"Mutantkind are not a race, anymore. They need a different kind of protector now. A different kind of crusade. We must all of us consider what that might be. Strive to be the knights our lost tribes need -- whatever that striving might cost us. And in the meantime -- turn our back on the ways that can no longer help us."
Welcome to the respect thread of Exodus AKA Bennet Du Paris, I hope you enjoy your time reading it.
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This will be my biggest respect thread to date, so this one had been very challenging in terms of categorisation. I will be taking a tip that Philosophia showed me and enter all of my text in the centre and see how that goes.
I. The Origin of Exodus
The following scans show the origin of Bennet Du Paris a 12th Century crusader from France. How he became Exodus and what journey he had to overcome to be reborn. Along with what lead him to being locked up into a cavern up until present day.
In this section I will be placing Exodus's most prominent feats with his Psionic power. Given that his entire power set is Psionic if I were to post everything he had done it would be quite long. So I have picked out the most essential parts (you will see most of the rest of them in the fights).
Exodus uses his psionic power to further increase Quicksilvers metabolic rate, which causes him great pain.
Exodus unleashes a huge psionic attack, which Thena states would have killed everyone in the room if she hadn't erected a shield, which she also says she is struggling to contain. As the more fanatic Exodus gets the more powerful he becomes.
There is only one time when Exodus showed that he was able to resurrect someone, that occasion was Fabian Cortez after he just killed him. Stating that Magneto wants him alive so he will slowly suffer.
So hopefully if you stayed for the whole thread you will have now arrived at the fights section. For me this makes Exodus quite an interesting character. He isn't inherently bad. He believes he is doing the best to save his race and will protect mutants no matter what the cost. So you often see him holding back when fighting fellow mutants as he doesn't want to kill them. Anyways here go the fights.
Exodus vs War Machine
So once Exodus descends onto Earth he states his intent to protect the mutates, after Exodus leaves after conversation with the Avengers, War Machine attacks him and it's fair to say it was not the best decision.
This is probably one of Exodus's greatest showings he ever had. He was taking on the whole of the Avengers and X-Men minus characters like Thor while simultaneously amping the fear of the populace and bringing down a huge forcefield to crush Genosha all at once. Eventually the team are only saved due to the plans of Cyclops and Professor Xavier. Not to mention Exodus accomplished all of this while holding a baby in one hand.
After this immense battle between Exodus and Holocaust, Exodus was left extremely weakened. In this time Exodus travelled back to the Swiss Alps where he had been locked away many years ago. He changed a lot. Becoming some sort of a psionic vampire feeding off of the power of mutants. When he senses the power of Nate Grey and Cable. He sets on a quest to return in full...
Exodus vs X-Man
As Exodus encounters Nate he begins to slowly absorb every attack thrown at him furhter increasing his power. Although when Nate discovers that Exodus has a link to Apocalypse Nate reveals his true power and locks Exodus within a crevice.
Exodus and the Acolytes vs Thena, the Heroes for Hire and Isotope E Quicksilver
Exodus starts the fight pretty evenly with Thena but soon Quicksilver absorbs the Isotope E and becomes extremely powerful. His speed is amped to unknown levels and he gains power possibly above even Magneto's.
Exodus and Brotherhood of Mutants vs Havok, Iceman and Shen Xorn
After Exodus recovers from his battle with Quicksilver he remakes a team as the Brotherhood of Mutants. But Juggernaut starts making so much noise while fighting that they attract a small group of X-Men to them, a small skirmish ensues...
So Exodus and the Brotherhood of Mutants attack the X-Men at the mansion, with no visible victor Shen Xorn realises the only way to stop this is to open the black hole in his head. And by doing so, Exodus and the Brotherhood of Mutants are sucked up into it.
This was one of the more special battles Exodus featured in. He acted very strongly in his words while fighting Xavier, implying he was going to kill him. After Xavier ends the battle Exodus reveals his true plan, his real plan all along was to try and convince him to lead the Acolytes.
Exodus after the battle with Xavier thought for a long time and decided that Xavier was right. Mutantkind couldn't survive divided and that for their to be peace among mutants they have to unite as one tribe, the X-Men refuse to immediately adapt and Exodus begins the battle. At the end of the battle Exodus is allowed into the mind of Wolverine and Rogue after reading their minds. He discovers that Cyclops has allowed Hope Summers, the so called mutant messiah into battle. Exodus is angered at this and declares that his mission is to save mutantkind and goes of to kill Cyclops.
A couple of things we should not from this battle is Exodus's durability, he can survive a punch from behind by a Kid Gladiator empowered Rogue and Wolverines claws without showing much physical harm.
The battle begins with Exodus just after the X-Men jump out of the aircraft. Eventually it is revealed that Exodus is fighting Rachel Summers on the psychic plane at the same time as fighting in real time. As Exodus begins to realise the X-Men wont listen to reason he enacts a spell that puts them all under his control saying he will return them to their own thought once he has killed Cyclops. Luckily help arrives in time for the X-Men and they live to fight another day.
In this final part of the 3 part battle the X-Men finally unite so to speak. And Exodus engages in battle with the mutant messiah herself. After a long battle Exodus reveals that his objective was to test the X-Men, he knew that divided they could not defeat him. But once they unite they could prevail. After this Exodus is teleported away.
So I want to thank everyone who viewed this thread and perhaps now you know more about the awesomeness that is Exodus, I am finished with the thread for now but I will most likely add alternate versions later.
But I will leave you with this. This quote from Exodus struck me, I think this is all you need to sum up his character.
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Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the thread!
"Your face was, like the photograph, painted white
We did not speak very often about it
What does it matter now?"