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Caliban in The Uncanny X-Men #488
(Sept. 2007); art by Salvador Larroca

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Uncanny X-Men #148 (Aug. 1981)
Created byChris Claremont
Dave Cockrum
In-story information
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsX-Force
The 198
Horsemen of Apocalypse
Notable aliasesPestilence; Hellhound; Hound; Death
  • Sensing and tracking other mutants
  • Terror empowerment
  • Sensing and manipulating fears

Apocalypse enhancements:

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  • Body augmentation


  • Shadow power
  • Claws and fangs
  • Invulnerability
  • Psychoactive virus generation

Caliban is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in The Uncanny X-Men #148 (Aug. 1981), by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum. A mutant with the ability to tướng sense other mutants, he was originally a thành viên of the Morlocks. He was also a thành viên of the X-Factor, X-Men, X-Force and The 198. He was chosen twice by Apocalypse as one of the Horsemen of Apocalypse, first as Death and the second time as Pestilence, and Apocalypse also enhanced his superpowers through genetic manipulation.

The character was portrayed in film by Tómas Lemarquis in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and his older version by Stephen Merchant in Logan (2017).

Publication history[edit]


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Caliban's first appearance was in The Uncanny X-Men #148 (Aug. 1981), written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by Dave Cockrum.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Caliban, in his original size, with Kitty Pryde. From Uncanny X-Men #169 (May 1983); art by Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek.

He is born an albino mutant with a pale complexion and large yellow eyes. At some point in his life, he is banished from his home page by his father, who called him Caliban, after a character from the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare.

Growing up, a still young Caliban, who speaks in the third person, is discovered by the mutant Callisto and taken under her wing. Learning of his mutant tracking ability, Callisto uses Caliban to tướng locate other disenfranchised mutants and organizes them into the Morlocks, a band of homeless, rejected mutants. The founding Morlocks consist of Caliban, Callisto, Masque, Plague, and Sunder. The Morlocks live in the sewers and abandoned subway tunnels running underneath Thủ đô New York City, and, lượt thích Caliban, most of them had grotesque appearances.

Caliban senses the presence of nearby mutants and enters a Thủ đô New York City nightclub seeking their friendship. He finds Storm, Dazzler, Kitty Pryde, and the original Spider-Woman in the club, and has a misunderstood confrontation with them. Though the battle ends peacefully, Caliban returns to tướng his home page underground.[1]

Shortly thereafter, Morlock leader Callisto desires a consort and has the Morlocks abduct Warren Worthington, the Angel and a thành viên of the X-Men, to tướng be her husband. The X-Men arrive in the sewers to tướng rescue their ally, and Kitty is infected with a virus by Plague. Caliban takes her to tướng his quarters to tướng care for her. Kitty pleads with Caliban to tướng allow her to tướng assist her teammates. Caliban agrees, but only if she will return after the fight and stay with him. Though Kitty promised to tướng stay with him forever, she left and returned home page.[2] Weeks later, Callisto, vengeful after losing a one-on-one battle with X-Men leader Storm, orders the Morlocks to tướng kidnap Kitty to tướng force her to tướng marry Caliban, knowing Storm would return. Caliban, however, realized Kitty did not truly love him and released her from her promise. Kitty then became Caliban's friend.[3]

Caliban was later temporarily magically merged with Professor X by Kulan Gath during a confrontation with the sorcerer.[4]


During the Morlock massacre, X-Factor rescued Caliban from the Marauders, and Caliban swore vengeance upon the Marauders.[5] With nowhere else to tướng stay, he took up residence at X-Factor headquarters with several other surviving Morlocks.[6] Soon, he forced Masque to tướng undo damage to tướng the Beast's face, and then returned to tướng the Alley.[7] However, shortly thereafter, Rictor went missing and Caliban volunteered to tướng help X-Factor find him, officially joining the group at that point.[8] Alongside X-Factor, he next battled the Horsemen of Apocalypse.[9] Caliban voiced his wish for increased power, so sánh Iceman began teaching Caliban unarmed combat.[10] He next fought the Right's soldiers and was nearly killed by them;[11] then he aided X-Factor in rescuing the Right's mutant captives.[12]

Horseman of Apocalypse[edit]

Not long after that, X-Factor's immortal enemy Apocalypse kidnaps the entire team after changing Angel into Death. Caliban, intrigued by Apocalypse's transformation of the fallen Angel, betrays X-Factor and asks Apocalypse to tướng tự the same to tướng him. Agreeing, Apocalypse promises to tướng give Caliban enough power to tướng gain revenge against the Marauders who killed his Morlock family.[13] Caliban agrees to tướng become Apocalypse's servant and locator of mutants. Apocalypse renames him Hellhound.[14] Caliban senses the telepathic cry of Val-Or.[15] Through genetic manipulation, Caliban becomes the second Horseman of Apocalypse known as Death.[16]

When Apocalypse had re-located to tướng the moon in a confrontation with the original X-Factor and the Inhumans, Caliban returns to tướng the Morlock tunnels. There, he locates Sabretooth, a ferocious mutant and thành viên of the Marauders, who is stalking the sewers to tướng find and kill more Morlocks. In combat, Caliban breaks Sabretooth's back and leaves him for dead, not realizing that he has a healing factor.[17] Caliban then attacks and defeats Archangel.[18] He later finds and defeats Sabretooth again.[19]

As Death, Caliban performs various tasks for his new master, serving as his warrior servant. During the X-Cutioner's Song, Caliban attacks former X-Factor members (and current X-Men) Jean Grey and Cyclops, under Apocalypse's (actually Mister Sinister posing as Apocalypse) orders.[20] Alongside War and Famine, Caliban kidnaps Cyclops and Jean Grey so sánh Apocalypse can give the pair to tướng the mad telepath Stryfe, who believes the couple to tướng be his parents.[21] Famine, War, and Death then battle the X-Men and are defeated by them.[22]


Eventually, the loner Caliban defeats Apocalypse's control at the cost of his mental faculties. At one point, when Sabretooth is a reluctant X-Men thành viên, the mutant detector kidnaps X-Man Jubilee in exchange for the savage mutant, but he flees when Sabretooth mauls his face.[23]

Though mentally unwell, he retains enormous physical power and is befriended by the mutant Cable. Oddly, Caliban's color shifts from white and monstrous to tướng a semi-friendly Ogre-like size that is purple in coloration. Cable invites Caliban to tướng join his team X-Force. Caliban has many adventures with the team, such as confronting Mojo and his forces, and when Apocalypse's enemy Mister Sinister infiltrates the X-Mansion, Apocalypse's mental leash causes him to tướng savagely maul Sinister. He also has several confrontations with Sabretooth during this time.

Return to tướng Apocalypse[edit]

After some time, Apocalypse returns and takes Caliban away from X-Force. This time, Apocalypse makes him his new Horseman Pestilence (coincidentally, the former Pestilence was Caliban's Morlock ally Plague). This time, Apocalypse augments Caliban's physical power even more and gives him the ability to tướng spread telepathic disease as well. This time, Apocalypse's horsemen include Ahab, Deathbird, and Wolverine. After Apocalypse is merged with Cyclops, Caliban tracks down the merged being, and is freed from his service shortly before Cable destroys Apocalypse's spirit.[volume & issue needed]

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Released from his servitude to tướng Apocalypse, Caliban once more reverts to tướng his childlike state although he retains the monstrous physique he attained through Apocalypse's machinations. Subsequently, Caliban is captured by an anti-mutant medical research facility called the Watchtower. The Watchtower wishes to tướng use Caliban for their own purposes but he is freed by X-Force. Caliban has devolved into a feral mental state where he only grunts and snarls but he manages to tướng help X-Force against a menace called the Skornn.[volume & issue needed]

Post M-Day[edit]

After M-Day, Caliban turned up at the Xavier institute as a thành viên of the 198. He is seen carrying the 198 banner, created by Erg, during the confrontation with O*N*E* over the "tracking chips" and again during Mr. M's exodus from the institute. He later helps the 198 escape with Domino and Shatterstar to tướng one of Nick Fury's secret bases in the Nevada desert. Caliban was able to tướng sense the stockpile of weapons in the base, but they were activated and locked down by Johnny Dee, a mutant who had puppet-like control over a fraction of the team. The original X-Men team went to tướng collect the 198 but Bishop's pro-registration team stopped them. After a short battle, the two sides teamed up and, thanks to tướng a joint effort by Cyclops and Bishop, were able to tướng không lấy phí the 198.[volume & issue needed]

Seeking The X-Men[edit]

Caliban later sida the Uncanny X-Men team after he is seriously injured by Masque,[24] and crawls his way back to tướng the Xavier Institute. Caliban enters the Morlock Tunnels with Warpath, Storm, and Hepzibah and find what Masque was talking about.[25]

Messiah Complex and Death[edit]

Caliban becomes part of a strike-force, who are in tìm kiếm of the first newborn mutant since Decimation, along with Wolverine, Wolfsbane, X-23, Warpath, and Hepzibah (all of whom, except Hepzibah, size the new incarnation of X-Force). During a battle with Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers, Caliban sacrifices himself to tướng save Warpath by jumping into the path of a line of bullets meant for him. His death distracts Warpath making Wolverine the only X-Force thành viên to tướng chase down Cable.[26]


During the Necrosha storyline, Caliban is revived through the Technarch transmode virus by Eli Bard and presented to tướng Selene for the purpose of finding other dead mutants and resurrecting them by the same means, so sánh Bard can sacrifice them and their powers to tướng her.[27] Caliban is later seen next to tướng the grave of long time deceased New Mutants thành viên Cypher and began reviving him.[28] Through him Selene resurrected many deceased mutants,[volume & issue needed] and as she faced X-Force, she digested their powerful life-force energies that would help extend her life.[volume & issue needed]

Dawn of X[edit]

Caliban was one amongst many of the fallen mutants revived by The Five on the homeland of Homo Superior called Krakoa, he was shortly gunned down by assailants who invaded Krakoa.[29]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Caliban is a mutant with the ability to tướng psionically sense other mutants out to tướng several miles away and track their movements. He also has the uncontrolled ability to tướng psionically sense, absorb, and turn the psionic energy of fear radiated by humans against them, inducing more intense fear within their minds. He could also utilize fear from others to tướng boost his strength to tướng a level sufficient to tướng easily overpower the original Spider Woman (Jessica Drew).[1]

He is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant, having been trained by Iceman and later Apocalypse.[volume & issue needed]

As Death, he attained superhuman strength, tốc độ, agility, reflexes, coordination, balance, endurance, claws and fangs as well as imperviousness to tướng physical injury through Apocalypse's genetic manipulation.[30] He also has great skill at climbing and possesses superhuman leaping ability. He was also mentally conditioned to tướng attack Apocalypse's former ally Mister Sinister on sight.[31] His fear siphoning abilities had also been augmented and he can now control them as well as cast his power over a much wider net; not only gaining in strength from siphoning the anxiety of others but could harness strengthen and redistribute it in much stronger quantities by force of will.[32] This facet of his bolstered power was dubbed the Shadow of Fear by Caliban himself.[33]

As Pestilence, Apocalypse gave him the ability to tướng generate a mental plague, a virus that attacks from within on the highest planes of the psyche and breaks down the mental functions of the target.[volume & issue needed]

Being reverted to tướng his original size by Masque, Caliban still appears to tướng retain some superhuman strength affected by his adrenaline, as he was shown lifting rubble off of Skids that proved difficult for even Warpath to tướng hoist.[volume & issue needed]

After being reanimated through the Technarch transmode virus, his ability changed to tướng psionically sense not living mutants but dead mutants.[volume & issue needed]

Once resurrected after the rise of the new mutant homeland, he resumed his muscular physical appearance he had when he was a Horseman of Apocalypse and before Masque warped his excess flesh away.[29]


  • In năm trước, Entertainment Weekly ranked Caliban 89th in their "Let's rank every X-Man ever" list.[34]

Other versions[edit]

Age of Apocalypse[edit]

In the Age of Apocalypse reality, Caliban was a henchman of the bounty hunter Domino, using his powers to tướng track down Nate Grey. In this incarnation he is an egotistical coward who is nonetheless well-learned in literature and a skilled swordsman. He is killed by Toad, a thành viên of the Outcasts.[35]

House of M[edit]

In the House of M reality, Caliban is seen as a thành viên of the Genoshan Black Ops version of the Marauders.[volume & issue needed]

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Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel reality, Caliban appears in the pages of Ultimate X-Men #82 as a thành viên of the Ultimate Morlocks. His look is somewhat different, as he is now portrayed with a darker grey color instead of chalk white. He is also a stronger physical combatant and has the ability to tướng change into a hulking monster.[36]

X-Factor Forever[edit]

In X-Factor Forever, Caliban appeared as a henchman and Horseman of Apocalypse.[37]

In other media[edit]


  • Caliban makes cameo appearances in X-Men: The Animated Series as an associate of the Morlocks.[citation needed] In his most notable appearance in the episode "The Fifth Horseman", Fabian Cortez turns him into one of Apocalypse's Hounds until Jubilee frees Caliban.
  • Caliban appears in X-Men: Evolution, voiced by Michael Dobson. This version is a thành viên of the Morlocks.[citation needed]


  • Caliban appears in X-Men: Apocalypse, portrayed by Tómas Lemarquis. This version is an underground broker.[38][39]
  • Caliban appears in Logan, portrayed by Stephen Merchant.[40] Years prior, he worked with the Transigen Project to tướng locate mutants until he realized the error of his ways and went into hiding with other mutants. He was later recruited by Logan to tướng help care for Charles Xavier. After being kidnapped by the Reavers, their leader Donald Pierce tortures Caliban into helping Transigen find Logan, Xavier, and Laura. Caliban complies, but gives the Reavers minimal information to tướng impede their progress until Dr. Zander Rice manipulates him into helping them properly by promising him that the trio will not be harmed. Upon seeing Transigen's clone operative X-24 kill Xavier, Caliban rebels against his captors and sacrifices himself to tướng give Logan and Laura time to tướng escape. Rice later recovers Caliban's body toàn thân and orders his scientists to tướng extract his tissue in the hopes of using his powers in future experiments.

Video games[edit]

Caliban appears in X-Men: Destiny, voiced by Bob Glouberman.[citation needed]


  • Caliban in his Horsemen of Apocalypse size received an action figure in Toy Biz's X-Force toy line.
  • A Build-A-Figure of Caliban was released in Hasbro's Marvel Legends line.


  1. ^ a b The Uncanny X-Men #148
  2. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #169-170
  3. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #179
  4. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #190-191
  5. ^ X-Factor #11
  6. ^ X-Factor #12
  7. ^ X-Factor #15
  8. ^ X-Factor #17
  9. ^ X-Factor #19
  10. ^ X-Factor #21
  11. ^ X-Factor #22
  12. ^ X-Factor #23
  13. ^ X-Factor #24
  14. ^ X-Factor #25
  15. ^ X-Factor Annual #3
  16. ^ X-Factor #50
  17. ^ X-Factor #51
  18. ^ X-Factor #53
  19. ^ The New Mutants #90-91
  20. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #294
  21. ^ X-Factor #84
  22. ^ X-Force #16
  23. ^ The Uncanny X-Men Annual #18
  24. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #487
  25. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #488
  26. ^ New X-Men vol. 2 #45
  27. ^ X-Force #11
  28. ^ Necrosha X one-shot
  29. ^ a b X-Force vol. 6 #1
  30. ^ X-Factor #52-53
  31. ^ X-Force #57 (Aug. 1996)
  32. ^ X-Factor vol. 1 #50
  33. ^ X-Factor #51-53
  34. ^ June 09, Darren Franich Updated; EDT, 2022 at 12:31 PM. "Let's rank every X-Man ever". Retrieved 2023-01-26.
  35. ^ X-Man #3
  36. ^ Ultimate X-Men #82
  37. ^ X-Factor Forever #3 (2010)
  38. ^ "X-Men: Apocalypse will feature Marvel mutant Caliban". Đài truyền hình BBC. May 27, 2015. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  39. ^ Jamie, Lovett (May 26, 2015). "New X-Men: Apocalypse Official Set Photo Confirms Caliban". Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  40. ^ "Inside 'Logan': Wolverine 3 Plot Details Revealed (Exclusive)". The Wrap. October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Caliban at
  • spotlight on Caliban
  • feature on the 4 Horsemen of Apocalypse