Little is known about the origins of Mortimer Toynbee. As a deformed baby of English descent, he was abandoned by his parents so early in his childhood that he could not remember them. At some point, he became an experiment for the Black Womb Project run by Amanda Mueller in Alamogordo. After categorizing Toynbee as a mutant reject due to his flawed genetic template, Mueller wished to see how his natural development would progress. Eventually, Toynbee was placed in an orphanage where the other children continually tormented him, regarding him as a freak due to his ugliness, his unusual physique, and his leaping ability. Toynbee was so traumatized by his loneliness and the continual abuse he received that it affected his learning abilities. The teachers and administrators in the orphanage therefore regarded Toynbee as mentally challenged, even though, in actuality, he had a rather gifted intelligence. So desperate did Toynbee become for affection that he developed a pathetically subservient personality and unquestioningly obeyed anyone he thought sincerely cared about him.
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
As a young adult, Toynbee was a victim of a lynching in Manchester, when he was discovered and saved by the master of magnetism Magneto. Judging Toynbee to be strong, Magneto recruited him as one of the first members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, with aims of carrying out a mutant supremacy agenda. Magneto gave Toynbee the alias of the Toad after his abilities, appearance, and personality. Although being given shelter and purpose, Toad was treated by Magneto as a jester who was expected to follow orders unquestioningly. Pathetically devoted to Magneto, the Toad blinded himself to Magneto's continual verbal and physical abuse, although Magneto secretly respected him.
As a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Toad was a teammate to the illusionist Mastermind, the speedster Quicksilver, and the beautiful Scarlet Witch, whom the Toad became infatuated with. The Brotherhood was thwarted by the original X-Men during their attempt to conquer the South American nation of Santo Marco. The Toad was especially useful against the X-Man Beast, whose mutant abilities matched his own. The hopping Toad then masqueraded as an athlete to get the X-Men's attention, who in turn attempted to recruit him. Upon uncovering the ruse, the X-Men had one of their own, the flying Angel, taken hostage by Magneto. Using Toad as bait, they managed to infiltrate the Brotherhood's base on Asteroid M, but could not prevent the villains from escaping.
After subsequent conflicts with the X-Men over the recruitment of the mutants Namor and the Blob, Magneto and the Toad were captured and imprisoned on a distant world by the alien called the Stranger, who Magneto had believed to be a mutant. When Magneto first escaped, he callously left the Toad behind. The Toad was able to become extremely used to the alien technology employed by the omnipotent Stranger around this period. After being recaptured, Magneto sensed magnetic waves being manipulated by Dane Whitman on Earth, which enabled him to return himself and the Toad home. Wishing to reform the Brotherhood, Magneto and the Toad sought to capture Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, who had joined the Avengers. However, growing tired of incessant harassment, the Toad's resentment increased until it flared into murderous hatred when he deliberately abandoned Magneto to die in an explosion following an encounter with the Avengers and the X-Men. When Magneto tried to escape in a craft, the Toad blocked his way out, causing Magneto to fall to his apparent death. It was later discovered that Magneto survived.
His own master
Finally freed from Magneto, the Toad was soon tragically apprehended by Larry Trask's mutant-hunting robots called the Sentinels. Saved by the X-Men, he rejoined Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in a quest to recover the latter's powers, by contacting the extra-dimensional warrior Arkon. When the Avengers rescued the twins, the Toad remained on Arkon's world, where he employed its technological resources to build a ship that would carry him across space and the dimensional barrier. He arrived at the Stranger's planet once again where he studied and stole the Stranger's machinery in an effort to become more powerful and, thus, more appealing to the Scarlet Witch. However, as he prepared to return to Earth, he learned that the Scarlet Witch had married her fellow Avenger, the Vision. Enraged, he planned to strike out at her, attacking the Avengers masquerading as the Stranger to learn her whereabouts, but was ultimately defeated.
He served a prison term at Ryker's Island, but was soon released and recruited by Libra and Sagittarius as part of a group of criminal Defenders in order to damage the original group's reputation. When the heroic Defenders counter attacked, the Toad escaped with his venerated new master, Libra.
After this episode, the Toad commissioned the criminal Arcade to construct a series of deadly traps in a seemingly deserted castle in upstate New York. Renaming himself the Terrible Toad-King, he planned to entrap everyone who he felt had abused him in the past, placing them in the castle where they would be killed in any attempt to escape. His first victim was the Angel. However, in capturing the Angel, the Toad accidentally kidnapped the Thing as well. Just as the two heroes were about to escape, Arcade secretly stepped in and demanded immediate payment for his services. Unable to pay and fearful for his own life, the Toad fell into a panic. The Angel took pity on his adversary and formulated an agreement with him to convert the castle into an amusement park, the "Toadland", which would allow him to pay the debt in the process. The endeavor was a success, and Toad experienced immense happiness by running the park until the castle's original owner, Victor von Doom, sent a robot of himself and a security force to remove the Toad and restore the structure to its original state.
Frustrated with his failures, Toynbee fell into despondency and decided to commit suicide, an attempt that was interrupted by Spider-Man. In an effort to buoy Toynbee's spirits, Spider-Man offered his friendship. As eager for this acceptance as he had been for Magneto's, the Toad became determined to be Spider-Man's partner weeks later, despite Spider-Man's gentle protests. The Toad resorted to a ruse in an effort to change his mind, and hired a group of criminals to attack Spider-Man, an assault the Toad would then help foil. In the process he attracted the attention of Frog Man and Spider-Kid, two young men who also wished to team up with Spider-Man. During the fight, the three found themselves interested in a partnership of their own and formed a trio they called the Misfits, abandoning Spider-Man.
Though seeking the help of a psychiatrist during this period, Toad was still obsessed with the Scarlet Witch, a sentiment that grew stronger after he learned she was pregnant with the Vision's child. In direct contradiction to his law-enforcing partnership with Frog Man and Spider-Kid, the Toad used the technology stolen from the Stranger to attempt to kidnap her. His first such try, during a Thanksgiving celebration, involved synthetic doppelgangers of the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Interrupted by the Vision, Quicksilver, and the recently-reformed Magneto, the self-proclaimed Terrible Toad-King was ultimately knocked out by Quicksilver.
Toad and his automatons were removed to Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. for study, but one of the robots reactivated on a timed program and freed its builder. The Vision pursued the Toad to his ship and narrowly defeated him, sending the ship into space, out of control. Toad regained control in time to successfully return to Earth, where he attacked once again. He became violently agitated when this attempt brought him into conflict with Spider-Man, whose approval he still valued. The Toad defeated Spider-Man and the Vision using a powerful exoskeleton, forcing his way into the New Jersey home owned by the Scarlet Witch and the Vision. The Scarlet Witch was eight months pregnant, and when the Toad confronted her, he found her condition repulsive. She managed to overpower him, but he escaped.
Leader of the Brotherhood
Wishing to become a manipulator instead of a pawn, the Toad sought to form a new Brotherhood. In need of power for his new team, he associated himself with Gideon and hired A.I.M. and Genetech to resurrect the powerful mutant known as Proteus. Proteus was destroyed by the conjoined efforts of the X-Men, X-Factor, the New Mutants and the New Warriors. The Toad's role as a mastermind behind these events was never revealed.
Where he failed in recruiting Proteus, the Toad was successful in rescuing former Freedom Force agents the Blob and Pyro, hiring them as his goons. Joined by Sauron and Phantazia, a new Brotherhood of Evil was formed. Toad sought an alliance with Masque's Morlocks to consolidate his power. In order to gain the Morlocks' respect, the Brotherhood decided to violently take down the mutant strike team X-Force. The Brotherhood was able to ambush X-Force in their headquarters, but were rapidly defeated.
The group would later clash with X-Factor when attempting to recruit the X-Patriots to their cause, in a battle where the Toad was personally attacked by his former ally Quicksilver again. Next, they confronted Darkhawk and Sleepwalker over the interdimensional mutant Portal, with no success in the recruitment either. The Brotherhood then suffered a loss when one of their own, Pyro, was revealed to have contracted the deadly Legacy Virus. After taking their ally to Empyrean's island for treatment, the group apparently ceased their activities.
When the Toad tried to join the aristocratic Hellfire Club, he was met by rejection. However, Emma Frost, taking pity on his situation, offered her estate in Ontario to be a sanctuary for him and other mutants. In this place, the Toad met a fellow mutant named Surgeon, whom he befriended with. Surgeon provided Toad with the ability to communicate with real amphibians. With his broken psyche, the Toad reformed Frost's mansion as his "kingdom", infested with toads and frogs. When the psychic villain Onslaught attacked the astral plane, a mentally unbalanced Frost took her students to Toad's sanctuary in order to protect them. There, the Toad made his move against the young mutants, but was stopped by Frost's reasoning. After this minor skirmish, he was hospitalized in a mental health institution.
When running from the artificial intelligence Cerebro, the Brotherhood was reformed by breaking Professor Xavier free from his imprisonment due to the Onslaught crisis. On Alcatraz Island, the Toad and his allies were met by the X-Men, who looked for Xavier. Since they had been trained by Xavier, the Brotherhood managed to overpower the X-Men, but decided to join forces with their long-term adversaries to combat Cerebro. The Toad was apprehended by Cerebro during the battle, but was presumably free after the machine was destroyed by the X-Men.
As a band of mercenary mutants, the Brotherhood was recruited by Mystique to loot the remains of Machine Man for Sebastian Shaw, but were fended off by an updated Machine Man. The Brotherhood maintained their activities as mutant supremacist terrorist. Before one of their missions, the High Evolutionary deactivated the x-gene manifestations on a global level. Toynbee, as a handsome human man, was very happy with the consequences of losing his powers. However, these effects were temporary thanks to the effort of the X-Men.
Operating in San Francisco, the Toad was approached by Prosh, who had also summoned Mystique, Juggernaut, Iceman, and Phoenix for a time-traveling mission that would lead them to uncover several mysteries behind the history of mutantkind. The Toad represented the manifestation of mutations as an aberration manipulated by humans. Alongside his partners, the Toad revisited key moments of his life and eventually learned the origins of his genetic instability as a Black Womb Project's reject. Rejoining Prosh, the Toad recognized the technology around him as the Stranger's. As he investigated, he revealed to the others that Prosh had been in fact manipulated by the Stranger, who had the plan of manipulating human evolution.
The Toad was protected from the Stranger by Iceman and Mystique, who believed his familiarity with the Stranger's machinery could be crucial for their victory. Prosh took the opportunity of having access to such technology to repair the Toad's genome and allow him to fully express his mutation. As a result, he experienced a metamorphosis, acquiring a slimmer and athletic physique as well as augmented and stable powers. Among the most notable changes, the Toad manifested a prehensile tongue. Now recovered, he tampered with the Stranger's apparatus, participating in the final battle guided by Prosh that defeated the Stranger. The Toad rejoined Mystique's Brotherhood after the experience of dealing with the Stranger led her to try to assassinate the presidential candidate Robert Kelly once again.
In order to explore his new abilities, the Toad reallocated to Madripoor, where he took part in the Bloodsport tournament run by the Viper. There, he managed to defeat the Eel, but was knocked out by Wolverine, in his Patch identity.
Death of Genosha
The Toad eventually resurfaced in Genosha after Cassandra Nova sent Wild Sentinels that exterminated millions of the country's mutant citizens. The Toad lived in the wreckage of the Wild Sentinels along with Unus the Untouchable, Shocker and Toad-In-Waiting. Together, they wished to paid respects to Magneto, who was believed to have been among the casualties. Magneto's death fomented a vision of terror in retaliation for the death of Genosha. As a consequence, the X-Man Xorn impersonated the master of magnetism and formed his own Brotherhood to bring chaos to Earth. The Toad was recruited by the false Magneto as one of his loyal soldiers. As their first acts, the Brotherhood kidnapped Charles Xavier and caused mayhem in Manhattan. As obsolete representations of the past of mutantkind, Magneto and the Toad found difficulties in relating to their followers. Finally opposed by the X-Men, the Toad was incapacitated by Fantomex while Xorn was killed by Wolverine.
The Toad returned to Genosha following his leader's death and upcoming funeral. There, he opposed Xavier and Wolverine for their lack of respect for Magneto. During a small confrontation, Wolverine cut Toad's tongue off. He continued to live in Genosha with other mutants, when Unus decided to attack Xavier, who was also based on the ruins of Genosha. Unus' gang turned out to aid Xavier's new team in fighting Magistrates. After a brief conflict, they parted ways.
When a mentally unbalanced Scarlet Witch reshaped reality by being influenced by Quicksilver, mutants became the dominant species on Earth. In this new world, the Toad was part of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s elite strike force led by James Howlett, the Red Guard. Since Howlett recovered all of his memories as Wolverine, he was able to see through the ruse cast by the Scarlet Witch but was hunted by the Red Guard. Eventually, he was able to restore his teammates' memories with the help of Layla Miller. The Toad then joined the X-Men and the Avengers in their mission to revert the world back to normal by infiltrating Magneto's palace in Genosha to confront the Scarlet Witch. The apparent restoration of reality was costly, being known as the M-Day, it caused the vast majority of the world's mutant population to lose their powers as a result.
The Toad was among the relative handful that retained their powers, reportedly 198 mutants. The Toad went to a neighborhood formerly known Mutant Town. There, he aided his fellow mutant Lorelei after she was beaten up by Purity militants. Following this dangerous incident, they decided to take refuge at the Xavier Institute where the X-Men had set up a camp for the remaining mutants. Unsatisfied with O*N*E*'s policies regarding the control of the refugees, the Toad joined the opposing mutants led by Erg being especially antagonistic against the X-Men. Helped by Mr. M, the refugees temporarily evaded the X-Men and O*N*E* but were ultimately reallocated at Xavier's after Mr. M's murder at the hands of the mysterious Johnny Dee.
With the proposition of the Superhuman Registration Act, the refugees were liberated from Xavier's by X-Force under Captain America's support. Meanwhile, oriented by Iron Man, O*N*E* pursued them. Based in the Nevada desert, the refugees were attacked by O*N*E*'s Sentinels. While the X-Men attempted to protect the refugees from O*N*E*, they were attacked from inside by Johnny Dee, who had taken control of Outlaw, who was subdued by the Toad. Ultimately, O*N*E* joined forces with the X-Men to save the refugees from being murdered by Dee's master, General Lazer.
When the X-Men's leader, Cyclops, offered asylum to all mutants in San Francisco., he was countered by the Proposition X act, an attempt to regulate mutant births idealized by Simon Trask. As a response to the act, the mutant community caused a riot in the city. The Toad personally confronted Cyclops, who attempted to calm the situation down. Following the intervention of Norman Osborn's H.A.M.M.E.R., Toad was attacked alongside Trance and Dragoness. As a solution, mutantkind escaped to the sovereign island nation of Utopia and the Toad became one of its citizens.
Soon, the Toad became a troublemaker, by assembling Dragoness, Litterbug, and Bliss, in an attempt to take control of the water distribution in Utopia, but was stopped by Iceman. During the war triggered by the return of the mutant messiah, the Toad unwillingly had to protect himself from Nimrod sentinels. After the battle was over, he kept being a problematic figure. When the island was attacked by the Evolutionaries, he reformed his squad of troublesome mutants to learn more about their origins and past affairs with the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Although they succeeded in defeating the X-Club and in stealing a device designed to combat the Evolutionaries, the Toad ultimately failed after being counterattacked by the young X-Men. However, the Toad's intervention ironically helped the X-Men defeat their adversaries.
Feeling a second-class citizen in Utopia, the Toad offered Wolverine his help in rebuilding the mutant school in Westchester, becoming the janitor at the new Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. He often sought to keep the school clean and to stop the students from misbehaving, but found himself constantly underappreciated for his efforts and completely ignored in his requests for better conditions. During the catastrophic inauguration of the school, the Toad helped the X-Men and their students combat the new Hellfire Club. His contributions to the maintenance of the school were multiple, and even included acting as a lab rat for Beast's biology classes.
Although being the object of scorn, the Toad became used to his new life by exploring the little joys his job as janitor had brought him. He became extremely familiar with the school's living grounds, Krakoa, for being the one who fed the walking island. Moreover, he grew closer to the teacher Husk, who once showed to be impressed with his bravery and abilities after he rescued Quentin Quire from falling from the sky during a flight class. Their relationship eventually developed into a weird romance, which was a sign of Husk's problems with her unbalanced psyche. For her erratic behavior, Husk was ultimately restricted from her duties as a teacher, which led her to resign from the Jean Grey School, much to the Toad's disappointment and fury. Soon after her departure, due to being an adult in the Jean Grey School, the Toad was among the X-Men who were briefly brainwashed to join Frankenstein's Monster's Murder Circus.
The Toad eventually left the Jean Grey School to join the Hellfire Academy for supervillains with some students, after being urged by a vengeful Husk. He believed he would finally become a teacher and use his knowledge for good, but he was delegated to cleaning duties there too. Unhappy with the way he was treated at the Hellfire Academy, he turned against his employers and helped Quentin Quire sabotage the villainous operation. During their breakout, they ran into Husk and the new Hellions, and Husk violently charged against the Toad, who refused to strike back as he loved her. Realizing the insane Husk could not be reasoned with, however, the Toad apologized and ripped numerous layers of her skin until she finally regained her senses. Though her psyche was partially healed, Husk also lost the memories of her relationship with him.
After the X-Men defeated the Hellfire Club, the Toad returned to the Jean Grey School, but was fired by the staff for his betrayal. Visibly depressed about the situation, the Toad accepted his fate and was met by a guilty Husk, who invited him for a date so she could get to know him again. However, he chose not to meet her, choosing instead to fight the remaining members of the Hellfire Club who had escaped the Jean Grey School. He then left for parts unknown with Doctor Frankenstein to be safe from being hurt ever again.
Unexplainably, the Toad rejoined the Jean Grey School staff and found himself being happy about his life. His happiness, however, was cut short due to the Terrigen Mist crisis and the war Cyclops carried out against the Inhumans. The Jean Grey School publicly closed its doors and moved to a refuge called X-Haven in Limbo, prompting Toad to leave the facilities. Fallen in disgrace, the Toad's life spiraled into misery. As an alcoholic living in a precarious hotel, he discovered the whereabouts of Cyclops' time-displaced younger self. Believing that, if he killed the young Cyclops, he would produce a change in the timeline, the Toad became motivated to erase the actions Cyclops had caused. Although he considered that murdering the young Cyclops for crimes he had not yet committed was an atrocity, the Toad was convinced that it was a necessary evil.
When the X-Men traveled to Paris, the Toad followed them and abducted the young Cyclops to the Parisian catacombs. In order to prevent the Toad from killing him, Cyclops fired his optic blasts and caused a cave-in that separated them, but heavily injured him. The Toad attempted to follow the trail left by a heavily injured Cyclops but was fended off. As the Toad escaped in time, he believed Cyclops to have died due to the destruction caused during the battle (in fact, Cyclops would later be found comatose by his teammates). Devastated by the lack of any change in the timeline, the Toad panicked and ran away.
As the deadly Terrigen Mist kept poisoning mutants all over the globe, the Toad, allied with Sebastian Shaw, forged an uneasy alliance with the mutant members of the Avengers Unity Division Cable and Rogue in order to find a potential cure. With the help of Deadpool, the mutants infiltrated a U.S. Army facility that experimented on Terrigen. They were found by Steve Rogers. Although Shaw and the Toad escaped, Rogers decided to disassemble the Unity Divison. Unfortunately, their mission was a failure since the research they collected had little use to find a cure. The Inhuman crisis was only solved after a war between mutants and Inhumans ecloded.
When Hydra took over the United States, mutantkind was granted a sovereign territory in New Tian due to negotiations secretly carried out by Emma Frost. The Toad became a member of a strike team assembled by New Tian's government led by the ruthless Havok. Frost augmented her soldiers' powers with secondary mutations. As a result, the Toad gained the ability to engulf his tongue in fire. New Tian's totalitarian regime apprehended dissident mutants, which led the time-displaced X-Men led by Magneto to intervene. The X-Men were restrained by Havok and his team, but were eventually liberated with the assistance of Polaris and Danger.
After the fall of New Tian, it was revealed that the secondary mutations had been triggered by the use of the Mothervine technology. Frost and Havok allied themselves with Bastion and Miss Sinister in order to use Mothervine for their interests. Interested in mutant supremacy once again, the Toad led Miss Sinister's Marauders to recruit Xorn. However, Xorn joined Magneto's X-Men instead. As the X-Men attempted to combat the Mothervine spread, the Toad and other mutants confronted them. After being defeated, the Toad was questioned by Polaris about his masters' whereabouts.
Miss Sinister and Bastion were defeated with the help of a regretful Frost, and the crisis was partially responsible for Magneto to return to his old ways. After rebuilding Asteroid M, Magneto welcomed the Toad back to a new formation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. As their first act, Magneto's team unleashed terror in Washington, D.C. Soon after Magneto went missing following a battle against Nate Grey, a new Brotherhood was reformed by the usurper Joseph, who attacked O*N*E* in Transia. The Brotherhood met opposition in the X-Men and their leader was slain by Kwannon. The Toad was then among the several animal-themed trapped by Kraven the Hunter in Central Park.
When Professor Xavier and Magneto founded a mutant exclusive island nation on Krakoa, the Toad became one of its citizens. Alongside Mystique and Sabretooth, he was sent by Xavier on a mission to steal information about the Orchis Forge from Damage Control. Due to the Toad's exceptional hacking abilities, they were successful and escaped, only leaving Sabretooth behind due to the intervention of the Fantastic Four.
During the Krakoan Hellfire Gala, the Scarlet Witch coaxed Magneto to strangle her to death with Uru as a part of a plan they had concocted to resurrect fallen mutants whose minds were not backed up in Cerebro. The Scarlet Witch eventually came back to life and implicated Toad for her death as the Uru used for the murder was later found in the Toad's home. Pleading guilty to the murder charge, possibly as a favor to Magneto, he stated that he had killed the Scarlet Witch for turning her back on the Brotherhood and Magneto. As the Toad was banished to the Pit of Exile, he exclaimed that he did it all for Magneto. Although the Scarlet Witch tried to advocate on the Toad's behalf, her words could not save him from his fate.
Toad is a mutant who has displayed the following abilities:
- Superhuman Leaping: Toad's primary power is the ability to leap to heights and distances far greater than that of an ordinary human. He possesses a degree of superhuman strength, particularly in his back and legs, which grants him his superior leaping abilities (able to reach 25 feet in a vertical leap and 37 feet in a broad jump), as well as deliver kicks with superhuman force.
- Flexible Bone Structure: The Toad's bone structure enables him great flexibility. He can remain in a crouching position for long periods of time and perform contortionist type feats without causing any damage to his spine.
- Superhuman Stamina: The Toad's muscles produce a significantly lower amount of fatigue toxins during physical activity than the muscles of an ordinary human. He can exert himself at peak capacity for several hours before fatigue begins to impair him.
- Superhuman Agility: The Toad's overall equilibrium application is enhanced to some degree and his bodily coordination and balance are enhanced to levels that are beyond the human body's natural limits.
- Superhuman Reflexes: The Toad's reflexes are enhanced to levels that are beyond the human body's natural limits.
- Superhuman Durability: The Toad's body is tougher and more resistant to physical injury than an ordinary human's. He can withstand major impacts and physical trauma that would severely injure or kill an ordinary human with moderate discomfort.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: The Toad has a limited healing factor that allows him to recover from injuries and ailments at an accelerated rate. He can recover from minor ailments, such as a cold, within a few hours. Larger, more damaging injuries, such as broken bones, heal within a matter of days. He has also been shown as being able to regenerate severed body parts, such as when he regenerated his tongue, which had been completely cut off by Wolverine.
- UV/Infrared Vision: The Toad's enhanced vision allows him to see into the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum, granting him a degree of heightened night vision. However, his eyes are also sensitive to certain types of lighting, forcing him to wear light-filtering goggles that allow him to operate in strong daylight that would otherwise blind him.
- Prehensile Tongue: The Toad has the ability to extend his tongue up to 30 feet in length and use it as a whip to ensnare objects and people. His tongue is superhumanly strong, capable of lifting and crushing a magistrate of Genosha to death.
- Pheromone Secretion: The Toad can secrete an odorless pheromone venom from glands in his tongue and fingertips that seeps through the skin directly into the bloodstream. This venom allows him to control the minds of anyone exposed to it to a limited extent. It is presumed that the victim's skin must be porous in order for this power to take effect.
- Acidic Saliva: The Toad's saliva is highly acidic, adheres to most surfaces, and quickly dissolve most materials with ease.
- Paralytic Resin: The Toad's pores secrete an adhesive resin that allows him to stick to any surface and paralyzes the nervous systems of any living organism that comes into contact with it.
- Superhuman Respiratory System: The Toad's lungs can expand and compress large quantities of air that can be expelled with enough force to knock a fully grown human off their feet.
- Amphibian Control: The Toad has the ability to psionically communicate with and control amphibian life, such as frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders, who he often uses as spies.
Flaming Tongue: At some point after becoming an inhabitant of New Tian, Toad underwent a secondary mutation that granted him the ability to release fire from his tongue. It is currently unknown how hot the flames are or if they have any unique properties.
He was stated to be a Significant Threat by the O*N*E. According to Prosh, his Comparative Mutagenic Power Register was of 4.2.. Interestingly, Iceman's Comparative Mutagenic Power Register was 3.2.
Experienced Combatant: The Toad has no formal knowledge of hand-to-hand combat. However, his powers enable him to execute a leaping kick with superhuman force at an opponent and his career as a servant of Magneto and foe of the X-Men has given him plenty of combat experience. The Toad's superhuman agility combined with his powerful legs (and, less so, his arms) makes him a highly formidable opponent in kickboxing, despite a lack of any formal training.
Expert Machinist: The Toad has a great knowledge of most forms of conventional and advanced technology, thanks to his studies of machinery in the possession of Arcade, Arkon, Magneto, and the Stranger. He once developed a robotic battle suit containing an exoskeleton that amplifies his strength and emits a pulse ball of lightning when it hits a target. It was also equipped with turbo blasters, poison gas projectors, and a self-teleportation device. The Toad has also used a strength amplifying exoskeleton composed of pure energy.
As a result of not bathing and the fact that his skin secretes unusual chemicals, the Toad usually has an offensive odor. The Toad also has a neurological chemical imbalance, which explains his drastic changes in personality.
Toad has always had an unstable mutation, thanks to his infancy in the Black Womb Project. When he was injured in a battle with the Stranger, the Toad was healed by Prosh, which, in turn, corrected his flawed genetic structure, resulting in a slimmer physique and a prehensile tongue that secretes odorless, pheromone venom.
- He used the drug Ritalin to control the chemical imbalances in his mutant physiology.
- A communication device in his ankle, which allowed him to communicate with Magneto from a distance.
- Originally, the Toad was portrayed as a fool -- an allegory that contrasted him with the regal Magneto. With the release of the X-Men film, a divergent version of the hopping Toad was introduced to the public. This version of the Toad did not exhibit the contrastive relationship with Magneto based on the king versus the jester imagery, being instead portrayed as an efficient member of the Brotherhood and having a different powerset, which mirrored the abilities of a real-life toad, such as a prehensile tongue. In the comics, the Toad was soon readapted to match his cinematic version.
- In possession of Stepford Cuckoos' powers, Rogue read in Toad's mind that he hates the name "Mortimer", suggesting his parents hated him.
- As a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Toad annoyed most of his teammates due to his poor table manners. According to Mastermind, Toad had the manners of a pig.
- During a fight between Mastermind (on one side), and Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the Toad expressed his hope that they would end up destroying each other. He had the ambition that he could rule the world alongside Magneto, with no other partner sharing in their power.
- When meeting Namor, the Toad took particular note of how small Namor's wings were. He questioned whether they were of any use. He was apparently comparing Namor's wings to the much larger wings of the Angel.
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