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Bird-Brain was one of a number of "Ani-Mates", creatures created by an insane geneticist named the Ani-Mator, combining the characteristics of human beings and other animals. The Ani-Mator subjected his creations to a number of cruel and deadly experiments, but Bird-Brain escaped the Ani-Mator's island and befriended the New Mutants. They tried to acclimate him to regular society, which failed miserably time and again. Mainly because Bird-Brain would eat all the food he saw. Some of the New Mutants theorized that he had been mistreated and that food was a reward for being good. For a while, Bird-Brain was unable to communicate, despite the language powers of the New Mutant named Cypher AKA Doug Ramsey. This was mostly because of Doug being jealous of the attention Wolfsbane was paying to Bird-Brain. Examples, such as Bird-Brain's sense of humour, failed to sway him at first.
When Doug finally agreed to translate Bird-Brain's language, they learned of his history and the other mutatated creatures on the island. The New Mutants returned to the island with Bird-Brain to stop the mad scientist's experiments. The Ani-Mator, attempting to shoot Wolfsbane, instead killed Cypher. Magik exiled the Ani-Mator to the dimension of Limbo in retailiation. Once freed from the Ani-Mator's tyranny, Bird-Brain decided to remain on the island with the other Ani-Mates.
Originally called Bird Boy, the name "Bird Brain" seemed to stick.
First Appearance: The New Mutants (1983) #55
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New Mutants (2009)
#38 New Mutants Saga (2009)
- 'Re: Ani-Mator'#39
- 'Share Wear'
nn The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'The New Mutants Saga'
HC The New Mutants (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#55 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
- 'Flying Wild!'#56
- 'Scavenger Hunt!'#57
- 'Birds of a Feather'#58
- 'A Bird in the Hand'#59
- 'Fang and Claw!'#60
- 'Suspended Animation!'#61
- 'Our Way!'
#1 X-Force (1991)
- 'Adversary to Chameleon'
X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes (2011)
New Mutants (Marvel)
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