Real name: Warren Kenneth Worthington III Other known aliases: Archangel, Avenging Angel, Death III. Occupation: Adventurer. Current group affiliation: X-Men Past group affiliations: Defenders, X-Factor, X-Terminators, Horsemen of Apocalypse, Champions of Los Angeles, Army of the Goddess, minion of the Darkling. Major enemies: Apocalypse, Magneto, Sabretooth, the Sentinels. First appearance: X-Men #1 Origin: X-Men #54-56 Description: Warren is a lean and handsome man standing 6' tall and weighing 150 lbs. He has blue eyes and blonde hair. His skin is light blue and he has a pair of large feathered wings on his back.
16 STR 6
20 DEX 30
20 CON 20
14 BODY 8
13 INT 3
18 EGO 16
20 PRE 10
18 COM 4
8 PD 5
8 ED 4
4 SPD 10
8 REC 2
40 END 0
32 STUN 0
Characteristics Cost: 118
Powers, Skills and Equipment
6 +2 Enhanced PER,with all senses
40 24" Flight,Restrainable(-1/2),1/2 END(+1/4) 2
6 10 Mental Defense
8 10" Running 2
3 Acrobatics 13-
3 Breakfall 13-
3 Bureaucratics 13-
3 Flying Tackle
3 High Society 13-
4 Martial Disarm
4 Martial Dodge
15 Money,filthy rich
3 Navigation 11-
5 Off Strike
3 Seduction 13-
3 Stealth 13-
3 Tactics 12-
2 TF,Air Vehicles
8 4/4 Armor,OIF(-1/2)
7 Instant Change,"Image inducer.",any clothes,IAF(-1/2)
Powers Cost: 132
Base Points: 100
20 Berserk,"If drugged.",uncommon,occur 14-,recover 11-
10 Distinctive,"Mutant",easily concealable,major
10 Distinctive,"Wings and blue skin.",easily concealable,major
15 Hunted,"Mutant haters.",as powerful,non-combat influence,
20 Normal Stats
10 Psych Lim,"Overconfident.",common,moderate
15 Psych Lim,"In love with Psylocke.",common,strong
15 Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing.",common,strong
10 Public ID,"Warren K. Worthington III"
5 Rep,"Mutant hero.",occur 8-
10 Watched,"by Professor X",as powerful,non-combat influence,
Disadvantages Total: 150
Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 250
Explanation of the conversion: Warren is essentially a flying martial artist. In groups he often attempts to draw fire from opponents, since he is so difficult to hit, while his teammates take them down.
History: Warren Worthington III was born in Centerport, Long Island, New York. While attending a private school in
his adolescence when wings began to grow from his shoulder blades. The
wings reached their full adult size within months, but Worthington
kept them a secret by strapping them tightly to his back and
concealing them under clothes. At first he thought himself a freak.
However, Worthington learned that he could use his wings to fly and
came to enjoy his newfound ability.
Then one night there was a fire in his dormitory, and he resolved
to use his flying power to rescue the people inside. To conceal his
identity, Worthington wore a long blonde wig and a long nightshirt,
so that he looked like an angel. The rescue was successful and his
identity remained a secret.
Shortly thereafter, Worthington became a costumed crime fighter in
New York City under the name the Avenging Angel. He was then
contacted by the X-Men, a team of superhuman mutants, and agreed to
join them, becoming one of the group's original members.
Years later, shortly after Professor Charles Xavier, the founder
of the X-Men, recruited several new members for the group, Angel II
decided to leave the team. After his parents'
death, Worthington inherited a vast fortune, and he used part of it
to found a Los Angeles-based organization of superhumans called the
Champions. Worthington also publicly revealed that he was Angel II,
although he and Xavier managed to keep secret Worthington's
connection with Xavier's school, the cover and home base for the
X-Men. When the Champions failed as an organization, Worthington
decided to devote his time from then on to his business duties and to
his girlfriend Candace "Candy" Southern. Worthington also briefly
returned to the X-Men.
Once it was established that Bruce Banner's mind was in control of the Hulk's body, the Hulk was treated to a celebration in New York City where he received a presidential pardon from Ronald Reagan, the key to the city, and praise from a number of superheroes, including Angel II (Incredible Hulk #279).
Angel II later joined another team of superhuman adventurers, the
Defenders, and remained with them after the Beast,
another of the original X-Men, reorganized the group. The Defenders used
the mansion and estate that Worthington and Southern jointly owned in
the Colorado Rocky Mountains as their base of operations.
After several of the Defenders seemingly perished in a battle
against Moondragon and the Dragon of the Moon, Angel II joined four
other original members of the X-Men in founding X-Factor, an
organization that would seek out and aid superhuman mutants under the
pretense of hunting down "mutant menaces." Worthington brought in a
friend from school, Cameron Hodge, to act as X-Factor's public
relations director. Unknown to Worthington, Hodge was the leader of
an organization called The Right and intended to use X-Factor to
exacerbate anti-mutant sentiments in the general public.
Mystique, leader of Freedom Force, discovered that Worthington, a
known mutant, was secretly the financial backer of X-Factor, which
was publicly believed to be a mutant-hunting organization, and leaked
this information to the news media, generating great controversy.
Subsequently, in a battle with the Marauders during their massacre
of the mutant Morlocks, Angel II was caught by Blockbuster. Another
Marauder, Harpoon, then impaled Angel II's wings with his weapons.
The thunder god Thor rescued Angel II, but the bones of Angel II's
wings had been permanently crippled, and his wounds became infected.
As a result, surgeons amputated Worthington's wings.
Worthington changed his will, leaving his fortune to X-Factor,
thereby unwittingly playing into Hodge's plans. Shortly afterwards,
in despair over the loss of his wings, his breakup with Southern, and
the controversy plaguing X-Factor, Worthington apparently committed
suicide in a small aircraft that exploded.
In fact, however, Worthington was teleported to safety by the
mutant Apocalypse who, through genetic manipulation, caused the
Angel II's wings to grow back in a new form. His views towards the world
radically altered by his recent traumatic experiences, Worthington
became one of Apocalypse's warriors, the so-called Four Horsemen of
the Apocalypse, and took the name Death III. As Death III, he battled the
other four founding members of X-Factor, but he was shocked into
ending his attack when one of the X-Factor members, Iceman, faked his
own demise. Abandoning both Apocalypse and X-Factor, Worthington flew
off to live a solitary life. He then rejoined X-Factor and adopted
the new name of Archangel.
About this time he started dating police officer Charlotte Jones, who
he saved from a group of vampires he destroyed. While on a
date with her, she sighted the panic caused by the Darkling, and he
went to investigate (New Warriors #32).
While saving people from an attack
by darkforce tendrils, he was captured and possessed by the darkforce
(New Warriors #33).
He was eventually
saved from the darkforce by Firestar (New
Warriors Annual #3).
Warren was among the heroes who were mentally compelled into joining the Goddess in her Infinity Crusade (Infinity Crusade #1).
The original X-Factor team became a part of the X-men fold again, and Worthington often adventured with the X-men's Gold Team. Soon, he became romantically involved with fellow X-Man Psylocke. When fighting the mutant Sabretooth, both he and Psylocke were gravely injured. Worthington helped his friend Wolverine search for a cure for Psylocke, and eventually revived her with help from the Crimson Dawn, at the same time regaining his original , feathered wings when his cybernetic ones "molted" away. Soon, he was left with two wings akin to his original feathered ones, although he retained his blue features. Worthington left the X-men with Psylocke to recuperate.
Worthington joined a splinter X-Men group to assist the Mannites in their battle with the latest bearer of the name Death. When Worthington returned home, he was attacked by an alien doppelganger of the X-Man Wolverine. This prompted him and Psylocke to rejoin the X-Men, and they became involved in stopping the latest plan of the villain Apocalypse to gain ultimate power. During a fight with the brainwashed Wolverine, Angel became more and more ruthless, until he was overcome by a transformation that left him with glowing wings and hair as well as psionic abilities. He used these abilities to track down the first Horseman known as War, who had somehow once again become a paraplegic, and healed him. Worthington explained that he had become the embodiment of hope, and then he used his newfound psionic powers to heal War.
Worthington then divided his time between running his fortune, Worthington Industries, and working with the X-Men. Over time, his new abilities disappeared and his relationship with Psylocke drifted apart.
He was among the heroes incapacitated by Graviton when he attempted to take over the Earth once again (Thunderbolts #57).
Eventually, Worthington returned to the X-Men full-time. He helped the X-Men defeat the threats of the X-Corps and the Vanisher's mutant drug cartel. Worthington has become the leader of the X-Men's active away team, and even took the opportunity to address a European summit about mutant rights. This move and the cause that he promoted have helped turn the X-Men from an outlaw band of heroes to a recognized global rights group.
Trivia: Because of his connection in upper-class circles, Warren
is a member of the Hellfire Club, although he was not aware of the
actions of it's Inner circle.
Note: The first Angel was a minor costumed hero of World War II.
Powers: Angel II is a mutant who can fly by means of his wings.
His normal flight speed is about 70 mph. Fully
feathered like a bird's, the wings have a very flexible skeletal structure,
enabling him to press them to the back of his torso and legs with only the
slightest bulge visible under his clothing. Angel II's entire anatomy is
naturally adapted to flying. His bones are hollow like a bird's,
making him weigh far less than usual for a man of his build. His body
is virtually devoid of fat and possesses greater proportionate muscle
mass than an ordinary human does. His eyes are specially adapted to
withstand high-speed winds which would hurt the average human eye. He
possesses a special membrane in his respiratory system enabling him to
extract oxygen from the air at high velocities or altitudes. Angel II
flies by flapping his wings, as a bird does. Though he generally
flies below the height of clouds (6,500 feet), Angel II can reach a
height of 10,000 feet with little effort. With severe strain he can
reach the highest recorded altitude of a bird in flight (African
geese at 29,000 feet above sea level), but he can only remain that
high for several minutes. He can fly nonstop under his own power for
a maximum of approximately twelve hours. Contrary to some reports, he
could not make a transatlantic flight solely under his own power.
However, since his genetic alteration by Apocalypse, Angel II may be
able to fly for longer periods non-stop than he could previously.
Warren wears an armored costume and carries an image inducer that can make his skin tone appear normal and provide him with holographic clothes.
Links to other Angel II pages:
Character created by Marvel Comics.
Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated - May, 2003