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Bastion (comics)

Art from the variant cover for X-Force vol. 3 #6 (2008).
Art by Clayton Crain.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men vol. 2 #52 (May 1996)
Created by Scott Lobdell
Pascual Ferry
In-story information
Species Android/Artificial intelligence
Team affiliations Purifiers
Friends of Humanity
Operation: Zero Tolerance
Humanity's Last Stand
Notable aliases Sebastion Gilbert, Nicolas Hunter, Master Mold, Arnold Rodriguez, Template, The Oracle

A mystical fusion of Master Mold and Nimrod;

  • Immunity to telepathic probes and mutant abilities
  • Ability to turn people into Prime Sentinels
  • Command of other Sentinels
  • Energy projection
  • Superhuman strength and durability
  • Flight

Bastion is a supervillain that appears in the fictional Marvel Universe. The character was created by Scott Lobdell and Pascual Ferry and first made a cameo appearance in X-Men #52 (May 1996). His first full appearance was Uncanny X-Men #333 (June 1996).

Fictional character biography


Bastion started life out as two separate beings: the Sentinel Master Mold, and Nimrod, a highly advanced Sentinel from an alternate future. While posing as a human construction worker, Nimrod unearthed a module from Master Mold. As soon as Nimrod made physical contact with the module, Master Mold's programming began to co-opt Nimrod's. Shortly after, during a conflict with the X-Men, the two of them, along with the X-Man Rogue, were blasted through the Siege Perilous, a mystical crystal capable of judging any who pass through it and reincarnating them into a new life commensurate in quality with their previous life. It was the Siege Perilous that was responsible for merging Nimrod and Master Mold into a single man of flesh with no memory of his past. Bastion was taken in by a woman named Rose Gilberti. Living with Rose, Bastion began to hear about America's mutant problem. At some point, Bastion fell in with anti-mutant groups, like Graydon Creed's Friends of Humanity.

Operation: Zero Tolerance

In time, Bastion worked his way "up the ladder" in the U.S. Government. Unwittingly, Bastion was able to develop a new type of Sentinel, the Prime Sentinels.

Two events, the fallout of Onslaught and the death of Graydon Creed, were the ammunition needed to initiate Bastion's Operation: Zero Tolerance, which attacked mutants everywhere. The operation succeeded in capturing Jubilee and some members of the X-Men, taking direct control over the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, and gaining possession of the Xavier Protocols, a list of files containing information on killing the X-Men.

The President was convinced by Senator Robert Kelly and Henry Peter Gyrich to suspend Bastion's operations. Bastion was captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., with help from Iceman. While in government custody, Bastion regained his memories, and he then escaped. He attempted to lead another crusade against mutants, but he was stopped by Machine Man and Cable. He was returned to government custody, only later to be beheaded by a brainwashed Wolverine, who served as Apocalypse's Horseman of Death.


A former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Mainspring headed a project called the Gatekeepers, whose goal is to study and destroy Phalanx technology. They found the remains of Bastion and rebuilt him, but they then lost control of him. Bastion, with a new body and new programming, became known as Template and killed Mainspring. Bastion fought against the heroes Warlock and Wolfsbane during these incidents.

Some time later, Carol Danvers contacted the X-Men about the current whereabouts of the remains of Bastion/Template. The X-Men sent Shadowcat, Wolverine, and Gambit to break into the government facility, intending to reclaim their stolen computer files. While there, Template showed the three X-Men false holograms of events and lies about their teammates. The X-Men eventually got their files, but they were left with doubts and fears about their teammates.


Following the events of the Messiah Complex event, the fundamentalist Purifiers assaulted a heavily-defended SHIELD installation, breaching the tight security with the aid of several double agents within the organization and recovering Bastion's head. At one of their churches, the Purifiers attached the head to the body of the Nimrod unit recovered from Forge's Aerie, returning Bastion to life. Immediately after his activation, the mutant-hunting robot alerts the Purifiers to the presence of the new X-Force.[1] After accessing Nimrod's database, Bastion concludes that the X-Men are the greatest mutant threat to the Purifiers' objectives in this timeline or any other and that there is no terrestrial force in existence that could guarantee the elimination of the X-Men. However, he reveals that he has found something that could: Magus.[2]

It was later revealed that what Bastion discovered at the bottom of the ocean was not the real Magus, but one of his offspring in a mindless state. Bastion rewrote its programming and infected Donald Pierce and the Leper Queen, the recovered techno-organic remains of Cameron Hodge and Steven Lang, as well as the corpses of Bolivar Trask, Graydon Creed and Reverend William Stryker with the Technarch transmode virus, declaring them to be the future of humanity and the end of mutantkind.[3]

His first move was to capture several mutants and inject on them a strain of the Legacy Virus to cause their powers to go berserk and kill themselves and thousands of humans. Current known mutants to have been injected with the virus are Beautiful Dreamer, Fever Pitch, Boom Boom, Hellion and Surge. This would compel the United Nations to form a Mutant Response Division, which is successful, despite X-Force's efforts.[4]

Bastion also had Pierce act as his mole inside the X-Men's headquarters, all the while building several structures that surround Utopia.[5]


Main article: Necrosha

Mysteriously, mutants thought deceased are amazingly coming back to life. Bastion soon realizes that someone had gotten hold of the transmode virus. This spurs him onto accelerating his mysterious plan.[6]

Second Coming

Main article: X-Men: Second Coming

Bastion is the primary antagonist in the X-Men: Second Coming storyline. He is seen with Stephen Lang, Bolivar Trask, William Stryker, Graydon Creed, and Cameron Hodge stating that their forces are assembled and at his disposal. Bastion tells them that the Mutant Messiah has returned and gives them orders to kill her.[7] Later, Bastion attempts to kill Hope on his own, but he is confronted by Rogue and then severely damaged when Nightcrawler sacrifices himself. When rebooting, Bastion takes on much of Nimrod's old appearance, but is finally destroyed towards the end of the crossover when Hope manifests a variety of the current X-Men's mutant powers and obliterates him.[8]

Powers and abilities

Being a robot, Bastion has super strength, speed, intelligence, and endurance. It can also fly by using jet boots. It is immune to psychic reading from telepaths and has complete command of all Sentinels. It has an artificial healing factor, like Nimrod, and the ability to turn people into Prime Sentinels.

Other versions

Age of Apocalypse

In the Age of Apocalypse storyline a character named Bastion existed. When the X-Men are discussing Abyss, they describe him as the one "rumored to have replaced Bastion." This Bastion has never been seen in the comic and there is no indication whether or not he is related to the 616 Bastion.

In other media

Video games

  • Bastion is the main villain in the game X-Men: Next Dimension voiced by Don Morrow. Here, he rips information out of Forge's mind and plants devices in his Sentinels that can depower a mutant. At Asteroid M, either Magneto or Phoenix destroys him once and for all. In his character profile, it is implied that his real name is Sebastian Gilbert.
  • Bastion appears as one of the bosses in the video game X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse voiced by Alastair Duncan. He seems to be a mere anti-mutant activist (though his true nature is mentioned in a trivia minigame), yet his ability to control Sentinels is noted, as the mission in question where he attacks the X-Men involved the X-Men teaming up with Sentinels to save civilians. Bastion then took control of the Sentinels to turn them against the X-Men.
  • Bastion appears in the X-Men: Destiny video game voiced by Keith Szarabajka. He is said to had killed Professor X in the opening cutscene. Magneto apparently killed him in the same battle. It's revealed that he had uploaded his mind into the Telos orbital satellite where he took control of Luis Reyes and used him along with the Mutant Response Division, Purifiers and U-Men to begin hostilities with Mutants.


  1. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #1 (2008)
  2. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #2
  3. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #3
  4. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #12-13, 17-18
  5. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #19
  6. ^ Necrosha one-shot
  7. ^ X-Men: Second Coming one-shot
  8. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #28

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