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Origins

Morph was a mutant with the ability to alter his appearance, able to flawlessly transform into other humans and animals. At some point, he became a member of the X-Men and formed a close friendship with the surly Wolverine.

During the team's raid on the Mutant Control Agency headquarters, the team was blindsided by a squadron of Sentinels. Morph threw himself between a Sentinel and Wolverine, and was seemingly killed.[1] After being overwhelmed by the Sentinels, team-leader Cyclops made the call to retreat, leaving Morph behind.[2]

Slave of Sinister

Mister Sinister found Morph and nursed him back to health. Brainwashed by Sinister, Morph sought vengeance against his friends for leaving him behind. He fought against the X-Men before overcoming his dark side and eventually helping his former teammates escape. Not ready to rejoin them, he fled.[3] Morph retreated deep into the jungle, attempting fight off Sinister's conditioning. He was tracked down by Wolverine, who wished to bring him back to the X-Men. The two fought, and Morph gained the upper hand before fleeing again, telling Wolverine he needed to work out his issues on his own. [4]

He found work in a circus sideshow, but was found by Sinister again, who re-established his control over him. He forced Morph to contact the X-Men in a bid to kidnap Cyclops and Jean Grey. Morph tried to warn his old friends, but to no avail, as Sinister succeeded in kidnapping Jean. After returning to Sinister's base in the Savage Land, Morph finally freed himself from Sinister's control, only to be chained alongside Professor Xavier, Magneto and Jean. During the final confrontation against Sinister, Xavier helped further undo Sinister's conditioning, and Morph returned with the X-Men, to have the device implanted in his mind by Sinister removed.[5] [6]

Morph was sent to Muir Island for treatment. When he returned to the X-Men, Morph's first mission involved the Sentinels once more. Filled with fear of having to face the beings that had almost killed him, Morph was weary to accept such a task. Eventually he overcame his fear and even managed to destroy Master Mold. Feeling that he was not ready to be a hero yet, he left the X-Men and returned to Muir Island.[7]

Morph returned to help the X-Men once again, after Professor X was publicly attacked and almost killed by Henry Gyrich. To ensure Charles's safety, Morph assumed the Professor's form and appeared on TV to try and calm the riots that had broken out over the attack.[8]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Morph is a mutant with the following powers:

  • Shapeshifting: Has the ability to shift his form into exact duplicate of any human, humanoid, or semi-humanoid being of either sex. He has also demonstrated the ability to transform into animals. He can transform body parts and is a natural mimic of voices and sounds.

Notes

  • Morph was introduced in X-Men: The Animated Series to fill in the role originally meant for Thunderbird. Series developer Eric Lewald felt uneasy about killing off the show's only Native American character right away, so he decided to replace him. While researching X-Men history, Lewald came across the character Changeling, who died sacrificing himself. Due to DC Comics having recently introduced a character named Changeling, Lewald adapted Changeling as Morph.[9]

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