- Were I able to return to you your mind... you would recall... I am Jason Wyngarde -- the man who loved you. The man who almost destroyed you.
- -- Mastermind src
While working as a carnival mentalist, Jason Wyngarde was enlisted by Magneto to serve as member of the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Magneto sought to protect his fellow mutants from persecution by conquering humanity and ruling the world himself. As Mastermind, Wyngarde helped the Brotherhood in pursuit of this goal. Magneto employed him to use his illusionary powers to re-write Lorna Dane's memories of the revelation that she was his daughter. Lorna was led to believe that her parents died in a plane crash, when she was an infant. Magneto believed that she was not ready for her abilities, or for the life that he could offer her. With his teammates Toad, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver, the Brotherhood battled the original X-Men repeatedly, but the X-Men continually thwarted them.
Mastermind used his powers to create an illusory army, allowing the Brotherhood to easily capture the country of Santo Marco. He observed Magneto's tyranny over the population with amusement. He later used illuisory flames against the X-Men. During a battle with the X-Men, Magneto chose to abandon the country. He set a nuclear bomb to explode, in hopes of killing the X-Men and everyone else left behind. Mastermind fled with his teammates, but the bomb was secretly disarmed by Quicksilver.
Magneto tasked Mastermind with locating the X-Men. Mastermind tracked them to Westchester County, but reported that he could find no trace of them. When giving this report, Mastermind was actually standing outside Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Magneto recalled him to Asteroid M. In combat with the X-Men, Mastermind used illusionary duplicates of himself to surround Iceman. Mastermind was scared when Marvel Girl levitated him high above the ground, and his illusions faded away. He was released when Marvel Girl's attention turned to a nearby struggle between Cyclops and Quicksilver. In the next battle between the two teams, Mastermind used his handgun in an attempt to shoot the Beast. The Beast used his acrobatics to avoid the bullet. Mastermind was forced to run to Magneto for help.
Mastermind used an illusion of Cyclops to surprise Magneto. Magneto was holding a weapon at the time of this surprise, and fired at the illusionary Cyclops. Mastermind's quick reflexes allowed him to evade the blast from the weapon. But his evasive move endangered the Scarlet Witch, who was next in the path of this blast.
Later, Magneto was furious with Mastermind over his surprise illusion. He used a magnetic blast on Mastermind, and warned him never to dare practice his illusions on his leader. Mastermind complained that he meant no harm, claiming that he was only trying to further exercise his powers. 
At a certain point, in a plan to eradicate Homo sapiens with the Evolutionnaries, he was involved with the Brotherhood to kidnap an teenage Emma Frost, because of her telepathic power. However, this moment was erased by the Evolutionnaries and all mutants involved have forgotten it. Ironically, an adult Emma Frost would later become Wyngarde's ally.
During this period, Mastermind was sent by Magneto to recruit Unus the Untouchable for the Brotherhood, but he failed. Finally, Magneto attempted to enlist the enigmatic alien being known as the Stranger as an ally. Angered, the Stranger transformed Mastermind into stone and transported Magneto to another planet.
Eventually, Mastermind returned to normal and joined Factor Three, another organization of superhuman mutants bent on world conquest. However, Mastermind and his allies joined the X-Men in defeating Factor Three's leader after discovering he was an extraterrestrial being.
At a certain point, he erased Sentry's memories. On another occasion, he was kidnapped along Blob and Unus by the Secret Empire. They were rescued by the X-Men and Captain America.
Wyngarde was present when Magneto reform the Brotherhood in the Savage Land. They were stopped by the Defenders and the child-like mutant Alpha who regress them to a infant state.
Along his partners, he was emprisoned to Muir Island Research Center, controlled by Moira MacTaggert. The Brotherhood was reversed into adult form by Erik the Red.
During a Christmas Day, Wyngarde, Blob and Unus have a clash with the new X-Men.
Later, Mastermind was invited to apply for admission to the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. To prove his worth, Mastermind sought to use his mutant powers as well as artificial means to psionically alter the personality of the X-Man Jean Grey. The Inner Circle hoped she would willingly become the Inner Circle's new Black Queen. Unknown to Mastermind or anyone else, his victim was not the real Jean Grey, but the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force, which had duplicated Grey's form and personality. Mastermind succeeded in causing the false Grey into becoming the new Black Queen, but unintentionally triggered the process that would soon transform her into the insane Dark Phoenix. Before the latter transformation was complete, the false Grey broke free of Mastermind's control and opened his mind to all the psionic sense impressions she received from the cosmos. Unable to cope with them, Mastermind fell into a catatonic state. The Inner Circle, of course, rejected his application for membership.
Mastermind eventually returned to normal, but still remembered the glory of the cosmos he had perceived, and felt tormented at no longer being able to experience it. Though Jean Grey was believed dead, he decided to take revenge on Grey's friends, the X-Men. He somehow succeeded in inducing Mariko Yashida into calling off her wedding to the X-Man Wolverine, and caused the X-Man Cyclops and his teammates to think Madelyne Pryor, Cyclops' new love, was Dark Phoenix. Mastermind hoped to crush the X-Men's spirits by manipulating them into killing Pryor. But the X-Men discovered Mastermind's deception and defeated him.
Finally, Wyngarde discovered he had somehow contracted the deadly Legacy Virus, a disease which affected only mutants. About the same time, Mastermind was targeted by the mutant-hunting X-Cutioner, but he was helped by the X-Men. Wyngarde made peace with the X-Men and apologized to Jean Grey for his past misdeeds. Soon after, Wyngarde died from complications of the Legacy Virus. He was survived by his three daughters, the half-sisters Martinique Jason, the second Mastermind, Regan Wyngarde, known as Lady Mastermind, and Pixie.
|Power Grid |
- Illusion Casting: Mastermind is a mutant with the power of illusion casting. He can psionically cause other people to see, hear, touch, smell, and/or taste things which do not actually exist. For example, he can seem to make a solid wall appear in an empty space. He can also cause people to see, hear, touch, smell, and/or taste real things in ways that they would not do naturally. For example, he can make himself look and sound like a different person, or look and feel like a wall, or even seem invisible. Since his power only affects the mind, his illusions cannot be recorded on film or tape or by other means. However, his power works so strongly on the mind that even if his victim or victims know they are being subjected to an illusion, they will still react to the illusion as if it were reality unless they can rid themselves of all suspicions that it is indeed reality. Hence, if Mastermind creates the illusion of a wall, most people, even if they know it is an illusion, will still be unable to walk through it. Invariably Mastermind's illusions are so realistic that most people are unable to help having the feeling, at least subconsciously, that they are not illusions but reality.
- Duplication: Mastermind could create illusionary duplicates of himself, in order to confuse his opponents during combat. However, the duplicates would vanish whenever Mastermind lost his concentration.
- Limited Memory Manipulation: Mastermind can use his illusions to re-write the memories of impressionable minds such as children. This process is often flawed, however.
- Special Limitations: Everyone within the range of his power, which can extend over an entire city (as when he helped Magneto capture the Latin American nation of Santo Marco), will see his illusions.
- Mastermind could quickly draw out his handgun and fire, but his reflexes were not faster than average.
Mastermind possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in no regular exercise.
- Without artificial aids, Mastermind cannot cause only one person, among many who are present, to see his illusions.
- Mastermind's illusions fade away when he looses his concentration.
- Mastermind habitually smoked cigarettes.
- His reflexes were reportedly slower than those of the Beast.
- Mind-tap mechanism created by White Queen, which boosted his illusion powers through simulated telepathy.
- A communication device in his wrist, which allowed him to communicate with Magneto from a distance.
- Mastermind carried a regular handgun in his clothes.
- Mastermind used an illusory alter-ego called Jason Wyngarde, that appeared to come from the 18th Century. Mastermind often uses his powers to give himself an illusory handsome appearance.
- Mastermind was romantically interested in Scarlet Witch.
- Mastermind thought that the Toad had the table manners of a pig, and found his teammate annoying.
- Quicksilver considered Mastermind a "black-hearted fiend". According to the Scarlet Witch, one could see the hatred blazing in Mastermind's eyes.
- Mastermind's eyes were reportedly cold and merciless, mirroring the nature of their owner.
- The name "Jason Wyngarde" is a reference to the actor Peter Wyngarde, who was the leader of the Hellfire Club in an episode of The Avengers that inspired John Byrne, but is best known for playing Jason King. (The more-handsome version of Mastermind from the Hellfire Club stories is a dead ringer for Jason King.)
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- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #2
- ↑ X-Factor #243
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 X-Men #4
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 X-Men #5
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 X-Men #6
- ↑ X-Men #7
- ↑ Journey into Mystery #109
- ↑ X-Men #8
- ↑ X-Men #11
- ↑ X-Men #38-#39
- ↑ X-Men #134
- ↑ Excalibur #26
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men Annual #1993
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 14
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