Man's costume during his time with X-Factor.)
After an attempted assassination of Professor X (supposedly by the mutant soldier from the future, Cable), X-Factor and the X-Men teamed up to capture Cable's team of young mutants (the X-Force). Among X-Force's numbers was Siryn, who confronted Madrox over their past relationship. However, Madrox revealed to Siryn that although he retained all the memories of her relationship with his renegade duplicate, he possessed none of the related emotional attachment. (To learn about about Cable or the X-Force, click on their names.)
During a later mission with X-Factor to the island nation of Genosha, one of Multiple Man's duplicates contracted the deadly Legacy Virus. When Madrox reabsorbed the infected duplicate, it was believed that he himself was infected and soon after seemingly died. (However, Madrox unconsciously stayed split into separate bodies, ensuring that the virus would be contained in one body and not duplicate into the others.) When the infected body died, the shock of its death caused Madrox to lose his memory. However, after some time, the X-Factor started hearing rumors of sightings of Madrox. They were finally able to find Multiple Man; he was alive and well with his memory restored. (To learn about the place or the virus, just click on their names.)Later on, Multiple Man was recruited by Banshee into the paramilitary X-Corps organization for which Madrox created duplicates to function as support staff performing duties ranging from communications to monitoring to gunship pilots. Following the restructuring of the X-Corps into the X-Corporation global mutant search and rescue organization, Madrox worked with the group's European branch for a time until a pitched battle against the living bacterial consciousness known as Weapon XII apparently cost the life of his teammate Darkstar. After this tragedy, Multiple Man quit the team and went out on his own, sending "long-term explorer dupes" around the world to learn new skills before returning to be reabsorbed. (To learn about the groups and characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)
After this, Multiple Man established XXX Investigators (later the name was changed to X-Factor Investigations) in Mutant Town with Strong Guy and Wolfsbane (both were Madrox's friends of their former X-Factor team). At this point, Madrox retired the name "Multiple Man," and starting going by just his last name, Madrox. Now, Madrox had stopped wearing his costume and began wearing just a shirt with or without a trench coat as his outfit. (To learn about the team, characters, and/or place above, click on their names. Also, the forth picture posted shows Madrox in this attire.)
At one point, Madrox, with the assistance of Forge, sent one of his duplicates 80-years into the future. In this time period, mutants were kept in camps. Here, the duplicate was arrested and put through a process where he was forced to undergo a tattooing process that instilled information into his face. He was scarred with a giant "M" across his right-eye. Later, the duplicate was killed in that time period, and the real Madrox (in the present day) awoke from a coma and cried out in agony because he too now had an "M" tattooed across his right eye. (To learn more about Forge, just click on his name above. Also, the fifth picture posted is of Madrox with the "M" tattoo.)
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