When the Xavier Institute originally began the training squad system, Ben was placed with Wolfsbane's Paragons and codenamed Match. Though short tempered, Match was a natural leader and was eventually made the field leader of the Paragons Squad.
Like the rest of his squad, Match was upset and saddened by the departure of Wolfsbane. Along with the other Paragons and the Alpha Squadron, Match was briefly mentored by Karma. Ultimately, former New Mutant, Magma stepped in to become the Paragons' mentor.
M-Day and Limbo
In the wake of M-Day, only 27 students (including Match) retained their mutant powers. Along with most of the other powered students, Match participated in Emma Frost's battle royale to become a member of the New X-Men.
Match, along with several of his fellow students, was sucked down into the realm of Limbo by Belasco. When attacked by demons, he quickly joined the fight, showing a great amount of control over his powers, killing several demons while trying to protect Pixie and Blindfold.
San Francisco and Utopia
Following the birth of the first mutant born since M-Day and the apparent death of Professor X, Cyclops disbanded the X-Men. Shortly after that, the X-Men and the majority of the world's remaining mutant population, including Match, relocated to San Francisco.
During the rioting over the anti-mutant reproductive legislation, Proposition X, Match was seen putting out fires with Angel. Later, after the Dark X-Men declared a city wide curfew, Match was seen in Avalanche's bar, with Hellion and other mutants. Angered by the U.S. government's response to the riots, the small group decided to cause a scene of after curfew riots. Match spread fire throughout Union Square until the Dark X-Men came to arrest the trouble-making mutants. He was briefly arrested and detained on Alcatraz Island until being freed by the X-Force.
Match participated with Loa and Rockslide in their raid on the Utopia food storage to steal ice cream. However, he was defeated when Warpath stuck him in a gas stove. Match was also one of the victims of the Stepford Cuckoos boredom, when they decided to begin trapping fellow students in horrible film-inspired mental illusions. Match was trapped in a well with an Asian ghost girl, probably inspired by The Ring.
Match was one of many mutants to oppose the crazed X-Man from imposing his version of the world upon the world. When X-Man realized that he couldn't carry out his vision with the X-Men around, he made his enemies vanish in an instant including Match.
Age of X-Man
Match and the mutants that vanished were taken to a different reality created by X-Man as an attempt to create a utopia where mutants could live in peace. The mutants relocated to the reality had their memories erased as they couldn't resist.
Match was one of a group of mutants that was a follower of En Sabah Nur who, along with Anole, Transonic, and Maggott, were engaged in planning an explosion at the Hope Summers Memorial Library in order to end the fake memories that had been plaguing them.
While not seen, Match was presumably allowed to leave the reality and return to the real world when X-Man decided to release the mutants he trapped in his reality.
House of X
Match is a mutant with pyrokinetic abilities including:
- Pyrokinesis: As with most pyrokinetics, Match has the mutant ability to psionically manipulate molecules in the air, exciting them to burst into flame. Once created, he has absolute control of it. Differing from most though is that his body produces a constant flow of fire and as a result, his body is constantly engulfed in flame and radiates with an orange color. Match can manipulate fire to great extents thus granting him the ability to execute a number of different fire based attacks.
- Pyric Form: Match's body is constantly burning and glowing. His head, in particular, gives off a constant flame. Although his body constantly burns and his temperature is higher than the average human, his body flame is still cooler than an actual flame, which prevents him from burning his clothing.
- Fire Manipulation: Not only is Match able to create fire but he too is able to mentally control large amounts and to great levels.
- Immunity to Fire & Heat: Match is seemingly immune to fire and high temperatures. As a side effect of his powers, thermal production causes his skin to glow with heat and constantly radiate flame from his scalp.
- Energy Based Shield: Match is able to focus the heat he generates into a shield that can cover his body, withstand some energy attacks, and melt most objects upon touch.
- Concussive Blasts: Match is able to release fire from his body as powerful concussive blasts of pure fire and extreme heat capable of dealing out incredible damage.
- Fire Extinguishing/Absorption: Match is either able to absorb or mentally extinguish any fire in his vicinity.
- Skilled Leader: Match has shown himself to be a capable team leader.
- Ben's impulsive nature and fiery temper has led some to wonder if it is due to his power. On the other side, he was quoted as giving credence to the Doctor Lucius Kleinstein's theories supposing "a correlation between an individual's personality traits and the nature of their genetic mutation".
- It is theorized that by generating enough fire and heat, Match can create thrust below him allowing flight similar to that of a rocket. This would be similar to the Human Torch.
- Ben's first name was first revealed in New X-Men Vol 2 #5.
- Match was the field leader of the Paragons Squad.
- In the New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook #1, Match was voted “Shortest Temper.”
- In the New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook #1, Match lists his likes as being in charge and winning, and his dislikes as indecision.
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