Quote1.png Bizarre. The more dupes I created, the more it "thinned out" Locke's control, until I finally broke free. And all these Hydra agents dead...because of me. Frightening. But the most frightening thing of all...is that I don't feel anything. No regret. no horror. No elation. Just... empty. And that's bad. Very... very... bad. Quote2.png
-- Multiple Man src

 

Origin

Jamie Madrox's mutant ability was apparent as early as his birth. He created his first duplicate when the doctor smacked him on the bottom.[11] Two weeks later, Jamie's father resigned from the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center and moved his family to an intentionally isolated farm in Lawrenceville, Kansas[12] at the suggestion of Professor Charles Xavier. Later, Damien Tryp, of Singularity Investigations, made his own offer to look after Jamie, claiming that Jamie was not in fact a mutant, but a "changeling," a predecessor to mutants, who manifest their powers at birth. Jamie's parents, however, refused to give Jamie to Tryp.[11] From a young age, Madrox was given a special suit to wear that would neutralize his mutant power, but, before this could be explained to him, a freak tornado killed his parents when he was 15,[12] later revealed to have been caused by Tryp, who had also manipulated Jamie's memories to make him forget his part in the accident.[13]

Madrox spent the next six years alone caring for his parents' farm. When he was 21, malfunctioning control elements in the suit caused a power surge that released his inhibited power and caused the suit to begin absorbing ambient electrical energy. Confused, frightened, and driven mad by isolation, Madrox felt himself drawn to New York City. There, he clashed with the Fantastic Four until Xavier arrived to defuse the situation.[12] With the help of Xavier and Reed Richards, Madrox's suit was repaired and he accompanied Xavier back to his mansion in Westchester County. There, Madrox's temporary madness was cured and, after learning to cope with his powers, he was invited to join the X-Men. He declined, and instead accompanied Xavier to Muir Island where he became a laboratory assistant to mutant researcher Doctor Moira MacTaggert.[citation needed]

Muir Island

Madrox's ability proved invaluable to MacTaggert, and he quickly became a regular fixture on Muir. Unfortunately, Madrox also found himself battling against threats such as the alien Eric the Red and the reality-altering mutant Proteus, who possessed one of Madrox's duplicates in order to escape confinement on Muir. Proteus's possession instantly killed the duplicate, and for the first time Madrox felt the severe psychic backlash caused by the death of one of his duplicates. After Proteus was defeated, Madrox again declined to join the X-Men, preferring to remain on Muir Island with Moira and her lover, the X-Man Banshee. Soon after, Banshee's daughter Siryn came to live on Muir. She and Madrox ultimately grew close.[citation needed]

Eventually, one of Madrox's duplicates sought to remain apart from the original and live his own life. To this end, he drugged the original Madrox and joined Moira and Siryn on a trip to the U.S. to search for Sunspot and Warlock, two missing members of the New Mutants. Eventually finding the runaway mutants as members of the Vanisher's teenage gang, the Fallen Angels, the duplicate Madrox and Siryn were persuaded to join by the alien Ariel. During their time with the group, the duplicate Madrox and Siryn engaged in a brief romance. Eventually, the true nature of the Fallen Angels was revealed to be a ruse by aliens from the Coconut Grove planet who sought to cure their race's stalled evolution by experimenting on mutants. Defeating the aliens, the team returned to Earth, but apparently disbanded soon after. The duplicate and Siryn rejoined Moira at the Xavier Institute to return to Muir; however, the duplicate had no desire to be reabsorbed and so created another duplicate to take his place on the return trip while he secretly remained in the U.S.[citation needed]

X-Factor

Later, the original Madrox was possessed by the psionic entity the Shadow King during the villain's takeover of Muir; after his defeat, Madrox joined the government-sponsored X-Factor team. Unknown to Madrox, the duplicate that had joined the Fallen Angels years before had since found a place in the Nasty Boys, a team of super-powered mercenaries employed by geneticist Mister Sinister. With the help of Senator Steven Shaffran/Ricochet, a mutant with the ability to turn other mutants' powers and fears against them, the duplicate convinced the Nasty Boys, and Madrox himself, that he was the original. Madrox merged with the duplicate, but it was a ruse; he "disassembled" the duplicate from the inside and remained the dominant personality in order to expose Shaffran and stop Sinister.[citation needed]

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Later, when most of the team were busy with another assignment, Madrox and his teammate Quicksilver were sent to investigate a murder case in Maine in which the prime suspect was a young mutant named Rhapsody, who had been fired from her music teaching job after turning blue and first manifesting her ability to entrance others with music. The man responsible for terminating her employment was found dead two days later, with Rhapsody apprehended at the scene of the crime. Exposed to the effects of Rhapsody's power, Madrox became convinced of her innocence and was set to break her out of prison when the truth was revealed. Rhapsody had used her power on the victim in an effort to make him see the error of his decision to fire her, only to accidentally cause his death.[citation needed]

Following an attempted assassination of Xavier supposedly by the mutant soldier from the future, Cable, X-Factor and the X-Men teamed up to capture Cable's team of young mutants, X-Force. Among X-Force's number was Siryn, who confronted Madrox over their past relationship. Madrox revealed to Siryn that although he retained all the memories of her relationship with his renegade duplicate, he possessed none of the related emotional attachment.[citation needed]

Among his X-Factor teammates, Madrox formed a close bond with Strong Guy. The pair shared an odd sense of humor and often joked around much to team leader Havok's chagrin. A psychiatric analysis by Doctor Leonard Samson ultimately revealed the reason for Madrox's humorous attitude. His living alone for many years as a child created an almost pathological need for attention to ensure he would never be alone again, and he was willing to do virtually anything - whether it be telling jokes, playing gags, or creative use of dupes - to get people to notice him.

During a subsequent mission with X-Factor to the island nation of Genosha, one of Madrox's duplicates contracted the deadly Legacy Virus; when reabsorbed, it was believed Madrox himself was infected. The mutant prophetess Haven offered to cure Madrox of the Virus, but the attempt failed and he seemingly died. However, Madrox unconsciously stayed split into separate bodies, ensuring that the Virus would be contained in one body and not duplicate into the others. When the infected body died, the shock of its death caused Madrox to lose his memory. Later, X-Factor was sent on a mission to apprehend a mysterious figure that was revealed to be Madrox, alive and well with his memory restored. Madrox had been recruited by elements of the U.S. government that wanted to turn him into the ultimate secret agent, training him to become a one-man army. Madrox ultimately rejoined X-Factor until the team's disbanding after the apparent death of its leader, Havok. He then returned to Muir Island where he was reunited with both Moira and his X-Factor teammate Wolfsbane. Madrox subsequently worked in Genosha at the behest of Professor X to monitor the situation there after the rise to power of mutant activist Magneto.[citation needed]

X-Corps

Madrox was then recruited by Banshee into the paramilitary X-Corps organization for which Madrox created duplicates to function as support staff performing duties ranging from communications monitoring to gunship pilots.[14] Following the restructuring of the X-Corps into the X-Corporation global mutant search and rescue organization, Madrox worked with the group's European branch for a time until a pitched battle against the living bacterial consciousness known as Weapon XII cost the life of his teammate Darkstar.[citation needed]

X-Factor Investigations

Madrox subsequently quit and struck out on his own. For a long time, Madrox had been unable to decide what to do with his life, and as a solution, had sent out a large number of dupes for the past few years to each live separate lives and then return to him so that he could absorb their knowledge and experiences. Madrox also established XXX Investigators in Mutant Town hiring former X-Factor teammates Strong Guy and Wolfsbane as a bodyguard and assistant respectively. His first case was to investigate the murder of one of his duplicates by an assassin named Clay, who also possessed the ability to create duplicates of himself, which led Madrox to Chicago and Sheila DeSoto, fiancée of multi-millionaire industrialist Edward Vance. Unbeknown to Madrox, who had become romantically involved with Sheila, she was the one who had hired Clay to prevent Madrox from interfering in her plans to take control of the Chicago crime syndicate. Sheila was ultimately killed after she was revealed to be a self-styled highly evolved mutant. The firm was renamed X-Factor Investigations after the government-sponsored X-Factor mutant superhero group that the three founders had previously served on.[15]

Decimation

Following M-Day, Madrox's new-found wealth (from winning a Who Wants to be a Millionaire-style game show) allowed him to recruit two of his former colleagues of the Paris branch of the now-defunct X-Corporation: Siryn and Generation X's Monet. Moreover, the team was then reinforced with the arrival of a depowered Rictor and the mysterious, young Layla Miller.[16]

X-Factor Investigations after M-Day

Siryn, as part of her duties for X-Factor Investigations, investigated the murder of the woman who died in Jack Vaughn's penthouse under suspicious circumstances. Jack Vaughn (a movie star) claimed that the woman had been killed by her sister, Gloria Santiago, who was upset about the relationship between the two. Rival agency Singularity Investigations represented Jack Vaughn, with Tryp, Jr. (secretly a young Damien Tryp) as the defense counsel, while X-Factor Investigations tried to help Gloria. After Monet established a mental bond with Gloria to assess the truth, she managed to incriminate Vaughn, while Layla thwarted SI’s assassination attempt on Rictor. Tryp, Jr. was so infuriated by this that he badly beat Siryn and left her for dead (having shot her in the neck with a dart that prevented her from using her powers).[17]

Madrox and Strong Guy gave Tryp a very public warning as Tryp was jogging in Central Park. They told Tryp that they knew that it was him who hurt Siryn, and while they would not hurt him in broad daylight, he should watch his back.[18] With this, Tryp, Junior and Tryp, Senior made Madrox an offer to merge X-Factor with their firm, making Madrox laughed in response.[19]

After the meeting, Madrox started suspecting Singularity Investigations wasn't responsible for the decimation, as he'd previously thought, so he asked Siryn to find out more about it from the heroes who might have been involved (by using her modulated voice to make them more suggestible). She learned from Spider-Man, and later from Quiksilver, that the X-Men (who had denied any involvement) were, in fact, central to the ending of the House of M and the subsequent Decimation. After a confrontation, Madrox decided X-Factor would take a public stance in defiance of the Superhuman Registration Act and the X-Men decided not to interfere with Quicksilver as long as he stayed in Mutant Town.[20]

X-Factor Investigations, with Layla on the team

A former Singularity employee went to X-Factor Investigations and revealed that Tryp was attempting to create a modern version of the Legacy Virus. Strong Guy was sent to drive the man to safety but once they were alone, Strong Guy killed him and called Tryp to report it. Guido tried to tell the team that the man had vanished on him but Wolfsbane smelled his blood on Guido's hands and a psychic scan by Monet revealed the truth. It seemed Tryp had placed a hypnotic suggestion in Strong Guy’s head to turn him into a sleeper agent. After breaking into Singularity Investigations, the elder Tryp confronted the team and revealed that all of Singularity Investigations' efforts to create the new virus had been made to prevent a possible future in which X-Factor managed to undo the Decimation and ended up causing humanity's destruction at the hands of re-powered mutants in a bloody conflict.[21]

As the team was fleeing the building, one of Madrox's dupes blew up the whole thing, apparently killing Tryp, Junior and Tryp, Senior. After this, the elder Damian Tryp, who had managed to survive the explosion, revealed to Layla that her very existence had foiled his plans, but things would be different now that he knew of her existence.[13]

After finding out about the foretold event, each member of the X-Factor Investigations received a session with Doc Samson. On Jamie's session, Samson convinced him to tell Siryn and Monet that, a few nights before, Madrox had gotten drunk and had made a dupe of himself, leading one to sleep with Siryn, while the other had slept with Monet; they did not take it well.[4]

Reverend John Maddox

After Madrox's experience with a duplicate who was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., whose existence he had forgotten about, Madrox decided to go on a quest to gather his lost dupes.[4] One of the first dupes he encountered was John Maddox, who had become a priest and built his own family. He was very determined to keep his individuality and even threatened to shoot Madrox to achieve this goal. However, Jamie won a resulting contest of wills, and John finally submitted to absorption. In the end, Jamie realized the importance of what his dupe had accomplished and decided to let him remain free and live with his family.[5]

Jamie met at least one other dupe before returning home. This one had become "the world's greatest detective" and had discovered secrets so important and disturbing that he would rather die than let Jamie live with that knowledge. After killing a corrupt cop in the middle of the street, he was shot by the whole squad accompanying him. Unlike the recently created dupes, this dupe perished with no memories being transferred to Jamie.[22]

Meanwhile, Siryn and Monet had bonded in France and rescued an ex-mutant named Nicole from a riot.[5] When Jamie got home, a group of ex-mutants believing the government had depowered mutants was now operating in Mutant Town. After Quicksilver restored most of the mutants' powers using his Terrigen Crystals, Jamie led a battalion of dupes to face the group, but, in the end, it was their unstable powers that led to their defeat, resulting in the death of one of them and others' retreat. Quicksilver was dealt with by Rictor, who turned against him after he threatened Layla.[23]

X-Factor tangled with The Isolationist, a powerful telepath (among other things), who convinced Madrox, Cyclops, and Beast to organize a "Million Mutant March" political rally on Washington, D.C. to get mutants declared an endangered species by the U.S. government. However, Layla Miller told Madrox that Nicole was one of Huber's agents and had tried to kill her, leading to a confrontation between Huber and the team, which resulted in Madrox, Guido and Rahne being teleported to a frozen wasteland. Luckily, Rictor and Monet fought Huber soon after and forced him to retreat, rescuing the team in the process.[24]

Messiah Complex

Dupe and Layla going to the future

Madrox, Rictor, and an accompanying Layla Miller were alerted to the Xavier Mansion by Emma Frost after the first mutant birth since M-Day.[25] Madrox and Layla were sent to Forge's headquarters to send two dupes into different alternate realities. Layla jumped in with one of the dupes at the last minute, claiming she had a part to play in their mission. Unfortunately, Forge informed Madrox that there was no way to retrieve Layla and his dupes, who received instructions to kill themselves once they received the information they needed to get reabsorbed into Madrox Prime.[26] Layla and the Madrox-dupe landed in Bishop's future, where they were captured and branded as mutants.[27][28] Layla killed Madrox's dupe, which strangely led to Madrox Prime gaining the same tattoo the dupe had gotten.[29]

The end of Mutant Town

After a confrontation with Jamie about her leaving, Rahne revealed that she had seen herself murder Jamie and Layla Madrox on their wedding night, and not wanting to kill Layla upon her return from the dystopian future, left the team. Rictor, who'd only been left a letter by Rahne, decided to quit as well, but was kidnapped by the X-Men villain Arcade before he had the chance. In addition to that, Arcade also spread several bombs and placed a disintegration grid surrounding Mutant Town, preventing everyone from getting in or out. In the end, X-Factor managed to shut the grid down, but they were unable to save Mutant Town, as it was destroyed by Arcade's bombs.[30]

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In the aftermath of the event, Val Cooper met with the team and tried to recruit them, giving them 24 hours to think about it. Around this time, Madrox also began hallucinating a figure of Layla Miller, who would help him realize things that his subconscious already knew. Thanks to this, Madrox realized what Siryn had been trying to tell him for the last couple of days: she was pregnant with his child. After talking to her about it, the two embraced and discussed the future of the baby and Val Cooper's offer. The whole team then voted, but decided to escape and relocate to Detroit, Michigan.[31]

Secret Invasion

Darwin went in search of Professor Xavier because he wanted to help him. He encountered Longshot, who tried to lead him to the Professor by using his powers. Longshot, however was unsure if his powers had been working correctly and tested them out on a group of people who turned on Darwin and attacked. After a brief fight, Darwin managed to get away and the crowd turned on Longshot. Darwin's father hired X-Factor to find his son, supposedly because he felt bad for walking out on him and his mother when he was younger.[32] Madrox, Monet, and Guido tracked down Darwin and Longshot, but Longshot was attacked by Jazinda and She-Hulk who were trailing after him because he was really Nogor the Talisman, a Skrull priest.[33]

After a fight between the two groups, they both realized Longshot was a Skrull impostor, defeated him, and handed him over to Jazinda and She-Hulk before parting ways.[34]

Cortex and the Summers Rebellion

Summers Rebellion

Darwin was reunited with his father, only to be betrayed and sold out to by operatives of an organization known as the Karma Project, who were experimenting on living human beings. Meanwhile, the real Longshot showed up and he and Darwin joined X-Factor. Valerie Cooper took an interest in Siryn's unborn child. During a confrontation, while Siryn was leaving for the hospital because her water broke, Val was accidentally shot.[35] While Val recovered, Siryn gave birth and finally acknowledged that her father was dead and never coming back. She named her son Sean, after her father but when Madrox held him, he absorbed Sean.[36] Jamie then left X-Factor Investigations and Detroit to wander and contemplate suicide. Before killing himself, Jamie walked to Vermont to speak with Pastor John Maddox, a dupe who had settled down and started a family. Explaining to John that dupes were unable to have babies, John revealed that he already knew this. However, Jamie threatened to kill himself, knocking out John. Before he pulled the trigger, an older Layla Miller returned to stop him.[37]

Jamie was transported to the future in the midst of the Summers Rebellion, where mutants rose up against Sentinel and human oppressors, who were led by Ruby Summers, the daughter of Cyclops and Emma Frost with her fathers' eye beams and Emma's organic mineral body, Layla, and a cyborg Cyclops, whose predicament was Jamie's fault. After Jamie kissed Layla (now an adult) out of happiness at seeing her, Cyclops wanted Jamie to find out why some mutants were winking out off existence. The group visited an ageing senile Doctor Doom, who said Layla told him in the past that he'd have to instruct Jamie and her on something in the future, and it was now.[citation needed]

In the present, X-Factor and new members Longshot and Darwin battled Cortex, an agent of the Summers Rebellion era government. Cortex briefly controlled Shatterstar and M, using them to respectively make assassination attempts on Reverend John Maddox and Lenore Wilkinson. Cortex grabbed Longshot, trying to also control him, and realized he and Shatterstar were connected. When Cortex lost control over Monet, she attacked him and his hood fell back revealing that he was the second Jamie Madrox duplicate from Messiah Complex.[38]

The Summer's Rebellion was attacked, and Trevor Fitzroy was killed. Layla was forced to resurrect him, making him into the villain he was destined to be; while Layla could bring people to life, it left them soulless. Madrox and Layla were sent back to the present. While Madrox ended up with X-Factor, Layla was nowhere to be seen.[citation needed]

Second Coming

When X-Factor was hired to go to Latveria to search for the Invisible Woman, Madrox was surprised to see Layla in the company of Doctor Doom. She remained behind with Shatterstar, frustrating Jamie. She returned to X-Factor with Shatterstar in the midst of Bastion's attack on Utopia.[citation needed]

While protecting J. Jonah Jameson, mayor of New York, Strong Guy was killed. Layla brought him back to life. This changed the future Layla knew. When the demon Bloodbath attacked X-Factor, Jamie was killed. This caused Layla great emotional distress.[citation needed]

They Keep Killing Madrox

Jamie, however, did not simply die. He appeared in an alternate reality by the corpses of Layla and himself on their wedding night, and confronted Vanora, who Layla had paid to kill them. Jamie died and found himself in a reality in which humans were dominated by Deathlok. He died once more and found himself the apprentice of Doctor Strange, who had just died at the hands of Dormammu. The spirit of Doc Strange was able to send Jamie back to his reality, but complications drew Vanora, Deathlok, and Dormammu with him.[citation needed]

Jamie's body suddenly came back to life in the icebox Layla had kept it in. Overjoyed at his revival, Layla immediately slept with him. Afterward, Jamie regretted letting that happen, and was surprised to learn that Havok and Polaris had taken over X-Factor Investigations. Madrox and Alex made a deal that Alex would take the lead on missions given by Wolverine and Valerie Cooper while Madrox would lead those given by ordinary clients.[citation needed]

Retirement and Death

After the events of the Hell on Earth War, Jamie retired to his family farm with Layla and sold the rights to the X-Factor name to Harrison Snow.[39]

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Sometime later, Jamie went to Muir Island to investigate what effect the Terrigen Mists had on mutants. He discovered that the Terrigen Mists were toxic to mutants, but by then, he began to suffer from the lethal effects of the Mists. He sent out a distress call, which was received by Cyclops' X-Men. The team found Jamie dying among a group of dead or dying dupes. With his last breath, Jamie told Cyclops what he had discovered about the Mists.[40]

Jamie along with his dupes and the research team he worked alongside were buried on Muir Island.[41]

Dawn of X

Jamie was presumably resurrected by the Five in Krakoa and joined the new mutant nation. He was interviewed by Marvel Girl following an ambush of Xavier’s Pharmaceuticals Distribution Site where some of his dupes were in critical condition and reabsorbed for recollecting what had happened.[42]

Power Grid[69]
Intelligence3
Strength3
Speed2
Durability3
Energy Projection1
Fighting Skills4

Powers

Madrox is a Changeling, the genetic predecessors of mutants whose powers manifest at birth instead of during puberty. Madrox's powers include:

The Multiple Man in action

  • Kinetic Duplication: Jamie Madrox creates an identical physical living duplicate of himself upon any physical impact, possibly via extra-dimensional mass acquisition similar to the process used by the various Ant-Mans and Hulks. This process is spontaneous and cannot be prevented by Madrox. Although he can create multiple duplicates, and the duplicates themselves can also replicate, each is only able to create one duplicate at a time; he has been seen to produce around forty duplicates before no more would be created. The duplicates think, feel, and act independently, though usually guided by the original. Each tends to manifest one aspect of Madrox's personality, which increases in strength with lengthier separation from the original; these traits have recently become more extreme. Madrox is telepathically and empathetically linked to his duplicates, suffering severe, potentially fatal, trauma if one dies and also allowing him to track them to a general area by concentrating.[43] If Madrox himself were killed, it is not known whether any existing duplicates would continue to function independently; it is said in theory, that if the original Madrox was killed, that one of his active dupes is capable of taking over as the new original and will assume the dominant abilities and collective personality that the original Madrox had. It is virtually impossible to distinguish the original from the duplicates. His powers have increased during his life. He was once able to create hundreds of dupes by himself. He has even gained better control of his powers, he has learned to prevent his body from producing duplicates,[44] and has even been shown at one time to have duplicated without kinetic impact. Madrox was able to merge himself into the home-dimension of the duplicates, and to come back without kinetic impact from the dupe who absorbed him.
    • Duplication Absorption: The original Madrox can absorb them back into himself at will, at the same time absorbing the memories, skills, and experiences of the duplicate. The only limit to this power is he can't absorb a dead dupe.
    • Duplication Experience Transference: When Madrox merges back, he retains memories (albeit somewhat imperfect), knowledge, and experiences of the dupe. Madrox doesn't have to absorb his duplicates to absorb information from them, he automatically absorbs information from any of his dupes if it kills itself.
    • Duplication Healing: He also uses merging as a form of healing - Originally, uninjured Madri "shared" the damage when they reemerged (e.g., if an injured dupe merged with an uninjured Madrox, the resulting Madrox had an injury half as severe as the original injury). Now, however, the core Madrox can reabsorb injured or even near-dead dupes without taking on any of their physical injuries at all.

Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man

Notable Duplicates

  • Proteus possessed dupe - Proteus once possessed a Madrox duplicate in order to escape confinement on Muir Island, killing him at the instant he possessed him. It was the first dupe to die, causing a trauma to Jamie.
  • Fallen Angels & Nasty Boys dupe - one of Madrox's evil dupes joined the Nasty Boys. The first to show real independence, drugging Jamie to go to USA with Moira and join the Fallen Angels. Later came back and impersonated the original, absorbing him for a short time, unknowing it was on the real Madrox authorization.
  • Independent Mutated Madroxes - During his trip to the U.S., the Fallen Angels dupe created a duplicate who wanted to live for himself. His source paradoxically stated it was the first dupe who denied to re-merge. His difference was shown by incomplete independence on his source duplicate (or it was the fact that this was not the original source) and a Mini-Cerebro analysis who designed him as different from his source.
  • Chicago dupe - This dupe lived in Chicago and married Shelia DeSoto, crime boss Edward Vance's fiancée. He was later assassinated by Clay.[45]
  • Shaolin Monk dupe - This dupe was sent by Madrox Prime to Tibet to study meditation. He later returned for absorption.[45]
  • Homosexual dupe(s) - Several dupes have demonstrated or discussed some homosexual feelings and/or tendencies.[46][47][4][48][49]
  • EMT dupe - One of Madrox's many dupes was trained as a paramedic.
  • Anatomy class dupe - One of Madrox's many dupes audited an anatomy class for six months.[47]
  • Russian dupe - One of Madrox's many dupes was sent to live in Moscow for a year and a half to learn Russian. He complained a lot that he wasn't in Hawaii.
  • The X-Factor dupe - This dupe once tried to kill Rictor[50] and later reemerged in time to blow up Singularity Investigations. He alone seemed to remember his first encounter with Damian Tryp.[13]
  • James Madrox Esq. - One of Madrox's many dupes went to law school and passed the New York Bar Exam.[51]
  • Agent Madrox - Agent Madrox was a "co-original" of Madrox sent out to study espionage. He made contact with Val Cooper, who set him up with her connections at S.H.I.E.L.D..[7]
  • "Heff" dupe - After celebrating and heavy drinking, Madrox bumped into a wall and created a dupe that later sleeps with Siryn and Monet (or both).[11] Jamie described this dupes as his "libido unleashed".[4] The result of the union was the conception of Sean Madrox.
  • Father John Maddox - John was originally created to learn from the world,[52] and went to study religion. While studying he changed his name to John Maddox, married, started a family, and became an Episcopal pastor. Jamie decided not to absorb him because of his family and life.[5]
  • "World's Greatest Detective" dupe - After going to Detroit and Chicago to study investigation, criminal justice, and police work, this dupe became disillusioned with society and the justice system. When Madrox came to reabsorb him, he claimed to have become the World's Greatest Detective. He also claimed to know why Madrox's dupes were becoming more unpredictable, the source of Madrox's powers, "what's coming" and "uber". This knowledge caused him to turn to drinking. Finally, before Madrox could reabsorb this dupe, he shot a dirty cop and was gunned down by the police in order to spare Madrox Prime the burden of knowledge.[22]
  • Cortex - One of two dupes sent into the only remaining two futures with mutants.[26] Cortex encountered Damian Tryp and was altered to served Tryps purposes.[53]
  • Scoutmaster dupe - One of Jamie's dupes worked as a scoutmaster for a year.[54]
  • Vengeful dupe - Similar to the X-Factor dupe, this dupe is Jamie's darker side and tried to kill Hector Muñoz.[55]
  • Sean Madrox - Sean was actually a child conceived by Siryn and a dupe.[11] However, as a child of a dupe, Sean possessed the same attributes of a dupe and was inadvertently absorbed by Madrox Prime.[36]
  • R.S.C. dupe - One of Madrox's dupes spent eighteen months with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[37]
  • Chaos War resurrected dupes - When the Chaos King put the living asleep and opened the underworld, three Madrox dupes were among the resurrected.[56] They were all later killed in battle against the Carrion Crow.[57]
  • Gofer dupe - One of Madrox's dupes worked as a gofer on the set of Supernatural for six months, and learned some things about warding off demons.[58]
  • Bloodbath dupe - Dupe created at Imperial Studios while the X-Factor crew was searching for Bloodbath. Later killed by Terry Roland, and possessed by Bloodbath to murder Madrox Prime.[59]
  • Matt Rocks, Esq. - One of the dupes sent to study law. He moved to Los Angeles and became an entertainment lawyer. Madrox Prime chose not to reabsorb Matt in exchange for Matt sending him half of his earnings. Unlike Madrox Prime, Matt has jet black hair, tanned skin, and constantly wears sunglasses. Also, he is portrayed in a more comical fashion than many of the other dupes.[60]
  • Bunker Dupe - After the death of Jamie Prime, one dupe managed to survive -- it is unconfirmed if Matt Rocks or Father John Maddox survived the death of Jamie Prime, but seems unlikely based off of the nature of Jamie's powers established in Multiple Man -- by having sealed himself in an airtight bunker on Muir Island sometime before the events of Madrox and the following X-Factor, which delayed the adverse health effects of Jamie Prime's death. In an effort to put off his inevitable death, the dupe stole a Temporal Beacon from Bishop and traveled into the future, creating dupes along the way that resulted in a future which was ruled and policed by Madri.[61] This dupe was revealed to have personified a treacherous, megalomaniacal aspect of Jamie Prime's personality and had originally locked himself in the bunker in order to find a way to become the Prime Jamie.[62] Dubbing himself "Emperor Prime," he was the leader of a totalitarian regime in the future he had conquered, though he was opposed by a Resistance also made up of Madri, led by that reality's Jamie Prime's orphaned son, Davey Miller.[63] The Emperor Prime had killed off most of the world's superheroes, starting with Beast after he had created a serum that would make the Emperor Prime the Prime Jamie.[62] The Emperor Prime ended up undergoing a change of heart after killing a heroic version of himself who had traveled to the past to stop him, thus becoming said heroic version himself.[64] This Madrox ultimately managed to fix the timeline by committing assisted suicide that created a chain reaction, killing all of the army of duplicates, good and bad, except for one that was in a different reality at the time.[65] Other notable Dupes from this time travel adventure include:
    • Lieutenant Madrox - Emperor Prime's second-in-command who, after the Emperor Prime's change of heart, took over control of the empire and used its army to invade the past, defeating the combined forces of the heroic Emperor, the X-Men, and the New Mutants. Lieutenant Madrox managed to steal and take the serum that turned the Emperor Prime into the Prime Jamie, briefly managing to become "Co-Prime," but was then reabsorbed by the Emperor.[66]
    • Cloak - One of a group of dupes from the Resistance against Emperor Prime who were sent into the timestream to find help, this dupe was specifically sent to find Doctor Strange. He instead found himself in Earth-TRN591 and met the Sorcerer Supreme of that world, Doctor Stark. Stark refused to assist Jamie's time but did take him on as a student. After sixty years of study, Jamie, taking the name and Cloak of that world's deceased Cloak, collected the other dupes that had been sent into the timestream and traveled back to assist Jamie Prime in saving their world.[67] Cloak ultimately died when Jamie Prime was killed, saving the Past.[65]
    • Hulk - One of a group of dupes from the Resistance against Emperor Prime who were sent into the timestream to find help. This dupe ended up on Earth-807128 and became a Hulk after drinking Gamma-irradiated water. He joined the Hulk Gang for a while before Cloak returned to collect him.[67] Hulk assisted Jamie Prime in killing himself in order to stop the invading evil Multiple Men, and died himself as a result.[65]
    • Deadpool - One of a group of dupes from the Resistance against Emperor Prime who were sent into the timestream to find help. This dupe ended up on Earth-928 and was semi-involuntarily turned into a "the Greatest Warrior of All Time" by the Freakshow using old Weapon Plus plans. He was collected by Cloak to travel back to save their time.[67]. Deadpool ultimately died when Jamie Prime was killed, saving the Past.[65]
    • Cable - One of a group of dupes from the Resistance against Emperor Prime who were sent into the timestream to find help, this dupe was specifically sent to find the X-Men. This dupe ended up Earth-4935 and joined Clan Askani. The dupe ended up committing to the Clan's cause and spent years helping to fight back against Apocalypse, becoming bonded with the Technarchy at some point. He was collected, unwillingly, by Cloak to travel back to save their time.[67]. Cable ultimately died when Jamie Prime was killed, saving the Past.[65]
    • Bartender Dupe - One of a group of dupes from the Resistance against Emperor Prime who were sent into the timestream to find help, this dupe was specifically sent to find Tony Stark. This dupe ended up on an Earth where everyone hangs out on a beach wearing swimsuits and got a job as a bartender. The dupe was forgotten and ended up not being collected by Cloak with the rest. He returned to the past after the death of Jamie Prime, somehow having survived (Likely due to not being on Earth-616 at the time), leaving his new world after it "took a turn for the worst" and wearing an M tattoo over his eye identical to that which the original Jamie had received on Earth-1191. This dupe then took the serum Beast had created, making him the new and only Jamie Prime, and set out to meet the original Madrox's widowed wife and child.[67][65]

Abilities

Madrox has acquired extensive knowledge and skills via his duplicates' experiences, such as human anatomy,[47] speaking Russian,[citation needed] and Shaolin monk stealth techniques.[45] He also has hand to hand combat training, learned as part of X-Factor and from a dupe who studied martial arts.[citation needed] Madrox is a certified lawyer,[51] has medical and gymnastic training,[citation needed] and can pick locks.[citation needed]

Strength level

Jamie Madrox possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.[citation needed]

Equipment

Multiple Man's special suit

Kinetic Dampening Suit: Madrox once wore a suit that damped kinetic impacts so that he wouldn't duplicate from accidental impacts.

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Footnotes

  1. X-Factor #241
  2. Infinity Crusade #1
  3. Fallen Angels #5
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 X-Factor Vol 3 #13
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 X-Factor Vol 3 #16
  6. Madrox #4
  7. 7.0 7.1 X-Factor Vol 3 #8
  8. X-Factor Vol 3 #15
  9. X-Factor #235
  10. New X-Men Vol 2 #44
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 X-Factor Vol 3 #11
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 X-Factor Vol 3 #12
  14. Uncanny X-Men #401-406
  15. Madrox #1-5
  16. X-Factor (Vol. 3) #1-4
  17. X-Factor (Vol. 3) #2-4
  18. X-Factor Vol 3 #6
  19. X-Factor Vol 3 #7
  20. X-Factor Vol 3 #8-9
  21. X-Factor Vol 3 #10-12
  22. 22.0 22.1 X-Factor Vol 3 #17
  23. X-Factor Vol 3 #17-20
  24. X-Factor Vol 3 #22-24
  25. Uncanny X-Men #492
  26. 26.0 26.1 X-Factor Vol 3 #25
  27. X-Factor Vol 3 #26
  28. Uncanny X-Men #494
  29. X-Factor Vol 3 #27
  30. X-Factor Vol 3 #28-32
  31. X-Factor Vol 3 #32
  32. X-Factor Vol 3 #33
  33. She-Hulk Vol 2 #31
  34. X-Factor Vol 3 #34
  35. X-Factor Vol 3 #38
  36. 36.0 36.1 X-Factor Vol 3 #39
  37. 37.0 37.1 X-Factor Vol 3 #40
  38. X-Factor Vol 3 #47
  39. All-New X-Factor #1
  40. Death of X #1
  41. Death of X #2
  42. X-Force Vol 6 #4
  43. X-Factor Vol 3 #14
  44. X-Factor Vol 3 #50
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Madrox #1
  46. Madrox #2
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Madrox #3
  48. X-Factor Vol 3 #21
  49. X-Factor #234
  50. X-Factor (Vol. 3) #1-2
  51. 51.0 51.1 X-Factor Vol 3 #3
  52. Wolverine: First Class #18
  53. X-Factor Vol 3 #45
  54. X-Factor Vol 3 #29
  55. X-Factor Vol 3 #36
  56. Chaos War: X-Men #1
  57. Chaos War: X-Men #2
  58. X-Factor #221
  59. X-Factor #227
  60. She-Hulk Vol 3 #8
  61. Multiple Man #1-2
  62. 62.0 62.1 Multiple Man #3
  63. Multiple Man #2
  64. Multiple Man #3-4
  65. 65.0 65.1 65.2 65.3 65.4 65.5 Multiple Man #5
  66. Multiple Man #4-5
  67. 67.0 67.1 67.2 67.3 67.4 Multiple Man #4
  68. Old Man Hawkeye #1; page 21
  69. X-Factor #200



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