Real Name: Simon Hall
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Neophyte has the mutant power to phase himself, making him intangible.
+ Density Control
+ Escape Artist
+ Phasing / Ghost
+ Unarmed Combat
Neophyte was a young mutant taken in by the Acolytes. However, he did not strongly believe in their cause, and betrayed the group when he found out Fabian Cortez's plans. He was saved by the X-Men, but later returned to join the Acolytes.
+++ BEGINNINGS WITH THE ACOLYTES +++
A shy, quiet mutant, Neophyte joined the Acolytes under Fabian Cortez after being found by Milan, Unuscione, and Frenzy in a church in Switzerland. After being ordered to bring food to the captured Moira MacTaggert, Moira confronted him about what Cortez was doing, which made him leave in anger. Still unsure about what Moira told him, he checked up with Cortez, who at the moment was having a conversation with the Gamemaster. Neophyte overheard their conversation, but was spotted by Cortez. Afraid that Neophyte would tell the others about his secret agenda, he used his powers to greatly amplify and overload mutant abilities on Neophyte while Neophyte was phasing through a wall. The result of this blew Neophyte with immense force out of the wall outside the stronghold they were hiding in. He landed in a grotto, and was woken by a woman who was attacked and killed by three Acolytes coming to retreive Neophyte.
After that he teamed up with the X-Men and released Moira from her kidnappers. Shortly after the battle, Neophyte disappeared.
Some time later the Acolytes captured him and wanted to sentence him to death. But former X-Man Colossus convinced his fellow Acolytes not to kill him. Exodus agreed and instead exiled him from Avalon and the Acolytes.
He later re-emerged with the team after Magneto regained leadership over the team. When the group faced off against the X-Men, Neophyte questioned the team's desires to kill the X-Men rather than simply detain them. Although one of the more pacifistic members of the team (alongside Scanner), he remained loyal to them through the fight.
After 98% of the mutant population lost their X-Gene and super-abilities during M-Day, Neophyte was one of the few mutants to retain his powers.
Neophyte's real name was revealed in the All New Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe #1.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #300
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#1 Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
- 'Abraxas to Batwing'
New Mutants (2009)
#14 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 11'
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#300 X-Force (1991)
- 'The Shot Heard Round the World'#367
- 'Disturbing Behavior'#379
- 'What Dreams May Come...'#492
- 'Messiah CompleX, Chapter Two'
#94 X-Men (1991)
- 'Artifacts & Apocrypha'
#86 X-Men: Magneto War (1999)
- 'Thanks for the Memories'
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