Fade (birth name Tex) was a recurring character on FOX's The Gifted. He is portrayed by Jeff Daniel Phillips.

He was a mutant with the ability to become invisible. He worked at Tex's Lounge as a bartender and secretly helped mutant refugees by taking them to the Mutant Underground before deciding to join the Hellfire Club.

Throughout the Series[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

In eXposed, Fade was briefly seen at Tex's Lounge, serving Reed Strucker and Marcos Diaz.

Fade becoming invisible

In eXodus, Reed was sent by the Sentinel Services to the bar where he met Marcos and made contact with the bartender, Fade. He told Fade how he was there a few days ago and told him he wanted to see where could he find Marcos. Fade goes invisible, then when he reappeared, he was carrying a gun. He told Reed to leave, but when Reed pleaded with Fade that all he wanted was to find his family, reluctant to help at first and after a minute, Fade told Reed to follow him. They walked into the backroom of the bar where Reed was introduced to other mutant refugees Sheila and her daughter, Dominique. Fade left Reed there until it was time for them to leave.

Later, Fade went to retrieve them. Reed, Shelia and Dominique sat in the back of the van, and Fade sat at the front, as he drove them to meet the Mutant Underground. After a while, Reed confessed to them that he was wearing a tracker and that the Sentinel Services were following them, so he asked Fade to stop the van. Fade said if they stopped, they were as good as dead. So after Reed jumped out of the moving van, Fade made the whole van invisible.

Fade telling the mutants that Reed can't be trusted

In boXed in, Fade attacked Reed after he seen him walk down the stairs with his family. After Reed started to fight back, Fade turned invisible and started to beat up Reed over and over. The fight was broken up by Thunderbird, and Fade told everyone how Reed worked for Sentinel Services.

He then started to talk to the other mutants and try to convince them that Reed couldn't be trusted. Many of them were starting to listen and agree with Fade, including Shatter. They decided that if Reed was going to be ejected, then Dreamer go and erase everything about the Mutant Underground from his mind to protect them. When Reed started to volunteer to help them with evading the police, Fade was doubtful that listening to him was wise. When Reed came up with a plan to get spotted and drive Sentinel Services away from the headquarters, Thunderbird told Fade to help get Reed out of there before he could be captured. Fade reluctantly agreed.

Fade rescuing Reed from being caught.

Fade drove Reed to the location they planned on him being spotted. Reed explained the plan to Fade again, and Fade told him "you got it counselor". Fade drove off. Reed was getting nervous while he waited for Fade to show, but he ran when Fade didn't. Reed ran into Fade's invisible car, and Reed asked him what the hell was that. Fade told him he was just checking to see who side Reed was on. He drove off from Sentinel Services and turned the car back invisible.

Season 2[edit | edit source]

In eMergence, six months after leaving the Mutant Underground and joining the Hellfire Club, Fade assists in prepping the munitions warehouse for Lorna's pregnancy.

Fade kills guard

In unMoored, when Reeva orders for anything and anyone associated with the munitions warehouse where Polaris gave birth to eliminated in order to protect themselves, Fade kills the warehouse's security guard at Esme's signal. He uses his power to surprise the man from behind and strangles him with a wire.

Fade is later called in by Reeva with a new assignment. He is tasked with following Andy. He finds that Andy has bought a burner phone to make a call to his family before destroying it afterwards. Fade then relays this to Reeva.

In the dreaM, Esme sends Fade (and Bulk) out to find and capture Twist, as her massacre at Creed Financial had sparked anti-mutant riots, thus endangering the Hellfire Club's operation.

Fade later finds her taking refugee in an abandoned building. Using his powers, Fade easily captures Rebecca with a front choke and threatens to slit her throat should she attempt to fight back.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Fade has a dry sense of humor and is suspicious of anyone upon first meeting. However, it is shown that he is sympathetic to people's pain and terrible situations as when Reed won his confidence with how he would rather be shot than be away from his family.

However after Fade joins the Inner Circle he becomes their go to hitman, targeting people using his abilities to remain unseen until he kills his target. He has shown enjoyment from the act of killing such as when he strangled a security guard to death to keep him quiet.

Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]

In his first appearance Fade had long dark hair, and a big moustache. After joining the Hellfire Club and working for the Inner Circle, he has cut hit hair to be short.

Abilities and Skills[edit | edit source]

  • Invisibility: Fade possesses the ability to make himself and anything he's touching completely invisible. He has demonstrated a capacity to cloak a moving vehicle filled with passengers.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Fade is not a character from the Marvel Comics. He's an original character created for this series.
    • Although Fade is an original character, he shares the same codename and powers with a mutant named Fade from the comics.

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