Barnacle 5
Vital statistics
Aliases Shell-Shock, Crusto, Redhead
Affiliation X-Men
Base of Operations Xavier-Lehnsherr Institute
Relatives None known
Age 31
Alignment Good
Marital Status Unknown
Status Active
Physical attributes
Gender Male
Height Unknown
Weight Unknown
Eyes Blue
Hair None
Skin Caucasian, (transformed) Red
Unusual Features Red skin in alternate form.
Origin Aquatic mutant who joined the X-Men to save mutantkind.
Universe Earth-5
Place of Birth South Carolina
Created by Next X-Man
Quote1 My entire life centers around water. I joined the Navy, and was abandoned after I fell overboard. Then you rescued me so I'd rescue you. I was eagerly obliged, and I can never thank you enough for taking me in that day. Quote2

Mortimer Everett is a mutant and current member of the X-Men.


Mortimer Everett was a lonely boy as a child. He had few friends, and was mostly ignored by everyone. He was also bullied since his skin was turning red and crusty, a sign of his mutant power to come. Soon he was enlisted to join the Navy. On a mission, he fell overboard, and was abandoned. Upon touching a barnacle, his powers took full effect, and he developed an armor made of barnacle crust. This kept him afloat until he found a small secluded island where he was washed ashore.

There he was ignored even by the natives once he was healed. He was able to find just enough food to survive, and when he couldn’t, he could use his barnacle armor to survive only on water. But luckily, he was found by the mutant Magneto. He informed him that he was a mutant, and that he needed his help. Overjoyed to see another human that cared about him, Mortimer cut him off, and joined into the X-Men. He decided to use a costume replicating his Navy uniform and his favorite bathing suit. He was able to protect the water on Krakoa, and soon exercised his powers to their full potential. Afterwards, he stated he’d be an X-Man to the death.

Powers and Abilities


Barnacle Form: Barnacle can cover his skin in a moist armored layer of what appear to be barnacles, granting him super-strength and invulnerability.

Crust Projection: Able to form basic constructs from his barnacle crust, to capture and imprison someone, or create ramps, slides, etc. that can float on water.

Self-Sustenance: In his barnacle form, Barnacle can survive solely on moisture in the air.


Expert Combatant: Barnacle is an expert combatant from his time serving in the Navy.

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