Douglas Ramsey Former aliases:
Student, adventurer Legal status:
American citizen with no criminal record, a minor Place
Unrevealed Marital status:
Single Known relatives:
Professor Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York
The New Mutants First appearance:
NEW MUTANTS #13 History:
Douglas Ramsey was a teenage friend of Kitty Pryde, who, as Shadowcat, is a superhumanly powerful mutant currently a member
of Excalibur (see Shadowcat, Excalibur). Ramsey shared Pryde's interest in computers and video games and they became close.
Pryde's expertise with computers was a result of her own natural (but not superhuman) genius in that area. However, Ramsey
had a particular knack for deciphering both human and computer languages that was a result of a particular mutation with which
he was born.
Both Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men and the New Mutants, and Emma Frost, the White Queen
of the Hellfire Club, learned that Ramsey was a mutant (see Hellfire Club, New Mutants, Professor X, White Queen). Frost offered
Ramsey a scholarship to her Massachusetts Academy, hoping to induct him into the Hellions, the team of adolescent superhumanly
powerful mutants she trained there to serve the Hellfire Club's secret criminal purposes. Ramsey went to the Academy for his
final admissions interview, accompanied by Pryde, who suspected the Hellfire Club's intention in recruiting her friend. At
the Academy the White Queen captured Pryde, who was rescued by the New Mutants. Ramsey did not end up attending the Academy
Although Ramsey became a friend of the New Mutants, he did not know that he and they were mutants, and they
concealed their superhuman powers and costumed identities from him. Finally, one night when both Xavier and the X-Men were
away from the mansion that served as the base for both the X-Men and the New Mutants, the techno-organic alien being known
as Warlock arrived and, confused and terrified, found himself battling the New Mutants (see New Mutants, Warlock). Seeking
to communicate with the alien, the New Mutants summoned Ramsey and revealed their costumed identities to him. Ramsey succeeded
in initiating communications with Warlock, and shortly afterwards both Ramsey and Warlock became members of the New Mutants.
Ramsey was code-named Cypher, after his ability to decipher languages.
Cypher was killed on a mission by the Ani-mator.
He dove in front of a bullet to save his teammate Rahne. Height:
150 lbs. Eyes:
Blonde Strength level:
the normal human strength of a young man of his age, height, and build who engaged in regular physical exercise. Known
Cypher was a mutant with a superhuman facility for translating languages, spoken or written, human
or alien in origin. His superhuman skill also extended to his great facility in deciphering codes and computer languages.
Cypher's skills were such that he was once able to make great headway in translating the written language of an extraterrestrial
race in a matter of minutes.
Cypher's mutant talent for translating differed from the translating ability that a human
who is a genius in this field, yet not a mutant, possesses, even though both people might achieve the same results with any
given translation problem. Cypher's mutant talent was an intuitive one which worked on a subconscious level, and which may
in part be related to telepathy. A non-mutant human, even a genius, would have to work out a translation consciously, step
by step. Rather than working the problem out step by step, in his conscious mind, Cypher instead subconsciously solved the
problem. Hence, Cypher could reach the correct solution by means that appeared to be leaps of logic, and he himself may not
have been consciously aware of the entire process by which he reached the right answer. Other abilities:
Aided by his unusual facility with computer languages, Cypher became an expert at working with computer software. He was brilliant
at working with computer programs.
Cypher received a good deal of athletic training as a member of the New Mutants, and
was a fair hand-to-hand combatant. But because his mutant ability did not lend itself to physical battle, he was not given
as intensive a program of physical training as the rest of the New Mutants.