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Originally, Dirt Nap had a human form. He would still absorb bodies into his own and take over their form, evident by a gray t-shirt with a red smiley face that would appear on the victims. However, in trying to flee from Wolverine he absorbed a rat and took on its form permanently, the smiley face now being on his back. He still retained his powers, but the rat became his default form.
Dirt Nap was a mutant with the ability to absorb living beings and take on their forms. He first encountered Wolverine when he absorbed a young boy, and he then attempted to absorb Wolverine but couldn't due to Wolverine's healing factor. He escaped from Wolverine by absorbing a rat and taking on its form.
He later encountered Wolverine again when he was a member of Genesis' Dark Riders. They were attempting to bond the adamantium (comics) from Cyber onto Wolverine's skeleton after it had been removed by Magneto. The procedure failed—Wolverine's body, which now had a stronger healing factor than ever, violently rejected the metal—and sent him into a feral state, killing everyone who had not died from the metallic shards. However, Dirt Nap was lucky enough to survive. He later stalked Wolverine with the help of Chimera to exact revenge on the feral X-Man.
Dirt Nap earned the enmity of the symbiotic Venom when he absorbed the female symbiote named Scream. Venom managed to free the people Dirt Nap had absorbed including Scream, a young boy and Federal agent Darryl Banks. Dirt Nap was then seemingly killed in an implosion along with Chimera.
When Chimera returned and attacked Generation X with her new-found ally, Emplate, Dirt Nap accompanied them. Emplate went to visit his unconscious sisters in the infirmary and they awoke when the sensed his presence. Wanting to help their brother, the twins merged bodies with him, creating the amalgamated form of M-Plate. M-Plate—far from being a good being—now had a ferocious plan to destroy the universe. However, in the rush to get on with their plan of merging the universe into a single consciousness, Dirt Nap was left behind. After the Generation X kids treated him well for perhaps the first time in his life, he started to rethink his alliances. When M-Plate tried to turn on the Universal Amalgamator, Dirt Nap, realizing the threat to his newfound friends, jumped on M-Plate and swallowed the being whole. Unfortunately, the entity was too much for Dirt Nap to handle, and he exploded, but not before disassociating M-Plate into its constituent parts of Emplate and M.
First Appearance: Wolverine (1988) #95
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#3 Generation X (1994)
- 'Copperhead to Ethan Edwards'
#33 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Thieves in the Night'#36
- 'Strange Doings'#37
- 'In Dark Woods, the Night Road Lost'#38
- 'Mystery Train'#39
- 'Return From Forever'
Venom: Tooth and Claw (1996)
#1 Wolverine (1988)
- 'Into The Jaws of Death'#3
- 'To Do and Die!'
½ Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
- 'Manhattan Rhapsody'#98
- 'Fade to Black'#99
- 'Of Mythic Metal Forged'#100
- 'Furnace of His Brain, Anvil of His Heart'
Wolverine: Weapon X Files (2009)
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