Mister Sinister
Mister Sinister
Personal Info:
Real Name: Nathan Essex
Also Known As: Pestilence, Nathan Milbury, Michael Milbury, Arnold Bocklin, Dr. Robert Windsor, Nate, Pale Man, Nosferatu, White Devil, Senator Steven Shaffran
Place Of Birth: London, England
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men Vol.1 #221 (1987) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Apocalypse
Group Affiliation: Formerly Marauders, Nasty Boys, Horsemen of Apocalypse, Weapon X Project, Sinister's Children Black Womb Project, Nazis
Base Of Operations: Worldwide
Grudges: Cyclops and the X-Men
Creators: Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri
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Sinister is a genius and a geneticist of the highest order, able to predict genetic mutations and splice DNA. He is also a master surgeon, mechanical engineer and a consummate manipulator.
Enhanced Abilities: Sinisters entire physiology has been enhanced by Apocalypse’s experimentation on him. His Strength, durability, reflexes, endurance and intelligence have all been enhanced to superhuman levels.
Cellular Shapeshifting: Sinister has the ability to control every molecule of his body, allowing him to assume the form of any one he wishes. He once reduced himself into a semi-liquid state.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Sinister is able to rapidly regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue with much greater speed and efficiency than an ordinary human.
Telepathy: Sinister can read minds and project his own thoughts into the minds of others within a radius of 250 miles. He can also induce temporary mental or physical paralysis, control the minds of others but only one at a time and psionically "turn off" the superpowers of any mutant.
Telekinesis: Sinister possesses telekinetic abilities enabling him to levitate and manipulate living beings, inanimate objects, and to some extent energy, psionically. He can also fire blasts of concussive force, erect a force barrier to repel and defend against incoming onslaughts and fly.
Equipment: Mr. Sinister usually has a base that he has a mental rapport with. The base is protected by futuristic weaponry and contains mutant detection devices and other monitoring equipment.
As a child, Nathaniel Essex travelled to Greenwich Park, South of the Thames, in London, and was amazed with the endless clean number of people, walking, what he believed to be, preordained paths for them. Essex believed that the sanctity and purity of it was heaven on Earth. Essex later became a biologist in 1859, Victorian England, who developed advanced theories on human evolution and was obsessed with Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, though he felt Darwin and his contemporaries were shackled by too many moral constraints and that science was beyond morality. Dr. Essex dreamed of bringing the perfection of the evolution of the human race to the masses. After Dr. Essex's son, Adam Essex's, death, at the age of four, from numerous birth defects including crooked bones and hemophilia, he was driven deeper into his work. A member of London's Royal Society, Dr. Essex was regarded, by some, to be the greatest scientific mind of his generation and, by others, as a dangerous man, twisted by the obsession of his own research. Being atheist, Dr. Essex believed in Darwin's theory of evolution and discovered that humanity was undergoing increasing mutation, due to what he called “Essex Factors” in the human genome. Dr. Essex also believed that, in the offspring of certain racially superior individuals, these parcels will, within a hundred years or so, mutate. Dr. Essex's theories were mocked, making him bitter, and his revealing of an unorthodox experiment resulted in his ouster from the Royal Society, including Darwin suggesting that Dr. Essex see a physician due to the trauma of loosing his son. Angry, Dr. Essex stated to Darwin that if becoming a monster was what was required for science to progress, then he would become a monster.
After meeting Cootie Tremble, Dr. Essex was taken underground, where the Mauraders were collecting freaks, fools, and all types of misshapen folk off the streets of London. Dr. Essex hired the thugs to continue their work, so he could perform experiments on the victims in the name of science. After awaking, the immortal mutant, En Sabah Nur, ordered the Marauders to take him to Dr. Essex and the time-travellers, Cyclops and Phoenix, arrived, believing that they were to prevent Dr. Essex’s future transformation into Mr. Sinister, but unaware that Madame Sanctity of the Clan Askani had sent them to the past to stop Nur from conquering England. As Mr. Sinister, Dr. Essex was necessary for the birth of Nathan Dayspring, the Askani'son, who Madame Sanctity worshipped. Dr. Essex even went so far as to dig up his dead son and experiment on him. Growing more curious of her husband's work, Rebecca Essex checked in Dr. Essex's lab, to find the body of their son in an incubation tube. After digging-up Adam's grave to prove her suspicions, Rebecca passed-out, from the shock of finding the coffin empty, and Nur approached Dr. Essex, stating that he was interested in his work.
Left with the choice of continuing his work or his wife shunning him, Dr. Essex allied himself with Nur. Dr. Essex explained to Nur that he was the first born in, what Dr. Essex believed, would be a great mutation in the human race. After taking Nur to the Hellfire Club, Nur demonstrated his power before the men and explained that Dr. Essex's theories of mutation were more near than he believed. After defeating Cyclops and Phoenix, Nur left them to Dr. Essex, as test subjects, and Phoenix explained to him that if he accepted Nur's offer, the world would be destroyed. Deciding to leave his life of unorthodox science and dedicate his life to his wife and unborn child, Dr. Essex returned home, to learn that his wife had freed all of his captives, prematurely had the baby, and was dying of stress. Asking for forgiveness at her side, Rebecca denied him and stated, “To me, you are... utterly… and contemptibly… sinister!”, with her dying words. Dr. Essex agreed to Nur's offer and was ordered to create a plague to destroy the weak of the world, as Nur's first prelate, Pestilence. Apocalypse painfully transformed Dr. Essex into an ageless being of extraordinary pallor, with telekinesis in his alien Ship, asking him to shed his past name and choose another. With his new abilities and dispassionate outlook, Dr. Essex took the new name, "Sinister", Rebecca's last words to him. Emerging from Nur's machines, Mr. Sinister stated that he willingly allowed whatever humanity he had to be carved out of him, all for the sake of science.
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