"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean."
Who is PYRO?
PYRO is Saint-John Allerdyce, he is an X-Men supervillain. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne, he first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #141 (January 1981).
PYRO is a mutant who possesses the power to psionically control fire and flame, though not generate it. He wears a flame thrower on his back to provide the flame which he then takes control of. PYRO met the mutant Mystique, who later recruited him to the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants as a professional criminal and subversive.
PYRO continued to fight with Mystique's Brotherhood even after the team offered their services to the United States government in exchange for protection and an official pardon for its crimes, and was renamed Freedom Force.
During Freedom Force's final mission, the team confronts a group of Iraqi operatives known as Desert Sword in Kuwait. Ultimately Freedom Force is defeated and PYRO and Blob are abandoned in Kuwait and captured. Blob and PYRO are forced to serve as bodyguards to the country's military.
PYRO resurfaced as a member of another version of the Brotherhood, which is now headed by Toad. Toad had bartered for PYRO and Blob's freedom from the Iraqis, so they joined his team out of obligation or gratitude. This Brotherhood went up against the fledgling mutant team X-Force and the new government group X-Factor, and met defeat.
Some years later, PYRO contracted the Legacy Virus, a fatal disease affecting mainly mutants. He went to great lengths to find a cure, several times at the expense of others, but was unsuccessful in his search and succumbed to the virus. This was just after saving Senator Robert Kelly from a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. This act of heroism was also instrumental in changing Senator Kelly's opinion on mutants as a whole, and led to his decision to work toward peaceful co-existence between humans and mutants.
But this is comics, and death is never permanent. We next see PYRO as one of the mutants resurrected by Selene in the Necrosha storyline. He appeared on the shore of Utopia, PYRO was aware that he was dead. And despite acknowledging how he had died a hero, he quickly reverted to enjoying the life of a villain.
X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men
PYRO appeared in the original X-Men animated pilot episode, "X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men" voiced by Pat Fraley. He was identified as Australian.
X-Men animated series
PYRO next appeared in four episodes of the 1990s X-Men animated series as part of Mystique's Brotherhood of Mutants, and was characterized as British, using British slang terms such as "old bean" and "old girl" in conversation. He was voiced by Graham Halley.
PYRO also appeared in the X-Men: Evolution series as part of Magneto's elite team where he is voiced by Trevor Devall and has a heavy Australian accent.
Wolverine and the X-Men
PYRO appears in the animated TV series Wolverine and the X-Men voiced by Nolan North. He first appeared as a captive of the Mutant Response Division.
Super Hero Squad
PYRO appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "A Brat Walks Among Us" voiced by Steven Blum.
PYRO had a brief cameo in X-Men, where he forms a fireball behind his back before Iceman freezes it with his powers.
In the sequel, X2: X-Men United, PYRO was played by Aaron Stanford and his role was greatly expanded. PYRO is named John Allerdyce, and is a student at Professor X's school and a friend of Iceman and Rogue. PYRO subsequently appears in X-Men: The Last Stand as a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants.
POWERS & ABILITIES
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.
Fire Manipulation: PYRO has the psionic ability to cause any fire, however small, to grow in size and intensity and to take any form that he desired, even that of a living creature. He could then psionically cause that creature of "living flame" to do anything he wished.
Fire Invulnerability: PYRO is invulnerable to any fire that he had placed under his psionic control. However, he could be harmed by any fire that he did not mentally control.
AbilitiesPYRO is an accomplished journalist and novelist.
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyro_(comics) : http://marvel.wikia.com/St._John_Allerdyce_(Earth-616) : http://marvel.wikia.com/Pyro : http://marvel.wikia.com/St._John_Allerdyce_(Earth-616)/Gallery : http://www.comicvine.com/pyro/29-3554/ : http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/11/04/everybodys-somebodys-baby-final-day/
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