Vargas is a male comic supervillain that features in Marvel Comics.
Vargas was a mysterious male born in the modern age who came to operate in Spain. He was said to be a product of humanity's genetic response against Mutants that created a superior specimen with himself being part of Homo Sapiens Superior. (X-Treme X-Men v1 #2)
This saw him seeking out the Libris Veritatus or the Books of Truth that had been written by Destiny. (X-Treme X-Men v1 #1)
He started to search for the diaries of Destiny around the same time as Storm's team of X-Men. During one of the team's earliest missions, Vargas surprised them with his sword skills by murdering Psylocke and critically wounding Rogue, Gambit and Beast. Disappearing with one of the diaries, Vargas foresaw himself being killed by Rogue, and despite his belief in the prophecies of Destiny, he attempted to stop this eventuality from happening. During the invasion of Madripoor, Vargas returned in the midst of the battle, spearing both Rogue and Gambit with his blade before escaping.
Returning to the city shortly after the battle to recover his sword, Vargas was surprised by Rogue, who was dressed in Psylocke's costume. After a lengthy battle Rogue stood above him with his sword, poised to strike a killing blow. Rogue may have 'fulfilled her destiny' by finishing Vargas off with his own weapon, but this is not shown.
Not much was known of Vargas while he lived, and since his supposed death at the hands of Rogue, he has become something of an even larger mystery. It has never been stated if Rogue actually killed Vargas.
In X-Men (vol. 2) #202 it was revealed that Rogue had in fact chosen to spare his life in order to defy the diaries, as it was claimed that Vargas was killed by the Marauders later on instead, due to the fact he had knowledge of the future after reading one of Destiny's diaries. The Marauders have lately been slaying all characters who are able to "see" into the future. However his death remains to be confirmed as Gateway was also claimed to have been killed by the Marauders but had survived
Personality and attributes
He found the X-Men to be worthy adversaries that were beings of honor and courage. Despite that, he had a dim view of Mutants who he considered to be an aberration and deviation from the norm thus making them freaks in his eyes. Vargas felt that they were an evolutionary mistake that was never meant to inherit the Earth with instead that being the goal of his kind that were the true successors of humanity as Homo Sapiens Superior. (X-Treme X-Men v1 #2)
Powers and abilities
Vargas' powers were never fully explained, although he seems to be born with his powers (claiming he is the real Homo Superior). He was stated not to be a mutant, but not fully human either. He was a self-proclaimed next step in evolution, a human genetic response to the presence of mutants. He is the epitome of peak physical skill, having superhuman levels of strength, speed, reflexes, agility, stamina, and durability. He was also capable of resisting Rogue's absorption power and a point blank telekinetic blast from Psylocke.
His reaction speed and agility was noted for being above human with him able to match to that of superhuman Mutants giving him the capacity to avoid attacks. Such was his skill that he could strike at a nerve cluster in order to leave an opponent helpless. (X-Treme X-Men v1 #2)
Vargas seems to be the first known representative of the primary humanity's response and potential to cope with the growing number of genetically different humans which threatens the future of the conventional humans.
He was assisted by two blonde haired bodyguards one of whom was a woman named Thaiis and the other a man named Thais. (X-Treme X-Men v1 #2)
- Vargas was created by Chris Claremont and Salvador Larroca where he made his first appearance in X-Treme X-Men v1 #1 (July, 2001).
- In an interview, Chris Claremont said, "The most dangerous adversary they've ever faced. (And one of the best looking.) Basically, the notion behind Vargas is that nature, abhoring a vacuum and perceiving one in the appearance of mass numbers of super-powered mutants, is attempting to redress the imbalance by jump-starting Humanity to a level where they can compete with mutants and super-beings on relatively equal terms."
- In X-Men: The End v1 #2 (2004), a version of Vargas appeared in the alternate reality that was designated as Earth-41001. On this world, Vargas had become an ally and member of the X-Men who assisted in their operations.
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