Avalanche (Dominikos Ioannis Petrakis ) is a Marvel Comics supervillain, an enemy of the X-Men. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne, he first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #141 (January 1981).
A Cretan mutant, Avalanche, possesses the ability to generate seismic waves from his hands that are strong enough to create earthquake of varying sizes and to disintegrate any substance other than living tissue. He has been a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants and Freedom Force.
The animated series X-Men: Evolution portrays him as a misguided mutant teenager and love interest of the X-Men's Shadowcat.
Avalanche's past, before Mystique recruited him for the second Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, is almost entirely unknown, except for the fact that he is an immigrant from Crete, in Greece. He operated as a professional criminal, terrorist, and subversive. He first publicly appeared with the Brotherhood when they unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly during his hearings on the menace that mutants allegedly pose to humanity. The X-Men arrived to stop the assassination and battled the new Brotherhood. He next battled the Avengers with the Brotherhood.
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