Early years

Eugene Sykes' father was killed in World War II on the beaches of Normandy.

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Eugene Sykes in a war.

A veteran of three military tours in Vietnam, Eugene Sykes had his knee blown out in the war on the Ho Chi Minh trail. He spent two years in a prisoner of war camp where he was tortured and not allowed to speak. When he made it home, he vowed to always speak his mind and stand up for freedom.

Congressman Eugene Sykes built a political following by trying to push through a Mutant Registration Act. He was once angrily questioned by Sally Floyd, a reporter from the Alternative, who had known mutant connections, and left-winged opinions.


After M-Day, when most of the world's mutants lost their powers, Sykes gave a press conference to let the world know that he did not plan on changing his stance on mutant registration, stating that even depowered mutants should still be required to register. He told several reporters that he considered mutants like bombs or weapons and that he sought to provide for the safety of the common man. Sykes was disgusted when Sally Floyd managed to make it into the press conference. She confronted him with questions about his fears and she met his defenses about the Constitution with bitterness and sarcasm, even calling him a "bigoted jackass". Floyd later published an article about Sykes that proved incredibly popular, and she embarrassed him in a televised debate weeks later.

Former mutant Jubilee focused on fighting against Sykes politically while he continued working to gain support.

Sykes appeared on Fox News in a debate against Sally Floyd after it was revealed that a serial killer, the Ghoul, was striking against ex-mutants. He cited acts of mutant terrorists such as Pyro, Toad, and Juggernaut as examples of his case, though Floyd pointed out that Juggernaut was not a mutant and even joked that Sykes may be one. Floyd cited past acts of racism and terrorism against minority groups, but Sykes was not swayed, considering mutants far too dangerous.

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Sykes learned that Sally Floyd was incarcerated for not revealing a source and planned to bail her out, though he wanted to teach her a lesson at the same time. He visited her and, avoiding her sarcasm, handed her an envelope that he told her to open later. He claimed to be a patriot and explained his motivations, telling her he was ailing her out and that the two of them were more similar than she realized. Floyd accused him of trying to trick her and he then instructed her to open the envelope, in which was a note predicting her very reaction. His point proven, he bailed her out.


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