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Real Name
Nils Styger
Current Alias



X-Cell, formerly X-Corps, ally of Renee Majcomb

Azazel (father)

Ginniyeh (paternal half-sister)
Jillian (paternal half-sister)
Kiwi Black (paternal half-brother)
Nightcrawler (paternal half-brother)
Nocturne (half-niece)
Salamander (half-nephew)
Ophis (paternal half-brother)

Yidrazil (paternal half-brother)


Base Of Operations


6' 4" (variable)

162 lbs (74 kg) (variable)




Unusual Features
Abyss had blue skin (sometimes black) and electric blue (sometimes White) eyes. His body appeared to be transparent but it was actually a portal into a different dimension.


Marital Status

Adventurer; former test subject and bodyguard

Abyss is known to have been experimented upon, but it is believed he is a mutant.

Place of Birth

First appearance

Cable #40
(February, 1997)



Niles Styger is Nightcrawler's half-brother, as both were sons of Azazel. At some point he contracted the debilitating Legacy Virus.

He then acted as a protector for the Genoshan research scientist Renee Majcomb, who was researching possible cures for the virus. When former Magistrates attacked Rene, he fought them off and nearly killed them until Cable's arrival. He was cured when Colossus triggered the cure for the Legacy Virus.

Abyss was later in Berlin, Germany battling the former Gene Nation member known as Fever Pitch. Both mutants were captured by Banshee's mutant militia known as the X-Corps. While being held by the X-Corps, Abyss witnessed Sunpyre's murder. When the terrorist Mystique revealed herself and her intentions to use the X-Corps, the wounded Banshee freed Abyss from his confinement. Abyss then sucked Mystique through his interdimensional void, and, unable to shut off his power, almost swallowed Banshee also. The timely arrival of some other members of X-Corps stopped that however. Abyss admitted that he had no idea where Mystique was transported to or if she would ever return.

Abyss later resurfaced when his father Azazel psychically summoned his many children to attempt to release him from the Brimstone Dimension that he had been banished to hundreds of years before. In an attempt to lose himself and his comrades, Azazel had traversed the dimension barrier many times and sired children in the hopes that one of them would be able to breach the dimensional barrier. Abyss joined forces with the X-Men to avert Azazel's attempt to bring his army into Earth's dimension and succeeded in foiling his father's efforts. He was subsequently revealed to be Nightcrawler's half-brother.

Abyss was one of scores of mutants who lost their powers after the events of the House of M.[1]

He later joined the X-Cell, who blamed the government for the powerloss of mutants. When the group was falling apart, he sucked up Reaper and Fatale in his newly reformed brimstone dimension and jumped in to. The group has not been seen since.[2]

Powers and Abilities



Bio-Metallic Coils : his body is made up of bio-metallic coils, which are near impervious to damage. These coils can unravel, allowing him to control them telekinetically. These coils act like tendrils of metallic ribbon. They can grapple, constrict, bind, and otherwise make him very malleable and highly resistant to injury.

Brimstone Dimensional Void : possesses an internal void to the Brimstone dimension. This void lies in the center of his chest and is usually covered up by the bio-metallic coils that make up his chest plate. The void when exposed acts like a black hole and sucks up everything in front or directly to the side of it. Those trapped in the internal void, have nothing but the darkness and the effects are disorienting at best, they are kept there until they die or until abyss decides to release them. It is unknown how long someone can survive in this dimension.

Psychic Tremor : Abyss is able to psionically interfere with the minds of others.

Fear Absorption : Abyss has the power to absorb power from the fear of others around him as well as the power generated by the fear of those stuck in his internal void. Thus making him more powerful.

Teleportation: Just like his brother Nightcrawler, Abyss can teleport by transporting in through the Brimstone Dimension and out in to the normal world. It is currently unknown how skilled he is with this power as he has only used it on panel once.

Shape-shifting: Abyss is most likely a shape-shifter as in all his appearances, he has had a radically different likeness. This ranges from height, weight, skin color and eye color.

Strength level

Average strength of someone one his age, build, height and weight and engages in intensive exercise.


Although not necessarily a weakness, Abyss is very friendly and pleasant which can sometimes leads him to be too trusting.


The first incarnation of the character Abyss first appeared in the Age of Apocalypse universe in issue X-Men: Alpha #1.



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  1. This was confirmed in New Avengers #18, where he was shown among a list of other mutants who lost their powers.(All New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe)
  2. X-Factor #19 and #20.

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