Early years in R.C.X.
As a young man, Joshua was sent to England for an education. He became a member of R.C.X.. His job was to take the mutated children known as Warpies, to put them under the government care, alongside with his colleagues Matthew and Michael. As Matthew (later known as Gabriel) and Michael took care of the parents, Joshua was the one to deal with the children.
During a typical mission, he was hideously scarred when the Warpie baby, who he had to took in custody, exploded in his face. The British government and the R.C.X. spent millions outfitting him with cybernetic parts. Officially, he was said he had been burned during a car accident.
He returned to Africa to inherit his late father's throne as the ruler of Mbangawi, even with his colleagues begging him to stay. He had sometimes to leave his country for medical maintenance.
King of Mbangawi
Since he got on the throne, things gone better as for justice, health or education. In order to put an end to the two difficulties encountered by his father, the corruption and the tribes' rivalry, he recruited, despite his tribe's elders advice, Kura, the Witch Woman of the J'Dare tribe, as his confidante and adviser, and used her mental powers to found and rout out the corruption from Mbangawi.
He has since established (or maintained) amicable relationship and common efforts with such country as Kenya, Tanzania, or Wakanda, working alongside King T'Challa. He is known to be a close friend of Zanzibar President Jono Baraka.
Jamie Braddock's punishment
Seeking to bring justice to the region, he had his men capture slave trader Jamie Braddock, while he was present on Mbangawi soil during a trans-African rally. Meanwhile the Mbangawian authorities pretended to give the rescue teams full cooperation in the researches; tricked by his old R.C.X. colleagues into believing Jamie's brother, Brian, aka Captain Britain, was complicit in Jamie's crimes, Joshua lured Captain Britain to Mbangawi for punishment. However, upon Joshua learning Captain Britain was innocent, he let him go; in turn, having learned of Jamie's crimes, Brian left him to Doc Croc's punishment.
Sat Yr-Nin subsequently hired the Technet to free Jamie, who was turned crazier under the torture of N'Dingi and Kura. Using his gas, he convince Gatecrasher of the evilness of the Technet target. Yap accidentally brought both Braddock and N'Dingi back to the UK too, where Jamie defeated the whole Technet and turned the Doctor Croc into a genuine, but small, crocodile.
Joshua represented Mbangawi in the Pan-African Congress on the Treatment of Superhumans, hosted in Wakanda in search of a consensus on how to react to the American Superhuman Registration Act. The representatives failed to reach an agreement before the Congress disbanded.
When Warpies began being born in Mbangawi, Joshua had leaves to perform a medical maintenance of his state, resulting in a less robotic face, but he had soon his soldiers isolating them at his return, taking Mutantes Sans Frontières' doctors as hostage and bringing him into conflict with the X-Men after having ordered his men to sent home the mutants and to execute the children.
They quickly fight at their side against the Furies who were tracking down a new and lost Jim Jaspers with trans-reality transportation powers linked to Jaspers' warps. When the fight finally ended, with the Furies dead or gone, N'Dingi visited the asleep Jim Jaspers and shoot him before any X-Men could react, to prevent him to to warp again and provoked more Warpies' birth again. He then leaves, blaming the X-Men for the paternalism and the hypocrisies of the developed countries and claiming to be the only one who really cares about his country and people.
Powers and Abilities
Using his cyborg body, he has access to a powerful arsenal.
As a former government agent, Doctor Crocodile is a trained hand-to-hand fighter.
His cyborg body
His robot arm can spray a hallucinogenic green gas that makes its victims experience full-sensory illusions. Doctor Crocodile can direct these illusions to gain information or the measure a person's true character. This arm is also providing many weapons for close and long range, strong enough to destroy a reformed bigger Fury.
- N'Dingi has suffered a few retcons between his appearances in Captain Britain Vol 2, Excalibur Vol 1, and Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1, to Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #2, having his origins slightly retouched, and his appearance way more:
- He was originally turned into a cyborg right after Robert Arnold's explosion in urgency by his fellow R.C.X. colleague Matthew, he was later depicted having been surgered by hospital staff. This retcon can be on account of the imprecision of Brian Braddock's vision-flashback, or the age of Joshua's memories.
- Also, Robert Arnold's appearance changed too between the two flashbacks.
- From the Civil War to Xenogenesis, he has grandly changed physically, which can be explained by the travel for "medical maintenance" he had, mentioned by Emma Frost, during which he could have acquired his new appearance.
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