Malice (04 - Marauder)
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Mutant with the ability to mentally inhabit others taking control of their body.
Malice is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe. She is an evil mutant who is a member of Mister Sinister's Marauders. Being incorporeal, she has no physical body of her own and has to possess the body of others. Those she possesses manifest a cameo-like choker around their neck. It is unknown whether this is a physical artifact or an illusionary one. Malice at one point became stuck in the body of Lorna Dane, an ally of the X-Men also known as Polaris (this affinity may suggest that Malice's true physical nature is that of an electromagnetic field). While possessing the body of Polaris, Malice acted as the field leader of the Marauders.
After Mister Sinister was seemingly killed during Inferno, Malice's hold over Polaris weakened and after Polaris' alleged half-sister Zaladane, a priestess for the Savage Land's Sun People, used the High Evolutionary's machinery to strip Polaris of her magnetic powers and take them as her own, the process also managed to finally separate Lorna and Malice.
What happened to Malice after that remains unknown but she resurfaced years later to bother Polaris once more. She possessed Havok and tried to kill Polaris to get her revenge against Sinister, from whom she was trying to break free of. In the end, Sinister ask Malice to possess Polaris once again knowing that Lorna wouldn't object to the possession in order to save Havok, but, out of their love for each other, Havok and Polaris each tried to absorb Malice, preventing the other from being possessed. Malice was then apparently destroyed by Sinister himself.
Malice later returns as a digital entity instead of a psionic one, taking possession of Omega Sentinel via email virus. The other X-Men, save Emma Frost, were unaware of her being possessed until they were attacked by her along with the rest of the new Marauders, including Mystique and Lady Mastermind. She later fights alongside the other Marauders in Flint, Michigan, against Iceman and Cannonball, as both sides try to obtain the Diaries of Destiny.
Malice inhabited both Polaris and Dazzler from Uncanny X-Men 210-250.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #210
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#25 Essential X-Men (1995)
- 'Deadpool & Cable: Two Mutants & A Baby'
#183 Marvel (1988)
- 'Messiah Complex!'#184
- 'A New Team is Born... X-Force!'#186
- 'Death Of The Future?'
Marvel Masters (2007)
New X-Men (2004)
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter Four'#46
- 'Messiah Complex, Chapter Twelve'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#210 What If...? (1989)
- 'The Morning After'#213
- 'With Malice Toward All!'#219
- 'Where Duty Lies'#221
- 'Death by Drowning!'#222
- 'Strike the Match'#241
- 'Fan The Flames'#243
- 'The Dane Curse'#350
- 'Trial & Errors'#494
- 'Messiah CompleX, Chapter Ten'
#74 X-Factor (1986)
- 'What If... Mr. Sinister Formed the X-Men?'
#39 X-Factor (2006)
- 'Ashes to Ashes'#102
- 'The Polaris Plot'#103
- 'Friends and Family'#104
- 'Final Sacrifice'
#27 X-Men (1991)
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter 11'
#200 X-Men Forever 2 (2010)
- 'Blinded by the Light: Chapter 1'#201
- 'Blinded by the Light: Chapter 2'#203
- 'Blinded by the Light: Chapter 4'#205
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter 5'#207
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter 13'
#8 X-Men: Lifedeath (2011)
- 'You're Supposed to Be Dead!'
X-Men: Messiah Complex (2007)
- 'Messiah Complex: Chapter One'
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