|Base of Operations||The Sanctum|
|Place of Birth||Area 51|
|Created by||Artemis Panther|
- It takes a lot to go through what I've been through. I was experimented on, tortured. I didn't have the luxury of being a kid. I was never anything but a lab rat. But the Brotherhood changed that. The Brotherhood made me a hero.
The first part of Mario's history is sketchy. As a baby, he grew up in Area 51, where everything is confidential, he didn't even know his own name. He was known to the scientists as "Paradox", who claimed he just appeared out of nowhere one day. They would constantly test him to see the limits of his super speed and time traveling powers. When he learned that the scientists were soon going to start using Banshee, the mutant enhancement drug, on him, he decided he needed to escape.
Escape from Area 51
The day of the Banshee test, Paradox managed to disable his inhibitor collar by freezing time without the scientists even noticing, and he took them out in an instant. He kept one of them awake in order to interrogate them and he said that Paradox's real name was Mario Barrios, and he just one day appeared through a portal in the hallways. He knocked out the scientist and froze time again. In real time, it took him nearly a month to find a way to get out of Area 51, but not even a second had passed. When time was unfrozen, he was hundreds of miles away and they didn't even know he was gone.
Mario took refuge in a nearby, no name town. He rented an apartment and got a fake ID, not knowing what his real age was, or anything else about himself, or the real world. Every day, he would go to the bar and entertain himself by freezing and unfreezing time. It wasn't long until he met a man name Ron Trobaine, who tricked Mario into revealing his real name, and Ron alerted Area 51. After he was done, Ron sincerely apologized to Mario and pressed a button that blew his own head off, leaving Mario more befuddled than ever. He wanted to get away, but he didn't know where to go.