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Mind, body, and soul.....

Introduction

Mastermind was for the most part a jobber. Started off as one of Magneto's henchmen and spent decades as a boring side character with one dimensional plots and a generic personality.

Then Claremont happened. For some reason, everything he touched as a writer became golden and as a result, Mastermind became a complex and interesting character, rich with personality within the Phoenix and Dark Phoenix sagas (which are both amazingly written and stand out as masterpieces of the comics genre) and became one of the best known villains of the X-Men.

He is also one of the few mutants to not be brought back at any point since his death in the 90's, being succeeded by his daughter. He's stayed dead, and as a result, hasn't gone down the lame route like Colossus or whatever and kept getting brought back to life.

Reflexes

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dodges a laser blast while casting his illusion. (Uncanny X-Men #6)

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Dodges a optic blast and then creates a illusion that blinds people. (Uncanny X-Men #5)

Illusion Casting

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Handbook on his capabilities. Bit wordy, but gets the point done. (Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe)

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Creates a entire army out of illusions that take over a city long enough for Magneto to create a real army. (Uncanny X-Men #4)

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Beast knows that Mastermind's illusion isn't real but recoils and reacts regardless. (Amazing Adventures #13)

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Convinced Beast that he killed Iron Man and gave him amnesia. (Amazing Adventures #13)

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Creates a massive illusion to a crowd that Cyclops is attacking them. (Uncanny X-Men #134)

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Creates multiple versions of himself. (Uncanny X-Men #5)

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Edits the memories of Polaris as a child to misremember her parents death. He states that he can't do this to older people. (X-Factor 2012)

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Fools the X-Men, including Jean Gray, into thinking they were trapped. (Uncanny X-Men #4)

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Incaps and traps Iceman and Cyclops, fooling them into thinking their powers are useless. (Uncanny X-Men #39)

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Influences the dreams of Rachel Gray and edits her memories into thinking that Franklin survived. (Excalibur #175)

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Uses multiple illusions and manages to hide from Phoenix Jean Gray's casual telepathy. (Uncanny X-Men #125)

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Turns a stone wall to glass, fooling Beast into thinking that he can't grab on to it. (Uncanny X-Men #4)

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Is able to hide his thoughts from Phoenix Rachel Gray and convince her to give him some of her power via a telepathic link. Mastermind managed to do this while hiding his real intentions. (Excalibur #175)

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Beast is unable to move, even when he knows that it is a Illusion. (Uncanny X-Men #5)

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Manages to incap Captain Britain by leaving him in some state of inactivity within his mind. (Excalibur #175)

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Fools the entire X-Men into fighting Cyclops by tricking them into thinking he was Dark Phoenix. This was also realistic enough to fool Wolverine's amazing senses, which can usually detect illusions or falsehoods. (Uncanny X-Men #175)

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Fools the X-Men into thinking they are fighting Dark Phoenix, including Logan. Should be noted that there is a physical person there, but they have been fooled into thinking that they are Phoenix and doing all of this. This is one of Mastermind's best and most complex illusions. (Uncanny X-Men #175)

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Messes with Sentry's mind (regardless of his amazing telepathy and defences) and literally invents The Void as a concept. (New Avengers #9)

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A dying Mastermind from the Legacy Virus is able to overcome the likes of Jean Gray and Iceman and places them into his illusion world, as well as bypassing her telepathy. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)

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Fools the X-Men into thinking that New York has been destroyed. Should be noted that his illusions kill Cyclops for a while, showing that they are so realistic that the human body can die as a result because it thinks it is getting attacked. (Uncanny X-Men #175)

Conclusion

Not a lot to talk about, but Mastermind is pretty powerful close to the end of his life. His telepathic defences are amazing, able to bypass the likes of Jean and Rachel Gray.

His illusion creating is near peerless in terms of street level characters.

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#1 Posted by PyroFN (6216 posts) - - Show Bio

Not that it entirely matters, but the original Marvel Girl didn’t have her telepathic powers active and one could argue she was still a novice when Mastermind projected Xavier.

Needless to say, the other feats are real solid. Short, but impressive.

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#2 Edited by DiarrheaRegatta (4647 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrofn said:

Not that it entirely matters, but the original Marvel Girl didn’t have her telepathic powers active and one could argue she was still a novice when Mastermind projected Xavier.

Needless to say, the other feats are real solid. Short, but impressive.

Yeah, I guess she was pretty much a novice at that point. Thankfully, I was also able to remember not to include most of his Jason Wyngarde feats as he was directly amped and not at his base levels.

Glad that you enjoyed this Respect Thread through.

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#3 Posted by Kevd4wg (12750 posts) - - Show Bio

Uses multiple illusions and manages to hide from Phoenix Jean Gray's casual telepathy. (Uncanny X-Men #125)

IIRC, he could only do that with a machine

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#4 Edited by DiarrheaRegatta (4647 posts) - - Show Bio

@kevd4wg said:

Uses multiple illusions and manages to hide from Phoenix Jean Gray's casual telepathy. (Uncanny X-Men #125)

IIRC, he could only do that with a machine

Actually, the machine only allowed him to project his thoughts directly to Jean and increased his range massively, as the Marvel Handbook scan states clearly at the start of the second section.

I knew about the machine's existence and what he did with it which is why those feats aren't here. That feat isn't one of them. The fact that he later recreated the same feat with Rachel Gray and Jean Gray again while weakened by the Legacy Virus also shows that it isn't just a one off.

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#5 Edited by PyroFN (6216 posts) - - Show Bio

@diarrhearegatta: I think it’s fine to include those feats so long as you make sure to put in that he is amped.

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#6 Posted by DiarrheaRegatta (4647 posts) - - Show Bio

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@diarrhearegatta: I think it’s fine to include those feats so long as you make sure to put in that he is amped.

I looked at them, and they don't really add much. It's like three extra scans.

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#7 Posted by TheSpartanB345T (4019 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought this said Megamind so I got excited.

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#8 Posted by DiarrheaRegatta (4647 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought this said Megamind so I got excited.

Megamind sucks, smh

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#9 Posted by TheSpartanB345T (4019 posts) - - Show Bio
@thespartanb345t said:

I thought this said Megamind so I got excited.

Megamind sucks, smh

The sheer ignorance of the statement above is physically painful.
The sheer ignorance of the statement above is physically painful.

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#11 Posted by Wyldsong (9750 posts) - - Show Bio

I applaud the more obscure characters getting respect threads. Good stuff!

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#12 Posted by DiarrheaRegatta (4647 posts) - - Show Bio

@wyldsong said:

I applaud the more obscure characters getting respect threads. Good stuff!

Thanks! The whole reason I make these in the first place is to shine a well needed light on the more obscure and goofy characters of Marvel, as well as inform people of characters that are grossly underrated in the Battle Forums and beyond.

If I'm at least doing one of those right, then that's a mission accomplished as far as I see it, lol

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#13 Posted by Wyldsong (9750 posts) - - Show Bio

@diarrhearegatta: Keep it up my friend. Even in the mainstream universes, the lesser known's deserve some love and credit=)