It was the kind of background every actor, rock star or mutant dreams of. Alcoholic mother, abusive father, all wrapped up in a heavy brew of illiteracy and racial intolerance. To escape the trailer parks of his youth, young Billy Bob Reilly took to the streets. The streets were his home. The streets are his home.
To survive, Billy Bob did things he wasn't proud of, chalking up his alarming weight fluctuations to the stress and strain of the life. Phat grew up poor and involved in the gangster life. Until tests proved what Billy Bob had always suspected. He was not like other men. He carried with him the mark of the Mutant.
After rigorous training, Billy Bob developed and amazing control over his skin and subcutaneous gunk. Once it became clear he was a mutant, he trained well and used his abilities to fight crime, even before joining X-Force.
He has proved an invaluable team member wherever he fought.
Phat was created by Mike Allred and Peter Milligan and first appeared in X-Force issue 117 (2001).
Mayor Story Arcs
Eventually Phat joined the celebrity team of X-force, through witch he became a famous celebrity-mutant and extremely rich. Once rich, he tried to give his family what he never had growing up. He gave them a house and much more, but the family remained living in the RV, liking the closeness. Phat's first outing as a mutant hero for X-force resulted in a fight with the old X-Force, who did not agree to the use of their name or the methodology of the team. His first mission saw the death of two his teammates, Saint Anna and Bloke. Bloke would not be the first gay member of the team.
Phat worked with Vivisector to raise their profile amongst the team and in the public. They even 'pretended' to have a romantic relationship which was foiled by the fact both of them realized they really were gay. They had a real relationship, which ended when they realized they were simply not attracted to each other.
Phat's powers seemed to be less effective in moments of stress. During a mission in space he found it hard to recover from a biological spike that had wounded him.
Phat joined with the team when they went to fight the Taliban on a mission to rescue the cast and crew of a reality show they had captured. He came into conflict with the team when he saved new member Henrietta Hunter. The entirety of the team had come to dislike her, because she was interfering, annoying, more famous and even as Phat claimed, 'white', though he was white too. Phat claimed he saved her on instinct.
Soon after this, they confronted the murderous cult lead by Mister Code, who believed he could improve America's general attitude by random sniper killings. Spike Freeman, then team leader, was revealed to be in league with Mister Code; he had hired the man to kill Lacuna, an ally of the team. The Orphan killed Spike and via Dead Girl, they tracked down Code. The enemy killed Henrietta Hunter and was killed by the Orphan. This set off a biological bomb. Phat enlarged himself and enveloped it. The explosion killed him.
Phat was buried in a gigantic coffin. Hunter, who wished to gain revenge for her -first- death, would involve Phat from beyond the grave. An insane ghost, she was causing the odd deaths of anyone who hummed a newly released song she had performed. X-Statix believed they had solved the problem but El Guapo, another member of X-Statix, hummed it and was impaled. Dead Girl, who could come back from bodily destruction, hummed it on purpose. Phat's foot, blown off in the Code explosion, rocketed out of the sky and into her brain. This was only a temporary inconvenience and Dead Girl learned enough to put Hunter to rest.
Daughter and Return
Recently, X-Statix was reformed, and among the members, there is his daughter with similar powers. He also appeared alive later, as other members or former members of the team.
Could stretch the fat deposits in his body, making his body larger and fatter. (As stated above) he proved to have less control over his powers in moments of stress.
X-Men The Last Stand (2006)
Phat made an appearance in the film X Men the Last Stand. Phat was played by two actors, Via Saleaumua and Richard Yee, as Phat in "large mode" and "small mode" respectively. He joined up with the Brotherhood of Mutants. The end credits mentioned both Phats.
The DVD release featured a deleted scene in which Phat was frozen solid by Iceman and then shattered by Colossus.