Active. Residing in San Francisco with the X-Men
Powers & Abilities:
Anole has a reptilian physical mutation which gives him a green scaly body, no body hair, a spiked carapace, and a prehensile tongue. He has heightened agility and flexibility. He can climb walls, blend in to his surroundings, and can re-grow lost limbs. His new limbs have super strength.
Victor Borkowski is from Farebury, Illinois, where he had a very normal childhood. His small hometown accepted him in the community despite his status as a mutant, and his physical looks. However when anti-mutant hysteria began to spread, his family sent him to the Xavier Institute for his own safety.
At the Xavier Institute, Victor became fast friends with Julian Keller (Hellion), Santo Vaccaro (Rockslide), Cessily Kincaid (Mercury), and Josh Foley (Elixir). Despite Josh’s history with the Reavers, Victor did not abandon him like the others, and the two have always remained close friends. After first selecting Wolverine to be his advisor, Victor quickly realized that was very silly, and switched to Karma. Eventually, Victor was assigned to Northstar’s squad of students, Alpha Squadron. His proficiency for tactics and leadership earned him the role of Field Leader on his squad.
Unfortunately, Anole’s world was shaken up when his mentor, idol, and advisor was killed by Wolverine. This is when readers first began seeing hints that Anole was gay. Anole said that he needed Northstar in his life because there were certain things that only he (Northstar) understood about him (Anole). After losing Northstar to the Hand, Karma became the squad’s advisor.
Anole using his camouflage powers to hide
When the Scarlet Witch created the House of M world, Anole was seen training as a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative. When M-Day and Decimation hit, Anole was one of the lucky few who retained their powers. He joined the other squads in a brawl in the Danger Room, and everyone battled for a spot on the main team of new X-Men. Unfortunately he did not make the cut, but continued to train at the Institute with the other students.
When a brainwashed Northstar made his traumatic return to the X-Men, Anole was the only person who could speak with him. He managed to break through the Children of the Vault’s hypnosis, and brought Jean Paul back to reality. However this lucidity didn’t last long, and Northstar left Victor unconscious and confused.
When the New X-Men team decided to fly to Texas and rescue Forge from Nimrod, they asked Anole if he could run interference with O*N*E for them. Anole proved his knowledge of X-Lore by referencing many, many adventures that left the X-Men in ridiculous situations throughout their lives. He would later advise Elixir to telepathically “borrow” Beast’s medical knowledge, since he knew that was how all the X-Men learned various skills and languages. Anole is very well versed in the X-Men’s history.
Anole with Hellion
After various disasters at the school, Anole and a few other students gathered in the living room to tell stories. When Blindfold took her turn, Victor realized that she wasn’t just telling a story, but telling Illyana Rasputin’s story. He realized that the students were in danger just as Belasco blasted his way into Westchester, and sucked all the students into Hell (which was actually Limbo, but terrifying enough to be considered Hell).
Lost in Limbo with him were Rockslide, Loa, Wolfcub, Match, Pixie, Gentle and Blindfold. Things got worse, and the group of students were attacked by a horde of angry demons. After quickly realizing that Rockslide had absolutely no clue how to lead a group, and was only useful when punching things, Anole took charge. He formulated a plan to bunch up and protect Blindfold, who was their best hope of understanding the situation they were in. However disaster struck, and Anole’s arm was sliced off by a demon.
Fortunately, the Darkchylde appeared and saved the group. She explained where they were, and why they were there. Belasco sucked the school into Limbo, but she had made sure that this group was not imprisoned in Belasco’s fortress. She intended to use Pixie’s soul to create a Soulsword and fight Belasco. Well, the students did not like the sound of that, so they tried to fight off Magik, but she was too powerful. However during the ensuing battle, Anole discovered his ability to re-grow lost limbs. A new, bigger and stronger arm grew from his right shoulder. This arm looked very similar to his spiky carapace and has super strength.
After reasoning with Illyana, Anole planned the group’s attack on Belasco’s fortress. Following Anole’s lead, the group met up with the other captive students, and they all defeated Belasco and his demons, letting the Darkchylde rule Limbo. After returning to the school, Rockslide informed Anole (and Pixie) that due to their bravery and skills in the field, he recommended them to Cyclops, and they were officially added to the New X-Men field team.
Anole with his new arm
Did You Know: Anole was originally supposed to commit suicide in Issue #8 of New Mutants?! The story was scrapped just after the issue hit the printers because Joe Quesada wanted to be less controversial.