Respect Belasco, Lord of the Corrupted

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Admit it. This... is a handsome devil.

Introduction

Belasco is one of the lesser known Hell Lords and is one of the MANY Satan stand-in's over the years. While first being a Ka-Zar villain, he eventually kept into other more popular comics, in particular the X-Men. He's best known for training and corrupting the character known as Magik, with her origin story massively revolving around his actions.

Even just a few days ago Belasco is still up to nonsense, corrupting and creating his Spirit of Corruption out of former Ghost Rider Danny Ketch.

Database

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Stats and Power Grid on the dude (Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities)

Durability

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Belasco is a true immortal as he can't be killed due to magic protections provided by the Elder Gods, as told by Dante himself (Ka-Zar the Savage #11)

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Much later on in his run this is confirmed by Darkchylde Magik, who states the only thing that can actually kill him at least for a bit is the Soulsword (New X-Men #39)

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Laughs in the face of bullets (Punisher #40)

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Uses auto shields to defend against Psylocke's telepathic blades (X-Men Unlimited #9)

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Scan 1- X23's Adamantium claws do nothing to Belasco due to his healing factor (New X-Men #39)

Scan 2/3- He then melts her into bones and then casually brings her back to life next issue X23's (New X-Men #39/40)

Intellect

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Being the nice guy he is, he taught Magik a ton of magic in the span of seven years, which accounts for a lot of her own impressive feats involving black magic (New X-Men #37)

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Manipulates a bunch of environmental events and people to get his own way (Ka-Zar the Savage #29)

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Scan 1- Plays games with Punisher cuz he's bored (Punisher #40)

Scan 2- He even gets bored with that eventually

Magical Power

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Scan 1- Casually rips the skeleton out of Shadowcat, taking her soul in the process (Uncanny X-Men #160)

Scan 2- This later turned out to have a secret spell within it which allowed him to summon her body back to Limbo whenever he wished (X-Men Black Sun #2)

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Scan 1/2/3- Converts a woman's soul into another Bloodstone so he may become even more powerful. Bloodstones are created from innocent souls and give the user of them a massive amp in power when used (Ka-Zar the Savage #29)

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The Bloodstones are also specifically stated to amp Belasco's power by a incalculable amount (Magik #1)

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Scan 1/2/3- Corrupts Danny Ketch and turns him into his Spirit of Corruption, a dude with a bad sense of fashion (Ghost Rider #4)

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Scan 1/2- For weeks, he battled against all of Limbo itself while he wasn't at full power and had just crawled out from the lower parts of the dimension with nothing more than himself and a sword. Eventually he would become the king of Limbo after destroying this entire army. (New X-Men #37)

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Is stated to be one of the most powerful sorcerers on Earth (Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #2)

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Scan 1- Moves the souls from multiple N'Garai to the X-Men, trapping them in the N'Garai bodies and vice versa. (X-Men Black Sun #1)

Scan 2- The N'Garai X-Men were also able to steal souls themselves, and convert them into Bloodstones for Belasco's own benefit (X-Men Black Sun #2)

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Scan 1/2- Overpowers Jimaine Szardos (the second Magik) quite quickly, and she needs Shadowcat to sneak attack him in order to not be killed. (X-Men Black Sun #1)

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Scan 1/2/3/4- Trolls a young Magik using reanimated bodies and detailed illusions (Magik #4)

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Scan 1/2- Uses his sword to knock back Wolverine with a magical blast and traps him and Beast by converting a 2 dimensional cage into 3 dimensions. Also uses gross tentacles from his forehead to attack Beast with, ew (X-Men Unlimited #9)

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Scan 1/2- While angered and the lord of Limbo, he drags all of Earth into Limbo almost instantly. Even Doctor Strange states that he's not sure if he can stop it before it becomes permanent. (New X-Men #41)

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With all of the Bloodstones, Belasco can create a ton of transmat gates between the N'Garai dimension, Limbo and Earth, with this army being directly stated to be enough to completely overpower all of Earth's heroes as well as spreading to every dimension and beating them up as well. (X-Men Black Sun #5)

Magic Versatility

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A dude is dragged into Limbo using a water construct (Ka-Zar the Savage #29)

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After bringing back a individual from certain death, he casually rips her soul out later (Ka-Zar the Savage #29)

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Scan 1- Banishes a young Magik and Shadowcat to Limbo via spooky disks (these are the same disks later used by Magik, so that's another thing she stole smh) (Uncanny X-Men #160)

Scan 2- Does the same thing with the rest of the X-Men

Scan 3- Sym states that these disks transport people through time and space, so it's hard to tell where someone can end up...or for how long

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Controls some warrior chick into rallying the human and Tubanti armies against Ka-Zar (Ka-Zar the Savage #29)

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Counters Ka-Zar's knife and chokes him with a piece of fabric (Ka-Zar the Savage #12)

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Scan 1/2- Creates a bunch of psychic mines which set off when a telepath tries to probe through them. (X-Men Unlimited #9)

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Creates magical crystals that jam metahuman powers (Uncanny X-Men #160)

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Puts some jobber into a trance by looking into his eyes (Ka-Zar the Savage #29)

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Summons a bunch of demons, one of them knocks out Ka-Zar with one shot (Ka-Zar the Savage #12)

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Summons a bunch of harpies to beat dat Ka-Zar up (Ka-Zar the Savage #12)

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Summons a creature that manages to overpower Storm before she uses plot device to escape (Uncanny X-Men #160)

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Scan 1/2- Traps the New X-Men in Limbo, using special helmets to negate some of their powers (New X-Men #37)

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Turns a alternative universe Shadowcat into.....well, a cat (Magik #2)

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Transforms Human Torch into a pig (Fantastic Four #314)

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Scan 1/2- Turns Storm into a demon using visions to troll her and stuff (Magik #3)

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Using his powers, he warps a part of Magik's soul and converts it into a Bloodstone (this also leaves her with a corrupt part, which makes her evil obviously) (Magik #1)

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Uses his magic to turn Mercury and Dust's mutant powers against them (massively impressive because both Mercury and Dust have strong magic immunity) (New X-Men #39)

Speed

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Reacts to Ka-Zar's sabre tooth tiger mid leap, teleporting himself and all of his allies back to Limbo. (Ka-Zar the Savage #29)

Strength

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Scan 1/2- Overpowers D'Spayre and throws him out of a window, as well as banishing the dude. (Cable #14)

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Rips out some kid's heart with ease (New X-Men #38)

Conclusion

Belasco's massive amount of hax is what makes him most dangerous: even if his physical stats are more to be desired, his wide range and mastery of magic makes him a massive threat, as well as his ability to almost instantly recover from what should be lethal attacks means that he's not only very dangerous, but also near impossible to put down, considering the only real things to have "killed" are the Soulsword, and his original blade for PIS reasons. Everything else doesn't really do much.

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Arf, @zetsu-san asked for this dude, so he get the tag

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Meh character, but still cooler than the last few.

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@shade545: smh how dare you say this D tier character is mediocre

Also don't hate on Zzzax ffs

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@professorrespect: How many "Me iz Evil demon and i szteal Zouls lul" characters does Marvel need?

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@shade545 said:

@professorrespect: How many "Me iz Evil demon and i szteal Zouls lul" characters does Marvel need?

I quite like the whole "multiverse of hells" concept, which is why Disgaea is one of my favorite settings.

Also, Belasco is more of a Warlord who gained demonic power than generic hell lord. He's also not completely without human emotion, as he very clearly views Illyana as an actual daughter, even if he's kind of in-denial of those feelings.

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too many RT lols

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@shade545: Extremists don't have a ton of feats tbh

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@professorrespect said:

Extremists don't have a ton of feats tbh

They do if you count both their robot and human versions.

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Great thread, btw.

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@professorrespect: What’re you doing next? I’d love to see RT’s on Papa Midnight, Brother Night, and Eclipso.

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@andromeda101: Thanks!

@professorrespect: What’re you doing next? I’d love to see RT’s on Papa Midnight, Brother Night, and Eclipso.

I need to sort out Eclipso's confusing chronological order of hosts and whatnot. He's quite the headache.

I do have a idea of who I'm doing next, I'm going through my options.

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@professorrespect: Papa Midnight would be really interesting. He’s in a weird position of being heavily tied to a popular character, having multiple live action appearances including a big budget hollywood movie, yet still being obscure on vine.

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@zetsu-san: Does he have good feats tho, that's the real question

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@zetsu-san: smh for all I know, this dude could have like less than ten feats lol

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@andromeda101: He honestly doesn't have a lot of feats and he's lost to street tiers.

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I'm surprised about lacking respect threads for Papa Midnite and Dreamslayer. Captain Nazi not so much.

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@ashrym said:

I'm surprised about lacking respect threads for Papa Midnite and Dreamslayer. Captain Nazi not so much.

I mean, they are admittedly not exactly mainstream characters. You'd be forgiven for people not covering them.