Dead Ringer
Dead Ringer
Personal Info:
Real Name: Louis Dexter
Also Known As: Basilisk, Blackout, Blue Streak, Cheetah, Death Adder, Death Stalker, Demelza, Mirage, Nighthawk, Night Flyer, Porcupine, Purple Man, Snapdragon, Solarr
Place Of Birth: Unknown
First Appearance: Captain America Vol.1 #425 (1994) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Super-Patriot
Group Affiliation: None
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: Captain America
Creators: Mark Gruenwald and Dave Hoover
Necromimickry: Dead Ringer possesses Necromimickry, enabling him to replicate the form (and abilities (including clothing and even exotic technology) of any corpse (or portion of a corpse) that he touches. Typically he can only take that being's form once, so he keeps a cigar box full of fingers of super-humans who he would want to be able to turn into more than once. He can duplicate superhuman powers, including inhuman characteristics (such as a tail or wings). He also replicates the technology of his targets; for example, when he turned into Porcupine, he had a fully functional Porcupine costume. There is no evidence that he gained the memories of his targets, though he did seem to be able to readily mimic powers upon first adaptation.
Dexter was eventually caught while attempting to rob a grave and sent to prison where he was cell-mates with a member of the Watchdogs known as Mike Farrell, who had grown to despise Captain America for having ruined his life. The two decided to team up to destroy Captain America's reputation, Farrell out of revenge, and Dexter out of ambition to claim a sample of Captain America's dead body and become an "a-Lister" with his powers and reputation.
As a young boy, Lou Dexter first discovered his mutant powers when he inadvertently mimicked his dead cat. He later developed more of an understanding of his power a few years later when he returned home to find his father dead and upon touching his lifeless body became an identical copy of his father. Becoming obsessed with his own powers, Dexter began practising using his powers and delaying the transformation by attending random funerals of people he didn't know. Wanting more strength from his power, Dexter began studying superhuman obituaries and began exhuming their graves and severing a finger from their bodies which he would keep in a cigar box so he could transform into that person and have their powers whenever necessary.
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