Archer was a member of the Xavier Security Enforcers (or X.S.E.) before he started his own group together with teammates Fixx and Greystone, namely the Xavier's Underground Enforcers. Archer and teammates Fixx and Greystone all originated from Bishop's timeline in the future. Archer felt that the X.S.E. had lost it's way and was no longer effective in protecting Xavier's dream of peaceful co-existence. He and his teammates went back to the past (the present day of the Earth-616 timeline) and joined X-Factor. During his time with X-factor, Archer remained one of the most mysterious members of the group, never even revealing the face behind his mask to most of his teammates. Although Archer found it easy to live in these new and strange times, his teammate Greystone started acting radical and strange. This Greystone even became a danger to his former teammates of the X.U.E. and his new teammates of X-factor. Although Archer tried his best to help his friend, it was all for nothing. At one point in time, Greystone thought it was necessary to detonate a time-altering bomb in an airplane, trying to stop certain things from happening, so that the future might be safe. The X-man Havok was able to stop the mad Greystone, but the bomb went off anyway. This bomb teleported Havok into the "Mutant X" time-line, but almost certainly killed Greystone. Archer, Fixx and X-factor fought their teammates to have perished (although Havok returned a few years later and returned tot the X-men). The X-factor team quietly disbanded soon afterwards. Archer soon afterwards quit the hero business, leaving without telling anyone. What has become of Archer and his teammate Fixx and if they're even still in the 616 timeline remains to be seen.
Archer has the mutant ability to turn his body into electrokinetic energy.