Cover to X-Force#12 featuring Gideon (above) and Krule (below)
Art by Mark Pacella
|First appearance||New Mutants (vol. 1) #98 (Feb 1991)|
|Created by||Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza|
|Abilities||Ability to copy and amplify the advanced skills, talents, or powers of nearby people or mechanical beings and redirect them|
Gideon is a fictional character, a mutant supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. Gideon was a member of the Externals, a unique type of immortal mutant, and an adversary of the X-Men spin-off group X-Force.
Fictional character biography
Before Gideon's mutant powers emerged, he was a sailor with the Spanish armada sailing for the Americas several hundred years ago. On one journey, he succumbed to scurvy and was buried when the ship reached land. He awoke a few hours later, discovering his immortality.
Over several centuries, Gideon was able to amass a vast personal wealth. He also encountered and allied himself with several other Externals. He became the owner and CEO of Ophrah Industries in Denver, Colorado. At the end of the 20th century, the group began seeking out their newest member, whom Gideon erroneously believed to be Roberto da Costa, a young mutant who had joined the New Mutants, the junior division of the X-Men, and taken the codename Sunspot. Gideon had known Roberto from a young age, having business relations with his father, a wealthy Brazilian businessman. Gideon had his servant Eve poison Roberto's father Emmanuel, and Gideon approached the boy, telling him he needed to take over his family's business. He took the young boy in under his wing and began to mentor him.
Gideon later had AIM recreate Proteus. Gideon and Sunspot were later held captive by Arianna Jankos, Black Tom Cassidy, and Juggernaut. Gideon then publicly declared Cable and X-Force to be criminals. Gideon also clashed with and defeated the group of young superheroes known as the New Warriors, while taking a bath in his Jacuzzi. He then spent some time brutally torturing them for various reasons.
Gideon mentored Sunspot for a short while, until it was discovered that not Sunspot but his New Mutants teammate and best friend, Samuel Guthrie (a.k.a. Cannonball) was the new External they had been seeking. Gideon met with the other Externals, and proposed to send Crule to capture Cannonball. He contacted Crule, and then gave Sunspot over to one of his scientific labs, where they experimented on him and augmented his powers (at the great risk of killing him). Gideon forced Cannonball to promise not to interfere with External affairs in return for Sunspot's life.
Gideon attempted a hostile takeover of Genetech and the Taylor Foundation, but was thwarted by Night Thrasher and was defeated by him in physical combat. Gideon witnessed the External Nicodemus's death. Gideon was then offered a position with HYDRA, but refused and battled a HYDRA strike force. He was aided in defeating them by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. Gideon was attacked and captured by X-Force, who then rescued Boomer, Siryn, and Warpath.
Powers and abilities
Gideon is a mutant who has the ability to temporarily endow himself with superhuman abilities by replicating the superhuman energy signatures and genetic templates of superhuman beings. Apparently, he can duplicate even the superhuman capabilities of robots. He has the ability to mimic any nearby skill, talent, or power possessed by a person or mechanical being (such as an android or a battle suit) and then to reapply or redirect that ability back to the attacker. Gideon presumably psionically scans the genetic makeup of superhuman beings in order to duplicate their superhuman abilities within himself.
Gideon was an External, meaning his aging process is greatly delayed and that he can apparently regenerate injured or missing cells from even near-fatal injuries. He was granted with limited immortality, only ended by an extremely mortal wound such as decapitation, by the Legacy Virus (two Externals died by this method) or, in the case of his death, by a draining of the life energies.
Gideon is an extraordinary business strategist.
He wears body armor, and has access to androids, advanced vehicles, and other advanced technology developed by Ophrah Industries.
Age of Apocalypse
In the alternate reality known as the Age of Apocalypse, Gideon was drafted to be one of the Horsemen of Apocalypse. Gideon, alongside Sabretooth, Candra, Death and War, planned to fire nuclear missiles at Cape Citadel. Gideon was selected to hack the computer system and fire the missiles. He was interrupted by Magneto, who he nearly defeated, until Magneto drew upon the Earth's Magnetic Field to overload Gideon's powers, apparently killing him.
- New Mutants #98-99
- New Mutants Annual #7; New Warriors Annual #1; Uncanny X-Men Annual #15; X-Factor Annual #6 (1991)
- X-Force #1; Spider-Man #16
- X-Force #5
- New Warriors #19
- X-Force #10
- X-Force #12-13, 15
- Night Thrasher: Four Control #3
- X-Force #20
- Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD Vol. 2 #46-47
- X-Force #23
- X-Force #52
- Cable #71
- X-Men Chronicles #1 (1995)