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Elixir
Real Name: Joshua Foley
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Powers:
Elixir can manipulate organic molecules to heal himself and others.

Bio:
Josh Foley first appears as a member of the Reavers, an anti-mutant group led by Donald Pierce. When Cerebro detects a mutant in the area, Danielle Moonstar and Karma investigated. The Reavers attack Moonstar's New Mutants squad and one of Foley's allies were severely injured. Leaning down to aid his friend, Foley's mutant power manifest and he healed Laurie Collins.

Outed as a mutant, much to his own surprise, and rejected by his friends and family, Josh reluctantly joined the Xavier Institute and became Prodigy's roommate, a situation neither found appealing. Unable to overcome their bigotry, Josh's parents signed legal guardianship over to Dani Moonstar. He was assigned to Dani's New Mutant squad, and they eventually reached out to him, as he accepted his position as a mutant.

Shortly afterwards, a de-powered Rahne Sinclair, known as Wolfsbane, visited the X-Mansion. Josh was instantly smitten by the new "wild child" Rahne, and snuck out of the Institute at night to go to a bar where Rahne was playing pool. Josh realized that her new attitude was a way of letting out instincts she had previously been able to blame on "the wolf." The two kissed, and Josh unconsciously healed away Rahne's de-powerment. The wolf taking over, she lost control and slashed Josh open. Fortunately, Laurie witnessed the scene and scared Rahne away with her powers so as to save Josh.

As Elixir was rushed to the mansion's infirmary, Beast revealed the full potential of Josh's power: he can manipulate all the body's functions on a genetic level, and the fact that Josh only healed was simply inexperience. Josh received an I.V. drip, but with Archangel, the mansion's other healer, absent, there was little hope. However, Prodigy realized that Josh could heal himself if only he was awake, and Beast reluctantly followed Prodigy's plan. Surge woke him with her powers, while Laurie kept him calm so he could heal himself. As an unexpected side effect, Josh turned his skin and hair to a reflective gold color.

Josh and Rahne continued to see each other secretly for a few months until Rahne witnessed him on a date with Laurie, and ended the relationship. Josh was depressed in at first, but eventually realized that it was for the best and pursued a relationship with Laurie. However, Wither also has a crush on Laurie, and revealed Rahne's and Josh's previous relationship to the school.

Surprised by his involvement with a teacher, the rest of the New Mutants team - except Surge - ostracizes him. Eventually, the New Mutants squad's in-fighting begins to affect their ability to act as a team. Concerned with the future of her team, Wind Dancer convinces everyone to get together for a camp-out so they can work through their issues with one another. The evening ended with Josh speaking candidly with Icarus about his disappointment with his actions. Josh is overheard by the other members of the team, and he is reconciled with David and Laurie.

The events of House of M left only 27 students with their powers, including Josh. Fearing their safety, Emma Frost ordered the depowered students and staff, including Josh's guardian Danielle Moonstar to leave the Institute. As the depowered students and staff left, one bus of depowered students was bombed by anti-mutant zealot Reverend William Stryker, killing all on board. Josh was unable to heal them in time, and became severely depressed and lost confidence in his abilities.

All of the remaining students took part in melee fight organized by Emma Frost to determine who would be a member in the new group of X-Men in-training, and despite his non-combat powers, Josh made the team. During one of their first training sessions, the New X-Men sparred with Colossus. Caught up in his emotions over the students killed as a result of Stryker's bus attack, Josh hit the powered-down Colossus over the head with a metal beam. Furious with his action, Emma temporarily kicked him off the team.

Afterwards, Laurie and Josh argued about Josh's place on the New X-Men. Laurie explained that Emma was all wrong, that the team was merely about "violence and fighting," whereas Elixir could do a "beautiful thing." However, Josh told Laurie that when he tried to heal DJ, "I could feel him dying...his life bleeding out of him," and that "when he died, he took piece of me with him, a piece of me died, too." At that moment, Laurie was killed by a bullet fired by one of Stryker's agents. Laurie's body and a distraught Josh were found by several of the X-Men and students. When Wolverine attempted to restrain Josh from Laurie's body, his power surged and caused painful boils and blisters to appear on Wolverine's hands and wrists. When Stryker began his attack on the institute, Josh sat unresponsively in the infirmary. Coming to his senses, and enraged over the death of Laurie, Josh killed Stryker. The act of revenge had the unforeseen consequence of turning Josh's own golden skin metallic black, and Josh fell to the floor, catatonic. According to David, Josh's killing of Stryker did not affect him only physically, with the change of skin, but also altered his brain chemistry. Meanwhile, Josh healed Colossus and Shadowcat, after both were impaled through the lower torso during an attack by the sentient Danger Room. The strain of this effort caused Josh to collapse.

When X-23 was mortally wounded and unable to heal during the final battle with Nimrod, Hellion rushed her back to the Institute with help from Emma Frost, who unlocked the part of his brain which controlled his powers. Julian gave a motivational speech and got Josh to move forward with his life. Josh healed Laura, which also turned his skin back from black to gold. Shortly after it was discovered that a small part of black still remained on Josh's skin, moving from place to place. Josh stated he could still kill but he would need to learn how to control his powers, using them only to heal. He, like the other remaining students and staff, attended at a memorial to remember all the students who were killed in Stryker's raid of the school.

Since waking from his coma, Josh seems to have taken a more peaceful approach to life. Josh approached Beast and asked him to teach him everything there is to know about human anatomy, physiology, and biology. He has begun to wear only white clothing, and, when not studying, seems lost in thought and introspective.

Before the other students were teleported to Limbo, The Stepford Cuckcoos helped Elixir learn advanced science by taking information from the Beast's head and putting it into Josh's. This increased his power exponentially, allowing him to heal near fatal injures with a touch. He also mastered his "black abilities" by being able to switch instantly from golden/healing to black/disease causing. After Belasco ripped out David's heart, Elixir rushed over touched him and David began growing a new heart out of nothing and came back to life. Josh was exhausted after healing David, and passed out. He demonstrated his darker abilities in the same issue, causing the demon that was holding him to swell up and bleed out of its ears, before having its entire head explode.

Elixir is one of the students that goes up against the Hulk in World War Hulk: X-Men. He is carried towards the Hulk on Beast's back. Elixir touches the Hulk which affects his healing factor which gives a opening to attack the Hulk. He and Beast are punched away by Hulk, but Elixir heals Beast so they can try again. Once Hulk has defeated The New X-Men, Elixir and Beast are the last ones left. Hulk is about to crush them but the "Astonishing" team arrives and saves them

Notes:


First Appearance: New Mutants (2003) #5

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Issue Appearances:
Astonishing X-Men (2004)
Cable (2008)
Dark Avengers (2009)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus (2009)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia (2009)
Dark X-Men: The Confession (2009)
Essential X-Men (1995)
Essential X-Men (2010)
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Hulk (2008)
Marvel Select Flip Magazine (2005)
New Mutants (2003)
New Mutants (2009)
New Warriors (2007)
New X-Men (2004)
New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook (2005)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Psylocke (2010)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Wolverine (2010)
World War Hulk: X-Men (2007)
X Necrosha: The Gathering (2010)
X-Force (2008)
X-Force: Sex And Violence (2010)
X-Force/Cable: Messiah War (2009)
X-Men (1991)
X-Men: Future History - The Messiah War Sourcebook (2009)
X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
X-Men/Fantastic Four (2005)

Group Affiliation(s):
New Mutants Squad (Marvel)
X-Force (Marvel)(04 - Wolverine's team)
X-Men (Marvel)(01 - Mutants)
Xavier Institute Students

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