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Cypher (Marvel)(01 - Doug Ramsey)
Real Name: Douglas Ramsey
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Cypher was a master of translating languages, spoken or written, human or alien in origin, including deciphering codes and computer languages. Cypher’s skills were such that he was once able to make great headway in translating the written language of an extraterrestrial race in a matter of minutes.

Cypher’s mutant talent for translating differed from the translating ability that a human who is a genius in this field, yet not a mutant, possesses, even though both people might achieve the same results with any given translation problem. Cypher’s mutant talent was an intuitive one which worked on a subconscious level, and which may in part be related to telepathy. A non-mutant human, even a genius, would have to work out a translation consciously, step by step. Cypher, however, could subconsciously solve the problem. Hence, Cypher could reach the correct solution by means that appeared to be leaps of logic, and he himself may not have been consciously aware of the entire process by which he reached the right answer.

Douglas Ramsey was a teenage friend of Kitty Pryde of the X-Men, sharing an interest in computers and video games. Although Ramsey became a friend of the New Mutants, he was unaware that he and they were mutants. However, when the techno-organic alien (Technarch) being Warlock arrived on Earth and, confused and terrified, found himself battling the New Mutants. Seeking to communicate with the alien, the New Mutants summoned Ramsey and revealed their costumed identities to him. Ramsey succeeded in initiating communications with Warlock, and both joined the New Mutants. Ramsey was code-named Cypher, after his ability to decipher languages.

Cypher became close with Warlock, who aided Ramsey in battle situations by merging with him, creating a single being that operated as a gestalt. When they merged, they took the form of Ramsey’s human body covered with Warlock’s “living circuitry”, allowing Ramsey to perceive his environment in the same way Warlock did. At first, Ramsey’s and Warlock’s consciousnesses remained separate within the single body; the more the pair merged, their personalities rapidly began to resemble one another’s. Cypher also aided Warlock in his fight against his father, the Magus, by reprogramming the Magus to an infant state.
Following the capture of the New Mutants by the mad scientist the Ani-Mator, on the island known as “Paradise” in the Atlantic Ocean, Cypher was killed when he dove in front of a bullet fired by the Ani-Mator at Wolfsbane. One of the Phalanx, humans mutated by the Technarch, later took a form combining the minds and powers of Cypher and Warlock, as Douglock, and later Warlock.


First Appearance: The New Mutants (1983) #13

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
All-New X-Factor (2014)
Damage Control (vol. 1) (1989)
Excalibur: The Possession (1991)
Exiled (2012)
Fallen Angels (1987)
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Incredible Hercules (2008)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Marvel (1988)
Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration (2014)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Limited: The X-Men Chris Claremont Collection (1994)
New Mutants (2003)
New Mutants (2009)
New Mutants Forever (2010)
New Mutants Special Edition (1985)
New Mutants: Truth or Death (1997)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Book of the Dead 2004 (2004)
Ryhmä-X / X-Men (1984)
S.W.O.R.D. (2010)
Savage Wolverine (2013)
Secret Wars II (1985)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The New Mutants (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Titans (1980)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
X Necrosha (2009)
X-Force (2008)
X-Men (2010)
X-Men And Alpha Flight (1985)
X-Men Forever (2009)
X-Men Legacy (2008)
X-Men Sonderband: New Mutants (2010)
X-Men Unlimited (2004)
X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
X-Men: To Serve And Protect (2011)
Xavier Institute Alumni Yearbook (1996)

Group Affiliation(s):
Hellions (Marvel)
New Mutants (Marvel)
X-Factor (Marvel)(02 - Serval Industries)

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