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Chimeras were genetically engineered artificial mutants that combined DNAs of several mutants to achieve combinations of their specific power sets.[1]


Moira's Ninth Life

In the ninth life of Moira X, the population levels of mutants reached a crisis point, which combined with the constant evasion-relocation-confrontation efforts led the mutant leadership to approve the creation of the Sinister Breeding Pits on Mars, in which Mister Sinister focused on creating mutant soldiers with specific power sets.

After the successful development of the first generation of clones, which created simple clones from unaltered DNA used as canon fodder, the second generation led to the creation of Chimeras with X-Genes that combined the DNA of two different mutants. The third generation Chimeras were even more powerful, combining up to five different X-Genes; however, the fourth generation of Omega-based Chimeras were a colossal failure, which destroyed 40% of the remaining mutants population, caused the fall of the mutant nation of Krakoa, and ended in the destruction of the Sinister Breeding Pits. The flaw was not random, but baked in by Sinister himself, who had secretly defected from the mutants' cause shortly before creating them.[1]

Moira's Tenth Life

In Moira's tenth life, Sinister was once again recruited as an ally of mutantkind, and entrusted with the genetic material of every mutant on Earth. Sinister created his first "chimera" decades earlier in this timeline, by implanting an X-Gene within himself.[2]

After the establishment of the mutant nation of Krakoa, Sinister began working on chimeras in earnest, albeit secretly. He combined his own genetic material with that of the god-like Arakki mutant Tarn the Uncaring, creating a Sinister-Tarn chimera. This chimera was destroyed by Empath on the order of Emma Frost.[3] Despite this failure and the attention of his fellow Council members, Sinister appeared to be undeterred in continuing his research into chimeras.[4]

Powers and Abilities


  • A combination of two to five mutant powers.[1]


  • Third-generation Chimeras had a failure rate of almost 10%, which resulted in pacifistic Cardinals, unsuitable to be warriors.[1]
  • Fourth-generation Chimeras had a corrupted hive mind, which was deliberately engineered by Sinister and caused massive damage to the mutant population.[1]



An unnamed Cardinal, Mister Sinister of Earth-616, Mister Sinister of Earth-TRN756, North, Rasputin IV

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