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Forge has the ability to invent anything that he can think of. This ability is called "intuitive engineering," where the logical steps for mechanics are worked out in the subconscious. Forge is also a mystic who can use some magic.
Forge is a mutant with an innate superhuman talent for invention - an intuitive genius, it is as natural as breathing for him. He is a Native American of the Cheyenne nation. Although he was trained as a medicine man, he has primarily relied upon technology rather than mysticism to accomplish his tasks. This rift between Forge and his elder teacher, Naze, made Forge leave his past behind and join the military.
While in the army, Forge became a good soldier and served in the Vietnam War. After rising in the ranks to become a sergeant, he was asked by S.H.I.E.L.D. to join. Forge declined, because he saw his need was in Vietnam. During his second tour of duty in the war, his command was killed by enemy troops; in anger, he used their spirits to summon a band of demons to destroy the opposition. Forge, concerned about his former comrades, decided to order a B-52 bombing on his position to close the portal from the world of the unliving. The bombs came down destroying the spirits. This action wasn't without a heavy price, Forge lost his right leg and right hand. This action allowed the demon called the Adversary to come to Earth and Forge has since been hesitant to employ his mystical abilities.
Years later, Forge had created cybernetic replacements for his lost limbs. Forge has solely relied upon technology, instead of magic. When Tony Stark stopped making advanced weaponry for the Federal government, Forge was hired as an employee of the Defense Department.
One of his earliest commissions was to design a weapon to detect the shape-shifting aliens, known as the Dire Wraiths. Subsequently, Forge constructed a device capable of neutralizing mutant powers. Following orders from the President, Henry Peter Gyrich, an agent of the National Security Council, took the device. Forge protested because the device was untested and it was extremely dangerous to use. The device was to be used against a member of the X-Men, named Rogue, who was wanted for allegedly killing a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. However, the device instead removed the powers of her teammate, Storm.
Forge rescued Storm, after she fell into a river. Forge brought her back to his home, in Dallas, Texas. During her stay, Storm began to have a romantic connection with Forge. Yet, Storm began to hold Forge in contempt, when she found out he was the reason she lost her abilities. Storm left and rejoined the X-Men. Storm later returned to Forge, to help him fight the Dire Wraiths. The Dire Wraiths resurfaced to prevent Forge from perfecting his neutralizer and they were defeated by the combined forces of the X-Men, Magik and Amanda Sefton.
Forge later improved his Neutralizer, against the Wraiths. Yet, he became hesitant to design more devices like it because of what happened with Storm. With the help of the Wraiths' enemy, Rom the Spaceknight, Forge was able to create a large scale version of the neutralizer in Earth's orbit. Rom and Forge used the device on the Wraith's homeworld, casting the entire race into the otherdimensional Limbo.
After saving the world, Forge destroyed all remaining Neutralizers and focused on banning the Adversary once and for all from Earth. The Adversary had other plans though and in the shape of Naze convinced Storm that Forge had gone insane with grief after she left and was planning to open a gate to hell. Storm tried to kill Forge, but the moment she stabbed him she saw that he was sane and that she had been tricked. The Adversary banished Storm and Forge to another dimension, devoid of human life. Storm and Forge spent an unknown amount of time there, rekindling their romance. Finally they decided to return to Earth to stop the Adversary. Forge restored Storm's abilities and used her abilities to power a gate back home.
Forge and Storm arrived on Earth and joined the X-Men in their battle with the Adversary. In the X-Men's final battle with the Adversary, Forge was required to sacrifice nine willing lives to banish the Adversary forever; eight X-Men and Madelyne Pryor volunteered and died in the casting of Forge's spell. However, the goddess Roma intervened and secretly restored the X-Men to life.
Forge, unaware of their resurrection, found himself fighting alongside Mystique's Freedom Force and an interim team of "X-Men" against the Reavers at Muir Island. During this battle, Destiny was killed, but not before foreseeing that Forge and Mystique would one day love one another, a fact that both parties found implausible. Afterwards, Mystique blamed him for Destiny's death.
Banshee approached Forge, hunting for leads about the whereabouts of the X-Men. Forge had had visions of Storm being alive and also believed that they were still alive. The two of them traveled all over the world looking for their missing friends. Forge and Banshee eventually found the X-Men and became full time members. They fought against several threats, such as Genoshan soldiers, Skrulls and the Shadow King. Forge later became a member of the X-Mansion's "support team". He was responsible for redesigning the Danger Room and the Blackbird jet.
With the arrival of Bishop and Storm's constant involvement with the team, Forge and Storm's relationship became rocky. Forge came to eventually leave the X-Men, when he believed that Storm would've rejected his proposal of marriage. Ironically, she would have said yes. The pair continued to have an on-again-off-again relationship, until it ended for good. Forge went back home to Dallas to become a government contractor again and to help with the mental care of Mystique. During her stay, Forge and Mystique grew closer.
Forge went on to become the new government liaison, replacing Valerie Cooper, with the mutant superhero team X-Factor. When the team began to experience personal problems, Forge took a more active involvement in the team. In this context, he saw the mutant criminals Mystique and Sabretooth forced unwillingly onto the team.
Forge also came to terms with his heritage when the Adversary returned. Forge and Naze were able to defeat him. Forge and Mystique became more attracted to one another and fell in love. This did not prevent Mystique from escaping. X-Factor was later disbanded and Forge was no longer active in any mutant groups.
Forge later took part in Xavier's Underground movement. He worked with a former X-Factor member, Multiple Man, in Genosha. Afterwards, Forge returned to the X-Men and became a mentor to Danielle Moonstar, for a brief stint.
Recently, Charles Xavier asked him for help in locating Mystique whom he needed for a clandestine mission and for a short time Forge played Q to Xavier's M and Mystique's James Bond. Forge also helped Cannonball and Siryn find Cable with the aid of Deadpool and built a pair of special gauntlets for New X-Men team member Surge; he is currently appearing in the series, working on what looks like a Nimrod unit with the primary objective of protecting mutants and secondary objective of protecting humans. It seems that Nimrod is trying to stop the objectives from being downloaded.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #184
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