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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
St. John Allerdyce
Pyro
of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Freedom Force


St. John Allerdyce was known as "Pyro", a comic book character and a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, a group of mutant super-villains that fought the X-Men on numerous occasions. Pyro was also a member of the government-sponsored superteam known as "Freedom Force." This team was comprised primarily of former members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants who were working for the government in exchange for a pardon for their past crimes.

Some years ago, Pyro contracted the Legacy virus, a fatal disease affecting mainly mutants. He committed several crimes in attempts to find a cure, but was not successful. He died just after saving Senator Robert Kelly's life from a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants...

Pyro was a Catholic from Australia.

Discussion

Excerpts from: "Religion/Spirituality" discussion page, started 29 November 2003, on ComixFan.com website (http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/archive/index.php/t-24121.html; viewed 10 January 2006):
Lia Brown
Feb 7, 2004, 12:43 am
Pyro was implied to be Catholic (Worst. Catholic. Ever.)
From: "Atheist superheroes?" thread, started 21 September 1999 on rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe/browse_thread/thread/e8d686f0b20944a6/e46638dbdaa8a219; viewed 22 June 2006):
From: Dwiff
Date: Tues, Sep 21 1999 12:00 am

...Anyone care to post a list of those characters whose spiritual beliefs are on record?


From: David O'Brien
Date: Tues, Sep 21 1999 12:00 am

Pyro: Was in what looked to be a Catholic church at one stage confessing...

From: "X-Men and Religion" forum discussion page, started 21 August 2005, on ComixFan.com website (http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/archive/index.php/t-35318.html):
Lia Brown
Aug 23, 2005, 02:25 am
Pyro was strongly implied to be Catholic (or at least of a Catholic background) ...although I guess not a very good one.
From: Mirtika, "Is Superman a Methodist?", posted 15 June 2006 on "Mirathon" blog website (http://mirathon.blogspot.com/2006/06/is-superman-methodist.html; viewed 15 June 2006):
Is Superman Jewish, Methodist, or a Christ figure? Newsweek is examining the matter...

So, I offer this nifty assemblage of charts and lists and links on comic book religion found at Adherents.com...

When you're done with the superhero list, peruse the list of supporting (non-superhero) characters and the list of villains. Lex Luthor is, apparently, a Nietzschean atheist, and Pyro is a lapsed Catholic...


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